Veterinary Career

Veterinary Career
Veterinary Career

Looking for a Veterinary Career?

We have listed several vet careers and these include the most obvious ones; Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Nurse, as well as Nursing Assistant, Veterinary Receptionist and Veterinary Care Assistant. Relevant training is essential

Veterinary Nurse: This popular veterinary career broadly involves the hands on nursing care for sick or injured animals, educating owners about pet health and welfare and the carrying out of medical treatments and minor procedures. A veterinary nursing qualification can lead to many different job opportunities in animal welfare. The duties of a qualified Veterinary Nurse involve a considerable amount of responsibility. Senior nurses play a key role in the running of a private practice or organisation.

The current veterinary nursing qualification is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) Level 3 Veterinary nursing Diploma, this course takes around 3 years to complete. To gain entry on this course students must have the following:

5 GCSEs at grade C and above which must include English language, maths and a science subject


The regulated Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) qualification, along with functional skills level two in application of number and communication. 

Career prospects are good for skilled veterinary nurses. There is a strong demand for well-trained animal care professionals and opportunities are open to nurses in a variety of animal care jobs. As a qualified veterinary nurse, you could develop a veterinary career as a head nurse in general practice, in a specialised veterinary referral centre, in the equine world, as a veterinary practice manager, in an animal charity/welfare/hospital nursing environment, in academia as a lecturer or researcher, within the pharmaceutical and veterinary supplies industries.

Animal Nursing Assistant: The role of an Animal Nursing Assistant is crucial in ensuring the smooth running of a veterinary practice and the well being of patients. This responsible and hands on role includes feeding, cleaning, handling, administering medication and the general care of animals pre and post operatively. An Animal Nursing Assistant works closely with the animals in veterinary practices or veterinary hospitals, playing the vital role of assisting Veterinary Nurses, Veterinary Surgeons and practice staff. The Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate course is relevant training for this career.

Veterinary Career Care Assistant: Veterinary Assistants are employed by vet clinics and animal charities to assist with nursing ill and recovering animals, as well as promoting their health and welfare. This career can also include the day to day running of a vet practice, for example, answering phones, keeping records and assisting the veterinary staff.

Animal Hydrotherapist: Animal Hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to help animals make improvements from injury or chronic conditions. Treatments are normally carried out for diagnosed conditions or injuries on dogs as referred by a veterinary surgeon, although hydrotherapy can also used as a fun form of exercise. The Level 3 Diploma in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is the accredited qualification necessary to work as an Animal Hydrotherapist.

Veterinary Receptionist: Responsible for answering phones and dealing with visiting clients as well as ensuring good communication between the vet surgeon, vet nurse, clients and other veterinary practices or organisations. A good receptionist who has caring and compassionate manner will play an invaluable part in the smooth running of a veterinary clinic or hospital. This is a highly popular career as the work can also involve hands on contact with animals, is usually varied and interesting and can be a stepping stone into other animal related careers or veterinary careers.

Veterinary Surgeon: Vets are responsible for the prevention of disease and for the medical and surgical treatment of animals including, domestic pets, zoo animals, wildlife, farm animals and horses. A vet needs to be interested in animals and concerned for their welfare. The work is physically demanding and can at times be stressful with a high level of responsibility, as every veterinary surgeon has an obligation to deal with emergencies in any species at any time. There are various veterinary surgeon career options including the state veterinary service, army, teaching/research posts, animal charities, and overseas opportunities.  

The majority of veterinary career work is in private practice, however there are other career options and these include: the state veterinary service, army, teaching/research posts, animal charities, and overseas opportunities. 

Veterinary Physiotherapist: The work of a Veterinary Physiotherapist involves investigating mobility problems, preventing recurring injuries and helping to reduce pain. Horses and dogs are the most common types of animal referred for physiotherapy. The work is physically demanding; it requires a high degree of physical fitness, stamina and a strong back as there is likely to be heavy lifting at times. Many Veterinary Physiotherapists are self employed and run their own businesses - working from home, from local surgeries or travelling to their client’s facilities. This means that at times the work may be outdoors or in stable yards in all weathers. Some Veterinary Physiotherapists work from larger veterinary practices and animal hospitals where they encounter a wide variety of cases and may have the opportunity of promotion within the organisation. 

Veterinary Chiropractor: The purpose of chiropractic treatments is to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system without the use of drugs or surgery. Veterinary Chiropractors work hands-on with animals, combining traditional human chiropractic with veterinary science, to provide additional treatment options for animals. Having worked with animals previously is an advantage as you will need to be patient and experienced in handing different types of animals. There is a lot of people interaction; you will need to have good communication skills and be able to build up relationships of trust and respect with clients.

Veterinary Osteopath: Veterinary osteopathy works on the same principles and theory as human osteopathy, but with specific manipulative procedures for animals. The treatment involves various techniques that work to increase mobility and improve muscle tone and circulation - this can be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions and problems such as lameness, stiffness and various types of injury. Osteopathy is holistic and considers the whole being in order to find the cause of the problem. Therefore, osteopaths often apply a varied treatment plan and consider diet, exercise and other factors as part of the treatment. Training courses vary from short courses to more in-depth post-graduate diploma courses.

Veterinary Homeopath: Homoeopathic vets are fully qualified veterinary surgeons who have chosen to take further training and qualification in the use of homoeopathic medicines. Veterinary homeopathy involves the treatment of an animal as a whole rather than just of a specific complaint. Homeopathy is an holistic therapy and takes into account factors such as environment, diet, exercise, lifestyle and other symptoms that an animal may be suffering from. Homeopathy was first used in animals around 1810, and is now widely available as a treatment that involves no risk of toxic side-effects or stimulation of antibiotic resistance. Laboratory animal research is not required for the development of homeopathic medicines.

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