Most veterinary careers involve hands-on work with a variety of animals, dealing with illness, injury and prevention of problems. Employers include private practices and animal welfare charities and veterinary roles include Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Surgeon, Animal Nursing Assistant and Veterinary Receptionist.
Veterinary staff working in animal charities perform many neutering procedures to prevent unwanted animals and this work forms a large part of the day. Animal shelter veterinary teams carry out daily routine health checks on all animals in the shelter as well as for new arrivals and must often provide treatment for animals suffering from cruelty or neglect.
Most animal charities have dozens of animals in their care at any one time including dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, etc and this means that the veterinary staff have busy and varied roles dealing with neutering procedures, illness prevention, routine health checks, microchipping, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments as well as assisting any sick or injured animals and ensuring that animals are in a healthy state before adopted.
Private Veterinary Surgeries employ Vets, Nurses, Animal Nursing Assistants and Veterinary Receptionists to run private practices dealing with a variety of animals.
Becoming a vet is a highly popular career choice for working with animals. However, this is an extremely tough option as the entrance requirements are high and the number of applications far exceeds the number of available university placements.
Other veterinary careers include:
Animal Nursing Assistant: this career involves the hands-on nursing of sick, injured and recovering animals and the on-going promotion of animal health and welfare. Animal Nursing Assistants work in private and charity veterinary practices and hospitals to assist Vets and Vet Nurses. It is essential to have relevant training. The Level 2 Award for Animal Nursing Assistants is recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). Completion of the course results in 32 Credits (Level 2). This is a 10 Unit Level 2 course offered through Animal Jobs Direct, that has theory and practical aspects.
Veterinary Care Assistant: This role includes hands-on animal care and the day to day running of a vet practice, for example, answering phones, keeping records and assisting the veterinary staff.
The Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma course is a 12 module online theory course that attracts QCF credits.
Veterinary Receptionist: Is 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. The Veterinary Practice Receptionist Diploma course is a 6 module online course designed for this career.
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