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A Day in the Life of a Vet Nurse!

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: August 17, 2022

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Today, we’re talking to *Lucy about her exciting career as a Vet Nurse!

If you want to work with animals, we offer the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies. This nationally recognised course is a great place to start if you want to enter the animal care industry. For now, keep reading to learn more about a Day in the Life of a Vet Nurse!

Can you tell me a bit about your daily tasks?

Prepping patients for surgery, assisting in surgery, monitoring patient recovery, taking pathology samples and performing diagnostic tests, booking routine appointments and surgeries.

I also respond to emergencies, administer medication, care for hospital patients, take radiographs and discharge routine surgeries.


What’s the best part about your job?

Helping animals recover from illness and injury.


What’s been your career highlight?

My career highlight has been caring for all patients and reuniting them with their owners after an illness or injury.


What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The sleepless nights worrying about critically ill patients in hospital and the heartache of saying goodbye.


What surprised you the most about working as a vet nurse?

The dedication of the vets and all the support staff for each and every patient that comes through the hospital.


How many hours do you work a week?

I’m contracted full time for 38 hours, not including on call hours and overtime.


What attributes do you need to be a good vet nurse?

A strong stomach, caring nature, general interest in medicine and medical procedures, flexibility to work back late, and the availability to assist where there is an emergency. Also, a strong team work ethic and a love for all creatures.


Enrol today: ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies.



Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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