5 tips for your first veterinary nurse role

After years of hard work, the big day is finally here – you’re officially a qualified veterinary nurse! Amongst all the excitement it can be easy to feel overwhelmed during your first few weeks or even months. That’s why we’ve put together the following advice for you to refer back to (don’t say we don’t spoil you!). 


1.Ask questions


It’s always better to ask if you aren’t sure, especially when patient care is involved. It will also show that you are keen to learn and improve your practical skills. Remember, your colleagues are busy people too so pick an appropriate time to ask (unless it’s urgent) so that they have time to give you a clear and coherent answer. 


2. Comfy shoes


Invest in some comfy shoes and save the heels for Friday night – because you’re going to be on your toes a lot! Try and choose a pair that you know will last, otherwise you’ll likely end up replacing them quite often. 


3.Observe and absorb 


You will make mistakes, get confused and feel bombarded with new information at times – but this is all part of the learning process. Keep note of how your colleagues approach certain tasks – is that how you would do it? Does it differ from what you learned at veterinary school? Is their approach something you can put into practice? The longer you spend at the practice, the more you will develop your skills and overall understanding of the veterinary profession. And what better way to learn than from your experienced colleagues?!


4.Be proactive


Show initiative and get involved! Demonstrating your passion to improve and help clients will be massively valued by your manager and fellow colleagues, especially if you’re making their jobs easier. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas with your team and see what feedback they have – and you never know, you might come up with the best program the veterinary practice has ever seen.


5.Show empathy 


Your clients are likely not in the best headspace if their beloved pet is under the weather – so bear this in mind during your interactions with them. It is best to remain calm, even in highly pressured situations and deliver any bad news with care and empathy. 


Choice Vets wishes all its newly qualified veterinary nurses the very best of luck! If you require any further career advice, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team via  [email protected]

On the search for your first veterinary role? Search our job vacancies here or give us a bell on 0203 9784 104.