How to write a cover letter for veterinary nursing

Finally finished veterinary school? Congratulations! But now it’s time to face reality and apply for jobs. As experts in the industry, we thought it was only fair to give you a head start. Carry on reading for cover letter advice for the newly qualified veterinary nurses reading! 


Structure effectively 


There’s no point spending hours crafting the perfect cover letter if it doesn’t flow properly. Start with a short section (one or two sentences) stating which position you are applying for, where you found the job advertisement and why you’re a good fit. The second paragraph is your chance to go into more detail about your experience and how it will help you perform in the role. This should be something along the lines of “during my placement at X practise, I gained experience in Y…”. Highlight the areas of your CV that relate closest to the job description, but avoid simply paraphrasing – the employer should learn something new about you. Lastly, you should discuss why you wish to work for that practice in particular and thank the reader for their consideration. 


Let your personality shine through 


If you want to be a veterinary nurse, it is essential you have exceptional interpersonal skills as a huge part of your role will be interacting with people and their pets! Make sure you don’t sound like you’ve copied and pasted your cover letter. Avoid being cliché and put some personality into your writing!


In this role, there will also be times where you will have to deliver bad news, so you need to show your prospective employer that you have the capacity to emphasise and communicate sensitive matters effectively.  


Make sure to research the organisation before drafting your cover letter, so that you can tie in your reasons for applying with company values. Demonstrate your enthusiasm for animals by relating it back to prior experience – maybe you had a pet growing up whom you looked after, or looked after a certain breed on your placement that you fell in love with. Whatever it is, be genuine about your reasons for wanting to work in the veterinary industry and your passion will naturally shine through. 


Read it, then read it again 


Everyone makes typos, spelling mistakes and sentences that don’t quite read properly upon second glance. So when you think you’ve finished your cover letter, proofread it at least 3 times and then get a trusted friend or family member to give it a glance. Ask for feedback and check to see if they think you’ve missed anything vital. We recommend referring back to the job description so you can be sure that you’ve ‘ticked all the boxes’. 

Now you’re ready to start writing! We wish you all the best of luck with your application. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need further career guidance. Want to have a browser of our current vacancies? Click here.