How vet nurses can sharpen up their CV

You’ve found the veterinary role of your dreams and can’t wait to roll your sleeves up and get started – but how do you convince the employer you should make the cut? Based on years of first-hand experience in veterinary recruitment, our team of experts have collated some top tips on how to sharpen your CV below. 

Make it look good

A clearly formatted CV is always the first step to success when it comes to impressing prospective employers. Make sure your experience is listed in reverse chronological order so your latest achievements are at the top. Use subheadings to structure your CV (e.g. summary, experience, education, skills) so that it is easy to follow. 

What to include in your personal statement

Showcase your passion for the position you’re applying for by including positive adjectives in your personal statement such as “dedicated”, “caring” and “resilient”. Always had a love for animals? Have a pet of your own at home? Demonstrating that you understand how important pets are on a personal level could help boost your chances of being hired. The employer will want someone personable who is going to approach the role with drive and a genuine desire to help animals in need. 


Mirror keywords used in the job description to highlight relevant experience. Not only will the recruiter be looking to see if there is a skill match but there is also a chance your CV will undergo an automated screening process which will move your application into the ‘yes’ pile if it recognises the right skills. This works in a similar way to SEO, so make sure you do your research and look for words used in frequent conjunction with ‘veterinary nurse’. There are plenty of free online tools that can help you with this, including CVScan, Resume Worded and Jobscan.

Desires skills

  • Clear communication skills 
  • Practical experience 
  • Problem-solving
  • General admin 
  • Experience using medical machinery
  • In-depth knowledge of procedural practices 
  • Empathy 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Clear communication 


We assume if you’re reading this article, you’ve already completed the qualifications to become a veterinary nurse and got the t-shirt. Here’s a quick reminder of the routes to entry: 

There are pros and cons to each course, so do your research before making a decision. While the vocational path is faster, those who want the university experience may prefer to complete a degree. 

*Make sure to note down your educational background on your CV, including relevant work experience/placements in the sector!


Final advice? 

Veterinary nursing is a high-skilled job that requires dedication and a genuine concern for animal welfare. We know you’ve worked hard to get where you are today, so make sure you emphasise that work-ethic on your CV, as well as your passion for pets!

Now your CV is looking sharp, why not browse our veterinary nurse roles here?