Veterinary Nurses are currently employed, very successfully in Private Practice, Welfare Organisations, Industry, Academia and Research and are the quintessential part of any veterinary health care team.
In private practice the Veterinary Nurse is not only responsible for patient care but is also responsible for client liaison, administering of medicines, stock control and merchandising, basic laboratory procedures, administration and monitoring of anaesthetics, taking of radiographs and assisting in surgical procedures. A Veterinary Nurse is trained to do everything except for clinical consultations and surgery thereby saving the veterinarian time.
In Welfare Organisation and Community Veterinary Clinics the Veterinary Nurse has the same responsibilities as those that are in private practice but the emphasis is on primary Health Care and educating pet owners.
Veterinary Nurses are sought after by the pharmaceutical Industry as the depth of their training makes them well suited to positions in sales and product management of Veterinary pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and equipment.
Their responsibilities would include the training of staff, offering technical support to the veterinary profession and representing companies and the profession at congresses and product launches.
Veterinary Nurses involved in Academia have the same duties as those Vet nurses in private practice but their emphasis is focused on the practical and theoretical training of veterinary and veterinary Nursing students.
Veterinary Nurses performs all their duties under the supervision and instruction of a Veterinarian and in accordance with the Para-Veterinary Professions Act and their Ethical Code ensuring that patients receive care that is only equalled by that of a Veterinarian.