May is VETERINARY NURSING AWARENESS MONTH (VNAM), so we thought we’d give you a little insight into what we do…

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) work alongside Vets in order to provide a high standard of care for our patients – your pets – and we are involved in a wide range of care and treatments.

At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, we currently employ 10 RVNs, along with 3 SVNs (Student Veterinary Nurses) and 2 auxiliary nurses, working across our 3 practices.

 Some of our many duties include:
  • Providing supportive care for sick patients to include observations, general nursing care, wound management, administration of medication and fluid therapy, and all important love and TLC
  • Taking blood samples and placing intravenous catheters
  • Performing in-house laboratory tests
  • Taking x-rays
  • Monitoring patients during anaesthesia
  • Preparing patients for surgery
  • Performing minor surgical procedures under Veterinary supervision
  • Reception duties

RVNs must undertake a period of training (minimum of 2 years) of both theoretical and practical learning, on an approved training course that is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Once qualified, RVNs are accountable for their professional practice and must follow the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses. We must also keep our skills up-to-date by undertaking CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and pay an annual retention fee to ensure we remain registered with the RCVS to undertake certain privileges under the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) order 2002.

At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, we are also an Approved Training Practice, meaning we are able to train nurses at our Darlington Hospital to the high standard our clients expect. For further information on Veterinary Nurse training, please click here.

At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, our RVNs also hold a daily clinic session at our Stanhope Road Surgery, from 2.30 to 4pm weekdays. Here are some examples of the appointments that are available with one of our RVNs:

  • Claw clipping
  • Micro-chipping
  • 2nd and 3rd vaccinations of a primary course (puppies, kittens and adults restarting their vaccinations)
  • Post-operative checks and suture removal
  • Therapeutic laser therapy
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Routine blood tests
  • Administering medications

Some more specific nurse clinics include:

  • Weight clinics
  • Diabetic clinics
  • Senior Pet Health clinics
  • Dental checks

Many of our nurses have specific areas of interest and specialist knowledge, and so you may be advised to see a particular nurse for a specific concern.

To book an appointment with one of our RVNs, please contact the surgery on 01325 380111.

For further information about a career in Veterinary Nursing, visit the RCVS website to find out more about our amazing profession!