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Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month.  During this month we celebrate and highlight the amazing work of our veterinary nurses.

At Greenbay Vets in Torquay and Paignton, we are proud to employ qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses and Student Veterinary Nurses enrolled in approved training programmes.  The title veterinary nurse is not currently protected but we believe it should be.

Here are just a few of the roles of the veterinary nurse within our practice:

Anaesthetic monitoring

Our nurses monitor and record a patient’s vital signs during an anaesthetic e.g. anaesthetic depth, heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and ECG (electrical activity of the heart).  You can read more about what happens when your dog or cat has an anaesthetic here.

In patient care

Our nurses monitor and look after hospitalised patients and those recovering from surgery. They can take blood samples and put patients on drips under the direction of a vet. They inform the vet of any changes, administer medications, nutrition and drips, and also make sure patients are comfortable, groomed and given cuddles.

Nurse clinics

Our nurses perform a number of different nurse clinics, including dental checks, weight clinics, older pet screening, nail clips, grooming, some vaccinations, and  therapeutic laser treatment.

Scrub nurse

Our nurses regularly ‘scrub in’ to assist the veterinary surgeon with operations e.g. orthopaedic surgery. They help prepare the patient, and assist the surgeon by holding and passing instruments.

Our nurses also do a huge range of other important jobs including:

  • Assisting with ultrasound and endoscopic procedures.
  • Taking x-rays.
  • Dealing with pet owner queries in person and by phone.
  • Preparation of theatre and instruments for procedures.
  • Performing laboratory tests e.g. running blood samples, urine tests and looking at specimens under the microscope.
  • Auditing our procedures to make sure we are doing the best job possible.

We are sure you will agree, our nursing team are amazing!

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