Welcome to the first instalment of ManyPets regular feature about the lives of vet nurses, the cornerstones of every veterinary team.
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This month, we spoke to Stacey, a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Stacey has worked in the industry for six years and has been qualified for two and a half years. She has been working at her current practice for almost six years.
My alarm goes off at…
7:30am (8:30am if I am on a late shift).
**I cannot leave the house without…
**Having a cup of tea.
**The main purpose of my job is…
**To provide the best care for animals I can. Whether they are in for surgical procedures, medical treatment or just routine appointments.
My typical day involves…
Setting up for surgeries, admitting patients, taking blood samples and placing IV catheters, preparing the patient for surgery, monitoring anaesthetics, recovering patients in their kennels, cleaning theatre and surgical kits, nurse consultations, hoovering and mopping (and much more!)
**Any words of wisdom for student vet nurses?
**Persevere through the difficult times because it will be worth it in the end! And always go with your first answer in exams because that’s usually the correct one.
**A common misconception about my job is…
**That we’re training to be vets! Veterinary nurses are qualified in their own right and we have to do a lot of studying and exams to earn our title.
**My favourite work memory is…
**Scrubbing in to assist the surgeon with a diaphragmatic hernia surgery on a 13-week-old kitten. It was a high-risk surgery on such a tiny patient but she recovered well and is still a patient with us years later.
**A perk of the job is…
**Getting to cuddle the cute puppies and kittens that come into the practice. I will never get tired of this.
**To unwind after work I…
**Like to sit in the garden if it’s nice weather or settle down on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good film.
**My role in 5 words
**Hard work but so rewarding.
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