Saturday, 4 April 2015

Find Your Dream Job: Veterinary Nursing

Name: Annmarie Gough
Occupation: Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Twitter: Annmarie_Gough
Annmarie Gough is a 20 year old student from Co.Tipperary and is studying veterinary nursing at Saint Johns college, Cork.
As part of her college course she is required to work one day a week in her local veterinary clinic, and although she admits it's hard work she couldn't see herself doing anything else. 

Industry: Veterinary 
Job title: Veterinary Nursing
Description of your job role and the industry itself: Veterinary Nurses assist veterinary surgeons with the diagnostics, treatment and care of sick or injured domestic farm and zoo animals.
What are the entry routes: 
CAO: Athlone IT, Letterkenny IT , Dublin University College and Dundalk IT
PLC: St Johns Central College, Cork
What is a typical day like for a veterinary nurse? 
It varies from,
  • Administering drugs, anaesthetics and injections.
  • preparing animals for surgery
  • holding and monitoring animals during operations
  • maintaining, sterilising and laying out surgical equipment
  • Cleaning up after surgery
  • undertaking diagnostic tests
  • preparing and sending off laboratory samples
  • taking x-rays
  • caring for, exercising and grooming animal ‘in-patients'
  • giving advice to owners about caring for and breeding animals
  • keeping records
The best/worst parts:
The best parts would most definitely have to be the love for animals and dealing with different people every day. In this industry you're constantly learning new things which is definitely something to benefit all workers.
The worst part of the job is a tricky question. I suppose nobody likes to see any animals in pain, which in this industry you will see quite often so its something you will need to get used to and get on with.
 Is it an industry that you'd recommend getting into:
There will always be sick animals, and a veterinary nurse is a critical part to a veterinary clinic so yes, I do believe it is a good industry to get into. The pay may not be as high as some people think, but once you are employed for over one year, advancements in pay rise more each year to veterinary nurses. It is quite a busy job and hours are long so you wouldn't really be worrying about spending money as you're probably going to be too tired to go on shopping sprees
What are some of the most important things you need to know about this career:
Veterinary nurses are obligated to be available to go on calls during the night. So you need to sacrifice a lot of weekends out and parties or events you may have planned. Some people don’t know this entering the profession as it is usually vets on call, but the veterinary nurse will also be needed to assist the vet when needed. It is always important to respect the clients and listen to what they have to say. Veterinary nurses will spend a lot of time talking about different cases with clients so a lot of information has to be stored.
What kind of expectations did you have on this job and did it live up to it:
I expected this job to be more about handling animals but it turns out the veterinary nurse actually do more than that. They prepare everything for surgery and can also diagnose problems with animals. They can carry out dental procedures on dogs and cats which was something I did not know, but am excited to be able to do this once I get my degree. This job lives up to my expectations and beyond.
So what advice can you give people who think they might want to study this:
When choosing the Leaving Cert subject, consider choosing Biology, as this will be a module in veterinary nursing. Home Economics can also be of benefit as this repeats some of the science in Biology. I would recommend getting a few weeks work experience in Veterinary clinics, and not only one clinic, to make sure you see more than one atmosphere as some clinics are larger than others. St John’s College you will need to attend an interview also, so this is where the work experience counts. Know the course content and know what it covers. Be confident and prove to them your love for the job. You will only be able to do this with a lot of work experience!

''This is a job where you need to have a passion for it at a young age. The job can really test your patience and is very stressful. As a veterinary nurse you hold a massive responsibility and need common sense to deal with scenarios that you wouldn't get a chance to learn in college. This is why work experience is a major factor before considering this profession and in my opinion you would know if this was for you if you had gotten experience back in TY rather than the summer after you finish your leaving cert! ''

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