As part of their veterinary nurse training programme, second and third year CCOAS students are getting the opportunity to listen to a series of guest speakers to enrich their time spent at college.
After experiencing glimpses of what being a veterinary nurse was all about when I worked as a veterinary receptionist, I applied and was accepted as a student veterinary nurse with the Central College of Animal Studies (CCOAS).
Registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) are the backbone of any successful veterinary practice, providing emergency and routine healthcare to animals. From preparing patients for surgical procedures to educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets, the day-to-day responsibilities of a veterinary nurse are vast and varying.
Why I became a Veterinary Nurse?- I first became inspired to become a veterinary nurse when I was 11, my Aunt was a veterinary nurse at the time and she would bring home stray animals and particularly wildlife that needed care. She let me help with caring for them, I helped with hand rearing wild rabbits, squirrels, a badger, piglets and lambs from the farm. I wanted to make a difference and give the best care to animals making them feel comfortable and in a safe environment as it's daunting for pets to be away from their familiar owners. I started my training in 2009 and qualified and registered as an RVN in 2013.
Pet Focus magazine caught up with Beckie Mills RVN from Moreton Hall Veterinary Centre about what a typical day involves as a veterinary nurse.
Central College of Animal Studies welcomed more veterinary nursing students in September 2019. The College is now busy recruiting for groups to start at each of their three centres in Suffolk, Kent and Devon for September 2020. Specialising in veterinary nursing training, the College offers small class sizes and high levels of student support.
As part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Medicine, Central College of Animal Studies will regularly be delivering a range of CPD days designed for new graduate vet interns. Which began in November 2018. The CPD days, form an added value element of the Postgraduate Diploma, as well as an opportunity for graduates to work on their Clinical Skills Log (CSL) during the events.
Launched in August 2018 and awarded by Central Qualifications (CQ), the College’s Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Medicine (PgDipVetMed) is designed to facilitate graduates’ transition from veterinary student to qualified veterinary surgeon working in clinical practice.