VNAM 2020

We are celebrating Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month 2020 to honour this wonderful profession!

We want to say a huge thank you to all of our veterinary nurses. Every day, they do incredible work – and of course over the past few weeks their job has been made even harder.

Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide care and support for so many animals.

BVNA Photo Comp

Because of the social distancing measures we’re experiencing, the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) is running a photo competition as a way for pet owners to get involved, join in the fun, and share information about veterinary nursing.

You could win £50 Love2Shop Vouchers!

BVNA are asking you to take a picture of your pet and complete the sentence “I love my Vet Nurse because...”.

Upload the picture of your pet and why they love their Vet Nurse to the VNAM Facebook page and also post them on your own social media channels (send them to us too) with the following hasgtags #Ilovemyvetnurse #AshTreeVets #VNAM2020 #BVNA #whatvnsdo #vetnurses

To be entered into the competition, email your pet photo and why they love their Vet Nurse to bvna@bvna.co.uk no later than 31 May 2020.


Veterinary nurses play an important role in the care of your pet and are a vital member of the veterinary team. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures under veterinary surgeon direction.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) have the technical knowledge and hands-on expertise to care for animals with skill and empathy.

In addition to caring for your pet while they are in our care, our nurses are also able to provide advice over the telephone as well as running nursing clinics and nurse consultations.


What Veterinary Nurses Do…

  • In-patient Care – RVNs undertake a range of tasks such as; administering medication, wound management, monitoring intravenous fluids and looking after patient needs.

  • Surgical Nursing and Anaesthesia – RVNs are trained to assist the veterinary surgeon as part of the surgical team as well as monitoring the levels of patient anaesthesia throughout the operation. RVNs can also undertake minor surgical procedures, such as suturing.

  • Nurse Clinics - Our nursing clinics cover the following areas; post-operative checks and suture removal, dressing and bandage changes, nail clipping, flea treatment and worming advice (and administering), microchipping, general advice (behavioural, physiotherapy, general health, mobility), weight and nutrition, puppy parties, senior wellness, rabbit clinics, youth clinics.

  • Diagnostic Procedures – Many laboratory tests are performed in-house by RVNs. Once the test is complete, the findings will be relayed to the veterinary surgeon in charge of the case, who will interpret them and discuss the results with you. Radiographs (x-rays) can be a crucial aid to the diagnosis of illness or injury and RVNs are trained to take and process x-rays as requested by the veterinary surgeon.

  • Training - Ash Tree Vets is an Approved Training Practice, offering the clinical training and work experience essential to qualification as a veterinary nurse, to our student nurses.

  • Many Other Tasks, such as; receptionist, stock controller, infection control, hug giver, oral hygienist, dog walker, shoulder to cry on, care planner, home visitor, community support advocate

What VNs Do

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