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At Dave Cumber Vets we have an excellent team of Veterinary Nurses, who work hard to ensure that all pets are provided with the highest level of care. Through our own experience we know that taking your animals to the vets can be a very scary experience for both you and your pet. As animal lovers and pet owners ourselves, we try to make the experience as stress free as possible.

When your pet comes to stay with us, whether it’s just for one day or a week, our team of veterinary nurses will care for your pets and provide them with plenty of love and cuddles throughout their stay at the surgery.

Veterinary Nurse

What do Veterinary Nurses at Dave Cumber Vets do?

Veterinary Nurses care for your pet from admission until they go home. They play a vital role in everything we do at Dave Cumber Vets, whether that is a routine procedure or an emergency admission.

Surgical monitoring

Veterinary Nurses work alongside surgeons during veterinary procedures. Throughout the course of the operation they constantly monitor the patient’s health using a variety of measures and state of the art monitoring tools. Nurses are responsible for monitoring blood pressure and making any adjustments the surgeon deems necessary, including intravenous fluids and drugs.

Our team of highly trained nurses also keep a close eye on Electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, Co2 levels as well as regulating the patient’s temperature using a variety of equipment, including heat pads, heated air-flow duvets, foil blankets and bubble wrap.

Diagnostic tests

Our Veterinary Nurses often carry out diagnostic tests such as analysing urine samples, taking x-rays and performing blood tests. A vet will use the results of these to help them make a diagnosis.

Caring for inpatients

Nurses administer tablets, drops and injections during a pet’s time in the practice. They look after them during overnight or extended stays, ensuring that they have food, water and are well exercised as needed.

Minor treatments

Veterinary Nurses are trained to perform minor treatments such as applying dressings, stitching small wounds, microchipping and nail clipping. They also run nurse clinics covering diabetes, weight control and dental checks. 

Liaise with owners

Veterinary Nurses are required to liaise with pet owners and promote animal health and wellbeing. Our nurses spend much of their time promoting the benefits of preventative health care and responsible ownership, educating pet owners on the benefits of regular worming, flea treatments and annual vaccinations. They are also required to support owners and provide reassurance during their pet’s treatment.

Preparing the surgery/practice

Veterinary Nurses ensure that high standards of cleanliness are maintained throughout the practice. This involves preparing the surgery for operations, sterilising and laying out any equipment that may be used and cleaning the operating theatre following a surgery.

How to become a Veterinary nurse

Veterinary nurses are required to hold a qualification credited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). There are two routes into the profession:

  • 2 year college course working in the practice full time with weekly day release
 University (one of the below)
  • 3 year university course – foundation degree
  • 4 year university course – full honours degree

Work at Dave Cumber Vets

Unfortunately we don’t currently have any vacant Veterinary Nurse positions at either our Weymouth or Dorchester surgeries. Be sure to keep an eye our staff vacancies page to find out when we are recruiting.