How your veterinary nurse can help you and your pet!


If you take your pet to your local veterinary clinic, chances are you’ll interact with one of the practice’s veterinary nurses whose role is to help you, your pet and the vet. Veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians are highly aware of the strong bond that you share with your pet and the positive influence that these furry, feathered or scaled critters have on your life.

A qualified veterinary nurse has studied for a Certificate IV qualification that enables them to provide advice to help educate you on all aspects of your pet’s life stage. The role of veterinary nurses is to support the veterinarian, and there are many areas of pet care that a veterinary nurse can offer you support and advice on, including about nutritional, surgical, post-operative and general wellbeing issues.

When you welcome a new puppy into your family, you can gain valuable knowledge from your veterinary nurse who will offer advice and guidance including on toileting training, feeding and behavioural training. They can also provide information on how to crate train your dog or what vaccination regimes are recommended.

Managing the diet and weight of your pet is important to ensure their optimal health. Veterinary nurses often run weight management clinics, offering advice around what types of food and what food volumes are best if trying to help your overweight pet lose some kilos.

As much as we like to feed extra treats to our pets, often it may not be in the best interests of your pet, so by working closely with your veterinary nurse, they can help to ensure your pet is at the optimal weight to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Eighty percent of pets suffer from dental disease, and many veterinary practices offer dental clinics to assess the dental hygiene of the per - where the veterinary nurse can detail many different ways for you to maximise your pets dental care to help guard against poor oral hygiene.

Veterinary nurses are trained in checking wounds, and undertaking post-operative checks, along with some rehabilitation activities. These are just a few of the front of house dealings you may have with your local veterinary nurse, not to mention the many activities they’re involved with inside the veterinary clinic including assisting with anaesthetic and surgical procedures.

It’s important to remember that veterinary nurses play an integral role in maintaining the wellbeing of your pet, and they are a great source of reliable pet care information.

Veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians have a wealth of knowledge to share, and are there for you to utilise – so why not have a chat with your local veterinary nurse and see how they can help you and your pet.