A day in the life of a Veterinary Nurse


My name is Paula, and I’m a qualifed veterinary nurse working for Anicare in Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital for the past 2 years.

When I’m asked what I do for a living and reply with “I’m a veterinary nurse”, I usually receive the response “Awww I’d love to do that, it must be so fun!”

A lot of people seem to assume that we get to play with puppies and kittens all day, (whilst it is indeed a perk of the job sometimes) in actual fact we do quite a lot more than that.



Sometimes our day might include reception duties where we have to juggle a number of duties including dealing with client queries on the phone, while booking in an appointment for a client, whilst taking payment for a clients visit. Multi-tasking is the name of the game!

We also look after your pets when they stay in our kennels, from feeding and walking them to giving them their medication and of course lots of TLC.


Most days we assist our veterinary surgeons in a range of tasks including holding a patient for a blood sample or vaccination, through to proparing an animal for surgery and monitoring them throughout their anaesthetic. Sometimes we scrub up for surgery and assist the veterinary surgeon in surgical procedures. Other days we assist during emergencies where we literally hold the patient’s life in our hands.


We see a wide range of animals from dogs and cats to small furries.

Every day is different and you never know what might come through the reception door. Some days are fantastic, like when a patient who has been very sick makes a full recovery and gets to go home. Other days can be very upsetting when we have to help families say goodbye to their much loved pets.


At the end of day, it’s great to know that you have made a difference, not only in the pets life but also in their families.








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