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Veterinary surgeon

Under the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act only a registered veterinary surgeon is permitted to diagnose and treat the injuries and ailments of animals. To train to be a veterinary surgeon you will need to go to university and take a veterinary degree. The universities in the UK offering veterinary degrees approved by the RCVS are Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London (the Royal Veterinary College) and Nottingham. The degree courses are five years in length (six years at some schools).

Work in the veterinary profession is highly rewarding, but also very demanding. Every veterinary surgeon has an obligation to deal with emergencies in any species at any time. Anyone contemplating a career in veterinary practice should remember that it is a 24-hour service, 365 days a year.

Find out more at: http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-vet

Gaining some work experience is the first step in deciding whether it could be the right career for you. See our section on EMS.

Veterinary nurse

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.

Veterinary nursing offers rewarding career opportunities for people interested in animal health and welfare. The demand for veterinary nurses is steadily increasing and employment prospects are excellent.

There are two routes to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse; either via vocational training or via a higher education qualification. Both routes lead to registration as a veterinary nurse.

 

Find out more at: http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse

Gaining some work experience is the first step in deciding whether it could be the right career for you. See our section on EMS.