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An introduction to veterinary practice

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Abstract

The origins of the veterinary nurse are unclear but animal nurses may have played a key part in the late 1880s when history records the presence of hospitals devoted to the nursing of dogs. Qualified veterinary nurses are key members of the veterinary team, providing skilled care for sick animals and support for their owners. In order to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), students choose to follow either a vocational or higher education route. The chapter explains Routes into veterinary nursing; Employment issues for veterinary nurses; and Continuing professional development.

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1.1 Greyhound racing.
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1.2 A Lance Corporal in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, with her ‘Search’ dog, checking out a tanker at a permanent vehicle check point.
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1.3 A Lance Corporal in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, with his ‘Protection’ dog, patrolling a perimeter fence.
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1.4 The Veterinary Officers and Veterinary Technicians of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps supervise every aspect of the lives of service animals and are responsible for their health and welfare.
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1.5 A student veterinary nurse attending to patients. (Photograph by Freda Scott-Park, courtesy of The Blue Cross.)
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1.6 A veterinary nurse monitoring blood pressure in a dog. (Courtesy of Alasdair Hotston Moore.)
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1.7 A student nurse clipping the haircoat on the flank of a dog prior to surgery. (Courtesy of Alasdair Hotston Moore.)
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1.8 A veterinary nurse assessing a patient under anaesthesia. (Photograph by Freda Scott-Park, courtesy of The Blue Cross.)
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1.9 A veterinary nurse monitoring the vital signs of a patient undergoing a surgical procedure. (Courtesy of Alasdair Hotston Moore.)
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1.10 A veterinary nurse helping to care for neonatal puppies following delivery by Caesarean section. (Courtesy of Alasdair Hotston Moore.)

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