Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.


  • Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.
  • Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises.
  • Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records.
  • Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples.
  • Handles animals during treatment.
  • Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian.
  • Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required.
  • Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for veterinary nurse is £19,487

747 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 747. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for veterinary nurse roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,487 per year. That is about £1,624 per month or £9.99 per hour. New workers generally start on £10,358, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,313

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 747 people are employed in the region.

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