- 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 £19,436
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 734. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for veterinary nurse roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £19,436 per year. That is about £1,620 per month or £9.97 per hour. New workers generally start on £6,611, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,274
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, 734 people are employed in the region.