National Vet Nursing Month

Veterinary nurses have to don many caps including, anaesthetist, surgical assistant, laboratory technician, radiographer, nutritionist, teacher, care giver, midwife, a friendly face, counsellor, paw holder, cleaner, receptionist, advice giver, dental assistant, paramedic, comforter, animal restrainer, listener…The list goes on and on!

There are also many different career paths open to veterinary nurses from working in general practice as our nurses do, to specialist referral, equine and exotic nurses. Some nurses will branch out into different roles such as pet insurance advisor, nutritional advisor, sales of pet food or pharmaceutical products, lecturing and assessing student nurses. There are options to work for charity organisations such as the RSPCA, PDSA, Dogs Trust, and expand into zoo or wildlife nursing.

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This year in support of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month Wellpets are holding a fundraising event to raise money for The Cinnamon Trust, on Wednesday 31st May, 9:30am – 1:30pm at Worle.

There will be cakes and books for sale, a raffle for some great prizes, and some volunteers with their Cinnamon Trust foster dogs available to meet and learn more about the charity’s work and how you can become a volunteer dog walker or fosterer. Our nurses Lucy and Naomi will also be available to show you around the Worle practice and discuss any questions you may have about veterinary nursing, from training to a typical day as a Wellpets Registered Veterinary Nurse, and what is involved.

Our chosen charity is to raise funds for is The Cinnamon Trust, as they are the only national charity for the elderly, terminally ill and their pets. The trust was founded in 1985 by Mrs Averil Jarvis, and named after her own Corgi Cinnamon who passed away at the age of 17 just as the trust was getting started.

Pets as we know provide companionship and have a positive effect on our lives, The Cinnamon Trust recognises this and their primary aim is to preserve this relation between pet and owner. They have a national network of over 15,000 volunteers that are able to provide practical day to day help such as walking a dog for a housebound owner. They also co-ordinate foster care for when owners have a spell in hospital or long term care for pets who’s owners have died or moved into residential accommodation.

We would love to see as many of you from the local community on the day as possible, so please come along to support us and help raise some money for a deserving charity.