Veterinary Nurse Job Description

veterinary nurse job description includes a detailed overview of the key requirements, duties, responsibilities, and skills for this role.

Last update : July 14, 2023

Veterinary Nurse Job Description

A veterinary nurse is a health care professional who specializes in the care of animals.

Veterinary nurses may be licensed or registered and work either in hospitals, clinics, or other animal facilities.

Registered veterinary nurses (RVN) are nurses who have passed an examination by the Veterinary Nurses Association (VNA) of Canada.

They are registered nurses who have received training in animal care and have completed a course of study at a postsecondary institution recognized by the Canadian Council of Veterinary Nurses.

Job Brief:

We’re looking for Veterinary Nurses to join our team! We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and the opportunity to work with some of the best veterinarians in the country. If you’re interested in joining our team, please send your resume to

Veterinary Nurse Duties:

  • Perform animal handling, medical treatment, and nursing care of pets
  • Prepare, administer, and document injections, medications, and other treatments
  • Provide basic wound care, such as cleaning, stitching, and suturing
  • Provide basic care for sick or injured animals
  • Assist doctors in examining animals
  • Assist in surgical procedures involving anesthesia

Veterinary Nurse Responsibilities:

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities of a veterinary nurse, including inpatient and outpatient patient care, client counseling, and medication administration, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
  • Communicate with the vet and technicians about client concerns, medications, tests, treatments, and results, and relay information about medication dosages,
  • potential side effects, and other pertinent information to pet owners
  • Keep records on sick or injured animals, as well as on diagnoses, treatments, and medications
  • Interact with the veterinary staff to schedule appointments, perform exams, and record test results
  • Prepare and maintain inventory records of medications and supplies, and properly dispose of expired or unused items
  • Operate clinic equipment, such as sterilizers, surgical equipment, and x-ray machines
  • Collect client payments, handle invoices, and process payments
  • Perform basic administrative tasks, such as ordering office supplies and preparing payroll

Requirements And Skills:

  • Veterinary nursing diploma or certificate, OR bachelor’s degree in veterinary science or related field
  • 1+ year of veterinary nursing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with animals, including anesthetizing, phenotyping, and vaccinating

Our company values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to building a team that is inclusive of people of all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, nationalities, genders, and ages.

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