Ever wondered what a day in the life of a veterinary nurse at Lime Trees Vets looks like?

  • 7:00am – Arrive at the hospital for handover of the inpatients from the emergency service team Vets Now.

  • 7:30am – Inpatient nurses take canine patients out for their morning walk. They then take the temperature, heart and breathing rates of all patients. At this point, medications may also need to be given along with breakfast and our nurses always make sure they account for patients’ individual needs. IV catheters will be checked and any patients that need bathing or wounds cleaning will be seen to.

  • 8-8:30am – Day patients begin to arrive for surgical procedures or medical work ups. They will be admitted by an ops nurse. These patients then begin to be prepared for their operations. Blood samples may be taken, IV catheters placed and pre-medications administered all by our nurses. The team then decides what order the procedures shall be carried out in.

  • 9:00am – Inpatient nurses continue to work on wards, making sure that all patients are up to date with treatment and working with veterinary surgeons on anything that requires further investigation. This may include x-rays, scans, blood tests, endoscopy or surgery.

  • 9:30am – Ops nurses set up theatre and then help the veterinary surgeon to anaesthetise the patient and monitor throughout the procedure.

  • 12:00pm – Once the patient is out of theatre, the recovery nurse takes on their care. The nurse makes sure that patients are warm enough and carries out checks on the heart and respiratory rate to assess appropriate pain relief.

  • 1:00pm – Once surgeries are complete for the day, theatre and prep room will be cleaned down with kits prepared ready for the next day.

  • 3:00pm – When it is time for patients to go home, the ops nurse will discharge them back to their owners, making sure that they are happy with the at-home care to give to help with their animals recovery.

  • 4:00pm – Nurses hold their own nurse consultations, which can be anything from a new puppy or kitten check to a weight clinic. The dispensing nurse is also required to dispense medications and assist the vet with their consultations. Meanwhile, the inpatient nurse continues to care for patients; administering medications, feeding and walking any dogs. 

  • 8-8:30pm – As the working day comes to an end, the care of the inpatients is handed back over to Vets Now.

Thanks to the nature of the veterinary world, it is difficult to provide an accurate account of a typical working day for a vet nurse as you never can tell what may come through the door. As well as all of the above, the nurses also answer queries and give advice, provide and receive regular, on-going training, take bloods and run blood tests, prepare medications and much, much more!