Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurses support veterinarians to perform inspections, procedures and operations for the treatment of animals. They typically meet with clients and their animals prior to the Veterinarian to evaluate the concern or injury of the animal. They should have an interest in helping animals and be able to perform a variety of functions and services.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise animal owners on detailed proper care of animals, vaccines recommended and refer them to animal care supplies and facilities
  • Assist in administering medications, lab tests, anaesthetics and oxygen to animals
  • Disinfect examination rooms, instruments and equipment and prepare required tools for procedures
  • Maintain and hold animals while Veterinarians examine and perform procedures
  • Maintain stock levels and request additional supplies when needed
  • Provide intake and keep records of owners and their animals, listening and determining the nature of concern or problem with animals and providing information to Veterinarians
  • Transfer animals to recovery areas after operations or procedures and monitor their wellbeing

Skills required

  • Coordination Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Manual Agility and Attention to Detail
  • Perceptiveness and Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities

Working conditions

Veterinary Nurses typically work Mondays to Fridays as well as alternating weekends according to the Veterinary hours of operation. They typically work in indoor, clinic settings catered to animals and should be able to provide some physical labour, helping to lift animals onto examination tables and moving and cleaning equipment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Veterinary Association 

Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Animal Nurse
  • Dog Walker
  • Life Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant