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What career opportunities are there for veterinary nurses?

There are a range of opportunities for a registered veterinary nurse and these include:

  1. Additional Qualifications: Furthering their knowledge and skills by studying for additional qualifications or doing CPD in their area of interest. For some more information on some of the courses available please see below links.
  1. Clinical Supervisor role: Some registered veterinary nurses pursue clinical coaching/ a clinical supervisor role as they are keen to help train students in practice. For further information on this, please see below links.
  1. Education: Some registered veterinary nurses use their qualifications to pursue a role in education such as lecturing. These positions in education can vary widely such as tutoring student veterinary nurses through to teaching, assessing and writing course content. These roles may also include research and representing education institutions at exhibitions or at conferences.
  1. Specialism: Some Veterinary Nurses choose to work in a specialist practice. This could include a feline specific, exotic, equine, large animal, referral, emergency or in hospitals. Some examples of nurses that have specialised are below.
  1. Locum work: Some veterinary nurses progress into locum work as this enables them to control their hours and gives them the opportunity to travel. Some further information on locum work is in the links below.
  1. Leadership: Some veterinary nurses progress towards a management role such as practice manager or head nurse. The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) can provide more information on how to progress in this area and CPD. (https://vetmg.com/).
  1. Sales: Some Veterinary nurses go into sales and work as a sales representative for one of the companies or service provides that supply the veterinary industry. This type of role enables the veterinary nurse to meet new people help deliver better care to patients and also provides the opportunity to travel.
  1. Rehabilitation: Some veterinary nurses train as a veterinary physiotherapist or hydrotherapist. The links below provide further information.
  1. Volunteer: Some nurses spend their time volunteering worldwide to help animals in need whilst also travelling and seeing new areas. Some more information is provided below.
  1. Academic Writing and Research: If a veterinary nurse is educated to a degree level, then they may pursue a career in research. This enables the nurse to help develop veterinary nursing techniques and promote evidence-based practice. This may progress further into public speaking at events and congresses.

What career opportunities are there for veterinary nurses?

There are a range of places you can search for veterinary nursing vacancies. For a general search of veterinary nursing jobs you could search;


You can also register with an agency who will advise you of any jobs they have that may suit you or will do the searching for yourself and contact the practice however, they generally carry a finder’s fee for the potential employer.


Another alternative is to look a corporate website for their vacancies if you are looking to work for a specific corporate or to look at a specific places page if you know you would like to work there. Another option would also be to send in a C.V and covering letter to the places you would be interested working in.

How do I write a C.V and Covering Letter?

A covering letter accompanies your C.V and it details how your skill set aligns with the role advertised, why you would like this position and what you can bring to the team. The covering letter often gives the potential employer their first impression. A C.V on the other hand provides the employer with a short summary of your experience, achievements, key skills and qualifications. A C.V and covering letter are generally the only documents potential employers have to go by to decide whether to progress your application. Some further information on how to write a good C.V and covering letter are outlined below.

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