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Veterinary Nurses

Dick White Referrals (DWR) is one of the largest specialist multi-disciplinary veterinary referral centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities.

Veterinary Nurses, Technicians and PCAs

Working as a referral veterinary nurse means that you can specialise and experience the many services within our multi-disciplinary referral centre.

At DWR we have a large team of Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs), Student Veterinary Nurses (SVNs), Patient Care Assistants (PCAs) and Technicians, all working together to provide the best care possible to our patients.

The roles and responsibilities across the team are varied and being a multidisciplinary referral centre most of our RVNs and PCAs have chosen to work in a dedicated disciplinary area, allowing them to develop the required skills to a high standard and learn in a department that they are particularly passionate about, such as Neurology, Internal Medicine or Theatre. To learn more click here.

Career progression

We are committed to the career progression and continuing development and all of our nurses and nursing assistants. We hold many CPD events as well as webinars and the opportunity to have tours of our referral centre and shadowing experiences with our referral nurses.

Working as a referral nurse means you can specialise and experience the many services within our multidisciplinary referral centre.

At DWR our day care continues at night, so nurses get the experience of a varied caseload rotating through wards and developing their skills on a night shift in a very close-knit caring team.

Working as a night nurse offers further benefits in terms of flexibility and a work-life balance such as caring for children, and with longer periods off between shifts it gives you the chance to study or have leisure time in the day. Not having to go part-time to fit in childcare for example also ensures you get a full-time generous salary.

If you would like to experience what life is like as a referral night nurse, please visit this page to find out more:

Dick White Academy

The Dick White Academy (DWA) is based on the Dick White Referral’s Campus – on the site of the largest private veterinary referral centre in the UK. Students have access to the specialist resources and equipment for which Dick White Referrals is renowned.

The Academy Principal, Ali Heywood, has over 25 years’ experience leading veterinary nurse training and her philosophy is that education and practice should work hand in hand for effective training.

All members of the teaching team at the Academy are Registered Veterinary Nurses and all Lecturers are highly experienced in their field, with a unique understanding of what is needed for each apprentice to be successful academically and in practice.

We currently deliver Level 2 Diploma Veterinary Care Support (VCS) and Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing courses.

The L2 VCS Apprenticeship is typically run over a one-year day release programme. The L3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship is typically run over a 2.5-year day release programme.