National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

12 May 2015

May is BVNA’s National Veterinary Nursing Awareness month. This offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the excellent work veterinary nurses do. It is also used by practice staff and veterinary nurses as an opportunity to promote the role and work of the veterinary nurse, as well as draw attention to the welfare of animals.


Here at Cogges Veterinary Surgery we have seven qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses, while two more are currently undergoing their training.

A Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) is registered on the non-statutory Register for Veterinary Nurses, held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Registration demonstrates to employers and the general public that the nurses are keeping their skills up to date and are accountable for their professional conduct.

As a recognised training practice, all of our student nurses go through a period of training before qualifying. This can be done at either a college or a university, but does require specific entry requirements. For more information on becoming a veterinary nurse please visit:

Most people only see our nurses front of house. However, there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes.

Registered Veterinary Nurses are able to:

  • assist with surgical procedures including monitoring anaesthetics.
  • undertake minor surgery for example, descaling and polishing teeth and suturing wounds.
  • take blood samples.
  • take and process radiographs as requested by the veterinary surgeon.
  • carry out laboratory and diagnostic work.
  • tend to hospitalised animals (monitoring vital signs, administer medication, and give lots of TLC!)
  • maintain fluid therapy.
  • help with administration, such as booster reminders.
  • assist with insurance queries and give advice on our Pet Health Plan.
  • maintain a high level of hygiene throughout the practice- yes, cleaning!


At Cogges Veterinary Surgery we run nurse-led clinics, emphasizing the value and ability of our nursing staff.

Many of the clinics are free of charge and are run throughout the day, by appointment:

  • Weight clinics.
  • 6 month puppy checks.
  • Post operative check-ups.
  • Remove sutures or staples.
  • Dressing changes.
  • Microchipping.
  • Diet and nutrition advice.
  • Flea and worming treatments and advice.
  • Nail clipping.
  • Puppy parties!