We employ (trained) Veterinary Nurses (RVN) and we are a Veterinary Nurse Training Practice (TP), always having nurses under training. Most of our present VNs have been trained here at Parkside, with block release to Telford college in Edinburgh over three years. This results in a highly trained professional, who can give your pet even better care.
It is the nurse who admits your pet, makes them comfortable and administers a pre-med (sedation) after checking weight. The nurse assists during preparation for surgery, clips and cleans the skin and constantly monitors your pet during anaesthesia, using internal stethoscopes where necessary, monitoring pulse, respiration and reflexes. A nurse may be needed to assist during surgery, to hold and provide instruments (as above). The nurse stays with your pet after an operation until all the usual reflexes have returned and the worrying time is past! The nurse even wipes your pet's bot and cleans and disinfects the kennel after use. The nurse will explain to you all post-op care before your pet goes home and she will also give you a typed sheet regarding post-op care with all the advice and expertise you may need. You can also print your own - See Anaesthesia/surgery.
There are now also a few University Courses for Veterinary Nurse training. If you are interested in Veterinary Nursing and how you can get started, please have a look at the BVNA web site - HERE
Parkside employs one head nurse, four senior RVNs and another eight RVNs and we have two nurses finishing training soon.
It is the nurse who constantly monitors your pet during anaesthesia, using internal stethoscopes where necessary, monitoring pulse, respiration and reflexes. Your pet is furter monitored post-op until concious and all natural reflexes have returned.