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Vet Nurse Day
At the frontline of veterinary care are Vet Nurses, who witness firsthand the pain, tragedy and triumphs of the pet population. The 14th of October is Vet Nurse Day, a time to celebrate these amazing men and women and the great work that they do.
“Vet Nurses deserve to be applauded for the amazing work they do with animals of all shapes and sizes,” believes Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia. “They work tirelessly to ensure the health and wellbeing of so many pets around Australia and thoroughly deserve a big nod of appreciation.”
From lending a hand during surgery and supporting the great veterinarians around them, to helping afterhours, cleaning wounds and helping sick and injured animals.
Dr Paul McGreevy, a professor from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Sydney completely agrees.
“Vet nurses look out for both vets and patients,” says Professor McGreevy. “Their extraordinary work in guiding clients with animal care, puppy socialisation and surgical after-care explains why they have embraced the new doglogbook with such great enthusiasm. “They are the unsung heroes of almost every clinic I’ve worked in.”
*Doglogbook, is a world first app that stores all your dog’s details, such as medication and booster reminders, and allows you to monitor progress after surgery or a health crisis. It also aims to support evidence-based assessments of the current quality of life dogs experience, while also enhancing welfare in clinical practice.
Vet nurses are also known for answering client’s questions, educating their pet owners on health and wellbeing plus running puppy-preschools, while also dealing with poop, sad dogs and owners. There simply isn’t anything your local veterinary nurse won’t do to help an animal and owner in need.
“I have personally had a vet nurse cuddle my beloved dog as he woke from surgery,” adds Crighton. “Even lying in his cage until she was sure that he was OK as he was wimping, while waking from anaesthesia.”
In many cases they help owners deal with the death of a pet through support and a shoulder to cry on. They are at the frontline of vet care and help with examinations, treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured animals.
“The work that they do is very important,” states Crighton. “At PIA we give a huge amount of praise to these amazing nurses from around the country, who always go above and beyond the call of duty.”
So on Friday, the 14th of October, make sure you take the time to say “Thank you” to your local vet nurses for the amazing work that they do.