This week’s letter is V. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Track Rider.
You may have a passion for helping injured horses, but not be interested in pursuing the role of a veterinarian. Rather than needing to go to university to gain a degree, a veterinary nurse is able to complete a qualification at TAFE whilst also working in a clinic, gaining hands on experience.
The catch often is being able to acquire work in a clinic – don’t be afraid to volunteer your time! This can be a great way to build up contacts and then gain work in a field you’re passionate to enter.
If you’re interested in becoming a veterinary nurse, consider:
- Your focus won’t be solely horses
- You may need to work night duty and cover weekends
- You’ll be working with animals that often will be in pain
- You may be able to focus on a particular area down the track, such as neonatal care (foals)
- If you work in an equine clinic, there will be seasons of work where particular tasks are really busy or non existent (eg, birth of foals, xrays for horse sales)
Being a veterinary nurse will require that you undertake study to gain a qualification. For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:
“Lessons from your horse: when you’re feeling financially secure, let me teach you the meaning of ‘veterinary services, additional.'” – Author unknown