£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£21,840 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


Veterinary nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.

Main Tasks

  • Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals;
  • Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required;
  • Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian;
  • Handles animals during treatment;
  • Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples;
  • Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records;
  • Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises;
  • Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.


Entrants require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Entrants must obtain employment at an approved veterinary practice to gain practical experience and tuition with an employer for a minimum duration of two years. Candidates must also pass professional examinations before qualifying as a veterinary nurse.

What Veterinary nurses studied in higher education

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What Veterinary nurses studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies1
(C1) Biology2
(D2) Clinical veterinary medicine & dentistry1
(C5) Microbiology1
(D3) Animal science87
(P1) Information services1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(C3) Zoology3

UK Prospects

23000 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
1969 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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