What I love about being a Veterinary Nurse

Written by Louise Gorenc

That was great and in many ways I’m glad I went down that road.  But, there comes a time in one’s life (and mine was an early 30’s crunch time crisis) when we think about the dreams we once had.

Mine was simple.  To help animals.

Imagine my delight to see a job ad for Tasmanian Animal Hospitals!  It wasn’t an easy process.  After application letter there was group interviews with the job network where I also got to meet the Practice Manager (Nola).  I was feeling a little old – average age of the applicants was between 16-20 roughly.  Then I made it through to the next round and got to have an interview at the actual Bellerive practice with Dr Chris, Nola and Penny who was the hospital supervisor.  From that, I got a week trial and this is when I fell in love.

So many caring vets, so many lovely nurses and the clients were wonderful.  I was getting the opportunity to work with animals, but also to share that magic moment where a pet’s owner (or – as I like to call them, a pet’s “Person” or Mummy/Daddy) lets us share that special bond that they have with their pet.  These clients truly care about their fur babies!

So, 4 years on, I’m forever grateful that Tasmanian Animal Hospitals chose a ‘mature’ person for the job and gave me the opportunity to share with them the magic moments of caring for pets, through the good times and sad times.

You know, there’s a saying that goes around from time to time:

A Veterinary Nurse is also an:

  • Anaesthetist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Lab Technician
  • Radiographer
  • Infection Control Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Administrator
  • Counsellor
  • Nutritionist
  • Teacher
  • Friend
  • Cuddle Buddy and much, much more….

No matter what we say, we do take our work home with us and we are always thinking of the patients in our care.

We love working with our amazing Veterinarians and we love working with all our beautiful clients.

We are often in awe of the strength our clients have when they have to make “that’ decision regarding when it’s “time” for their pet.  We’ve been down that road with our own fur babies and we know it’s never easy.

So, what do I love about being a Veterinary nurse?  The ABSOLUTELY BEST part, after everything else which is all amazing and fulfilling, is actually the simplest thing.  To see an animal in its Person’s arms, or on a lead or in a carrier, happy and healthy and going home.  That, after all, is what it’s all about isn’t it?