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  • Registered Veterinary Nurse

RVN required to join our lovely team of nurses.  No experience required just enthusiasm!

Reporting to: Practice Manager

Responsible for: TVN’s, ANA’s, in the absence of a member of the senior nurse team.

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The role of the RVN is critical to the provision of high standards of client and patient care. The purpose of this position is to work alongside all the nursing teams. Guidance, support and co-ordination of qualified, training nursing staff and veterinary nursing assistants are important aspects of the role. Working closely with other personnel at all times is essential in order to ensure the smooth running of the theatres. High standards of patient care are to be maintained at all times. All nursing staff are jointly responsible for effective stock control and rotation.

Major Goals

  • To ensure the highest standard of nursing care is provided 100% of the time to 100% of our patients
  • Follow instructions from the Heads of Departments to allow the smooth and efficient running of all areas of the hospital
  • To achieve the above while bearing in mind that the practice is a business and therefore costs need to be carefully monitored and sensibly managed
  • To maintain accurate client and patient records
  • To comply with the nursing rota and do your share to cover deficiencies including night work and weekends
  • To be efficient, pleasant, courteous, polite, concerned and helpful to all clients, under all conditions, at all times
  • To treat all practice personnel with the same respect and consideration as clients
  • To help ensure the smooth running of cases by liaising with all Heads of Departments and Veterinary Sur-geons, the accuracy of which is of vital importance
  • To promote our services, personnel and products, both within and outside the practice at all times
  • To support marketing initiatives
  • To demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development and actively participate in the staff re-views/appraisal system
  • To understand and implement practice policies as supplied and updated and as advised by nurse manager.
  • To take an active role in the training programme of veterinary nurses and veterinary care assistants
  • Ensure good knowledge of all aspects of Veterinary Nursing including but not limited to anaesthesia, surgical and medical conditions, diagnostic imaging, inpatient care, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, physiotherapy, laboratory diagnostics, cardiology and dermatology to allow appropriate nursing care
  • Take responsibility for maintaining competence in all areas of nursing
  • Organise, assist and ensure infection control measures, hygiene standards and cleanliness of the hospital are adhered to
  • Create a Personal Development Plan with key focus being related to your role
  • Ensure all kits and relevant consumables are sterilised in the correct manner

Major Duties

  • Assist the nursing team in creating a harmonious culture in line with our values and vision
  • Demonstrate team work and collaborative leadership by assisting with everyday tasks
  • Communicate in an effective and pleasant manner with clients and other team members at all times
  • Ensure all staff receive the required training and skills to enable them to fulfuil their potential
  • Responsible for allocated areas
  • Undertake nursing duties and provide a holistic approach to care
  • Stock control/rotation. Stock levels for all areas to be constantly replenished from stock room to ensure effi-cient ordering.
  • Ensure you keep yourself up to date with all manuals and SOP’s.
  • Patient care to include: pre and post op care/medication, anaesthesia, completion of patients ongoing care plan in a neat and accurate manner, internal and external laboratory testing as required, diagnostic imaging and any other required duties
  • Common sense approach to task prioritisation, as well as necessary cover during low staffing periods
  • When case-load allows, all staff to be involved in cleaning and maintenance of premises, especially prep room, radiography and theatres. Regular cleaning/routine care of all equipment to include prompt reporting of any faults or damage
  • Providing assistance to veterinary surgeons, as required, at all times
  • Accurate record keeping with regard to medical records, anaesthetic sheets, hospitalisation forms etc.
  • Obtaining samples for laboratory testing, both in-house and externally, ensuring correct form completion and packaging. Performing in-house diagnostic tests as necessary
  • Dispensing medication as instructed by the veterinary surgeon
  • Assisting with practice marketing initiatives e.g. Open Evenings, Open Days etc.
  • Assisting nurse manager and operations manager as required
  • To carry out and be accountable for any specific tasks or responsibilities allocated by the nurse manager or operations manager
  • Ensure consistent completion of Training/Competency books
  • Be fully aware of all Health & Safety issues and read all information supplied; correct use of anaesthetic ma-chines and scavenger units; regular cleaning, maintenance & servicing of equipment etc. Familiarise yourself with all available H & S information and speak to the nurse manager if you have any queries or concerns
  • Welcome and provide support for visiting veterinary surgeons, students and work experience personnel to ensure safe methods of work and minimum disruption
  • Attend team brief each morning for your allocated department discuss new cases to be admitted, any con-cerns/questions and goals for the day to be highlighted
  • Attend nurse meetings and any other meeting required by the role
  • Follow Employee General Guidelines

Measurement of Achievement

1. The provision of quality veterinary nursing – first-class animal care is paramount
2. Integration into the staff team to assist in giving top quality service for pets, owners and referring veterinary surgeons
3. Positive feedback from clinical support team in regard to theatres and associated areas
4. High level of client satisfaction/low level of complaints
5. High levels of Veterinary Surgeon satisfaction/commendation
6. Academic success of trainee veterinary nurses
7. High levels of attendance and punctuality

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  • We appreciate the clear explanation of what you did in surgery and what aftercare we had to do. We went away feeling completely supported.

    Rubi's Mum and Dad

  • Hello, we had our annual review with Simon today and I would just like to say another big Thank you for transforming our beautiful Buz's life. It’s just lovely to see him so happy, pain free and a typical blooming obsessive mad collie!!! His keeping us fit... can I give him back!!! Anyway, we’re only too glad to give you a testimonial for your new website.

    Our dog Buz had severe hip dysplasia, he was referred to Kentdale over 2 years ago and basicaly they have been our saviour!! He was in so much pain, he couldn’t walk far, he didn’t play and was a very sad “lazy” collie. We had a traumatic 18months ending up with 3 hip replacements. However after all of this we have had an amazing transformation, he is pain free, fun loving collie who is just now having his puppyhood! He has gone from one young dog on a serious amount of pain relief to none. He runs and bounds forever! We have been so grateful to the vets and staff to the care, treatment and support they have not only provided to our Buz but also to us! I call Simon our very own “Supervet” but the whole practise is outstanding. Buz is now like the bionic dog. I really thought when he dislocated his 2nd hip it was the end of the line, but no we were reassured something can be done to help make his life pain free. We just had to trust them. We did and we are forever grateful.

    Deb & Tom Nicholson

  • It is now 18 months since our first visit to Kentdale Vets where our dog was referred due to his lameness. We have found all the staff we have dealt with at the practice during this period to be extremely caring and helpful – the vets, physiotherapist, nurses and administrators. They really care about the outcomes for your pet and spend a lot of time explaining both the problems and any proposed treatment to owners. They understand just how stressful it is for owners as well as the animals and how crucial good communication is.

    Our dog was initially treated by Graham who carried out an arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy after diagnosing elbow dysplasia. Graham performed this procedure immediately after undertaking a new scan as the scan provided by our general vets wasn’t fit for purpose and Graham wanted to save our dog the trauma of an additional anaesthetic. The procedure went well and after a few weeks we then progressed to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy with Donna who is highly qualified in this area Although our dog was better for a few months his condition worsened about a year ago. We returned to Graham who then referred us to Simon, the specialist within the practice for the Arthrex Cue procedure. This is a more invasive and complex procedure involving implants which reduce bone rubbing against bone within the elbow joint.

    Simon was reluctant to do this procedure initially as it is so invasive, and he didn’t feel our dog was bad enough to warrant it at that stage. We were reassured by their approach which has been about what is in the pet’s best interest rather than that of the practice. Simon was also keen to ensure that there weren’t any contributory shoulder problems too, so our dog underwent diagnostic procedures there.

    Further deterioration resulted in our dog undergoing the Arthrex Cue procedure six weeks ago. We met Louise for the first time at his admission for this procedure. She took great care to understand what makes our dog tick so that they could minimise his anxiety whilst there. Our dog was there for four nights, which was twice as long as his previous longest stay and seemed like an eternity for us. However, we were given regular updates during the period and it was obvious that they were taking great care of him and making the effort to engage with him even though he didn’t want to be there. Our x-ray today has confirmed that our dog is making good progress.
    We highly rate this little practice which has a great team who go the extra mile. Having confidence in them has made this difficult period easier for us.

    It takes us an hour to travel there but we consider this a small price to pay for such good care.


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