Rugeley vets warn about grass seed dangers to cats and dogs

Grass seeds are a common problem during the spring and summer months. While your pet explores the outdoors, grass seed can easily brush off the tops of long grass stems onto their bodies. The seeds have pointed ends and are exceptionally sharp, so they become trapped in your pet’s fur and due to their shape they can only travel in one direction. This means they can often penetrate skin or move into ears

If left untreated, grass seeds can cause a variety of problems. These problems range across the spectrum from minor irritation to conditions that require surgery. Grass seeds carry bacteria which can cause an infection if the skin of your pet is affected.

An untreated infection may spread, or the seed can cause severe internal damage as it travels through the body. Unfortunately, if the seed breaches the skin, surgery is often required to find the grass seed, along with the use of antibiotics and antifungals for treatment.

Symptoms

You pet could experience different symptoms depending on what part of the body is affected. Look out for swelling, hair matting and irritation. Additional signs can include scratching, head shaking or discharge from the eyes or nose. The table below provides more detail on the main symptoms and potential damage caused by grass seeds. The damage really depends on how far they travel and how long they are left.

Prevention is the best cure

Try to keep your pet away from long grassy areas since the seeds can catch onto their coat, skin or toes very easily. If you take your pet outdoors for a walk, check their fur for any grass seeds when you get home. The typical areas to check are eyes, ears, nose, armpits and their toes – which is where the seeds often get lodged. Keep long-haired dogs trimmed or clipped and well-groomed, especially around their feet and ears.

If you are concerned that your pet may have picked up a grass seed please get in touch with Rugeley vets, D&T Veterinary Centre. The earlier grass seeds are caught, the less damage they can do.

Top 10 hazards to watch out for this summertime to protect your pets

Summertime in Rugeley brings longer days, warmer climates, new adventures and outdoor socialising, which with pets in tow, can be made even more enjoyable! However, when the temperatures rise, the dangers to our pets increase too.

To keep pets safe, you should be aware of potential hazards, as well as some top tips to help prevent your pet from endangering themselves throughout the summer and having to visit us at D & T Vets.

  1. Heatstroke and dehydration  in Rugeley

Our pet’s fur is great in the cold winter months, however, in the summer it can make them very uncomfortable, especially long-haired dogs, who require regular grooming. Heatstroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises above its normal levels and therefore cannot accommodate any additional heat.

Some of the key symptoms that might show in your pets in Birmingham are

  • Dry pale gums
  • Bright red tongue
  • Excessive panting
  • Agitated behaviour
  • Drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting

To minimise the risk of dehydration and heatstroke, your pet should have access to clean, fresh drinking water. You should avoid exercising your dog during the hottest part of the day and try and get out early morning or late evening. If you are out with your dog for the day, you should carry a portable drinking bottle or bowl which is easily accessible and dispensed as required. Short-nosed dogs, dark-coloured pets and animals that are overweight are more susceptible to heatstroke and should be carefully monitored.

If you do think that your dog is dehydrated, or is demonstrating one or more of the symptoms listed above, cool them down with a hose, or place a cool, damp towel over them and call us as soon as possible for advice.

  1. Ticks

Our pets in Rugeley will be spending more time outside and will become more prone to ticks. Ticks are commonly found in woodland and grassland. Ticks are small parasites, which suck blood from other animals and have an egg-shaped body, which expands and becomes darker when they are filled with blood.

If you do discover a tick, and are confident to so do, you should remove it straight away. You should avoid squeezing the body or leaving the head in your pet. Removing a tick can be done using a tick removal tool, which can be purchased from your local practice.  If you are unsure how to remove a tick, please call us at D & T Vets and we can assist. If the tick is not removed correctly, it can leave the tick’s head in your pet, which can cause a nasty reaction.

To prevent your pet from getting bitten, you can purchase preventative treatments from your our vets at D & T  Vets  which will repel ticks. Please call us to discuss and purchase the best treatment for your pet.

  1. Bee or wasp stings

As humans, we fret around the buzzing noise when a bee comes close, however, an inquisitive pet may seek to investigate, and as a result, could get stung. Commonly, most stings will cause your pet some irritation and some pain. Dependent on where your pet has been stung, and if they have been stung before, there can be a lot of swelling and they may continually scratch the stung area, which can result in fur loss. Most commonly a cat may have a swollen paw and a dog may have a swollen mouth, which can result in breathing difficulties.

If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, they could have been stung:

  • Drooling
  • Whining
  • Swelling
  • Pawing at the face, or mouth
  • Biting at the site of the sting
  • Holding up their paw (if that is where they have been stung)
  • Hives

If they have been stung near their mouth or nose, you should contact us straight away, as this is a medical emergency.

  1. Extra Fur

Keeping your pet well-groomed is particularly important in warmer weather. It will help if you brush your pet to remove any excess or matted fur and to reduce the thickness of their hair. Having thick, ungroomed hair could contribute to heatstroke, as highlighted above. However, it is also important to remember that your pet’s coat also protects them from getting sunburnt.

Some pets are more susceptible to getting burnt by the sun. Fair haired animals, such as a white dogs and cats, tend to have fair skin under their fur. Pets with fine, thin hair, and hairless breeds are also at risk of sunburn. However, regardless of how much fur they have, all pets are vulnerable on areas which do not have much fur if any, including their ears, nose and on their tummy. To protect your pet, you can buy pet friendly sunblock with us at D & T Vets.

  1. Barbeques and alfresco dining

There’s nothing more enjoyable in Rugeley than cooking up a feast and enjoying your favourite tipple outdoors, however for your pet there are many things to be mindful of including hazardous foods, toxic drinks, scalding surfaces and kebab skewers to name a few.

Some food and drinks which should be kept out of reach of your pet include:

  • Food with bones
  • Food with seeds
  • Grapes
  • Raw garlic
  • Raw onions
  • Raisins
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chocolate
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Coffee/coffee beans
  • Teas/tea bags
  1. Swimming pools, sea, rivers, and lakes 

For many dogs, a pool, river, or lake may look inviting when the temperatures are high, however, it’s important to remember that not all dogs can swim, or even like the water. If you are introducing your dog to water, we would advise initially trying a shallow children’s paddling pool. If they enjoy that, you could introduce them to wider, deeper waters – however, we suggest using a dog-specific flotation device for their safety. If you are near water with a current or tide, please be wary. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, they could quickly find themselves in trouble, especially if they are swimming against a tide.

Keep a look out for blue-green algae and associated warning signs, as this is often poisonous for dogs. Don’t let your dog swim or drink water which you suspect is containment. You should contact us straight away if your dog has come into contact.

If your dog does enjoy swimming, after they have played in the water you should ensure they are always thoroughly rinsed, to wash away salt, chlorine, and harmful bacteria.

  1. Walking on hot pavements and artificial grass 

Hot pavements in Rugeley can burn your pet’s paws. Your pet’s paws are just as sensitive as the bottom of our feet, so if it is unbearable for you to touch, then it will be for your pet to walk on. We would advise trying the seven-second rule; if you can place the back of your hand on the surface for seven seconds or more, then your pet should be able to withstand the temperature of the surface. If you cannot, then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.

To prevent your dog from burning its paws, you should follow the measures listed below:

  • Walking them in the cooler hours of the day – early morning or late evening
  • If you are out in the midday heat, try and walk them on the grass where possible
  • Clean and check your dog’s paws regularly
  1. Fertiliser and pesticides 

Most fertilisers contain nitrogen and iron, which will poison your pet, and cause severe stomach problems which can cause irritation. Pesticides can cause your pet to have tremors and seizures.

If you are not sure if your pet has been exposed to such chemicals, but your pet is showing one of the following symptoms please call us at D & t Vets and we can provide the appropriate treatment recommendations:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Dark, muddy coloured gums
  • Unusual posture due to abdominal pain.
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  1. Flowers and Plants 

Many plants and flowers in Rugeley are poisonous for our pets. If your pet consumes a poisonous plant, depending on how much and their level of toxicity, they may become quite unwell. Below is a shortlist of just some of the plants which can be hazardous to our pets which grow in the summer months:

  • Elder: The whole plant, including the elderberries, are poisonous for both cats and dogs.
  • Lilies: Containing a toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, collapsing, fits and heart problems, and renal failure in cats. Lily flowers and leaves are also often used in flower bouquets and are very poisonous to both dogs and cats.
  • Foxglove: Both the seeds and the leaves of a foxglove plant contain a toxin which can cause your pet to have heart problems, sickness, and diarrhoea, fits and collapsing.
  • Geranium: The whole geranium plant is poisonous to both dogs and cats.
  • Hydrangea: Parts of a hydrangea plant contain cyanide which is toxic to both dogs and cats.
  1. Cars 

You should never leave your dog in a car, even if it is just for a few minutes. Heatstroke can happen quickly, and it can be fatal. In warm weather, the temperature in a car can increase rapidly, making it hotter inside the car than outside. If your dog becomes distressed in a hot car, passers-by are encouraged to dial 999, and the police will act to release the dog – even if that means damage to your vehicle.

Summer is an enjoyable time of year with our pets. Please be aware of just some of the many hazards which your pets could be exposed to and having a cautious and watchful eye will help keep your pet safe.

If you are concerned about your pet and would like some further advice, please contact us at D & T Vets in Rugeley.

Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month at D & T Vets

We’re celebrating our wonderful nurses at D & T Vets in Rugeley; want to join in Rugeley? Throughout May, we will be raising awareness of the resilience and myriad of jobs our veterinary nurses have within our practice team and the wider veterinary industry. Below you’ll learn what Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month is, the roles our exceptional nurses play on a day-to-day basis and if you think this is a career you would like to get into, we have explained the different entry routes you can take to becoming a veterinary nurse.

We hope you’ll join us in our celebration, from all the team at D&T Vets.

What is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month?

Since 2005, every May, we have celebrated Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. The celebratory month, led by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), aims to raise awareness of the importance of the role of the veterinary nursing profession.

Our Veterinary nurses are an integral part of our veterinary team at D&T Vets and are vital for the smooth running of our practice in Rugeley.

As well as providing expert nursing care for poorly animals, our veterinary nurses play an important role in supporting pet owners in keeping their pets healthy. They carry out essential clinical work and are skilled in performing diagnostic tests, treatments and can be delegated minor surgical procedures. Our registered veterinary nurses have the technical knowledge and hands-on expertise to care for animals with skill and empathy.

The registered veterinary nurse (RVN) title is used by our nurses who have undergone extensive training and education. Once they’ve passed their final nursing exams, all nurses are entered onto the VN register and are regulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). They follow the Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses, which includes requirements to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to keep their skills up to date.

At D&T Vets, we are extremely proud of our veterinary nurses dedicated to supporting our clients and their pets.

To meet our exceptional nursing team, click here.

What roles do our veterinary nurses have?

Our veterinary nurses have a complex yet diverse role in our practice, with no two days ever the same. Here are just a few fundamental roles they carry out regularly:

  • They provide in-patient care
  • They monitor anaesthesia and sedated pets
  • They take blood samples and place intravenous catheters
  • They take radiographs
  • They provide dietary advice
  • They support owners during bereavement
  • They manage our dispensary
  • They provide intensive care to critical patients
  • They support patients who are whelping
  • They provide first aid
  • They manage and package up laboratory samples
  • They provide weight management advice
  • They provide a nurse consultation service
  • They provide dental care
  • Scrubbing into surgical cases and assisting the surgeon
  • Provide sterile supplies management and maintenance
  • Carry out minor surgical procedures
  • Provide aftercare for patients post procedures

Are you interested in becoming a Veterinary Nurse?

How can I become a Registered Veterinary Nurse?

There are two main routes, a vocational route through a level 3 diploma or a degree route.

Vocational

Those who prefer to complete on the job training may prefer to go to college and work within practice whilst they complete their qualification (vocational route). The Level 3 Veterinary Nursing diploma can either be completed through day release where you attend college one day a week alongside work. Or it can be completed as block releases where you spend a period of time learning the theory before going back to practice. This route is also available as an apprenticeship, which gives you the opportunity to be paid whilst you study and to have your course fees funded.

If you’re interested in the apprenticeship route, the first step onto this pathway is often to look for a position as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) where you can gain experience within a veterinary practice. These positions are offered within the Linnaeus practices across the UK; find out more here. That PCA position may lead to a paid apprenticeship within that practice to complete your qualification as an RVN.

Certain entry requirements need to be met to allow you to complete the course. Currently, these are 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (or 9-4), including English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject. If you do not meet these requirements, alternative qualifications may be acceptable. It’s always worth contacting the educational institutions running the courses to find out more.

Degree

The other route is the degree option. This is where you attend university and gain a degree and your Registered Veterinary Nursing qualification. You will spend periods of time learning the theory of veterinary nursing at university and then attend blocks of clinical placement within a veterinary practice. This option offers you the opportunity to experience university life and brings the potential to be taught by world-leading veterinary clinicians. Some universities run the veterinary nursing course alongside another discipline, such as companion animal behaviour or rehabilitation, providing you with another area of knowledge and opportunities to develop further qualifications within that additional area. You can explore the various courses by checking out the UCAS website.

Entry requirements vary depending on the university you are applying to. You can find information for each university course through the UCAS website above.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced career in Rugeley where each day will be different, veterinary nursing could be for you!

Join the Linnaeus family…

Are you a student veterinary nurse or a registered veterinary nurse looking for a new challenge at D & T Vets? Linnaeus has many opportunities to explore. Click here to discover the current nursing vacancies across our group.

The importance of pet insurance

At D & T Vets we believe that pet insurance is an important part of responsible pet ownership in Rugeley. Owning a pet is hugely rewarding, but it can also be expensive if they are to suffer an illness or injury.

Having a good pet insurance policy in Rugeley allows you to concentrate on what’s best for your pet while knowing help is there for the cost of unexpected treatment should they become ill or are injured.

People tend to think it’s only older pets that get ill and therefore, younger pets don’t need pet insurance, but at D & T Vets we know from the patients we see each day that that is not the case.

The younger your pet is when you insure them, the better as it means you are less likely to have any existing conditions, that the policy may not cover, and you can then receive more help covering the cost of any future treatment your pet needs.

It is important to note that not all pet insurance is the same. There are many different types of policy available, and the level of cover provided can vary considerably. The four main types of policy are as follows:

  • Accident: provides cover for accidents only and no cover for illness
  • Time-Limited: provides cover for a set amount of time (usually 12 months) and after this period, the condition is excluded
  • Maximum Benefit: provides cover up to a maximum amount of money per condition and once this limit is reached, the condition is excluded
  • Lifetime: provides a set amount of money each year which is refreshed each time you renew your policy, allowing you to continue to claim for ongoing conditions

As you can see from the information above, the type of policy you choose can have implications for the veterinary care of your pet and the costs you will face, so it’s important to choose the right cover.

Sometimes, the cheapest insurance can cost you more in the long run. Therefore, when shopping around for a policy, we suggest that you ask the following questions to allow you to compare the overall value you are getting, not just the price:

Does this policy cover congenital, hereditary, hip-related, dental, and behavioural conditions?

Is there a time or monetary limit on how long this policy will cover ongoing conditions?

If I file a claim, will my premium increase?

Unlike other forms of insurance, it is not always easy to switch pet insurance in the future as any pre-existing conditions your pet has are likely to be excluded, so it’s important to do your research and choose the right cover from the start.

Please contact us at one of our practices in Rugeley for further information

How to help your itchy dog

Have you noticed your dog scratching a bit more than usual in Rugeley? This article covers the common reasons your dog might have itchy skin and provides some top tips from ourselves at D & T Vets for providing relief.

Common dog skin conditions in Rugeley

If your dog has started itching and scratching more than usual, it might be due to some of these common issues found around Rugeley:

  • allergies;
  • parasites; or
  • infection

In some complex cases, all the above factors are present.

Infections

Bacterial infections typically look like spots or pimples. Yeast infections give an oily or greasy feel to your pet’s skin. Since the ear canal is lined with skin, ear infections are also common. Vets can use tools like an otoscope to look deep inside the ear. Our vets take a minor skin or blood sample to determine what type of infection is present and prescribe medication to treat the condition.

Allergies

Dogs (especially certain breeds) are very prone to environmental allergies. This is called atopic dermatitis and can be thought of as similar to human hay fever, except the reaction happens on the dog’s skin rather than the respiratory system.

Common allergens that impact dogs include:

  • fleas;
  • pollens;
  • trees;
  • grasses;
  • moulds; or
  • dust mites.

Some of these allergies can be seasonal, for example, pollen allergy season is at its peak during warmer months of the year. Pollen stems from grass, weeds, flowers or trees. Bathing your dog during the pollen season can decrease the number of allergens in contact with the skin, but if the skin is damaged, please seek advice from us at D & T Vets on which shampoo to use.

Dust mites are the most common allergy for humans and impact our canine friends as well. These mites thrive in carpets and furnishings, where they feed off shed skin cells. Diagnosis of a dust mite allergy can be complicated and requires examination.

Despite the many different things dogs can be allergic to, the skin can only react in a certain number of ways. Once itchy, most of the symptoms we see are caused by the dog scratching and damaging the skin, allowing microorganisms that typically live there to take hold. Your vet can help to both diagnose and treat allergies. An extensive array of treatments is available from ourselves at D & T Vets , including shampoos, supplements; tablets to stop the scratching; regular injections, and desensitising vaccines.

Parasites

Dogs can develop an allergic reaction to flea bites; an immune response to flea saliva causes this. The bites cause excessive itching, inflammation and hair loss. Tick bites can also trigger a similar reaction in dogs. If fleas or ticks aren’t a problem, check with your vet to see if your dog has a mite infestation.

Some dogs can catch the fox mange mite, which burrows in the skin and is intensely itchy. There is also a mite called Demodex which can cause hair loss.

Ear mites are a common cause of ear disease and infection in dogs. They are the second most common external parasite found on pets; the top spot belongs to fleas. Infestation is common in puppies and kittens, but the signs of infestation can be seen at any age.

A variety of different treatment options are available from ourselves at D & T Vets to your dog to treat ear mites. Some are topical medications, while others may be spot-on treatments or tablets. Your vet can determine the most appropriate treatment for your dog. Prevention is a matter of monthly topical anti-parasite application and keeping your dog’s ears clean.

What should you do next?

Many skin disease symptoms are not obvious. It’s important with speak to your vet in Rugeley sooner rather than later to begin a diagnosis and treatment plan promptly.

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Adopt a pet – save a life

If recent months in Rugeley meant you put your new pet plans on hold, you may now be starting to put the wheels in motion to extend your family and welcome a new member. Many people Google reputable breeders or consider designer dogs based on celebrity social media profiles, however, considering adopting a rescue animal can be hugely rewarding.

Animal rescue homes in Rugeley are currently overwhelmed with abandoned animals. The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic left many people unable to look after their pets due to financial constraints from being furloughed or made, or the inability to give them the care and exercise they need due to medical shielding.

Add to this that many rescue centres, who rely on public charity to cover their running costs, have also seen a huge drop in financial support and it’s clear there is a greater need than ever to consider giving a rescue animal it’s ‘fur-ever’ home.

Adopt don’t shop

There are thousands of animals around the UK who have been abandoned by their owners for one reason or another. They may have been badly treated or not well looked after and, as a result, not had the happy life that pets deserve. By giving one of these animals a second chance you’re contributing to giving them another, better life.

Things to consider

Rescue animals  in Rugeley may come with a history, so you need to be prepared and able to deal with any issues which will be flagged to you by the animal shelter. Mistreatment may result in a nervous pet who will need lots of love, attention, and reassurance as well as the usual feeding, exercising and comfort elements.

Decide on what type of animal you can offer a good home to, and try to stay focused. If you have children at home and a rescue cat doesn’t get on well with children, for example, you’re not going to be able to change that. Adopting an animal isn’t just about saving them. It’s making sure they’re the right fit for you and your circumstances, and you’re right for them and theirs. If you’re looking for a dog, decide on the size you have space for at home. Don’t plan for a terrier and take home a Great Dane!

Most of all, make sure that – as far as is humanly possible – your new pet will be welcomed into your family permanently. Having already gone through losing an owner for whatever reason, it would be heartbreaking for your adopted animal to have to go back into the rehoming process for a second time.

What to expect

Animal charities  in Rugeley will want to know a little bit about your home life, what space you have available and whether you have children or other pets. They may want to visit you at your home to assess the suitability of the space.

Once the process is complete and you’re officially matched, be prepared for some readjustment time. Even though you’ve made your home welcoming, with comfy bedding, toys and good food, your new pet will need some time to get used to their new surroundings. They may be withdrawn, quiet or unresponsive in the early days. Try to reassure them without being overwhelming. Be patient with any toilet mishaps, speak to them with a gentle voice and don’t chastise them. They need to learn to trust you, so early impressions are essential.

Ready to start looking for a rescue pet?

There are a number of national charities who have available pets listed on their websites. Also consider local animal rescue centres in your area.

RSPCA – https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/rehomeapet

Dog’s Trust – https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

Blue Cross: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/rehome-pet

The role of a client care team in Rugeley

As with any business in Rugeley, a vet practice such as ours at D&T Vets needs a strong supporting team for the non-clinical business functions. The client care team will generally be the first and last port of call for pets and their owner. Depending on the size of the practice, this can include:

Practice Manager

The practice manager at D&T Vets oversees the general every day running of the practice. The practice manager will work closely with the clinical directors and nursing manager to report on performance, manage complaints, oversee stock levels and ensure client and team satisfaction. Some practice managers will have a clinical background, having worked as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and chosen to progress into a management position.

Receptionists

The receptionist at D&T Vets Answers calls to book appointments and welcomes clients and pets to the practice. Receptionists are the face of the practice, so strong people skills are essential.

Accounts team

Process client payments, manage debts and pay third-party supplier invoices pertaining to business functions.

Insurance administrator

Support the claims process for our Rugeley Vets by recovering treatment costs for insured pets.

Unlike the clinical roles, most client care team positions have an administrative and customer service focus. Key skills needed are organisation, patience, empathy, reliability and communication. The client care team deal with clients experiencing a full range of emotions; from joy to fear and loss, and as such they must be sensitive to the situation at hand.

Whilst the client care team are not involved in the treatment side of the practice, being an animal lover helps!

If you would like further information about the role a client care team plays at D&T Vets please contact us in Rugeley for details.

The role of a patient care assistant (PCA) in Rugeley

A patient care assistant in Rugeley works alongside and supports the whole practice team to achieve the highest standards of patient care. Under the direction and supervision of a veterinary surgeon or registered veterinary nurse (RVN) they will assist with monitoring of inpatients, infection control and handling animals safely for procedures such as injections, blood samples, bandage changes and nail clipping.

Grooming and exercise will often be carried out by a patient care assistant, so having a good knowledge of animal husbandry and the differing needs of various species and breeds is necessary.

PCAs at D & T Vets are also responsible for maintaining patient accommodation, surgical theatres and treatment rooms, ensuring the highest standards for colleagues, patients and clients.

As and when required PCAs at D & T Vets may be called on to help with front-of-house duties such as answering telephones, booking appointments and greeting pets and their owners.

Becoming a PCA

There are no specific qualifications required to work as a PCA in Rugeley, although some candidates will have completed or be studying towards a vocational qualification. Individuals must be able to work as part of a team, accept instruction, be friendly and helpful and have good communication skills. A love of animals and a people-focused attitude are both essential.

Demand is high for these roles in Rugeley, as the experience they provide offers those who would like to take it, a pathway to becoming a student veterinary nurse (SVN) and working towards becoming a qualified RVN.

If you would like any further information about the role a PCA Plays at D & T Vets in Rugeley. Please feel free to contact us.

The role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse in Rugeley

 

Ask most veterinary practices in Rugeley and they will tell you that their Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) are at the very heart of everything they do, we are no different here at D & T Vets. Such is the respect for RVNs that a whole month is dedicated to celebrating their roles – Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month takes place every May and is recognised worldwide.

Whilst the role of a vet nurse in  Rugeley is centred around the care and treatment of animals, they also spend a significant amount of their time with pet owners, offering support, advice and guidance.

A day in the life of a vet nurse at one of our D&T veterinary practices can be incredibly varied, from assisting a vet surgeon with scheduled clinical or surgical work, to running nurse clinics for specific patient concerns, e.g. weight management and responding to emergencies. Everything a vet nurse does is carried out with the patient’s need at the heart of what they do.

The title of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) can only be used by nurses who have undergone extensive training, education and passed the required assessments to be added to the register of veterinary nurses held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

By being on the register, they agree to adhere to the professional code of conduct and work within this. Surprisingly the title Veterinary Nurse is not protected, and this means anyone, qualified or unqualified, can call themselves a veterinary nurse. This is why we are proud that all our nurses are Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN) who have taken several years to be able to use those post-nominals.  

As well as the clinical element of their role, RVNs will also prepare an animal for surgery, change dressings, administer fluids and medication, monitor anaesthesia and vital signs and take blood and urine samples. Most of this is done under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act, and tasks such as blood sampling can only be performed by an RVN or a student registered with the RCVS.

Nurse clinic and consultations with ourselves in a  D & T Vets may include information around nutrition, dental care, or senior pet ownership, while services such as nail clipping and second vaccinations often sit within a nurse’s remit. Many nurses take ownership of their nurse clinic within the Rugeley area and enjoy the bond they build with their patients and their owners.

Studying to become an RVN

To qualify as an RVN, candidates can choose to study for a university degree or level 3 college diploma. Entry requirements vary, but previous experience, like formal work experience, is valued.

All courses must be accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and include multiple practice-based placements working alongside qualified veterinary professionals.

Student veterinary nurses (SVNs) must enrol with the RCVS to legally carry out some of the nursing procedures needed for their training. Once nurses are qualified and have completed their necessary training hours, they will then be able to register with the RCVS as an RVN.

For further information, visit the National Careers website

Or alternatively, if you would like additional information regarding the role of the veterinary nurse at our D & T Vets practice in Rugeley, please feel free to contact us.

Jubilee weekend opening hours

With an extended bank holiday on the horizon, we wanted to let you know that our opening hours may vary from our usual opening hours. Please see below our opening times and our out of hours contact number:

Thursday 2 June 2022 – Spring bank holiday

Both Rugeley and Stafford will be CLOSED

Friday 3 June 2022 – Platinum Jubilee bank holiday

Both Rugeley and Stafford will be CLOSED

Saturday 4 June 2022

Usual opening hours >> click here

Sunday 5 June 2022

Usual opening hours >> click here

If your pet needs emergency or out of hours care or treatment, please call our Rugeley practice on 01889 582023 for more information.