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Veterinary nurses

Veterinary nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

What do veterinary nurses do?

  • hold animals to allow examination and treatment by veterinarians, and place animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitor their condition
  • clean and sterilise examination tables and equipment
  • prepare instruments and hand them to the veterinarian
  • give medications to animals and help veterinarians administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • provide animal care advice, and prepare, deliver, and review animal care education programs
  • may maintain stock control and records, perform diagnostic laboratory tests, or act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

Very low

projected job openings


qualified full-time wage


employed full-time

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