Veterinary nursing is a practical, hands on career. Student nurses are taught theory in lectures but following this up with how to practically deliver the skill is important and helps give them as much as a real life experience as possible.
This week, students from BSc Veterinary Nursing have been doing just that. Down at the Vet Nursing Unit, students have been practising the CPR procedure for dogs. Using dummies, students set up equipment, practised chest compression and monitored respiration to practise the skills they’ve been taught in lessons, acquiring a practical and life saving skill to be used in and outside the workplace.
Fourth year student, Alyssa Henderson, talked about the benefits of practical experiences on the degree course. “Some procedures are rare to see in practise and, with not having the opportunity to be fully involved, simulating the experience is great practise should we ever be in that situation."
The session leader, Fay Bithell who lectures in the subject, spoke about the importance of such events saying how the activity "gives students the opportunity to work in a team", applying skills that they will have to use in the workplace in a true to life setting. Students "gaining vital CPR skills they would use in practise" is incredibly beneficial in preparing them for experiences they will come across in their career.
The deadline to apply for veterinary nursing is open until January 15th 2020, along with our veterinary physiotherapy and wider animal science, health and welfare courses. To find out more about a degree that matters to you, visit us on our Campus Open Day on December 16th 2019.