To round out Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, we caught up with one of Harper Adams University’s newest lecturers, George Aspey.
George – who will be lecturing in Veterinary Nursing – has joined the University straight from practice, having spent the past 12 years working in a veterinary hospital in Leigh, Lancashire.
Having been interested in teaching for a number of years, George worked as an assessor and clinical coach during his years in practice – and studied for some qualifications with Harper Adams.
So when he decided to take his interest in teaching further, it was little surprise that he decided to work at Harper Adams.
Here, he sets out what Veterinary Nursing is all about – and why potential vet nurses should consider Harper Adams.
What is a Registered Veterinary Nurse?
A Registered Veterinary Nurse is a person that provides medical care to a range of species. RVNs are professionals within their own rights. They assist and carry out procedures in a variety of disciplines including anaesthesia and surgery, in patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratories, consultations and client education, and many more.
Why is the role important?
RVNs are key to ensuring positive patient outcomes, as they are involved in all aspects of treatment. Nurses monitor patients closely and ensure effective communication throughout the team. They ensure owners have the correct information to care for their pets.
What skills are required to do veterinary nursing, and what is expected of you within the role?
In my opinion, three main skills or attributes required are; determination, enthusiasm, and compassion. As an RVN, you will be expected to conduct yourself in an honest and professional manner, whilst abiding by the Code of Professional Conduct.
What have your experiences been as a nurse – and what is it like as a profession?
My experience of working in practice as an RVN is one of great satisfaction. It is always a privilege to be in a position whereby you are trusted to care for someone’s pet. It is a challenging industry to work in, yet extremely fulfilling.
What’s it like at Harper Adams?
Harper Adams is a fantastic university. It is incredibly progressive and the learning is delivered in an engaging and innovative way- Harper’s range of post-graduate courses for qualified nurses was one of the main attractions for me! All staff are very experienced and at the forefront of their field.
Harper Adams has a brilliant reputation in the industry– and people have been incredibly welcoming and exceptionally helpful since I started here!