January 2018: Vet's Advice

December 19 2017
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Veterinary nursing consults have only started to take off in practices relatively recently. With vets becoming increasingly in demand for appointments, there are many consults that can be performed by a registered nurse, often for a much lower cost.

Why not ask a vet nurse?

 By Hannah Hirst RVN 

Veterinary nursing consults have only started to take off in practices relatively recently.  With vets becoming increasingly in demand for appointments, there are many consults that can be performed by a registered nurse, often for a much lower cost. 

These consults include, but are not limited to, nail clips, post-operative checks and suture removals, dressing changes, flea and worm clinics, emptying anal glands, weight clinics, dental clinics, geriatric clinics, and pre-arranged blood tests.

Nurse consults are mainly used to offer preventative care and advice to avoid problems in later life. For example, regular dental checks and knowledge on preventative treatments can help avoid your pet needing an anaesthetic and dental work later on. 

Nurses often have more time to spend talking to clients about their pet’s health, as the appointment slots are longer than vet appointments. The consults are the perfect opportunity to get to know more of the veterinary team and form closer relationships between the practice and owners. These relationships mean that owners will know advice is always readily available for them.  

These consults can also be beneficial for spotting potential problems early on. However, before booking a nurse consult for your pet it is important to understand that nurses cannot diagnose a new problem or prescribe medication. If during the nurse consult concerns are raised about your pet, the nurse may refer them to the vet to be checked over and for the correct treatment to be prescribed. This may mean an appointment on a different day. 

Nurse consults here at the Animal Health Centre are readily available throughout the day with our four registered veterinary nurses. Both Sam and Kristiana enjoy a wide variety of consults. Lela runs weight watchers clinics for both overweight and underweight pets, and Hannah has knowledge on behaviour problems and how to prevent them.

If you would like to book a nurse consult to discuss any worries you may have about your pet, or to book one of the clinics mentioned above, please call 0117 924 7832.