We have a team of 9 veterinary nurses here at Astonlee. All of our nurses are either Qualified and Registered (RVN) or a student (SVN) undergoing training with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to become qualified veterinary nurses.
The role of a veterinary nurse is greatly varied and often misunderstood by the general public. Veterinary Nursing is a relatively young profession and veterinary nurses perform a huge array of tasks from client education, health care and basic animal welfare to diagnostic tests, medical treatments and assist in minor surgical procedures under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.
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Our Veterinary Nurses are here to help you Our nurse clinics are run by our caring team. Appointments can be made via telephone or in person. In all clinics, animals will be weighed and given a general health check. Any problems noticed will be referred to a vet for further examination, advice and treatment. Vaccination Clinic Our nurse team help with the vaccinations and are involved in administering the second part of the puppy and kitten vaccinations. This allows more time to discuss and questions you may have and advise you on the best care for your pet. Weight clinic Obesity affects the general health of pets in a similar way to humans and causes a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Our nurses run free "weight-clinics", where practical and realistic advice is given to help your pet get into the ideal condition. Once a suitable feeding regime and diet is worked out, we encourage regular free clinics to have "weigh-ins" so as to check your pets progress. New Pet Clinic This clinic is similar to the puppy and kitten clinic. It is intended for any new owner and provides advice on all aspects of the care of your new pet whatever their age. The nurse will give your new addition a free general health and weight check and be able to answer any general questions you might have. Also if you are considering introducing a new pet to the family, the nurses can help with any questions you may have. Free Dental Check Dental hygiene is very important for animals as well as it is for humans. 70% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease which, if left untreated, can cause problems for the heart, liver and kidneys. In the dental check your pet will have a thorough examination of its mouth including its teeth, gums and tongue. You will also receive dental care advice appropriate for your pet. There are many ways to look after your pets teeth including suitable toys, chews, diet and teeth cleaning. Administration of Worming Tablets This clinic is intended for anybody who struggles to give worming tablets to their pets. As well as administering the worming tablet, the nurse will give your pet a general health and weight check. Senior Lifestyle Clinic A free consultation with the nurse for cats and dogs over seven years of age. This will enable you to understand the changes in your pet's lifestyle once they have reached the age of seven years or more. Visitors to the clinic can request routine blood tests for their pets and receive advice for the best care as old age creeps upon them. Did you realise that at the age of 7 your pet is the equivalent of a 60-year-old human? At this age it becomes more important to maintain regular health checks to help detect any potential problems at an early stage and so ensure your pet's quality of life. A Free urine analysis will also be performed. Senior well pet clinics are a great value service aimed at detecting disease early, which then provides more opportunities to prevent illness and maintain happy lives for longer. These clinics involve a consultation with a vet first, where the clinical examination and history are taken, and the nurses are involved in taking the blood samples and running the tests. The blood tests run by the nurses provide a comprehensive check for cats and dogs, and typically detect diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, hyperthyroid (cats) problems. Microchipping The technique of implanting an Identification Computer Chip is a clever and lifelong method of retrieving your lost pet. The procedure involves a simple injection. Flea Checks Flea checks and advice on a preventative programme. Fleas don't just make your pet itchy; they can actually make him/her quite ill. Be aware of how fleas can irritate your pet! It might be difficult to see fleas, but they certainly can make their presence felt, especially to your pet. Understand the: Warning Signs. The first step to stop a flea infestation is to be aware of their presence. Keep an eye out for the warning signs that fleas are on your pet! Flea Related Problems. The illness that can result from flea infestation can make your pet very unhappy. Learn just how much discomfort these tiny insects can cause your pet! Prevention. Learn how to end your pet's flea problems and how to keep them from ever coming back!