The duties and titles of veterinary nurses/technicians have evolved so much that it is imperative to understand the history of the profession in order to implement resolution in the present and future.
While apprenticeships may appear to offer benefits like accessibility and hands-on experience, the risks they pose to public safety, professional standards, and the long-term elevation of the profession make them a less desirable pathway.
While there are many tools and techniques veterinary professionals can employ in the workplace, it is up to each member of the veterinary practice team to play their role in developing a culture of safety to reduce patient harm.
Veterinary nursing isn't confined to small animal medicine in general practices. The new Career Explorations series explores the many lesser-known paths available to veterinary nurses, including working in higher education.