Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
The Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Programme, offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE), City University of Hong Kong, is developed to serve the increasing demand for professionally trained and qualified personnel in veterinary nursing, to provide vital support in the veterinary profession and industry sector in Hong Kong. The programme is designed to generate veterinary nurses who have the knowledge, skills and appropriate attitudes to make a significant contribution to the health and welfare of the animals in our Society.
Programme Features 課程特點
- Emphasizes on professional knowledge and skill practice 理論與實踐並重
- Covers areas such as anaesthesia & critical care, animal health & preventative care, surgical & medical nursing, veterinary diagnostic imaging & laboratory techniques 內容涵蓋麻醉護理及危疾護理、動物護理及預防疾病治療、外科及內科護理、獸醫學醫療影像及實驗室技巧等
- Workplace learning in different veterinary settings 提供在不同獸醫機構實習，為畢業後工作打好穩固基礎
- Medium of Instruction: English 英語授課
This programme supports the goal of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCCVMLS) to set a high standard for animal healthcare and welfare, and veterinary services under the 'One Health' concept in Asia. The programme is also positioned to reflect the College's vision of becoming an international hub for veterinary education.
The programme is also recognised under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework Level 4.
Qualifications Framework (QF)
Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is recognised under the Qualifications Framework.
What is a veterinary nurse?
A veterinary nurse (in the US also called a technician) is a member of the animal healthcare team who provides nursing care to sick or injured animals.
A veterinary nurse also advises carers or owners on the care required to maintain their animals in good health.
What do veterinary nurses actually do?
A veterinary nurse’s role in animal healthcare is diverse, many of the duties are carried out alongside or under the supervision of veterinarians.
A veterinary nurse will:
- handle and restrain different species of animals for examinations or treatments.
- provide nursing care to injured or hospitalised patients or patients recovering from surgical procedures, such as wound cleaning, administration of medication, and formulation of appropriate diet.
- assist a veterinarian in surgical procedures, including preparation of patients and equipment, and the monitoring of animals during anaesthesia.
- conduct technical procedures such as instrument sterilisation, diagnostic equipment preparation, and laboratory tests.
- advise clients or owners on their animals’ needs and how best to take care of them so that they stay safe, happy and healthy.
- communicate with other members of the animal healthcare team so that patients and clients receive the best care and attention.
Where do veterinary nurses work?
After formal training and qualification, many graduates start their career as veterinary nurses in companion animal clinics or hospitals. Besides private practice, graduates may enter into welfare work at animal shelters and rescues centres, to ensure animals that are less fortunate, lost or abandoned also receive the nursing care they require. Some with interests in exotic species or wildlife may work in zoological institutions or wildlife rehabilitation centres. Others who enjoy working with large animals may work with horses in equine hospitals or production animals on farms.
For the veterinary nurses who have an interest in scientific research, their veterinary nursing experience will stand them in good stead to take part in research in disciplines as varied and satisfying as laboratory animal medicine, biomedical sciences and wildlife conservation and medicine.
Experienced veterinary nurses who enjoy teaching in the clinical setting may take up teaching positions in veterinary education institutions.
What does it take to be a veterinary nurse?
Similar to working in human healthcare, being a veterinary nurse can be an extremely rewarding job. The attributes listed below will help you develop a satisfying and lifelong career in veterinary nursing.
A verterinary nurse:
- has a passion and caring attitude for animals and people.
- enjoys technical work such as operating instruments and equipment, as well as talking to people (owners and colleagues).
- thrives on working in a busy (clinical) environment and in a team.
- able to work long hours and carry out physical work, such as lifting animals, cleaning and handling equipment.
- has a strong will to learn and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Get a good head start in your career in veterinary nursing by equipping yourself with professional knowledge and skills through the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Programme at CityU SCOPE.