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Thread: Can Vet Nurses Give Injections??

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    Hi guys! Just wanting to know...Can Vet nurses give sedation injections?
    When Roxy went in for her Xray on friday,the nurse that admitted her took her into another consulting room and gave her a sedation injection-at this stage the vet hadnt even seen us. I didn't think nurses were able to give sedation injections or any injection for that matter.
    Is this the case? Or are they qualified to do this?
    Just wanting to know so i know Roxy is getting the appropiate care.
    I'm sure there is a vet nurse on here that can answer this-hopefully!
    Cheers.
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    Um, it depends on what you want to hear, I guess, Macca.

    Some veterinary nurses are more like basic receptionists with a bit of nursing work thrown in; others are qualified, expereinced and highly capable of doing everything, including de-sexing of the animals.

    That also depends on the surgery, the location etc. For example, a country practice with only one residing vet and a vet nurse who happens to do everything is one scenario, but another practice in the big smoke with half a dozen vets and a dozen or more nurses would not consider doing anything like that!

    Same as with tattooing, you have learnt that some vets do it, others don't. Some nurses do it, some don't.

    So to answer your question, every practice is different, as is every nurse's level of experience and qualification.

    I'm rambling, it's late...Lol. Hope that made sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Um, it depends on what you want to hear, I guess, Macca.

    Some veterinary nurses are more like basic receptionists with a bit of nursing work thrown in; others are qualified, expereinced and highly capable of doing everything, including de-sexing of the animals.

    That also depends on the surgery, the location etc. For example, a country practice with only one residing vet and a vet nurse who happens to do everything is one scenario, but another practice in the big smoke with half a dozen vets and a dozen or more nurses would not consider doing anything like that!

    Same as with tattooing, you have learnt that some vets do it, others don't. Some nurses do it, some don't.

    So to answer your question, every practice is different, as is every nurse's level of experience and qualification.

    I'm rambling, it's late...Lol. Hope that made sense.
    Thanks Devil, Well this a nurse that i heard reccommending "Pal" to one of the patients in there! I was mortified, i thought to myself..How ill informed are you? Or just how little knowledge do you have with nutrition of dogs.
    This lady had a pup and it was her 1st time at owning a dog as an adult and ws looking for advice on the best foods to feed her dog. I had a word to her when she came over to say hi to Rox and asked her to reconsider taking her advice and not feed her dog Pal if she truley cares about it, it is full of rubbish!
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    I can understand where you're coming from, Macca. But it is once again a case of each to their own, if you know what I mean?

    One surgery (and their staff) may "push" Hills Science Diet, another may "push" Advance. Another may "push" Royal Canin, yet another Superocat and/or Pal/Optimum. The list goes on.

    Another fact to consider is that out of the millions of pet owners in our country, not all of them can afford to continually purchase top quality commercial dry foods. Many millions of dogs survive quite well on foods such as supermarket brands - we have owners on here whom I know feed their dogs Pal and Supercoat along with other supermarket brands and are honestly quite happy with the results.

    It really is an each to their own - what they believe, what they have experimented with, and yes, what they can afford.

    I feed a raw diet, and have done for a very long time - but to run around and tell everybody who feeds their dogs any brand of commercial food that they are wrong and that raw is the ONLY way to go would be very arrogant of me indeed, wouldn't you agree?

    Hope you understand what I'm trying to get across.
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    I have had vet nurses give Leo some of his vaccines. I never questioned it, I guess I just assumed that if they are working at the vets in consultment rooms (rather then just the front desk) then they know what they are doing.

    DA has given some good food for thought.

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    I agree with DA.

    People give their dogs what works best for them whether it be supermarket food or top of the range.

    My dogs are also on a raw diet but I certainly don't judge others on what they feed their dogs.

    If you were not sure about vet nurses giving injections, why didn't you ask the nurse prior to her injecting 'Roxy'?

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    Last time a receptionist/vet nurse/vet recommended a particular food that I didn't like, I asked them to read the ingredients and explain how it was better than plain boiled chicken and rice for a puppy with a dodgy stomach.

    She couldn't. So I didn't buy it. She'd never looked at the ingredients before I'd asked her to. A lot of people take what companies tell them on trust. Ie if they lie, wouldn't they get sued or the government do something? So I guess that woman learned something new and disconcerting that day.

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    I haven't seen a nurse give a dog an injection at the vets I go to.

    But I have heard that some are trained in giving injections..

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    There are different levels of qualification for Vet Nurses. I think it goes from level 1 to 4 - but don't quote me on that .

    But yes, more senior and qualified vet nurses can certainly give injections.

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    As a child I practiced injecting all my stuffed toys. Every now and again I'd be realisitic, kill one off and get my long-suffering Mother to perform a burial ceremony in the rose garden.

    OT...again...sigh.
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