[MUSIC] My name is Robert. I’m doing the full-time Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. My name is Becky Featherstone. I’m carrying out the one day release veterinary nurse training student course. My name is Sam Thompson and I’m currently doing the level 3 diploma for nursing. My name is Kirsty Smith. I am a lecturer here at The College of Animal Welfare. I teach students on the level 3 diploma program and our degree program. I started volunteering at a dog shelter and working with animals in my spare time and that’s when I realised that I wanted to be working with animals and that pushed me into a career in veterinary nursing, I did some work out in South Africa doing some conservation and I think doing conservation work made me want to learn more about the anatomy and physiology of animals and actually what goes on behind, you know, the scenes and what’s in internally happening and how they have diseases and how we can help cure and look after them. On the course, students in general learn the basics of veterinary nursing according to what they do in practice and then build on that by
learning the underpinning knowledge of why they’re doing what they’re doing and
why conditions present themselves as they do which in turn then influences their nursing in practice and hopefully allows them to go forward and make improvements and become the future of that veterinary nursing profession. So it’s one day a week at college which for me is Monday and each week will cover something different so today we’ve been doing the endocrine system. Last week I think we did muscles. So every week is a slightly different section. During my week I have a number of different roles. Sometimes I am working on the hospital one-to-one with the inpatients. I’ve just started working on operations and procedures with one of my clinical coaches. It’s a really nice atmosphere to be in. It’s really friendly and everyone’s very approachable. We have our clinical skills lab which is full of all our practical equipment. So we can simulate lots of practical tasks that happen in practice and we can actually do some of the others depending on whether we need a patient or not. We have a library so we’ve got lots of books or there is an e-library online. When I started the course I would say I was more enthusiastic than confident and then when I started working, my confidence just sort of grown as I get more experience in practice. I remember starting the, course feeling like, you know, there was so much to learn and that there were so many things that I didn’t understand or I didn’t know how to do but throughout the duration of the
course and with the support of my coaches and people that I’ve been working with I feel like I’ve learned so much in that space of time. There’s so many things that I feel confident doing now that I didn’t even know that I would be able to do when I started the course. Students have got lots of different
components of the course to complete. So they have their full-time job in
practice, their college work, their theory, their exams, they write assignments, they complete a nursing progress log, which is a log of all their practical skills that they do in practice. It’s all very time-consuming. The best part of the course is actually being able to work hands-on in practice with real patients. People who’ve been doing the job for years, who are experienced and able to teach you and help you learn. It’s very very rewarding.