The role of the veterinary nurse in animal welfare

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Nurses have several roles in the animal welfare movement, and have unique skills, compassion and experience that often make them best placed to drive animal welfare improvements. RVNs have a role in patient care, can act as owners’ consciences as ‘Welfare Ambassadors’, and can also play a role as veterinary surgeons’ consciences, in particular in promoting analgesia and good handling. They are also well placed to improve welfare in the local community, volunteering for charities and at community events for animals that might never otherwise get veterinary attention. More than anything, the veterinary nursing profession can speak out about welfare issues in veterinary practice and in wider society.

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