I have always been more of a hands-on learner so the Apprenticeship appealed to me as a good way to further my education whilst being proactive in a working environment.Â It also has the benefit of allowing me to earn a good wage at the same time.Â The PDSA actively promote their Apprenticeship Scheme and encouraged me to enrol on it â€“ I was previously employed here as a Veterinary Care Assistant and it seemed like a natural progression.
The PDSA have been very supportive of my college work.Â I have a three hour rotated session with my clinical coach weekly and I also put aside an hour or two a day at home to complete any work necessary and for revision.
I am particularly proud that I am part of a committee within the PDSA that can implement changes in the charityâ€™s policies.Â Currently we are trying to put forward two new animal welfare policies.Â If these two policies go through it will be a huge accomplishment for myself and the charity.
Once I have qualified as an RVN I plan on staying with the PDSA for a few extra years to gain practical experience.Â I then hope to move abroad and get involved in conservation projects.
I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship.Â As long as you are willing to put in the time and effort there are no downsides.Â Earn while you learn!
Head Nurse, PDSA
I have had previous experience of employing an Apprentice Vet Nurse who qualified last year.Â I feel it is a real development opportunity for people who wish to further their career within the veterinary environment.Â I think that apprentices get the most experience as this is a very practical job and they learn as they go, as well as undertaking study to help give a better understanding of what we do in practice.Â This practical experience means they are competent in basic nursing skills at the end of the three years when they qualify.
I think employing an apprentice is good for the team as it helps keep us up-to-date with the latest changes as well as using our skills and knowledge to teach and pass on.Â Sam has become a lot more confident in monitoring general anaesthetics since starting at the Portsmouth Pet hospital.Â He has also gained new skills for giving injections and discharging patients post operatively.Â Samâ€™s development has been noticed by everyone who works with him and how well he is doing is obvious to all.
An Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for the apprentice as well as the business – it is a great investment.
I would definitely recommend offering an Apprenticeship, particularly as Veterinary Nursing is an area in which we struggle to recruit.Â It is so rewarding to see your student pass and become a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse at the end of the three years, it motivates your team as well as the individual.