Calder Vets is a training practice for Veterinary Nurses. We have very high standards and as such take on unqualified nursing team members with a view to go on to college once they have completed our in-house training programme. We want all of our students to succeed at college and this means being fully prepared for what training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse entails.
Our unqualified nursing team work with us in practice for around three years before attending college. They usually start with us on the government apprenticeship scheme in which they complete an apprenticeship in customer care which not only shows us they have a commitment to their own learning but helps build skills in working with the public in a veterinary environment.
The next step is to progress on to our Trainee rota. This includes working a mixture of weekends, lates and nights along with day shifts. Whilst they still have a lot of support from our experience team, they are expected to work off their own initiative and push their own training forwards.
Our nurses do not simply go to college in the order that they started with us, we do take into account how long they have been with us but also how eager to learn they are and how much they try to drive their own learning. They progress at their own rate meaning some nurses can jump ahead of the others.
It is not quite as ruthless as it sounds, all of the nurses at their varying stages of learning also support and teach each other, as they are all on that rota until they qualify. At any one time there will be trainees who have only just started that rota right the way up to second year trainees who are about to qualify. We are a close knit, supportive team who not only enjoy working together but socialise outside of work too.
When you start at college they will expect you to have some underpinning knowledge of Veterinary Nursing which is why we do not have people start with us and go straight to college. Although it is possible to do this, we do not believe you will reach your full potential and ultimately, we want you to be the very best you can be.
Our students go to Myerscough college in Preston and they go on a block release programme which is accommodated within the rota. Because the nursing team at Dewsbury work very hard, we have always been quite firm that our trainee's reward is their training. It is paid for by Calder Vets with paid time off to attend college and we do not train nurses at any of our other sites.