Tiegan Milnes – Student Veterinary Nurse

Tiegan is our Student Nurse here at Calder Vets, and she kindly took time out to tell us about life as a student vet nurse.

How long have you been a Student Veterinary Nurse?

I was a trainee veterinary nurse for three years before becoming a student veterinary nurse in 2018

What training are you doing?

I’m doing the level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing at Myerscough college on block release

What attracted you to a career in the Veterinary industry?

From a young age, I have always loved animals. I’ve grown up with dogs and cats and always knew I wanted to have a career in looking after them.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a Patient Care Assistant/Student Veterinary Nurse?

The most rewarding thing about being a student veterinary nurse is nursing an animal back to full health and watching them being reunited with their owner; there is honestly no better feeling.

What kind of attributes do you need to be a good Patient Care Assistant/Student Veterinary Nurse?

You need to be hardworking, kind, empathetic, have a strong stomach and just love animals

What advice would you give someone thinking about a career as a Vet Nurse?

To know that no two days are the same and you will have good and bad days, but they are all worth it in the end.

What are the best things about working at Calder Vets?

I love the team after working here for five years. I have met some of my best friends and just love the team bond we have.

What would be your career highlight so far?

My career highlight so far is getting into my second year at college and hopefully qualifying this year.

What’s the next step in your career pathway?

My next step is hopefully qualifying and then undertaking the Emergency and critical care certificate.

Thank you, Tiegan, for sharing your story.

To find out more about the role of RVNs in veterinary practice, or if you are interested in finding out more about a career in veterinary nursing, visit the BVNA website at www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing.