Southfields veterinary centre in Essex announced the launch of a “pioneering” outreach programme for aspiring nurses.
The veterinary specialists said the programme will aim to help young people enter the profession through a two-pronged online approach in light of college closures amid the pandemic.
Senior vet nurses at Southfields, Charlotte Fennell and Amber Cooke, have compiled a comprehensive presentation about the life of a vet nurse, which will go live on the Southfields website from 11 May.
This will be followed by a Facebook Live session on 14 May, where they will answer questions posted by members of the public and aspiring veterinary nurses.
Southfields operations manager, Sarah Stam, said: “We’ll explain what qualifications are needed to start a nursing career, what sort of training is involved and exactly what a registered vet nurse does.
“The Facebook Live should be a really great, interactive experience, with Charlotte and Amber addressing specific questions sent in by members of the public in real time.”
Fennell said: “From a young age, I knew I wanted to work with animals, so I’m excited to be able to help and guide young people who have an interest in veterinary nursing to follow in my footsteps.
“Being a vet nurse is a hugely rewarding and enjoyable job and we’re looking to connect with teenagers who may be wondering if this could be the career for them.”
Cooke added: “My parents had always told me that, as a young child I was always convinced I would become a vet.
“Like Charlotte, I am really pleased to be involved in this project and to be able to share my RVN journey with our next generation of aspiring veterinary nurses.”
Whilst the nurses can no longer hold face-to-face presentations to interested students and teenagers, they said they hoped the online programme would “attract an even bigger audience”.