Vetlink Employment Service

Vet Nurses – Make yourself a highly valuable employee

It is a really nice feeling to be a highly valued member of a team. How do you do this? The following ten points may be helpful.

Be punctual:
Arrive at work 10 minutes early every day. Be ready to start work when your shift starts.

Be reliable:
Make sure you only have to be asked to do something once. Employers, senior staff and colleagues really appreciate vet nurses who don’t have to be reminded to do things. You will soon become someone they can rely on. If you don’t have a good memory keep a notebook in your pocket.

Use your initiative:
If you know someone is going to need something don’t wait to be asked. Anticipate your work mates needs and act.

Do the best job you can every day:
If you do the best you can each day no one can ask for more than that. Who knows if you have done your best? Only you. People you work with will have some idea but it’s really only you that knows.

Communicate well:
Communication requires effort. You need to communicate well with clients, your work colleagues and your boss. Remember that your ability to listen and really understand what the other person is telling you is as important as having the ability to get your message across. Very few people really listen to each other. Consider doing a course on communication.

Use people’s names:
The ability to remember and use people’s and pet’s names is invaluable.  Nothing sounds sweeter to a client than hearing their name and their pet’s name when they are greeted.

Animal handling skills and technical skills:
Having a good mentor and observing very experienced vets and vet nurses is very helpful when trying to improve your skills. It is also important to practise what you have learnt. If you do not have a designated mentor at work ask an experienced vet or vet nurse to teach and mentor you. The ability to deal with fractious animals, collect jugular blood samples, insert a catheter and so on are good skills to develop.

Poor performance at work:
Don’t let your activities in your own time negatively affect your performance at work. If you eat well, get enough sleep and limit alcohol intake your performance at work will be better.

Practice politics:
Don’t be a source of gossip and avoid being drawn into practice politics.

Problems/Solutions:
If you have a problem at work it is important to tell your boss. Choose a suitable time to approach your employer. If it is not an urgent matter you may wish to think about some solutions to the problem before you meet. Employers really appreciate staff who come up with solutions rather than just presenting the problem.

I am sure this list could be added to, but the points above are a good start.

What are the benefits for you? There are many:

  • You will enjoy your job more
  • You are more likely to get a pay rise
  • You make yourself highly employable
  • You make yourself a valuable part of the team

DISCLAIMER: The above information is for guidance purposes only. Vetlink takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information, which is not intended as advice.