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Apr 16

Nursing In The Veterinary World

The pet medical world can be an interesting one. Animals can suffer from some of the same medical problems as humans. They can get the flu, cancer, or deal with medical issues that are common in humans. On the flip side, animals can also deal with medical issues that are completely exclusive to them. That makes some medical situations for animals very unique.

This is what makes veterinarians invaluable. They go through 4 years of medical school and residency like doctors of other specialities. Veterinarians have unique responsibilities and treat very similarly to way regular doctors treat humans. Veterinarians will examine the patient (in this case that would be an animal) and then diagnose him or her with a condition.

Wait. Are there animal treatment centers or hospitals? Are there places where animals can receive treatment? Yes, there are. It is safe to say though and these animal treatment center are a lot harder to come by than regular hospitals.

So who carries out the treatment for these animals? Who makes sure these animals are on the path to rehabilitation and recovery? These medical professionals are called paraveterinary workers. These medical professionals assist veterinary physicians in treating these animals.

Technically there are no “nurses” in the veterinary industry. This is because the American Nursing Association holds the rights to that term and say it will only be used as it pertains to humans. This is a big debate within the medical industry.

According to Nurse Frontier, veterinary technicians says they spend 80% to 90%of their time performing nursing tasks. Some of  them argue their skill sets are more broad than those of traditional nurses. Some of them know how to do radiology, pharmacy, carry out treatment, laboratory work, and much more. Veterinarians refer to these technicians as nurses unofficially.

Therefore they should be allowed to use the “nursing” title. Like their counterparts in Western Europe. Who used to do it the same way until they abolished those rules in the 1980s and 1990s. However, the American Nursing Association is not having it and they refuse to grant veterinary technicians the right to that “nursing” title. Unfortunately, this may not change anytime soon.

Regardless of their titles they are still plenty useful within the veterinary industry and they are heavily valued as such. They know how to treat animals properly and strive to do just that. Whether they have the nursing titles or not, they have their responsibilities and they will carry them out on a day to day basis.

Either way, nursing in the medical world does exist. However, it is just not formally titled yet for the workers. Hopefully it be in time though. They do a great job in supplementing the nursing industry and medical community.