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Vet Nurse Day 2024: Everything You Need to Know

Written by: Brooke Billingsley

Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Nicole Cosgrove

vet nurse checking the cat

Vet Nurse Day 2024: Everything You Need to Know

If your pet has ever been sick or injured and you were able to get them to a veterinarian’s office, then you likely already know the importance of veterinary nurses. Like with humans, veterinary nurses are specially trained individuals who have the knowledge and skills to perform a wide variety of tasks that allow them to support the health and well-being of pets, as well as to help save their lives in emergency situations. That’s why we celebrate Vet Nurse Day on the second Friday of October! However, the day can change from year to year.

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When Is Vet Nurse Day in 2024?

This special day is celebrated on the second Friday in October every year. In 2024, this event will occur on Friday, October 11th. Although this day is beginning to be celebrated in the United States, this day was established in Australia by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA).

vet nurse holding down the cat on the table in the clinic
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What’s the Purpose of Vet Nurse Day?

The purpose of this special day is to celebrate veterinary nurses and technicians. These people are essential staff when it comes to keeping your vet’s clinic up and running. They are skilled people with lots of knowledge and training that allow them to provide care for animals. Vet nurses are often responsible for things like preparing procedures for the veterinarian, performing wound care and dressing changes, filling and administering medications, running tests, and assisting the vet during examinations.

Without vet nurses and techs, vet clinics simply wouldn’t have the staff needed to keep them running successfully while still caring for a large number of animals. They can be trained to care for many different types of pets, from cats and dogs to reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, horses, and more.

How to Celebrate Vet Nurse Day

The best way to celebrate Vet Nurse Day is to simply thank the vet nurses and techs at your vet’s office. You can also provide them with a token of your gratitude, like a coffee gift card or buying lunch for the clinic staff. Even when it isn’t Vet Nurse Day, make sure to treat your veterinary nurses and techs with kindness and respect.

You can also raise awareness of Vet Nurse Day on your social media channels. Help others understand all of the tasks that vet nurses perform and all of the reasons that they’re essential employees at vet clinics.

female vet nurses talking to the cat owner
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In Conclusion

Vet Nurse Day may not be a widely known day, but it’s certainly one that should be growing in popularity. Veterinary nurses are incredible people who are full of empathy and knowledge. They spend time away from their own loved ones to provide care for your pets. Make sure to always show them gratitude and thankfulness. Being a veterinary nurse is a high-stress job that can be draining over time. There is a lot of negativity that is projected onto veterinary staff, and vet nurses are often the ones directly receiving the negativity. Gratitude and small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the day of a vet nurse who may be struggling.

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