District Veterinary Nursing – a message for pet owners

This blog, written by District Veterinary Nurse, Carla Finzel, helps pet owners realise just how much district vet nurses could do for them and their pets, in offering affordable at-home pet care, and offers the opportunity for comment and feedback.

Pet owners – this is for you

To all the pet parents out there in the UK ~ this is for you ~ let the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons hear you! At the District Veterinary Nurse Development Group – we are trying to help veterinary surgeons – by having a new generation of registered veterinary nurses that can alleviate challenges in your everyday life.

Question 1. >> If you were given the choice to have a DVN – district registered veterinary nurse – referred to you by the vet to help you affordably put in place your pet’s treatment at home..

For example:

> administration of medications eg tablets
> bandage re-dressing
> blood pressure monitoring
> blood glucose curves
> eye medication
> ear medication
> weight clinics
> post surgery nursing plans
> tube feeding
> subcutaneos fluids
> insulin injections…
> etc, etc…to name but a few of the wide scope a district veterinary nurse can assist the veterinary surgeon patients within the home setting… would you turn it down?

Please answer yes or no. Question 1 yes or Question 1 no

Question 2. >> If you feel you had a choice – that your animal had this professional support in the stress free environment of your home – would you expect your insurance company to cover this cost – which would be covered if your pet was hospitalised – Oftentimes your vet feels it could send the patient home if it were possible to have a district vet nurse… should insurance companies pay?

Please answer yes or no. Question 2 yes or Question 2 no

Veterinary care that is accessible and affordable to all members of society

I work on the basis that veterinary care – under the referring vets directions and instructions – should be made accessible and affordable to all members of society – those with abilities and disabilities – so district veterinary nursing is putting in place nurses clinics and patient care at the heart of the home for patient welfare – as human district nurses do – and owners wellbeing – as well as for veterinary surgeons who are really stressed about the animals in their care and how we – by the strict orders of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – expect you to do so much as pet parents – and you are asked daily to nurse your pets at home – to do what a registered veterinary nurse learns in 3-4 years of training – but you have been shown to do in 10mins in the consult room.

But vets do not have district veterinary nurses to call upon to help you!

Trust me – vets are not gutless money making people – they do care! And I feel sad people see them like that.

Why did I do this?

I gave up a £28k job at a veterinary referral practice, with pension and bonuses in 2015 to get out into the community. I was fed up and demoralised. I felt it was no longer acceptable to not support you. I embarked on this research and have been on my own working the “district veterinary nurse model” so that the veterinary profession can benefit from it in my community – my life has been a struggle -last year I lived on £5,000 after paying my overheads and not owing the bank anything.

The DRVN Development Group

There are wonderful registered veterinary nurses that would love to become district veterinary nurses – and the District Veterinary Nurse Development Group will ensure they do not have the struggles I have had.

District Veterinary Nurses will be trained and supported and integrated in the veterinary profession landscape with the same rights as registered veterinary nurses working within a practice.

More rewarding than money!

There are things in life more rewarding than money and I do not regret my chosen sacrifices to demonstrate that – District Veterinary Nurses – are needed and must exist in the veterinary landscape – I have been sharing with you my work and research – which clearly demonstrates this.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons tells me that to change the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966 – will take yeeeeeeeears – but we do not believe it should – to include District Veterinary Nurses.

Have your say.

Please feel understood and supported and send your comments and reflections to districtvetnursedvncampaign@gmail.com This is for you!

This article was written by Carla Finzel RVN