DkIT B.Sc. in Veterinary Nursing
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DkIT B.Sc. in Veterinary Nursing FETAC & mature applicant information session 4th December 2014
Housekeeping • Phones on silent please
• Bathrooms are outside, turn right & then left
• Smoking area is in the courtyard
Welcome to veterinary nursing at DkIT
Today’s presentation • Application routes • The ideal applicant • Common application weaknesses
• How to address these
Application routes • Leaving cert (20 places) • C3 (Hons) in biology or Ag science • FETAC level 5 animal care (5 places) • Mature applicants (5 places) • Apply via the CAO
Current students • Hard working, enthusiastic & highly motivated!
The course • It’s a science degree • Goes (far!) beyond basic rote learning & recall
• You must understand the information & be able to do something useful with it
• Lectures are just a starting point for your own further study
Where will you put your stethoscope to listen to this animal’s heart?
What’s his normal 24-40 heart rate? bpm
Why might it rise during surgery?pain, blood loss give more painkillersWhat are you going to do about it?
The ideal applicant ?
Vet nursing experience • Spend time in practice observing what a registered veterinary nurse actually does
• Be aware of the realities of the job
• The veterinary industry is made up of hard working & dedicated professionals Vet Ireland survey 2013: the average vet spends 105 hours per week working and on call
Education • An interest in learning • The dedication to complete a course • Good basic writing & communication skills
• Be willing to learn to think! • Be open to learning about a range of animal species (farm animals, pets, exotics & horses)
Key attributes • • • • • •
Practical skills Writing skills
Maths skills People skills Physical fitness
• We cannot teach you to be a veterinary nurse...
• But we can help you to learn to be a veterinary nurse
• Ultimately it’s up to you, nobody else can do it for you
• You must take on this responsibility, no excuses!
Physical fitness • Nursing animals is a physically demanding job
• On your feet constantly, lots of manual handling, it’s not 9-5.
• Working when tired/cold/hungry/injured • You need to be able for this • Running, cycling, team sports, horse riding, swimming etc.
People skills • Good communication skills are absolutely vital in this career
• Clients must feel they can trust you • Colleagues must feel you are a genuine team player
• (Loving animals is not enough)
Practical skills • You need to be able to make your hands do what you want them to do
• You also need to be observant • Gardening, sewing, cooking, playing sports, fixing things all help!
• Can you wire a plug, sharpen a knife, change a tyre, replace a fuse, groom an animal?!
Writing skills • Vet nurses work as part of a professional animal care team
• Accurate and detailed case notes are vital
• Legal records • Patient discharge instructions, reports etc.
• You must be able to write well
An overdose will kill me..
• You must be competent in practical maths
• Drug doses - give 1.1mg/kg of a 50mg/ml solution to a 12kg dog
• Disinfectant dilutions - make up a 1:200 solution
• Lab test results
- how many dl in a l?
“Success implies You must be prepared to work! endeavour”
Common application weaknesses
Experience of what a vet nurse actually does
Incomplete/late applications • Get applications in to the CAO before Feb 1st
• Ensure you have included ALL requested documentation, including academic results & references
Lack of references • A FETAC work placement report from a veterinary practice is not a reference
• A reference must be written by a practice member specifically for the purpose of applying to the course
• Include references for stated veterinary experience
NEVER falsify references!
Writing & presentation quality • Yes, it really does matter (a LOT)! • Remember that your written application is all we have to go on initially – we will shortlist based on it
• You have plenty of time to check it so get it right before you send it in
Ikea job interview
First impressions • If you are offered an
interview and can’t make it, please let us know
• Be punctual (better still, be early!)
• Look smart and professional
Interview skills • They’re informal, normally 2 staff members
• Have researched the course, the college and the career
• Anticipate typical interview questions • Have some questions of your own • *Consider some interview techniques training
Inform yourself • Use your initiative to research the job & the course www.ivna.ie
Enthusiasm • Essential! • It is not enough to say that you love animals and leave it at that
• Don’t worry if you are nervous
Commitment to learning • “Sure the course will be no bother, I love animals”
• Have you really considered the realities of going back to college?
• What have you done to prepare yourself?
Advice for applicants
(the take home message)
Do your research • Spend as much time as possible in practice, ideally with RVNs
• Inform yourself about the course • Inform yourself about the profession • Ensure your application is complete & accurate
• Get experience with a range of animal species
The best of luck!
Thank you for your attention