Morgan Palmer

Morgan Palmer

Veterinary Nurse

Morgan's job title is Veterinary Nurse at Fairfield House Vets

What I do

I directly support the vet – from helping with surgery and x-rays to working out correct drug dosage. The animals I deal with are equally as varied and can be anything from dogs getting their first vaccinations to monkey’s needing a health check. 

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How I became a technician

I have always wanted to work with animals, but it is hard to get into veterinary nursing. So, when I finished school at 16-years-old I emailed every single vet practice in the county, and I managed to get an apprenticeship at Well House Vets in Crowborough. I feel I was very lucky to get it. I studied English, maths, science, business, sociology, geography, ICT, and art at school, but I had some experience of working with animals which, I think, helped – I worked part-time at a Llama Park when I was younger.

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What I love most about my job

I love the surgery and diagnostic imaging side of the job. The x-rays and ultrasounds are really interesting. I would love to be able to get more involved in the surgery side of things.

The best bits about working in a team

I work in a team of 10 nurses alongside 12 vets. It's so good to have that support and I love it. Everyone helps each other.

What I wear to work

Day to day, my work uniform is a tunic or green scrub top with black trousers. You must be completely covered but your arms should be bare below the elbow so you can wash properly between patients. Traditionally, qualified veterinary nurses wear green, whereas student nurses wear green pinstriped tops.

The skills I use most

As a veterinary nurse technician, you have to do a lot of interpersonal work with the pet owners. We are always problem solving and working with the owners to get the best possible outcomes, according to their wishes.

The next steps in my career journey

I would like to do a certificate in small animal surgery. It can take up to three years to achieve, but then you can perform minor surgeries.

The advice I'd give to
someone younger

University isn’t everything. You can still be very successful doing diplomas or taking other routes.

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