Scotish independent veterinary group, Thrums Vets, is launching a two-day course for teenagers to give them an insight into what it takes to be a veterinary nurse and what the job involves.

The first course will run in May and is already fully subscribed, with the next one planned for either June or July.

Participants will shadow Thrums’ nurses at the group’s Kirriemuir practice and learn about carrying out clinical examinations, suturing and bandaging, fluid therapy, patient care, radiography positioning and laboratory work.

Attendees will also find out how to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse.

In addition, the Thrums team will give talks on their professional experiences, highlighting other career paths within the veterinary industry.

Participants will then receive a goody bag and a certificate of attendance.

This latest course follows the launch last year of The Thrums Vet School Preparation Programme, a three-day programme designed to give 16 and 17-year-olds an understanding of the role of a mixed practice vet.

Associate Managing Director Ashley Wilkie said: “Both these courses are amongst the first of their kind in the UK and we’re hoping that they can help ease the veterinary industry’s recruitment crisis over the long-term.

"At the end of the course, attendees will have a mentor to support them if they choose to pursue a career in the industry.

"The mentorship is part of our ambition to help produce a cohort of skilled, engaged and talented individuals that will benefit both Thrums and the veterinary industry as a whole in the future.” 

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