VHC Veterinary Nurses
The Veterinary Health Center is a state-of-the-art specialty hospital and the only facility in the state offering routine care, emergency care and 14 different specialties.
Title Change - Veterinary Technician Becomes Veterinary Nurse
In response to a request made in June 2018, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Human Capital Services at Kansas State University have approved a formal job title change from veterinary technician to veterinary nurse effective throughout the college as of Oct. 21.
In 2016, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, or NAVTA, focused their efforts on researching and pursuing legislation in all 50 states to seek unification under the title of registered veterinary nurse. Veterinary nurses aim to have greater public awareness and increased job mobility by ultimately creating national credentialing standards and to increase the intrinsic value of veterinary medicine. Read more about the change.
Learn about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.
For position information, follow the links below.
- Veterinary Nurse - Anesthesiology
- Veterinary Nurse - Equine
- Veterinary Nurse (Food Animal/Agricultural)
- Veterinary Nurse - ICU
- Veterinary Nurse - ICU (Part Time)
- Veterinary Nurse - Cardiology
Meet our Nurse of the Month
Director of Surgical Support Services & Veterinary Nurse Internship Program
What are your hobbies?
Hiking, biking, cooking, attending my kids activities
Do you have any pets?
5 cats, 2 dogs
Why did you want to become a Veterinary Nurse?
Growing up on a farm in central Kansas, it was the most exciting day when the vet came to work cattle! I grew up helping the veterinarians on our farm and thoroughly enjoyed my time in 4H showing horses and cattle. Although I was very musical through my school years, I chose veterinary nursing, specifically academia, due to the opportunity to teach the veterinary students and nurses. I love the science of the vocation, the fact that I’m able to help the animals and their owners are perks of the job!
Why did you choose this specific specialty?
My passion has always been critical care but I really enjoyed the client aspect of oncology, which was not as prevalent in ICU. I’ve been administrative for four years, and have enjoyed helping people. I’m still asked to put in the occasional catheter, which makes my day!
What is your favorite part about your job?
What advice do you have for others who are wanting to become a Vet Nurse?
I was told on orientation day at Bel-Rea, “This isn’t pet the puppy school.” This career isn’t a walk in the park, it often requires long hours, and hard work. If you’re looking for a rewarding career that offers the opportunity for lifelong learning, veterinary nursing is for you!