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 Assistant – Small Animal ICU: 508091
- Veterinary Assistant - Small Animal Surgery : 508288
- Veterinary Nurse – Exotics: 508153
- Veterinary Nurse – Small Animal ICU: 503961
- Veterinary Nurse – Small Animal Surgery : 508289
- Veterinary Nurse – Ophthalmology: 507721
- Veterinary Nurse – Pet Health: 508364
- Veterinary Nurse Intern: 508217
Nurse of the MonthMeet our Nurse of the Month
Oncology, both Medical & Radiation Oncology
What are your hobbies?
As of April, I started volunteering with big Brothers big sisters, which has matched me with a 16-year-old “little sister” in my life that I spend time with once to twice a week. We like to craft together, go to movies, and do lots of events within the community together. I spend a majority of my free time with my little and really look forward to the time I have with her. In my other time I enjoy to take my dogs on trails around Manhattan.
Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs Malibu and Millie. Malibu is a 8 year old terrier/ healer mix that I adopted while in college through our vet tech program. Millie is a 1 year old Dachshund that I got not to long after moving to Manhattan.
Why did you want to become a Veterinary Nurse?
When I was originally trying to decided what I wanted to do for a career I really wanted to be a zoologist, but after looking into zoology more I realized that as a veterinary nurse I would be able to expand my career in many different directions(research, general practice, zoo, veterinary sales) unlike zoology would.
Why did you choose this specific specialty?
I am newer to the Oncology side of things as I was an intern before this who rotated between the services that K-state offers. Before my internship my knowledge of cancer and treatment options was limited and the thought of working for a veterinary oncologist had never crossed my mind. I decided to work in oncology because patient care is my favorite part of veterinary medicine, and with oncology they focus on patient quality of life and that is beyond important to me. I want every patient to be as happy as my own pets are. I also find it very interesting to look at cytology, which we do a lot of in this department.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I really enjoy client communication. Working in oncology gives me the opportunity to get to know all of our clients and their pets. This means a lot to me, building the connection and trust with the owners to me takes patient care to the next level and really allows you to care for a patient like it's your own pet.
What advice do you have for others who are wanting to become a Veterinary Nurse?
Never give up. If becoming a Veterinary Nurse is something you are interested in then give it your all. There will always be hard times and things that will throw you a curve-ball, and some things you fail at, but do not give up. You can achieve what you set your mind too.
Anything else you want to add?
If you do not know where in veterinary medicine you would like to work, explore all of your options. I would highly recommend checking out the Kstate Veterinary Health Centers Veterinary Nurse Intern Program. This is what brought me here to K-state, with having this opportunity I got many experiences that I would have never received if I would have gone straight into general practice.