Folly Gardens Pet Talk:
Caring for your pets

Registered Veterinary Nurse Jo Lewis of Folly Gardens, Tewkesbury and Bishop’s Cleeve on the changing role of vet nurses.


The Folly Gardens team is comprised of staff in veterinary, nursing, management and administrative roles and we all work together to offer the highest level of modern pet care. By pooling our strengths, we maximise our resources and are able to run the practice in the most efficient way, offering services at a reasonable rate.


The contribution nurses make is central to our ongoing growth and the expansion of services.


The role of the Registered Veterinary Nurse has changed significantly over the last 20 years. Today, we are trained to carry out a wide range of independent duties including health checks, vaccinations, post -operative follow-ups, nail clipping, ear cleaning, flea and worm control and anal gland expressing. We offer a range of preventative advice in specialist fields such as diet, behaviour and dental care and we also play a role in the operating theatre, helping with x-rays, laboratory checks and the administration of anaesthetics. Nurses spend a minimum of two years training and must pass written and practical exams to achieve either a diploma or degree in Veterinary Nursing. As part of their education, they learn about anatomy and physiology, husbandry, anaesthesia, radiography, nutrition and surgical nursing.


Not all veterinary practices employ qualified, registered nurses but we’re proud to have a large team working across our three clinics. Folly Gardens is also registered training practice which means we’re recognised as investing in training nurses to a high standard. Once qualified, nurses must complete at least fifteen hours continued professional development annually to retain their place on the list of registered vet nurses.


You can meet our team of nurses at daily consulting clinics for routine flea and worm control, nail-clipping and anal gland expressing, dental health examinations, concerns about behaviour, nutritional advice and weight assessments.


For help with any pet issue please call our nursing team on 01684 292244 or 01242 679880.




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