DkIT B.Sc. in Veterinary Nursing FETAC & mature applicant information session 4th December 2014 Housekeeping • Phones on silent please • Bathrooms are outside, turn right & then left • Smoking area is in the courtyard Welcome to veterinary nursing at DkIT Today’s presentation • Application routes • The ideal applicant • Common application weaknesses • How to address these Application routes • Leaving cert (20 places) • C3 (Hons) in biology or Ag science • FETAC level 5 animal care (5 places) • Mature applicants (5 places) • Apply via the CAO Current students • Hard working, enthusiastic & highly motivated! The course • It’s a science degree • Goes (far!) beyond basic rote learning & recall • You must understand the information & be able to do something useful with it • Lectures are just a starting point for your own further study Example Where will you put your stethoscope to listen to this animal’s heart? What’s his normal 24-40 heart rate? bpm Why might it rise during surgery?pain, blood loss give more painkillersWhat are you going to do about it? The ideal applicant ? Vet nursing experience • Spend time in practice observing what a registered veterinary nurse actually does • Be aware of the realities of the job • The veterinary industry is made up of hard working & dedicated professionals Vet Ireland survey 2013: the average vet spends 105 hours per week working and on call Animal experience Education • An interest in learning • The dedication to complete a course • Good basic writing & communication skills • Be willing to learn to think! • Be open to learning about a range of animal species (farm animals, pets, exotics & horses) Key attributes • • • • • • Personal responsibility Practical skills Writing skills Maths skills People skills Physical fitness Personal responsibility • We cannot teach you to be a veterinary nurse... • But we can help you to learn to be a veterinary nurse • Ultimately it’s up to you, nobody else can do it for you • You must take on this responsibility, no excuses! Physical fitness • Nursing animals is a physically demanding job • On your feet constantly, lots of manual handling, it’s not 9-5. • Working when tired/cold/hungry/injured • You need to be able for this • Running, cycling, team sports, horse riding, swimming etc. People skills • Good communication skills are absolutely vital in this career • Clients must feel they can trust you • Colleagues must feel you are a genuine team player • (Loving animals is not enough) Practical skills • You need to be able to make your hands do what you want them to do • You also need to be observant • Gardening, sewing, cooking, playing sports, fixing things all help! • Can you wire a plug, sharpen a knife, change a tyre, replace a fuse, groom an animal?! Writing skills • Vet nurses work as part of a professional animal care team • Accurate and detailed case notes are vital • Legal records • Patient discharge instructions, reports etc. • You must be able to write well An overdose will kill me.. Maths • You must be competent in practical maths • Drug doses - give 1.1mg/kg of a 50mg/ml solution to a 12kg dog • Disinfectant dilutions - make up a 1:200 solution • Lab test results - how many dl in a l? “Success implies You must be prepared to work! endeavour” Common application weaknesses Experience of what a vet nurse actually does Incomplete/late applications • Get applications in to the CAO before Feb 1st • Ensure you have included ALL requested documentation, including academic results & references Lack of references • A FETAC work placement report from a veterinary practice is not a reference • A reference must be written by a practice member specifically for the purpose of applying to the course • Include references for stated veterinary experience NEVER falsify references! Writing & presentation quality • Yes, it really does matter (a LOT)! • Remember that your written application is all we have to go on initially – we will shortlist based on it • You have plenty of time to check it so get it right before you send it in Interviews Ikea job interview First impressions • If you are offered an interview and can’t make it, please let us know • Be punctual (better still, be early!) • Look smart and professional Interview skills • They’re informal, normally 2 staff members • Have researched the course, the college and the career • Anticipate typical interview questions • Have some questions of your own • *Consider some interview techniques training Inform yourself • Use your initiative to research the job & the course www.ivna.ie Enthusiasm • Essential! • It is not enough to say that you love animals and leave it at that • Don’t worry if you are nervous Commitment to learning • “Sure the course will be no bother, I love animals” • Have you really considered the realities of going back to college? • What have you done to prepare yourself? Advice for applicants (the take home message) Do your research • Spend as much time as possible in practice, ideally with RVNs • Inform yourself about the course • Inform yourself about the profession • Ensure your application is complete & accurate • Get experience with a range of animal species The best of luck! Thank you for your attention Any questions?