Vet Techs

My cousin has just finished school with a handfull of Gcse's and an A level. She wants to train as a vetinary nurse.

Does the RAVC offer such training? Are army vetinary technician qualifications recognised in the outside world?

Thanks for letting me know, I need to be able to advise her

Job Description:
The role of Veterinary Technician (VT) is to assist in the treatment of Service animals and to provide first aid pending the arrival of the Veterinary Officer. They will be required to assist during surgical operations, radiography, and carry out laboratory tests. They are responsible for reporting any signs of ill health in animals to the Veterinary Officer and provide the nursing support for hospitalised patients. The VT will also be required to instruct RAVC personnel and junior VTs in veterinary subjects.

Education Standard:
Four GCSEs at grade C or better, including English.

Personal Qualities:
You must be reliable, of good character and have a stable personality. You should be alert, versatile and be prepared to accept responsibility in any situation. You will need good hand skills and manual dexterity.

After basic military training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester, you will commence your trade training at the Defence Animal Centre. Within the first six months of probationary training you will be trained in the basics of animal nursing, anatomy, physiology, identification and treatment of common ailments. You will then learn advanced techniques at Class 2 level. After a minimum of four years you will be eligible to attend the Class 1 course, which will enable you to progress in time to Hospital Management.

Conditions of work:
Once qualified you can be posted throughout the world as VT. Currently VTs are serving in Cyprus, Germany, Bosnia, UK Mainland and Northern Ireland. As well as serving with RAVC units, VTs are also attached to the Household Cavalry Regiments and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Career Structure:
Once you have completed your specialist training you will be eligible for promotion to Lance Corporal. How quickly you advance to Corporal depends on a number of factors, not least your ability and motivation. As a Corporal you will find there are opportunities to improve your educational qualifications through attending courses, improving your skills in man management and administration before rising through the ranks of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer Two to Warrant Officer One. Some Warrant Officers go on to achieve commissioning and become Officers.

Follow on trades:
As a VT you will not currently be accredited with a qualification formally recognised outside of the RAVC.
Nice reply SD, so I wonder if you could help me with an enquiry.

My girlfriend has been working as a VT in an emergency animal hospital for the last couple of years (CV and refs avail on request) and is about to move out here (Germany) with me. As her german is not totally up to scratch at the moment it would be difficult to get a place in a german vet practice, she was wondering if the vet practice at DASU employed civi VTs? She's tried to phone and emailed them but without luck.

She's also a dog trainer specializing in behavioral problems and has an interest in rescue search dogs. (Well, dogs really! :roll: )

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