Vet Nurse Day

Vet Nurse Day is observed on the second Friday in October, a day dedicated to recognizing the invaluable role of veterinary nurses in animal healthcare. Vet nurses perform a wide array of medical responsibilities, including surgical assistance, radiographic imaging, dental prophylaxis, nutritional management, specimen analysis, and anesthesia.

Often, they are the first point of contact for pet owners when they visit a veterinarian. Their unwavering dedication to the well-being of pets and the people who cherish them sets them apart as deserving of appreciation. Therefore, on this day, pet owners are encouraged to take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and dedication of their vet nurses.

The History of Vet Nurse Day

Vet Nurse Day was initially established in 2008 by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) to raise public awareness about the essential contributions of veterinary nurses, not only to the veterinary industry but also to the broader community.

In the years following its creation, the celebration of this holiday began to spread to other countries, drawing more and more individuals into this collective celebration.

Key Facts About Vet Nurses

Here are some noteworthy facts about veterinary nurses that those interested in Vet Nurse Day might find enlightening:

  • According to the BLS, the veterinary job market is projected to grow by 19% between 2016 and 2026.
  • The average salary for a vet nurse is approximately $15.42 per hour.
  • In states where formal accreditation isn’t mandatory, some vet nurses can commence their careers right out of high school.
  • There are five accredited schools that offer distance learning programs for veterinary technology.

Observing Vet Nurse Day

Observing this holiday requires a simple yet meaningful gesture: expressing gratitude to a vet nurse. This can be done in person, by sending a heartfelt card, or by giving them a shout-out on social media using the hashtag #VetNurseDay. For those considering a career as a vet nurse, this day serves as an excellent opportunity to embark on their journey toward this rewarding profession.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 11 Friday
Next year (2025)
October 10 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 13 Friday
Animals, Work & Occupation