COVID UPDATE – If mutually agreeable, subject to face coverings being worn, no clinical signs of COVID, consultations will be carried out inside the building.  In order to maintain social distance we have a maximum occupancy level policy and thank you for your patience whilst waiting. We kindly request only one member of the family attends and where possible aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays. Click here for our updated COVID POLICY as from 19th July.

For repeat medication requests, please order at least 24 hours in advance by emailing us at or by telephoning 01458 832972. You will be requested to pay prior to collection.  Our hours of opening can be found here

What does your Veterinary Nurse do?

Veterinary Nursing Awareness month is a yearly celebration in recognition of the skills and value registered veterinary nurses bring to animal health and welfare.  There are many tasks that nurses undertake including;

  • Providing inpatient care including monitoring the patient’s vital signs
  • Preparing patients for surgery and assisting with surgical procedures
  • Monitoring anaesthetics
  • Taking X-rays
  • Taking blood samples and performing a range of laboratory tests
  • Weight management and nutrition consultations
  • Running nurse consultations, some complimentary, to provide information on preventative health care and veterinary advise
  • Applying dressings and bandages
  • Dispensing and administering medication
  • Reception and admin duties

Veterinary nurses undergo rigorous, professional training via a degree or diploma qualification and once qualified enter onto the RCVS register of veterinary nurses becoming Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). To remain on the register, they must complete a set amount of continued professional development each year.  Orchard vets is a training practice for both diploma and degree student nurses, RVNs wear a green uniform and students a green and white striped uniform.

At Orchard, we offer various nurse clinics including nail clipping, advise on flea and worm treatment, weight management and puppy and kitten care to provide our clients with the best information.  Further information on nurses awareness can be found here or you can contact us on 01458 832972 if you have any questions.