You would make a great Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurses are responsible for providing skilled supportive veterinary care for all cats at the National Cat Adoption Centre.

They spend a lot of their time assisting with general nursing duties, as well as preparing cats for surgery and looking after them post-treatment.

  • Carrying out regular health checks on cats in the centre, including administering flea treatment, worming and any medication prescribed by the Vet
  • Assisting the Veterinary Surgeon during surgery, such as monitoring the cat under anaesthetic
  • Undertaking other procedures, such as bandaging and wound management in cats
  • Ensuring high standards of animal welfare and hygiene are maintained
  • Communicating with adoption centre staff to ensure the smooth running of the clinic

You’ll need a RCVS Veterinary Nurse Qualification, as well as experience of working in a busy veterinary practice or working in a hands-on animal environment.

Caring for cats and keeping them in good health. You’ll need to be proactive and resourceful as well as have an ability to stay calm under pressure.

What's the best thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

It is a challenging job that requires lots of different skills. I’m able to work with animals every day, and every day is different. Seeing the difference you can make to an animal in need is a great feeling and enabling a poorly pet to go home happy and healthy makes the job so rewarding.

Want to volunteer for Cats Protection?

Volunteering could be a great way to gain valuable experience in animal welfare. It could also give you the opportunity to try a range of different activities to see what you’d like to focus on in the future.


We’re lucky enough to have over 10,000 volunteers working across Cats Protection, focusing their efforts on every aspect of the organisation. From rehoming cats and looking after them in our centres and branches, to fundraising in our charity shops and running events across the country – they are integral to the work we do.

For many roles, you must be over the age of 18 to volunteer with Cats Protection. If you’re keen to learn more, head to our volunteering section or find your local branch to see how you can help them.