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Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Send a Vet Nurse to India update
Send a Vet Nurse to India
sees the return of the JMICAWE team from India where we’ve been hard at work to
introduce the veterinary nursing profession to Indian vets. JMICAWE veterinary nurse Hayley Walters,
supported by veterinary surgeon Heather Bacon also of the JMICAWE and Edinburgh
Napier University’s Andrew Coe and Karen Hibell,led a team of 8 3rd year student
veterinary nurses to demonstrate the essential role of veterinary nursing
within the veterinary profession.
The ‘Send a
Vet Nurse to India’ project was a collaboration between the JMICAWE, Kerala
Veterinary Animal Sciences University (KVASU) and Edinburgh Napier University. The
project involved fully integrating the student vet nurse team into the two veterinary
teaching hospitals in Kerala and demonstrating the invaluable support a
well-trained VN has to offer to vet in India, in not only improving animal
welfare but also the smooth running of a hospital.
VNs were professional, hardworking, compassionate and despite being students
themselves, developed the confidence to teach and explain to the vet students
there what they were doing and why. The project gave student VNs a genuine
insight into the challenges of working in a developing country and inspired
them to develop practical solutions to dealing with the problems they faced.
“India has a few challenges when it comes to the veterinary profession: 1) they
have a huge shortage of veterinarians. Last estimate revealed a shortfall of
over 62,000 and 2) they don’t have trained, qualified veterinary nurses to
provide the supportive care needed to ensure a high level of patient care. Many
of the teaching hospitals have state of the art, expensive equipment in their
operating theatres but no beds to recover their patients on and no staff
dedicated to their daily needs”.
Currently in India, trained
veterinary surgeons are responsible for all veterinary duties, from basic
techniques such as blood sampling or bandaging, to complex surgical procedures.
The vast scope of this workload is a challenge to the development of the
profession, as excessive time is taken up with minor procedures, basic animal
management, and logistics such as stock control, which would, in other parts of
the world, normally be the responsibility of the veterinary nurse.
The 8 student VNs fully
immersed themselves in all aspects of hospital work including the inpatient
area, anaesthetic monitoring, surgical patient preparation, handling, cleaning
and physiotherapy. The afternoons were spent delivering workshops to students
and faculty members, clinical skills practise on models and manikins and
protocol writing to improve patient care and the running of the hospital.
KVASU were so impressed with
what the vet nurses had to offer that all faculty members unanimously agreed to
endorse a VN training programme and qualification. Building on this success
Prof Nat Waran, who was also in India, met with the Indian Veterinary Council
to discuss both veterinary and veterinary nursing education, and to propose the
endorsement of a veterinary nursing training programme in India. Hayley has
just finished writing a proposal and VN curriculum for the Veterinary Council
of India and we hope to see India’s first ever Veterinary Nurse Training
Curriculum and Associated Diploma Level Qualification very soon.