William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Nursing

Small Animal Nursing - Frequently Asked Questions

Who takes care of my pet during the middle of the night?
The Small Animal Nursing staff are with your pets 24/7. The staff medicates, treats, monitors, feeds, cleans, comforts, and exercises your pets, all under clinicians orders.

May I visit my pet while it is in the VMTH?
Sometimes. The Clinician and student you are working with are the best people to answer this question for you. Your pet's well being is the staff's first concern.

Can I call the Nursing Staff to find out how my pet is doing?
This information must come from the Clinician or student you are working with. The Nursing Staff are not necessarily in a position to report this information accurately to you.

What is their training and background?
Some of the staff have degrees from 2 year or 4 year colleges. Many of them are California Registered Veterinary Technicians. All of them go through a rigorous on- going training program within the Nursing Service. Many of the staff has been in the veterinary field 20+ years. For many, the vast majority of their time in the veterinary field has been spent right here in the VMTH.

Do the SAN Staff do anything besides taking care of patients?
As a matter of fact, we have many responsibilities. We coach, train and monitor veterinary students in many aspects of patient care and paraveterinary techniques. Small Animal Nurses also trains volunteers, RVT students, and RVT interns. We provide Transfusion Medicine Service with the staff needed to maintain the Patient Blood Bank. It is not unusual to see SAN staff repairing medical equipment, or our facility itself.

Why can't I leave my pet's toys, blankets, crate, etc, at the VMTH?
We have many patients and people in our facility. Space is a very limiting factor and storage of your pet's personal items is not practical. We simply have no place to properly store and control access to these items, and therefore could not assure your items will be available to you when your pet is discharged..