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Veterinary Nurses Understand Sensitive Issue
DUCHY College Rosewarne hosted a seminar for Veterinary Nurses this week about the sensitive subject of animal euthanasia and bereavement.
Guest speaker, Gill Pearce, a qualified Veterinary Nurse and Counsellor, spoke to the group about the different stages of grief, the attachments and bonds between owners and their pets, why people choose to have pets and how to deal with preparing people, especially children, for the death of their pet.
Veterinary Nurse Lecturer Mel Clear explained: “As a veterinary nurse I strongly believe that this is an area in which training is required as it is a situation that we face regularly. Having the skills necessary to speak to clients about such an emotive issue is extremely important and will help the students to grow into caring, professional veterinary nurses.”
Student Megan Eastwood, from Penzance, said: “It was a really detailed and informative session and I have taken away ideas to try in practice. I feel it will now be easier to talk to people about euthanasia and will help me to become more professional.”
Sarah Dennett, from Helston, added: “The day was very helpful and it was good to be able to talk about a sensitive subject that is often overlooked, it was also good to learn about the physiological aspects of grief and how to help people to deal with it.”
The session was open to Veterinary Nurses throughout Devon and Cornwall as part of their Continued Personal Development (CPD) as well as current students at the College.
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “We take great pride in hosting these CPD events, this sensitive issue is something that veterinary nurses have to deal with in the work place and we thank Gill for making the time to come in and share her expertise.”
For further information on the Veterinary Nursing and Animal Management courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne, please call 0845 605 0455 or visit the website www.duchy.ac.uk.