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We are very happy to offer placements to veterinary students for Extra Mural Studies. To apply, please contact alice@nuvet.co.uk We are also able to offer placements to nursing students and young people of school age, if we have time and space available. We regret we are unable to offer these placements on an unlimited basis, but we have a very high number of applications and it is important we do not overbook and risk interfering with patient care or the quality of placements. To apply, please contact info@nuvet.co.uk

Code of Conduct for Work Experience Students

DRESS CODE

  • Smart but practical clothes should be worn i.e. trousers and polo shirt or scrub top.
  • Footwear should be comfortable and practical. No scruffy trainers, open toed sandals or platform shoes!
  • No facial piercing or visible tattoos. Stud earrings only. Any make up should be professional only. No excessive jewellery
  • No jeans
  • A lab coat and work experience badge will be provided. Please wear this at all times in clinical areas

DRESS CODE

  • Please bring any equipment (eg pens, notepads etc) you might require
  • Please bring your own lunch. There is a McDonalds, supermarket and a garage nearby if you prefer to buy lunch
  • Mobile phones should be kept out of sight at all times and kept on silent

HOURS

  • Our clinic opening hours are 8:30am to 7pm (8pm on a Wednesday). We expect school students to be with us between 9am and 5pm, unless by prior arrangement. Vet students are expected to attend all the hours the clinic is open
  • Our standard is a one hour lunch break, please let the head nurse know if you are leaving the building for fire safety reasons

BEHAVIOUR

  • We expect you to be proactive in providing help to the veterinary staff. You are here to learn, but that does not mean you are not also here to help. Please
    volunteer to help with in-patient care, cleaning etc
  • Please ask a member of staff before touching any animals or equipment
  • Please do not be offended if the answer is “no” or if another member of staff is asked to help – some patients are not good teaching cases, and some days are not good teaching days
  • We have several emails, letters and telephone calls every day asking for placements. If you are not making the most of your placement, we may ask you to leave and give the opportunity to someone else
  • Please note – we have a coffee and tea list at reception, if you want to volunteer to make everyone a drink. We are always very grateful!
  • Please behave professionally at all times and consider how your appearance and behaviour reflects onto NuVet
  • Nerves, a warm environment and unfamiliar smells may make you feel unwell. Try to recognise a very hot, sweaty feeling as a warning of fainting so move out to fresh air and sit down.

COMMUNICATION

  • Always ask questions – Make the most of your one-to-one time with the veterinary staff and ask as many questions as you like.
  • Please consider WHEN the best time to ask questions is – in front of the client, or when the vet is clearly busy is not the best time!
  • Clients may often ask students’ opinions – please immediately direct these back the vet
  • Confidentiality – we expect you to behave professionally and respect our clients and staff confidentiality at all times.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  •  Please see our full health and safety guide
  • Do not enter radiograph room when red light showing
  • Do not touch any strange animals
  • Wash hands after touching any animals or equipment and maintain good hand hygiene.
  • If unsure, do not touch any animal or equipment unless instructed to do so by a member of staff
  • Please ensure you use protective equipment that is made available to you