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    Hiya =)

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I'm due to finish my national diploma in animal management at the end of may, and I'm looking to start sending out some letters enquiring about trainee nurse positions at practices near me, but i dont really have any idea where to start. I was never confident in writing letters to people and am not sure what to include.
    If anyone could throw me some tips or something i would be very greatfull.
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    Have a look at www.apprenticeships.org.uk and you can have a look for vacancies in your area.

    Hi, I sent letters to all the practices near me to try and get a trainee vet nurse place. There aren't any vacancies down here in Surrey at the moment so I'm going to college to do the same course you're doing. Hopefully then I'll have more experience and animal knowledge so I'll be in with a better chance. In my letters I wrote about my experience, how I would like to be a vet nurse, and asked them if they had a vacancy/may have one in the forseeable future & sent a copy of my CV. Most of the responses I got were very nice and they all said they'd keep my details on file. If you don't get anyone saying they have a vacancy, keep doing work experience round the practices in your area and if you impress them they may offer to take you on. Good luck! x

    it is nigh impossible to find a trainee nursing vacancy, i sent out around 30 letters and got nothing back apart form work experience offers, which was brilliant nevertheless. i've had to go down the university route, more specifically the FdSc Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough which includes 17 weeks in placement in the first year, the entire second year, and 18 weeks in the third and you are qualified by the end of it with vast experience. hope this helps

    I'm in the process of applying for vet nursing courses at various colleges and I understand that finding a position at a Training Practice is super hard. Therefore I've been applying for full-time courses only, not work-based, where the colleges (allegedly) will organise the placements for students...... Can they be trusted? Is it likely that they get you a placement which is miles away from the school?

    However, going down the TP route..... Do the Training Practices take people on board without any relevant qualifications/work experience? If you have to find a position at a Training Practice BEFORE you can even enrol on a vet nursing course, surely that means they have to take you on even if you don't have much/any previous experience? I have to admit this doesn't make sense to me; how do the Training Practices benefit from having a completely unexperienced/unqualified student hanging around? Are they just used for free labour? See, THAT would make sense......

    Any help from vet nurse students would be appreciated!! I know it's a hideously badly paid job but hey, it's more about calling, isn't it.....? Are there many mature students amongst you?

    Thanks so much for all your help.
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