Vet nurses ‘valued and respected by clients’
Veterinary nurses are highly valued by clients for the role they play in practices, a research study has found.
RVN Nicola Lakeman, who is studying for her Master’s in Advanced Veterinary at the University of Glasgow, RVN Nicola Lakeman conducted research looking at client satisfaction surrounding veterinary nurse clinics.
A survey was sent out to clients at The Plymouth Veterinary Group – part of IVC Evidensia – received 119 responses, with an “overwhelming” positive response towards the role VN consultations play in the overall health care of their pet.
Ms Lakeman said: “RVNs are feeling demoralised by the whole situation we are going through and I want nurses to know that clients really value nurse clinics.”
“Many practices still don’t use their RVNs to their full potential, with many RVNs not feeling confident to undertake appointments.
‘The boost they need’
“Hopefully seeing these responses will help to give RVNs the boost they need. Clients do value RVNs and their role in practice.”
Clients were asked questions based on several areas, including client expectations, perceived value, perceived quality, customer loyalty and complaint behaviour.
It found that clients like seeing nurses, value their time and knowledge and want to see RVNs for appointments they are trained to undertake, and that it is acceptable to be charged for these appointments.
The range of questions were based around a proposed model for gauging consultation skills with quantitative methods. With this scoring system it showed that clients agreed that their experience was a good, positive one, with a satisfaction rating of 10 (most satisfied) from more than 40% of respondents.
Ms Lakeman has now completed her master’s and will be revealing more details from the survey in the coming months.
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