Make your savings difficult to get at...
Make your savings difficult to get at… Image ©

We know we aren’t that well paid compared to vets, but can we do things to improve our lot?


  1. Budget – and stick to it (do you need that latte every day?)
  2. Save – even a little can help (also, make it difficult to get at – think ISAs or Premium Bonds)
  3. Pensions – know about the new workplace pensions and contribute.
  4. CPD and improve your employability – Clinical Coach and beyond…
  5. Keep your RVN status up date – there aren’t enough of us. Demand/supply!

I’ll list some handy links below…

Please bear in mind we aren’t the worst paid profession, nor do we have the worst working conditions. After 10 years in retail management before coming into vet nursing, I can contest that retail pretty much beats us!

  • Lower salaries
  • Longer working hours – nights and weekends standard
  • Rude customers
  • No patients to cheer us up

What I learnt in retail was:

  1. Never put anything on a carpeted changing room floor – people use them as toilets.
  2. Health and safety is a low priority – I wasn’t allowed to wear exam gloves to handle customer returns, even when there were brown stains and curly hairs in the items.
  3. If you don’t nail it down it will get stolen – and that comes out of your store bonus and therefore your pocket.

Now, those handy links:

  • Workplace Pensions (GOV.CO.UK) – information from the government services website on workplace pensions, detailing what they are, how they work, “auto-enrolment” and more.
  • The Money Advice Service – the UK statutory body for improving people’s understanding and knowledge of financial matters, The Money Advice Service is an independent service, set up by government to offer free and impartial advice service helping people manage their money.
  • – General money saving advice and support from high-profile personal finance commentator and campaigner Martin Lewis. The site focuses on cutting bills without cutting back.

I also feel another blog coming on about increasing your income – alternative money earners for VNs!!!

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

One of the world’s most respected specialists in veterinary internal medicine is to lecture at London Vet Show.

3 mins

More than 500 delegates looked forward at CVS' annual conference at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel earlier this month.

4 mins

RVN Jane Davidson argues vet nurses need to hit the CPD benchmark laid down by their human health colleagues, claiming journal clubs are one solution to do so.

8 mins

Royal Canin is offering three free places on its sponsored “Working safely and legally” CPD workshop.

2 mins

To mark the launch of the 2017 BVA In Practice CPD programme, the association has teamed up with programme sponsor Subaru to find a vet to give one of its Outback models the most intense test drive possible.

3 mins

Digital media has revolutionised the way many vets and VNs fulfil their CPD obligations. Accessing learning online is often cheaper, faster and more convenient than traditional modalities. So, is there still a case to be made for event-based learning? James Westgate reports.

16 mins