Who studies veterinary nursing? Veterinary nurses (or VNs as they are often known) work with veterinary surgeons to provide animal care. Most work within a veterinary surgery or hospital. Their work often includes client advice, minor surgical procedures, diagnostic tests and medical treatments while supervised by a vet, as well as the nursing care of in-patients. Some go on to become practice managers, ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the surgery or hospital. If you are considering these courses you will obviously need to have an interest in animals, and a desire to work with them in a practical hands-on way, while also learning the theory behind the practice.