Job Description



This form summarises the purpose of the job and lists its key tasks

It may be varied from time to time at the discretion of the College in consultation with the postholder

Job Title: Cardiology RVN

Grade: 3

Accountable to: Dispensary Team Leader

Job ref no: CSS-0015-15

Department: Clinical Science and Services

Responsible for: N/A

Job summary:

Provide excellent nursing care for patients within a multidisciplinary large referral hospital.

Assist experts within all fields of Cardiology.

Maintain adequate Holter and Cardiology catheter supplies

Assist with the administration of treatments, specialist techniques and manage patients appropriately

Instruct and supervise veterinary students and student nurses performing nursing tasks

To maintain a flexible approach and dedication to work in a busy environment

Coordinate communication between clients and other members of the Cardiology Team


Knowledge and Experience

Maintain professional standards at all times

Provide excellent care to both patients and clients, report any concerns over compromised care to management

Ensure all procedures are carried out in a safe and efficient manner according to health and safety regulations

To be an experienced qualified RCVS registered veterinary nurse with experience of working in a busy hospital environment or practice

Assist with pacemaker procedures, including fluoroscopy, operating the temporary pacing unit, and then relate recovery instructions to key staff members

Assist with catheterization procedures, including maintaining records and ordering of catheter equipment

Maintain records of Holter equipment dispatch and reporting


Communication Skills

Provide clear and concise verbal and written instructions to key staff on a day to day basis

Provide clear verbal communication, both face to face and on the telephone to pet owners, veterinary students, veterinary surgeons, other members of the hospital and colleagues across the college

Provide clear and accurate information on patient records/case notes (electronic and hard copy) and other documents to ensure compliance and continuity of outstanding patient care

Give student orientation on Monday mornings/ in liaison with cardiology clinicians update guidelines on student orientations

Give and seek feedback

Communicate a positive image of the hospital and its services at all times

Understand clearly the needs and wants of clinicians, clients, students and co workers through active listening and reflect your understanding back to them

Proficiency in computer literacy including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and outlook

Ability to use tact and discretion when working with sensitive and personal issues


Teamwork and Motivation

Demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive approach to all tasks

Contribute actively to the Cardiology team

To train and supervise new members of the Clinical Support Team

Ability to self motivate and motivate others as part of the team

Maintain a flexible approach to work in a changing environment


Service Delivery

Provide excellent nursing care for all Cardiology patients, whether day cases or inpatients

React appropriately to requests for advice or information

Maintain the highest standard of infection control in all areas

Carry out regular checks on equipment in use and deal with any faults/repairs

Ensure all pricing done daily

Raising orders and maintaining stock levels (for cardiology and IR service)

Ensure all stock levels of consumables are maintained to the correct requirements

Update stock list for Cardiology to ensure stock levels are correct


Planning and Organizing

Prioritise and complete tasks effectively and efficiently with the ability to work on own initiative, with limited supervision

Work in an organized manner and handle multiple tasks adapting to different routines

Run Holter clinic – from arranging appointment with owner to sending report to RVS. Chase up outstanding reports from clinicians

Manage and maintain stock levels of expensive specialist items

Plan elective cardiology procedures. Liaise with other services to enable these procedures to happen.

Organise visitor rota to Cardiology service

Liaise with ECC/Cardiology nurses re Cardiology visitors arrangements


Teaching and Training

Ensure the cardiology team supports a positive learning experience for all students in the QMHA

Give practical support to veterinary students as requested to ensure students gain relevant experience from their rotation

Flexibility: To deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed, and the postholder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.