We have over 50 members of staff at Millennium shared between our main site on Millennium Way and at our branch practice in West Street, Coggeshall.  As an independent veterinary practice, we work as a tight team with a family atmosphere, all sharing the same ethos - 'Treating Your Pets as Our Own'.  As pet owners ourselves we know how important these family members are to us - regardless of species, age, colour and size!  Our team falls into 8 groups: Our Directors who are also our most senior vets; our veterinary surgeons; registered veterinary nursing team who support our student nurse team; ward assistants; receptionists; office staff including our practice manager and finally our cleaning team. A lot of the care and client support we provide is behind closed doors - in our  wards, theatres, diagnostic rooms, laboratory and the office.

So lets here from our staff, to give you more insight into what we do in our vocation to care for your pets and you!  WE WILL ADD THEIR COMMENTS VERY SOON ....

  • Millennium Vets Directors

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  • Vet Team

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  • Nursing Team

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  • Student Nursing Team

    Student Veterinary Nurses (SVN's) often start as a ward assistant, gaining experience in practice and learning basic skills to kick start their SVN career. This involves enrolling with a college to attend one day a week and learning the theory behind the veterinary nursing patient and client care we will be qualified to do.  Understanding how a veterinary practice works is also taught. The rest of the week we work in practice in the full nursing rota alongside another Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) - hands on with our patients. Our role is the same as that of the RVN, however we are closely supervised by either Veterinary Surgeons or RVN's. 

    Every student has a 'Clinical Coach' in practice throughout their training.  The coaches are all experienced RVNs.  They teach us all of the necessary skills and provides support with our personal development.   They undertake further training and qualifications to become a Clinical Coach.

    The roles and responsibilities of SVN's are to learn and develop in all areas of veterinary nursing practice.  This includes: ward management, medical management of inpatients, taking blood samples, placing intravenous catheters, animal handling, nurse consultations, diagnostic imaging (radiography (x-ray), ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT)), preparing patients for surgery, monitoring anaesthetised patients, preparing and sending off laboratory samples, maintaining and sterilising surgical equipment, and deep cleaning after surgery and around general practice.  Our level of support decreases as we learn and develop in all of the above until qualifying around 2.5 to 3 years after starting college, up to which point we still have a certain level of supervision.

    Our end goal is to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse - registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  At Millennium we wear the traditional green and white striped tunics which change to bottle green once we qualify.  Getting your 'greens' and the red and silver RVN badge, shows all the hard work has paid off!  Then our focus is to hone our skills and be the best nurse we can.  And after that we'll be encouraged to look into the future and more specific areas of nursing interest.


  • Ward Assistant Team

    We have 3 different shifts that include times of 7-3, 8-4 and 12-8. Each shift has a variety of different roles, which include helping the nurses and vets restrain patients for procedures such as placing an intravenous catheter, pre-med injections before surgery or holding a patient for a blood test. We also help recover patients that come back from surgery and monitor their heart and respiratory rates and their temperature at pre-set intervals.  We work closely with the registered nursing staff who are the ward nurses at that time.  Another main role of ours is running the laboratory, we have to run in-house tests for blood and urine. After liaising with the vets we communicate with outside laboratories and send samples off for further in depth tests. Also on our lab shift we have the responsibility of making sure the consult rooms are topped up and are cleaned on a daily basis to reduce infection control.   We also do the same in the morning and evening in wards as we could potentially have an infectious patient. General infection control is a very important part of our role.

    After operations have been performed we have to scrub and sterilise the kits that have been used, they go through the autoclave which is a machine that sterilises instruments at 134 degrees! We also run the laundry, washing bedding from day patients or inpatients, to get clean ready for the next day. 
  • Reception Team

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  • Office Team

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  • Domestic Staff

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