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The new framework – drawn up by a working group of VN council members and the RCVS director of veterinary nursing – brings “disparate policies into a unified whole”.

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Former head of surgery at the University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine joins Grove Referrals in Norfolk.

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Removal of a grossly enlarged kidney by an RCVS specialist in small animal medicine (internal) gives feline youngster a new chance of life.

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New study investigates the genetic mechanisms that make an animal resilient to weather conditions, allowing it to maintain performance at a time of mounting climate change.

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The association, along with its official research publication the Equine Veterinary Journal, is offering practical support and enhancing knowledge during European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

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Two-day conference and exhibition-led event, which blazed trail for similar shows across the world, is back at ExCeL London for its 11th staging.

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Leading UK researcher on canine OA describes the study, by a team at the US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s laboratories, as “well planned and executed”.

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The winner of the inaugural award, in memory of Louise O'Dwyer, was revealed at Vets Now's Emergency and Critical Care Congress.

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Event aims to bring the world’s leading emergency and critical care experts together in one room to share their knowledge with vets and VNs.

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Nick Marsh dedicates his latest blog post to his late father-in-law – “the kind of gentleman they don’t make anymore” – as he struggles to accept the loss of the kind, gentle man he had known for 20 years.

As a seasoned vet student, Eleanor Goad knows all about these exams and how nerve-wracking they can be for first-years; here, she offers some sage advice to see you through.

Prompted by a calendar reminder from this time last year, Jane Davidson offers some advice to those considering standing for RCVS VN council – and to act sooner rather than later if interested.

“When you know, you know” is a phrase used in many aspects of live, but as Jordan Sinclair explains, a world of difference can exist in knowing something and living it. Here, she talks about how these realisations can all build up to a reality not expected, and how looking out for one another can help.

Stephanie Phillips explains, with the help of TVM UK, how activated charcoal can be used to treat and range of poison cases.

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Hubert Hiemstra concludes this series by discussing the aspect of making mistakes that will likely make your palms sweat and your heart race: telling the client something has gone wrong.

Reprising this popular series, Nick Marsh asks: "Is neutering a patient in that patient’s best interests?". The answer, he argues, is not as clear cut as society assumes.

Having dealt with the fear of making mistakes, Hubert Hiemstra – in the second of a three-part series – outlines the course of action for how to respond when the worst happens.

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Karen Perry and Emily Hartman use an unusual case example to demonstrate their approach to management of this joint disease in cats.

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David Rendle, Pat Harris and Nicola Menzies-Gow discuss the welfare threat posed by this issue, and the need for education to alter perceptions of healthy body condition.

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Dominic Harrison, a final-year student, and vets Mick Millar and Oliver Tilling discuss the clinical signs of this issue and five underlying risk factors that appear to enable its establishment.

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Radu Scortea and Toby Gemmill detail how to approach these types of injuries in small animal patients.

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Having settled into his RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals internship, in this, the final of a two-part article, Dave Beeston recalls his first month as an intern.

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Valentina Busin discusses how both vets and sheep farmers can prioritise to help ensure a well-planned lambing experience.

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Kate Parkinson discusses common parasitic worms, and why anthelmintic use and client education are vital in lowering the risk of infection.

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Sue Dyson describes work to assess if facial expression or behaviour can help determine presence of this pain.

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Emma Gerrard provides an overview of this joint condition in cats and dogs, including what's new, management strategies and owner guidance.

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Sally Bartlett details her adventures – from assisting with an operation concerning a poorly pangolin, to bottle-feeding orphans and getting hands on with rehabilitation – and urges nurses to take action before this beautiful, but threatened, species is wiped out.

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Laura Lacey details how educational opportunities, approaches, aftercare and nutrition have a part to play in improving pets’ dental health.

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Anne McBride discusses ways VNs can encourage owners to provide a good quality of life for senior pets by explaining how age is a physical state, but being old is a state of mind.

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Jessica Bold explains how to handle cases, why puppy parties may be the key to preventing fear and how vital it is, above all, for VNs to keep calm and carry on...

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Libby Sheridan discusses the changes in metabolic and energy requirements in older pets, and why nutritional assessments should be carried out frequently to ensure diets are optimal.

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Clare Jones looks at dogs that have been health checked and body condition scored at local Dogs Trust events to determine whether certain factors contribute to them being overweight.

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RVN Dominique Doyle explains how she went from nursing all creatures great and small to being species specific working at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

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VBJ talks to Libby Sheridan, Nestlé Purina's veterinary technical manager, about the significance of a Purina finding, and why it is important to keep pushing the boundaries of pet nutrition.

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The UK has 725 referral practices, which means 17% of all veterinary sites are now dedicated referral centres or offer referral services. So, anyone thinking of entering this crowded marketplace needs to pitch their offering carefully...

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Alan White has become a familiar face in the veterinary sector since joining the St Francis Group almost 10 years ago. Now group commercial director of MWI Animal Health UK following its acquisition of St Francis in 2015, Alan sat down with VBJ to tell us a bit about the company and himself...

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All successful veterinary practices require good leadership, but being a leader is about much more than just a title. Here, Mark John from Fenton Vets describes his journey and explains why being a brilliant boss is now more important than ever...

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In a VBJ Specials Insight feature, discover how this company can deliver personalised medicines that make a difference to your practice and patients.

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Deciding to sell your veterinary practice will probably be one of the biggest life choices you ever make. If you have the luxury of time, as Vicky Robinson explains, planning your sale will make a considerable difference to the financial outcome...

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Practices have four months to prepare for off-payroll working rules changes that could have significant impacts on locums. From April 2020, they will have to check if locums need to pay income tax and national insurance contributions, shifting the responsibility from locums to practices.

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People are built to worry about the future, skilled professionals especially. In this article, futurists and innovation consultants Greg Dickens and Guen Bradbury outline some possible futures for the veterinary profession, and suggest ways to be ready to get the most out of it...

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