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A vet and her colleagues are taking on a walk for charity after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

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A poster created by the association with the British Medical Association, Public Health England and the VMD has been shortlisted for an Antibiotic Guardian Award at this year's ceremony in June.

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A growing, independent veterinary group has celebrated the official opening of its fifth small animal surgery in Wiltshire.

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New practice in Rubery, Worcestershire hosted more than 100 pet owners from the local community for the day, where a charity raffle for The Cinnamon Trust also took place.

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The RCVS disciplinary committee has accepted a form of undertakings from Worcester-based vet David John Bibby Denny, who has agreed to remove himself from the register and never apply to be restored.

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The European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for Cytopoint (lokivetmab), the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy approved in the European Union for veterinary use.

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Scientists in the US have developed a new type of single-use "artificial womb" that allows premature lambs to develop for up to four weeks.

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A “disproportionately high” number of vets reported to have experienced adverse events from the use of authorised veterinary medicines were female, according to the latest pharmacovigilance report from the VMD.

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Students from Edinburgh and Nottingham's vet schools have won plaudits from the British Veterinary Behaviour Association for their insights into the field of animal behaviour.

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    Sarah Caney provides details on how to spot the clinical signs of this fairly common disorder, which mainly affects older cats, and how to appropriately manage it.

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    Emma Gerrard explains the usual causes of vomiting in cats and dogs to equip VNs with useful knowledge when performing triage.

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    Cara Hallowell-Evans and Gayle Hallowell discuss best practice methods of performing a worming egg count and how to interpret the results.

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    Catherine Bovens discusses various methods of diagnosis and treatment for this common autoimmune disease present in dogs.

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    Laura Muir, veterinary student and double European Athletics Indoor Champion, steps into the Examination Room for a chat with Holly Kernot.

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    Lorraine Peschard details the causes and treatment options for vestibular syndrome.

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    Alex Gough casts his eye over more companion animal research and studies, including one on degenerative mitral valve disease in cavalier king Charles spaniels.

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    Sara Pedersen runs through full treatment options and prevention strategies – and outlines best foot-bathing practices.

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    Adam Martin explains how obstetric examinations are fundamentally the same, starting with reasonable history taking and progressing through an obstetrical examination to manipulation practices.

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    Owen Atkinson delves into the history of the herd health plan, before explaining why “herd health management” is perhaps a better term – and going on to explain how vets could successfully implement excellent on-farm protocols.

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    RVN Louise O’Dwyer discusses the importance of nutrition in emergency situations, exploring calorie requirements, assisted feeding and the wonderful world of feeding tubes.

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    Ariane Neuber discusses the ways VNs can help cats, dogs and their owners prevent or combat allergic skin diseases.

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    RVN and BVNA council member Stacey Bullock tries to get the non-training practices among you on board…

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    RVN Helen Russell shares her journey to becoming a practice owner and how, if they wish, fellow veterinary nurses can do the same.

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    VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard takes a look inside a practice doing things a bit differently, and chats to its director of nursing about its aims and ambitions.

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    Hany Elsheikha advises VNs on how to relay worm control information to their clients, using his so-called "ten commandments for effective worm control".

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    RVN Laura Lacey discusses whether treatment for these two ectoparasites should be addressed at the same time – rather than apart – by VNs and, in turn, their clients.

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    Louise O’Dwyer discusses the details of blood pressure monitoring in cats and dogs in March's Nursing Notes.

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    Talking about money with clients is not always a part of the job veterinary professionals enjoy. Here, Stewart Halperin gives his top tips for helping your team take the pain out of asking for payment.

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    Climate change is having a big impact on the threats posed by ectoparasites to the nation’s pets. Here, one of the UK’s leading parasitologists, Ian Wright, looks at what veterinary practices can do to help tackle ticks and fight fleas.

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    Vicky Robinson discusses why it's important to see beyond the obvious ‘cute factor’ and recognise the significant clinical and commercial factors implicit in the arrival of a new puppy or kitten.

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    The fact we must pay taxes is a given. But what upsets many is the way they are levied, the size of the bills received and difficulties in appealing wrong decisions. Business rates are no exception, says John Hinde.

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    Kay Hamblin and Lindsay Brazil look at how acquiring leadership skills can benefit anyone working in practice, not just those in formal leadership roles.

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    The traditional dynamics of the referral process have often left clients feeling a little out of the loop, but times have changed. Here, Ray Girotti explains why it is now essential to see the client as central to the choice of whether or where their animal is referred.

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    Do you know a ‘hashtag’ from a ‘like’? Have you the confidence to post content on your practice social media? Elanco’s Linn Adams offers hints and tips on what social media platforms to use and content that will appeal to clients.

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    In the first of a two-part series exploring simple, but effective, ways to regain control of your practice finances, Alison Lambert focuses on one fundamental shift that will greatly improve the profitability and sustainability of your business model.

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    Nick Marsh delves into the tricky subject of euthanasia and asks, if his patients have the right to die without suffering, why don’t we?

    Bloggers Jane Davidson and Nick Marsh team up to consider how much of each task on a typical invoice for surgery would, and could, be undertaken by a VN or vet. It reveals how, despite its importance, the role of the VN goes unnoticed and unrecognised.

    This guest blog, written by vet Simon Hayes in response to the post "Stunning at slaughter" by Nick Marsh, attempts to dispel the myths that surround shechita, the Jewish humane method of slaughter.

    Gerardo Poli offers a list of questions for telephone calls from owners concerned about their pet being intoxicated.

    With 12 weeks of preclinical and 26 weeks of clinical EMS under her belt, final year student Jordan Sinclair has picked up a few handy tips along the way. With this in mind, her latest post sees her offer some sage advice to students in their earlier years.

    Knowledge is power – which, as Nick Marsh discusses, is why vets battle the unpredictability of appointments, satnavs and technical malfunctions to get to meetings.

    While looking for a new cat, Jane becomes concerned when it's suggested some of her attitudes to pet ownership might be a little "weird", and worries she may have become sexist about animals?

    Student blogger Jordan Sinclair takes a more in-depth look at the recent suggestion vets are being paid to stitch up victims of knife attacks in order to avoid police involvement.

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