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RVN and VN Times editorial member Shakira Miles said VNs must be fully aware of the seriousness of the trend for designer dogs.

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RVN Lacey Pitcher creates Veterinary Pay It Forward group, whereby packages are distributed anonymously to individuals in practices as a way of showing appreciation.

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“The committee considered that members of the public would be, rightly, appalled a registered veterinary nurse had committed an offence of this kind” – chairman of the RCVS disciplinary committee.

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Vets Now released a media statement to apologise and reassure pet owners following the conclusion of an RCVS disciplinary committee.

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Veterinary business duo take on iconic rally challenge – driving 5,000km down under to raise almost £6,000 for cancer charity.

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Shares in company rose by more than 10%, despite a fall in pre-tax profits of almost 40% in the wake of vet group restructuring.

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At the AVSPNI’s Spring Conference, some of the industry’s most prominent leaders said the profession could be greatly enhanced by selecting vet students from a broader range of backgrounds.

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With VET Festival 2019 just a few days away (7-8 June), organisers have revealed new research that shows many practices are not prioritising staff wellness.

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Leading UK stem cell scientist believes new system has the potential to make stem cell technology more widely available to vets.

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Few other practices better reflect the near exponential growth of the UK referral sector than North Downs Specialist Referrals. The Surrey hospital has trebled in size in its 15 years – a tale of sustained success and one that echoes a wider story…

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Climate change and increased pet travel have created a perfect parasitic storm for the UK’s companion animals. Old foes like fleas and endemic ticks, along with emerging threats, are putting pets at ever-greater risk – so which products and advice should practices offer to help even the odds?

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Pet nutrition is changing fast and UK practices run the risk of being left behind if they don’t adapt. Significant advances in nutritional science and technology have led to improved therapeutic and wellness diets – how can your practice make the most of these new opportunities?

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Many lessons can be learned by those in business from the world of top-level sport – a fact VBJ was reminded of when we sat down with the woman who skippered the Great Britain’s hockey team to golden glory at the Olympics in Rio …

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Having practice staff in uniform not only enhances a brand with clients and wherever else employees are seen, it also provides a perk in that it saves employees’ own clothing from wear and tear. But, as might be expected, rules and regulations exist that surround the provision of a uniform if it’s to be tax deductible …

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Wildbore Vetstop sounds like it might be a rather intriguing, perhaps even slightly dangerous, place to work. But what’s in a name? Not a lot, as VBJ discovered last month when we headed north to hear another independent success story…

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One in every three small animal consults is preventive1. When supporting products and services – such as parasite control and neutering – are combined into the mix, that can add up to a vital profit stream. So, what can practices do to make the most of it?

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