May 2019

Far from admitting to ennui during his years as a first opinion vet, Nick Marsh explains how, while unglamorous and somewhat repetitive in nature, general practice is far from boring.

15 mins

Vet student Eleanor Goad delves into what she considers the “ultimate battle between head and heart” for any vet – weighing up the desire to keep an animal alive against the need to assure quality of life.

8 mins

The value of a VN has been spoken of regularly, but have you ever considered how many skills and tasks make up the overall nursing role, and what this translate to in monetary terms? JaneRVN, with the help of a Parental Salary calculator, tots up the numbers...

10 mins

Hubert Hiemstra looks at a “potentially fatal manifestation of coagulation pathology”, in which mild symptoms in an otherwise healthy dog can quickly escalate into a life-threatening respiratory crisis.

7 mins

Jordan Sinclair rails against the tendency of “old school” veterinary professionals to talk disparagingly about younger, recently graduated vets in online forums intended to support and inform.

12 mins

Delving into the misty depths of myth and memory, Nick Marsh reveals how and why a geeky eight-year-old boy decided to dedicate his life to helping animals, wherever in the galaxy he might find them.

15 mins

Lactate is the harbinger of doom, according to Hubert Hiemstra – here, he explains why monitoring these levels are important, as well as indications for doing so and what the results mean.

14 mins

Student blogger Eleanor Goad considers conservation, climate change and why it’s never been more important to encourage graduates to “forego the comfort zones of first opinion practice”.

8 mins

Uniquely positioned to advise and support the public on matters of animal welfare, the UK veterinary profession needs to be a strong and identifiable voice that rises above the noise on social media.

13 mins

Gerardo Poli explains how creating rules around things that can have serious implications has helped him in his veterinary career.

7 mins

April 2019

Having experienced variable EMS support as a student, Jordan Sinclair aims to make placements as useful as possible for the students in her care – and wants to help other vets to do the same.

12 mins

As someone who became a veterinary surgeon because he wanted to help animals, Nick Marsh explains how he's always struggled with the knowledge his help was conditional on the owners giving him money.

20 mins

In her latest blog for Vet Times, JaneRVN lays out her job expansion plans for the coming months – including embracing her RCVS VN council calling.

20 mins

For his latest Tip of the Week, Gerardo Poli describes a popular technique for those who want to combat procrastination, boost productivity, and generally get things done – preferably in 25 minutes or less.

8 mins

When you’re bogged down by routine and struggling to keep your head above water, it's all too easy to forget what made you want to become a vet in the first place, writes vet student Eleanor Goad.

12 mins

The question of whether what vets do serves a larger purpose is pondered by Hubert Hiemstra, who has asked: am I wasting my time and talents in practice?

7 mins

In the wake of this year’s Grand National, recent horse racing convert Andrè Brenn looks back at the event in an effort to spark discussion and debate on the sport’s place in modern society.

13 mins

On the occasion of her mother’s 50th birthday, vet student Eleanor Goad takes the opportunity to thank her family for the support they provided in order to get her where she is today.

11 mins

Nick Marsh explains why, of all the mistakes and problems he has encountered throughout his career as a vet, it’s the first time his actions resulted in loss of life that still keeps him awake at night.

27 mins

For his second Tip of the Week topic, Hubert Hiemstra reviews the uses and limitations of point-of-care tests for canine C-reactive protein, and asks: “Oh CR*P! What am I missing?”

11 mins