June 2017

Jane RVN delves into the BVNA and BSAVA archives to try and discover who decided veterinary nurses should wear green uniforms.

12 mins

Tip of the Week author Gerardo Poli takes a look at the SNAP Idexx Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) antigen-feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) antibody test kit.

9 mins

Graduate-in-waiting Jordan Sinclair asks why, despite the proportion of graduates entering the profession being 80% female, the public still seems to expect farm or mixed vets to be male.

6 mins

Following on from last week's discussion about SNAP CPL, this week Gerardo Poli looks at Giardia SNAP tests.

5 mins

Nick Marsh draws one conclusion from the estimated 60,000 consultations during his career – he still has so much to learn. And it's a thought both wonderful and terrifying.

13 mins

Gerardo Poli discusses how he uses the pancreas-specific lipase test to rule out acute pancreatitis in dogs.

5 mins

Jane Davidson reflects on exhibition freebies, and whether everyone really needs all those pens, posters and sticky notes.

11 mins

Fresh out of vet school, Jordan Sinclair questions why such a big emphasis is put on fees incurred during degrees rather than the real challenge – staying afloat.

10 mins

May 2017

In his final post to mark Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Gerardo Poli outlines signs that might indicate whether you are at risk of compassion fatigue or burnout.

10 mins

Nick Marsh welcomes the trend towards greater specialism in veterinary medicine, but champions the importance (and hard work) of "jack of all trades" general practitioners.

14 mins

Jane Davidson outlines why, if you're a training practice committed to CPD, you need updated contracts in place, so all parties know what they're undertaking – including the financial costs and timescales.

9 mins

In the third of his posts marking Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Gerardo Poli notes how composure, empathy and good communication skills go hand in hand when dealing with angry pet owners.

8 mins

With finals imminent, student blogger Jordan Sinclair outlines the seven stages of "revision hell" and suddenly realises it's time to get her act together...

10 mins

Taking a slightly different tack during VN Awareness Month, Tip of the Week author Gerardo Poli presents advice bestowed upon him by the fabulous nurses he works with at Animal Emergency Service in Queensland, Australia.

5 mins

Nick Marsh celebrates the equipment veterinary professionals rely on. Equipment they would be lost without, but still, somehow, goes missing... regularly.

12 mins

In the spirit of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Tip of the Week author Gerardo Poli offers a heartfelt thanks to the vet nurses of this world, without whom the vets of this world would be unable to do their jobs.

4 mins

Jane Davidson shares her frustrations over recruitment agencies that, though can prove invaluable when needed, put off potential jobseekers when bombarding them with spam.

13 mins

Research suggests enemas may never need performing again – and Gerardo Poli says it could be the most exciting news in veterinary medicine.

4 mins

April 2017

With her final exams just around the corner, Jordan Sinclair ponders the looming reality of being thrust out into the world as a qualified veterinary surgeon.

8 mins

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?

13 mins