April 2017

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

Despite having the whole Easter weekend off, a Facebook post about a dead cat spurred Jane Davidson's inner nurse into action on the Bank Holiday Monday.

11 mins

Research shows emesis induction does not influence clinical outcome. However, Gerardo Poli feels a time and place exist for it, based on his clinical experience.

9 mins

The hardest part is getting into university? Wrong, says Jordan Sinclair, as she reflects on her early struggles at vet school and urges others to speak about their feelings with friends, family and peers.

15 mins

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.

25 mins

In part two of his look at intoxication, Gerardo Poli discusses the main exposure routes and looks at the actions owners can take at home if their pet has been exposed to a toxin.

6 mins

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.

9 mins

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

5 mins

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.

10 mins

March 2017

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

11 mins

Gerardo Poli concludes his series on serum discolouration by looking at icteric serum, which is caused by the presence of excess bilirubin in the blood stream.

5 mins

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?

6 mins

The presence of lipaemia can indicate the presence of certain diseases, but it can also make interpretation of biochemistry particularly difficult. Gerardo Poli offers some advice on how to deal with lipaemic samples.

4 mins

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.

10 mins

Nick Marsh takes an impassioned stance on non-stunning at slaughter, insisting that if a total ban is out of the question, labelling on meat declaring it so is a much-needed consolation.

9 mins

When interpreting PCV/total solids, it is also important to take note of the serum colour as this may give clues into the diagnosis.

3 mins

Jane Davidson praises telephone etiquette in the veterinary world compared to human health care, after being told by her GP's receptionist blood test results "look fine to me".

8 mins

Gerardo Poli highlights some common misconceptions he finds with interpreting the often-misinterpreted or underused PCV/total solids tests.

5 mins

The naked calendar by final-year veterinary students at the University of Glasgow is no flash in the pan – as Jordan Sinclair reveals.

7 mins

February 2017

Gerardo Poli concludes his four-part focus on gastric dilatation-volvulus with a look at the recovery stage and postoperative monitoring.

8 mins