January 2022

An amusing made-up word leads Jane down a historical rabbit hole, in which she discovers the original meaning of two very similar words and concepts.

7 mins

Gerardo Poli looks at ongoing losses, the fourth and final part of a fluid therapy plan, and offers some general rules.

4 mins

Having recently been put through a lengthy communications practical, vet student Eleanor Goad explains why she finds these types of activity particularly rewarding and the valuable lessons to be taken from them.

9 mins

During the course of her PhD research, Jane Davidson stumbles upon the real reason there are so many near-identical surgical instruments available to confuse OSCE candidates.

7 mins

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

11 mins

Following on closely from the first two parts of his February focus on gastric dilatation-volvulus, Gerardo Poli turns to surgery and offers a few pointers to help ensure the procedure runs as smoothly as possible.

12 mins

In the second of a four-part series on GDV, Gerardo Poli looks at the two ways gastric decompression can be achieved and offers advice on both methods.

14 mins

December 2021

In her final post of 2021, Jane delves into the subject of social policy and, specifically, asks whether RCVS committee members should be in tune with the issues of risk and trust as models of health care systems.

6 mins

In the first of a four-part series, Gerardo Poli puts the focus firmly on gastric dilatation-volvulus – particularly the three things that should be done as soon as a suspected case is presented.

13 mins

In her 2021 Christmas message, as another strange year draws to a close Jane Davidson highlights the importance of avoiding “toxic positivity” online and using your social media to nurture mental health.

11 mins

As the festive season is in full swing and bringing more things for pets to ingest, Gerardo Poli lists some of the common problems and conditions likely to cause visits to the vet clinic.

9 mins

Jane RVN finds herself wondering at the similarities between the quirks and foibles exhibited by her beloved greyhound Joey and those of her friends’ equine companions.

9 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

Forget cultivating that moustache or dousing yourself with a bucket of iced water; instead, take on Jane RVN’s “Be Kind” winter challenge and look after yourself this Christmas.

8 mins

In part two of his series, Gerardo Poli discusses the secondary survey process and how following “A CRASH PLAN” can help in emergency situations.

5 mins

November 2021

Taking a year out of her comfort zone to do something else taught Eleanor many things – not least that she chose wisely when selecting her future career in the first place.

10 mins

Having recently recognised some confusion around the subject, Jane Davidson offers a refresher on the Code of Professional Conduct regarding RVNs, laypeople and anaesthesia in small animals.

12 mins

In the first of a new two-part series, Gerardo Poli discusses the primary survey process and explains his alphabetical approach to all deteriorating or critical patients.

8 mins

After discussing how to take appropriate abdominal radiographs, Gerardo Poli offers some advice on interpreting the resulting images.

5 mins

“Practices that outsource their out-of-hours care have been warned to have a contingency plan,” writes Jordan Sinclair. However, in an age where people choose not to work OOH, where does that leave us?

18 mins