June 2020

After a short period of petlessness, Jane begins her menagerie anew with the introduction of her first “normal” pet, named after a controversial figure from the veterinary profession’s dim and distant past.

6 mins

As she approaches the end of her first year on council, Jane Davidson reflects on what she’s learned about the RCVS decision-making process in that time – and how it’s benefiting her ongoing PhD studies.

9 mins

May 2020

Reflecting on her research postgraduate status, JaneRVN compares her experiences from university the first time round with being a mature member today.

10 mins

Six months in to her PhD studying the origins of veterinary medicine, Jane Davidson provides an update on her findings to date – including confusion over separating the work of two organisations.

11 mins

April 2020

Never assume, because when you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME. You also run the risk of compromising the welfare of any animal in your charge, as Jane Davidson explains.

7 mins

In these uncertain times of lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation, JaneRVN focuses on a more positive note – the veterinary community and how it is supporting one another.

7 mins

March 2020

She may be proudly “foot loose and single” on the pet-owning front, but Jane doesn't expect it will last forever...

8 mins

JaneRVN ponders the conundrum of whether clients should dispose of cat poo or litter down the toilet, and the lavatory limbo that exists between owner opinion and expert etiquette.

9 mins

February 2020

JaneRVN reminisces about the time she was employed as a mystery shopper for veterinary clinics, and how the telephone can be both a blessing and a curse for communication.

17 mins

JaneRVN marks the passing of her canine companion by recounting fond memories of the Pekingese princess that exuded confidence, lived in the moment and taught Jane to face life head on.

8 mins

January 2020

Jane RVN explains why double dipping is never good – whether in patient consults or communal lunch times.

9 mins

Good signage is important and, in some instances, mandatory. But is it having the desired effect? Jane RVN probes an instance where, certainly in a busy practice setting, less is more…

14 mins

December 2019

In a second seasonal offering, Jane Davidson turns her attention to the frozen turkey – the symbol of all that is wrong with yuletide celebrations.

15 mins

Whether a selection box or signature tin, sweet treats at work around Christmas is always welcomed. But what happens when you clash over chocolate courtesy? Jane RVN lays down some ground rules...

10 mins

November 2019

Prompted by a calendar reminder from this time last year, Jane Davidson offers some advice to those considering standing for RCVS VN council – and to act sooner rather than later if interested.

15 mins

October 2019

Sharing practice cases via social media offers many benefits – from building and maintaining client relationships, to creating a professional image. However, ensuring all parties are happy with such undertakings is key, as JaneRVN explains.

9 mins

Drawing on her own experience, JaneRVN explores the issue of taking time off when grieving for a pet, and how knowing yourself can help detemine whether being at work is feesable or a poor choice.

12 mins

September 2019

JaneRVN shines the spotlight on those who may get lost in the bigger picture of animal rescue, but play a major role in getting them to safety, no matter how crazy the environment in which they are found.

10 mins

In today's digital age of speedy media sharing, Jane Davidson stresses the importance of understanding how client identities can be revealed via putting pieces of information together, and of remembering your ABC – airway, breathing and consent.

17 mins

August 2019

Whether it's strategic storage techniques or attempting to fill every nook and cranny, some veterinary practices are often faced with a “square peg in round hole” situation for ensuring a practical layout.

13 mins