Following the success of Alan Jeans’ and colleagues’ first collection of mixed practice advice, veterinary surgeon Jade Statt has compiled a small animal and exotic version in support of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF).

Using her diverse work as a locum to collect tips from a range of vets in practice, Jade collected tricks of the trade in order to help veterinary graduates starting out in their first jobs, by offering them the benefit of other people’s experience in the form of The Pocket Book of Small Animal Tips for Vets.
Jade said: “The positive response I received from my colleagues in providing these tips – and their enthusiasm for having a collated version – was overwhelming. I, myself have picked up quite a few gems to help make my everyday life in practice easier. The consensus was that a ‘digested read’ would be invaluable, not just for new graduates, but for vets across the spectrum of experience.”
According to Jade, the core concept behind the book is “vets helping vets”, which reflects the Veterinary Benevolent Fund’s wider aims of supporting the profession. 
Kindly sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, the book will be launched at BSAVA Congress, where it will be available from the VBF stand (in the foyer of ICC Hall 3 where the scientific lectures are held) for just £10. The book can also be purchased online (from as of April 3, with all the funds raised being donated to the VBF. 

Jade’s involvement with the charity followed two episodes of clinical depression, during which time she I discovered the VBF and came into contact with “some truly inspiring people”.

She said: “By buying the book, you’ll not just be exposed to many tried and tested ways of doing things that you’ll wish you’d known on graduation. You’ll also be supporting this invaluable charity. You may never need their help but a friend or a colleague might. It is my firm belief – and my experience – that having an organisation which looks after vets in times of need leads to a stronger and more collegiate profession for us all.”

  • All students can receive a free PDF of the book by emailing a request to
  • The VBF also wants to encourage the exchange of tips and know-how on “the art” of veterinary medicine on the Vetlife Facebook page after publication of the book. 
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