Niamh Clancy discusses common behaviours seen in companion animals and the use of scoring charts in veterinary practice.25 mins
Karin Kruger discusses the pathophysiology of a variety of upper and lower tract conditions that can cause distress in horses, and the need for calm assessment to ensure favourable outcomes.
Simon Tappin reviews the treatment options for this issue in dogs and cats, as well as the challenges they present.
Anne McBride discusses ways VNs can encourage owners to provide a good quality of life for senior pets by explaining how age is a physical state, but being old is a state of mind.
Libby Sheridan discusses the changes in metabolic and energy requirements in older pets, and why nutritional assessments should be carried out frequently to ensure diets are optimal.
Jay Tunstall is working with Dai Grove White, Helen Mary Higgins, Joanne Oultram and Karin Mueller at the University of Liverpool to establish a baseline of evidence regarding this issue. Here, Jay discusses how it will help vets support their clients.
Mark Senior shares his thoughts on the challenges presented by these patients, and discusses how these can be mitigated to improve anaesthetic-related outcomes.
David Rendle discusses the endoparasites associated with this common presentation and how good management strategies should ensure infrequent use of anthelmintics aimed at prevention.
Looking at various studies and types of surgical attire through history, Claire Roberts discusses its efficacy in reducing surgical site infections.
Ron Ofri discusses the causes of this eye condition and their clinical implications – as well as diagnosis methods, the aims of treatment and indications for surgical intervention.
Patrick Pollock discusses how advances in imaging and overground endoscopy have improved the understanding of this issue, and how more efficacious therapies have enhanced horse welfare.
Luca Ferasin outlines how the diagnostic approach to this common complaint can be complicated by inaccurate interpretations and tackles the controversies of clinical management.
Carolyne Crowe explains how this skill can be reframed by veterinary professionals to improve their personal lives, and make their roles in practice easier and more enjoyable.
Emma Goodman Milne – well known for her appearances on BBC1’s Vets in Practice – is the BVNA Congress keynote speaker. She talks to Congress Times about how the profession has changed since the programme, the role of VNs in practice, the importance of work-life balance, and her series of children’s books.
Andy Forbes discusses some aspects of helminth infections in these cattle, and explains how adequate levels of control can be achieved with relatively little anthelmintic inputs.
Jamie Robertson discusses methods of monitoring this essential nutrient at farm level – and interpreting sample results – and offers guidance on how to sort issues.
The components used in orthopaedics – including plates, screws, pins, wires, washers, bolts and clamps – are similar to those found in Meccano kits. Alison Young explores those similarities by discussing the implants used in small animal patients.
Amy Newfield details the latest studies and the importance of best practice in this ever-evolving field of veterinary medicine, by defining the facts among the fiction.
James Crabtree discusses that “oh my God” moment when a confirmed case of equine viral arteritis lands in your inbox – what it means, its consequences and what has to be done.
Andy Fiske-Jackson discusses whether equine practitioners are able to subjectively assess horses that present with "sore backs" by looking into various assessments of pain.
Several drugs are available for managing psychiatric disorders in small animals. Sagi Denenberg discusses why knowledge of these drugs – including applications, pharmacokinetics and side effects – is paramount when treating patients.
David Sargan provides a detailed picture of what is known about the health and welfare of these dogs – looking at the general health of breeds, whether better individuals exist and how these can be recognised.
With research suggesting many vets are concerned with clients’ use of the internet for their pet’s health care needs, Louise Buckley ponders whether engagement with their search interests would strengthen vet-owner relationships.
We all know social media is a necessary evil of modern veterinary practice. However, as Julia Bramble spotlights, it can be used as a powerful, bottom line-boosting tool…
Zoe Belshaw takes an evidence-based look at these consults, unwrapping their complex and multi-layered nature...
An often poorly understood and cared for species, Matthew Rendle spotlights the key steps VNs and vets can take to help when presented with a rabbit in need of urgent help…
Stephanie Hedges helps RVNs navigate the world of pet behaviour – from its importance and how to get involved, to how influential the vet nurse is in the field.
Developing a social media strategy is fundamental for your practice's ability to communicate with existing clients. However, as Justin Phillips states, it is also vital in attracting new pet owners and differentiating yourself from the others in town...
Should care bundles replace nursing care plans in veterinary practice? Helen Ballantyne looks at a tool widely used in human nursing and discusses the potential benefits.
Rodent medicine has developed greatly in recent years and, as Livia Benato explains, many treatments and diagnostic tests can now be offered for these interesting animals.
The global nature of the equine industry makes it vital to consider the constant risk of notifiable exotic diseases. Josh Slater lists those relevant to the UK and emphasises the importance of awareness and risk-based biosecurity.
Difficult calvings are common events for farm animal vets and are rarely straightforward. However, as Paul Wood explains, they can be a good way for new vets to gain clients’ respect.
Sarah Heath looks at the emotional motivation for dog bites and explains the profession’s role in improving understanding of canine mental health.
James Russell explores the challenges of addressing immunosuppression by reviewing a project at one farm to improve transition cow management.
Better knowledge of supplements can help vets strengthen relationships with farmers. Peter Bone explains how these skills can also be used to create monitoring plans to boost herd production and productivity.
Congress Times editor Rebecca Hubbard talks to Send A Cow's Ritchie Alford about the charity's mission of sending cows to Africa, and how cattle vets can get involved.
Kathryn Hart and Oliver Tilling discuss how vets can get more involved with youngstock, both proactively and regularly.
The ability to perform basic mathematical calculations is a vital skill for all veterinary nurses. Megan Brashear looks at the basics of performing medical calculations to prepare readers to learn more advanced mathematics.
Beginning with the end in mind is a vital skill to set targets and measure success. Libby Sheridan discusses the benefits of planning nurse clinics using this approach.
Ophthalmic patients have some unique and, often, challenging nursing needs in first opinion practice. Tina Presnail demonstrates this using case studies of patients presenting with fragile eyes.
With much debate about the under-representation of women in leadership roles, Sarah Page-Jones discusses how a gender-neutral approach could be more accessible for female leaders.
Septic peritonitis is life-threatening if intervention is not rapid. Here, Andrew Linklater explains how guidelines from a human medicine campaign can help direct patient management.
Olivier Taeymans looks at the similarities and differences between the two techniques – and explains why both are needed in a state-of-the-art imaging department.
Daniela Murgia outlines the indications of a splenic issue in companion animals, precautions to take before and after removal, and potential side effects.
While disorders of parrots' endocrine systems are rare, Yvonne van Zeeland insists the principles of diagnosis and treatment in mammals are a good starting point in suspected cases.
Kenichiro Yagi explains why the ability to recognise abnormalities during a blood transfusion – using knowledge of both the clinical signs of complications and appropriate interventions – is vital for a positive outcome.
Distal limb wound healing in horses is well known for being problematic, prolonged and expensive. Sarah Boys Smith considers two simple graft techniques achievable in standing, sedated patients.
Common diseases are common, but, as Gayle Hallowell explains, "zebra"-type cardiac conditions do occur – and can be diagnosed using a care-based approach.
Despite the introduction of advanced endodontic procedures to equine dentistry, extraction of severely diseased teeth is still appropriate and essential – and Tim Barnett says it will likely remain so.