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As we all have adapted to life under Covid-19, RVN Charlotte Thomas worked closely with her practice team to assess the efficacy of their admissions process by running a clinical audit – and what a difference it made...
Sarah Ramsden discusses managing periodontal disease – looking at nurse clinics, puppy and kitten health checks, and advising clients.
Hannah Morris advises on how to prepare pets for the seasonal issue, including advising owners on planning ahead.
Nicola Lakeman outlines what needs to be considered by the VN when advising a client on a pet's dietary requirements.
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Congress Times editor Tom Jackson talks to BVNA president Jo Oakden about the theme of her year at the association’s helm: sustainability.
Congress Times editor Tom Jackson talks to BVNA junior vice-president Alex Taylor about the association’s chronic illness campaign.
Georgina Sharman looks at the use of this in practice and how vet nurses can assist.
When you’re finishing a busy day in practice, or preparing for a busy day ahead, a journal club may not be on the top of your to-do list. But journal clubs are a great way to engage with the veterinary literature and can actually be a time-saving way to apply an evidence-based approach to your practice, says RCVS Knowledge.
Emma Gerrard discusses how to treat and prevent this parasite, as well as successful client education.
Nicola Lakeman looks at the benefits that an RVN’s involvement in ear cases can bring.
VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by RVN and manager of the Linnaeus Veterinary Nursing Post Registration Programme, Sophie Venables.
In the latest in our Practice Champions series, we team up with Ceva Animal Health to learn more about the results of the company’s pioneering Mercury Challenge, the largest international hypertension study in cats, and how it has revolutionised the way vet practices approach measuring blood pressure in cats.
Lacey Pitcher RVN, discusses the importance of understanding neurological differences between people in the workplace, and how these differences can make a difference…
Elle Payne covers the grading and management of this common spinal cord condition, before detailing care that can be offered by veterinary nurses.
April Louise Murphy discusses care of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, including husbandry and nutrition.
Virbac highlights the differences between hypoallergy and dermatology diets, and the benefits of high protein in the management of skin diseases.
Stacey Westcott looks at critical factors to consider when treating these conditions, including nutrition, environment and medication.
In this month's Eye on EBVM column, three RVNs tested RCVS Knowledge’s updated free online EBVM Learning course, and reveal what they thought of it and why you should take a look.
VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by RVN Molly Fiander to chat about life as a locum, coping through COVID-19, and her love for helping VNs find/rediscover their passion and get the most out of their qualification.
Nicola Williams shares her passion for this speciality and advice on how to get involved.
Leonie Ager discusses the most prevalent causes of these conditions in cats and dogs, and treatments.
Elle Payne explains how the veterinary nurse assists in caring for canine patients with this disease.
Stacey Bullock looks at CPD within the profession and the options available to vet nurses.
Emma Gerrard advises on how to tackle these tricky parasites as spring approaches.
Claire Bloor shares her love for dentistry and experiencing in this field of vet nursing.
Heather Kirkness advises on how these types of injury are treated to help VNs deliver the best possible care to patients.
With spring just around the corner, Matt takes a look at nurse care and support to tortoises coming out of hibernation.
Gillian Gordon explores how – through better education – to get the most out of this service.
Val Strong, Karen Marsh, Ross Tiffin and Christine Ward explore how a novel form of dog food may help with stress and anxiety in these animals.
Laura Lacey details the disease processes that can affect small animal patients as they get older, and the importance of sharing with owners what is normal and what is not.
Laura Jane Richards shares her journey to becoming a BVNA council member.
Sarah Collins, International Society of Feline Medicine programme manager at International Cat Care, explains how to work out energy requirements for your hospitalised feline patients.
Emma Gerrard shares tips for RVNs to pass on to owners of young cats and dogs.
Emily Gardiner-Warren reflects on 2020 and its impact on student vet nurses, colleges and teaching staff.
Victoria Bowes advises on how VNs can help owners manage their pets’ weight and understand what is “too fat” or “too thin”.
Albert Holgate discusses the impact of COVID-19 on vet professionals and clients living with hearing loss.
Charlotte Fennell discusses how nurses can advise owners on how to avoid any medical catastrophes during the festive season.
Jessica Beckett discusses emerging options for treating a variety of such conditions presenting in cats and dogs.
Vedrana Nikolic discovers how owning a dog aids human well-being in difficult times.
Nicola Ackerman explains how vet nurses can ensure patients are getting the best level of care amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Doreen Lawrence looks back on her incredible career and shares some anecdotes of practice life in the 1970s.
VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by RVN and veterinary manager at Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBUK) Caroline Peacock.
Laura Lacey explains the importance of encouraging owners to treat these parasites throughout the year and how to do this.
BVNA president Jo Oakden reflects on 2020 and teases an exciting 2021 for vet nurses – with the association leading the way.
Claire Devlin shares her three-month volunteering experience with African Wildlife Vets.
Matt analysis how to handle wildlife cases that arrive in practice, discussing duty of care, nursing aims and tips for specific species.
Zoe Hockley explains how owners can make firework festivities less traumatic for their pets and prevent behavioural problems in the future.
Emma Gerrard looks at the latest research on this topic, and highlights the importance of regular blood testing and communicating this to clients.
BVNA outgoing president Jo Hinde reflects on a presidential year like no other.
Mary Fraser discusses the importance of introducing such measures for these species.
Lou Northway walks readers through the stages of, and considerations around, anaesthetising cats and dogs with cardiac conditions.
Leah Alcorn details the important role RVNs play in the nursing care of animals having undergone tibial plateau-levelling osteotomy surgery, including physiotherapy, rehabilitation, analgesia and general recovery.
Nicola Ackerman discusses the value of the VN’s role in offering preventive tooth health advice to owners of small animal patients.
Albert Holgate offers an insight into life as a hearing-impaired practitioner and how technology is breaking auscultation barriers.
VN Times sits down with Linnaeus chief nursing officer Andrea Jeffery to talk Schedule Three and what it means for the future of the veterinary nursing profession.
Emma Gerrard summarises the factors that optimise prevention of surgical site infections preoperatively and postoperatively, including patient care and wound treatment.
John Redbond discusses the value of such clinics, how to identify and treat allergic skin disease, and key messages to share with dog and cat owners.
Lead nutritionist Samantha Ware discusses adverse food reactions.
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Elizabeth Waring explains how certain plants are able to provide cats with positive environmental enrichment.
Gillian Gordon explores what this state of mental or emotional strain is, how it can be healthy and a way of managing it in a mindful manner.
Menna Field details information for VNs to share with their clients on the effect commonly encountered worms can have on humans, farm animals and pets, to help compliance.
Ashley Arundale shares her experience of being diagnosed with a neurological condition just as her career journey was about to begin, and why it’s okay to be “different”.
This month, Matt refreshes readers on caring for birds – in particular, feathers and why their importance should be reiterated to owners.
BVNA council member Alexandra Taylor explains how overcoming health issues and plenty of hard work enabled her to achieve her true passion of teaching all things feline.
A huge advocate for the VN role, Helen takes some time during Vet Nurse Awareness Month to tell VN Times how her nursing team has helped take the drama out of the corona crisis.
BVNA council member Lou Northway shares the various opportunities being an RVN has given her, and how finding your niche is key to keeping your career passion ignited.
With owners spending more time among their canine companions amid the coronavirus crisis, ophthalmic nursing assistant and dog behaviour counsellor Hannah Morris considers the impact on dogs during this time, and how to ensure they can readjust after lockdown.
Sarah Pellett and Jo Hinde provide an overview of microchipping different species and discuss the importance of a vet nurse’s role in this.
John Redbond details how pruritus commonly manifests in companion animals, and how to identify and treat its origins.
Nicola Ackerman details symptoms of kidney dysfunction and how veterinary nurse clinics can help manage it.
Scratching is a normal behaviour in cats, but can be a problem for owners. International Cat Care behaviourist Elizabeth Waring explains more.
Jack Pye shares how he turned a childhood love for animals into a career.
Myra Forster-van Hijfte and Bethany Scott explain how the use of activity monitors can benefit the management of canine obesity.
Dot Creighton charts her career journey thus far and her excitement for what comes next.
Stacey Bullock discusses how vet nurses can help owners of elderly cats and dogs.
Emma Gerrard takes a look at common parasites of cats and dogs, as well as their life cycles and management.
Lisa Howe shares her nursing journey and, after realising the lack of support around pet loss, how she came to be a pet bereavement counsellor.
This month, Matt considers the “modern veterinary family”, and how VNs and vets can work together and make the most of each other’s skills to ensure the best patient care.
This month, RVN John Redbond joins VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel to discuss dermatology, what piqued his interest in this speciality, and how VNs who share this passion can get involved.
Nicola Ackerman details the importance of – and steps involved in – RVNs conducting a nutritional assessment in practice.
Ehlers-Danlos syndromes sufferer Katie Chadwick graduated as an RVN from Myerscough College in 2019. Here, she tells us about her new career and how she copes with the demands of the job, while managing the group of conditions.
Marie Rippingale looks at how RVNs can assist with procedures in cases of skin disease in equids.
RVN Helen Tottey joins VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel for a chat about what inspired her article on the topic of charging for nurse consults and to offer advice to VN colleagues who may be considering broaching the subject with their practice.
Louise Northway reinforces the scale of anaesthetic role veterinary nurses play, as well as possibilities for further training and advanced physiological parameters that can be monitored.
BVNA honorary secretary Gemma Reeve ponders what 2020 will bring to the profession.
Ethylene glycol poisoning is extremely serious in cats and such cases are likely to increase in the winter months – Sarah Collins tells us more.
Laura Lacey offers practical advice on tackling this common, and often difficult, issue.
Former editor Holly Kernot catches up with Jane Davidson, who chats about her career journey so far, becoming an author and embarking on a PhD looking at the history of the veterinary profession.
BVNA president Jo Hinde reflects on 2019 and looks forward at the year ahead.
Emma Gerrard offers advice to give to owners to avoid disaster over the Christmas holidays and what to do if it strikes.
Rebecca Westwood explains how working abroad made her the person she is today, why she forged her own business, and why holistic therapy can complement veterinary medicine and benefit all parties.
Marge Chandler offers advice on pet nutrition, looking at the types of diet available, as well as understanding food labels.
Helen Tottey sought to find a solution to this conundrum by comparing RVNs’ views with those of the public.
This month, former VN Times editor Holly Kernot speaks to Flick Caldwell, who, in the … more
RCVS Knowledge explains the benefits of carrying out such a process in practice.
RVNs can play a vital role in this challenging and fast-paced sector, as RVN Albert Holgate explains.
Emma Gerrard provides an overview of this joint condition in cats and dogs, including what's new, management strategies and owner guidance.
Sally Bartlett details her adventures – from assisting with an operation concerning a poorly pangolin, to bottle-feeding orphans and getting hands on with rehabilitation – and urges nurses to take action before this beautiful, but threatened, species is wiped out.
Laura Lacey details how educational opportunities, approaches, aftercare and nutrition have a part to play in improving pets’ dental health.
Jessica Bold explains how to handle cases, why puppy parties may be the key to preventing fear and how vital it is, above all, for VNs to keep calm and carry on...
Ellie West of Davies Veterinary Specialists discusses why sustainability is critical to global health care and how the veterinary profession can play its part.
More than two-thirds of people experience the impostor phenomenon at some point in their lives … more
Clare Jones looks at dogs that have been health checked and body condition scored at local Dogs Trust events to determine whether certain factors contribute to them being overweight.
RVN Dominique Doyle explains how she went from nursing all creatures great and small to being species specific working at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.
With her reign as BVNA president almost at an end at the time of writing, Wendy Nevins urges veterinary nurses to continue supporting each other, no matter how tough the terrain, and never stop striving for the recognition they so richly deserve.
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Emma Gerrard offers guidance on dealing with animals during the perioperative period – from medicines and equipment, pain management and infection control to hygiene and isolation protocols, and owner advice.
With the number of accredited cat-friendly clinics having increased in recent years, RVN Alex Taylor talks through the advantages of running feline-focused nurse clinics and why they could benefit all.
Listen in to hear how Matt Rendle forged a career as an RVN, worked in one of the UK’s most iconic zoos, developed an interest in wildlife and exotics and went on to care for everything, from ants to elephants.
Matt responds to a plethora of queries submitted by VN Times readers in the hope of helping them in their career endeavours.
Esme Hawkes summarises the problems parasites can cause in pets, along with what VNs can do to help get owners on board with protecting their pets – and potentially gain further qualifications for themselves in the process.
RCVS Knowledge discusses the value of scoring tools and guidelines to recognise and treat pain in patients.
Laura Lacey shares feeding strategies VNs can give to clients for optimum pet health at different life stages.
Jane Davidson tells readers about how she went from history graduate to VN and soon-to-be doctoral candidate, and why you should always follow your heart and never give up on your dreams...
Sam Ashfield, of Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, fits in studies around her full-time day job to land Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Zoo and Exotic Species.
RVN and SVN make separate trips to Ukraine to help animals in need living in 30km exclusion zone created around nuclear power plant, which suffered a major explosion in 1986.
Kelly Deane dreamed of being a vet – but that was before she discovered veterinary nursing. Here, she explains how an apprenticeship changed her life and why you shouldn’t give up on dreams.
“Our congress is fast approaching and spaces are booking up fast, but there’s still time to get your spot” – SCVS spokesman.
Abi Charteris explains the vital role nurses can play in early detection and subsequent management of acute and chronic forms of this condition in companion animals.
Advanced referral nurse Flick Caldwell, who has a rare hereditary disability, explains how she stays strong in the face of adversity, how her support networks helps her through, and why disabled people should never give up on their dreams.
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Joanne Brown and Victoria Robinson discuss the pathogenesis of otitis, its diagnosis and treatment options that can be used to improve owner compliance and aid response to therapy.
RVN Kelly Eyre looks at how studying older cats can help improve quality of life in later years.
Nadia Wiseman discusses the importance of keeping owners of the UK's third most popular pet informed and up to date with their welfare needs.
Louise Northway urges colleagues to learn from mistakes, embrace CPD and, if the time is right, spread their wings.
RVN Melissa Cook shares her journey to becoming a physiotherapist and running her own physiotherapy business, as well as tips for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.
Nick Coleman is an internal medicine RVN at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Here, he shares his career journey, the best aspects of the job and his pearls of wisdom when it comes to working in the field.
Two RVN friends recount their adventures from spending a month volunteering at the only veterinary clinic in the Cook Islands.
Helen Benney details considerations around performing the vital peri-anaesthetic role required for patients with cardiovascular disease.
Elle Payne talks about how she overcame dyslexia and dyspraxia to achieve her ambitions – and urges everyone to strive for their goals.
Esme Hawkes discusses advice VNs can share with owners in the build-up to this season, from travel, vaccines, treating endemic and non-endemic ticks to infections – and everything in between.
Hannah Canning shares her top tips on making students feel welcome in practice, the joy of welcoming the next generation to the profession and why she loves what she does.
VMG president Gillian Page explains why she has chosen "collaboration" as the theme for her presidential year and her route to becoming one of the UK's first VNs to own their own practice.
Melanie Sainsbury shares her experiences of working in small animal practice and as a veterinary education manager.
Esme Hawkes discusses the role veterinary professionals play in ensuring pet owners are on board with everything from microchipping and vaccinations, to flea and tick treatment, training and behaviour.
The BVNA president explains how she almost became a schoolteacher before discovering the joys of veterinary nursing, and outlines her hopes for the remainder of her presidential year.
Gemma Reeve bangs the drum for this year's Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month theme, which is exploring the variety of nursing options out there.
In celebration of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM), we at VN Times would like to take you back in time to the very roots of the veterinary nurse role, how it has evolved and the conception of VNAM.
Emily Gardiner-Warren worked as a VN before turning to teaching. She is now a lecturer, tutor, programme manager and head of a centre. Here, she talks about how and why she went back to the classroom, and shares her advice on getting into teaching.
An animal nursing assistant talks about her journey from pharmacy dispenser to working in the veterinary sphere.
Sarah Caney discusses the importance of regular blood pressure evaluation in cats, and the part RVNs can play in ensuring owner awareness and understanding.
Laura Rosewell discusses managing emergency cases of dyspnoea, types of breathing diseases commonly seen in practice, and how these canine and feline patients can be supported by veterinary nurses – both during hospitalisation and after discharge.
Albert Holgate shares his journey from animal lover to clinical manager, the challenges of being deaf in the profession and his aims as a BVNA councillor.
International Cat Care behaviourist Elizabeth Waring looks at the hunting behaviour of cats and explains why they still do this despite being fed.
Gayle Morrison and Victoria Robinson discuss prevalent causes of – and latest treatment options for – pruritic patients.
This month, Matt reflects on the fluttering feeling of fear at the prospect of treating exotics patients, and considers how far the care of exotics species has progressed over the years.
Meet the vet nurses who have received recognition for going “above and beyond” in the course of their duties. Do you know someone who deserves to join their ranks? If so, nominate them for an award.
Meet the VN Times readers who shared their pearls of wisdom on how to make life that bit better in practice. To be in with a chance of joining them, submit your tip at http://bit.ly/VNtoptips
Marie Rippingale – who has been at the coalface for equine veterinary nursing for many years – explains why she believes district veterinary nursing should be formally recognised and how it could enhance well-being for all.
Jamie Prutton discusses various diagnostic techniques and management options used for horses presenting with skin-related presentations.
Having switched countries and careers numerous time, Tanja Klein reflects on her unusual route into the profession and why she loves her job.
RVN and BVNA council member Gareth McCormack talks about the challenges of being LGBT+ in vet practice, and how those who identify as such are not on their own and are appreciated – however bad the situation may seem from the inside...
In the second part of a special feature on veterinary nursing clinics, Amie Britton explains how to choose and set up a clinic suitable to patient need.
Ian Wright discusses the principles of controlling these parasites and the vital role VNs play in making recommendations for individual pets.
Stud vet Kayleigh Barker explains how she coped taking her eight-week-old baby along to BEVA Congress, and how she believes combining motherhood with a career is achievable.
RVN Jane Davidson reflects on how she came to land her dream job and discover a flair for writing – something that may never have come to light if life had not thrown a few curveballs...
Heather Kirkness refreshes readers’ understanding of dealing with tissue injuries in companion animals.
VN Times hears from an RVN who, in pursuit of a bucket list ambition, took a year out of practice to embark on life-changing adventures.
Amie Britton, in a two-part article, explores the increasing popularity of this VN role aspect and how to run it to achieve optimum result. This month, she explains the complexities of communication and how to conduct an effective consult.
Emma Gerrard provides an overview of what RVNs should be telling owners of older canine and feline pets.
BVNA president Wendy Nevins reflects on the power – and importance – of belonging to the association’s family.
Matthew Rendle – an RVN with more than 25 years’ experience, with a particular interest around the care and welfare of exotic species in captivity and the wild – embarks on the first of his new column series by introducing himself to readers and sharing his career journey to date.
Laura Lacey provides readers with an overview of the various routes to becoming a VN, what each can offer, and career progression and diversification opportunities once qualified.
In the first The Consult for 2019, VN Times speaks to an RVN who recounts her many roles within the profession – from volunteering for charities to establishing her own business – and urges colleagues to aspire to their ambitions, whatever they may be.
RVN Verity Johnson – of Sandhole Veterinary Centre in Snodland, Kent – discusses the feline-friendly protocols she and her colleagues conduct daily to put patients at ease and ensure a successful consult/stay.
Emma Gerrard discusses how to go about approaching this subject with pet owners and giving suitable advice, including what’s too fat and what’s too thin.
Bursary winner Martin Peters reflects on his hopes for the future and acknowledge the presence of a few butterflies as he embarks on his new adventure in emergency and critical care.
RVN Sophie McMurrough is a veterinary technician specialist in small animal medicine – a qualification gained in Washington DC. She explains the origins of the “exciting” role, why no day is the same, and how holding the qualification could enable VNs to progress and get the “recognition they deserve”.
In our final column of the year, a deaf RVN shares her journey and undeterred determination to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse.
Emma Gerrard explores two forms of this inflammatory condition – idiopathic in cats and bacterial in dogs – as well as what helps resolve them.
This month, RVN and BVNA council member Gemma Reeve reaches out to colleagues to remind them that, even at the toughest times of the year, the association is there for them.
Kit Sturgess discusses the causes, management and treatment of gastrointestinal issues in small animal patients.
Mars Petcare and Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition commission study to quantify positive impacts of human animal interaction and pet ownership – particularly for people who are lonely and socially isolated.
History made during October’s council meeting when VN council chairman and vice-chairman joined other appointed members and elected representatives for event at college’s HQ.
Delegates benefit from packed programme, including more than 8,000 hours of CPD, an exhibition boasting more than 100 stands and a range of social functions.
Stacey Blease was appointed BVNA head of learning and development six months ago. Here, she reflects on her journey so far, what she has achieved since boarding the "BVNA bus", and considers what the future may hold for the organisation.
BVNA and British Veterinary Dental Association Oral Care Nurse qualification breaks 2,000 completion barrier – smashing initial target of 300 nurses training in first year.
Julii Elliott was the winner of last year's £1,000 bursary for the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care course, courtesy of VN Times and Vets Now. Here, the RVN reflects on her experience, the challenges of study and the joys of completion.
This month we are joined by a ZSL London Zoo RVN, who talks about life on the wild side of animal care.
Gayle Morrison and Peter Forsythe outline a strategy for dealing with this ear disease in small animals to maximise the chances of a successful outcome and minimise the likelihood of chronic disease onset.
From treating lemurs with lasers and checking penguin chicks, to scanning pregnant sloths while up stepladders, and caring for poorly pigs, no two days are the same for a zoo RVN. Holly Kernot visited ZSL London Zoo to find out more...
BVNA honorary treasurer Erika Feilberg discusses work-life balance and how sometimes, you have to say no.
Claire Bloor explores the significance of veterinary nurses’ involvement in the provision of dental services – both in the veterinary surgery environment and take-home advice for owners.
Jen Oliver discusses the intricacies of hyperthyroid cases and the VN role within them – from assisting early detection to client education.
Marge Chandler breaks down the never-ending myriad of pet dietary offerings to aid veterinary nurses in helping their clients make nutritional choices.
Canine hydrotherapy has been a treatment option for more than two decades, yet the canine hydrotherapist's role remains unregulated. Angela Griffiths, owner and chief executive of Greyfriars Veterinary Rehabilitation Referrals in Surrey, explains why she is leading a revolution for regulation.
University of Nottingham research findings could provide new angle that could contribute to a future discussion regarding safeguarding "veterinary nurse".
In the next of our series, we hear from an RVN's experience helping rhinos in South Africa – with one case in particular that has stayed close to her heart.
In a bid to address the evident gender imbalance, staff behind the VN Futures project have created an additional focus group tasked with creating a sustainable workforce.
Rosie Bescoby offers some words of wisdom to RVNs in maximising owner compliance when it comes to ensuring their pets are kept as calm as possible during this season.
The RVC's SVNFest – believed to be a first for the UK – will include lectures, workshops, social events and an exhibition to boost knowledge across a number of disciplines.
VN Times editor Holly Kernot uses Lewis Carroll’s timeless tome to discuss the array of adventures RVNs embark on and ask readers, where do you want to go?
Holly Kernot speaks to Tree of Life for Animals founder Rachel Wright, who lifts the lid on more than a decade of helping animals in need, changing the perception of pets in India – and how VNs should follow their dreams.
Clare Dagnall offers solutions to some of the common questions vet nurses may ask themselves when dealing with this challenging patient period.
RVN Donna Lewis reflects on her BVNA council experiences, return to the post and how fellow VNs could make a difference by being members.
The Canine Arthritis Management home assessment tool comprises a checklist that veterinary teams, physical therapists and owners can use to identify features in a dog's environment that could be adapted or altered to reduce the impact of arthritis in their daily lives.
Organisations unite to urge cat lovers to avoid choosing pedigree breeds designed to have unusual or extreme features, which are often perceived by public as traits that make pets look “cute”.
VetSkill's two-year veterinary nursing (companion animal) qualification has been given provisional accreditation by the RCVS.
Holly Kernot speaks to two women who together created an education enterprise aimed at offering support to VNs revising for their exams.
Marge Chandler details the core benefits these live organisms can have on small animal pet health, including on specific diseases.
Kicking off a new article series seeking out the vast and varied work of RVNs, we hear from one nurse’s “incredible” time in India.
In her final column, Louise gives advice on anaesthetising septic patients – from planning to implementing protocols.
Dan Skeldon details options regarding mobility-aiding drugs, supplements and therapies for treating canine and feline patients.
From the banning of puppy and kitten sales in pet shops to outlawing electric shock collars, Holly Kernot summarises the spate of notable victories for animal welfare that took place in August.
A proposed framework for post-registration VN qualifications have been met with approval and welcomed from across the profession.
The International Society of Feline Medicine is organising an event dedicated to feline veterinary nursing – thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Speaking at the RCVS' Royal College Day, Racheal Marshall encouraged veterinary nurses to take action and "engage as much as they possibly can" with the profession.
Gavin Goldsbrough first stepped into Westway Veterinary Group's Eden Hills branch in County Durham as an 18-year-old student on work placement. Five years later, not only is he a qualified RVN, but holds a bachelor of science in veterinary nursing, too. Holly Kernot finds out more...
Holly Kernot finds out about clinical nurse lead Lucy Montague’s journey, how she helps colleagues map their career path and her “top tips” for those looking to emulate her.
Helen Rooney explains options for dealing with thyroid and adrenal endocrine conditions in canine and feline patients.
This month, Louise talks about the importance of dealing with the dystocia patient quickly.
RVN Jo Oakden explains how a serendipitous moment led to her becoming a BVNA council member, and what goes on away from the public eye.
In her latest foreword, VN Times editor Holly Kernot delves into the history of men and women’s rights to vote, to implore nurses to get involved and have their say.
Alison Devonshire, of the RCVS Ethics Review Panel, discusses the fascinating facet of research in the VN sphere, before guiding nurses through how to make an ethical study proposal – especially if not affiliated with an academic institution.
Hany Elsheikha describes manifestations of angiostrongylosis in canines and strategies VNs can share with owners for preventing the mollusc-borne disease.
Paul Imrie reports on a BSAVA Congress session by Liz Cox, chairman of RCVS VN council and a co-chairman of the RCVS/BVNA VN Futures project, where she described her vision of the nursing role in 2025.
PDSA's latest Animal Wellbeing Report reveals UK statistic regarding animals taken on, which has shown no improvement since 2016.
Scott Parry shares his experience of participating in the Practice Standards Scheme evaluation process and offers top tips for those preparing for the big day.
RVN Gareth McCormack reflects on his councillor experience so far, the joy of representing VNs everywhere and work behind the scenes.
Hany Elsheikha discusses how economy, age and compliance – as well as potential treatment resistance, and drug reactions and interactions – play a part in how to approach pet owners on parasite management in companion animals.
Decision making can often fill us with fear; however, without it, wouldn't life just be dull and unsatisfying? In her latest foreword, VN Times editor Holly Kernot discusses the freedom of being able to chart your own career course.
Helen Tottey, RVN and VN Times editorial board member, summarises and shares her thoughts on the College of Animal Welfare Head Nurse Congress 2018, which – fittingly – took place during Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.
This month, Louise discusses the many challenges paediatric patients can pose, but also reveals the deep joy a successful nursing outcome can bring.
Change – is it good or bad? In her first foreword since taking the reins as VN Times editor, Holly Kernot discusses the changes going on all around us – personal and professional – and the exciting times of her editorship ahead.
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHECVN, BSc(Hons), CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, advises on how to offer an allergy clinic to support dermatology patients with skin diseases – a common problem in small animal veterinary practice.
Helen Tottey RVN, explains the important link between positive pet owner practice visits and compliance, and how improving one can boost the other.
Shakira Miles RVN, BSc, voices her strong feelings around importation of dogs that have had their ears cut off, how it is fuelling a fashionable trend among owners and how VNs can help make a difference.
Samantha Lindley BVSc, MRCVS, looks at a VN’s role regarding this long-lasting symptom in feline patients, along with an explanation of causes, diagnosis and treatment options.
This month, Louise discusses how to go about differentiating between a diagnosis of hyperthermia versus pyrexia.
BVNA honorary treasurer Erika Feilberg explains her decision to join council and asks for project feedback.
Laura Rosewell BSc(Hons), DipAVN(Small Animal), RVN, offers advice on treating food aversion in feline patients.
Wendy Sneddon discusses ways of preventing intimidating behaviour between colleagues in the workplace, highlighting to key decision-makers the fact this type of conduct does not necessarily only happen in the school playground.
Ian Wright details the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and control of Bartonella species infections in feline patients, as well as precautions nurses should take when in contact with infected patients and advising owners on how to reduce the risk of exposure.
With April being National Pet Month, BVNA council member and RVN Gareth McCormack discusses the importance of sharing preventive health advice with pet owners.
Dan Skeldon looks at common ailments geriatric feline and canine patients can present with in practice, as well as treatment methods.
In her latest column, Louise discusses the many considerations required for dealing with patients with bleeding disorders.
RVN Sam Knightley, in thinking about the future of the VN profession, decided to create a spur-of-the-moment survey to capture her peers’ thoughts. The results make for interesting reading…
RVN Laura Lacey urges VNs to talk, talk and talk some more about this potentially tricky problem in pets.
For February's VN Times, RVN Louise O'Dwyer begins an article series on practical capnography – a topic highly requested by readers.
RVN Jo Ireson implores readers and their veterinary practices to help spearhead efforts to get kittens neutered early.
RVN Emma Walker-Boyce talks through various steps that can be put in place to prevent contamination in operating theatres.
RVN Stacey Bullock helps readers prepare for, and solve, those tricky times when training student nurses.
BVNA council member Erika Feilberg reminds readers about this support resource – there to help veterinary nurses when things get tricky.
The BVNA, British Veterinary Dental Association, VN Times and Mars Petcare have once again teamed up to help RVNs across the country lead the way in companion animal dentistry.
With the beginning of 2018 leading to the usual existential thoughts a new year tends to bring, RVN Helen Tottey sits her younger self down to share some profession and career learnings.
The association lets readers get acquainted with Sam Morgan in her new post-BVNA presidency role.
RVN Emma Gerrard details the protocol she designed to help owners follow the nursing plans they are given for pets with this condition.
The sixth and final unit of the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care is complete for Ruth Clooney-Power. Now to study for the final exam...
RVN Helen Russell completes her two-part recruitment article by giving readers the view of those on the other side of the table…
Tim Hutchinson offers guidance on how VNs can help patients with this commonly discussed, but under-diagnosed, condition get the assistance they need.
Continuing her series of articles on electrocardiography, RVN Louise O'Dwyer takes a look at how to identify cardiac arrhythmias.
Fact: you lot have more than the ability to lead consults and clinics – but what if you don’t quite believe that yet? RVN Nicola Ackerman is here to help…
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard talks to the director of Vetsnet, a website that aims to help profession members struggling with mental health.
RCVS Knowledge writers, in their fourth article, help veterinary nurses put their hard-earned evidence-based veterinary medicine learnings into practice.
BVNA council member and regional coordinator Gemma Reeve uses a career milestone to rally the veterinary nurse troops.
As the veterinary profession reacts to the results from the RCVS Schedule 3 consultation, RVN and BVNA junior vice-president Stacey Bullock takes a closer look at one of its key building blocks.
RVN Kayleigh Walsh advises on clinical signs, treatment and care requirements for urethral blockages in entire male feline patients.
RVN Laura Lacey talks vet nurses through potential dangers pets can encounter during the Christmas period, and what to advise owners regarding prevention strategies.
Starting a series of articles discussing electrocardiography, Louise O'Dwyer begins with the basics – how to understand an ECG.
Louise O’Dwyer highlights the measures that need to be taken to prevent infection, both during and after catheterisation.
Dan Skeldon highlights different management options VNs can help with and advise their clients on regarding degenerative joint disease in canine and feline pets.
The end is nigh for Ruth Clooney-Power and her emergency and critical care certificate, financed by the VN Times bursary she won. You can do it, Ruth – you're so close!
RVN Louise O'Dwyer takes a look at the therapy needed for – and the requirements of – critical pneumonia patients.
RVN Sarah Nicholson spotlights a case that not only led to a unique treatment being undertaken, but a new pet for her, too...
SVN and BVNA student council representative Jasmine Kilpatrick reminds readers of the importance of social media etiquette.
Marge Chandler takes a look at cases in practice where these live microbial species may be of help to cats and dogs.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard fills readers in on one of two open days at Mars’ Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition.
RVN Alexandra Taylor asks why cats often receive suboptimal pain relief, and how VNs have a key role in challenging this...
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard introduces two tales of VNs heading to South Africa to assist in relieving the plight of the rhino.
RVNs Sara Harman and Jade Juniper describe their practice’s experiences with a TV crew as it filmed the team’s every move for a behind-the-scenes CBBC children’s show...
RVN Scott Parry – using his practice’s health plan as an example – offers advice on what his peers can do if they wish to get on board...
BVNA council member Erika Feilberg reflects on her time as a member of the BVNA and what the association has achieved since she got involved.
RVN Emma Gerrard, with Guy Fawkes Night on the horizon, looks at what advice VNs can give owners to help petrified pets cope through this period.
Anaesthesia is challenging enough, and in neonatal and paediatric patients, even more so. RVN Louise O’Dwyer offers some help in this tricky area.
RVN Wendy Sneddon attempts to help VNs in team situations – as manager, leader or member – be the best they can be to benefit both staff morale and business potential.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard introduces readers to Bonnie Blake, an RVN who has taken to blogging about her experiences working abroad as a veterinary nurse.
RVN Adina Valentine talks about her trip with two colleagues to Sri Lanka to help a dog and cat shelter.
Locum RVN Jo Hinde applauds social network giant's change in commerce policy to prevent sales of animals, but insists more needs to be done to stop problematic adverts appearing in the first place.
With mental health problems earning their right in the spotlight, RVN Erika Feilberg asks whether we give enough consideration to the similar issues our patients have.
With the end in sight, RVN Ruth Clooney-Power pushes through the final stages of her Cert VN ECC...
In the first of a two-part article looking at the ins and outs of searching for and landing that new role, RVN Helen Russell explores the experience from a jobseeker’s viewpoint...
RVN Kayleigh Walsh spotlights the care and processes needed to treat this emergency case successfully.
Vet Dan Makin reports from 2017’s Pride in London march and the wider activities of the British Veterinary Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group.
RVN Helen Tottey uses her experiences with a new pet to think about the owner view of practice, and why veterinary nurses should listen to what she has come to realise...
An RVN now in the medical profession, Helen Ballantyne discusses a topic rarely spotlighted. But, thanks to VN Futures, this is likely to change...
RVN Emma Gerrard looks at the latest research into this parasite and how vet nurses can help owners avoid their pets picking it up.
With recumbent patients regularly appearing in practice, RVN Louise O'Dwyer discusses the best action for VNs tasked with managing such cases.
RVN Alexandra Taylor reports from the nursing stream of 2017’s International Society of Feline Medicine World Feline Congress.
In a new and exclusive International Cat Care column for VN Times, VNs with an interest in all things feline offer their views on cat topics. Kicking off is RVN Carly Rideout, on brachycephaly.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard, in the latest of our “tricks of the trade” series, talks to an RVN passionate about all the things this technique can do...
In the second of a two-part article, RVN Shakira Miles and vet Samantha Barley look at how VNs and other veterinary staff can help report suspected cases of dog fighting.
RVN Emma Walker-Boyce discusses the latest treatment options for this increasingly common condition.
RVN Kat Warren reviews the speakers, social activities and nursing trail from this annual event aimed at promoting veterinary education for tomorrow.
Burnout takes time to happen, but can be recognised and stopped before it is too late. Renowned mental health lecturer and author Mike Scanlan advises readers on how to look for the signs in both themselves and colleagues.
Dan Skeldon takes readers through the latest treatments in joint care, with a particular emphasis on OA management.
With a lack of time being a major factor in stressful practices, RVN and practice owner Helen Russell tries to help readers – and herself – manage the unstoppable ticking of the clock...
Louise has chosen triage as the subject to put under the spotlight this month, as well as the VN’s role within the process...
RVN and director of veterinary nursing at CVS Belinda Andrews-Jones details a nationwide week in her working life, spanning many miles, meetings and hotel meals…
Extra qualifications can "open doors" and improve salary expectations for veterinary nurses, claims the head of Glasgow's new postgraduate course for VNs.
Halfway through, Ruth Clooney-Power is finding the CertVN ECC certificate ever more applicable day-to-day...
Helen Rooney explains the integral role of diet in canine chronic kidney disease, helping VNs understand what they need to know and advise clients.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard continues our look at compulsory microchipping legislation one year on, talking to VNs about how the law impacted practice both immediately after implementation, and 12 months later.
RVN Wendy Sneddon – considering practices are businesses that need to make money, and that VNs could probably do with knowing a little more about this – offers readers business finance explanations and tips for improving performance...
Marge Chandler, in the final of a two-part article, discusses the complex relationship of obesity and health, and how VNs can help owners manage the condition in pets.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard looks at the efficacy of the tools, materials, CPD and training that accompany production of antiparasitic pharmaceuticals.
May might be over, but, as RVN and BVNA regional coordinator Gemma Reeve explains, it doesn’t mean it’s time to stop pushing the profession forward...
RVN Charlotte Beard shares how her need to travel set off an obsession with all things elephant and welfare...
This month, Louise O’Dwyer takes a look at refeeding syndrome, how to avoid it and what to actually do instead...
RVN Ruth Clooney-Power powers through with her certificate, despite taking on more work and avoiding procrastination in the sunshine…
Richard Morris looks at the stages of diagnosing and treating equine dermal allergic reactions, along with the VN's role in achieving these, using case studies as examples.
RVN Louise O’Dwyer uses May’s Nursing Notes to take a (condensed) look at the Rule of 20.
RVN Stacey Bullock looks at the problem with training placements for SVNs and asks readers to consider whether their practice could help...
With May hosting Mental Health Awareness Week, RVN Emma Gerrard reminds us all it’s okay to struggle, it’s good to say so, and you are not alone...
Royal Canin's John O'Connor looks at how to treat dermatosis in cats and dogs by exploring the range of diets the company offers, which now has one for every stage of the nutritional management of such cases.
RVN Louise O’Dwyer discusses the importance of nutrition in emergency situations, exploring calorie requirements, assisted feeding and the wonderful world of feeding tubes.
RVN and BVNA council member Stacey Bullock tries to get the non-training practices among you on board…
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard takes a look inside a practice doing things a bit differently, and chats to its director of nursing about its aims and ambitions.
RVN Laura Lacey discusses whether treatment for these two ectoparasites should be addressed at the same time – rather than apart – by VNs and, in turn, their clients.
Louise O’Dwyer discusses the details of blood pressure monitoring in cats and dogs in March's Nursing Notes.
In RVN Ruth Clooney-Power’s latest entry, she documents how learning the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care isn’t always plain sailing...
RVN Helen Tottey implores readers to tear down the walls stopping them from carrying out consultations, starting from within practice.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard speaks to an Antipodean veterinary nurse about her UK-based anaesthesia training.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard hears from RVN Rachel Bean, who is so busy and talented, we simply could not stop at finding out about just one working day.
Ariane Neuber looks at the part VNs can play in managing aural conditions, including different factors involved in the disease process and examination techniques.
BVNA Welshpool regional coordinator Emma Gerrard wonders why vets do not seem to be aware of what RVNs can offer them.
RVN Shakira Miles, in the first of a two-part article, looks at the prevalence of this organised activity and the potential resulting wounds.
RVN Scott Parry discusses how he, as a practice owner, is able to undertake charitable work, looking at the challenges and crucial nature the role entails.
BVNA regional coordinator Gemma Reeve looks at the importance of spreading the VN word in educational environments.
Emergency and critical care superstar Louise O'Dwyer looks at the veterinary nurse’s role in pre-anaesthesia planning.
Marge Chandler looks at research and evidence to discuss diet topics often enquired about by cat and dog owners.
RVN Sophie Beckwith questions who is best suited to the role of a human resources position in a veterinary clinic – a practice team member or an HR-trained individual?
RVN Emma Gerrard looks at the common endocrinopathies that present in practice and how nurses can involve their clients in helping to manage these conditions.
SVN Simon Johnson discusses the preconceptions he faces as a man in a predominately female profession and how this can be addressed in the future.
RVN Ruth Clooney-Power files the latest entry in her bursary diary, where she tells readers how she’s getting on with the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.
RVN Diane Westwood describes a training day she took part in for volunteers willing to respond to marine mammals in danger.
RVN Louise Buckley shares her seven golden steps to compiling, developing and honing critical appraisal skills in evidence-based veterinary medicine.
BVNA council member Jasmine Kilpatrick speaks about her first year as a diploma student VN.
Louise O'Dwyer discusses small animal pain management, arguing a need for more pain scoring in practice.
RVN Devon Caffull outlines various dental procedures often involving VNs and the significant contributions they can make.
RVN Laura Lacey discusses common symptoms associated with elderly canine and feline patients, plus advice for VNs to adopt and share with owners.
Emma Gerrard RVN offers key recommendations to help implement and maintain infection control protocols.
Clare Jones RVN, in the first of a two-part article, familiarises VNs with parrot handling, diet, environment and illness.
BVNA council member Erika Feilberg takes a closer look at VNs in practice, including how they are used in the hospital she works in.
Louise O'Dwyer takes a look at the relationship between pre-surgery fasting and anaesthesia in December's Nursing Notes.
Rory O’Connor offers practical advice for VNs to prevent mental health issues occurring – and to ensure you don’t suffer in silence.
Pam Mosedale explains the responsibilities of suitably qualified persons (SQPs) in practice.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard talks to an RVN about how her volunteering trip to the southernmost tip of Africa brought her face to face with big cats and bolstered her recovery from anxiety.
RVN Samantha Thompson advises on common festive-related items often within reaching distance of pets that can prove toxic if ingested.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard discovers what the future holds for a trio of veterinary nurses who have been appointed to the VPMA’s board.
Dan Skeldon looks at various treatment methods for this prevalent joint disease affecting canine patients.
In her VN Times editorial board member role, RVN Louise O'Dwyer looks at a guideline change in fluid therapy for anaesthetised patients.
VN Ruth Clooney-Power, the winner of our emergency and critical care bursary competition, begins her bi-monthly update on how the course is progressing...
Having begun her second year at the helm of the association, BVNA president Samantha Morgan speculates as to what might happen in 2016-17 and beyond.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard continues the series of documenting VNs as they learn new skills or take the lead in practice by meeting RVN Samantha Ford, who has a passion for all things itchy and scaly.
RVN Samantha Feighery discusses veterinary nursing protocols to help stabilise equine patients after this gastrointestinal procedure.
Neil Forbes discusses this vital area of veterinary practice management and the cost-effective training BVNA has created for VNs and vets.
Richard Jones and Marcella Palmer discuss strategies for treating fractures and crop impaction in chickens.
Emma Gerrard discusses environmental triggers, as well as short-term and long-term management strategies, for cats and dogs with sound sensitivities.
Claire Bloor discusses the involvement of VNs when presented with pets requiring dental treatment, such as assessment and recording.
Speaking in the association’s congress month, BVNA regional coordinator Emma Gerrard tells VN Times what the association means to her.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard finds out how one VN’s animal aspirations led her all the way to Asia.
In her role as a cat advocate, RVN Hayley Oates recounts her involvement in a client education evening that offered feline tips to owners.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard reveals the advisory panel that will be keeping your magazine at its best, and her on her toes…
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard, in a first for this series, hears from a nurse whose career has spanned not one but three countries.
RVN Rebecca Wright recounts the story behind her seven-hour stint in a kennel dressed as a rabbit to help raise awareness of the animal’s welfare needs.
Cheryl Ramsbottom discusses the transmission routes, clinical signs and diagnostics associated with rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus – and its emerged variant.
Donna Wills recalls the efforts, resources and stages she went through to produce her own puppy massage DVD.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard hears from NOAH on its mission to embrace a new website platform for its compendium.
Dan Skeldon provides a comprehensive guide to the wound-healing options available to veterinary nurses in practice.
In September's VN Voice, Natalie Franks, SVN at Anglia Ruskin University, talks about the initial year on her degree course.
Two top veterinary surgeons have said VNs and vets need to take dental disease in practice “incredibly seriously”.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard reports from the launch of the VN Futures action plan summit.
Stacey Bullock RVN reports from an afternoon of physical on-site team building activities for her college’s training practices.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard continues her look at RVNs’ daily working patterns by heading to a Liverpool small animal practice for a male perspective on the role.
RVN Sophie Beckwith asks whether veterinary nurses training later in life could help the profession climb out of its retention problem.
Samantha Thompson looks at the impact hyperthyroidism has on canine and feline patients, as well as management options and how VNs can increase owner compliance.
BVNA president Sam Morgan’s time at Pride in London leads her to look at acceptance, in both practice and life.
Vets and VNs can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved to improve owner understanding and knowledge of nutrition, internal and external parasites, and vaccination. Sadly, however, the same cannot be said for dental and oral care.
In a new series, VN Times hears from VNs who have learned or taken up a skill in practice they are proud of. Ann-Marie Mayren from the St Helens branch of White Cross Vets tells us how she has learned to suture.
The use of antibiotics and probiotics in acute and chronic diarrhoea in small animals is controversial. Even the correct definition of a probiotic in the context of veterinary medicine can be challenging.
Rebecca Hubbard and Kate Robson look at one of the latter’s pet weight loss cases – and it’s on a pretty big scale.
Rebecca Hubbard looks at possibilities the internet can offer nurse advocacy efforts and talks to a particularly impassioned VN on how this can be done.
Emma Gerrard looks at the aetiology, investigation and treatment regarding FLUTD, as well as the vital role nurses can play in educating owners on prevention strategies.
Hany Elsheikha looks at reasons behind poor compliance among owners when adopting helminth treatment protocols for their pets and proposes some solutions for VNs to action
Rebecca Hubbard continues June's article on “a look at what’s occurring in practice” by hearing from more VNs about their day-to-day flea and tick treatment dealings, advice, compliance and more.
Rebecca Hubbard reports from the 2016 edition of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation’s annual discussion forum.
Portly pups, colossal cats, hefty hamsters, rotund rabbits – the fight against flab is something most people struggle with, as do the nation’s pets.
Rebecca Hubbard, in a new series, talks to RVNs about their day-to-day work, finding out what they like and love (and maybe what they don’t) about their jobs, and what it is they get up to.
RCVS VN council member and zoo RVN Matthew Rendle talks of the male side of the profession, where numbers are, unfortunately, dwindling.
Holly Kernot shares highlights from the Association of Zoo and Exotic Veterinary Nurses’ second annual meeting.
The BVNA has announced the new members of its council. If you’re thinking this is a bit out of the blue, I suppose it is, mainly because of that bugbear of mine – lack of engagement.
It was Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month in May, with all sorts of activities taking place. Here is a snapshot of what some VNs got up to...
The first year after qualifying as an RVN is exciting. You’ve passed your exams and your nursing progress log/clinical skills log is behind you, but, even qualified, you’re always learning – one of the great things about this profession.
Every veterinary profession member, including the VN, knows the importance of CPD and further learning. In fact, it’s likely some VNs love it, seeing it as a chance to grow and learn, as well as achieve those much-needed CPD hours.
For owners who wish to travel with their pets, several animal threats exist.
Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) is an exaggerated inflammatory condition that can start from a local source, yet becomes widely systemic.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard asks VNs for their opinions on owner advice, compliance and the nurse’s role in practice regarding this hotly debated topic.
Parasite prevention is a huge part of veterinary nursing. It is important to understand life cycles and treatment protocols to ensure clients and their pets receive the correct information.
So, it happened. The RCVS elections closed and you (well, 10.9% of you) elected your two new councillors. Let me introduce you to them.
Over the past few months, I have been in the privileged position of spending time travelling around the country with my colleagues talking to VNs from all backgrounds about what being a nurse means to them and how they think it can be made better.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard talks to vet nurses about the reception new compulsory microchipping legislation in dogs has had among clinics, and asks for their personal views on the law itself.
Rebecca Hubbard reports from the VN Futures initiative's second regional meeting and the challenge faced by participants of setting what lies next for veterinary nurses.
Lynne Kerrigan offers key tips VNs should share with new owners of these pets to ensure their health and welfare needs are met.
BVNA education development coordinator Debbie Gray asks what VNs can do to educate and inform the public.
VN Times editor Rebecca Hubbard continues her delve into the digital realm by talking to International Cat Care about why its Cat Friendly Clinic initiative and website is worthwhile.
Ariane Neuber discusses the aetiology and treatment methods of various allergic conditions that often present in dogs and cats.
Hayley Walters talks about the importance of future VNs recognising both the mental and physical welfare needs of animals, and introduces a course designed to help.
Rebecca Hubbard, VN Times editor, enlightens readers on a new initiative directed at the future of the veterinary nursing profession, what it means for RVNs and why you should get involved.
Rebecca Hubbard, VN Times editor, in a new series, boards planes, trains and automobiles to talk to nurses about their experiences working abroad.
Rebecca Hubbard reports from 2016’s TP Congress, where clinical coaching, cocktails and canapés made for a captivating concoction.
Lynn Irving describes common conditions that can lead to immunocompromised horses, including prevention and treatment advice.
Lynne Kerrigan suggests ways VNs can advise and assist dog and cat owners in helping geriatric pets live life to the full in their senior years.
Laura Rosewell discusses how VNs’ actions and protocols are essential in preventing disease spread in practice, in the second of a two-part article.
BVNA education development coordinator Debbie Gray tells readers about the free CPD available for its members.
Nicola Ackerman looks at an RVN’s microchipping role in light of new legislation coming into force.
Emma Archer focuses on a nurse’s role prior to, during and after a patient is anaesthetised, from appropriate premedication to supervision tools (part 1/2).
Rebecca Hubbard in a new series, delves into the digital world to find websites, apps, forums and noticeboards to help and inspire VNs in work and play.
Caroline Iser shares her experiences as an animal hospital VN, the gratification and satisfaction she receives and the importance of like-minded colleagues.
Holly Kernot speaks to RVN Jane Davidson on the methods in which she reaches out to fellow nurses and her hopes for the profession’s future.
Emma Gerrard explains the usual causes of vomiting in cats and dogs to equip VNs with useful knowledge when performing triage.
ABSTRACT Chronic pain is a life-altering condition that has significant impact on a cat’s quality … more
In many weight loss programmes, the most difficult stage is once ideal/target bodyweight has been … more
ABSTRACT Otitis – specifically, otitis externa – is a common problem in dogs, but less … more
Linda Roberts provides an introductory look at the psychology, methodology and uses of this form of reinforcement learning in animals.
Laura Lacey looks at causal factors, behaviour meanings and therapy options in relation to negative emotions experienced in dogs when home alone.
Laura Rosewell details the VN’s critical role in helping stop infection in practice and measures to adopt in surgical environments.
Have you ever considered presenting your research at BVNA Congress? The Science Café is a … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, shares advice given by a behaviour expert on helping these domesticated birds and their owners to live both happily and harmoniously.
Dermatology cases are frequently seen in small animal practice, making up about 20% of patients … more
Being a mum in a full-time head nurse role has its challenges. However, from my … more
Another BVNA Congress has come and gone. With delegate numbers up by almost 40 per … more
ABSTRACT As veterinary nurses, we readily advise clients about the additional needs of elderly animals … more
When receiving a wildlife casualty in practice, it is extremely important to record details to gain … more
Claire Hargrave offers advice to pass on to owners regarding best practice to managing animal anxiety from unexpected noises.
ABSTRACT The field of veterinary cardiology is continually expanding, with scientific studies and papers arising … more
If you fancy a change in your career, but want to stay in veterinary nursing … more
The RCVS is encouraging veterinary professionals to incorporate evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) into their everyday work. … more
Veterinary nurses have an important role in every aspect of anaesthesia, from the preparation of equipment … more
Sitting in her office, vet and clinic director Kelly Whitelaw said with conviction: “In terms … more
Probiotics supplementation is gaining popularity – for example, as promoted in advertisements for people as “good bacteria”. A … more
A Key function of the BVNA is to support our members and to do this effectively, … more
RVN Hayley Walters has two passions in her working life and says being named Ceva … more
When presented with a dog suspected of suffering from separation anxiety (SA), it is important … more
Firework season – a time many pet owners hate, with an abundance of scaredy cats and … more
International Cat Care (ICC) has teamed up with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) and Agria … more
ABSTRACT It can be assumed veterinary dental procedures are performed almost every day in almost … more
The royal charter stands out as the highlight of Kathy Kissick’s time as RCVS VN council … more
Endoparasite infections in dogs and cats are a familiar concern for pet owners. This article will … more
A little girl screaming and sobbing in the waiting room; a mum having to deal with … more
Lameness is a common presentation in equine practice and the equine veterinary nurse plays many … more
I am a proud registered veterinary nurse, having undertaken NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 … more
In terms of risk assessments in the UK, the NHS European Office (2013) has changed … more
Exercise is an essential part of a weight loss programme in overweight and obese animals. … more
The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) 1991 was pushed through parliament in response to media and public … more
ABSTRACT Feline lower urinary tract disease is commonly seen in practice. Patients may show chronic clinical signs … more
It was January 2013 and there had been a lot of snow that month. A member … more
I first came across crowdfunding platform Kickstarter a few years ago, when I saw some … more
ABSTRACT The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) says because of a cat’s nature and … more
Bull terriers have always been one of my favourite breeds of dog. Owning my first … more
Dietary-induced skin problems include food intolerances; primary and secondary nutrient deficiencies and nutrient toxicities. A … more
Emma Gerrard explains the importance of getting clients onside when it comes to carrying out recommended veterinary action for pets’ health care.
Overweight animals are, unfortunately, seen all too often in veterinary practice. However, this should not … more
Douglas came into my life one Saturday night in January 2011 while I was a … more
ABSTRACT The past decade has seen a rapid growth in popularity of small mammals kept … more
Canine behaviour expert David Ryan has urged veterinary professionals to do all they can to … more
ABSTRACT Much work has been documented with health care workers to highlight the danger of … more
Cats have long been one of the most commonly owned pets in the UK. This enormous … more
Flea infestation is a common concern among pet owners; nevertheless, many owners fail to implement an effective … more
Having always wanted a pug, I was really pleased to get Lola as a puppy in … more
Diabetes mellitus is a complex disease, with stabilisation of blood glucose levels being affected by confounding … more
Casey Plain Bsc(Hons), ANA, CA-SQP, a VN Times reader, supports moves made to raise awareness … more
Oobie is a pedigree bullmastiff, but she will never win Crufts because of her “unique … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHE CVN, BSc(Hons), CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, provides a comprehensive guide to … more
Lisa Angell RVN, VTS(Anaesthesia), looks at the benefits, dosing requirements, alpha-2 agonist options and best … more
Claire Bloor MAEd, BSc(Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent), explains wound aetiology, types, triage and treatment … more
Linda Matthewman BVSc, DACVIM(SAIM), MPhil, MRCVS, explains the value and benefits these microorganisms can have … more
Julie Ross-Edwards former VN, shares her experiences of a trip to an Indonesian wildlife rescue … more
Sarah Caney BVSc, PhD, DSAM(Feline), MRCVS, discusses the clinical signs, diagnostic tools and management options … more
Christopher Shivelton Queen BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, discusses the concept of virtual reality as a potential … more
Samantha Thompson RVN, DipAVN(Small Animal), shares her own and other veterinary nurses’ experiences of the … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, speaks to a registered veterinary nurse who trained as an … more
Alice Blore SVN and ANA at Vets4Pets Sheffield (Birley Moor), shares a heartwarming tale of … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, hears from two registered veterinary nurses who have made history … more
Claire Hargrave BSc(Hons), MSc, PGCE, CSci, CChem, MRSC, DAS(CABC), CCAB, explains the reasons and emotional … more
ABSTRACT A good understanding of customer base is vital to the success of any veterinary … more
Emma Russell principal nurse manager at Vets Now in Middlesbrough, in the first of a … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, gets industry views on both short and long-term solutions VNs … more
Lynne Kerrigan MAEd, CertEd, RVN, highlights both physical and neurological changes in cats as they … more
Lesa Thompson MA, BVM&S, DZooMed, MSc, MRCVS, offers a guide for veterinary nurses on how … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHECVN, BSc(Hons)CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, discusses the importance of retail and preventive … more
Denise Laughlin RVN, CertVNES, reports on a joint project between the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, reports on the remarkable biological make-up of the fl ea … more
Lynne Kerrigan MAEd, CertEd, RVN, looks at the effects of ageing on dogs and the … more
Eileen Green, VN Times editor, talks to a student VN whose life-changing experience with Pets … more
Nicola Ackerman BSc(Hons), RVN, CertSAN, CertVN ECC, looks at various contributing factors to this urinary … more
Sue Paterson MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, advises on the ways canine skin diseases are … more
Eileen Green VN Times editor, meets five veterinary nurses offering services outside of the traditional … more
Rachel Sant BVetMed, CertVD, CertSAM, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine, Medicine of Cats), MRCVS, discusses the … more
Nicola Ackerman BSc(Hons), RVN, CertSAN, CertVN ECC, A1, V1, looks at the varied ways the … more
Eileen Green, VN Times editor, reports on the need for nurses to promote pet tissue … more
Kayleigh Boardman BSc(Hons), RVN, in the first of a two-part article, outlines research she was … more
Dan Skeldon BA, VetMB, CertSAS, MRCVS, reviews the telltale signs of this debilitating disorder in … more
Samantha Frogley RVN, DipAVN (small animal), considers the needs of dogs with heart conditions and … more
Carolyn Henderson freelance writer, learns about the problems being left on their own can cause … more
Laura George RVN, DipHECVN, looks at the role of the VN in the treatment of … more
Emma Cooper freelance writer, runs to catch up with BSAVA Congress speaker Susan Burns, BS, … more
Tim Watson BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS, discusses the prevalence of degenerative joint disease in canine and … more
Stacey Crompton RVN, He, DipCVN, AVN, in the first of a two-part article, looks at … more
Nicola Ackerman BSc (Hons), RVN, CertSAN, CertVN ECC, A1, V1 explains the benefits of fibre … more
Wendy Bament RVN, MSc, BSc (Hons), takes a look at the origins of rats, their … more
Emma Gerrard Dip AVN (SA), DipHE CVN, BSc (Hons) CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, offers advice … more
Christopher Shivelton Queen BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, discusses what “wearable tech” means for our pets, and … more
Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, CertEd, DipAVN (Medical), RVN, describes some practical methods for veterinary … more
Emma Cooper VN Times acting editor, speaks to self-help teachers and CVS staff about the … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHE CVN, BSc(Hons), CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, offers advice on how nurses … more
Julie Dugmore, RVN and head of veterinary nursing at the RCVS, discusses what counts as CPD, and the best way to complete and record it.
Louise O’Dwyer MBA, BSc (Hons), VTS (ECC), DipAVN (Medical and Surgical), RVN, considers the importance … more
Andrea Bradley LVN, shares her concern for fellow professionals who are struggling to overcome suicidal … more
Emma Cooper speaks to the new head nurse at the RCVS and learns about her … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc (Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN (Dent), stresses the importance of … more
Nicola Ackerman BSc (Hons), RVN, CertSAN, CertECC, A1, V1, C-SQP (Hons), MBVNA, offers advice on … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc(Hons),VN, RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent) discusses diagnostic techniques and treatments VNs … more
Glen Cousquer BSc(Hons), BVM&S, CertZooMed, PGDE, MRCVS, looks at how certain diseases can be transmitted … more
Alison Young DipAVN(Surgery), VTS(Surgery) RVN, looks at techniques and nursing approaches needed to ensure optimal … more
Stuart Greenfield HND Animal Welfare, BSc student in Applied Animal Behaviour, discusses the importance of … more
Christopher Shivelton Queen BSc, BVSc MRCVS, reveals how a new coating can protect expensive gadgets … more
Emma Gerrard BSc(Hons), DipAVN(SA), DipHE CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, MBVNA, has advice for nurses dealing … more
Victoria Roberts BVSc, MRCVS, looks at the growing trend for amateur poultry keeping and has … more
Wendy Bament RVN, in the second part of her article (part 1: VNT13.10), discusses correct … more
Emma Cooper VN Times assistant editor, catches up with the PDSA’s community and education team … more
Emma Cooper talks to the team at the Queen Mother Animal Hospital trialling a new … more
Wendy Bament RVN, looks at taxonomy and housing needs before moving on to consider ferret … more
Helen Jenkins RVN, FdSc, uses the case study of a German shepherd dog undergoing total … more
Michelle Gunn, RVN, in the second part of her article, writes about her experience vaccinating … more
Christopher Shivelton Queen BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, encourages nurses to try their hand at filming and … more
Samantha Frogley RVN, DipAVN(Small Animal) looks at the nursing considerations for ARF patients in her … more
Hayley Walters RVN, recounts how a welfare workshop positively impacted Chinese vet students and their … more
Michelle Gunn RVN puts forward her stance on the Government’s badger cull initiative in response … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHE, CVN, BSC (Hons), CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, MBVNA, discusses an area … more
Samantha Frogley RVN, DipAVN(Small Animal), looks at the underlying causes of this condition and the … more
Jill Macdonald DipAVN(Surg), RVN, FHEA, MBVNA, concludes with a look at ethical decision making and … more
Emma Aitken AVN, DipHE, CVN (small animal), RVN discusses the importance of nutrition and correct … more
Aileen McCalman-Hart RVN, writes about the pros and cons of her job and answers the … more
Nicola Ackerman BSc(Hons), RVN, CertSAN, CertECC ,A1 V1, C-SQP, discusses the importance of tailoring diets … more
Michelle Smith RVN, NCert(AnBeh), proffers advice on preparing practice and clients well in advance to … more
Dan Forster BVSc(Hons), GPCert(SAM), (SAP), (B&PS), focuses on animal welfare, cost implications, zoonoses and effects … more
Jill Macdonald DipAVN(Surg), RVN, FHEA, MBVNA, discusses welfare and ethical issues, through exploration of a … more
James Tweed of Coracle e-learning presents the case for practices to embrace social networking and … more
Dan Forster BVSc(Hons), GPCert(SAM), (SAP), B&PS, MRCVS, looks at the Government’s reasoning behind the 2012 … more
Emma Cooper toured the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals to experience its state-of-the-art facilities OVER … more
Samantha Frogley RVN, looks at the essentials of liver function in healthy animals as well … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc (Hons) VN, RVN, PGCE, QTLS, Cert VN (Dent), concludes her … more
Aileen McCalman-Hart RVN, voices her opinions about where responsibility for treating wildlife falls and the … more
Lizzie Atkins Bsc(Hons) Equine Science, REVN, A1, digs deeper to reveal the underlying causes of … more
Rachel Sant BVetMed, CertVD, CertSAM, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine, Medcine of Cats), MRCVS, discusses the practice approach to pinning down the various underlying causes of this common condition
Emma Cooper speaks to the teachers and volunteers championing the use of “listening dogs” in … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc(Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent), discusses underlying causes as well as … more
Wendy Bament RVN, MSc, BSc(Hons) discusses the range of conditions and diseases in degus presented … more
Shelley Holden VN, CertSAN, CertCAB(BVNA), APHC and Sarah Collins DipAVN(Med), RVN, VTS(ECC), CertSAN describe what … more
Jenny Helm BVMS, CertSAM, Dip-ECVIM(CA), MRCVS, looks at diseases indigenous to the UK and those … more
ON FEBRUARY 6, the Government announced its plans to make it a legal requirement for … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(SA), DipHE, CVN, BSc(Hons), RVN, K-SQP, PHC, looks at how effective retailing should … more
Amy Thorne RVN, looks at the basics of care for these emergency patients and how … more
Emma Cooper VN Times assistant editor, reports on a recent Dogs Trust seminar exploring the … more
Douglas Callaghan REVN, looks at laminitis, including the recognised trigger factors, both systemic and mechanical, … more
Emma Cooper VN Times assistant editor, reports back on some of the burning issues discussed … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(Small animal), DipHE, CVN, BSc(Hons), RVN, K-SQP, PHC reviews UK endoparasites and looks … more
Emma Dahm speaks to Jane Bingham about her journey from VN in practice to marketing … more
Christopher Shivelton Queen BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, takes a look at how technology developments impact life … more
Emma Cooper speaks to the team at White Cross Vets, Wolstanton about how they launched … more
Aimée Pryme RVN, uses the example of a cat referred to her practice to illustrate … more
Linda Matthewman BVSc, CertSAM, MPhil, MRCVS, and Karin Allenspach DrMedVet, FVH Dip, ECVIM-CA, PhD, FHEA, … more
Fern Blight RVN, Philip Witte BVSc, BSc, MRCVS, and Harry Scott BVSc, CertSAD, DSAS (Orph), … more
Sarah Caney BVSc, CertSAM, MPhil, MRCVS, looks at identifying, treating and managing a condition that … more
Stuart Greenfield HND Animal Welfare, BSc student in Applied Animal Behaviour, reviews the evidence for … more
Wendy Bament RVN, MSc, BSc (Hons) discusses – in the first of a two-part CPD article – … more
Sarah Caney BVSc, PhD, DSAM(Feline), MRCVS, offers an insight into identifying cases and following through … more
Jon Bowen BVetMed, DipAS(CABC), MRCVS and Jaume Fatjo DVM, Dipl ECVBM-CA, PhD report on the … more
Robin Fearon freelance journalist, talks to a VN whose love for her gundogs inspired her … more
Emma Whitlock RVN, BSc(Hons), PGDip, MCAM discusses how owners should be educated about near-natural diets … more
Samantha Adshead RVN, VTS, concludes with a look at pain management techniques for patients undergoing … more
Angiy Michael RVN, describes her journey from VN to human nurse and how this has … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc(Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent) takes a look at the occurrence … more
A LONGSIDE presidential business, the Sunday of BVNA Congress also saw nurses from around the … more
Claire Millington RCVS communications officer, reports on the RCVS VN council’s development and achievements over … more
Samantha Adshead RVN, VTS, looks at caring for eyes prior to and during surgery and … more
Jo Brown RVN, City and Guilds Cert VNES, focuses on making pet birds’ lives better … more
Jennifer Dobson BSc(Hons), CCAB explains the differences between these states and how animals respond to … more
Jo Brown RVN, City and Guilds Cert VNES, describes the importance of appropriate diets, and … more
Wendy Bament RVN, MSc, BSc(Hons) discusses general husbandry and common health problems encountered in this … more
Helen Jenkins RVN, examines the essentials of OA management, namely alleviating associated pain and reducing mobility issues.
Kathy Challis RVN, DipAVN(Surg) , shares how, against everyone’s better judgement, she let herself be … more
Sonia Green BSc(Hons), CVN, RVN, LGCI, NCert(labtec), PHC, A1, C-SQP, shares a case of canine … more
Jody Blyth Tancock DipAVN(small animal), RVN, A1, discusses the options for hyperthyroid cats and the … more
Emma Cooper assistant editor, asks how a proposed set of protocols would go down with … more
Caroline Allenden, VN coordinator, Dogs Trust “We welcome the standards report. The acknowledgement that breeding … more
Ian Wolstenholme practice manager, shares his experiences of customer service and offers insight for difficult … more
Linda Roberts VTS(Oncology), DipAVN(Medical), RVN, recounts an example of a grade II mammary mast cell … more
Sorrel Docherty BSc(Hons), discusses how the economic woes of some owners is impacting on horse … more
Wendy Bament RVN, MSc, BSc(Hons) discusses the origins, taxonomy, social activity, anatomy and physiology of … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN(Small Animal), BSc(Hons), CVN, RVN, K-SQP, PHC, discusses methods to keep clients coming … more
Wendy Sneddon VN, MSc, MinstLM, takes a look at how the right environment is key … more
Claire Bloor MA, BSc(Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent) concludes her article by focusing on setting up for surgery and patient monitoring.
Claire Bloor MEd, BSc(Hons), RVN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN(Dent), discusses the essentials of planning and preparation … more
Melanie Atkinson BVSc, MRCVS, on a shiny new vet’s “sink or swim” induction to practice … more
Carli Dodd RVN, discusses a case where a parrot’s natural tendency to hide symptoms could … more
Charlotte Varga RVN, takes readers through steps to producing high quality radiography – a crucial … more
Alice Beardsworth BSc(Hons), VN, looks at animal identification products on the market and the opportunities … more
Fiona Scarlett BSc(Hons), RVN, focuses on the VN’s involvement in alternative venous access and arterial … more
Emma Whitlock RVN, BSc(Hons)VNS, PGDip, MCAM, reveals tips to ensure hospitalised exotics receive adequate and … more
Lynn Irving RVN, REVN, remembers her time in Luxor, working for Animal Care of Egypt, … more
Helen Tottey RVN, attended an annual insurance panel meeting where delegates discussed cases and presented … more
Filippo De Bellis DVM, CertVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, on indications and techniques for topical therapy in … more
Ruth Osborne BSc (Hons), RVN, DipCABT, hightlights a way to gain hands-on experience of neutering … more
Lizzie Atkins BSc (Hons), REVN, A1, clinical coach, on the cause and effect of this … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, CertSAN, offers an overview of antibiotic-resistant infections and how they … more
Michelle Smith RVN, NCert (AnBeh), looks at the issues surrounding this controversial subject and reviews … more
Fiona Scarlett continues her look at the role of VNs in anaesthetic procedures by focusing on local blocks and CRIs.
FITZPATRICK Referrals took the chance at congress to announce to members of the veterinary press … more
STAFF on the VetPlus stand were kept more than busy during congress, with veterinary nutraceutical … more
Karen Connell RVN, encourages VNs to make the most of the career opportunities on offer … more
Emma Gerrard DipAVN (Small Animal) BSc(Hons), RVN, K-SQP, PHC, discusses reasons why making the most … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, explores the opportunities open to VNs wanting to broaden their … more
Linda Roberts VTS (Oncology) DipAVN (Medical) RVN, describes one cancer patient’s journey from presentation to … more
Melanie Atkinson BVSc, MRCVS, recounts a tale of feathery, flappy phobias, zombie pigeons and over-zealous … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, on how offering sound advice and product promotions will keep … more
Robin Fearon talks to ISFM’s Andy Sparkes about why it is building on its WellCat … more
Sara-Ann Dickson BSc, RVN, discusses approaches to getting owners onside when it comes to monitoring … more
Alison Guy RVN, recounts her first experience of volunteering for the WVS, on a mobile … more
Clare Renwick RVN, A1, writes about UK regulations changes on companion animals travelling abroad and … more
Donna Gaylor RVN, PHC, Cert SAN, looks at ways of reducing calorie intakes and increasing … more
Maria Thompson reports on the key issues to be debated at one of the most … more
Donna Gaylor RVN, PHC, Cert SAN, offers a step-by-step guide to launching a clinic, including … more
Robin Fearon highlights how owners’ misuse of a canine spot-on flea product is having fatal … more
Claire Bloor MA Ed, BSc (Hons), RVN, PGCE, Cert VN (Dent), MlfL, discusses a range … more
Sarah Collins DipAVN (Medical), RVN, VTS (ECC), CertSAN, discusses various methods for encouraging patients to … more
John Robinson BDS, ponders the veterinary profession’s approach to practice dentistry and tackles some untruths … more
Helen Rooney BSc(Hons), CertEd, DipAVN(Medical), RVN, explores this common condition and the latest thinking about … more
Joel Dudley reports on a talk about ferrets, an increasingly popular pet, and what to … more
Liz Cox RVN, talks about her time as an elected member of the RCVS veterinary … more
Charlene Stowe RVN, writes about Indie, a pregnant two-yearold dachshund that sustained a serious head … more
Tim Charlesworth MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS, discusses the essentials of this high-risk surgery THERE are … more
Stacey Crompton HE Dip, CVN, AVN(Small Animal), RVN, and Paula Hill VN focus on how … more
Elisabetta Mancinelli CertZooMed, MRCVS, looks at how certain species cope with pain and how it … more
Amy Bowcott RVN, DipAVN concludes the case study of a terrier that underwent phacoemulsification and … more
Julia Hurley GradDipVN, RVN focuses on bone marrow aspiration, CSF and blood sampling THE aim … more
James White outlines ways vet nurses can progress their careers and make a positive impact … more
Linda Roberts VTS(Oncology), DipAVN(Medical), RVN, discusses the case of Teasel, a nine-year-old female entire cocker … more
Denise Laughlin RVN, tells the story of how one woman’s sheer determination resulted in huge … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, discusses preventive procedures to adopt in the vital fight against … more
Stacey Crompton HE Dip, CVN, AVN(Small Animal), RVN, and Paula Hill VN, discuss different methods in the first of a two-part article.
Joel Dudley VN Times reporter, reports on a lecture on how early forms of the … more
Jeremy Johnson BVSc, MRCVS, presents his case for RVNs to qualify as RQPs as part … more
ABSTRACT Performing a blood transfusion can be a life-saving event. However, this is not a … more
Rosie Fernee RVN, explains how leeches were used in practice, with a case study of … more
Amy Bowcott RVN, writes about nursing considerations for the preoperative and surgical stages of canine … more
Fiona Scarlett, BSc(Hons)(AnSc), RVN, focuses on the benefits of preparation when performing endotracheal intubation techniques … more
Laura Tobin BSc(Hons), RVN, on when transfusions in dogs may be appropriate and best practice … more
Fernando Reina DVM, MSc SA(Orthopaedics), MRCVS tackles lower urinary tract disease cases and treatment options … more
Sue Paterson MA, VetMed, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS explores normal hair growth patterns and how and … more
Kerry Hall offers advice on how to rapidly recognise, assess and stabilise canine patients in respiratory distress.
Maria Thompson VN Times assistant editor, finds out how a newly formed detective agency sets … more
Linda Roberts VTS(Oncology), DipAVN(Medicine), outlines common procedures for such cases in the second of her … more
Livia Benato, CertZooMed, GPCert (ExAP), DVM, MRCVS, discusses issues that often arise in these patients, … more
Emma Dahm reports from a fundraising event for Hounds for Heroes, organised by VNs VETERINARY … more
Sarah Caney BVSc, PhD, DSAM (Feline), discusses triggers of urinary tract disease in cats and … more
The role of “farm animal nurse” is a new one within our surgery. As many … more
Glen Cousquer BSc(Hons), BVM&S, CertZooMed, PGDE MRCVS discusses how and why hock sores and foot … more
Kay Bullen VN, shares her experiences of raising hoglets with the ultimate aim of successfully … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, looks at rabies control across the globe as well as … more
Maria Thompson talks to Karen Lawe about improving the lives of deaf dogs through obedience … more
Sam Frogley RVN, discusses the various infectious agents responsible for “cat ’flu”, its diagnosis and … more
Ed Whittle MA, VetMB, MRCVS, talks to owners whose horses suffer from sweet itch every … more
Samantha Fontaine BSc, DipAVN (Medical), RVN, discusses underlying causes and nursing considerations for this haemostatic … more
Maria Thompson, takes a peek behind the scenes at this year’s BSAVA Congress to see … more
Sue Paterson MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, explains that although ear cleaning may be simple … more
Maria Thompson talks to Sophie Throup from XLVets about how nurses can gain practical skills … more
John Innes BVSc, PhD, CertVR, DSAS(Orth), MRCVS, explains the concept, its place in practice and … more
Sue Paterson MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, RCVS, on selecting appropriate methods for the identification … more
Linda Roberts VTS (Oncology), DipAVN (Medical), RVN, offers guidelines for the safe handling and administration … more
Jennifer Cartwright RVN, A1, discusses the diagnostic tools and treatments for this ever-increasing condition of … more
Maria Thompson looks at what PDSA has been up to in 2010, with a top-10 … more
Robin Fearon reveals how low level light therapy is being trialled by a UK VN … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM, Cert SAN, explains how nurses can be empowered and practices … more
Fernando Reina DVM, MSc, SA (orthopaedics), MRCVS, looks at the clinical signs and pathology of … more
Holly Mash BVSc, VetMFHom, cert IVAS, MRCVS, explains acupuncture and how nurses can stimulate acupressure … more
Libby Earle finds that VN training across Europe is fast developing, thanks to a collaborative … more
Juliet Duncan BVM&S, MSc, DipECVAA, MRCVS, discusses the drugs available to ease pain in horses, … more
Sue Paterson MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, discusses dietary and environmental factors that must be … more
Charlene Oosthuizen BSc(Hons), RVN, conducted research into the CKCS and syringomyelia, as part of her … more
Ashley Wemple BS, VN, looks at criteria for selecting the most appropriate feeding methods for hospitalised small animal patients
Lindsey Dodd BSc(Hons), RVN, VPAC, reports on the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium … more
Lauren Williams, RVN, tells the tale of fulfilling her ambitions to use her nursing skills … more
Kerry Hall BSc(Hons), DipAVN (Surgical), discusses epilepsy management, with particular focus on seizure types and … more
Rebecca Bevan explains why a proactive approach to hygiene is wise to avoid infection exposure risks.
Alison Langridge RVN, BA(Hons) MBVNA, says that the threats facing rabbits are as real in … more
AS BVNA Congress approaches, the association’s head prepares to hand over the chains of office … more
Donna Gaylor RVN, PHC, explores the effects of osteoarthritis in cats and explains nursing techniques … more
Michelle Donovan RVN, DipAVN (medicine), looks at complications associated with periodontal disease and giving advice … more
Livia Benato GPCert(ExAP), DVM, MRCVS, looks at how to ensure the nutrition requirements of a … more
Maria Thompson, assistant editor, reports from BEVA Congress where the nursing delegates enjoyed a varied … more
Richard Fern explains how the standards relate to veterinary nursing LANTRA, the sector skills council … more
Tracey Ison, RVN, CertSAN, looks at how practices can assist clients with firework-phobic animals through … more
Lauren Williams RVN, writes about her experiences volunteering for the Animals Asia Foundation, BVNA’ s … more
Emma Dahm reports from a conference on human-animal interactions, which left delegates inspired and keen … more
Michelle Donovan RVN, DipAVN (medicine), explains how a deeper understanding of the underlying structures can … more
Francesca Riccomini, BSc(Hons), BVetMed, CCAB, MRCVS, DAS(CABC) takes a look at the role of behaviour … more
Kerry Hall BSc(Hons), VN, DipAVN (surg), spent time in a US vet hospital experiencing cases … more
Debra Kennedy, RVN, C-SQP looks at the tricky task of getting owners to accept the … more
Kirstie Pickles, BVMS, MSc, Cert EIM, PhD, DipECEIM, MRCVS examines the conditions and diseases that … more
Maria Thompson talks to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s head nurse Natalie White about her … more
Kim Little RVN, describes how the lives of the street cats of Essaouira were improved … more
Rachel Glennon BSc(Hons), RVN, A1 focuses on how behavioural changes in older dogs can indicate … more
Ashley Wemple discusses the various types of shock and the importance of recognising signs early to help avoid complications.
Sue Paterson MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, describes how the severity of a canine skin … more
Emma Dahm editor, discusses how furthering your knowledge of all things feline can help develop … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, CCAB, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), looks at the questions that should be asked … more
Judith Paresma-Mares FdSc, SVN, Bethaney Heayns RVN and Erica Martin BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS reveal the … more
Hayley Johnstone provides essential knowledge about how different cardiac conditions impact upon patients.
Carolyn Edwards RVN, BSc, delves into the often-confusing world of pet insurance to reveal the … more
Louise O’Dwyer BSC (Hons), DipAVN(Surgical), DipAVN(Medical), RVN, looks at various wound types and how this … more
Catherine Cannon, RVN, describes her encounters with these charismatic primates while volunteering at a rehabilitation … more
Claire King RVN, A1, reports on the multiple benefits gained by offering free health checks … more
Claire Ramsay Dip(HE)CVN, Dip(HE)VN, DipAVN (Small Animals), RVN, looks at conditions affecting the liver and … more
THE best thing about doing this book review was not just the chance to read … more
Hannah Young RVN, discusses the nurse’s critical role in senior health clinics, which can help … more
Ian MacFarlaine RVN, delivers his perspective on the highly motive and controversial matter of early … more
Louise O’Dwyer BSC(Hons), DipAVN(Surgical), DipAVN(Medical), RVN, explains some of the complexities of wound management WOUND … more
Ashley Wemple BS, RVN, writes about the need for accurate diagnosis prior to administering appropriate … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc (Hons), BVetMed, CCAB, MRCVS, DAS (CABC), looks at approaches to managing feline … more
Jane Williams RVN, CertEd, MSc EqSc, discusses how animals feel pain and the behavioural and … more
Kim Little RVN, writes about her experience volunteering for the WVS on the Greek island … more
Tracy Mayne RVN, VHA, CVPM puts her foot down and looks at how to deal … more
Becky Bevan RVN, discusses how owner compliance is key to the successful management of this … more
Vicki Rubasinska MRCVS, discusses the current status of PETS and how, despite treatment, ticks are … more
Vicki Brown VetMB, BA, BSc, MRCVS examines the question of when to initiate treatment and … more
Glen Cousquer BSc(Hons) BVM&S, CertZooMed, PGDOE, MSc MRCVS, offers tips for receptionists and nurses on … more
Ashley Wemple BS, RVN, explains how one extra drop of blood can be used to … more
Cathrine Raw RVN, documents the challenges of taking on a tiny degu, detailling the journey … more
Hayley Hygate RVN, discusses the life cycle of fleas, and describes preventive measures that can … more
Sandy Griffith, RVN, BFRP, describes how, after her first visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife … more
Vicki Brown VetMB, BA, BSc, MRCVS, discusses the theory of how and why seizures occur, … more
Aoife Joyce explains how Ireland’s veterinary nursing profession has developed since it became regulated in 2008.
Sam Frogley RVN, provides an overview of products that may, within certain limits, offer benefits … more
Emma Dahm VN Times editor, reports on the day-to-day challenges faced by a VN who … more
James Gasson nursing manager and theatre supervisor, concludes his series with a look at the pros and cons of disposable versus reusable surgical scrubs, and at various aseptic gloving techniques.
Michelle Donovan RVN, DipAVN(Medicine), discusses the part VNs have to play in stabilising and managing … more
Claire Millington RCVS communications manager, explains VN council and talks to two members about their … more
Sophie Lamb RVN, explains the clinical signs of heart disease, and details treatment methods for … more
Glen Cousquer RCVS, BVM&S, CertZooMed, explains the pros and cons of rabbit neutering and addresses … more
James Gasson operating department manager, on the objectives of surgical hand antisepsis and methods to … more
Rachel Horton VN, provides some practical advice for the effective treatment of ear mites and … more
Amanda Arme RVN, finds that a dog called Minstrel lived up to his name, and … more
Mary Fraser BVMS, PhD, CertVD, PGCHE, FHEA, CBiol, MIBiol, MRCVS, examines the primary and secondary … more
Maggie Shilcock BSc (Zool), CMS offers some basic pointers to make your next appraisal a … more
Sian Norris BScAnSc, VN, CHA hydrotherapist, PGCAn, Phys (pending), on the theory of exercise in … more
Tim Watson PhD, BVM&S, MRCVS, shares his experiences of going digital and explores the options … more
Ariane Neuber DrMedVet, CertVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, discusses the process of taking samples to identify the … more
Claire King RVN, reviews the 2009 Rabbit Welfare Fund Conference, where the latest thinking on … more
Rosie Fernee BSc (Hons), VN, describes the background to this debilitating disease and the nursing … more
Sandy Griffith RVN, BFRP, looks at the disease spread and the causative agents for some … more
Vicki Brown VetMB, BA, BSc, MRCVS looks at the background to this potentially severe zoonotic … more
Sophie Lamb RVN, takes an in-depth look at the techniques and equipment that can help prevent patients losing heat during surgery.
Lucy Ireland RVN, shares her experience of rehibilitating a white lion born with symptoms veterinary … more
Mary Fraser BVMS, PhD, CertVD, PGCHE, FHRA, CBiol, MRCVS discusses advances in the management of … more
Tracy Mayne VN, VHA, CVPM explains the art of good retailing and how this can … more
Claire Millington RCVS communications officer, reviews the system of e-assessment for theory exams and highlights … more
Maria Thompson talks to Liz Branscombe about the tough challenges ahead and why everyone should … more
Glen Cousquer BVM&S, BSc, CertZooMed, MRCVS examines the effects of external parasites and describes appropriate … more
Mark Riggs BVetMed, MRCVS and Richard Newton BVSc, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, discuss the reasons behind … more
Ross Tiffin looks at the psychology behind why owners allow pets to become obese, and … more
ONE DAY IN YOUR PRACTICE… You are standing on a chair, trying to find a … more
Keri Parish RVN, describes a series of parvovirus cases seen in her practice and how … more
Vicki Brown VetMB, BA, BSc, MRCVS takes a cheeky look at the work wear available … more
Joel Dudley VN Times reporter, spent a day with Bridget Fry, a zoo VN with … more
Vicki Brown VetMB, BA, BSc, MRCVS examines the world of the not-so-humble hen, with tips … more
Emma Magnus, BSc (Hons), MSc, CCAB looks at why and how rabbit behaviour problems arise, … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, CCAB, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), looks at how desensitisation can prevent negative associations … more
Tracy Mayne VN, VHA, CVPM, reviews the Pet Travel Scheme and discusses the zoonotic diseases … more
Emma Magnus BSc (Hons), MSc, CCAB takes a took at smtable housing and husbandry methods … more
IT IS towards the end of morning surgery and the practice is enjoying one of … more
Rebecca Bevan DipAVN, RVN, discusses the physiological processes of ageing and how nurses can promote … more
Emma Magnus BSc (Hons), MSc, CCAB, introduces a series on why rabbits act the way … more
Tracy Mayne VN, VHA, CVPM, discusses the options for completing CPD that will enhance your … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, CCAB, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), discusses how animals deal with potentially threatening situations … more
Bridget Hope explains how cutting the jargon and taking a team approach can help get … more
Claire Millington RCVS, explains the role SQPs can play in practice life in the light … more
Ross Tiffin explains the strict rules governing the sale of pet insurance, but urges VNs … more
Helen Goldberg DipM, MCIM BVM&S MRCVS, on the prevention and control of sweet itch – a distressing … more
Tracy Mayne VN, VHA, CVPM, encourages nurses to challenge their approach to daily anaesthetic procedures … more
Amy Thorne VN, explains the main types of capnographs used and how to identify the … more
Sarah Price VN, DipAVN (Medical), discusses the substances used in x-rays and how they can … more
Beth Jones veterinarian’s dog extraordinaire and super-talented canine columnist, continues her quarterly diary in this … more
Halina Tombs ESVPS veterinary physiotherapist, explains how VNs can achieve a recognised qualification in a … more
Claire Bloor BSc (Hons), RVN, PGCE, Cert VN (Dent), C-SQP, MIfL, explains the roles and … more
Jennifer Wakeling VetMB, BA, CertSAM, MRCVS, explains kidney disease in cats and the important role … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB on minimising stress to pets returning home from … more
Penrose presents a tale of life and love in veterinary practice – as a troublesome vet finds … more
One veterinary nurse shares her battle with depression, and explains why sufferers should never be … more
Alison Logan MA, VetMB, MRCVS, on why a communal effort is needed to control our … more
Claire Bloor VN, explains how to assess the severity of gingivitis and periodontitis, and examines … more
Ellie Mardell MA, VetMB, CertSAM, MRCVS, explores the causes and management of disorders of the … more
A pregnant VN explains how the news of her pregnancy was received at work, and … more
Tracy Mayne, on why it is essential to minimise risks from cross-contamination in practice, and … more
Beth Jones, pedigree border collie, four-and-a-half years old, MCCDD (Member of the Canine College of … more
Ross White, describes the process of reflecting on work situations to enhance nursing practice LET’S … more
Sophie Beckwith RVN, concludes her series with a look at why some turtle nests didn’t … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB, on why cats suffer from FLUTD and a … more
Emma Hadland VN, on life in a New Zealand veterinary clinic, where the practice case … more
Sophie Beckwith RVN, describes how the hatchlings from the turtle nests on Zakynthos are starting … more
Emma Milne BVSc, MRCVS, on the alarming incidence of depression and disillusionment among those in … more
Sharon MacDonald VN, continues the series on caesarean births by looking at the after care of the mother and neonates.
Alice Beardsworth BSc (hons), VN explains why horse health plans should be a part of … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB, on why a stimulating environment can stave off … more
Gemma Hewes RVN, tells the story of Holly, a Labrador with a severe case of … more
Tracy Mayne VN, explains the measures your veterinary practice must put in place to prevent … more
Emma Cook VN, SQP, takes a look at the typical “itchy dog” and examines the … more
Karl Jennings, MRCVS, and Charlotte Lea-Atkin, RVN, describe the preparation procedures for a whelping bitch … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB, gives some tips on how to improve a … more
Glen Cousquer, BVM&S, BSc, CertZooMed, MRCVS examines a rabbit’s natural diet and gives 10 top … more
Katie Snalune BSc, MA, VetMB, CertEM (Int Med), MRCVS, explains the types of worm burdens … more
Gemma Reid RVN, looks at issues surrounding the diagnosis of this condition, treatment options and … more
Sophie Beckwith, RVN introduces a series looking at the conservation measures in place in Greece … more
Samantha Lakehal VN, describes her experiences preparing to export her beloved cat, Gordon, to Australia … more
Lydia Payne VN, takes an look at the techniques used for managing ear diseases in … more
Gemma Reid RVN, explains what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to thyroid function … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB, takes into consideration the characteristics of domestic cats … more
Laura Black, VN concludes the series with a look at postoperative complications and how good … more
Claire King, RVN offers some advice on what to include in practice rabbit checks and … more
Kim Clarke, explains the background to the Tree of Life for Animals charity that was … more
Vicky Tonks VN, describes the work her role as veterinary nurse at the Dogs Trust … more
Becky Swygart VN, describes the life cycle of this common parasite for a greater understanding … more
Josey Killner DipAVN (Surgical) DipAVN (Medical), RVN looks at ways of encouraging patients to eat … more
Kath Howie VN, continues her series with a look at how to prepare the patient … more
Rob Watkins focuses on maximising the potential of vet retail areas, and how to build … more
Emma Dahm VN Times editor, went on the road with Liz Walsh, to see the … more
Francesca Riccomini BSc (Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB, describes the importance of taking a calm, … more
Kath Howie, VN, introduces the topic of GDV in dogs and how to approach the … more
Robin Fearon, features editor, reports on an initiative to influence antisocial behaviour with dogs through … more
Penrose A tale of life and love in veterinary practice SO far: Practice owner Marcus … more
David Kalcher VN, explains why he quit his position as head nurse to become a … more
Emma Archer DipAVN (surgical), RVN, describes the heart conditions seen in cats and dogs and … more
Zoe Hayward VN, introduces a new series on emergency and critical care with a look … more
Francesca Riccomini BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB looks at how kitten socialisation is being developed in … more
Tracy Mayne VN, looks at some of the opportunities available to nurses to become business … more
Becky Wonfor VN, and Emma England VN, continue their series with a guide to preventive … more
Francesca Riccomini, BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS, DAS(CABC), CCAB gives some practical tips on making a cat’s time in the practice less stressful
Becky Wonfor, VN and Emma England, VN provide a guide to putting together practice correspondence … more
Laura Du Pré recounts her experience of spending a week at the Lega Pro Animale clinic and rescue centre in Naples, Italy
Brigitte Reusch, BVetMed(Hons), CertZooMed, MRVCS, examines the aetiology, clinical signs and treatment of a common … more
Louise Buckley, VN extols the virtues of veterinary nurses getting involved in research, and how … more
Penrose, VN provides another ficticious account of life, love and veterinary practice somewhere in Britain … more