August blogs, new school year, disruption and furkids – another mixed bag!

August blog updates

I feel I’m starting to get back on track with updates after a very slow start to the year – thanks for bearing with me! This was due to a few things, including chronic dental infection for 6 weeks… a great option for more hours at work for a while and then I found my dream PhD online… so had to do a lot of reading and writing to apply for that!

Luckily that has been a successful application and so I’m headed back to school! It makes me wonder if there might be another book on further research to be written…

Before that I’ve a few conference papers to write so I’ll head off now, enjoy the rest of the summer and I’ll see you soon!

If you want to come and get some great CPD I’m at these events – click here – and if you’d like to come to Wellvet Weekend in Cambridge 6-8th Sept then I’m there and you can buddy up on their social media (or with friends) and use BRINGAFRIEND code to get your second ticker HALF PRICE! Prices include accommodation and food at the beautiful Girton College

Best wishes,

Jane

Vet Times

As we head to a new term I’m sure there are people out there debating the issues of unpaid placements for student vet nurses.

I’ve thought about this a lot and tried to put the issues into context for the individual – I hope it helps!

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One from last month… The issue of Paw Parents, Furkids, Furbabies, whatever you want to use to describe your relationship with your pet – or you may HATE this! I explore the how, why and where of using human terms for pets.

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Webinar Vet Gazette

‘Disruption’ is all around us every day and is needed for change to happen – yet it often feels like its sent to destabilise our working practices. In this blog I explore the issues of personal disruption and organisational disruption and how the human medical field is purposely creating disruptors… do we need to do the same?

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As we head into September its a new school year for many – students and tutors!

A little reminder that my #learnbetter playlist has terminology, learning support and exam support as well as the usual OSCE videos.

Learn Better for 2020 Youtube can help!

Any UK Vet

Another feline focussed blog this month. I’m sure we all know about the issues with Scottish Folds and their cartilage damage from their ‘fancy’ ear folds.. well I’m facing up to the issues that brings with Buxton. He’s now nearly 17 and needs me to keep on top of his claws care as he can’t quite manage it. His poorly little toes are misshapen and two claws grow at odd angles. He’s now getting very brave with me and doesn’t mind his pedicures but this blog is about how important claw care

July blog round up – Pride, lies, outcome focussed CPD and more!

July blogs

Wow, are we in July already? How did that happen?

To accommodate my upcoming workload theres been a slight shift in blogs – I’m moving to 1 blog per month for my client focussed Any UK Vet feed.

I’m sad about that as client education is very important to me but I suspect a PhD is quite a lot of work so trying to maintain a work/life balance!

5* reviews are up for my book so please take a look and see if it might of interest for you or anyone you know starting college in September, its also helpful for CPD and clinical coaches.

Buy the book here

Best wishes,

Jane

Vet Times

July saw London Pride and although I couldn’t march this year I wanted to share the personal reasons I march.

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Is it ever ok to lie to a client? I’m usually a stickler for polite honesty. Yet there are times when being a little Pinocchio might just help everyone involved.

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Playlists are an easy way to view multiple videos on the same topic. 

As well as the usual OSCE videos I’e also got some festive fun coming up BUT for the start of the academic year the Learn Better playlist might be useful!

#planetrvnyoutube

Webinar Vet Gazette

July’s blog sees me writing about reflection and outcome based CPD – something the RCVS have announced as coming into effect in the near future. Find out more!

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Any UK Vet

Keeping cats cool in summer is often overlooked as the main worry is dogs in hot cars. Yet our cats, especially elderly ones need a bit of help to stay cool on hot days – read more to find out!

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June blog round up – book launch, mystery bruises, staying safe on line and more!

June blogs

Well, June saw me at Vet Fest for the official launch of my book! A fabulous time was had by all despite the little bit of rain and I even managed to camp for a true festival experience!

The first reviews are on Amazon and people seem to like it so I’m hoping it will help more of you at the start of the new academic year for 2019/20.

Buy the book here

Best wishes,

Jane

Vet Times

We all get used to the mystery bruises we get working in clinic… but do we take our work injuries seriously? Check out the needlestick issues with Junes VT blog

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Vet Times 

Heading for an older blog but one that seems timely. What is safe to use online in terms of images and words? Is everything online fair game? It must be if its on Google?

Well… maybe not…

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Youtube updates!

Youtube have changed a few details so new videos don’t automatically get shared to social media. I’m still putting new videos up around every 2 weeks and have a great #learnbetter playlist from now until Christmas that highlights some great ways to learn better from my book. Head to Youtube from the link below and subscribe to get video direct to your inbox.

#planetrvnyoutube

Webinar Vet Gazette

June sees me discussing the seasonal increase in strays in the summer months and how best to work with those who bring these animals to your clinic.

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April blogs – nudity, preferring animals to people and more!

April blogs

As April ends I was pleased to see my Book finally be out for everyone to buy! Great positive comments are already coming in and I’m so pleased – I might even write another! Here’s one of my notebooks filled with post it notes and ideas…

Its available in bookshops – from my publisher and yes it is on Amazon!

Click here to read more and buy!

More from Mays round up soon!

Best wishes,

Jane

Vet Times

Running for RCVS VN Council saw me have an even busier than usual December last year – but its all been worth it and 12th July RCVS Day is getting closer. Find out my thoughts on standing for and getting on to RCVS Council

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Vet Times 

Nudity is on my mind this time.. with thanks to Ollie the wonderful if now slightly balder cat of Ricky Gervais!

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Webinar Vet Gazette

A great online magazine where I do a monthly article and in April it was about the impact of the differing values between the status symbol of a pet because of the initial cost to buy it yet the lack of status attached to being able to afford gorgeous geriatric pets like Tilly – PKD, Myasthenia Gravis and more..

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Any UK Vet

Many pets have multiple owners – so how do we cope with multiple clients for each pet and how can pet owners help?

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Any UK Vet

Every pet brings a person with them – so if you wanted to work in a vet clinic because ‘you don’t like people’ then you might want to read this and see that we’re a VERY people focussed industry!

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May blogs round up, the worth of an RVN, being woke for welfare, and MONEY!

May blogs

This arrives with you a little late as life has been a little hectic. However I’m particularly proud of Mays blogs! I mainly try to be fair to all parties involved in the vet world and animal welfare in blogs but this month I took a stand on the use of animals in reality shows and the issue of our evolving role in animal welfare – look forward, not back.

More from June soon!

Best wishes,

Jane

Vet Times

This is a blog I’ve had brewing for a while. There are often articles about how much it would cost to replace or properly pay for all the roles a housewife carries out – so I though I’d use one of their salary calculators to imagine what an RVN is worth and how much they cost to replace.

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Vet Times 

I know that the recent BVA open letter to the makers of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ may have caused some people to wonder why a UK based vet organisation is communicating with an Australian based reality show? Yet I see the path to improved welfare for all animals as an ongoing journey. I’m pleased the BVA spent their time on the letter and this blog explains why!

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Webinar Vet Gazette

May sees me discuss the training issue of people who see training success as creating ‘mini me’s’ when there is space for everyone in the vet clinic

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Any UK Vet

Vet consults can be stressful for both owner and pet. This sometimes means as an owner you don’t ask all the questions you want or get all the information you need. How can you make the consult a better interaction?

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Any UK Vet

The veterinary clinic is a health care provider but also a business and I know from personal experience about bills not being paid and the stress it causes. Yet our communication with clients and making it easy to pay the bill isn’t always the best.

The queue at reception to pay is often a mix of pet food purchasers, cat collar purchasers and then the serious emergency – yet as we’re British we queue in a sensible fashion instead of order of need. Could getting the vet to take payment in the consult room help in some instances?

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Thank you to Animal Star Awards 2019!

Well, the old saying that good news comes by phone and bad news comes by letter was uttered before email so its yet to be decided where it sits. For me earlier this month good news came by email as I found out I was a finalist in TWO categories!

I have been nominated by someone lovely as pet blogger of the year AND vet nurse of the year. It feels pretty amazing! Thank you to my nominators!

I’ll be attending the awards ceremony and Ebony can come too so we’ve got a lovely weekend away together!

I’ll keep you posted!

Updated monthly blog posts

So its August and due to a number of issues I am behind, way behind on updating the blog page! Yes I still write and have published at least 4 blogs every month AND you can get that update via my newsletter along with Youtube and latest news updates, but I am still committed to ensuring the blogs get collated here. Somehow, there must be a way to collate 7 years and over 300 blogs worth of content!

I’ll play around with different formats but for now I’m going to reproduce a version of my newsletter to get us up to August at least!

March – monthly blog round up

March – monthly blog round up

I’ve recently revamped my regular newsletters and have included a round up of the blogs I have published each month.

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March blogs

A diverse bunch this month! Starting with the dilemmas of buying soft toys knowing that you’re taking them home to mutilate them for OSCE club!

Then theres the gender issue when clients specify ‘the make vet’ and how we can handle it.

Its a yucky one next but I’m sure we’ve all defrosted deceased pets for owners to visit…

Next is the problem with the ‘blame game’ about rehoming pets and I have a confession…

Finally a little clinical conundrum – we love our badges yet they carry a risk. How can we balance identifying our role and maintaining infection control standards?

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What happens in OSCE club… – read the blog here

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The gender issue – again! – read the blog here

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Defrosting deceased pets – yes that happens – read the blog here

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The Blame Game in pet re-homing – read the blog here

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Infection control VS our hard earned badges… read the blog here

 

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Recruit4Vets blog – an update

Recruit4Vets blog – an update

You might have noticed that a regular blog is missing from the options above – my Recruit4Vet blog has not yet got its own space! This was for a variety of reasons and one issue was navigating the great blogs on the R4V site, I didn’t want to link to a page and make it look like all the blogs were mine when there were a variety of authors.

It now looks like we have that issue resolved and I can add a link to an area where the blogs are mainly by me! You’ll also see they are clearly labelled by author too so there’s no confusion…

Find my recruit4vet blogs here

Milestones

I took the opportunity in December to look back at the variety of subjects I’ve covered in my nearly 3 years blogging for Recruit4Vets – starting with being asked to blog by The Dark Side, a recruitment company and then looking at all the great information we’ve shared.

Read the blog here

I was really pleased to have written the most popular blogs of 2016 and 207 and wait for the results of 2018 to arrive… which of my years blogs has been the most popular???

Milestones

The R4V blog has also taken me past some personal milestones that have been important and have really informed my writing. I first started writing for R4V when I was trying to piece my life together during a period of ill health and working out what to do for employment in the longer term.

I can’t believe looking back now that I’ve had successful surgery and am now in a much better place and enjoying a very different work life now.

There are a great many positives and one of them is sharing my story of returning to work and working with health issues. The veterinary world is often a physically demanding one and to be able to still be part of that world means a lot to me and I love sharing this and supporting others in similar situations.

The future

Blogs for Rectuit4vet in 2019 will take a slightly different format as we are looking at ongoing themes for the company and the industry so I look forward to sharing more with you in 2019.

 

Stay safe and well,

Much love,

Jane

A very veterinary Christmas 2018

A very veterinary Christmas 2018

 

Christmas means so many different things to so many different people it can be hard to blog about the festivities. In the veterinary world we have our own definitions of many key festive phrases and features – I’m afraid we see poison and trauma in the simplest mince pie and garland of tinsel.

For Christmas 2018 I have created a definitive (for now) list of alternative veterinary meanings and also have shared some festive Vet Nurse Dictionary Corners too:

Find the blog here

Find the videos here

While these are a lighthearted way to look at Christmas but theres also the sadder side of this time of year. In clinic we see the awful impact of the impulse purchases of pets as gifts and this year I’ve written not one but two blogs on this subject.

Staying safe online

Firstly there’s a guide on how to spot dubious online adverts and in this case also the Instagram accounts of those who may not be so honest with their information regarding the animals they sell – find out about The Unholy Trinity of online pet sales here.

Trojan Dogs

Then there’s the issues with Trojan Dogs and the situation the UK is in with the current movement of pets across multiple borders. Buying pets online often means they are shipped from abroad and this carries with it its own risks. Thanks to the British Veterinary Association for the information and here’s the blog I wrote.

Christmas should be a fun time so we’d all really like it if you only need to come to the vets for some food or treats or a repeat prescription… but if you need us we’re here – 24/7 365 days a year..

Happy Christmas every one – stay safe and be well