Refreshing your skills – what vet nurses need to know

If you have spent time away from using your clinical skills or work in a very specialised filed you might think it would be a good idea to head back to first opinion practice to brush up on your every day vet nursing skills.

There are many ways to do this in formal and informal ways so check out my blog – read more here

Working with chronic pain in the vet industry – my experience

Working in the veterinary industry usually means you need to be pretty fit and physically able. Yet there are many of us out there that live with health conditions that mean we need to practice a lot of good self care.

I shared what I do and have done during my journey living with chronic pain. Read the full blog here

 

What time is that?

 

In the veterinary industry we sometimes use our own language and this can be confusing for clients. We can also be a bit vague with our timings and while this can be due to the nature of healthcare procedures and unknown emergencies we could sometimes be a little more precise with how we describe our day to our clients. Read the original blog here…

Nursing yourself – the menopause

Vet nursing is a ‘young profession’ as the average age of a vet nurse is around the early to mid 30’s. This doesn’t mean that members of the profession are all young and career longevity is improving so staying in the profession is easier and more fulfilling.

All this means that inevitable the menopause will hit our industry as we are still a female dominated work force.

I have found some ideas and support for those of us in clinical work and non-clinical work so read the original blog here

Part time or flexible working – make it work for you!

Making work fit in with all the different situations life throws at you can be tough. I’m hoping this blog can help as it highlights that asking for part time or flexible working hours is not just for those with children or those returning to work after maternity leave.

Read the blog here…

#planetrvn for #whatvnsdo – Code Breakers, are you guilty?

The protection offered to the veterinary nurse title by the RCVS Code of Conduct is very important and the veterinary community need to work together to uphold the code.

As its Vet Nurse Awareness month in May this is a timely reminder to value your vet nurses.

In this blog I suggest how to avoid breaking the code when it comes to job adverts and practice websites…

Read the blog here…

#planetrvn – ranked in the best vlogs in the world!

When your inbox is filled with GDPR requests in can make checking emails rather dull, so I was even more pleased than usual to get an email from blogspot to say my YouTube channel is in the Top 75 Veterinary YouTube channels in the world!

In fact its at No 34! How amazing is that!

Thanks to the amazing subscribers and viewers who have made the channel such a success. We’re very close to breaking into the top 30 channels so if anyone else would like an emails roughly every 2 weeks to show you my latest video then please SUBSCRIBE and boost our chart position!

Its hard to believe how low I was feeling when I started recording some videos hoping to help a few students… that was 2 years ago and look where we are now! The student vet nurse community really saved me with their positive feedback – THANK YOU!

 

 

Salary, hours, environment – what matters to you?

There is no such thing as ‘standard terms and conditions’ for employment in the veterinary world. The needs of each practice are unique and therefore the employment contract is usually unique too!

For you this provides room to negotiate or select where you work that suits you most. It also means you should consider what means the most to you – hours? salary? discounted care for your pets?

You choose – read more here

 

 

 

An unusual phone call…

Phone calls regarding unusual requests are pretty common in the vet world. I have answered questions from hamsters having a stroke to stray turtles on the motorway.

Yet, its a call from my training days many years that stands out. It involved cryogenic freezing and I’ve not had a phone call like it since… read more hereB653268C-647C-4271-9C72-C72D5628C1FA