Welcome back – how to make the best of returning to work after a break

Whatever the reason was for having a break from work it can take some time to fit back in. You’ve changed, the teams worked without you for a while and I’m sure that clients, medication protocols and more have also changed.

What can you, and the team do to ensure returning to work is as smooth as possible? Read more here

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

 

SIII survey results confirm the vet nurses role

Thanks to the RCVS SIII survey the results are in and what vet nurses do every day across the UK has been confirmed. Those of us in #planetrvn know what we do, but ensuring the team, our employers and the wider public know what we do is hugely important.

These results show that we need to work with vets and our employers to ensure the vet team utilises nurses skills fully. Increasing job satisfaction, career routes and hopefully retention of vet nurses.

Read the original 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…

Unwelcome guests

I’ve always held an admiration for some parasites. They are tiny superheroes whose entire existence is to put in minimal effort to get the maximum out of living off others.

Owning pets means you do need to consider how to prevent them getting parasites and how to treat them if they arrive. In this blog I recall the horror of moving house to find some unwelcome guests who were not paying the mortgage!

Your pet or home having fleas doesn’t mean you are unclean or a bad pet parent… these guys are pretty indestructible check out how I coped 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…

When the time comes…

April was a sad month for us as our beloved Tillie (pictured with me) was put to sleep. She was an absolute trooper of cat with multiple health issues, but she was bright and eating until the end.

This was oddly the most guilt free passing of any of our pets and we worked hard with her care team to get the timing just right. She will be much missed by us all.

Read the blog here…