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
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???
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.
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,
Earlier this year the RCVS asked for feedback on the proposed changes to the current vet nurse Advanced Diploma – see the news here. The qualification requires re-validation as all qualifications do on a regular basis and this has fallen at a time when VN Futures is looking at career progression and education of vet nurses.
This has resulted in some possible changes to the qualification including moving the academic level up to a Level 7 qualification and opening up the possibility of shared modules with the vets CertAVP qualification. So far, so good.
I have already given my feedback to the RCVS through their survey so what I wanted to raise awareness of here was the subject areas that are proposed for the diploma to cover and more specifically one big area that was missing:
First opinion vet nursing
We are used to seeing advanced qualifications be based around medical or surgical nursing or ECC or anaesthesia. While all these are worthy CPD routes it strikes me that not everyone may want to become a ‘specialist’ nurse in a specific clinical area and although I have done advanced training in some of these areas myself I consider myself very much a first opinion nurse. A good (I hope!) all-rounder who moves from behavioural first aid in the waiting room to ECC nurse in the prep room and lots in between.
First opinion, primary or general care whatever title this area is given is sometimes neglected for the specific training needs it has and there are a few facts to support the need to have a ‘general specialist’ qualification for vet nurses:
- This is where most vet nurses and vets are employed
- Most cases seen don’t ever need a ‘second opinion’ so a complete care journey is achieved by these practitioners
- The knowledge held by staff is not ‘general’
- These practices provide valuable training and support for student vets and nurses
There are also the non-clinical aspects of first opinion vet nursing to consider. It is often the nurses who provide the administrative support to allow a practice to function and this covers everything from pet insurance claims to rotas. There is often a level of financial skill needed in sourcing new products and keeping the practice prices competitive but making a profit. First opinion vet nurses are also key in ensuring great communication between the team and with clients and finally as ever I do believe all vet nurses are leaders.
With all these necessary skills to master and I’m sure you’re thinking of many more right now could it be time to harness suitable training under a First Opinion specialism?
Could we see a GP AVN qualification added to the RCVS plans for the Dip AVN and bring together the skills needed – nursing, business, management, customer care communication and leadership? I really hope so as we need to be proud of the quality of first opinion care we provide in the UK and celebrate it.
I’ve somehow managed to have a few pieces on a similar theme out at once, excellent or awful planning depending on your view point but for me it does allow me to put together a themed blog for the first updated of my new website so I’m quite happy with that!
SIII delegation is the legal right for vets to delegate certain protected skills to vet nurses who are on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons register. They must also be competent and trained and willing to accept the delegation. This is a two-way process that needs to be fully understood but all parties – vet, vet nurse, team and client.
Recently I have written for Vet Record, The Webinar Vets new Gazette and also for Vet Times on this subject and I’m really pleased with the picture its building of what we need to to do with SIII delegation and why.
The RCVS survey of 2017 showed vets and vet nurses didn’t fully understand the process of delegation, but both parties wanted to delegate and accept delegation more, so I’m hoping that in these articles I cover how we can do this, why we should and where we can get some help.
After all #PlanetRVN is only one letter away from #PlanVetRVN
The Webinar Vet Gazette article with links to RCVS case guides is here
The Vet Record article is free to download as a PDF until the middle of November and is here
Finally the link between EMS, the TP scheme and the AVS all rolled into one and is available here
It may seem a little odd to narrow down your potential market by having a species specific vet practice but in the case of cat only vets there are a number of very good reasons to specify which species you see.
Read more here
This might sound like an odd question to ask but for many pets good quality hay and straw are important aspects of their care. Would you know the difference and what they are needed for? Find out more here
Giving your cat tablets at home can be really hard – even with my vet nursing skills I struggle with my own pets. This blog looks at the options for giving tablets and what the alternatives are. Read more here
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
Yes, I have my dog in a buggy sometimes! She’s older, arthritic and a little too heavy to carry so it all makes sense! Read more about coping with a a dog with differing needs here
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 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