One last trip…

I have waited to post this blog on here for a while as now it seems real that we are a One Pet family, for the first time in a long time.

Tillie soldiered on to the end ignoring that she had no kidney function left at all and even ate some cat treats when at the vets, but it was to be her final trip to the vets as we didn’t want to wait until she started to show any signs of pain or distress. read more about our journey together 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

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

Janesville – a Spoonies Town

I’ve been writing and publishing blogs for the lovely people at Vet Times for over 5 years and in that time I’ve been fighting a secret battle. With the advent of a space for Veterinary Spoonholders to share their stories and get support I thought I should share my Spoonies status with you all. 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

And now on Radio 4 … The Archers

I apologise in this blog if you aren’t an Archers fan, I know this daily 13 minutes of radio can be divisive. However the on going issue of the visibility of the vet nursing role seems to crop up everywhere and at the time the vet focussed story lines really showed the absence of, well, anyone else in a vet practice that keeps it running besides the vet!

Although since this blog a ‘vet nurse’ has been mentioned… when a fractious cat needed handling! Love it!

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…

Pet passports – freedom for pets?

As the holiday season approaches those of us in practice face increasing requests for pet passports. But do these work just like human passports and how much freedom do they really give you?

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…