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

 

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…

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…

#planetrvn – I didn’t realise Faking It was so controversial!

My recent blog for Vet Times was about the practice of booking fake appointments as a way to manage your diary in clinics.

It took on some rather interesting legs and inspired a number of responses including several letters to the Vet Times letters page!

Thanks for reading and responding!

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!

 

 

#planetrvn partners for the WIN

I know I probably over share about the life of the husband – G – and his relationship with the pets, but he’s played a blinder today.

Tillie has been a little picky with getting her meds in her usual smoked ham sliced roll – check the video on how to make them. But for the last few days the ham trick isn’t working well enough.

So I suggested going back to try the ham and cheese spread combo, but we only had soft cheese! Lovely G made up her meds as ever this morning, adding the cream cheese and this is what I got up to after he’d gone to work…

Poor Gs efforts for Tillie were in vain, soft cheese wasn’t for Tillie so I’ve headed out in the snow to get cheese spread to make sure she’ll take her medication with the littlest fuss possible.

Medicating cats is difficult at the best of times so now that our favourite trick has gone we’ll keep looking for new methods and keep you posted on our progress.

As for G there are little moments were I think I couldn’t have a better husband – and this was one of them. Caring for pets with illnesses can take its toll and having someone to share the load with is much appreciate, and when it’s someone who cares so much it makes it even easier.

#planetrvn – can you fold a drape and place a TST strip safely?

It’s sometimes the little things that can cause us stress in exams – the things we do every day. I’ve made this video as placing the TST strip correctly for use can trip you up in a stressful OSCE exam. Have the sound up loud as I’m unusually a little quiet,

Jane