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

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

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


#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!



#planetrvn says ‘Money Talks’

Recruit4vets get a lot of feedback on what people look for in a job advert, and in the job itself. They supply both permanent and locum positions for vet practices and as we were discussing blog ideas last year we hit upon the idea of getting a poll together to ask what people really had as their top priorities.

Yes, there are salary surveys by many organisations but that’s for the role you are in now… R4V wanted to know what was the biggest, and smallest motivator when looking for a new position and I wanted to prove that talking about money doesn’t hurt, it only helps with the recruitment process.

As we all know mentioning salary or working hours in a job advert seems taboo for many veterinary employers… well let’s see how important that is to you … read more

How do you create Standard Operating Procedures for vet practice?

Good morning,

Hey #planetrvn – You may be having a snow day and seeing fewer patients – maybe you’re going through your huge Vet Nurse To Do List… there’s always things to tweet and improve even in the best of practices. If you’re a vet nurse considering how to write some Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) you might find my latest Recruit4Vets blog helpful.

Stay safe and write an SOP!


Code Breakers


While highly sought after by intelligence agencies Code Breakers in the vet nursing world aren’t as sought after. The Code of Conduct is not there to be broken, it’s the one written piece of guidance that protects the title ‘Veterinary Nurse’.

Check the Code of Conduct for VS or VN  – under the section “and the profession”point 3.5




This means that when referring to ourselves or colleagues we need to use the correct terms. The code of conduct states we should not be referring to those not on the register (RVN) as a veterinary nurse. This period as referring to anyone caring for animals as a “nurse” is over. There is a difference.

There are still people with misleading and incorrect information on their profiles on social media and are posting under that guise for advice. This is potentially very complicated, serious and dangerous.

The advice given to a fellow RVN with differ from that given to a lay person as there will be assumptions about the legality of certain actions.

Using the incorrect title when job hunting – either permanent or locum – has huge implications. There have already been successful cases of fraud against individuals working as RVNs when they are not on the register. These involve possible prison sentences, financial fines and a criminal record.

Title options

As many vets will employ lay staff with titles such as Care Assistant consider using these titles instead of nursing titles. Working in a vets is a sought after position, take pride in having that position. If you are a student then use SVN, it’s a highly coveted course to say you are on and the title carries legal responsibilities too. Take pride in being an SVN. If you are an RVN then shout about it! But only once you are on, and stay on the register.

Can I be a VN?

The post nominal VN is no longer in use. If you have previously been an RVN then you can put that on your CV but make it clear if you are no longer on the register. Using VN post nominals creates confusion as people assume you mean RVN and thus may use this title and describe you as a veterinary nurse. This may lead people to put you in situations you shouldn’t be in.

What can I do?

 You can make sure you use the correct title for yourself, check your employer has the correct details on their website or any data they have for you. Be the industries eyes and ears on social media, websites and job adverts.

The RCVS professional conduct department are always happy to advise you if you aren’t sure of anything. If you wish to discuss an issue then screen shot the issue or find out the evidence. Email Prof Con profcon@rcvs.org.uk

Or directly contact the people on this list:

While the RCVS cannot regulate non-vets or RVNs they can advise you on the best course of action. Be polite, always bear in mind it might be a genuine error and present yourself as a professional to be listened to, and don’t be the one to Break the Code.