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

 

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…

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…

#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

An unusual phone call…

Phone calls regarding unusual requests are pretty common in the vet world. I have answered questions from hamsters having a stroke to stray turtles on the motorway.

Yet, its a call from my training days many years that stands out. It involved cryogenic freezing and I’ve not had a phone call like it since… read more hereB653268C-647C-4271-9C72-C72D5628C1FA