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 – 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

Salary, hours, environment – what matters to you?

There is no such thing as ‘standard terms and conditions’ for employment in the veterinary world. The needs of each practice are unique and therefore the employment contract is usually unique too!

For you this provides room to negotiate or select where you work that suits you most. It also means you should consider what means the most to you – hours? salary? discounted care for your pets?

You choose – read more 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

#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

Jane RVN blogs for pet owners with Any-UK-Vet.co.uk

I’m really pleased to announce that I’m now working with any-uk-Vet.co.uk to provide blogs for pet owners. This adds to my current blogging for Vet Times and Recruit4vets which are mainly focussed on the vet industry.

My first blog was concerning that thorny issue of being a vet nurse who owns a Peke – a flat faced dog of the type that has seen a lot of negative press recently. How do I feel about this and what do I do to keep Hollie healthy? Read more!

I’m really honoured to be chosen to speak directly to pet owners and share my knowledge and experience of being that curious hybrid of vet nurse/vet client as I progress throug the care needed for a high maintenance Peke and a cat who seems to let none of her chronic health issues hold her back.