Happy Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month!

Posted 1 week ago

The month of May brings us the opportunity to celebrate the importance of veterinary nurses in practice, with an annual campaign that was originally started by the BVNA in 2005. The theme for Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month 2022 is #OurProfessionMyResilience, which raises awareness of the crucial role that nurses play in practice and the wide…

What reputation does your veterinary speciality have?

Posted 1 month ago

A new study highlights the prevalence of professional stereotypes within the veterinary community Stereotypes have long been powerful in society and are faced by us all in everyday life. A recent study sought to explore whether they exist within the veterinary field. Results from a UK-based study supported by The University of Surrey has shown…

Vet Nurse CPD Offer

Posted 2 months ago

Over 12 hours of CPD for just £195 Book your space on either of these attendance courses before 15th April and enjoy a FREE Learning Series of your choice on Central CPD On-Demand.* Nursing the Endocrine Patient Endocrine diseases are some of the most common long-term medical conditions we see in practice. Vet Nurses play a key role…

WSAVA survey highlights the huge demand for oncology knowledge

Posted 2 months ago

A survey of over 2,000 vets conducted by a newly formed working group found that veterinary professionals around the world rate their knowledge of oncology at just 5 out of 10 on average. Run in 10 languages during September and October 2021, the aim of the survey was to help WSAVA members improve their level…

Enjoy up to 7 hours of free CPD

Posted 3 months ago

Book your space on any of the below attendance courses and enjoy a FREE Learning Series of your choice on Central CPD On-Demand. Collaborative Learning Course for Vets and Vet Nurses Feline obesity is a prevalent condition throughout the UK and across the world. This collaborative learning course has been designed to be attended by vets…

Introducing our 2022 Attendance Course Brochure

Posted 6 months ago

For some inspiration for your 2022 CPD, take a look at our course brochure for practical and theory veterinary attendance courses in London next year. And why not share with a colleague to be inspired together. View here.

Back to school offer

Posted 8 months ago

We understand that it’s been a tough year in practice, with less time to concentrate on your professional development. With just 3 months left of the year, we are here to make reaching your CPD goals for 2021 as accessible and achievable as possible… Book any attendance course and choose a free online course from our On-Demand platform.*…

When looks can kill

Posted 8 months ago

Six of the UK’s leading dog welfare and veterinary groups have come together to launch a fight against the Dangerous Dogs Act which was introduced in 1991 with the purpose of keeping the public safe following a number of accidents and incidents involving dogs. The act prohibits the keeping of four types of dogs –…

Cat Food Recall Due to Potential Pancytopenia Risk

Posted 10 months ago

Fold Hill Foods have voluntarily recalled a selection of cat food products, which it manufactures for partner brands, due to a potential risk of causing feline pancytopenia. A full list of their recalled products can be found here and includes Applaws, AVA and by Sainsbury’s food products. All batches and best before dates are included in…

BBC Podcast

Posted 1 year ago

Check out this fantastic BBC podcast featuring our company Director Jo Hillard discussing the initiative she set up about getting Vets in to help the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. The facebook group Jo created was inundated with offers of help, confirming we all work in a truly unique and compassionate profession. #vetsonthefrontline https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podcast/vets-for…/id1442394507… ‎Show…

Study Shows 1 Year Old Dog is Similar to 30 Year Old Human

Posted 1 year ago

Researchers at University of California have found that young dogs age much more quickly compared with humans. The study showed that a 1 year old dog is similar to a 30 year old human, a 4 year old dog is similar to a 52 year old human and that by 7 years, the ageing process…

Extension For Temporary Remote Prescribing During Pandemic

Posted 1 year ago

RCVS have extended the allowance for veterinary surgeons to remotely prescribe POM-Vs for another 6 weeks, until the next review no later than 6th August 2020. Temporary remote prescribing for veterinary surgeons first came into affect in March 2020 in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, to allow vets to prescribe to animals without having physically…

Purina Launch First Ever Cat Allergen-Reducing Food!

Posted 1 year ago

Purina scientists have created Pro Plan LiveClear- the world’s first and only available food to reduce cat allergens in a safe and feline-friendly way. The new kibble diet contains a protein coating sourced from eggs that neutralises the Fel d 1 allergens found in cats saliva. With 1 in 5 people sensitive to the Fel…

Rabbit Awareness Week to go Digital This Year

Posted 1 year ago

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, RAW organisers have announced an exciting programme of online events for their annual campaign, to help improve the health and welfare of rabbits in the UK. The RAW team are putting together a packed online programme of virtual workshops, live Q &As and educational videos which will be available across…

FREE COVID-19 Clinical Guides Available!

Posted 1 year ago

Virtual Veterinary Specialists have created a series of free online resources, including webinars and extensive essential guides. These resources have been designed to help you, during the current COVID-19 restrictions, with a range of urgent and emergency cases such as; Managing the Diabetic Patient under COVID-19 Restrictions Management of Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease under COVID-19 Restrictions…

Pet Plan Veterinary Awards 2020 Winners Announced! 🤩

Posted 1 year ago

A huge congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Pet Plan Veterinary awards 2020! Nearly 40,000 nominations were received from colleagues and clients showing just how outstanding and valued veterinary staff are! 🤩 The winners are: Practice of the Year: Wangford Veterinary Clinic Vet of the Year: Lindsay Henry- Kessock Equine Vets Vet Nurse…

Cats Protection Launches New Adoption Scheme During Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted 1 year ago

Cats Protection have launched a new Hands-Free Homing Service to help prospective owners to find their ideal companion. The new service allows people to view online photos and videos and read full descriptions and information about each cat before they decide to proceed with an adoption. Virtual meetings will then take place once a match…

New Single Shot Rabbit Vaccine Launched

Posted 2 years ago

MSD Animal Health has launched the first single shot vaccine, Nobivac Myxo-RHD PLUS, which gives rabbits 12 month’s protection from Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease caused by RHDV1 and RHDV2 virus strains. The vaccine can be used in rabbits from 5 week’s of age, with immunity provided within 3 week’s of administration. For more information…

Canine Behaviour Problems A Concern After Lockdown

Posted 2 years ago

Dogs Trust are warning dog owners that the current COVID-19 lockdown measures are likely to impact their dogs behaviour following the lockdown restrictions being lifted, with separation anxiety being a real concern for those dogs that have not been used to their owners being around all of the time. Recommendations are being made for owners…

New App Released for Home Monitoring of Congestive Heart Failure in Pets

Posted 2 years ago

Vetoquinol have released a free app and digital tracker to help owners monitor their pets suffering from congestive heart failure. The web-based app monitors the pet’s sleeping respiratory rate (SRR) and provides an indication of the status of their medical condition. Using the app, will provide clients with good knowledge of when to seek veterinary…

Lucy’s Law Legislation Introduced

Posted 2 years ago

On 6th April 2020 the long awaited ‘Lucy’s Law’ came into effect in England, banning the sale of puppies and kittens under the age of 6 months by a third party. It is greatly hoped that this will help crack down on  puppy farms and illegal importation of  young puppies and kittens into England to…

BSAVA Releases Anaesthesia Resources for Potential Oxygen Shortages

Posted 2 years ago

There have been concerns in the veterinary profession about anaesthesia for emergency procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic when oxygen shortages may occur due to prioritisation of oxygen for human medicine. BSAVA have put together a list of resources that can be used to aid vets make appropriate choices about methods of anaesthesia while trying to…

New Neutering-related Incontinence Study Published by RVC

Posted 2 years ago

Urinary incontinence affects around 3% of bitches in the UK. The link between urinary incontinence and neutering in bitches has previously been suspected, but a new study from the RVC now provides further evidence on the extent of this relationship. In particular, the new research indicates that bitches of certain breeds including Irish setters, Dalmatians,…

Compulsory Microchipping of Cats Proposed

Posted 2 years ago

at owners who fail to have their pets microchipped could be prosecuted and fined under plans being considered by the Government and due to be outlined at the Conservative Party conference. Under the plans, part of a package on animal welfare, the Government will consult on introducing compulsory microchipping for pet cats to subject them to…

RCVS Seeks Volunteers to Test New CPD Recording Platform

Posted 2 years ago

The RCVS is calling for veterinary surgeons and nurses to volunteer to take part in a testing group for the College’s new CPD recording platform, which is currently in development. The new platform – which has the working title of ‘One CPD’, will integrate current applications into a new, unified, experience featuring both mobile and…

AHT Announces New Histiocytic Sarcoma Research

Posted 2 years ago

Scientists at the veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, will undertake new research which ultimately hopes to enable the creation of a simple blood test to identify Flatcoated Retrievers with early-stage histiocytic sarcoma. They propose that an early diagnosis would enable earlier investigation and treatment, improving the chances…

Third-party Sale of Puppies and Kittens to be Banned in Wales

Posted 2 years ago

Following extensive public consultation, third-party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales, the country’s minister for environment, energy and rural affairs Lesley Griffiths has confirmed. It is hoped the ban will improve animal welfare conditions and help the public to make more informed choices when buying a pet. Read the…

Blood Donation Awareness Campaign Launched

Posted 2 years ago

Vets4Pets and charity Pet Blood Bank have launched a campaign to raise owner awareness of dog blood donation. Recent research carried out revealed that only 40% of pet owners in the UK know their dog can give blood. Read more about the campaign here.

Chronic Pain Clinic Launched

Posted 2 years ago

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, based in Solihull, is introducing a new clinic to provide a bespoke pain management plan for pets referred both by external first opinion practices or internally by colleagues in other disciplines, such as soft tissue and orthopaedics. Read the Vet Times story here.

BVA Launches Vision For “Hub-and-Spoke” Vet Profession

Posted 2 years ago

The BVA has launched a vision for the future of the profession, where vets sit at the centre of a treatment “hub” and direct patients to “allied professionals” such as RVNs, official auxiliaries/meat hygiene inspectors, embryo transfer technicians, equine dental technicians, foot trimmers, farriers, hydrotherapists, animal behaviourists and veterinary physiotherapists. The association says the vet-led…

Gene Mutation Linked To Breathing Difficulties In Dogs

Posted 2 years ago

A new study has revealed that dogs carrying copies of the mutated ADAMTS3 gene may be at higher risk of airway disease. Previous studies have linked mutations in this gene to fluid retention and oedema but this new study involving Norwich Terriers found a link between upper airway syndrome and the mutation in ADAMTS3 gene.…

VN Mental Health Issues Highlighted by RCVS

Posted 2 years ago

Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) have published the first blog by a veterinary nurse as part of the joint mental health anti-stigma campaign, &me. &me encourages people within healthcare professions to come forward with their personal mental health stories, to demonstrate that mental health issues do not preclude people from…

Puppy Farm Ban Presented in Parliament Today

Posted 3 years ago

The rules, which will apply to England, are designed to deter smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme to bring young animals into the UK to be sold. Known as Lucy’s Law, it will ban the sale of kittens and puppies from third parties from 6th April 2020, making buyers deal with breeders directly. Environment…

Ban on Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses

Posted 3 years ago

The use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be banned in England from January 2020. The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, which was revealed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove will mean that the remaining animals used for performances, which include reindeer, zebra and camels, will no longer be allowed to be used as part…

IVC and CVS Defend Gender Pay Gap Statistics

Posted 3 years ago

Two of the UK’s largest veterinary groups have defended their positions after being identified by the BBC as having the largest gender pay gaps among all UK companies with 5,000 or more employees. Under the headline “Gender pay: fewer than half of UK firms narrow gap”, the BBC report, compiled from government figures and published online…