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Transforming practice outlook on well-being

There are so many benefits that can be gained from providing a supportive work environment, besides having happy and healthy staff. Practices that attempt to make provision for well-being can expect to see reduced absenteeism, increased staff engagement, better team climate and enhanced productivity.

Should the crush cage and scruffing of cats be banished to the past?

Are practices moving forward and working to try and achieve more in terms of ‘fear free’ practice, or are many still lagging behind?

Motivation – 5 simple steps for motivating your team

This simple ‘infographic’ offers five simple steps to help with motivating individuals and teams. Consider how well these 5 key elements are incorporated into day-to-day life in your practice, and how you could make them work better for you.

District Veterinary Nursing – a new opportunity for the profession

The concept of District Veterinary Nursing has been of interest to the profession for some time. There are so many advantages to nurses being able to provide in-house care to patients, so how can we move this idea forwards?

Nurses need to ‘take charge’

RVN Jill Macdonald talks about why we should charge for nurse consultations and clinics, how this may ultimately help us to move forward in the profession, and the simple steps we can take in practice to implement a fee for nurse time.

Feline Hypertension Month

Veterinary staff are being urged to take feline blood pressure measurements at least once a year in cats older than seven, as recommended by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).

Infection control shake-up!

RVN Lindsay Radcliffe, who works at Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Berkshire, completed our Practical Infection Control course at the end of last year with the aim to review standards in infection control within her practice, and make improvements and adaption as necessary.

Learning Without Landfill

Learning Without Landfill was launched in January 2017 – have you heard about their pledge? Concerned by the high levels of waste created at large events their goal is to engage with the veterinary community to find ways to address the environmental impact conferences have.
They believe we CAN have Learning Without Landfill #LWLpledge – and we do too!

RCVS updates guidance on informed consent

The RCVS have updated their guidance on chapter 11 of the Code of Professional Conduct in order to provide further advice to the professions on how consent should be discussed with clients to ensure informed consent is gained, and to offer clarification on who can gain consent for a procedure, as well as giving additional guidance on consent forms.

Update on the Veterinary Nurse-Client Communication Matrix

The Veterinary Nurse-Client Communication Matrix (VNCCM) will be a consultation communication guidance tool developed specifically for the needs of veterinary nurses. The project, led by Jill Macdonald, has been running over the past two years, and is nearing the completion stages.