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Veterinary diversity and inclusion

RCVS launches Diversity & Inclusion Group (DIG) Strategy

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have launched the strategy of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, outlining the areas of focus to improve diversity and inclusion within the veterinary professions.

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Most veterinary staff concerned about the impact of menopause

A recent survey run by Veterinary Woman (VW) and SPVS has highlighted the impact of the menopause on working life, with three-quarters concerned about its impact on health, life and work.

Council approves pathway for RVNs to become PSS Assessors

At the January meeting of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council, members approved a pathway for registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) to become Assessors for the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) and also approved a new Equine Emergency Services Clinic accreditation.

A first for veterinary nurse Emma Gerrard

Veterinary Nurse and ONCORE tutor Emma Gerrard, has been appointed BSAVA regional chair and council representative – and is the first veterinary nurse to represent the association in this role.

Legislative Reform Consultation extended to April 2021

The RCVS Legislative Reform Consultation has been extended to April in order to give members of the professions and the public more time to respond, particularly in light of the current difficult circumstances with the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

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Puppy socialisation classes – far more than a party

What is the impact of ‘social distancing’ on puppies’ emotional development and welfare, and what can we as veterinary nurses do to help puppies and their owners?

The nurse’s role in dermatology – Q+A with RVN Sara Kendall

Nurses could have a key position in management of dermatology cases in everyday practice. We hope that talking to Sara and hearing about how she achieves this will help to inspire a new generation of dermatology nurses in practice.

Informed consent – not always as simple as it seems

Obtaining informed consent is an everyday occurrence, and involves thoughtful application of communication and ethics to ensure it is performed correctly, the animal’s welfare has been prioritised, and the client’s (or owner’s) wishes have been met.

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Helping rabbit owners do the best for their pets

Rabbits are now a popular pet in the UK, and for good reason! Rabbits have incredible character, are intelligent, and provide great companionship. In terms of care, their husbandry and care needs are quite specific to their species, and it is vital to meet those needs in order to ensure their welfare, health and happiness.

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Patient stress at the clinic during COVID-19

There are implications to pets and stress at the clinic during this crisis, as we are sure you have all experienced over the past weeks. Sadly, this situation is not going to change soon, so it will really help us all if we consider what the main triggers for stress will be, and implement strategies to mitigate this.