Veterinary Nursing News Headlines

    Linnaeus swallows up Pets at Home's referral arm

    Linnaeus has announced that - subject to completion - it has acquired Pets at Home’s Specialist Division of five veterinary referral practices, which together employ almost 680 staff. Linnaeus was founded in 2014 from Willows Veterinary Centre and...
  • StreetVet launches hostel scheme to help people and their pets off the streets

    StreetVet has launched a 'pet friendly' accreditation scheme to offer certified accommodation for pet owners experiencing homelessness. According to the charity, one in ten homeless people have a pet, which is around 32,000 people in the UK. However...

    New RCVS guidelines for working with animal physios

    The RCVS Standards Committee has approved new guidance on delegating veterinary work to musculoskeletal therapists such as animal physiotherapists. Musculoskeletal therapists currently have their work underpinned by an Exemption Order to the Veterinary...

    New study reveals the impact of canine epilepsy on owners

    The RVC has published a qualitative study looking at the impact of owning a dog with idiopathic epilepsy, revealing that almost all owners make substantial lifestyle changes in order to care for their dog. The researchers say that research thus far...

    RCVS to host 'design thinking' webinar

    The RCVS ViVet Programme is hosting a webinar to introduce veterinary professionals to the concept of ‘design thinking’ and how it can be used in the context of veterinary practice, at 12:30pm on Wednesday 2nd December. The College says that design...

    2000 Simplyhealth practices now migrating to Premier Vet Alliance

    Premier Vet Alliance, a provider of pet health care plans, has announced that having completed its acquisition of Simplyhealth’s animal health business, it is now migrating 2000 practices over to its pet health plan portal. The company says that practices...

    Researcher calls for responsible use of parasiticides after rivers found to be contaminated with flea treatments

    Martin Whitehead MRCVS is calling on the profession to adopt a responsible use of parasiticides after a study he co-authored found UK rivers contaminated with fipronil and imidacloprid. 'Potential role of veterinary flea products in widespread pesticide...

    Three practice managers awarded a CVPM

    Three practice managers have been awarded the Veterinary Management Group’s Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM). The successful candidates, who completed their studies during 2020 and passed the examination in November, are Lucy Wilson...

    Boehringer gives vet nurses something to smile about this Christmas

    Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is hosting a live Christmas Comedy Cracker event for veterinary professionals at 8pm on Thursday 17th December. The company says it wanted to give vet nurses a chance to kick back and relax with some first-rate comedy...

    Linnaeus launches new support system for its nurses

    Linnaeus, the Mars-owned veterinary group of 44 primary care and 12 referral veterinary practices in the UK, has launched a dedicated central team to help support and develop its nurses. Linnaeus says the team will focus on three priorities: student...

    RCVS to hold training sessions for its CPD platform

    The RCVS will be holding two online workshops to give an overview of its 1CPD platform and how to use it most effectively. 1CPD was launched in 2020 with the aim of providing an easy-to-use platform for veterinary nurses to use to plan, record and...

    New Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing to launch in 2021

    Askham Bryan College is launching the Level 5 Vetskill Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Practice Nurse), a new post-qualification progression route for Registered Veterinary Nurses, in 2021. The College is the first UK centre to offer the course...

    UK veterinary antibiotic sales halved since 2014

    UK sales of antibiotics in food-producing animals have halved since 2014, according to a report published by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. The UK-Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance (UK-VARSS) annual report shows that while...

    Winter Wellbeing online series to help vet nurses tackle the winter blues

    Wellvet has announced a free ‘Winter Wellbeing’ series of online events which it is hosting in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, starting with a Facebook Live session at 8pm on Thursday 19 November. The events will cover a range...

    Purina CPD webinar will present the latest on feline hydration

    The Purina Institute is hosting a free CPD webinar in which feline Specialists Sarah Caney and Andy Sparkes will present the latest research into the factors affecting feline hydration, on Wednesday 9th December at 8:00pm. Nutritional researcher Brian...

    New initiative to reduce antibiotic use in small animal and equine practice

    RUMA has announced a new initiative to promote the responsible use of medicines in companion animal and equine practice, which will draw on learnings from the farm animal sector. The new RUMA Companion Animal and Equine Group will initially focus...

    Exotics vet Fabian Rivers wins BVA Young Vet of the Year

    Exotic animal vet and star of CBBC’s ‘The Pets Factor’, Fabian Rivers has won the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2020. The award, which is sponsored by Zoetis, is for early-career vets who have gone above and beyond the usual call of duty or who are...

    New Allium poisoning guidelines for veterinary practices

    TVM UK has launched new guidelines for veterinary practices about how to deal with Allium toxins which are often found in Christmas cooking. The Allium species includes onions, garlic, and their relatives. All members of the Allium family are poisonous...
  • Medicine Specialist urges profession to support Antimicrobial Awareness Week

    Ian Battersby, an RCVS and EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Head of Internal Medicine at Davies Veterinary Specialists is urging the profession to support Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Ian, who helped devise...
  • Morale crisis amongst veterinary receptionists

    Research carried out by the British Veterinary Receptionist Association has that morale amongst receptionists is at a low ebb, largely as a result of poor relationships with practice managers and low rates of pay. The survey of 812 veterinary receptionists...

    London vet nurse struck off for dishonesty over veterinary drugs

    The RCVS Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee has directed that London-based veterinary nurse Paul Chaney is removed from the Register after he was found guilty of a stealing, possessing and unlawfully administering various veterinary drugs, and that...

    New BSAVA guide to reduce anaesthesia complications

    The BSAVA has published Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice , a new guide that should help any veterinary surgical team to reduce the incidence of anaesthetic complications. Cognitive aids are visual prompts that aim to reduce human...

    CPD talk about rabbit dentistry will focus on collaboration between vets and nurses

    Molly Varga, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Veterinary Advisor to Supreme Petfoods, will give an online CPD talk on rabbit dentistry on 11th November at 12:20pm to explain how vets and nurses can work together to improve...

    Dragon to speak to veterinary nurses

    Dragon's Den star Jenny Campbell has been confirmed as the first of the keynote speakers for BSAVA Virtual Congress taking place from the 25th-27th March 2021. Before becoming a dragon, Jenny worked in banking for 30 years and will be sharing her experiences...

    BSAVA adds nutrition course to its Vet Nurse Merit Awards

    The BSAVA has added a nutrition course to its Veterinary Nurse Merit Awards (VNMA). The new Nutrition VNMA, which starts in March 2021, will be led by Georgia Woods RVN (pictured right) who holds the Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition Certificate...