Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services

Two specialists at a County Durham animal hospital have been appointed as heads of service. Diagnostic imaging specialist Naomi Earley, and veterinary anesthesia and analgesia specialist Felipe Márquez Grados now lead their respective disciplines at Linnaeus-owned Wear Referrals in Bradbury. Wear said their promotions to leadership roles underlined its commitment to excellence across its multidisciplinary … Read more

Somerset hospital invests £ 1.2m in ‘class-leading’ MRI scanner

Bosses at a Somerset animal hospital say they have future-proofed its imaging capabilities for a decade by investing £ 1.2 million in a class-leading MRI scanner. Cave Veterinary Specialists, at West Buckland near Wellington, have bought a Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution that it says will allow it to better diagnose and treat pets. The scanner … Read more

Gold medal RVN sets sights on championing vet nurse role

Sophie Connolly, group nursing manager at Park Vet Group. A rowing world record holder and gold medal winner is now putting all of her energy into highlighting the “varied and vital” role veterinary nurses play in practice to mark Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) 2022. RVN and group nursing manager at Park Vet Group Sophie … Read more

Welfare fears at plans to restrict drug used for chronic pain

Vets fear proposals to restrict a key treatment used for chronic pain in dogs and cats to humans only could hit animal welfare. While myriad licensed vet analgesic medications are available and prescribed, human antiviral amantadine is also used by vets because no licensed product is available for the treatment of central sensitization – a … Read more

Chanelle Pharma expands its opioid family

Chanelle Pharma has introduced a 5ml bottle size of its Insistor 10mg / ml solution for injection for dogs and cats. The new bottle expands on the company 360 ° opioid family and sits alongside the existing 10ml bottle. Insistor contains the active ingredient methadone hydrochloride and is licensed for use as an analgesic, in … Read more

CAM launches new website

Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) has announced the launch of a new website featuring a range of downloads and digital tools. CAM was founded by first opinion practitioner Hannah Capon in 2016 as a Facebook page, where Ms Capon shared advice about identifying signs of chronic pain to help with the early identification of arthritis, as … Read more

My resilience – my story

In February 2015, I was thrilled to see a piece of my writing published in VN Times. I actually still have the copy in my bedside drawer. As a qualified nursing assistant, I remember feeling such frustration reading column after column of print solely geared towards registered veterinary nurses, like other members of the team … Read more

When avoiding anesthesia becomes a welfare issue

Let’s start with a clinical situation. You are presented with an aged cat that has recently gone off its food. On examination, the cat has oral pain. You auscultate a heart murmur, which from your notes has not been detected before. When you start to quiz the owner about the cat’s respiratory rate, he says … Read more

RCVS Knowledge announces winners of its 2022 awards

Vets Now, Donview Veterinary Center, Eloise Collins from Beech House Veterinary Center and Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists have been named the winners in the RCVS Knowledge Awards 2022. The awards showcase excellence in quality improvement (QI), and celebrate individuals and teams that have driven improvement. Dystocia cases Vets Now identified improvements in the care of … Read more

New BSAVA collection to help hedgehogs

BSAVA has released a new collection of resources to help veterinary professionals treat hedgehogs in practice. The collection’s publication coincides with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1 to 7 May), which aims to highlight the ongoing plight of hedgehogs and what the veterinary profession can do to help. Legal questions A variety of materials from CompanyBSAVA Congress … Read more