A difference of opinion

I’m only a few short weeks into my final-year rotations at the University of Bristol’s Veterinary Referral Hospital, but I already feel like I’ve learned a lot: DOPs aren’t as scary as I’d built them up to be in my head. It does get easier to navigate your way around the hospital with time (and … Read more

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

£ 10m expansion at Hampshire hospital

One of the largest specialist vet referrals centers in the UK is set to double in size following an extensive expansion program. Work at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists (SCVS) in Ringwood, Hampshire will see the addition of a new two-storey building, which will add a new reception and waiting area with a private waiting room … Read more

New £ 1.4m vet practice set to open doors

Doors are set to open on a £ 1.4 million veterinary practice in repurposed office premises in Leeds. Beechwood Veterinary Group is finalizing the logistical operation to move some team members from two sites and final pieces of kit into the new site at Temple House, Seacroft, Leeds ahead of its opening on 23 May. … Read more

Review does not support ACE inhibitor use in dogs with preclinical MMVD

Use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) for the management of preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) in dogs made little or no difference to the risk of them developing congestive heart failure, new research has found. The study – “Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs” – is the first comprehensive … Read more

Davies marks VNAM with inspirational video

Head of nursing Lillian Twigg (fourth from right) with some of the RVNs at Davies Veterinary Specialists. Davies Veterinary Specialists has released an inspirational video capturing the work and passion of its nursing team to celebrate Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM), which kicks off on Sunday 1 May. Lillian Twigg – head of nursing services … Read more

Cornish Veterinary Association’s CPD day draws in delegates

More than 100 vets and VNs enjoyed a day of learning across four streams when the Cornish Veterinary Association (CVA) ran its CPD day. Four streams – two companion animal, one equine and one farm animal – and an exhibition with 18 companies were organized for the day, held at the Fal building at Truro … Read more

Busy first year for ophthalmology practice

An independent, specialist-led ophthalmology referral service has celebrated its first anniversary in a permanent base, having started life as a wholly mobile service. Focus Referrals moved into its premises in Banbury early in 2021, having previously been hosted by general practices across Oxfordshire and the west midlands. But the caseload had grown to such an … Read more

Siamese kitten’s surgery for rare heart defect

A gravely ill Siamese kitten that was suffering from heart failure aged 12 weeks has made a full recovery at a specialist vet practice. Three-month-old Arthur was in very poor health when he was referred to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, where he was diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Paragon’s head of surgery Mickey … Read more

Dexter back on the pace after emergency op

A constantly collapsing canine suffering from a rare condition has undergone an intricate surgery at a West Midlands practice, where vets installed a pacemaker. The seven-year-old German shepherd, called Dexter, was suffering from a condition called persistent atrial standstill (PAS), which was causing him to collapse to the floor every few minutes. Fluoroscopy of Dexter. … Read more