RCVS Webinar Veterinary Nurses And The Law Questions

Most of the questions received following the webinar relate to issues covered by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and its supporting guidance. In particular: • Chapter 18, which deals with delegation to veterinary nurse • Chapter 19, which deals with the treatment of animals by unqualified persons • Chapter 13, which deals with clinical and client records • Chapter 17, which deals with the veterinary team and business • Chapter 20, which deals with whistle-blowing.

RCVS News: New Video Highlights Benefits Of The Professional Development Phase

The benefits of the Professional Development Phase (PDP) and the support it provides for new veterinary graduates have been highlighted in a new video produced by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The PDP is undertaken by all UK veterinary graduates during their first few years in clinical practice and the video demonstrates how it helps new veterinary surgeons build their clinical competence and confidence through structured self-assessment.

Protein Losing Enteropathy A Must See Webinar

Jane Armstrong shone a light on protein losing enteropathy (PLE) in a way that only she can in last week’s veterinary webinar organised by ‘The Webinar Vet’. PLE is a complex syndrome which can be challenging to diagnose, and Jane gave us some great advice on how to get through this whole process.

Preventing Feline Coronavirus and Feline Infectious Peritonitis

This was the last in a series of webinars discussing  Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) led by Dr Diane Addie, a veterinary virologist who has focused her research on this complex and devastating condition. This webinar aptly turned its attention to the prevention of this disease and Diane delivered the main take home message right from its outset, “the single most effective way to prevent FIP is to prevent the kitten/cat ever becoming infected with Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) in the first place!”

Prepubertal Neutering: How To Introduce It In Practice To Benefit Cat Welfare And Your Business

I have always seen pre-pubertal neutering as a procedure confined to rescue centres purely as a method of population control. It is a something I have never really considered for use in general practice as I have always considered the size of a kitten a limiting factor. However, last week’s webinar led by RSPCA hospital directors Caroline Allen and David Yates demonstrated that prepubertal neutering can be advantageous to the growth of a veterinary business as well as playing a crucial role in cat welfare by helping to control an already ‘out of control’ cat population.

Post Hibernation Anorexia (PHA) in Tortoises

Spotting the word ‘tortoise’ on my list of evening consults can make me feel a little anxious, aware that my scope of knowledge for this species doesn’t match up to its canine and feline equivalents. Neil Forbes, the speaker at last week’s veterinary webinar covering Post Hibernation Anorexia (PHA) in the tortoise believes it’s the vet’s responsibility to advise owners on the husbandry and management of this species, and keeping our knowledge base up to speed is essential.

The Positive Vet Nurse

The phrase ‘millennial burnout’ describes the high level of stress that seems to typify the generation of people born between 1981 and 1996, where anxiety, depression, and a sense of just not being able to relax pervades to an alarming degree.

Pharyngeal Stick Injuries: A Surgical Emergency?

After participating in last week’s Platinum Member’s webinar discussing pharyngeal stick injury it was clear why Paul Aldridge, who led this webinar, always gives a frisbee as a parting gift to the owners of dogs who have recovered from this sometimes fatal condition. If the stress, money and heartache for both vet and owner could somehow be avoided by simply replacing a stick with a frisbee, then I can’t imagine owners ever wanting to throw a stick for their dog again.

Pets, Vaccines and Conspiracy Theories

To most people, injections are about as welcome as falling asleep on the train, then waking up to find you’ve gone miles beyond your destination and your phone has been stolen and replaced with a signed photo of Piers Morgan. Even the most robust of people can be rendered a nervous wreck by the sight of that hypodermic needle coming at them. Of course, what’s slightly worse than getting jabbed with a needle is dying in a pandemic that wipes out entire populations, which is why we put ourselves through these ordeals.

Pemphigus Foliaceus - Recent Update On the Pathogenesis: Diagnosis And Treatment

Petra began this veterinary webinar by emphasizing that Pemphigus foliaceus, (PF) is unique in autoimmune diseases because it is a pustular disease. The primary lesions are pustules that develop into erosions and finally crusts, involving keratinocytes. Classically facial involvement is involved in more than 90% of affected dogs with between 40 and 80%...

Papillomavirus Disease In The Horse

Edmund Hainisch presented this veterinary webinar from the University of Vienna Veterinary School. Having spent some years training in the UK the webinar was delivered, not surprisingly, in flawless English and maintained interest throughout. He began by outlining the basic biology of the papillomaviruses. They are highly species specific and infect the basal layer of the epidermis. For this to happen wounds are necessary.

Otology In The Dog and Cat

With grass seed season upon us, cases of acute onset otitis externa will start to flood through the door and most of the time the problem is easily solved by removal of the offending foreign body. Unfortunately treating cases of chronic or recurring ear disease is not always that simple, however after watching this veterinary webinar led by Dr Klaus E. Loft DVM  covering ‘Otology in the Dog and Cat’ it may have just got a little easier.