November 2017

Nick Marsh highlights the crucial need to keep talking about mental health issues and offers his opinions as to why the veterinary profession, in particular, is plagued with this problem.

15 mins

Continuing his focus on blood gas analysis, emergency veterinary surgeon Gerardo Poli discusses PCO2 levels and explains how to determine the cause of respiratory acidosis and alkalosis.

6 mins

Jane RVN delves into the 90-odd pages of the RCVS' much-anticipated Schedule 3 survey report and digs out a couple of the gems contained within its pages for closer inspection.

16 mins

In the third part of this series, Gerardo Poli explains how the direction of pH shift helps determine the primary disease process and whether a secondary disorder is also present.

9 mins

October 2017

Pumpkin carving may have provided the perfect diversion to being on call this weekend, but Jordan Sinclair is looking for inspiration on enjoying her free time while waiting for the telephone to ring…

13 mins

Nick Marsh ponders whether he should express his opposition when a client utters a prejudiced opinion he finds abhorrent or if it is best to stay silent.

19 mins

Gerardo Poli follows last week’s introduction of blood gas analysis by looking at acid-base disturbances – discussing acidaemia and alkalaemia, their clinical signs and buffering systems that help maintain normal blood pH levels.

5 mins

“Time spent sitting down as a VN should improve the time spent standing up,” writes Jane Davidson as she highlights the importance of desk duties and discusses how it could improve client interaction.

11 mins

In the first of a new series, Gerardo introduces the uninitiated to blood gas analysis, a point-of-care test that can help assess the severity of a patient's condition and help guide your diagnostic plan.

8 mins

Having now become a “real vet”, Jordan Sinclair discusses the unpredictable and daunting aspect of pet temperament that graduates are presented with in practice.

8 mins

Many a client has told Nick Marsh it's a shame pets can't tell vets where it hurts. He's not so convinced, however…

13 mins

Gerardo Poli follows last week’s explanation of what the curve means by discussing how it indicates a change in haemoglobin’s affinity for oxygen, as well as contributory factors.

9 mins

Her social media campaigning, especially under #planetrvn, has won her an RCVS innovation award. Now, Jane Davidson advocates why everyone must create their own future.

17 mins

By focusing on the graph of a typical, healthy individual, Gerardo Poli demonstrates how the curve is a graphical representation of the movement of oxygen around different parts of the body.

10 mins

September 2017

With dog microchipping now compulsory in the UK, recent graduate Jordan Sinclair finds it surprising many cat owners don't bother – particularly given the feline tendency to wander off.

7 mins

In the second of his posts on pulse oximetry, Gerardo Poli looks at issues that can undermine the accuracy of pulse oximeter readings and discusses how to overcome such problems.

7 mins

Good things should happen to good people, and bad things should happen to bad people, opines Nick Marsh. However, in reality, life can be – and frequently is – a “bloody rotten bastard”.

13 mins

VN blogger Jane Davidson shows a little love for the world's longest-running radio soap opera and explains why Ambridge needs a veterinary nurse or two.

14 mins

Gerardo Poli describes how best to assess the overall oxygen status of a patient and explains why pulse oximetry values should be assessed in the context of the oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve.

7 mins

Six weeks in to her first job since qualifying as a veterinary surgeon, feelings of imposter syndrome are beginning to knock Jordan Sinclair's confidence.

10 mins