While uncertain of its description as "the hardest part of the job", Nick Marsh discusses how his thoughts on euthanasia have changed somewhat since his formative years in practice.13 mins
Mild-mannered veterinary surgeon Nick Marsh recounts two unusual situations from his time in practice when he nearly let his temper get the better of him.24 mins
Nick Marsh worries the development of a “bonus culture” within corporate practices could lead to fewer people taking their pets to vets as fees rise.
Nick Marsh explains how his intense dislike of Mr Bell’s wondrous invention is fuelled by the cruel unpredictability of his arch nemesis – the practice telephone message book.19 mins
Nick Marsh claims he has never seen injuries suspicious enough to suggest anything more than an accident has occurred. In this post, he asks whether this makes him lucky, or just naive?
Nick Marsh looks at the definition of professional conduct, and discusses how different vets can have very different ideas of what behaving in a professional manner entails.16 mins
Nick Marsh draws one conclusion from the estimated 60,000 consultations during his career – he still has so much to learn. And it's a thought both wonderful and terrifying.
Nick Marsh welcomes the trend towards greater specialism in veterinary medicine, but champions the importance (and hard work) of "jack of all trades" general practitioners.14 mins
Nick Marsh celebrates the equipment veterinary professionals rely on. Equipment they would be lost without, but still, somehow, goes missing... regularly.
Nick Marsh delves into the tricky subject of euthanasia and asks, if his patients have the right to die without suffering, why don’t we?13 mins
Bloggers Jane Davidson and Nick Marsh team up to consider how much of each task on a typical invoice for surgery would, and could, be undertaken by a VN or vet. It reveals how, despite its importance, the role of the VN goes unnoticed and unrecognised.
This guest blog, written by vet Simon Hayes in response to the post "Stunning at slaughter" by Nick Marsh, attempts to dispel the myths that surround shechita, the Jewish humane method of slaughter.
Knowledge is power – which, as Nick Marsh discusses, is why vets battle the unpredictability of appointments, satnavs and technical malfunctions to get to meetings.11 mins
Nick Marsh takes an impassioned stance on non-stunning at slaughter, insisting that if a total ban is out of the question, labelling on meat declaring it so is a much-needed consolation.
Do you know what a "meat sponge" is? Neither did Nick Marsh – but a late-night call from a client discussing one led him to realise we don't know everything, and that's okay.14 mins
In pondering the hypocritical way in which humans treat animals, Nick Marsh wonders why certain animals deserve special treatment when others end up as kibble.
It can be hard to tell the difference between peer-review science and professional-sounding nonsense, even among the scientifically trained, warns Nick Marsh.14 mins
While it's perfectly natural for a pride of lions to starve to death because they failed to kill enough prey, there’s nothing natural about vaccinations, antibiotics or processed food – and, according to Nick Marsh, it’s a bloody good thing, too.
Nick Marsh has discovered a little bit of magic in his life – just in time for Christmas. However, as he explains, it also means his new year's resolution is to enunciate better.11 mins
Nick Marsh asks (and answers) that age-old question: would you want your child to have a career in the veterinary profession?