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About The Veterinary Nurse

The Veterinary Nurse – now part of the UK-VET group of titles – is the leading international peer-reviewed journal for veterinary nurses. It publishes evidence-based clinical, educational and practical articles, in addition to the latest nurse-led veterinary research. It promotes gold standard care by supporting readers’ continuing professional development and by sharing best practice worldwide.


Improving utilisation of RVNs in dermatology cases

Pressure on veterinary surgeons to prescribe antibiotics can present in many formats, these can include, time, financial and the owner's expectations. Protocols and guidelines set out within the veterinary practice can help veterinary surgeons by...


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Achieve all your CPD: The Veterinary Nurse  produces an extensive range for CPD content, supporting subscribers to complete the mandatory requirement of 45 hours’ CPD over a 3-year period. Premium and website subscribers can access our latest and archive modules, a selection of which can be found below. Subscribe Today

How to perform a conscious oral examination on a cat and what to look for

Diseases of the oral cavity are a common presentation in veterinary clinics. Veterinary nurses play a vital role in recognising issues that need veterinary intervention. Although teeth pay a big part in the oral examination, they are not the only structure to look at. This article aims to show you how to perform a good conscious oral examination on a cat, and what signs to look for as it involves more than just lifting the lips.

Surgical treatment options for hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is thought to be the most commonly diagnosed orthopaedic condition in dogs. There are both conservative and surgical treatment options available to the owner and there will be a number of factors which will be involved in their decision making. This article will focus on the surgical treatment options, giving the veterinary nurse (VN) the knowledge of the options available and what is involved, in order that the VN can help the owner in their decision and, if applicable, the VN has the knowledge to be able to work within the surgical team when performing these surgical procedures

Feline systemic hypertension: the how and why of blood pressure

Feline hypertension is a common disease seen in cats in veterinary practice. It can be idiopathic in origin, secondary to another disease process or medication, or occur as a result of stress. Left untreated, systemic hypertension can result in severe tissue injury to the renal, cardiovascular and neurological systems, as well as causing ocular changes. It is recommended in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Guidelines (2018) that senior cats and those with concurrent disease, or those at risk of target organ damage, should have blood pressure measurements taken regularly. These measurements need to be repeatable and reliable.

How to nurse the avian patient

This article provides an overview of the basic requirements for hospitalising and treating avian patients. These include species-specific considerations, transmissible disease considerations and insight into how to reduce stress in hospitalised birds. Proper handling techniques are discussed along with a brief overview of drug and fluid administration.

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