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Bereavement and the veterinary nurse

Early models of bereavement, such as the five stages model created by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969, described grief as a process, with the people involved passing through stages such as denial,...

Values conflict resolution

Value conflicts occur when a situation clashes with a person's deeply held moral beliefs and values, such as religious or political views (Harinck and Druckman, 2017). This article uses a range of...

Ethics in practice: Schwartz rounds and veterinary clinical ethics committees

Schwartz rounds are named after their originator, Kenneth Schwartz, who was diagnosed with cancer in his 40s and died after 11 months of treatment. During his treatment, he found the compassion shown...

Internal conflict in the workplace

The Oxford Dictionary defines conflict as a situation in which people or groups disagree strongly or are involved in a serious argument. In a working environment, workplace conflict is likely to be as...

Utilising interpersonal skills to manage challenging client behaviour

Introducing exercises that elevate the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) can help counteract SNS domination and reactivate essential physiological functions such as digestion and...

Mask wearing in the veterinary practice

PPE places a barrier between staff and exposure risk and with appropriate use, helps prevent the spread of pathogens between animals and within the practice (Stull et al, 2018). Person-to-person...

Chronic illness and resilience in the veterinary industry

The colloquial term ‘spoonies’ has been adopted by many suffering from chronic illnesses to describe the debilitating effect of limited physical and emotional energy that chronic pain and fatigue can...

Considerations for hand hygiene to reduce hospital acquired infections in practice

Veterinary nurses will commonly encounter patients that are suffering from an identified active infection and are carrying organisms that the practice has been made aware of. Active measures are...

Flexible working: a new way forward to an old concept

Flexible working legislation allows an employee to make a request to change their way of working (such as hours, days or location), as well as the introduction of flexitime, compressed hours or phased...

Flexible working in practice: can it be a win–win?

Flexible working comes in many different forms, it is not simply working from home or working fewer hours. It could take the form of flexible roles, responsibilities, altered hours, or adaptable...

The legal, ethical and welfare implications of feeding vegan diets to dogs and cats

‘A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.’ .