Professional

Social networking — professional platform or professional pitfall?

When used appropriately, social network sites do provide valuable opportunities to share information and can contain useful educational resources. Regardless of age, gender, religion or profession, a...

Professional and legal issues: surgical misadventure

In the scenario (Box 1) there are several issues to consider. The primary concern is the validity of the action of euthanasia by the RVN, as authorised by the veterinarian, due to someone other than...

A case-based approach to professional and legal issues

The introduction of the non-statutory register for veterinary nurses (VNs) in 2007 was a milestone in the recognition of the VN both within practice and in the eyes of the general public. Although...

Suitably qualified persons in practice

It is useful for nurses in small animal practice to have the SQP qualification in order to prescribe appropriate medicines for animals. The SQP qualification is regulated by the Animals Medicines...

Building a veterinary practice brand

Brands first became important in the USA well over a century ago and were a method by which companies selling similar goods could differentiate their own offerings from those of their competitors...

Ethical dilemmas: who can decide when euthanasia is justified?

Ethics is the practical application of beliefs and values in everyday life (Busch, 2008) and each person holds their own individual beliefs. The study of ethics considers moral questions and the...

The ethical, legal and professional implications of the frequency of inpatient checks during out of hours hospitalization

In order to ascertain information about client expectation, primarily relating to frequency of checks during hospitalization, a six item questionnaire was circulated among 50 individuals within...

Practice management systems for today’s veterinary nurse

Although it may be difficult for the younger generations to appreciate, there was indeed a time before computing. Back then, the veterinary practice was dependent in the most absolute sense on its...

Managing staff training and development

At a fundamental level, the provision of staff training and development has two objectives: staff need to be able to deliver the results managers want; and they must be willing to do so. Appropriate...

Whistle-blowing explained: to be or not to be a whistle-blower, that is the question

It is widely accepted that professionals have responsibility to demonstrate professional integrity and behave in ways which are transparent and deserving of the public's trust (Blass, 2010; Royal...

When is a pet not a pet? Rethinking the ethics of animal terminology

According to Taylor (1986), there are three major philosophical traditions in the ‘West’ which have biased human beings over non-human animals: classical Greek thought; Biblical doctrine; and the...