Research

Student veterinary surgeon support for and knowledge of veterinary nursing professional regulation in the UK

The literature supports the notion that VNs should be regulated by statute to protect animal welfare and the interests of the public. A credible example to guide veterinary nursing regulation would be...

A preliminary evaluation of surface electromyography as a tool to measure muscle fatigue in the National Hunt racehorse

Nine National Hunt Thoroughbred racehorses of variable fitness and work level were actively engaged in canter interval training, conducted on an all-weather gallop, silica sand mix. These horses were...

Peripheral intravenous catheters: improving patient safety with the use of a care bundle

Catheter-associated infections are a significant and serious problem in human medicine (Weese, 2011). In human nursing, care bundles have been introduced to try and reduce the number of blood stream...

A study on veterinary nursing university student email writing

A total of 38 replies, representing the entire cohort of students, were received in the email exercise conducted before commencement of the subject, with 13 late submissions. A total of 34 replies...

Beating the odds: using epidemiology to pick the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Factors that could influence racehorse performance were recorded for 15 runnings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, between 1995 and 2010, the race was cancelled in 2001 due to foot and mouth disease; data...

Use of veterinary diets for dogs and cats hospitalized at a veterinary university clinic in Sweden

The present study included a 5 day recording of dietary intake in hospitalized patients at the Small Animal Clinic at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden (May, 2005). This...

Evaluation of equine superficial digital flexor tendon lesions

Some tendons are more prone to injury than others; most tendon injuries (97–9%) are reported to occur to the forelimb tendons (Kasashima et al, 2004; Lam et al, 2007), with the superficial digital...

Do clients know enough to protect their pets and themselves from tick-borne diseases?

To ascertain client and staff knowledge of ticks a questionnaire (or quiz) was produced: ‘The TickTest’. The questionnaire consisted of closed, multiple choice questions offering respondents the...

Veterinary technology/nursing student perceptions of an experiential simulated client communication workshop

This study explored student perceptions related to an experiential communication skills workshop delivered to a small cohort of final year veterinary technology students at The University of...

A clinical audit to identify factors contributing to surgical wound healing complications

Primary closure should theoretically only be used where the wound has been created in an aseptic manner (Anderson, 1997) and this technique is therefore appropriate for clean surgical wounds, such as...

An investigation into different methods of encouraging voluntary intake of food in anorexic cats

From this investigation, it can be concluded that when attempting to encourage voluntary food intake in anorexic cats, perseverance is essential, irrespective of which feeding method is applied. The...

The significance of dermatoglyphic characteristics in the determination of equine phenotypic susceptibility to abnormal repetitive behaviour in the thoroughbred (Equus caballus)

The current study investigated the relationship between dermatoglyphs and behaviours described as ARB, including those behaviours traditionally referred to as SBs. Behaviours were considered abnormal...