Zoonotic hookworms and roundworms affecting dogs and cats in Europe

Roundworms reside within the lumen of the small intestine, feeding on nutrients within it. The clinical picture in infected animals depend on different factors related to the host (eg age) or to the...

Anaesthesia in exotics part 1: small mammals

It is important to carry out temperature control measures into the recovery period, with particular care being taken in species that may overheat quickly, such as chinchillas, or those that may lose...

Cross-sectional study of perceptions of competence and confidence in feline handling

The main aim of this research is to investigate the relation-ship that competence has to confidence and determine what factors in the registered veterinary nurse experience enable or disable competent...

Post-operative nursing of a feline patient after hypophysectomy surgery

The patient (Figure 1) was a 6-year-old male neutered Domestic Short Hair feline that presented to the referral centre with diabetes mellitus. With subsequent testing, he was diagnosed with a...

Managing passive regurgitation in patients under general anaesthesia

In orthopaedic practice, an increase in incidence of gastro-oesophageal reflux reported in patients undergoing surgery has been recognised. Possible causes include longer anaesthesia duration, patient...

Never fear when a rabbit stasis patient is near

A hands off exam of the patient in its carrier should be performed first. From this the veterinary nurse can assess if the patient is collapsed or dyspnoeic, which would require immediate critical...

Nursing a patient with feline urethral obstruction

Feline urethral obstruction is a potentially life-threatening condition. The maintenance and monitoring of the patient's electrolyte levels and fluid balance, and urinary catheter management, as well...

Propofol wastage in anaesthesia: implications and environmental outcomes

A labelled box was placed in the hospital prep room and all staff were asked to dispose of any waste propofol syringes into the box once they had finished their anaesthetic and handed their patient...

Retrospective review of a Schwartz Rounds service for a veterinary team

In a recent RCVS survey of the veterinary profession, wellbeing scores had declined compared to 2014 and are lower than wellbeing scores from the national wellbeing survey, England, conducted in 2016....

Early training and the impact of fear

The peak socialisation period for puppies is between 6 and 12 weeks of age. This is the key period where new sounds, smells, sights and experiences all combine to inform the young dog what is to be...

A guide to sustainability in veterinary practice

The veterinary industry carries a hefty carbon footprint. Typically, we use a lot of energy to maintain ambient temperatures of our premises, we rely heavily on single use plastics, we use anaesthetic...

Reflecting back on 2023

As we reach the last issue of the year, I wanted to reflect on what 2023 has taught me about veterinary nurses. I started working on The Veterinary Nurse back in April, and since then I have been...