Client perspectives on the support provided for the management of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats

Owners' feedback is crucial for gaining information on how a pet's DM is being managed at home and its effects on QoL (Reusch et al, 2006). Niessen et al (2012) found that the highest-rated negatively...

A qualitative study of final year student veterinary nurses' career plans and expectations

Online interviews via Microsoft Teams, with ten participants, were used to collect qualitative data. The semi-structured nature of the interviews provided a basic framework to ensure all of the core...

Awareness, perceptions and practices of UK veterinary nurses on managing the risk of malnutrition in hospitalised cats and dogs

Current literature focusses on obesity, with minimal research surrounding malnutrition and species comparison. This study aimed to explore the current attitudes, awareness, and practises of veterinary...

Parasites in cats and dogs

Internal parasites live inside the animal's body, in different locations including the small intestine, the lung, the heart, the subcutaneous tissue or even inside the eye. The majority of internal...

Joint pain and mobility

The four main causes of joint pain in dogs are:.

Public perceptions of the veterinary nurse

A cross-sectional study was designed in the form of an online questionnaire to target the UK pet owning general public over the age of 18. Ethical approval was gained from the ethics committee of the...

Compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction and burnout during a pandemic

Although burnout is an aspect of compassion fatigue, the concepts are distinct. Both compassion fatigue and burnout fall under the umbrella term of secondary traumatic stress (Huggard and Huggard,...

How to nurse wildlife patients

The initial contact usually comes in the form of a telephone call from a member of the public or a wildlife rescue, or from a member of the public bringing a wildlife patient directly to the...

Assessing body condition scores assigned to images of dogs by veterinary nurses working in urban, rural and suburban settings in New Zealand

This quantitative study used a cross-sectional design comprising 26 questions. A questionnaire targeting veterinary nurses in clinical practice in New Zealand was distributed via social media (private...

Kirby's Rule of 20: the veterinary nurse's critical patient checklist part 4

In the critical care setting, insult to the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems occurs from traumatic injuries. These wounds can be caused by many external factors and their classification takes...

Kirby's Rule of 20: the Veterinary Nurse's Critical Patient Checklist Part 3

The renal system (comprising the kidney, ureters, bladder, and urethra) is responsible for many functions that help maintain overall homeostasis. Its roles include fluid regulation, hormone...

Nurses' views of pet owners: online pet health information

An online survey was designed and adapted from a previous survey targeting veterinarians (Kogan et al, 2017). Before distribution, the authors reviewed and pilot tested the survey, incorporating...

Kirby's Rule of 20: the veterinary nurse's critical patient checklist part 2

Blood pressure is another assessment of cardiac function because it is reflective of appropriate cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance (Schumacher, 2016). Cardiac output refers to the...