To promote the upcoming VMG-SPVS Virtual Congress (13-14 May 2021), VBJ sat down with chief executive officer at The Wildlife Trusts, Craig Bennett.
Craig will be opening congress at 9am on 13 May, but spoke to James Westgate in advance of his appearance to offer a sneak preview of some of his key messages and themes.
This month VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by locum RVN Molly Fiander to chat about life as a locum, coping through COVID-19, and her love for helping VNs find/rediscover their passion and get the most out of their qualification.
Molly qualified as a vet nurse in 2017, but has had a huge passion for animal welfare since she was a little girl. In 2018 she “fell” into locum life, but hasn’t looked back.
Molly is super passionate about teaching other veterinary professionals about locuming and improving the standard of care across the industry.
She built her own consultancy business to help vets and VNs thrive as locums.
With an increase in popularity of breeds that are prone to allergic skin disease, such as the French bulldog and Labrador retriever, it’s likely we’ll be seeing more of these tricky cases over the coming months to years.
Diagnosis isn’t always easy, taking time, care, compliance and excellent communication.
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This Vet Times Extra Podcast is with Michael Unsworth, veterinary affairs manager UK and Ireland for Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Michael is a small animal vet with 12 years of experience in practice and 5 years within veterinary industry.
Clinical roles in the UK and Australia have included working at the first opinion teaching hospital at the RVC, and leading a team in a large and small animal group based on the south coast.
Michael's passion revolves around all things veterinary, especially teaching and nutrition. His current role leading the veterinary team at Hill's Pet Nutrition is focused around how to best support, educate and enthuse vets and nurses in all areas of pet nutrition, to enable them to incorporate nutrition and optimise the management of all their patients.
VN Happy Hour 4.0 saw vet nurse, writer, educator and leading blogger Jane Davidson feature in our main interview to discuss her perspective on physical and mental well-being, before joining our expert panel for a broader debate on some of the big issues in the veterinary nursing profession.
RVN panellists Aoife Smith, Elle Payne, Jane Davidson, Zara Livingstone and veterinary nurse-turned personal trainer Adam Robinson – all leading experts in their fields of well-being and health – answered delegates’ questions on well-being and shared the day-to-day magic moments that make being an RVN a job like no other.
This week's Vet Times podcast is brought to you by Vets Now, the UK’s No.1 provider of Emergency and Critical Care.
We’re with Dave Leicester, the head of telehealth at Vets Now. Last time we spoke about some of the myths surrounding telehealth, but today we are going to be talking about the future of telehealth.
With 23 cases confirmed in the UK so far this year, this week’s podcast sees us talking about cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), better known as Alabama rot.
And to help us do just that, we have the UK's leading expert with us – that's David Walker from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire.
This episode of VBJ First Opinions sees VBJ editor James Westgate joined by David Babington, business development director for veterinary CPD provider Improve International.
David was one of the co-founders of Improve back in 1998, and since that time he has seen a lot of change in the CPD sector – but probably nothing like he’s seen over the past year.
David chats with James about all things CPD and, in particular, how his company has transitioned and pivoted over the last 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic.
Obesity is an increasing problem in pets, as in humans, with multiple causal factors and implications for animal health.
Nutritional consultant Mike Davies joins us to delve into a fascinating and potentially rewarding area of veterinary medicine in this Vet Times Podcast.
Mike qualified from the RVC, has RCVS postgraduate certificates in veterinary radiology and small animal orthopaedics, and holds a fellowship by examination in clinical nutrition in cats and dogs. He is an RCVS specialist in veterinary nutrition (small animal clinical nutrition).
Mike has worked in academia and private practice, and for several pet food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
He speaks internationally on clinical nutrition and geriatrics, and founded the original City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition, and the BVNA certificates in small animal and exotic nutrition. He runs Provet’s Certificate Course in Clinical Nutrition.
Among many articles over his career, he has authored the Focus article “Obesity in pets - practical advice for the consult room” (mentioned in this podcast) in Vet Times (2 February 2021 issue; Volume 51, Issue 12, Pages 8-10). It is available now at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/pet-obesity-clinical-implications-and-latest-thinking-on-tackling-it/
This session with Brian Zanghi, research scientist at the Purina Product Technology Center, St Louis, will focus on his work on feline hydration and water balance.
This is a topic of real importance to veterinary clinicians and the impact on pets in health and disease is significant.
In 2018, Brian and his team published two papers in peer-reviewed journals about their work on a nutrient-enriched water supplement and its effects on feline hydration. In this podcast, he’ll discuss that work in more detail and explain how his discoveries led to the development of a novel water supplement, Pro Plan Hydra Care.
For more information on the science of nutrition, visit www.purinainstitute.com
Dr Brian Zanghi joined Purina in 2005, where he currently serves as a senior research nutritionist in the Molecular Nutrition Group at the Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, Missouri.
He earned a doctorate degree in canine nutritional physiology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 2004. He continued his training at the University of Kentucky as a postdoctoral research scientist working on nutrient metabolism in ageing animals.
Dr Zanghi has been studying canine and feline nutrition in the areas of body composition, sleep, cognition, behaviour, and hydration to better understand how nutrition can help maintain overall health in adult and older pets. Dr Zanghi has written several peer-reviewed publications in these areas.
Welcome to the Vet Times podcast for a BSAVA Congress special.
Congress is taking place this year from 25 to 27 March. It's all online, and this week we are joined by Julian Hoad, chairman of the delegate experience committee, who speaks to Vet Times editor James Westgate about the challenges of planning BSAVA Congress as an online event, and talk about the treats in store for delegates at this year’s event.
This week's Vet Times podcast is brought to you by Vets Now, the UK's leading provider of emergency and critical care.
Today, we're going to be talking about telemedicine, and hopefully exploding a few of the myths around that subject. To help us do that, we'd like to welcome Vets Now’s head of teleheath, Dave Leicester.
Following on from the monster success of our first two events, we were delighted to lift the winter blues and blow away the cobwebs by hosting Vet Nurse Happy Hour version 3 on 28 January.
January’s online event saw Lacey Pitcher in the lead interview slot, followed by a panel discussion with a team of expert speakers (Kirsty Cavill, Gisela Luckhurst and Helen Manning), hand picked to offer the latest insights into the best ways of making nurse led clinics work in your practice.
Hear these interview highlights in this podcast, or head over to bit.ly/3qaMUAV where you can find the whole event in video format, including the breakout sessions with Holly from Vetfit and our own daring duo, Lee and Nikki.
Hyperthyroidism can affect 10% of cats aged above 10, and is the most common endocrinopathy in cats.
Sarah Caney joins the Vet Times Podcast again, this time to discuss management options and the important role owners can play.
Dr Caney, chief executive of Vet Professionals, has worked as a feline-only vet for more than 20 years. She is a University of Bristol graduate, and also completed a feline medicine residency and PhD at the institution.
She spent four years as a lecturer in feline medicine before leaving to pursue a career in private practice. She has always enjoyed seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline medicine patients, and has a particular interest in geriatric feline medicine.
Dr Caney is internationally recognised as one of only 13 veterinary specialists in feline medicine in the UK. She founded Vet Professionals in 2009, and has authored and co-authored a number of the Vet Professionals Caring for a Cat series of books.
Dr Caney has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences around the world. She has worked for many years with the UK cat charity International Cat Care and the International Society of Feline Medicine.
She has written an article on hyperthyroidism (“Diagnosis and ongoing management of hyperthyroidism in feline patients”) in 19 January 2021 issue of Vet Times (Volume 51, Issue 3, Pages 6-8). It is online at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/diagnosis-and-ongoing-management-of-hyperthyroidism-in-feline-patients/
In this Vet Times Podcast, Nicola Menzies-Gow, who has previously discussed the clinical aspects of equine laminitis (Ep 42), returns to discuss how vets can involve owners in ongoing management and spotting the signs in the first place.
Nicola Menzies-Gow qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1997 and, after three years in first opinion equine practice in Essex, joined the RVC, where she completed a residency in equine medicine and a PhD.
Now a senior lecturer in equine medicine, Nicola’s clinical interests focus on endocrinology, cardiology and general medicine.
Her article, referred to in this podcast – “Laminitis symptoms and treatment, and helping owners spot early signs” – appears in Vet Times (Volume 51, Issue 02, Pages 4-6). It can be found online at https://bit.ly/39Pn0vH
She has also written an article, “Equine laminitis: causes, clinical signs, treatment and prevention” for Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 30, Pages 6-9). It outlines the three types – sepsis-associated, endocrinopathic and supporting limb – but explains how the clinical signs remain unchanged. Diagnosis and severity scoring are discussed among other topics. It is also available online at https://bit.ly/3p9FnBR
This session with independent feline consultant, Andy Sparkes, covers the important topic of feline hydration. While on the surface simple, the factors that influence how much water a cat consumes voluntarily, and the impact on health and disease, are surprisingly complex.
In this podcast, Dr Sparkes will discuss how cats can be encouraged to drink more fluids – in particular the role of nutrient-enriched water supplements, such as Pro Plan Hydra Care.
He will also discuss the clinical benefits of increasing water intake in conditions such as renal disease, urolithiasis, feline idiopathic cystitis, diabetes and constipation.
For more information on the science of nutrition visit www.purinainstitute.com
After graduating from the RVC, Andy Sparkes spent four years in general practice before undertaking a feline residency followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol. He was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and senior lectureship in feline medicine at the University of Bristol, which was followed by a move to the AHT, where he became head of small animal studies.
In 2012, Andy was appointed as the veterinary director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and from 2019 he became an independent consultant.
Andy has spoken and published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Following the monster success of our first VN Happy Hour event, we decided to do it all over again – and our second event took place on 26 November 2020.
For those that missed the event, however, this podcast includes “Exotic encounters” From lizards to llamas – our big interview with VN Council chair and leading exotics nurse, Matt Rendle.
Also, contained is “Owning your future”, our panel discussion featuring Tom Reilly, Emma Eve-Raw and Matt Rendle, all offering advice on how to diversify your nursing career.
In this podcast, brought to you in association with Zoetis – the manufacturer of Equip EHV1,4 – we ask Richard Newton the questions you have always wanted to know about equine herpes virus (EHV) disease, the syndromes and the role of vaccination.
Dr Newton was director of epidemiology and disease surveillance at the Animal Health Trust until its closure in July 2020.
Since then, with ongoing support from the UK equine industry, he has continued to work closely with vets and equine industry stakeholders to ensure the health of the equine population.
His work focuses on the diagnosis, control and prevention of infectious diseases.
Otitis externa is one of the most common conditions seen in veterinary practice, in particular in dogs.
In this podcast, Hannah Lipscomb will discuss its principal causes and factors, cytology culture and sensitivity results, treatment challenges and severe otitis externa.
Hannah qualified from the RVC in 2016 and was first dermatology intern at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, supervised by the dermatologist Filippo De Bellis.
Before her dermatology internship, she worked as a small animal vet in London for two years and then completed a rotating internship at Eastcott Referrals.
Hannah and Filippo co-authored an article in Vet Times’ 10 November issue (Volume 50, Issue 46, Pages 10-14) called “Treatment and management of otitis in dogs and cats”. The article is online now at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/treatment-and-management-of-otitis-in-dogs-and-cats/
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Neptra ear solution for dogs is the latest innovation from Elanco. Providing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity, the product is now available for UK veterinarians to prescribe in routine acute otitis externa (OE) cases. It provides lasting efficacy, showing continuous clinical improvement until day 28 with just one dose.
Neptra’s unique combination of three active ingredients is proven effective against mixed infections of susceptible strains of bacterial (Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) and fungal (Malassezia pachydermatis) pathogens associated with 70% to 80% of acute canine OE cases . A single, 1ml dose in each affected ear treats dogs of all sizes and breeds.
Eliminating home treatments, Neptra brings vets full control over treatment compliance and eliminates the uncertainty and stress of client administration.
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1. Zamankhan Malayeri H et al (2010). Identification and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacteria causing otitis externa in dogs, Vet Res Commun 34(5): 435-444.
VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by RVN and veterinary manager at Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBUK) Caroline Peacock.
Caroline tells us all about her work with the UK charity set up to support vets by providing a blood service for pets, and the vital role of the VN in its work.
To find out more about how you can get involved with the charity, read “Pet Blood Bank: how VNs can help” in the November 2020 issue of VN Times.
For more information about PBBUK, and to view its literature, support tools and CPD, visit www.petbloodbankuk.org/vet-professionals
Pet owners are broadly willing to do all they can to protect their pets and keep them healthy, but commitment to therapeutic and preventive parasite regiments can vary massively.
Hany Elsheikha discusses the impact of infestation on pet health, plus how to improve compliance – including all-year-round – in this Vet Times Podcast.
Hany Elsheikha, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA, DipEVPC, is an associate professor in the global health department in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham (SVMS-UoN).
Hany is also a European Veterinary Parasitology College diplomate and a European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites member. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University for research performed on the molecular evolution of the causative agent of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis.
In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Over the past 13 years, he has been spearheading the development and delivery of parasitology teaching at SVMS-UoN.
Also, he has established a multidisciplinary research programme focused on decoding the interkingdom chemical communication between the host cells and neuropathogenic protozoan parasites, with a special interest in Toxoplasma gondii.
He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and many other articles in professional magazines and science communication journals. Dr Elsheikha has also published 6 textbooks in Veterinary Parasitology for students, residents and veterinary professionals.
Hany has written an article in Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 43, Pages 6-10) called “Small animal parasites – are pet owners getting the year‑round message?”. In this, he discusses the clinical impact of infestation on pet health and potential solutions practices can implement to improve clients’ compliance with preventive strategies.
The article is online now at https://bit.ly/3prqw6s