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RCVS publishes new blogs on VN careers
“The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression."
Career case studies posted as VNAM comes to an end 

The RCVS has posted a series of new blogs on veterinary nursing careers, to mark the end of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.

Published on the VN Futures website, the new blogs aim to highlight differing career pathways available to veterinary nurses.

VN Futures is a joint initiative by the RCVS and BVNA, which aims to help the veterinary nursing profession visualise future challenges and respond to them.

Three case studies have been uploaded from Carl Rudkin, an oncology nurse at Davies Veterinary Specialists; Samantha Thompson, a clinical nursing manager at North Downs Veterinary Referrals; and Claire Speight, a head nurse at Vets4Pets Kettering.

VN Futures project manager Jill Macdonald said: “The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression, and the case studies, from veterinary nurses in a wide variety of different roles, are a great way to help nurses find more about the diverse career pathways available.”

In addition to the blogs, there is a section introducing the VN Futures board members and an update on a recent meeting.

 

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Cats Protection launches Christmas animation

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 Leading feline charity Cats Protection has launched a heartwarming Christmas animation to raise awareness of the important work it does. The animation is based on a true story of a kitten that went missing earlier this year. Freezing cold and hungry, the kitten was dumped in a box on a roadside and somehow became separated from her brother and sisters.


Thankfully there is a happy end to this tail, and Libby - now named Misty - was eventually reunited with her littermates. Misty’s owner, Amy Smith, said: “Misty has settled amazingly well into our home, she has found a best friend in my daughter Lily and likes to follow her around the house. She also loves to chase bugs in the garden. We feel very lucky to have her.” 

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.