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BSAVA releases new Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses
The BSAVA Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses has been updated to reflect the expanding responsibilities of the nursing profession.

Second edition adds new information and tools to support nurses.

The BSAVA has released a new, updated version of its Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses, which aims to provide essential information, guidance and practical advice in an easily accessible format.

The BSAVA have built upon the work of Louise O’Dwyer, who edited the first edition, to produce a more up-to-date, in-depth version which reflects the expanding responsibilities of the veterinary nursing profession.

This second edition is edited by Emma Gerrard; a BSAVA Committee member and recently elected chair of Cymru/Wales region.

The book contains key information from a range of BSAVA titles, including the BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, with extra sections written by Ms Gerrard and external sources.

Notable additions to the updated Pocketbook include:

  • surgical and anaesthetic checklists
  • pain scales for dogs, cats and rabbits
  • dental recording charts
  • PROTECT ME information on antimicrobial resistance.

It features multiple helpful illustrations and tools and sections are arranged alphabetically, with cross-references for ease of use.

Ian Ramsey, BSAVA president for the years 2020 – 2021, said: “Animals are more likely to get better, and get better faster, if they have good nursing care.

“This book is packed with the sort of information that allows nurses to deliver that care. It is presented in a format that makes it easy to carry around, but it will find its home at the heart of the clinic.”

The BSAVA Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses, 2nd edition is now available from the BSAVA website.

Images (c) BSAVA.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."