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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.

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.