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“Fringe” event to showcase District Veterinary Nursing
The role of the DVN would be to help owners that are unable to visit the vet due to their own health or disability.
Speakers to explore professional considerations and supporting the human-animal bond

A “fringe” event on District Veterinary Nursing will take place at BVNA Congress on Saturday (13 October).

The District Veterinary Nursing (DVN) session aims to showcase the role and challenges through a series of short presentations and case studies. Speakers will explore: ‘What is a DVN,’ ‘Developing the role of the DVN,’ ‘Supporting the Human-Animal Bond’ and ‘professional considerations now and in the future’.

At the end of the session, delegates will be invited to discuss the role of the DVN through an informal forum led by Dot Creighton RVN.

DVN is a new movement which has been gaining momentum over the past few months. Founded by RVN Carla Finzel, it encompasses intensive care nursing, specialist clinics, palliative care and owner support and mentioning - all under the direction of the referring vet.

Earlier this year, the District Veterinary Nurse Development Group was established to support Carla to help develop the role at a national level.

Formed by volunteers, the group is rapidly gaining support from eminent members of the profession, RVNs aspiring to be DVNs and clients in desperate need of the service. It has also received backing from interested parties and organisations who can see the impact the role could have in society.

In a press release, the DVN Development Group said: “There are many reasons why owners do not visit the vet - it may simply be that the pet is fearful or in more complex situations where the owner is unable to give veterinary care required due to their own health or disability.

“We see the role of the DVN as a way of helping to address the veterinary profession’s role in the Equality Act 2010 by removing some of the barriers to veterinary care and treatment caused by physical, intellectual, communication, learning sensory or mental health disability.”

The session is open to all attending BVNA Congress at no additional charge and takes place on Saturday, 13 October at 3.30pm.  

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 The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  

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Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.