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Webinars to focus on the value of veterinary nursing
The webinars will explore how to maximise the potential of veterinary nurses.

RVNs, vets and practice managers encouraged to sign up

The VN Futures project, a joint initiative between the RCVS and the BVNA, has announced a series of free webinars focusing on the value of veterinary nursing.

Developed by the VN Futures Career Progression Working Group, the webinars explore how to maximise the potential of veterinary nurses and leadership opportunities within the profession.

They will be delivered at lunchtime between February and June 2020 via the Webinar Vet. Veterinary nurses, vets, practice managers and even owners are encouraged to sign up as they address topics that will benefit the whole practice team.

“We hope that veterinary nurses will engage with these webinars in order to gain some inspiration about how they can truly show their value to their team, their clients and the wider public,” said Racheal Marshall, chair of RCVS VN Council and the VN Futures Board.

“The VN Futures research clearly demonstrated that there was a desire from the veterinary nursing profession to find ways in which VNs could gain greater recognition for the work they do and progress in their careers. These webinars, and our talented presenters, will provide many practical examples and case studies on how this can be done, help build confidence and highlight opportunities for further learning and development.”

The three webinars start at 12.30 pm and last for one hour. They are:

Tuesday 4 February 2020 – ‘Maximising the potential of the veterinary nurse’

Presented by Louise Northway RVN, BVNA Council member and recipient of the RCVS Inspiration Award. The webinar will give an overview of the role of veterinary nurses under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, how VNs can develop their role in practice and take on extra responsibilities and how VNs can approach these conversations in practice through the creation of learning and development plans.

This webinar will illustrate how fully utilising the nursing team not only hugely boosts the morale of the workforce but also enhances patient care and increases the efficiency of the business.

Tuesday 10 March 2020 – ‘Veterinary nurses’ time is valuable: How and why to charge for it’

Presented by Stephanie Writer-Davies MRCVS, Career Progression Working Group member, and Jane Davidson RVN, VN Council member and a regular blogger on veterinary nursing issues.

This webinar will provide examples and case studies of how veterinary nurses contribute to practice finances, how practice pricing structures can be developed so that the financial value of veterinary nurses’ time and effort can be better highlighted, and how veterinary nurses can demonstrate their value to clients.
Tuesday 23 June 2020 – ‘Lead or Head RVN: What’s in a name?’

Presented by Gillian Page RVN, President of the Veterinary Management Group. This webinar will look at the role of the traditional Head RVN and how the development of ‘Lead RVNs’ in different areas of practice can help to allow for growth of other talented team members and provide increased and shared responsibility and progression.

This webinar will explore how this enhances practice efficiency alongside the development of team members, thus increasing job satisfaction and, ultimately, retention.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.