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BSAVA publishes new end-of-life collection
"This new collection provides a handy resource for this important area of veterinary practice" - Julian Hoad.
Resources cover euthanasia decision-making and how to support clients.

The BSAVA has published a new collection of resources focusing on end-of-life care and decision-making, designed to help support both clients and the veterinary practice team.

Using information gathered from BSAVA manuals, articles from Companion, webinars and congress lectures, the collection is split into four key areas: general information, client communication, client support and practitioner support. 

Some highlights include:
  • euthanasia decision-making: a case-based discussion
  • how to discuss euthanasia with your client
  • quality of life and decision-making around end of life care
  • the client journey: supporting the client before and after the last appointment
  • euthanasia and how it affects veterinary nurses’ mental health
  • euthanasia support in practice.

Julian Hoad, chair of the BSAVA Publications Committee, commented: “Death and taxes are the only two certainties of life, according to Benjamin Franklin. 

“Our pets don’t have the worry of taxation, but managing the end of life for them is something that all owners must face. It is probably the most challenging part of our veterinary work also – managing the emotional, sometimes highly charged, aspect of the situation whilst maintaining an objective focus on the patient. 

“This new collection provides a handy resource for this important area of veterinary practice. The collection will enable the recent graduate to gain confidence in dealing with these cases; tips for improvement that even the more experienced clinician will find useful are also included.”

The collection is £20.00 for BSAVA members and £45.00 for non-members and is available via the BSAVA Library.

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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 www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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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.