How to Read Pet Food Labels

Ingredients

Reading between the lines of pet food Labels There is a lot of information out there about the most ‘healthy’ or ‘best’ dog or cat food. This often confuses pet owners, veterinarians and nurses alike. Pet food labels are the primary way a manufacturer can communicate with pet owners. However, while there’s some educational information […]

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Nursing the Critically Ill Patient

Critical Care

For veterinary nurses, providing care for a critically ill patient can be one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the role. Critically ill patients have complex and constantly changing care requirements. Therefore for many nurses, this uncertainty can cause some hesitation in caring for these patients. There are multiple reasons why a patient […]

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The ‘How To’ of Dental Charting

Dental Care

Dental Charting is an essential step in any Dental Procedure Dental Charting is used to accurately and efficiently record all abnormal findings during an oral examination of the anaesthetised patient whilst treatment is performed.  The completed Dental Chart is a valuable tool in educating clients about their pet’s oral condition and records the veterinarian’s findings […]

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Vet Nurse Dental Checks

Dental Care

Performing vet nurse dental checks The Veterinary Nurses’ role is an integral part of patient care, client education and assisting our veterinarians.  One area where we can really sink our teeth into (pardon the pun) is caring for our dental patients.  Our skills are called upon to assist in dental procedures, by monitoring the anaesthetised […]

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What is Nutrigenomics? And how can it help the arthritic and overweight pets you treat?

Nutrigenomics

Have you heard of the scientific field of nutrigenomics? Did you know that an individual’s genetic predilection for a disease is only part of the equation?  Whether a disease will manifest depends on complex interactions between an individual’s genome and environmental factors.  And, not surprisingly, diet is one of the most important environmental factors. The […]

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Diagnosing Food Allergies

Dermatology

Challenges and Pitfalls Diagnosing food allergies seems like it should be a simple process, however, as you know, it can be very frustrating! It sounds straightforward enough: feed the pet a food that does not contain their suspected allergic triggers and monitor for changes in their clinical signs. However, many pet owners have already ‘self-diagnosed’ […]

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Cat licking lips enjoying meal

Why Wet food?

Ingredients

Today’s pet foods have received a facelift. Gone are the days when canned food was put on the sideline for our pet’s health. While the convenience of dry food still makes it a popular feeding choice, our pets can benefit from the inclusion of wet food on a regular basis or even occasionally. There is […]

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The Other Black Dog

Self Care & Mental Well Being

Mental health should continue to be discussed amongst veterinary professionals, especially for those soon to graduate or recently graduated. Initiatives such as the mental health ball, and AVA Graduate Mentor Program supported by Hill’s have been fantastic in encouraging the subject to be discussed openly, even with those who might not have attended. The passion […]

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Running a Nurse Nutritional Consultation in 6 Steps

Practice Management & Communication Skills

A tried and proven approach Over the last 12 months Hill’s has been running weight management workshops, designed to educate veterinary nurses on how to run their own weight management consultations. These events have not only educated nurses about diets and calculating individual feeding plans for weight loss, but also how to run consultations with […]

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