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In veterinary medicine, staying current with the latest advancements is not only a professional necessity, but a commitment to providing quality care to companion animals and their owners. Thankfully, the landscape of education has expanded beyond traditional methods...
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As a veterinarian, staying up-to-date on the latest advances in your field is crucial to providing the best care for your patients. However, finding the time to attend in-person continuing professional development (CPD) courses can be challenging. That's where VetPrac...
Continuing education (CE) in abdominal ultrasound is a good choice for plenty of reasons. Firstly, it helps to round out your imaging skills from other modalities like radiology and endoscopy, and it builds on the scanning experience you already have.
Brachycephalic and BOAS Surgery Workshop for vets provides a comprehensive hands-on course to enhance your veterinary knowledge and skills, with a focus on the unique challenges associated with brachycephalic breeds. Vets attend alongside a nurse or tech (at no extra charge).
One thing I hear a lot is that vet nurses and techs want to use their technical skills more often and in more challenging ways. I’m a proud RVN with diplomas in both general practice and surgery. I’ve been working in this industry for 18 years, and I’ve worked hard to achieve these qualifications. Yet I’m also one of the fortunate few, because I work in specialist-level referral practice
Veterinary paraprofessionals and veterinarians have a lot in common; in most cases, both enter the industry because they harbour a love of animals and want to make the world a better place for them.
Today, I wanted to shine a spotlight on other factors within our control – the human element. We have the opportunity to allocate our resources in a way that reduces risk. Assign staff to perform the tasks ahead, and use appropriate equipment (with checklists!). And because I can, it never hurts to mention analgesia again.
Veterinary nurses play a critical role in animal care, supporting vets on the frontline and often working in a very hands-on role. As a vet nurse, your practical skillset is important and therefore undertaking continuing education to broaden those skills – and expand your veterinary knowledge – is vital to career progression and patient safety.
According to the Australian Veterinary Association, the average CPD requirement for Aussie vets is 60 points of CPD across a three-year period. To maintain an active registration, veterinarians need to engage in ongoing training in the theory and practice of veterinary science.
Just like vets and vet nurses, vet techs need to continue learning and growing in their career; after all, the world of vet medicine is forever evolving with new research and technology. While a lot of learning often takes place on the job, there are some things that are best taught in a proper educational setting to allow for attention to detail during the learning process – rather than learning under time constraints and other pressures in a workplace.
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Written by Dr Lianne Mellin Whether you’re just starting your veterinary journey, or almost finished vet school, what you’re about to read is definitely going to help you. It’s the part that vet school mentions, but often only briefly discusses due to the need to...
Continual learning in any field is important, however when it comes to science-based professions it is even more critical to keep abreast of new developments. Veterinarians are no exception, and in fact a certain amount of Continued Professional Development (CPD) is required in order to maintain your working registration here in Australia.
So what exactly is CPD? Simply put, it’s a formalised recording of additional education and training you undertake as a vet nurse. While professional registration for vet nurses and vet techs is not mandatory in Australia, it is strongly encouraged by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) and their Australian Veterinary Nurses and Technicians (AVNAT) Registration Scheme are recognised and supported by the AVA, and registration under this scheme requires vet nurses to undertake 20 points of CPD annually.
Orthopaedics, a branch of medicine concerned with conditions of the musculoskeletal system, is an in-demand specialty in the veterinary world. Veterinary orthopaedic surgeons are specialist vets who work to diagnose and treat skeletal problems in animals, including diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Breeds such as French Bulldogs and Pugs are incredibly popular here in Australia, and it’s easy to see why: they are human-centric by nature and make excellent companions. And they are incredibly comedic. However, these brachycephalic breeds — that is, breeds that are “short-headed” — aren’t without their drawbacks.
Sometimes referred to as ‘allied veterinary professionals’, vet techs deliver high-level, hands on veterinary care, often in a direct support role to veterinarians. So what makes a great vet tech? As you might expect, a love of animals is critical! Additional attributes that are important include a strong science background, an ability to work well with people and also handle animals, and good communication and decision-making skills.
If you’re considering your career options and veterinary nursing comes to mind, it’s probably because you love animals! And that’s a good thing, because loving animals is certainly the number one qualification when it comes to pursuing a career as a vet nurse.
So what do vet nurses actually do? How do you become one, and how do you make sure you’re the best vet nurse you can be?
More than just a love of animals, many vets enter the profession because they want to contribute to making the world a better place for animals. This isn’t just applicable to vets assisting injured wildlife or stray animals; the average clinical vet can also contribute to improving the welfare of pets not only through their expert care, but also just as importantly through the education of pet owners.