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Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 1:44pm

At St. Boniface Vets, many of our dairy herds are Autumn block calving and will shortly be considering their selective dry cow management. Therefore, we thought we’d share a few reminders as to why a selective approach is the best approach:

  • There is no sense in giving antibiotic dry cow therapy to an uninfected cow
  • In fact, if you do give antibiotics to low somatic cell count cows, their risk of coliform mastitis in the next lactation actually increases
  • Of 52 UK...
Monday, 4 June 2018 - 12:43pm

 

ANTIBIOTIC use within farming continues to be a topic with a lot of public and industry interest.

This has mainly been focussed on the use of antibiotics that have been classed as critically important due to their vital role in human medicine.

Meaning these are the only remaining treatments for critical human problems like severe infections in children.

Their use should be therefore limited to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance developing to these...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 9:26pm

St Boniface Vets has grown considerably over the last few years. We are proud to be able to say that this is largely through personal recommendation and word of mouth. This is very gratifying for us as it means that you, our clients, think we do a great job caring for your pets!

We are all passionate about keeping your dogs, cats and rabbits healthy but we like to think that our approach is a very personal one. We offer longer appointments so that you have time to tell us about your...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:30pm

ANA stands for Animal Nursing assistant.

Did you know an ANA does more than assisting the vets and nurses?  Here at St Boniface vets we have 1 animal nursing assistant, Grace. 

You may have seen her on our Facebook page before or at the practice. Grace helps keep the practice clean throughout the working day, keeps clinical areas fully stocked, assists the inpatient nurse which includes cuddles and handfeeding, laboratory work, hydrotherapy assistant, helping run the Facebook...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:27pm

A Student Veterinary Nurse, often known as an SVN, is someone in training to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

They usually wear a green and white stripey uniform with green trousers, but this can vary between veterinary practices with some students wearing blue, blue striped and even purple!

Most Student Veterinary Nurses have carried out an Animal Care or Animal Nursing Assistant course before starting their Veterinary Nurse training, though this isn’t always the case, but...

Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:24pm

Did you know…

The Veterinary Nurse role is widely variable and covers everything from seeing your pet in a Nurse Consultation through to monitoring their anaesthetic during a surgical procedure. 

Nurses are responsible for:

  • Blood sampling patients
  • Placing intravenous cannulas
  • Providing and monitoring intravenous fluid therapy
  • Administering medications
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Recovering from anaesthesia
  • Ensuring...
Friday, 1 June 2018 - 2:21pm

After qualifying, there are many career pathways for veterinary nurses!

Working overseas - the UK Veterinary Nurse qualification is highly respected outside of the UK and can lead to many working or volunteer roles within practices or charities, and even with wild animals such as Chimpanzees and Bears!  

Clinical Coach - Student Veterinary Nurses train alongside a qualified member of staff, usually an RVN, to teach, support and mentor the SVN....

Friday, 25 May 2018 - 11:25am

Back in April, the government launched a campaign urging pet owners to trust their vets on the use of antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global threats with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 - and cost the global economy $100 trillion.

Following a government strategy to tackle AMR launched in 2013, antibiotic use in livestock has fallen to an all-time low, but attention must now address antibiotic use in...

Friday, 11 May 2018 - 1:59pm

We have a rare and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join our friendly team as a Farm Coordinator at our modern, well equipped practice in Crediton.

The chosen candidate will be an experienced administrator with proven communication and organisational skills. The Farm Coordinator will be able to take on responsibility, show initiative and pay close attention to detail while being able to work under pressure. They will also have a strong work ethic, with a drive to...

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 5:55pm

We have been invited to participate in the largest ever UK flea research project to advance understanding and treatment of the parasite.

The Big Flea Project, from MSD Animal Health, is the largest piece of academic research in the UK to examine fleas:-

To take the fight to fleas, we want to know:

1) How common each flea species is in the UK?

2) Which diseases are carried by these fleas?

3) How many fleas are carrying disease?

The...

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