One size doesn't fit all: diversity within the veterinary profession
David Charles CertHE (Biol.) BVSc MRCVS
"We can't all be the same person, we need a diverse profession to help serve the diverse needs of our clients and patients" This was one of the take home messages from David’s talk at BCVA 2019 and this session at BSAVA 2020 aims to continue the conversation about how we can inspire and foster a diverse profession.
This session will:look at the available evidence on diversity within the profession (including 1st v 2nd degree students and race); discuss what other countries are doing to increase diversity within the profession; and encourage discussion about how we, as practitioners and educators, all have a role to play in creating a diverse profession, and the benefits it can bring to businesses and the wider profession.
David graduated Bristol Vet School in 2019 and works in mixed practice for Oakwood Veterinary Group, Norfolk. He was Association of Veterinary Students President 2018/19 and, before attending Bristol, studied biology at the University of Birmingham. He was invited to present at the inaugural NABV Conference in New Orleans, 2019 and has been in two episodes of the Vet Times Podcast discussing mentorship, role models and diversity.
Chemotherapy in First Opinion Practice- what can I do?
Charlotte Johnston DVM MVetSc Dip ACVIM (Oncology) MRCVS
Katie Peates BSc (Hons) DipHE CVN RVN
Are you using chemotherapy within your practice but wondering whether you are following appropriate health and safety guidelines? Are you worried you are potentially putting other patients and staff members at risk? Are you interested in doing more chemotherapy but are not confident in aspects of the care and support of your patients and clients?
The use of cytotoxic drugs is becoming a popular treatment option in many first opinion practices, however, the use and administration of these drugs does not come without risk. During this talk we aim to discuss the handling of cytotoxic drugs and why it is considered an occupational health hazard. We will discuss what is classed as an ideal environment for preparing and administrating chemotherapy, how to achieve both of these safely and why staff training is so important. We will give you information on the most common adverse effects associated with chemotherapy and how to manage these in your practice. Finally we will aim to answer your queries in terms of care for patients receiving chemotherapy and what guidance should be offered to owners during this time.
We hope you return back to practice with both increased knowledge and confidence in this subject area, ensuring not only your own safety is protected but also ensuring that your patient’s receive the best care possible during their treatment
Sayaka Okushima BVetMed BSc Dip.ECVAA EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Jess Boulton BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing & Practice Management, RVN, NCert ECC
Advances in anaesthesia have enabled us to develop complex and invasive surgical and diagnostic interventions. There is no safe anaesthetic but only safe delivery of anaesthesia. Using examples of a few commonly encountered anaesthesia-related complications, we will share how the anaesthetists work closely with the nursing team at our institution to get the most out of each other.