News and Views

Latest news and summaries of issues affecting practice life…
Read our brief Vetfutures summaries, keep up to date with Brexit and developments in the profession.

Ireland: Vet Practice Survey Report

This makes for interesting reading and highlights the challenges facing the future of veterinary practice in Ireland.  Key areas noted to be a challenge by respondents included keeping accounts in order, succession planning, incorporation, compliance and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Continue reading

Vet Futures

Traditionally, we’re a reactive profession.  In a modern era moving at an exponentially rapid rate, we need to start being PROACTIVE and future-proofing.  Join the debate and get involved… before the change happens and you wish you’d had your say earlier.

We’re summarising the RCVS/BVA joint initiative to encourage the veterinary profession to take control of its destiny.  It seeks to discover, alongside members, how the veterinary profession can remain sustainable and relevant, Continue reading

BREXIT

The house of Lords concluded i n a report published 25th July 2017 that “Veterinarians play a key role in ensuring and inspecting farm animal health and welfare in the UK from farm to abattoir… We note the overwhelming reliance on non-UK EU citizens to fill crucial official veterinary positions in the UK
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Dr. Google; Friend or Foe?

Is Dr. Google good or bad for us as vets, or our clients?  With some guidance, the internet can be helpful for owners and a useful tool for vets.  We are no longer the source of information, but we are able to curate and apply the correct information in context.

There is a good blog on how to deal with Dr. Google on the Recruit4vets webpage; which summarises:

On balance, I believe the internet has far more positive than negative to offer the veterinary profession and their clients: what do you think?

They include a link to a survey by Colorado State university, stating “we are currently trying to find out information about how pet owners use the internet for pet health information. Little research has looked at the use of the internet by pet owners in relation to pet health and therefore we would like to investigate this area in more detail. We feel that more research would help inform veterinarians and develop detailed guidelines for pet owners who wish to find more information on the internet”. Please complete this short questionnaire .