The Vet Times podcast is a weekly show in which we speak to individuals making the headlines or providing valuable information for Vet Times readers, delving into the subjects that matter to the UK veterinary profession.
Ep 105: Vet Times Big 6 Live – AI threats and opportunities in the veterinary world
1:11:12Following the success of the inaugural Vet Times Big 6 Live during the 2023 SPVS Congress, Allister Webb returns with a specially selected panel of six experts to discuss how AI will impact the veterinary world. The session considered how we can implement AI in practice, whether we can effectively regulate it, and saw panellists discuss the biggest opportunities and challenges that AI could present. Allister also opened up to the floor to delegate’s questions on this ubiquitous and evolving topic.
VN Times Podcast, Ep 43: Veterinary nursing - falling back in love with medicine
42:10In this episode, VN Times editor Lacey Pitcher welcomes experienced RVN Helen Harris to discuss squiggly careers and falling back in love with veterinary nursing. Helen’s career has been varied including GP, charity and shelter medicine and now, zoo nursing. Helen discusses starting out as a veterinary nurse and how her various workplaces have shaped not only her career, but her outlook on animal welfare and veterinary medicine.
Ep 104: Latest on anthelmintic resistance in horses, with Jacqui Matthews
10:53Intestinal helminths are an issue in horses, and anthelmintic resistance is an increasingly common concern for vets and equine clients to be aware of. In this Vet Times Podcast, Jacqui Matthews updates us on the latest situation. ___ 𝗝𝗔𝗖𝗤𝗨𝗜 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗪𝗦 𝗕𝗩𝗠𝗦, 𝗣𝗵𝗗, 𝗙𝗥𝗦𝗕, 𝗙𝗥𝗦𝗘, 𝗙𝗥𝗖𝗩𝗦 Jacqui qualified as a veterinary surgeon, completed a PhD in parasitology and then worked in academia for more than 25 years, leading a range of interdisciplinary projects focused on helminth infections of ruminants and horses. During this time, she taught many undergraduates and postgraduates in the subject area, and was awarded more than £13 million in competitive funding for research, from which more than 140 peer-reviewed papers have been published. Jacqui has written numerous layarticles, given seminars and workshops to stakeholders promoting sustainable helminth control practices, and for many years was technical advisor to the Control of Worms Sustainably in Cattle initiative and parasitology expert on the UK Veterinary Products Committee. She sits on several sub-groups of the CANTER initiative, set up to develop and promote best practice guidelines for parasite control in horses. One of her inventions – an ELISA test for equine small redworm – was commercialised by Austin Davis Biologics in 2019 and, in 2022, she moved to this company as director of veterinary science, where she leads the research and development programme. Prof Matthews has written the article “The worms have turned: an update on anthelmintic resistance” for Vet Times (Volume 54, Issue 03, Pages 6-9), which features more on this topic.
VN Times Podcast, Ep 42: UK Vet Nurses Worldwide, with Jackie Hay and Michelle Barley
20:18In this episode, VN Times editor Lacey Pitcher welcomes experienced RVNs Jackie Hay and Michelle Barley, two of the nurses behind UK Vet Nurses Worldwide, an initiative dedicated to advancing animal care worldwide by helping facilitate skilled vet nurses sharing their knowledge and education with others to help improve animal welfare. Despite experiencing technical issues, Jackie and Michelle rallied in true vet nurse fashion to make things work – even resorting to recording the second half of our interview in a car using mobile internet (pictured) – because the conversation was too valuable not to be had. Follow UK Vet Nurses Worldwide on social media at: www.instagram.com/ukvn.ww www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61554955708249 You can also support the initiative at www.gofundme.com/f/uk-vet-nurses-worldwide __ 𝗠𝗜𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗟𝗘 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗟𝗘𝗬 𝗥𝗩𝗡 Michelle is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with twenty-nine years’ of experience and she works part-time as a nurse, she has worked with large animals, small animals, equine and exotics. Michelle was on the Board of Trustees for St Francis Dogs Home, Newquay from 2019 to 2022 and has now become the Fostering Coordinator. Michelle has a particular passion for dogs and horses and has a keen interest in dog behaviour and currently working towards her behaviour certificate. __ 𝗝𝗔𝗖𝗞𝗜𝗘 𝗛𝗔𝗬 𝗥𝗩𝗡 Jackie has been a qualified vet nurse for 18 years. She enjoys emergency and critical care and gained the Vets Now ECC certificate in 2019. Throughout her career, Jackie's main focus has been the care of small animals but she has also supported British Divers Marine Life Rescue with the rehabilitation of seal pups. She is passionate about maintaining high-quality care standards and has been a clinical coach supporting student vet nurses. Jackie was inspired to create the charity UK Veterinary Nurses Worldwide after working with charities in Cyprus, Romania and Sri Lanka where she trained vets and their assistants in anaesthesia, safe practice and animal welfare. The initiative, UKVNWW, will continue this work and promote animal welfare internationally. __ 𝗙𝗔𝗬 𝗔𝗟𝗦𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗛 𝗥𝗩𝗡 Fay initially started with a career in human medicine and later decided to retrain as a veterinary nurse. Since 2016 Fay has been involved with trap, neuter, and release clinics and actively gets involved with outreach projects where she can. Fay wasn’t a guest on this podcast episode but as a valuable member of the team, we wanted to credit her.
Ep 103: Big 6 Live at London Vet Show 2023
45:04London Vet Show 2023 saw Vet Times and the Big 6 panel discuss the thorny topic of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review of the veterinary profession, specifically focusing on the opportunities it could provide the sector. Led by Vet Times editor James Westgate, the session looked at how the professions could change for the better, with industry experts including VMG president Miles Russell, BVNA president Lyndsay Hughes, XLVets chief executive Andrew Curwen, British Veterinary Union chair Suzanna Hudson-Cooke, SPVS board chair Peter Orpin and BVA senior vice president Malcolm Morley.
Ep 102: Geriatric dogs, with Mike Davies
22:23In the past 30 years, veterinary understanding of ageing and age-related diseases in pets has grown considerably. To discuss some of the conditions, treatments and management strategies, Mike Davies joins the Vet Times Podcast once more. –––––––––––––––––– 𝗠𝗜𝗞𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗦 𝗕𝗩𝗲𝘁𝗠𝗲𝗱, 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗩𝗥, 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗦𝗔𝗢, 𝗙𝗥𝗖𝗩𝗦 Mike qualified from the RVC, has RCVS postgraduate certificates in veterinary radiology and small animal orthopaedics, and holds a fellowship by examination in clinical nutrition in cats and dogs. He is an RCVS specialist in veterinary nutrition (small animal clinical nutrition). Mike has worked in academia and private practice, and for several pet food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. He speaks internationally on clinical nutrition and geriatrics, and founded the original City and Guilds certificate in small animal nutrition, and the BVNA certificates in small animal and exotic nutrition. He runs Provet’s certificate course in clinical nutrition. His article “Geriatric dogs: conditions, treatment and management” was in Vet Times (Volume 53, Issue 45, Pages 6-14) and is online at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/geriatric-dogs-conditions-treatment-and-management-cpdseniorpets/
VN Times Podcast, Ep 41: Small animal internal medicine, with Laura Jones
25:50In this episode, VN Times editor Lacey Pitcher talks to RVN Laura Jones, founder of www.veterinaryinternalmedicinenursing.com and veterinary technician specialist in small animal medicine. Laura is a regular speaker at many big conferences around the UK and further afield, but in this podcast we learn about the person behind the accolades and how she is sharing her passion for medicine with other nurses. ______________ 𝗟𝗔𝗨𝗥𝗔 𝗝𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗦 𝗕𝗦𝗰(𝗛𝗼𝗻𝘀), 𝗗𝗶𝗽𝗔𝗩𝗡(𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹), 𝗜𝗦𝗙𝗠𝗗𝗶𝗽𝗙𝗡, 𝗩𝗧𝗦(𝗦𝗔𝗜𝗠), 𝗥𝗩𝗡 Laura began nursing in 2007 and qualified as an RVN in 2010. She went on to gain the RCVS Advanced Nursing Diploma in 2014, before moving to a multidisciplinary referral centre in Hampshire as an Internal Medicine nurse. Here, she completed a top-up degree in Advanced Nursing, graduating in 2017. In January 2019 Laura moved to The Ralph as Senior Medicine Nurse and, in June of the same year, became a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians, completing the VTS entrance exam in Arizona.
Vet Times Extra: Pain from canine osteoarthritis
25:18In this Vet Times Extra podcast, we’re discussing pain in dogs caused by osteoarthritis. It’s a slightly different approach to podcasts you may have heard on our channel, and features a number of speakers. Charlie Richards BVetMed, PgCert, MRCVS graduated from the RVC in 2009 and subsequently worked in small animal practice in the south-east, before moving into a commercial role managing an online veterinary pharmacy in 2011. Charlie joined Boehringer Ingelheim as a brand technical advisor in 2016 and works within the pet pain and inflammation franchise. Chris Elliott BSc(Hons), (playing Alfie) trained as an optometrist, but after a career change has worked in human and veterinary pharma for the past 20+ years. He has been Boehringer Ingelheim territory manager in Northern Ireland for the past 15 years, with a focus on the company’s small animal portfolio. Tash Whitehouse BSc, (playing Willow) graduated from the University of Reading in 2020 with a BSc in Animal Science, after completing a year in industry working at Chester Zoo. Following graduation during the pandemic, Tash found a regulatory affairs role at Boehringer Ingelheim, and has since found excitement in all things marketing, and now works in the pain and inflammation franchise. Michael Sullivan BVSc, MRCVS, (playing Axel) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and went on to work in small animal practice in Wigan, before moving down south to Lewes for his second practice job. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2021 as a brand technical advisor before moving into technical services as a technical services vet. He enjoys being able to chat to and support vets and vet nurses with product enquiries and challenging clinical cases. Angela McNellan DipAVN(surg), (playing Roxy) was awarded the Diploma in Advanced Surgical Veterinary Nursing in 2002. She has a vast range of nursing experience having worked at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School and for PDSA. She then settled as a head veterinary nurse in a busy small animal practice, going on to become the practice manager. Angela joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2022 as a territory manager providing support to practices in the north and west of Scotland. Jack Johnson BVSc, MRCVS, (playing Eddie) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and subsequently worked in mixed practice before focusing on small animal practice in the north-west, before joining Boehringer Ingelheim as a technical services vet in 2021, supporting customers and colleagues with technical product enquiries. 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗗 Today’s podcast sponsor is Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Metacam and Previcox, which has recently launched the Arthritis AWARE Campaign to raise awareness of canine OA. Boehringer is on a mission to increase the number of conversations about canine arthritis to make sure more dogs receive the diagnosis they need to ease their suffering. Two in five young dogs have arthritis, yet many go undiagnosed and are not receiving treatment, suffering in silence. Boehringer wants to change this and its new Arthritis AWARE campaign makes it easier for veterinary professionals and owners to talk about canine arthritis, by making it easier to spot the early, often subtle signs. The company’s owner-facing campaign raises awareness of OA through digital and social media marketing channels, and aims to educate owners on the condition, and how it impacts their dog’s life. It gives them some simple guidance to spot the signs of OA, and best care for their dog if they receive a diagnosis. All they ask of vets is to support their mission to drive more conversations about canine arthritis and relieve the suffering of the dogs who may be living in pain. Contact your Boehringer Ingelheim territory manager to get involved.
Vet Times Extra: AMR and helping address it, with Carly Mason and Sally Schroeder
31:08With the rise of antimicrobial resistance, the need for additional treatment options is growing. In this Vet Times Extra podcast, we’re joined by independent veterinary dermatology consultant Carly Mason and vet Sally Schroeder to discuss an alternative treatment in skin conditions. 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗗 In today’s episode, sponsored by Vetoquinol, we delve into fluorescence biomodulation and the concerning lack of awareness about anti-microbial resistance. Vetoquinol is an independent, family owned company with the well-being of animals and humans at the heart of its business. Phovia, a recent product launch from Vetoquinol, uses fluorescent light energy for non-invasive skin regeneration in pets, accelerating skin healing and restoring quality of life for dermatology patients. This innovative approach, using blue LED light and chromophore gel, is redefining veterinary care, addressing issues from hot spots to surgical incisions. ––––––––––––– 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗟𝗬 𝗠𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗕𝗩𝗦𝗖, 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗩𝗗, 𝗗𝗶𝗽𝗘𝗖𝗩𝗗, 𝗠𝗥𝗖𝗩𝗦 Carly is an independent veterinary dermatology consultant, and a KOL and positive advocate of Phovia. She worked in general practice for seven years where she developed a keen interest in dermatology. Carly enjoys all aspects of veterinary dermatology work and has a particular interest in autoimmune skin diseases, allergic skin disease and otitis. 𝗦𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗢𝗘𝗗𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗩𝗲𝘁𝗠𝗲𝗱, 𝗠𝗥𝗖𝗩𝗦 Sally is a director of Berry House Vets and has been working there since she qualified from the RVC in 1999. Sally was initially sceptical of Phovia, but after using it in her own practice, she loves the product. ––––––––––––– For further information on Phovia, email [email protected] or telephone 01280 814500.
Ep 101: X-ray tips for canine joint disease, with John Innes
7:21Disease of canine synovial joints is common, and radiographs can provide a major route to successful diagnosis. Renowned small animal orthopaedics specialist John Innes joins this Vet Times Podcast to enlighten us on the x-ray considerations in thoracic limbs. Read “X-ray tips for joint disease in canine thoracic limbs” at www.vettimes.co.uk/?p=266614 _____________ John Innes BVSc, PhD, CertVR, DSAS(Orth), FRCVS, a director of Movement Referrals: Independent Veterinary Specialists near Runcorn in Cheshire. He is an RCVS specialist in small animal orthopaedics and spent 22 years in clinical academia, latterly as professor of small animal surgery, where his research focused on osteoarthritis and comparative orthopaedics. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 15 textbook chapters. While at the University of Liverpool, John developed the “Liverpool Osteoarthritis in Dogs” client-reported outcomes measure. He also founded the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association Canine Hip Registry and co-developed the Humeral Intracondylar Repair System implant for humeral intracondylar fissure. _____________ 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗗 This podcast is sponsored by Zoetis, manufacturers of Librela. Dogs of all types may be affected by osteoarthritis pain, with one in four dogs suffering¹. If left untreated, the pain can become worse over time. Help owners spot the signs of canine osteoarthritis with the Zoetis online osteoarthritis checklist at https://bit.ly/43fem3U. Together, let’s give more dogs more days of play. For more information on Librela, speak to a Zoetis account manager or visit librela.co.uk 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝟣. 𝖫𝖺𝗌𝖼𝖾𝗅𝗅𝖾𝗌 𝖡𝖣𝖷 (𝟤𝟢𝟣𝟫). 𝖣𝖾𝗍𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗆𝖾𝖺𝗌𝗎𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗈𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗁𝗋𝗂𝗍𝗂𝗌 𝗉𝖺𝗂𝗇 𝗂𝗇 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗇𝗀 𝖽𝗈𝗀𝗌, 𝖯𝗋𝗈𝖼𝖾𝖾𝖽𝗂𝗇𝗀𝗌 𝖿𝗋𝗈𝗆 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝟤𝟢𝟣𝟫 𝖶𝖲𝖠𝖵𝖠 𝖢𝗈𝗇𝗀𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗌 𝖲𝗒𝗆𝗉𝗈𝗌𝗂𝗎𝗆, 𝖹𝗈𝖾𝗍𝗂𝗌 𝖲𝖾𝗋𝗏𝗂𝖼𝖾𝗌 𝖫𝖫𝖢.