Vet nurse pens new guide on senior pet care
A new guide has been launched to help vets set up and run Senior Pet Clinics with their nurses.
The publication of the Ceva Animal Health guide follows a study of vet professionals published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery which revealed that the main barriers to blood pressure measurement are a lack of time (72.8%) and situational hypertension (92%).
Vet professionals also thought the main barrier for owners was cost (80%) whilst the least problematic aspect is the longer consultation needed to accommodate a blood pressure measurement (48.8%).
The guide has been written to address these concerns and empower vet nurses to run nurse-led clinics for older pets.
Written by RVN, Beth Kirwan, it provides information on the benefits of vet nurse-led senior pet clinics, which can either be free or paid, together with hints and tips on how to get started and promotion.
Beth said: “I have been a nurse for over 22 years, and I am passionate about making our nurses feel valued in practice.
“Nurse clinics are a really good way to do this, but I feel that setting up a senior nurse clinic service in a practice creates so much value in many ways and for every member of the practice, from the receptionists to the vets.
“Our RVNs are the stars of the show with senior nurse clinics; they bring so much experience, care and compassion and are a great reflection of our practice values.
“They often have the time that the vets don’t have and will go home knowing they made a difference to a pet and an owner, or a family.
“Veterinary nurses can help identify disease early, support the owners with home adaptations or new medicine regimes.
“They can also educate the clients in senior and super senior care as our pets are living longer and provide quality of life and end of life support.
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