Regional CPD Event Reviews

Midlands - 14th August 2019 ¦ Feline Friendly Nurse Clinics

On Wednesday 14th August I hosted my second event at the Holiday Inn in Leamington Spa. The venue was perfect and the food was served on time with an ample selection of buffet food and refreshments. Hills UK and Bova UK came to the event and provided the delegates with goody bags, pens, raffle prizes and handouts on their products and services, they also did short presentations at the end and stayed to answer any questions.  They also, very kindly sponsored the event. It was also very generous of Vetoquinol UK and Pet Remedy to also provide goody bags for the event, I believe all the promotional items went down well with the RVN’s.  Alexandra Taylor was the speaker and her lecture was on Feline Friendly Nursing Clinics, I have seen Alexandra speak before and her passion for being feline friendly and educating others really did excel so I knew she would be the perfect person for this topic. We started at 7.25pm, it was a nice relaxed talk with RVN’s asking questions throughout.  Alexandra got everyone involved and asked questions as she captured the audience with her knowledge and passion for the subject. She gave tips on how to conduct on Feline nurse consult, what equipment to have ready, what to clean with (as stressed cats leave their scent behind), told us we were able to download the five pillars AAFP and ISFM Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines, when to seek vet and/or behaviourist advice and much more....

We completed the talk with Ian from Hills discussing feline nutrition and how a lot the diets are formulated to help reduce stress in cats, maintain pH balance and keep teeth healthy. Bova UK then briefly discussed there feline friendly products to include transdermal gels, flavoured tablets and flavoured liquids making it easier to medicate cats at home.

We did a raffle and all money raised is going towards the BVNA charity of the year, there was champagne, a hamper and some car food to be won.  A special thank you to Jemma Snow from IVC careers for attending the event and providing a raffle prize.

Overall the event went well and I would highly recommend Alexandra Taylor as a speaker for all things feline nursing.

Kim Rathbone

Staffordshire & Derbyshire - 9th July 2019 ¦ Holistic Rabbit Anaesthesia : Looking beyond drug doses

Delegates enjoyed refreshments on arrival prior to taking their seats in preparation of the evening’s talk. Emma Foreman, BVNA welcomed the delegates and spoke about the benefits of BVNA membership and offered a 10% discount to delegates wishing to join following the event. She introduced Jo Hinde and gave a brief biography of her work and achievements.  Jo spoke for 1.5 hours on the holistic approach to rabbit anaesthesia from a veterinary nursing perspective. Her talk included ways of assessing rabbits preoperatively, which should commence 6 weeks prior to elective procedures to ensure that the health of the rabbit is optimum and the owners are fully educated of the requirements pre and post operatively.  Methods of handling, restraint and positioning were discussed and the least stressful and painful ways of administering drugs along with pain scoring methods were explained highlighting the importance of these and why they are so vital to the wellbeing of the patients.  Post-operative management for the recovery and nutrition and feeding of rabbits and discharge instructions to be provided to owners were outlined.  The talk was thoroughly engaging and informative and Jo really encouraged delegates to consider the holistic needs and requirements of rabbits as a prey species emphasising why they must be treated very differently from dogs and cats. She answered delegate’s questions prior to being presented with a thank you gift for sharing her wealth of rabbit knowledge.

Emma Foreman

Kent - 29th June 2019 ¦ The District Veterinary Nurse

On the hottest day of the year lots of nurses, friends, family and exhibitors gathered at Hadlow College for Kent Regional Representative’s – CPD Day – all about The District Veterinary Nurse, four lectures took place over the day, with breaks and refreshments a plenty. The main attraction on the day was Carla Finzell, The District Veterinary Nurse herself giving a lengthy lecture about The District Veterinary Nursing Development Group, other speakers on the day were Debbie Gray, Belinda Johnson and RCVS VN Vice Chair Matthew Rendle, who gave a great overview on Schedule 3. Fundraising stalls were in place and proceeds were sent to New Hope Animal Rescue a very well known worthy charity in the heart of Kent. Lots of companies were very generous naming just a few Pet Remedy provided enough sample boxes for everyone in attendance as did Summit with their pet travel water bowls, Lintbells provided note pads whilst JAK & Burtons of Maidstone (Kent) provided the delegate bags. Summit also provided a beautiful Chocolate hamper as a raffle prize, Sarah Caney from Vet Professionals provided one of her online courses, lots of other companies that were not in attendance also supplied some lovely goodies, PG Mutual,Kong, Natures Menu, Fish 4 Dogs, to name just a few more. Big thanks goes out to everyone who took part on the day be it as a delegate, speaker, helper, or exhibitor who very kindly provided prizes as well, lots of Kent Representatives came along to support the event.

Donna Lewis

Welshpool - 12th June 2019 ¦ Rabbit Vaccination and Biosecurity

On Wednesday 12th June, 6 nurses and 1 vet attended the Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic disease meeting at Welshpool Livestock Market.  Debbie Goodwin, RVN  at Hipra UK ltd began the session with a refresher on  the clinical features of both RHD1 & 2. This is an endemic and fatal disease, with wild rabbits ensuring as a reservoir. Delegates that attended agreed that there had been an obvious decrease in wild rabbits.  We then went on to discuss disease awareness, biosecurity, prevention, vaccination and marketing.  Debbie was a very knowledgeable speaker and provided an interesting and information evening.  The take home message of the evening was that RHD is very contagious and that biosecurity and vaccination are imperative.  I would like to thank Debbie for taking the time to come to my region to speak on an emotive subject. Thank you to those that supported the evening and my region. I would also like to thank Welshpool Livestock Market for providing the venue, Hughes Caterers for the buffet and Hipra for kindly sponsoring the evening.

Emma Gerrard

Norfolk CPD Event - 22nd May 2019 ¦ Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease Type 1 & 2

On Wednesday 22nd May we held the rabbit vaccination and nutrition CPD evening at Stanley’s in Swaffham. Debbie Goodwin from Hipra gave an update on the current VHD status and information on the vaccination protocols. We was also joined by Claire Hamblion and Chesney Webb from Supreme pet foods, they discussed the principles of rabbit nutrition and a brief overview of the diets they make for small animals, including goodie bags for all attendees. Thank you to both speakers and to all those who attended.

Sarah Patrick

Midlands - 21st May 2019 ¦ Weight Management

The venue was perfect, we had everything set up ready in terms of the projector, screen and flip charts. Tables and chairs had been laid out exactly as I wanted and water on the tables as requested. Food arrived on time and we all enjoyed the selection of food.  We started the talk on time, I introduced the speaker and thanked them for the sponsorship. Sarah spoke clearly and knew the subject well and the delegates asked questions throughout. The topic was obesity as a disease, which actually shocked the nurses because they have always seen obesity as a curable condition, turns out this is not the case and maintenance is just as important. We concluded the talk with more questions and a raffle to raise money for the BVNA charity.

Kim Rathbone

Kent - 7th & 23rd May 2019 ¦ Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

To celebrate VNAM the Kent region held two meetings, both meetings were very kindly sponsored by Hipra.  Our speaker Debbie Goodwin gave us two very informative talks about VHD strains 1 & 2, focusing more on VHD 2 as this is relatively new to us all.  She talked us through the history, the signs, the treatment and what to do in the event of fatality.  If you didn’t make the talk and would like to know a little more I did take down a few notes and would be happy to share.  VHD 2 a nasty virus, extremely contagious and we the nurse and all in practice need to advise our clients to vaccinate against it and educate why.  A big thank you to all that came along to either the meeting in Canterbury College or Hadlow College.

Donna Lewis

Welshpool - 10th April 2019 ¦ Vaccination - Dispelling the myths and dealing with the doubters

On Wednesday 10th April, 10 nurses and 1 vet attended the Vaccination - dispelling the myths and dealing with the doubters at Welshpool Livestock Market.  Sian Stockford, Veterinary Advisor at MSD Animal health began the interactive session with a refresher on canine and feline diseases. We then went on to discuss immunity, why we vaccinate, vaccination types and protocols.  The second part of the evening provided an insight into modern day vaccination trends, adverse reactions and reporting, the dangers of social media and how to deal with anti vaccine sentiment. Sian provided three case reports which highlighted the importance of not jumping to conclusions should an issue occurs following vaccination.  The evening was very interesting and informative and provided good tips on how to address vaccine concerns.  I would like to thank Sian for taking the time to come to my region to speak on an emotive subject. Thank you to those that supported the evening. The raffle raised £8 for the charity of the year.  I would also like to thank Welshpool Livestock Market for providing the venue, Hughes Caterers for the buffet and MSD for kindly sponsoring the evening.

Emma Gerrard

Northern Ireland - 21st February 2019 ¦ Anaesthesia, Managing the Isoflurane Shortage

A great evening was had by all on Thursday the 21st Feb.  Dechra representative Stephan McCafferty provided some great information on the anaesthetic and analgesic options offered.  His provision of pizza was also warmly welcomed.  Our Speaker Paul Crawford MRCVS provided a great talk with some very useful information on reducing gas flow and improving monitoring techniques.  He also included some welcome methods for assessing leaks in circuits and care of anaesthetic circuits.  His talk was as ever filled with humour and of course images of his beloved pet Dorset lambs.  The meeting was well attended with 1 delegate driving 3hours from Co. Sligo, just to attend!!  I am very grateful to our hosts VSSCo for providing us with such excellent facilities, to our sponsors Dechra for feeding us and demonstrating their product range and of course to Paul for his educational presentation and his continued support in all things that relate to Veterinary Nursing.

Naoimh Toner