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Could vets have managed Covid 19 better?

April 29th, 2020

Dick Sibley expands on the article he co-wrote in the Vet Record a couple of weeks ago in which he suggested vets might have approached the control of Covid 19 in the human population differently.

He talks to Pete Orpin about how the ‘Four Pillars’ approach to disease management could usefully be applied and shares his thoughts on the challenges for the profession post Covid.

Applying herd disease control principles to protecting your practice

April 28th, 2020

Dick Sibley has an impressive pedigree as a cattle vet. Along with running West Ridge Vets, a mixed practice in Devon, he is an Honorary Fellow of RCVS, past President of BCVA, and has received the Princess Royal Awards, the RASE Bledisloe Veterinary Award and the BCVA Brownlie Bull Award.

In this podcast, he explains to Pete Orpin, how he is applying his ‘Four Pillars’ approach to disease control to protect his team and his business from Covid 19.  

RCVS President, Niall Connell in conversation

April 26th, 2020

Nick Stuart talks to Niall Connell, President of the RCVS.

They discuss, among other things, the recent RCVS Practice Economic Survey,  how their flow chart offering guidance for clinical practice has been received, and who is best placed to lead the profession in these difficult and strange times.

Stress and Anxiety: what’s normal and what’s not

April 23rd, 2020

Kelly Paull is a clinical psychologist who has been working with doctors and nurses on Covid 19 wards in Bristol.

In this podcast she offers some advice to veterinary teams. While not wishing to play down the anxiety many people will be feeling, she also says it is not helpful to pathologize something that right now is to be expected whether you are a front line NHS worker, a vet or practice manager, or anyone on furlough or working from home.

She is in conversation with her Mum, Nicky Paull, a retired vet and practice owner,  a non-executive director of VDS, and a past President of BVA. 

New ways of working creates new risks

April 20th, 2020

As vets adapt to very different ways of working, the questions they have been taking to VDS have also been changing.

Nick Stuart spoke to David Green, Technical Advisor at VDS to find out more. Many things were discussed, including whether a client could claim they had caught Covid 19 during a visit to the vets; possible new risks from teleconsults; and whether you are covered should you volunteer to work in an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

Cornish Vet Practices Working Together

April 17th, 2020

As we move from the initial lockdown phase to consider a gradual lifting of restrictions, how your neighbouring practice interprets government guidance will become even more important. Nicky Paull spoke to Lizzy Whiting from City Road Vets in Cornwall about Cornish vets are working together to ensure a joined-up approach and a consistent message to pet owners. 

Business (almost) as usual for Out of Hours services

April 17th, 2020

OOH clinics, treating emergency cases are as busy as usual. Vets Now offer their OOH service through 62 partner practices and three 24/7 hospitals.  Nick Stuart spoke to Dave Leicester about how they are coping with the extra demands of physical distancing and staff absence.

Covid 19: planning for the next chapter

April 15th, 2020

Following the joint SPVS/VMG survey of members, VMG have been looking at ways they can support practice managers through the crisis. In this podcast, VMG Director, Gavin Mitchell, who is also MD of IMV Imaging, talks to Nick Stuart about looking after your teams during the crisis, but also starting to plan ahead to life beyond the Covid 19 lockdown.

A Practice Manager’s experience

April 11th, 2020

Following up from Carolyne Crowe’s advice on how best to look after yourself and your team during the crisis, we eavesdrop on a conversation between retired vet, Nicky Paull and her friend Renay Rickard who looks after a multi-site mixed practice with 120 staff including 41 vets.   Kernow Vets recently won a Healthy Workplace award from Cornwall Council and take their team wellbeing really seriously.  Renay talks about what that looks like in practice, the particular stresses she faced as leader and some of her coping mechanisms.

Looking after you and your team

April 9th, 2020

Carolyne Crowe, VDS Training


It is unlikely many people have faced as much upheaval in their lives in as short a time as we all have over the past few weeks. For veterinary practice owners and leaders, that has often meant many many new decisions each day. They have the double whammy of furloughed staff and lower turnover, but a hugely increased personal workload as they try to get their heads around ever changing circumstances.

Jenny Stuart spoke to Carolyne Crowe about the importance of looking after yourself as well as your team during the Covid 19 crisis.

Carolyne will be taking part in regular ‘Wellness Wednesday’ Webinars with VDS Training.  Click here for more details

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