Dear Reader

It is a universally acknowledged truth that if you want something done, you give it to a busy person. I was having this conversation only days ago with colleagues as we marvelled at how our VN daily duties list grows and grows. I came in to find the following list on the ops board: “Rabies serology/ hacksaw/order loo roll,” a most bizarre collection that would make most people wonder what was planned for the day! Writing this introduction for our July issue, I find myself thinking the same thing: that our daily challenges and roles as VNs are so unusual, technical and dynamic that our day, tasks ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, can all be summed up as ‘busy’.

And so in this issue you will find a detailed piece on placement, care and complications of IV catheters, an informative piece on how to answer client questions on raw diets, and on how to care for a dyspnoeic penguin.

Whilst we know you are busy, please don’t forget to participate in the BVNA elections, which come to a close on July 12. Look at our website for more details on how to cast your ballot. We are also recruiting for a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal, as well as a Head of BVNA Membership. More details can be found at our website.

Oh, and don’t forget the loo roll.


Megan Whitehead, RVN Interim Editor

DOI: 10.1080/17415349.2019.1622865

VOL 34 • July 2019 • Veterinary Nursing Journal