Dear Reader

Welcome to the December edition and a Merry Christmas from all of us here at the VNJ. We do very much hope that most of you will be getting a break at some point over the Christmas holiday period.

A recent readership survey has shown just how many of you still appreciate your print copy of the VNJ, and we very much hope that this means you are reading all the articles and updates each month. Don’t forget that you can access the previous editions of the VNJ through the member’s area on the BVNA website and this is especially helpful for those looking for particular articles to assist with assignments or literature reviews.

Whilst reviewing the proofs for this month’s journal, and reading with interest Katherine Gray’s case based audit and introduction of a sepsis care bundle, I have once again been struck by the advancement of veterinary nursing and consideration of clinical auditing that is being demonstrated in the journal. It is truly commendable that we are seeing more nurses willing to pursue and lead on these clinical audits and then publish their findings in a relatable and case based manner. This was certainly part of my own vision for the journal and I am delighted at how this is progressing.

As an editorial team we actually receive little feedback on the journal from our readers and it would be great to hear from you regarding your views on the journal and what you might like to see.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the journal as much as I have and manage to have that well-earned cuppa and time to read it cover to cover. Don’t forget to have a go at the multiple choice questions.


Sam McMillan BSc(Hons) VTS(Anesthesia/Analgesia) DipAVN RVN


VOL 32 • December 2017 • Veterinary Nursing Journal