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2019

January 2019

Celebrating 10 years of IVNA Congress
Registration is now open for our very exciting and special 10th IVNA Congress anniversary, which takes place on May 24-26, 2019, at The Grand Hotel, Malahide writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

2018

February 2018

Ninth Annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Congress
The Irish Veterinary Nursing Association (IVNA) committee, in conjunction with our main sponsors Royal Canin and Allianz, is currently in the process of finalising the Ninth Annual IVNA Congress 2018, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 2018; and this year it will be held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, writes Lorraine McDonnell, vice-chairperson, IVNA

March 2018

Ten-step practice guide to setting up weight-management clinics
Laura Ann McDonnell, registered veterinary nurse, The Veterinary Hospital, Gorey, Co Wexford, outlines the 10 simple steps to setting up a pet weight-management clinic in your veterinary practice

April 2018

Ticks and Lyme borreliosis
Siobhan Coleman Dip RVN, senior equine nurse, discusses her Lyme disease diagnosis; the transmission of the disease; clinical findings; diagnosis; treatment plans; control and prevention of tick bites

May 2018

Irish Veterinary Nurses Association: 2018 update
Lorraine McDonnell, vice chairperson, Irish Veterinary Nurses Association, reviews the year so far

June 2018

Community Cat Network
Established six years ago to fulfil a need within the Irish animal-welfare niche, Community Cats Network introduced the Trap-Neuter-Return programme, which is growing in demand around Ireland

August 2018

Irish Veterinary Nurses Association Congress 2018
The Irish Veterinary Nurses Association (IVNA) and members celebrated the ninth annual IVNA Congress in May 2018 at the Red Cow Hotel Dublin. The continuing veterinary education event has ran successfully for nine years with the dedication and contribution from the IVNA’s committee and members, writes Ann Marie Byrne RVN

November 2018

Physiotherapy – an unusual case for treatment
Although veterinary physiotherapy is a new and growing industry in Ireland, its versatility as a treatment option has been acknowledged for decades in the UK. Veterinary physiotherapist, Jane Tyrrell RVN AdvCertVPhys, discusses how it was used, along with traditional techniques, to assist in the recovery of a very unusual patient

December 2018

The impact of disordered physiology on the provision of veterinary nursing care: chronic renal failure
Patients are hospitalised for many reasons and it is essential VNs have knowledge and understanding of common disorders and the associated clinical signs in order to justify their chosen nursing interventions, writes Liane Henry RVN

2017

February 2017

The Eighth Annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Congress 2017
The IVNA committee is currently in the process of finalising Congress 2017, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN, vice chairperson, IVNA

March 2017

Nursing the head trauma patient (part I)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Golden Jubilee award winner Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anaesthesia and ECC) DipAVN (Medical and Surgical) RVN, clinical support manager for Vets Now UK, worldwide lecturer, co-author of Wound management in small animal: a practical guide for veterinary nurses and technicians, discusses nursing the head trauma patient

April 2017

Nursing the head trauma patient (part II)
In part II of this article Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (anaesthesia and emergency and critical care) DipAVN (medical and surgical) RVN, focuses on the initial diagnostic, monitoring, treatment and patient care in the head trauma patient

May 2017

Irish Veterinary Nurses Association Congress 2017
The eighth annual IVNA Congress will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, writes IVNA vice chairperson, Lorraine RVN VNDip OA Dip

June 2017

Laminitis in the horse: part I
Laminitis in the horse is one of the most common cases presented in mixed and equine practices and yet there are few papers published which distinctly cover the nursing care of these horses. This article will review papers and concentrate on the scientific advances and the role of the veterinary nurse in long-term management of the laminitic horse, writes Laura Ann McDonnell RVN

July 2017

Anaemia in dogs and cats (part 2)
In the second part of this article, RCVS recognised and European veterinary specialist in small animal medicine, Polly Frowde MAVetMB DipECVIM MRCVS examines the causes and management of regenerative anaemia

August 2017

Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Congress 2017
The eighth annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Congress was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. This year’s Congress was sponsored by Royal Canin, Allianz and Bayer, and saw 200 delegates attend both days' practical sessions, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN, vice-chairperson, Irish Veterinary Nursing Association

September 2017

Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2017
Lorraine McDonnell RVN, vice-chairperson, Irish Veterinary Nurses Association, catches up with Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2017, Aisling Holmes

October 2017

October 2017
Husbandry and hospitalisation of rabbits and Guinea pigs
Jessica Griffin, who is currently studying the Veterinary Nursing Degree course at University College Dublin (UCD), has had many years' experience in handling animals; here, she discusses the appropriate housing and hospitalisation of rabbits and Guinea pigs

November 2017

Irish Veterinary Nurses Association Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2017
Lorraine McDonnell RVN, catches up with this year’s Irish Veterinary Nurses Association (IVNA) Veterinary Nurse of the Year, Ailbhe Lawlor, to find out what inspired her to become a veterinary nurse

2016

January 2016

Intensive care nursing – the gastric dilatation volvulus patient
Helen McGlone Dip VN RVN, discusses the emergency nursing care of one of the true emergencies encountered in small animal veterinary practice

February 2016

The seventh annual IVNA Congress 2016
The IVNA committee is in the process of finalising Congress 2016. This year, we are heading west, with the event taking place in the Galway Bay Hotel on May 21-22, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

March 2016

IVNA Charity of the Year: MADRA
In December 2015, the Irish Veterinary Nurses Association (IVNA) asked its members to vote, via an online poll and email, to help choose our charity of the year. From our shortlist of three, MADRA was chosen to be our 2016 charity, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

April 2016

Canine hyperadrenocorticism (part I)
Lorraine McDonnell RVN outlines what to look out for in patients with suspected canine hyperadrenocorticism

May 2016

Canine hyperadrenocorticism (part II)
In her second article instalment on canine hyperadrenocorticism, Lorraine McDonnell RVN discusses the diagnosis and management of hyperadrenocorticism, including how to distinguish between pituitary and adrenal-dependent disease (in which the treatment options can vary)

June 2016

Nursing the vestibular patient
Vestibular disease is one of the most common neurological cases that present in general practice and should also be considered as one of the most difficult and demanding cases when it comes to veterinary nursing, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

July 2016

Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Congress 2016
The seventh annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association (IVNA) Congress headed west this year and was held in the Galway Bay Hotel. This year the Congress was sponsored by Royal Canin and Allianz with approximately 150 delegates registered for the first day alone, writes IVNA Vice Chairperson Lorraine McDonnell RVN

August 2016

Veterinary Nursing Survey
Between 2015 and 2016, the first national survey of the veterinary nursing profession in Ireland was carried out and commissioned by the Veterinary Council of Ireland. This independent body of work was completed by the market research Company Behaviour & Attitudes Limited and the results were released during the IVNA congress last May, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

September 2016

The role of antimicrobial wound dressings
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Golden Jubilee award winner Louise O'Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anaesthesia and ECC) Dip AVN (Medical and Surgical) RVN, clinical support manager for Vets Now UK, worldwide lecturer, and co-author of Wound management in small animal: a practical guide for veterinary nurses and technicians, discusses how dressings have a major part to play in the modern management of wounds

October 2016

Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2016
At the seventh annual IVNA Congress in May 2016, Catherine Hartin RVN won the Award for Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2016. Here, she discusses her career and veterinary nursing as a profession in Ireland

November 2016

IVNA Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award 2016
Following on from last month's edition, we asked our IVNA Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award 2016, Elaine Hughes from Dublin, to discuss her career, how to access support and gives advice to newly qualified nurses

December 2016

Gastrointestinal blues
Following last year’s positive feedback, the Annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Roadshow was once again held as a day event, which carried seven CVE credits on three Saturdays. The roadhsow was held in three locations around Ireland starting in the Maldron Hotel in Galway, moving on to the Dogs Trust Dublin, and ending at St John’s College, Cork, writes Lorraine McDonnell, chairperson, Irish Veterinary Nurses Association