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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

April 2107
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

April 2016
Canine hyperadrenocorticism (part I)

Lorraine McDonnell RVN outlines what to look out for in patients with suspected canine hyperadrenocorticism

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

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

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

November 2015
Nursing the septic peritonitis patient
Septic peritonitis is commonly encountered by the veterinary nurse in practice, Helen McGlone Dip VN RVN, describes the care involved in nursing these intensive patients

October 2015
The importance of the decontamination life cycle: Part 2
The second article in a two-part series focuses on the importance of inspecting surgical instruments after the disinfection stage, packaging, and the various sterilisation methods available. By Trina Briody, UCD Veterinary Hospital; NHS National Decontamination Programme, City and Guilds accredited; SSD Supervisors/Managers Course, City and Guilds accredited

September 2015
Veterinary nursing: career options in the 21st century
'21st-century nursing' was the focus for the nursing stream at the 10th annual University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital Conference, which was held in O'Reilly Hall, UCD, in July, writes Lorraine McDonnell

July 2015
IVNA congress report
The sixth annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association congress was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. Once again, this event was kindly sponsored by Royal Canin and Allianz, with a packed programme and social evening attracting around 100 delegates, writes IVNA vice-chairperson Lorraine McDonnell RVN

June 2015
Understanding canine compulsive disorder
More than 50 nursing delegates gathered in Dogs Trust in March to hear deputy head of canine behaviour at the Dogs Trust, Steve Howard, deliver a guide to canine compulsive disorder, writes Lorraine McDonnell

May 2015
Care of the recumbent foal - Part 2
In the second part of a two-part series on care of the recumbent foal, Samantha Feighery RVN, Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, Glasgow, UK, focuses on the foal's eyes, respiratory system, nutritional requirements and fluid therapy

April 2015
Care of the recumbent foal - Part 1
In the first part of a two-part series on care of the recumbent foal, Samantha Feighery RVN, Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, Glasgow, UK, focuses on sepsis, nursing and infection control

March 2015

Looking ahead to a busy schedule of events

Spring will provide some great opportunities for nursing in the areas of continuing education and worthwhile causes, writes Lorraine McDonnell

February 2015
Measures to manage MRSA risk

A recent national MRSA educational event heard that antimicrobial resistance is now a global threat to health, and that veterinary nurses have a critical role to play in the management of infectious disease, writes Mairead Deasy Dip AVN Dip HE CVN RVN

January 2015
Change of venue for IVNA Annual Congress 2015

The IVNA Committee is in the process of finalising Congress 2015 and, in a change to last year’s venue, this year’s Congress will take place in the Mullingar Park Hotel on May 23-24, writes Lorraine McDonnell RVN

December 2014
Health and safety and the veterinary nurse
In today’s work environment, health and safety is an important legal requirement for any business. Common health and safety standards and policies can be applied to all businesses, but the veterinary environment has its own unique challenges in the area of health and safety, writes Ciara O’Kelly RVN, Irish Veterinary Nurses Association Committee

November 2014
IVNA Roadshow and future CPD events
October provided excellent opportunities for nurses in the area of continuing education, with more great events scheduled, writes Lorraine McDonnell

October 2014
Introduction to small animal physiotherapy
Small animal rehabilitation therapist Deirdre Duggan RVN, Cert SA Hydrotherapy, Dipl Canine Hydrotherapy, PG Cert SA Rehab Therapy, MIRVAP, of Cork Canine Rehabilitation Centre and Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, provides an overview of small animal physiotherapy

September 2014

Report from UCDVH conference
The abdomen was the focus for the nursing stream at the ninth annual University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital Conference, which was held in O’Reilly Hall, UCD, in July, writes Lorraine McDonnell

August 2014
Diagnosis of respiratory disease 
Caroline Beckett RVN, Senior Veterinary Nurse in the UCD Veterinary Hospital Small Animal Medicine section, discusses the techniques used to diagnose upper and lower respiratory disease, in particular bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchoscopy, transtracheal wash and diagnostic imaging techniques

July 2014
Annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Conference 
The 5th Annual Irish Veterinary Nursing Association Conference was held in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. Once again kindly sponsored by Allianz, Royal Canin and Zoetis, the lively programme and social evening attracted over 100 delegates, writes IVNA Secretary Lorraine McDonnell

June 2014
Supporting horse welfare 
Members of the Irish Veterinary Nursing Association recently visited the Irish Horse Welfare Trust. Georgina Self RVN DipAVN(surg) tells us about the visit

May 2014
Anaesthesia – pitfalls and best practice 
A group of vets and veterinary nurses recently gathered at UCD Veterinary Hospital for a small animal anaesthesia workshop, writes Georgia Self

April 2014
Analyse this: a practical guide to behaviour problems in dogs 
Deputy Head of Canine Behaviour and Training at Dog’s Trust, Steve Goward, explored the topic of behaviour at this year’s IVNA Dog’s Trust event. Here,
Mark McCorry RVN, share some of his top tips

March 2014
From the classics to veterinary nursing 
Susie Walton talks to Georgina Self about how she became a veterinary nurse

February 2014
UCD Veterinary Society
Liz Gray, Auditor of UCD’s Veterinary Society, or VetSoc, gives us a brief glimpse of the work of her and her colleagues in creating a buzzing veterinary student community

January 2014
Change of location for IVNA conference
For our 5th IVNA Annual Conference there is a change of venue for 2014. In response to members feedback on accessibility, this year we are delighted to be centrally located at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, with its excellent public transport links and great facilities for our ever growing event

December 2013
Golden nuggets at Hill’s nutrition road show
Hill’s Pet Nutrition held a road show in October in Dublin. Some 85 people attended the CPD programme on puppy and kitten health. This event was well organised and attracted a large, cross section of the veterinary community from right across Ireland

November 2013
Keeping tortoises in wine coolers

The most appropriate hibernation housing for exotic pets is a wine cooler, while parrots have the mental capacity of a young child, Anna Meredith, a RCVS recognised specialist in zoo animal and wildlife medicine told the nursing stream at the recent FECAVA congress

September 2013
Continuing education events
Autumn looks to provide plenty of opportunities for continuing education with a range of subjects and locations on offer, writes Georgina Self

August 2013
Avoiding unexpected difficulties during induction
Georgina Self RVN Dip. AVN (Surgical) provides practical advice for safe and uneventful induction of anaesthesia patients

July 2013
IVNA 4th Annual Conference
The Mullingar Park Hotel played host for a second year to the IVNA's conference dedicated to Veterinary Nursing. This year was sponsored once again by Allianz, Royal Canin and Zoetis. Here, outgoing IVNA chairperson Georgina Self, reviews the weekend's programme and introduces the winners of this year's Nurse, Student and Support Staff Awards

June 2013
Avoiding unexpected difficulties during induction
Georgina Self RVN Dip. AVN (Surgical) provides practical advice for safe and uneventful induction of anaesthesia patients

May 2013
RVN profile: Melanie O'Donoghue
IVNA Chairperson, Georgina Self RVN, interviews Melanie O'Donoghue RVN about advancements in the profession she has seen during her time as IVNA's nurse representative on the Veterinary Council of Ireland