January 2019: Amazing veterinary nurse needed!

January 2019: Amazing veterinary nurse needed!

We currently have an opportunity for a registered veterinary nurse to join our team. Our mission is to provide a welcoming and reassuring practice for our clients and patients whilst maintaining an excellent standard of care and service. We also aim to provide our team members with the clinical and emotional support needed to perform to the best of their ability at work.

We are an RCVS accredited practice and an approved veterinary nurse training practice with 3 clinical coaches. We believe it’s important to train future veterinary nurses and provide a supportive environment for this, working closely with local colleges to provide placements for degree vet nurses. Continuing professional development is encouraged for all team members.

Both of our practices are well-equipped; we have recently upgraded our ultrasound machine and have a Storz endoscopy tower allowing us to perform laparoscopic ovariectomies, laparoscopic biopsies, cystoscopy and rhinoscopy. We also have digital dental radiography, multi-parameter monitoring and digital x-ray.

Successful Candidate

We are looking for a confident, passionate and down to earth veterinary nurse who has at least 12 months post-qualification experience. Our team values enthusiasm, hard work and reliability, and we especially encourage clinical coaches to apply.

The Position

You’ll be joining our existing nursing team of 5 RVNs and 2 SVNs. Your role will include anaesthesia, radiography, inpatient care, laboratory work, assisting with surgical procedures, nurse clinics and more.

• Full time (part time or school hours considered for the right candidate).
• Fixed weekly rota, various shifts between 8am and 7pm Monday to Friday.
• Weekend work shared between nurses (currently 1:4).
• Weekends include a half day on Saturday and two hours on a Sunday morning.
• No OOH call outs, but occasional after hours inpatient checks are shared between nurses.
• 4 weeks holiday allowance, plus bank holidays.
• RCVS Membership paid.
• Pension.
• Salary commensurate with experience.

If you would like to apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Laura Paine (Practice Manager) at accounts@ferringstreetvets.com

New Surgery open in East Preston

Our new surgery at East Preston has been up and running for almost a year now – we can’t believe it! Our clients and patients, new and old alike, love our new facilities, as do the staff. You can book appointments at our Ferring or East Preston surgeries easily by calling our lovely reception team at either of the surgeries. The computer systems at both surgeries are networked together, so all of your pet’s records and clinical notes are readily available to our veterinarians, no matter where you come to see us.

Ferring Surgery: 01903 241 022
East Prestson Surgery: 01903 785 326

Laparoscopic (keyhole) spays at Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery

We are delighted to be able to offer keyhole surgery at Ferring Street Veterinary Surgery. This means we can perform laparoscopic spays and other minimally invasive procedures with our state-of-the-art equipment. Our best friends can benefit from the reduced pain and recovery time we expect for ourselves when having laparoscopic surgery.

You’d be bonkers to eat conkers

We have recently treated a few cases of gastrointestinal upsets suspected to have been caused by dogs chewing conkers. Conkers contain a poison called Aesculin and about two days following ingestion can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, lethargy and tremors. Conkers are fun to play with but not for our furry friends.

Improved vaccine against Leptospirosis

You may have heard your fellow dog walkers talking about a new vaccine for leptospirosis. There are several strains (known as serovars) of the leptospirosis bacteria which can cause disease in both dogs and humans. The symptoms vary with the strain but mainly affect the kidneys and liver. The bacteria are excreted in the urine of infected animals. One possible source of infection is contact with rats or water that has been contaminated with their urine. The standard vaccine provides protection against two strains but in recent years there has been an increase in two additional serovars in the UK and in dogs travelling to Europe. The new vaccine (Lepto 4) provides additional protection against these strains and requires a primary course of injections four weeks apart.

Star patient

Sterling’s owners brought him to the surgery because he had severe vomiting and diarrhoea. He became collapsed and distressed which indicated something more serious was going on. We investigated further and when we took radiographs we were surprised to find a previously undiagnosed birth defect. Sterling has a condition called peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia. This is a birth defect where the diaphragm has not developed adequately and abdominal contents can pass into the chest cavity and into the sac around the heart. In Sterling’s case his small intestines are wrapped around his heart which explained why a case of gastroenteritis was making him feel much worse than the average dog.
The good news is that Sterling is feeling much better. Specialists have advised that Sterling can live a normal life but his owners will have to be even more careful with him now to make sure he never eats anything which could cause an intestinal obstruction. If this should happen he would need life-saving surgery.
Sterling will be keeping up with his Dad on 10 mile runs again in no time.