The Role of The Veterinary Nurse In Preventative Behavioural Medicine

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Category: Nurses Club
Published on: 14.01.2013

Presenter:

Sarah Heath BVSc DipECAWBM (BM) CCAB MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)
Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice Chester

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The Role of the Veterinary Nurse in Preventative Behavioural Medicine
Although behavioural medicine is still considered to be a relatively new veterinary discipline, it is one that affects both vets and nurses on a daily basis. Incorporating behaviour into the general veterinary practice is beneficial for animals, owners and staff and the veterinary nurse has a very vital role in making this happen.
The two main aims of a behavioural service are to maximise the benefits of the relationship between owner and pet and to minimise the stress for patients when visiting the veterinary practice. The best way to achieve this is to prevent behaviour problems from becoming established.

Behavioural problems threaten the pet-owner bond and this in turn threatens the whole ethos of pet ownership on which veterinary practice depends. It is therefore important for veterinary practices to be actively involved in preventative behavioural medicine. The veterinary nurse is ideally placed to co-ordinate the practice policy on behavioural prevention.

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