Vet nurse puts teamwork into practice

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<ul><li><p>NewsNewsNewsNews</p><p>722 Australian Veterinary Journal Volume 82, No 12, December 2004</p><p>Australian</p><p>VETERINARYJOURNAL</p><p>MANAGING EDITOR MARK THORNLEY</p><p>SCIENTIFIC EDITORCOLIN WILKS</p><p>CLINICAL EDITORMAUREEN REVINGTON</p><p>DESIGNSOUTHERN DESIGN AND PRINT GROUP</p><p>PHOTOGRAPHYMARK THORNLEY</p><p>NATIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGERMcGOWEN &amp; COX MEDIA SALES</p><p>CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS CO-ORDINATOR</p><p>ANGELA JACKSON</p><p>BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLICATIONSDAVID LOVELL</p><p>AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSOCIATION</p><p>CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERMARGARET CONLEY</p><p>AVA BOARDPRESIDENT NORM BLACKMAN, PAST-PRESIDENT </p><p>JO SILLINCE, BOARD MEMBERS BILL DARMODY, DAVIDLOVELL, DIANE SHEEHAN, LYNDY SCOTT, DEREK MAJOR,</p><p>MATT MAKIN AND SAM McMAHON.</p><p>The Australian Veterinary Journal (AVJ) is the official journal of theAustralian Veterinary Association. It is produced each month and is</p><p>distributed to members of the AVA and to subscribers. Thepublisher, The Australian Veterinary Association, does not hold</p><p>itself responsible for the statements made in the AVJ. Unless sostated, material in the AVJ does not reflect the endorsement,</p><p>official attitude or position of the Australian Veterinary Associationor the Editors. Advertisers are responsible for complying with the</p><p>Trade Practices Act 1974, as amended.</p><p> Reproduction of any material without written permissionfrom the Editor and the AVA is strictly prohibited.</p><p>CONTRIBUTIONSNews and general correspondence</p><p>News items and general correspondence should be submittedto the Managing Editor, AVA House, 134-136 Hampden Rd,</p><p>Artarmon NSW 2064, Australia or PO Box 371 ArtarmonNSW 1570 Australia. 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Telephone (03) 9387 2982, fax</p><p>(03) 9388 0112, email avjsc@ava.com.au</p><p>ObituariesContact the Scientific Editor </p><p>(avjsc@ava.com.au; (03) 9387 2982) in advance if you wish to submit an obituary.</p><p>Non-member subscriptionsFor non-member subscription prices for the AVJ, please</p><p>contact Angela Jackson at assist@ava.com.au</p><p>AdvertisingMcGowen &amp; Cox Media Sales, Suite 21/56-62 Chandos St, </p><p>St Leonards NSW 2065,telephone (02) 9460 7955, fax (02) 9460 8632</p><p>email: mcmedia@mcmediasales.com.au</p><p>Cover photo: Bull Mastiff buddies </p><p>have fun on the beach.Photo by Mark Thornley.</p><p>AVA Vet Ed reaches milestoneStories by Mark Thornley. Photo by Jenny Doherty</p><p>Vet nurse puts teamwork into practice</p><p>Dr Philip Brain of AllambieVeterinary Clinic is the firstveterinarian to achieve 120 AVAVet Ed points and was presented with hiscertificate on 28th October, 2004 by DrNorm Blackman, President.</p><p>Completion of 120 AVA Vet Ed pointswithin a triennium (three year period)entitles AVA members to use a post-nominal Chartered Member AVA(CMAVA).</p><p>This post-nominal can also be used bymembers to market themselves asprofessionals maintaining high qualitystandards in their field of endeavour to helpset them apart from those who do notachieve this status.</p><p>If youre attending a lot of conferenceslike myself its pretty easy to accumulate alot of continuing education points. You justhave to keep your paper work and get it intothe AVA, its that easy, Dr Brain said.</p><p>Over 100 veterinarians are currentlyactive participants in AVA Vet Ed. </p><p>As members of a self-regulatingprofession, veterinarians are under a</p><p>professional obligation to maintain theircompetence and should seek to makecontinuous improvements to the standardof service that they provide to their patients,clients, colleagues and employers. </p><p>AVA Vet Ed is designed to be theprovider of the pre-eminent continuingeducation scheme to enhance the quality ofthe professional services provided by AVAmembers.</p><p>Successful members also receive acertificate plus a lapel pin/brooch with theyear of CE attainment.</p><p>Melbourne based veterinary nursePatrice Naylor recently returnedfrom her Veterinary NursesCouncil of Australia (VNCA) EducationScholarship.</p><p>Travelling to Texas to work with DrSteve Garners Safari Animal Hospital whoare world-renowned leaders in teamconsulting, she spent three days studyingthe latest veterinary workflow methods.</p><p>Patrice furthered her knowledge base byattending the Central VeterinaryConference in Kansas City, Missouri foranother three days and will share thevaluable insights she has gained bydeveloping a variety of training aids to helpeducate veterinary nurses in teamconsulting.</p><p>Currently serving as a vet nurse at thePascoe Vale Veterinary Hospital, Ms Naylorsaid this style of consultation involves vetnurses spending more time in theconsultation room and interacting withclients.</p><p>The nurses take any samples that needto be collected and check all the vital signs</p><p>of the patient and prepare the animal forthe veterinarian to come into the consultroom to diagnose and prescribe themedications, Ms Naylor said.</p><p>The patients love it because they getlonger consults, the nurses love it becausetheyre using more of their skills and gettingbetter job satisfaction and the veterinarianshave more time to see more clients throughthe practice.</p><p>The scholarship offers up to $5000distributed between a number of applicantsannually.</p><p>Dr Philip Brain with a patient.</p><p>Vet nurse Patrice Naylor (right) assisting at the clinic.</p></li></ul>