Archive for October, 2015

Arthritis care in the Winter months

The days are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, winter has most definitely arrived. Not only are we feeling the chill in the air but our four legged friends will be too. Arthritis is a condition that affects many senior animals and just as commonly found in humans, the cold winter temperatures can make the condition more painful.winter_dog

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A day in the life of a Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently six months in to my three years to train as a Veterinary Nurse.  I decided that the vocational or apprenticeship type training was more suited to my learning style, so I learn on the job everyday. I attend college one day a week and work in the surgery the rest of the week. At the end of my three years after written and practical exams I qualify with a level three diploma and will be officially a Registered Veterinary Nurse!

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Taking care of your rabbit – Part 4

How can I make sure that I have a Happy Bunny?

Part 2 – Friends & Companions

 rabbit kisses


People don’t realise that rabbits are incredibly social animals and if left without appropriate company and things to do for a long time they can suffer.

Many owners keep a rabbit alone in a hutch, but this leads to a miserable lifestyle for rabbits.

Rabbits have complex social needs and are happiest when kept with another friendly rabbit –

therefore, rabbits should ideally live in friendly pairs or groups.

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Alcombe Newsletter Autumn 2015


Take a look at our latest newsletter for Autumn 2015!

An RVN Abroad

I have worked abroad voluntarily twice, once in Thailand and once in India. The charity in Thailand is called Lanta Animal Welfare on Koh Lanta and in India I worked for ARC (Animal Rescue Centre) in Palolem, Goa.
The aim for both charities is to reduce the stray population  numbers, minimise pain and suffering, educate local people and try to eliminate the incidence of transmissible diseases (in particular, Rabies).
Animal charities in developing countries face many challenges; animal welfare is considered very low priority when people are struggling to survive themselves.  Local people are scared of the stray populations due to disease transmission and therefore the animals are treated very badly – this problem can only be addressed by education & vaccination.  Many people also trap and catch wild and sometimes rare animals to sell or keep as pets, which then become frustrated and vicious in their poor captive conditions.

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