Robin Hargreaves's Blog


Broaching the brachy issue with our clients

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Robin Hargreaves

Robin explains how practices need to engage with their clients on brachycephalic health issues - emphasising our motivation as veterinary professionals to see people have long and rewarding relationships with happy, healthy pets.


Celebrating the colossal contribution of veterinary nurses

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Robin Hargreaves

This Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Robin Hargreaves reflects on veterinary nurses' expertise and dedication, acknowledging their growing role in the veterinary team, as well as their contribution to the quality of veterinary service.


Turning wellbeing research into wellbeing reality: Mind Matters symposium

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Robin Hargreaves

As a member of the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) taskforce, developed by the RCVS, I was very pleased to take a couple of days to attend the recent research symposium held at Edinburgh University.


Supporting recent graduates through the early years of veterinary practice

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Robin Hargreaves

A recent press article highlighted the concerns – and perhaps fears – recent graduates have about their first forays in out-of-hours (OOH) work. In that article, BVA Junior Vice President Gudrun Ravetz commented that “Graduates need and want support during the initial phase of their careers. There is no reluctance to undertake OOH, but an understandable apprehension when approaching emergency and potentially complicated situations.”


Defra’s big data project must have surveillance input

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Robin Hargreaves

Last week I was in a very mixed audience to listen to a speech delivered by Liz Truss, Secretary of State at Defra, where she set out a vision for moving urban digital technologies more into the rural economy to close the reported 17% productivity gap between the rural and urban economy.


The end is nigh

Posted on August 09, 2014 by Robin Hargreaves

It's hard to credit that it has been a month since my last blog and I apologise for the hiatus. July was as busy a time as I have had in my period of office I think.  


Another big week coming

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Robin Hargreaves

Monday morning and the start of new week that looking at the diary promises to encapsulate how this job changes your life.


Cost versus value

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Robin Hargreaves

Once again this morning I have done the rounds of local radio stations who have picked up a veterinary story. This time Paul O Grady reports that he has spent £8000 on treatment for his dogs kidney cancer which has been a success but will require on going chemotherapy.


Passing of Lord Ballyedmond

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Robin Hargreaves

So sad to hear this morning of the tragic passing of Lord Ballyedmond. A great suporter of the veterinary profession and of BVA. Built opportunity for thousands of people in a troubled province and around the world.