Singing in the rain!

Now this title may be the least relevant yet. Topical yes, relevant no. The only vague connection I can think between the title and the world of Ashman Jones (bar it has been raining on everyone and everything for the past two months), is that everyone has been singing our praises during the 14 days of love on bestofbath. It has now closed and a massive thank you to everyone who said lovely things about us, because it is a wonderful feeling, we are happy again!

And onto this week's subject...


There is a very small amount of the practice which is seen when one has a visit to the London Road. Conversely, if you visit Widcombe, you have seen basically everything by the time you get into the consult room. London Road, however, is a rabbit warren.

For any of you that have had a pet undergo undergo an operation or hospitalisation at the London Road clinic, we take your animal from you and then disappear off with them for goodness knows how long, then reappear through the same door but with a bandage on or a bit missing from said animal and a novel's worth of home care. Because behind this door is where some real vet stuff can go on.

On the lower level of Ashman Jones London Road is the hospital environment. As well as kennels and cattery, there is also a prep room and ops theatre. An ops theatre is as one would expect, a sterile room with washing facilities next door for the vets to scrub up. Rather conveniently, there are two exits to the ops theatre, so you can always leave slightly quicker than you entered without interrupting anything if Pip is performing some rather gory surgery.

However next door to the ops theatre is the prep room. This is the veterinary nurse's domain. Pip and Murray may run the practice, however the vet nurses' run the prep room. This is a good thing mind you, as it does tend to mean that everything does get put back where it belongs at the end of the day. And this is where all the action takes place. All sedatives and anaesthetics are initiated in here, as well as inserting of catheters, intravenous fluids, and other weird and wonderful fluids. Non-sterile ops can be performed in the prep room, such as dentals (we have a posh new dental machine, which is Murray's baby) and cat castrates. Our two main pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment are also housed in the prep room. The X-Ray machine is used as hard tissue imager (is that a word?) and give then an immediate, but accurate representation of what is going on regarding an animals skeletal structure. However, it does have secondary uses, especially when an over-inquisitive pet decides to eat a favourite toy or family heirloom. The other is our newest piece of kit, the ultrasound machine. An ultrasound machine is used for soft tissue and is a very useful technique to handle to survey the condition of major (and minor) organs. Rather strangely, it is read top-down. As in, the closer to the top of the screen the image is, the closer to the surface of the skin.

The week just gone and about to come

So it has been one week since the appointment shuffle and it has been all good so far. We have had no hiccups and people have been slightly quicker than usual, which is always reassuring news.

In other news, our receptionist/gap year layabout Sam has managed to get into vet school. Providing he puts some work in and does well in his exams in the summer, he will be off the Royal Veterinary College in September (which was the same vet school as Sophie) for the long training to become a veterinary surgeon.

Also, in the week coming up, we have two absentees. Caz won't be at Widcombe on Tuesday and Wednesday. On the Tuesday she is off on practical training as exams are coming up, and on the Wednesday Debbie Ash is off on CPD so she is covering for her there at London Road.

Oh, and finally, the new hoover is working very well at Widcombe!

Something of interest

Now, I was surfing on the internet the other day (not during work, I promise) and found this video and thought it may be of interest. I am posting it mainly because when we are told about an animal going extinct in the wild, we are saddened but continue with our daily life, but the evidence shown here of a reintroduction of a species into an ecosystem shows just how vital every animal is to the world. Just follow this link and prepared to be amazed:

And finally, this is simply too cute!!

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