Series 4: Episode 3: Guideline case examples

The Quality Improvement (QI) Boxset will allow you to learn about Quality Improvement with small bite-sized episodes of content. Just like streaming services, you can scroll and pick and choose what you want to watch or listen to. 

This episode:

  • Discusses how published guidelines have been created.
  • Includes case examples of practice guidelines.

As vets look beyond Covid-19, QI is more important than ever

As vets look beyond Covid-19, QI is more important than ever

CPD: 16 minutes

In this podcast, passionate advocate of QI Lizzie Whiting and Pam Mosedale, QI Clinical Lead, chat to Nicky Paull, retired vet, ex BVA President and Chair of the VDS Board, about how the whole team approach to problem solving and developing guidelines is an integral part of successful QI, to the benefit of teams, clients and animals. Recorded May 2020 for VetPodCasts.


Restart that heart: A panel discussion with the minds behind the RECOVER guidelines

Restart that heart: A panel discussion with the minds behind the RECOVER guidelines

CPD: 60 minutes

This is the first Facebook live panel discussion from in our RECOVER series from October 2020. This panel discussion features the co-chairs of the RECOVER initiative, focusing on the trials, successes and lessons learned in the creation and maintenance of the guidelines.

How to save a life: A panel discussion on how to implement the RECOVER guidelines in practice

How to save a life: A panel discussion on how to implement the RECOVER guidelines in practice

CPD: 60 minutes

This is the second in our Facebook live RECOVER series from October 2020. This panel discussion focuses on how to implement these life-saving guidelines within your team, including training, CPR simulations and other processes to help get the best possible outcomes.

Management of feline chronic kidney disease

Management of feline chronic kidney disease

CPD: 90 minutes

In this podcast on the management of feline chronic kidney disease, produced by RCVS Knowledge for BSAVA Congress 2020, Sarah Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS, RCVS specialist in feline medicine, and Paul Pollard MVB CertAVP(VC) PG Dip Vet Ed FHEA MRCVS, discuss the role of guidelines in the diagnosis and assessment of renal disease in small animals.

Clinical guidelines in equine practice

Clinical guidelines in equine practice

CPD: 35 minutes

In this podcast, Tim Mair, who was President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and Equine Veterinary Director at CVS at the time of recording, looks at the challenges and benefits of introducing clinical guidelines into equine practice. Real-life examples demonstrate how to create your own guidelines and monitor their effectiveness in practice.

This session was recorded at Ashbrook Equine Hospital as part of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Equine Roadshow, kindly sponsored by the Horserace Betting Levy Board and accredited by the British Equine Veterinary Association.


AAHA Pain Management Guidelines

AAHA Pain Management Guidelines

CPD: 3 minutes

These guidelines, produced by the American Animal Hospital Association, are designed to help members of the veterinary team assess pain and create pain management plans for cats and dogs. The guidelines provide a framework for the assessment and management of both acute and chronic pain and can be used as a basis to produce practice guidelines.


Developing guidelines within Blue Cross

Developing guidelines within Blue Cross

CPD: 20 minutes

This award-winning case example shows how Blue Cross developed guidelines within the practice to deliver a consistent approach to diagnosis and treatment throughout the charity for more than 60 common syndromes and conditions.

Ear cytology guidelines

Ear cytology guidelines

CPD: 15 minutes

This award-winning case example shows how Plymouth Veterinary Group created guidelines for performing cytology on patients presenting with ear pathology, utilising the whole teams’ skillset to improve the patient journey for a common and often persistent presentation. The application showed a bottom-up approach – increasing training, utilising RVN skills and demonstrating strong evidence that their changes led to an overall decrease in the number of antibiotics prescribed.

Suture material use in feline spays

Suture material use in feline spays

CPD: 15 minutes

This guideline example on the use of suture material in feline spays expands on the 7 steps of creating your practice guideline.

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Auditing your guidelines - Link to QI Boxset Series 2

Auditing your guidelines - Link to QI Boxset Series 2

So you have created a practice guideline, but how do you know if it helps to make improvements? Once you have implemented your guidelines, you can assess it's impact by carrying out an audit. Follow the link to the QI Boxset Series 2: Clinical Audit, which offers over 13 hours of CPD, to find out how.