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‘Hub and spoke’ model puts vets in control

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By Josh Loeb

Vets should be at the centre of all treatment of animals, guiding associated allied professionals in appropriate procedures and care.

That is according to a new vision for effective collaboration between vets and members of the teams they lead, unveiled this week by the BVA.

The association describes vets as the ‘hub’, with allied professionals acting as ‘spokes’.

Spokes encompass, among others, registered veterinary nurses (RVNs), meat hygiene inspectors, embryo transfer technicians, animal care assistants, foot trimmers, hydrotherapists and behaviourists.

Clients would be directed first to hubs, who would manage and lead spokes, overseeing and directing treatment.

Diagnoses and referrals would be made by hubs, whose surrounding spokes would then carry out particular procedures or …

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