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Sophie McMurrough

Sophie McMurrough RVN VTS (SAIM)

2019 VetCPD Congress Lectures

Understanding toxins

Potential poisons surround our fury friends on a daily basis but how much do we actually know about the common toxins we see in practice? From human food types to household chemicals, they can all pose a threat. With such a broad range of clinical signs from neurological deficits, renal injuries and coagulopathies, we have seen them all! In this talk we will discuss Xylitol, Metaldehyde and NSAID toxicities. What happens to the body when intoxicated and learn how to independently manage each case.

Top tips on how nurses can place and manage tubes

As nurses we commonly care for patients with a variety of different tubes. Would you like to further your practical skills and learn how to place and manage them correctly? In this talk we will learn how nurses can successfully place naso-oesophageal feeding tubes and an indwelling urinary catheter in the bitch. We will also discuss the successful management of drains and chest tubes to allow us to provide gold standard care to our patients.


Sophie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2011. Since then she has worked in many different practices across the north west of England including the UK’s largest ECC hospital. She completed a BSAVA Merit award on anaesthesia & analgesia in 2013. Currently working at a specialist referral hospital in Frodsham, Northwest Veterinary Specialists. Sophie has practiced since 2013 as both a ‘charge nurse’ in charge of the daily running of the clinical cases alongside her role as a Nurse Team Leader of the small animal internal medicine department. After passing her AIMVT examinations in Washington DC, Sophie became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Sophie’s areas of interest are endocrinology and emergency medicine.