Don’t stress: VETbytes offers vital stress relief for emergency vets

Emergency and critical care work can be stressful and demanding, and rising caseloads are contributing to more cases of burnout in the veterinary profession. With the application of evidence-based veterinary medicine, VETbytes offers a stress-relief manifesto.

A new survey conducted by the British Veterinary Association has found that three-quarters of vets are concerned about stress and burnout, with the small animal vet category ‘most concerned’ – a situation compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency medicine has the added stress of long work hours, an intense work environment with pressure to efficiently identify clinical needs and manage client expectations. Being able to access the best clinical guidance in emergency situations can be a key factor in managing stress levels and improving patient outcomes.

The emergency and critical care app from VETbytes was created as a clinical support tool for veterinary teams, providing evidence-based veterinary information in concise clinical guides. Vets can now also access the ‘latest updates’ feature to seamlessly stay up to date with the latest findings in ECC.

“VETbytes exists to bring evidence-based medicine to the fore of veterinary general practice,” said Zoë Coker and Bronwen Eastwood, co-founders of VETbytes. “Now is a crucial moment for vets to take action to help reduce stress levels, VETbytes offers a cost-effective and simple way to do this.”

VETbytes provides clear benefits to clinicians such as more efficient case management and reduction of errors and stress, which are especially important during the pandemic.

VETbytes is accessible on mobile, iPad and desktop. The latest evidence added to the ECC app is available to view here.

Podcast Interview: What Vetbytes? Bronwen, Brighton and Belize

Scott Kilpatrick, director (Internal Medicine) at veterinary thought exchange chatted to Bronwen Eastwood, Co-Founder of VETbytes earlier this week for the vtx podcast. Click here to listen to the full interview and hear Bronwen’s amazing career that has taken her from Brighton to Belize and back again!

In the interview, Bronwen explains how she went on to co-found VETbytes, after recognising a void for a resource that provides up-to-date, evidence-based, user-friendly clinical information. Alongside co-founder Zoe Coker, Bronwen co-wrote some of the treatment guides for the VETbytes emergency and critical care app, a subscription-based resource designed to support vets who need to keep up to date and provide an excellent service to their clients and patients. 

Updates feed launched to help vets stay current with evidence-based knowledge

The point-of-care clinical support tool, VETbytes, has added to the veterinary resource by introducing a ‘latest updates’ feed to its first app for emergency and critical care (ECC).

Launched in July in partnership with the BSAVA, VETbytes has enhanced its ability to make relevant research accessible to the end user by implementing a ‘latest updates’ evidence feed to its emergency and critical care (ECC) app.

Vets treating small animals can now access condensed summaries of the most recently published papers relevant to ECC, enabling them to keep up to date with the evidence without having to spend hours reading.

“This new feature will allow users to access real-time updates to the app so they can be assured they are following the most up-to-date clinical guidance,” said Zoë Coker and Bronwen Eastwood, co-founders of VETbytes.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), the founding partner of VETbytes, welcomes the development to the ECC app for its members: “The latest addition to the app advances our joint goal with VETbytes, to provide the latest practical, accessible, evidence-based resources for the small animal veterinary community.” said BSAVA President Professor Ian Ramsey.

The VETbytes app is available to BSAVA members with discounted subscription fees and free access is offered to veterinary students.

To view the ‘latest updates’ feed, click here.

The ECC app, available from VETbytes, currently covers more than 100 topics and includes other features such as drug (and CRI) calculators, a quick reference section and links to hundreds of source abstracts, as well as CPD accreditation for reflective learning through usage of the app.

VETbytes is available at the point of care on mobile, iPad or desktop. To start a free trial or subscribe to the VETbytes app, visit