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Dr. Joanna Woodnutt, MRCVS

Alderney, Channel Islands Joanna Woodnutt Freelance/The Veterinary Content Company


  • Small animal veterinarian, owner of The Veterinary Content Company, published in several national magazines


I went to the University of Nottingham for my veterinary degree, gaining the BVMedSci in three years- my dissertation was in preventative health- and then graduating in 2016 with a BVM BVS, allowing me to be a veterinarian.


After graduation I worked in small animal practice in the midlands, UK, doing a combination of emergency work, general practice, and feline-only work. I quickly realised a love of consulting and developed an interest in dermatology and behaviour, as these subjects are often long cases that require a good client-vet relationship. I enjoy taking the time to explain these complicated conditions to my clients. However, I soon realised that I could help more people than just the one in my consult room if I took the time to write some of my explanations down. I took a sideways step, and now I spend most of my week working in veterinary communications.


I moved back home to the Channel Islands in 2019 with my partner Ian and our terrier Pixie. I love the slower pace of life down here and especially enjoy the beautiful scenery on our morning walks. I work once a week as a relief veterinarian, but spend the rest of my time writing articles about pets. I also own and run an organic salad farm and bee-friendly plant centre.


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Why Are Some Cats So Obsessed With Olives?

Have you ever noticed your cat go crazy when there are olives on the table? It might sound strange, but you’re not alone. Cats are particularly attracted to the taste and smell of olives and often get excited or exhibit some strange behaviors making it seem like they are obsessed with olives. There’s a genuine reason behind this silly behavior...

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How To Safely Keep Cats Out Of A Room

Cats are well known for their inquisitive nature. They love to explore and investigate things, particularly areas within their territory—and that includes your home. However, you might want to keep your cat out of a certain room for various reasons. It could be that you don’t want your cat in the kitchen where food is prepared, or you might want...

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Why Is My Cat Pooping In The Tub?

Finding poop in your bathtub is always an unpleasant surprise. You might think your cat is just being naughty, but this is definitely not the case. There is an underlying reason they felt compelled to find a novel toilet, even if it is not obvious to you at first. A change in toileting habits should not be ignored. This article...

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How To Socialize A Kitten: 6 Vet-Approved Steps

The best time to socialize a kitten is from birth, with their mother. So if you have a cat that has had a litter of kittens, well done for thinking about getting them socialized nice and early. In most cases though, by the time you get your new kitten, they might have been separated from their mom for some time,...

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Should I Talk To My Cat Through A Camera?

Have you ever wished you could talk to your cat when you’re not at home? Pet cameras are growing in popularity among pet owners who want to do just this. These systems are a great way to keep a close eye on your cat while you’re out for the day or away on vacation. Many of these camera systems come...

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Why Does My Cat Bite My Feet?

All cat owners have been the victim of a foot ambush. We all know the routine—you sit down to rest or get into bed and your cat pounces at your feet for no apparent reason. The moment you move your toes; they attack those, too. So why do cats attack feet? Cats are known for exhibiting some strange and inexplicable...

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How To Set Up Your Cat’s Litter Box For Success

Even if your cat has access to outdoor space, you still need to provide them with a litter box as an alternative option. A litter box can help reduce the risk of accidents around the house, as well as reduce the risk of stress and bladder or bowel problems. But setting up a litter box in your home comes with...

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Why Does My Cat’s Nose Change Color?

Cats have unique and interesting noses, and just like their paw pads, the nose can change throughout a cat’s life. But noticing a change in the color of your cat’s nose can be worrying for cat owners, so what does it mean and why does it happen? Every cat has a slightly different colored nose. The color usually depends on...

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Why Does My Cat Stick Their Tongue Out Sometimes?

All cats stick their tongue out from time to time, which is completely normal. This action, also known as "blepping," is super cute and might just be due to your cat forgetting to replace their tongue. In some cases, though, it can signify something more serious. Here are the top ten reasons why your cat might blep. 1. Your Cat...

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Why Do Cats Pee & Poop in Shoes?

There is nothing worse than putting on your shoe only to find that your cat has done her business there. A soggy sock from pee is bad enough, but poop is even worse. If your cat has started making a habit of toileting in your shoes, you’ll want to find out how to stop it from happening—and quickly! But to...

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