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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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5 Things Your Cat’s Butt Can Tell You About Their Health

Your cat’s butt is probably an area you don’t pay much attention to, or generally tend to avoid! But this part of your cat’s body can tell you a lot about their health. Our feline family members can’t tell us how they’re feeling, so we must use other ways of spotting problems. Paying close attention to your cat’s poop and...

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My Cat Is Not Grooming Themself: When To Worry

Cats are meticulously clean; in fact, they spend an average of up to half their waking hours grooming. Cats are experts at keeping their coats clean, so it can be troubling when their grooming habits change. Cats are very sensitive to the world around them, and their daily habits can change in response to stress and illness. A reduction or...

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4 Simple Steps To Remove Cat Poop Stains

Having a cat comes with numerous joys but we also commit to the less pleasant aspects, like dealing with their pee and poop. Cats are very clean creatures and tend to keep their "business" confined to the litter box.   However, as we all know, accidents can occasionally happen. Maybe you have a young kitten who hasn’t quite yet got...

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Can Cats Get Kennel Cough?

Most pet owners know about kennel cough in dogs, but what about cats? Upper respiratory disease is common in cats, and many people are familiar with the term "cat flu," but that’s not the only infection that could be causing your cat's symptoms. Kennel cough, although having a rather canine-related name, can affect cats too, although it’s very rare. Let’s...

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Petting Aggression In Cats: What It Is & How To Stop It

Has your cat ever turned to hiss or bite you when you’re in the middle of petting them? Petting aggression is the most common type of aggressive behavior seen in cats, and most cat owners have experienced this at some point. It’s a cat's way of telling you they’ve had enough. But for some cats, this can escalate further, with...

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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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