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.


Can Cats Eat Catnip?

Catnip is a popular herb given to cats to smell and play with – but what happens if they eat it? In this article we’ll look at whether catnip is safe for cats to eat as well as sniff! What Is Catnip? Catnip is the common name for the perennial herb Nepeta cataria. It’s a member of the mint family, so you may also hear it called catmint, catswort,...

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Can Cats Eat Carrots?

Carrots are an exceptionally healthy snack for humans, containing large amounts of fiber and plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals, despite having hardly any calories. But if you’re enjoying a carrot snack, you might be wondering whether you can share some with your feline friend. Let’s take a look. What Are Carrots? It’s likely that carrots need no introduction. After all, they’re very popular...

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Can Cats Eat Popcorn?

If you’re relaxing in your home movie theater with a bowl of popcorn, chances are you’re going to drop a piece. But what happens if your cat eats the popcorn? Is popcorn safe for cats to eat? The good news is that popcorn is not toxic to cats, but there are some things you should be aware of before feeding popcorn...

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Can Cats Eat Grapes?

If your cat likes to eat berries, you might have caught yourself wondering whether cats can eat grapes as well. After all, they’re juicy, sweet, and perfectly cat-sized. So, can cats eat grapes? What Are Grapes? When we talk about grapes, we’re talking about the fruit of the Vitis vinifera vine. They’re one of the oldest cultivated berries in the world – the...

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Can Cats Eat Bread?

In my house, you can’t leave a loaf of bread or a bread roll out on the countertop for fear of the cat eating it. Many cats show an interest in eating bread, and if you've seen your cat tucking into your sandwich, you've likely wondered if this food is safe for cats. Let’s take a look at how much...

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Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Avocados are rapidly gaining in popularity due to their nutritional benefits, and the Mexican avocado trade is now worth 2.17 billion dollars. If your cat snacked on your avocado when you turned your back, you might be wondering if avocados are ok for cats. We’ll look at whether cats can eat avocados, how much, and if they have any health benefits for...

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Can Cats Eat Blueberries?

Can cats join us in eating nutritious blueberries? Does the superfood status of blueberries translate across into cats, too? Let’s take a look at whether blueberries can be included as part of your cat's diet, how many blueberries cats can eat a day, and everything else we need to know about this amazing fruit. What Are Blueberries? Blueberries are the purple-blue fruit that grows on...

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Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

Watermelon, for me, is the taste of summer. Does your cat beg for a slice of watermelon? We’re going to look at whether cats can have watermelon, how much they can have, and whether watermelon is good for cats. What Is Watermelon? A watermelon is a fruit from the climbing or trailing vine Citrullus lanatus, originally from South Africa, and related to other melons such as cantaloupe. They are...

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Can Cats Eat Strawberries?

For many people, strawberries are the taste of summer. These delicious fruits are sweet, juicy, and tasty- but if your cat agrees, you might be wondering whether cats can eat strawberries, whether strawberries are safe for cats, and whether you can give your cat strawberries as a treat. We’re going to take a look at strawberries in detail, so you...

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