• Surf’s up

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    Joining a surfboat crew is a great way to get fit and meet people, according to Dr Jessica Dalton of Macleay Valley Veterinary Services, Kempsey, NSW “When I started working in Kempsey, I was new to the area and didn’t […]

  • The wireless zoo

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    An innovative Australian start-up is promising to revolutionise the global veterinary industry with a new product that wirelessly monitors the vital signs of animals. By Shane Conroy They say success doesn’t happen overnight. That’s certainly true for Jeremy Bocknek and […]

  • Howard’s ark

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    He’s known far and wide as the “man with the magic hands”. Meet the wildlife veterinary surgeon who is passionate about treating—and promoting the welfare of—Australia’s native animals. By Kathy Graham It’s a hot day and the 20kg wombat, despite […]

  • No way out

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    A recent study indicates that feeling professionally stuck is a significant risk factor for depression and suicidal thinking among vets, reports Meg Crawford Sadly, depression and anxiety are so rife in the veterinary community that they’re almost occupational hazards. Even […]

  • Pet abuse register

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    Will pet abuse registries make their way to Australia? By Andy Kollmorgen Should people who abuse pets be prevented from owning pets? It seems fair to say that most people would say yes, thank goodness. But can you really keep […]

Latest in Veterinary News

APVMA CEO resigns

It was recently announced that Kareena Arthy has resigned from the position of chief executive officer at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), after over four years with the agency. Her resignation is effective from 31 May 2017. Arthy […]

Study helps vet mental health

A Murdoch University study is investigating why there is a high rate of suicide and mental health issues among veterinarians. Karen Connell, from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science, is working with the veterinary profession across Australia, asking vets to […]

Flat faced cats paying the price

There is mounting evidence to show that flat faced cats have serious health issues according to International Cat Care (ICC). Earlier this year, Vet Practice posted a news story reporting on the issue of health problems in flat faced or brachycephalic […]

Managing JD in cows

The next phase of the new, national approach to Johne’s disease in cattle is drawing near, with transitional arrangements for the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) ending on 30 June 2017. Most state jurisdictions have removed regulations for JD in cattle […]

Latest in Your Business

Playing to win

Some private practices have not been scared off by the arrival of corporate vet clinics. In fact, they’re welcoming the challenge. By John Burfitt According to a recent newsletter by business advisor Graham Middleton of Synstrat consultancy, the best place to […]

It’s your responsibility

Doing good is good for business. So what do you need to know about adopting the principles of corporate responsibility? Angela Tufvesson investigates At Veterinary Oncology Consultants, which provides remote consultations to vets caring for animals with cancer, directors Angela […]

Where have all the vets gone?

Despite a steady supply of new vet graduates, practices across Australia are finding it hard to fill job vacancies. What is going on and what can be done about it? Merran White investigates In the past decade, the number of […]

The beginning of the end

A growing number of Australian vets are providing end-of-life services to help clients through the difficult decisions and emotional distress associated with caring for sick and ageing pets. By Angela Tufvesson Pets are living longer and better than ever before thanks […]

Latest in Your World

The last line of defence

It is more due to good management than good luck that Australia’s agriculture sector has yet to be decimated by foot-and-mouth disease, writes Tracey Porter It is not by chance that an outbreak of the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), […]

From little things big things grow

How to find funding opportunities for worthwhile projects and business growth. By Heather Vaile If you’re thinking about ways to grow your veterinary business this year or you want to make a positive contribution to a deserving animal research or […]

The outsider

From late 2001 until mid 2011, Dr Lynn Simpson worked on live-export ships, tending to livestock literally covered in their own excrement. When she tried to improve animal-welfare conditions from the inside, she found herself cast out, a victim of […]

Back story

Complaints of chronic back pain are common in the veterinary professions but there are various ways to manage and prevent it. Kerryn Ramsey investigates Dr Stephanie Wright, an Edinburgh-born veterinarian, knows all about the discomfort of long-term back injury from […]

Latest in Passions

Wing it

A hard-working equine and small animal vet, Dr David Clemence of The Animal Doctors in Pakenham, Victoria, likes to relax by flying aeroplanes upside down. “When you’re doing aerobatics, the g-force is the same as experienced by fighter pilots. All […]

Fast and furious

She represented England in lacrosse at three World Cups—now Dr Rachel Kirchheimer of Glenhuntly Road Veterinary Clinic in Victoria is playing for Australia “I went to school in the north of London where I was first introduced to lacrosse. I […]

Wide open road

When the open road beckons, Dr Kate Forster of Harradine & Associates Veterinary Surgeons in Bunbury, WA, goes for a spin on her Harley “My partner Steve and I own a 1600cc Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic. It’s a […]

My place

When Pat Macwhirter of Bird Vet Melbourne bought an 1868 house in Western Port Bay, Victoria, she fell in love with its rich history “In the late ’80s, I had a bird and small-animal practice in Burwood in the eastern […]

Latest in Gear

Olympus BH-2 (BHS) microscope

by Dr Philip Macpherson, Wooloowin Animal Hospital, QLD  This Olympus microscope is a wonderful piece of equipment that really helps make my working day easier and more efficient. What’s good about it A lot of other microscopes are often murky […]

Tools of the trade: Welch Allyn PanOptic ophthalmoscope

by Dr Peter Gibbs, Hall Veterinary Surgery, ACT  The Welch Allyn PanOptic is a direct ophthalmoscope that gives very good coverage of the entire retina. What’s good about it Indirect ophthalmoscopes give a complete view of the whole retina. The […]

Comfortable, tough and good-looking

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Medeleq. MEDELEQ has been associated with the Cherokee brand for Medical Uniforms for 11 years in Australia. We have seen dramatic changes in the healthcare profession with the development of high-quality, […]

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