• The beginning of the end

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    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 […]

  • What the tech

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    Social media can seem an intimidating beast, but never fear: it can be tamed. Krisinda Merhi explains the dos and don’ts of social-media practice, including dealing with negative responses and keeping content interesting This might be a controversial opinion, but […]

  • From little things big things grow

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    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 […]

  • Fast and furious

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    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 […]

  • The outsider

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    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 […]

Latest in Veterinary News

Summer heat hammers pugs and bulldogs

As Australia swelters through some of the hottest weather on record, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning owners that the summer months can take a toll on dogs, with some breeds more vulnerable than others. AVA spokesperson Dr David […]

New partnership to improve communication

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced a partnership with veterinary digital services provider Vetstream as it focuses on enhancing communication with its 101 member associations and individual membership of more than 200,000 veterinary professionals around the world. Vetstream’s first project is a new website […]

Vaccine protects against lamb losses

Sheep producers are benefiting from using Campyvax to reduce lamb losses caused by the Campylobacter bacteria. Produced by Coopers Animal Health, Campyvax is the only vaccine that helps control reproductive losses caused by Campylobacter bacteria, aiding in the control of abortion […]

Latest in Your Business

How to raise your fees and not lose patients

Charging more money to keep up with costs is a big headache for vets who otherwise may be caught in a bind of undercharging, writes Rachel Smith It is no secret that owning a pet is costly—and that many pet […]

Light fantastic

Some veterinary professionals regard it as just another ‘alternative treatment’; others swear by its effectivness. Susan Chenery asks some vets to comment on laser therapy Rodarn the elderly cattle dog had wobbled unsteadily into the surgery, ataxic in his back […]

How to survey your clients

Don’t make assumptions. Instead, ask customers what they think you’re doing right and wrong. By Chris Sheedy When a customer walks through the door of your practice, they are loaded with expectations. It’s vital for the continued success of your […]

The flexible vet practice

Practices offering flexible workplace arrangements may have the edge when it comes to attracting and retaining hardworking and committed staff, reports Merran White While most vets are familiar with hard work, fewer these days are prepared to put up with […]

Latest in Your World

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 […]

A pet project

Presenter, activist and campaigner Dr Chris Brown tells Jane Duru about his latest mission—to make Australia more pet-friendly. If the success of Bondi Vet proves anything, it is that Australia is a nation obsessed by its pets. Running since 2009, […]

Dog star

A former Sydney resident who moved to the Top End as a graduate vet tells Angela Tufvesson about some of the successes as well as challenges associated with his work treating dogs in remote Aboriginal communities. Much has been written […]

Life less ordinary

He has hosted baby tigers in his house, darted baboons with a blowpipe and lived 30 years among the Bedouin in the oil-rich Middle East. But it is his work pushing the boundaries of the genetic and scientific study of […]

Latest in Passions

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 […]

String theory

The rich, warm tones of the cello come to life in the hands of Dr Peter Rees of Cannon & Ball Veterinary Surgeons in Wollongong, NSW. “A few years ago, I played cello with the Australian Youth Orchestra for a […]

Animal art

Dr Christo Delport of Paralowie Veterinary Surgery in SA paints remarkable portraits of the animals of his native South Africa “I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil but I completed my first painting when I was eight years […]

Latest in Gear

Tools of the trade: Tartar Removing Forceps D1013

by Rebecca Hagney VN, Claws and Paws Family Veterinary Hospital, Bathurst, NSW These forceps quickly and effectively remove tartar without putting too much pressure on the tooth. It’s a simple little tool that is nice and easy to use. What’s […]

Tools of the trade: IM3 Revolution 4DC

by Dr Amanda Darbishire, Albion Veterinary Surgery, QLD This is a fixed-arm digital dental radiology unit that creates beautiful images. It has made dentistry much more fun because I can now clearly see all the detail in every radiograph. What’s […]

REM Systems ACTivet Pro

REM SYSTEMS has launched its Multi Radiance Medical ACTivet Pro super pulsed laser in Australia. “We see this an important addition to our range of veterinary products that we offer to continue to support our customers with innovative, reliable and […]

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