• 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 […]

  • How to raise your fees and not lose patients

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    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

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    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

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    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 […]

  • Back story

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    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 Veterinary News

Top pedigree dogs on show

Labradors, French bulldogs, German shepherds, golden retrievers and more! Close to 200 award-winning pedigree canines will gather from 5pm this Saturday to compete for Dogs NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year. Hosted by the Dogs NSW Complex Fundraising […]

Raising vet care standards around the world

An initiative launched by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) to develop the companion animal veterinary profession is being extended. Since its launch three years ago, WSAVA’s One Care project—which is supported by Hill’s Pet Nutrition—has focused on offering help to its member associations in Asian countries. Based […]

New bovine TB detection kit launched

A new and highly reliable diagnostic solution for bovine tuberculosis, a major infectious disease among cattle, other farm animals and certain wildlife populations, is now on the market. “The VetMAX M. tuberculosis Complex PCR Kit is a reliable and fast […]

Hendra litigation deters vets

The prosecution of three QLD veterinarians in recent years over their handling of horses infected with the Hendra virus has dissuaded some in the profession from working in the state, according to Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA). The three vets were […]

Latest in Your Business

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 […]

Relationships of trust

Good client communication is critical to the success of any practice. But what is the best way to engage with your customers? Tracey Porter investigates The Pet Wellness Centre in Burleigh Heads does it via Instagram; Animal Emergency Services prefers […]

Location, Location, Location

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. So does it really matter where you buy a vet practice? By Heather Vaile The short answer is yes. However, a steady increase in the number of vet graduates […]

“People People”

You hire staff who know animals, but do your people know people? What happens at the front of your practice, as well as in the treatment room, is vital to customer trust, animals’ wellbeing—and, ultimately, your bottom line, writes Merran […]

Latest in Your World

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 […]

Compassion fatigue

When having high empathy and a passion for your work becomes a drawback. By Megan Crawford Despite what Gerald Durrell would have us believe, veterinary practice is no country idyll. In fact, a 2011 survey demonstrated that veterinarians suffer from […]

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: Table Top Mouth Gag (Rodent/Rabbit)

by Dr Louise Pierce, Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic, Camberwell, VIC The most common problem we see in rabbits is dental disease. Rabbits have really tiny mouths that are very difficult to access and this gag makes the whole process much […]

Tools of the trade: Algerbrush

by Dr Ian Hayes, Southern Tablelands Veterinary Hospital, Goulburn, NSW This is a small, vibrating hand-held device that’s used to treat indolent ulcers in dogs’ eyes. We used to normally debride them with cotton ball tips or do a grid […]

Tools of the trade: Mindray DP50 Vet

by Dr David Hare, Cape Hawke Veterinary Hospital, Forster, NSW A lot of veterinary practices buy second-hand ultrasound machines from maternity wards. The problem with that is the transducer—the head—is too large for animal work. To get a clear ultrasound […]

Finally, proof of the Yeti!

Finally the world of the internet and transition to becoming customer-centric, is coming to the pet industry with the arrival of PetYeti.com.au—starting with online appointments for the pet industry. An innovative platform developed by the team behind the successful online appointments […]

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