• A taste for exotic pets

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    Smaller living spaces and higher disposable incomes are helping drive a boom in the exotic pet industry. So what’s it like running a practice that exclusively treats exotic animals? Tracey Porter investigates A glance at his online store tells potential […]

  • Rock on

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    Fossil collector Dr Allen O’Grady, of Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery in Queensland, has adorned his practice with dinosaur bones. “On the front patio of my home is a hind limb bone of a brachiosaurus, one of the biggest dinosaurs that […]

  • New tricks: talking with Professor Paul McGreevy

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    He’s someone who wants vets to start looking at the big picture—the very big picture—when treating their patients, writes Harry Pearl. The end of a winding, corrugated dirt road, bordered by eucalyptus and struggling vineyards, seems an unlikely hub for […]

  • Vets working with farmers

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    Large-animal vets know that it can be a juggling act prescribing veterinary science to the people who know the animals best of all. They also know that striking the right balance can be extremely rewarding. By John Burfitt It was […]

  • Preventive medicine for pets

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    Vets know very well that nipping pets’ health problems in the bud before they develop into serious, possibly life-threatening, conditions is common sense. The challenge is convincing pet owners to book their animals in for regular preventive health checks. Sue […]

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WSAVA speaks out against dog and cat meat trade

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has strongly expressed its opposition to the dog and cat meat trade in a new position statement. Prepared by members of its Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), the Position Statement recognises cultural variance […]

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How to treat arthritis in pets

Managing joint pain in cats and dogs was one of the topics discussed at last month’s FASAVA Congress. The event took place on the Gold Coast and was hosted by Australian Small Animal Veterinarians, a special interest group of the […]

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Who is the next farm biosecurity producer of the year?

If you’re a large animal vet who knows an Aussie farmer who takes biosecurity seriously and goes the extra length to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming on to their property, then nominate them for the 2018 Farm Biosecurity Producer […]

Student Clinical Skills Hub

Model experience for vet students

Veterinary students can now hone their clinical skills in a new $1.5 million training facility at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus. School of Veterinary Science chair of Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor Rowland Cobbold, said the new Student Clinical Skills Hub was […]

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Are farm vets a dying species?

A look at the challenges facing large-animal practices in regional Australia, and at how practice owners, vet schools and industry are responding to them. By Merran White These days, the vast majority of vets work with small companion animals in […]

On the money

How is it some vet clinics seems right on the money when setting fees, while others play follow the leader? Getting your fee structure right can be the key to making your business a success, writes John Burfitt Considering the […]

Is your staff well-served?

According to management experts, happy employees boost the bottom line. By Andy Kollmorgen There’s a business management theory out there that goes something like this: the better you treat your employees, the better your business will do. It’s called the […]

It’s in the rules

Differences in pet legislation between the various state and territories is something of a veterinary minefield. A new AVA project, however, is attempting to streamline it once and for all. By Blake Dennis Get talking to most vets on the […]

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Vote of confidence

As older, male vets who own practices, sit on boards and occupy other leadership positions age and retire, opportunities abound for female vets eager to climb the career ladder. But is a lack of professional confidence holding women back? By […]

The road less travelled

For young British vet Janey Lowes, a regular job in a local practice didn’t quite cut it. The 28-year-old now runs a charity that provides veterinary care for Sri Lanka’s street dogs—and has no plans to return home any time […]

All the feels

Pet therapy and behavioural medicine for animals are on the rise. Are such services right for your practice? By Rachel Smith Once upon a time, veterinarians who suggested that animals might have feelings like humans do, or even suffer mental […]

Mental health first aid for vets

The Australian Veterinary Association is rolling out an emergency kit of tools for the veterinary industry in an effort to boost workplace wellness, reports Meg Crawford The statistics on anxiety and depression in the veterinary industry are sobering. A 2009 […]

Latest in Passions

Say cheese

When you love cheese as much as Dr Leisa Denaro of Lamington Terrace Vet Surgery in Nambour, QLD, your only choice is to make it yourself. “I’ve just been a mad, crazy cheese person for as long as I can […]

The cipher room

Spies, detectives and serial killers were the inspiration for Dr David Vella of Sydney Exotics + Rabbit Vets in Crows Nest, NSW, when building his escape rooms. “The old abandoned cabin is the ramshackle home of a serial killer. It’s […]


When the lion dances, Dr Lai Chu Chan of Pyramid Veterinary Centre in Gordonvale, QLD, is on hand to keep it looking fit and healthy. “My husband is Irish and I’m Chinese. We have six children—two boys and four girls—and […]

A good yarn

A serious injury led Dr Susan Walsh of Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre in WA to re-think her priorities and embrace the art of crochet. “About eight years ago when I was employed full-time at another practice, I was working long hours […]

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Tools of the trade: 3D-printed plastic animal bones

by Dr Richard Lucas, Busselton Vet Hospital, WA These plastic bones are accurate anatomical models of an individual animal’s bones and are 3D-printed based on a CT scan. They allow the vet to undertake a practice surgery before operating on […]

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Tools of the trade: Tightrope CCL

by Tegan Kelly VN, Alpine Animal Doctors, Porepunkah, VIC The Tightrope CCL is used in dogs with cruciate disease, suffering from cranial cruciate tears. The material and technique was developed for human medical procedures and adapted for canine use. What’s […]

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Meet Our Vet—we know what means the most to our teams and our clients

This article is sponsored content brought to you by BestFriends. Our Team Member Promise Our culture is based on collaboration and passion with core values of Integrity, Relationships, Continuing Development, Pet Parenting and Strong Business—which are reflected in everything we […]


BCF Ultrasound FREE Quick Guides now available

This article is sponsored content brought to you by BCF Ultrasound. As ultrasound becomes a standard modality in clinics around Australia, and with the increasing use of services such as telesonography for second opinions, the need to obtain the best possible diagnostic images […]

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