• Doing charitable work

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    Many practices have a strong connection with charities and community work. While these are worthwhile causes, does this improve the business side of a practice? By James Gallaway Genuinely charitable work might seem rare in a world where corporate sponsorship of worthy […]

  • Wine making

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    Dr Kate Woods of Manjimup Veterinary Clinic in WA is robust, independent and of strong character—just like the wine she makes. “My husband and I were keen to get away from Perth and raise our kids in the country. We […]

  • Fighting animal cruelty

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    Australia’s only accredited forensic veterinarian, Dr Rebecca Belousoff, has her work cut out for her investigating some of the worst cases of animal cruelty—her evidence helping to convict animal abusers. By Petra Starke Animal cruelty cases have always been difficult to […]

  • Business courses for vets

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    Being a fantastic vet is only half the story to running a successful practice. The other half is how good at business you are. Luckily, there are lots of business courses you can do to help you be more enterprising. […]

  • Feeding pets human food

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    Animals have very different nutritional needs to humans. But telling that to pet owners who are convinced the human fad diets they swear by also benefit their cat or dog isn’t always easy, unless you know how. By Rachel Smith […]

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AVA urges action after live animal export crisis

The Australian Veterinary Association has called for urgent changes to protect the health and welfare of animals exported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. AVA president Dr Paula Parker said that in light of recent events, the […]


Mars Petcare signs agreement with REDcycle

Mars Petcare Australia has signed a partnership agreement with REDcycle which provides a route for its dry pet food bags and flexible pouches to be recycled into a range of outdoor products. As the first Australian pet food company to […]

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New seeing eye dogs symposium announced

Vision Australia, the leading national provider of blindness and low vision services and advocator for the blindness and low vision community, has announced a veterinary symposium to coincide with the upcoming IGDF Seminar & Breeders Workshop. To be held in […]

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Pets top binge-watching partners, study finds

What with cat cafes, dog-friendly beaches, gourmet pet food and designer pet wear and accessories, it perhaps should come as no surprise that our furry and feathery friends are our top binge-watching partners. According to a new survey released by […]

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Vet prices: the cost of care

No vet wants to provide anything less than the best possible treatment but when a client is unable to pay for your services, how much charity can your business afford? By Susi Banks There are various strategies veterinarians use to balance […]

Unique Selling Proposition

Know thy Unique Selling Proposition

The USP—Unique Selling Proposition—is said to be the secret of getting the right core message of your business. So why is it so many practices have no idea what their USP even is? By John Burfitt If there’s one thing most […]

Vets on Call

Vets on call

Described as ‘Uber for pet owners’, Vets on Call—an app-based mobile veterinary service—looks like a win-win-win for vets, owners and pets. But is the game-changing business model viable? By Merran White For Bendigo-raised Morgan Coleman, who cut his entrepreneurial teeth […]

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The veterinary receptionist

First impressions last which is why the role of the veterinary receptionist is of critical importance, as Tracey Porter discovers. There are few jobs in the veterinary sector that carry as much weight as that of a frontline receptionist. While, as […]

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Dr Nick Gales—the life aquatic

In the case of Australian Antarctic Division director Dr Nick Gales, a degree in veterinary science—coupled with a research interest in marine mammals—has led to a varied and exciting career. By Adam Morton Nick Gales was six months away from […]

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Assistance dogs lending a helping paw

The lives of children with autism are being greatly improved thanks to specially trained assistance dogs. Chloe Warren reports It’s a story familiar to families right around Australia: you notice your child isn’t following the typical timeline of developmental progress, […]

Stephanie Wright

Dr Stephanie Wright gets to the heart of the matter

After suffering through an immense tragedy and ill health, Dr Stephanie Wright reveals the various ways she found to navigate them. Her experience may inspire veterinarians who may be going through difficult times. By Kerryn Ramsey When Murwillumbah Vet Clinic won […]

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Alternative veterinary careers

Think your vet degree has to end in general practice? Think again, there are alternative veterinary careers writes Anna Christensen. Dr Melinda Bell has watched it happen so many times, it’s become a cliché. Idealistic vet student graduates with a […]

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Whether it’s console, online, board or card, Dr Sarah Abramowski of Belconnen Animal Hospital in Weetangera, ACT, can’t get enough of gaming. “I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t gaming. When I was a kid, my dad used to play […]


Rogaining—go your own way

Being lost in the bush at 2am is just one of the joys of rogaining, according to Dr Helen Robinson of Indigo Veterinary Services in Beechworth, VIC “Rogaining is a sport that was devised by three students at Melbourne uni back in […]


From A to Zumba

The Latin rhythms and exotic dance moves of zumba are the perfect way for Dr Gladys Tam of Mt Druitt Veterinary Clinic in NSW to stay in shape. “I’ve always liked dancing and learned how to belly dance when I was […]


Archery: my aim is true

A cool head and steady hand has seen vet nurse Aimee Deaves of the Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane, QLD, compete worldwide in archery competitions. “There are moments in archery when you feel like you’re on cloud nine and can’t […]

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Tools of the trade: Cardell Touch Monitor

by Kelly Byrne VN, Maldon Vet Clinic, VIC Even though we generally use this monitor when an animal is under general anaesthetic, we sometimes use it during consultations because it can easily measure blood pressure. It also monitors a range of […]

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What’s on at the AVA Conference

This article is sponsored content brought to you by the Australian Veterinary Association. Discover world-class presentations, the latest equipment and technology, and health and wellbeing programs at this stellar Brisbane event The Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) 2018 Annual Conference is […]

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Put yourself in their paws

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Hills. Stand number 94-97 Experience life as a pet partner at Hill’s Global Pet Nutrition Center in immersive 360° virtual reality tour For the first time ever, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, has […]

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