• Problem clients

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    There are some clients where the time for talking and managing is over, and it is simply time to move them on—and off your books. John Burfitt reports There are fairly standard ways of dealing with problem clients but according […]

  • Assistance dogs lending a helping paw

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    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, […]

  • Rogaining—go your own way

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    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 […]

  • Dr Stephanie Wright gets to the heart of the matter

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    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 […]

  • Brachycephalic dogs: why vets are worried

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    As the popularity of flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs increases, vets warn of  the particular problems these breeds face. By Ruth Starke What do Hugh Jackman, Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio have in common? Besides international celebrity, they are all owners of […]

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WSAVA has a new website

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has unveiled a new website which aims to enhance and mobilise its global veterinary community and to provide an online hub for the latest veterinary resources, knowledge and news, from the WSAVA itself and its member associations. Reflecting the diversity of the WSAVA’s […]

Dog paralysis linked to raw chicken

Chicken necks are a common treat for dogs, but a new study has found that the consumption of raw chicken, particularly chicken necks, increases their risk of developing a paralysing condition called acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) by more than 70 times. […]


Professor Nigel Perkins appointed to AAVMC

Head of The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science Professor Nigel Perkins has been appointed to the board of directors of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The AAVMC comprises 30 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine in the United States, […]

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using social media to market your business

Using social media to market your business

How well are you using social media to market your business? By Andy Kollmorgen One thing has become dead certain in this otherwise confusing age of all-powerful social media: you want to make these digital platforms your friends. Topping the […]

how to motivate employees

How to motivate employees

A motivated workforce can be the difference between a practice that thrives and one that barely survives. Here’s how to motivate employees. By John Burfitt Anyone who has ever walked out of a session with motivational guru Tony Robbins knows […]

vet shortage

Vet shortage?

If there are so many vet graduates in Australia, why the vet shortage? Merran White investigates According to the federal government Department of Employment’s most recent veterinary labour market survey (March 2017), the new supply of veterinarians “has increased substantially […]

practice protocols

Practice protocols

Practice protocols aren’t always clear or necessarily followed. They’re also often set without input from all staff members. But does it have to be this way? John Burfitt investigates Try this as a quick exercise: go onto the Australian Veterinary […]

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alternative veterinary careers

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 […]

Dr Rick Fenny

Meet Dr Rick Fenny, star of Desert Vet

Red Dog’s vet Rick Fenny hits the dusty road to film a new TV show called Desert Vet—and reflects on the legacy he wants to leave behind. By Anna Christensen At age 70, most people are laying down their tools. […]

sexism in the veterinary profession

Sexism in the veterinary profession

Despite there being more women who are vets, sexism in the veterinary profession is yet to be eradicated, writes Jessica Mudditt. In decades past, Australia’s veterinary profession comprised a largely homogenous group of people:  white males. “At that time, women […]

Tania Duratovic

Branching out with Tania Duratovic

Tania Duratovic was helping animals long before she became a vet nurse. But she decided to get formal qualifications so she could do even more—particularly through her charity Tree of Compassion—to assist animals in need. By Kathy Graham Tania has […]

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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 […]

clay target shooting

Straight shooter

The clay targets don’t stand a chance when Dr Andrew Hoare of South East Vets in Mount Gambier, SA, is on his game. “The first time I tried clay target shooting was when I was a teenager in Kingaroy, Queensland. […]

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 […]

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Tools of the trade: ezyVet

by Dr Colin Huxley, Five Dock Veterinary Hospital, NSW. Our practice had been running VetAid for years. It was such a stable system that we never had a compelling reason to change—until I met the ezyVet people and decided to […]

blood analysers

Tools of the trade: Abaxis VetScan HM5 and VS2

by Dr Bianca Betros, Bundanoon Veterinary Hospital, NSW The HM5 is a haematology analyser while the VS2 is a biochemistry analyser. They provide us with quick blood results and are particularly helpful in emergency situations when we need to have blood […]

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