• From A to Zumba

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    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 […]

  • Meet Dr Rick Fenny, star of Desert Vet

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    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. […]

  • Vet shortage?

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    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 […]

  • Snake avoidance training

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    Advocates say snake avoidance training saves dogs’ lives. By Kerry Faulkner Western Australian vet Felicity Harradine says she understands owners having reservations about snake avoidance training for their dogs but when it comes down to potentially saving the life of […]

  • Sexism in the veterinary profession

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    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 […]

Latest in Veterinary News

How 3D printing helped bull terrier heal

A 3D printed mask has been developed in the US—and for the first time used successfully as a cast to help heal the fractured skull of a dog. The mask is the result of a collaboration between faculty members of […]

Pet disaster preparedness

Prioritise pet disaster preparedness this summer

With the bushfire and flood season upon us, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is advising pet owners to consider the furry members of their family when preparing for natural disasters. AVA president Dr Paula Parker said it’s critical for owners […]

handling cattle

Handling cattle study—how to keep cows happy

Corrals are used on livestock farms around the world to round up animals when they need to be weighed or vaccinated. Now new research from Brazil shows that removing splashes of colour, shadows and water puddles from corrals, keeping noise […]

racing greyhound

AVA response to racing greyhound bills

The Australian Veterinary Association is calling on the ACT Government to assure the whole of life welfare of racing greyhounds. The AVA has expressed concern regarding the two greyhound racing bills that were recently passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly, […]

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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 […]

The golden age: mature workers in the veterinary profession

Just as we’re being told we have to keep working for longer, the skills and experience offered by mature workers in the veterinary profession are finally being recognised. By John Burfitt It was former Treasurer Joe Hockey who a few […]

online vets

Online vets

The internet has changed the way we access a whole range of services. Now it’s even possible for pet owners to talk to online vets—a boon for customers and most likely a game changer in animal care. By Andy Kollmorgen […]

fat pets

Fat pets

Dealing with a clients’ fat pets can be tricky on many levels, but it’s an animal welfare issue that you and your practice can’t ignore. By Rachel Smith Telling a pet owner that Ron the dashshund is too fat for […]

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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 […]

anaesthesia-free dentistry for pets

Ending anaesthesia-free dentistry for pets

An increasing number of lay practitioners are offering anaesthesia-free dentistry services across Australia. Now the AVA is taking a stand against it, reports Katie McCaffery After having highlighted this topic on World Veterinary Congress Day, Dr Tara Cashman, president of the […]

Dr Helen Jones

Dr Helen Jones and her brilliant career

Today, most vets are female. But when Dr Helen Jones began work five decades ago, the profession was dominated by men. That didn’t stop her from embarking on a varied and accomplished career—for which she was honoured in this year’s […]

Dr Chris Brown goes to Africa

In search of new inspirations for his veterinary work, the former host of Bondi Vet headed to Uganda to help a tower of giraffes cross the River Nile. By John Burfitt The past few years of TV success have made […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Latest in Gear

Tools of the trade: IDEXX SediVue

by Dr Christine Baker, Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre, Olinda, VIC The SediVue analyses urine sediments to look for things like red and white blood cells, crystals, signs of infection and bacteria. What’s good about it Prior to owning this piece […]

VetPartners—Standing out

This article is sponsored content brought to you by VetPartners. The veterinary industry is currently in a state of corporatisation and increased competition. Brand differentiation at an individual clinic level is becoming more challenging. As local clinics transform to adapt […]

The advantage of veterinary content marketing

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Engage Media. Three things you’ll get from this article: 1. How veterinary content marketing is different to advertising 2. What clients are actually buying from you 3. What sets your clinic apart […]

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