• Gaming

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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 […]

  • Vets on call

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    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 […]

  • Dr Nick Gales—the life aquatic

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    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 […]

  • The veterinary receptionist

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

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Animal breeding programs problematic, study finds

Researchers at the University of Sydney have uncovered patterns that may be jeopardising the long-term success worldwide of animal breeding programs, which increasingly act as an insurance against extinction in conservation, and for food security. The findings were published earlier […]

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AVA’s wish list to new SA government

In the lead-up to this weekend’s South Australia state election, the Australian Veterinary Association is calling on the incoming government to commit to making renting fairer for pet owners, among other things. AVA president Dr Paula Parker said that with […]

Calling all outstanding veterinary students

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is welcoming applications from bright and ambitious veterinary students from across the Commonwealth interested in enrolling—for free—in their MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology course, beginning in the academic year 2018/19. Two prestigious full scholarships will be awarded […]


PREgCHECK™ an asset on Aussie farms

For Australia’s beef and dairy cattle producers, early and accurate pregnancy testing thanks to PREgCHECK™ is making a marked impact on productivity and farm profits. Cattle veterinarian and president of the Australian Veterinary Association’s cattle group, Dr Alan Guilfoyle, said […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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 […]

Brachycephalic dogs

Brachycephalic dogs: why vets are worried

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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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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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. […]

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Tools of the trade: 13 Pocket Nurse Pouch

by Aimee Deaves VN, Animal Referral Hospital, Brisbane, QLD For many, many years, I never used a nurse’s pouch. Then, when I started at ARH in Brisbane, pretty much every nurse I was working with had one. It made me […]

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Soft Edge Surgical Spoon – Faecal/Bladder

by Dr Rachel Kirchheimer, Glenhuntly Road Veterinary Clinic, Glenhuntly, VIC Cystotomy is a surgical procedure that we undertake quite frequently at our practice. It’s pretty straightforward but sometimes it can be difficult to remove all of the calculi from the bladder. This […]


Tools of the trade: Thundershirt

By Kirsty Williams VN, Bayview Veterinary Surgery, Torquay, QLD. It’s a known fact in the veterinary profession that anxious and fearful pets can be more difficult to examine and treat. Therefore it’s important for us to do what we can to […]

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Activet Pro: User-friendly laser for vets and nurses

This article is sponsored content brought to you by REM Systems. Laser therapy is changing the way Dr Sarah Tomlinson treats a range of conditions. Dr Sarah Tomlinson of the Meadows Veterinary Centre in South Australia first heard about laser […]

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