Veterinarians and business partners Dani McVety and Mary Gardner couldn't be more different. Seriously—one could be considered a unicorn, the other, a pegasus. And yet they're a perfect example of how wildly different personalities can work side by side in the pursuit of better care for pets.

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Transmission of toxoplasmosis from mother to fetus can lead to severe congenital problems and fetal death, and tests for the parasitic infection during pregnancy are critical. Now, researchers have showed the efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test for toxoplasmosis.

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In the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, one of the region's highest risk areas for human plague, Himalayan marmots are the primary carriers of the infectious bacterium Y. pestis. Y. pestis infection can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the marmots' parasitic fleas. Researchers determine that Tibetan sheep, who make up about one-third of China's total sheep population, also carry this disease and can transmit it to humans.

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Thanks to a public appeal in the UK and USA, Brooke and its sister organisation Brooke USA was able to provide food, water and emergency veterinar...

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‘It was the hardest and best gift I’ve ever given.’: Melbourne Writers festival director Marieke Hardy

When the tired-looking woman at the animal emergency clinic shuffled into the holding room wearing an apron spattered startlingly with blood, she told me I had a choice. I could submit my dear, doddery 14-year-old Staffy to some major surgery to determine whether the painful spots in her beautiful belly – causing her now sleepless nights and great, whimpering distress – were in fact a cancerous cluster, killing her slowly from the inside. Or I could...
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For years, scientists have tried to figure out why elephants are so good at not getting cancer. New research suggests their amazing ability involves resurrecting a gene from the dead and giving it a task to kill cells.

Experiments conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago have finally unveiled the mechanism behind the pachyderm's uncanny ability to avoid tumours, helping us better understand a riddle known as Peto's paradox.

It goes like this: the more cells an animal has, the more opportunities it should have to develop a tumour.

Within any...
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If you notice dogs aiming as high as possible when they pee in public, there might be a very good reason for that: they're trying to trick other dogs into thinking they're taller than they really are.

We already know that dogs leave a urine marker to label their territory or as a calling card to other canines, but a new study has now revealed the importance of height – the smaller a pooch is, the higher it seems to strain to shoot its spray of pee.

Researchers from Cornell University in New York...
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Most veterinarians and a growing percentage of the public are aware of the startling statistics previously reported regarding suicide in the veterinary profession. With media sharing news of veterinarians dying by suicide every month, it might not be surprising to hear claims that veterinarians are between 2 and 4 times more likely than members of the general population to have thoughts of or die by suicide. Some studies even suggest that rates of suicide among veterinarians are higher than those of other professions such as dentist or doctors who have been known...
Virbac are delighted to announce the launch of new VeggieDent® FR3SH™ Dental Chews which incorporate innovative FR3SH technology that targets the causes of halitosis in dogs in 3 ...

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Dr Guyan Weerasinghe, an Australian veterinarian working in small animal practice and as a state government veterinary officer, has been announced by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and Hill’s Pet Nutrition as the winner of the 2018 Next Generation Veterinary Award. The award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who graduated within the past [...]

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