by Dr Kylie Clifford, Bird & Smith myVET, Fullarton, SA I’ve only recently started working at Bird & Smith and the first thing I requested was for them to purchase a set of these clippers. Now all the staff is [...]

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Nominations are now open for the Petplan Australia annual Veterinary Awards. Petplan believe in supporting the hard work of Australia’s veterinary professionals and have created these awards to help celebrate and showcase their innovation, initiative and many contributions to the [...]

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In the Australian town of Jimboomba, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Brisbane, a tawny frogmouth had an unfortunate run-in with a barbed wire fence.

"If you can picture a 6 foot chain fence with barbed wire at the top – that's where it was stuck," senior wildlife carer and president of Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland Anette Bird told Australian Geographic.

"It must have flown into the fence at night."

Tawny frogmouths...
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Veterinarians in Colorado are concerned that some of their clients may have intentionally hurt their pets in the hopes of receiving prescription painkillers, according to a recent survey conducted by the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz and a local veterinary association.

Although veterinarians can prescribe powerful drugs, their role in curbing the opioid epidemic has been largely overlooked. Researchers are calling for improved surveillance, more research, and better training in an editorial...
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Vets have developed a blood test that quickly spots early signs of liver disease in dogs, a study suggests.

Experts say that the test -- based on insights gained from human patients -- could help vets identify damage and start treatment early, saving the lives of many dogs.

The test -- which is to be launched worldwide -- means that fewer dogs will have to undergo invasive liver biopsies, findings by the University of Edinburgh suggest.

Diagnosing canine liver disease is challenging and catching early signs of damage is key to its treatment, vets say. Current...
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WA live exporter Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) recently condemned the McCarthy Review in a letter to the West Australian newspaper ‘No rigour in live export moves’.

VALE and many other advocacy groups were not satisfied with the Review recommendations, which ignored the AVA recommendation to discontinue sheep export to the Middle East in the northern summer months. LSS Livestock Manager Harold Sealy, however, appeared to object to the paltry 30%...
Every vet practice owner knows—or should know—that great vet nurses are worth their weight in gold. So, what makes them really shine and how do you get them to that point? Heather Vaile reports At a swanky conference dinner in [...]

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World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s new Award for Companion Animal Welfare. The Award, developed by the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), recognizes individual veterinarians who have made a significant contribution to animal welfare and inspired others to play their part in advancing welfare globally.

Dr Obeyesekere graduated with a BSc in Wildlife Biology and Management from UC Davis, USA, and, in pursuit of her primary interest, animal behavior,...
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A £5m vet centre which is setting the standard for animal care is reinforcing its commitment to looking after humans, too, with a pledge to provide first aid training to every member of staff.

Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield, is making it mandatory for all staff to complete first aid training and already 50 per cent of the 70-strong team have completed it.

As part of the belt-and-braces approach, Paragon is also providing training in manual handling, health and safety and fire safety.

It’s not the first commitment the practice has made to looking...
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This week’s case is a 15-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi with recent intermittent episodes of dyspnea. What pattern is present, and what are your differential diagnoses?

On radiographs of the thorax, there is a diffuse mixed interstitial to alveolar pattern throughout the lungs. with a bronchial component. The opacity outlines the airways and partially obscures the cardiac silhouette on the dorsoventral projection. The cardiac silhouette is more visible on the ventrodorsal projection and appears normal....