Work-related stress is a huge contributor to cynicism, exhaustion, and feeling ineffective…and if you didn’t know this already, these are classic signs of burnout. Stress in the workplace has also been associated with depression and suicide among men and women, which makes recognizing stressors in veterinary practice imperative in the task to improve veterinarian mental health and wellbeing.

A survey conducted in 2015 in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control sought to evaluate practice-related stressors among more than 11,000 veterinarians practicing...

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is the latest veterinary association to highlight concerns about the impact of extreme breeding in dogs by supporting a Position Paper launched in June 2018 by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA).

The FVE/FECAVA Position Paper is a response to the...
People who live with depression have low blood levels of a specific molecule, new medical research has revealed. It's called acetyl-L-carnitine, and those with particularly severe, treatment-resistant or childhood onset depression were found to have the lowest levels.

Naturally produced by the body, acetyl-L-carnitine plays a crucial role in metabolising fat and the production of energy. It's also widely available as a dietary supplement - not some strange and esoteric thing.

Now researchers from multiple institutions have found a link to depression, noticing...

International Cat Care (iCatCare). The Awards recognise products which have made a significant difference to cat wellbeing.

ProtectaPet offers modular fencing solutions for owners who want to give their cats access to the outside world while keeping them safe from roads and other hazards. The fencing can fit any garden and comes in a variety of forms including a fence-top barrier, a full fence, a...
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The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Human medical advances have always laid the groundwork for eventual application to...
F69A568C-20BC-47EE-8685-8B8472FF0AE4.jpeg The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) yesterday suspended the sale of all injectable formulations of the vital painkiller flunixin, without warning or consultation with the veterinary profession. Flunixin is the most commonly used analgesic in horses with colic, undergoing surgery and for other conditions. The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is calling for the suspension to be overturned in horses not destined for the human food chain, to reduce the potential impact on equine welfare.

Flunixin is used throughout the equine veterinary profession...
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As at July 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have suspended a second export license. DAWR media statement can be found here.

Information from DPIRD WA

The Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) released a second update on the issue late last week. The communication in full can be found...
Have you written a great essay or have one in the pipeline? Share it with VetX for a chance to win.

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A protozoan parasite found in cats could be having a rather odd effect on the brains of humans it infects, which under the right circumstances just might turn them into the next Elon Musk.

Toxoplasma gondii is famous for messing with the minds of mice, robbing them of the ability to evaluate risk....
Conflict is a word that most of us shudder to say and many of us prefer to avoid at all costs. In a survey published by DVM360 in 2013, 51% of veterinary team members said that “most of us avoid conflict when we can but engage in difficult conversations when necessary.” So, for something that is so commonly avoided, why would it ever be considered a good thing?

The reality is that conflict is inevitable. It would be impossible for a veterinary team to function without any differences in clinical knowledge, work approaches, values, opinions, or...