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It’s ok to be a bit hard on yourself, but…

Its Ok To Be A Bit Hard On Yourself But
Posted in Guest Blogger at 14 May, 2020

Being a bit hard on yourself is ok as long as you&re also kind to yourself...and patient! I watched the frustration grow on her face as she struggled to lift the ovary far enough out of the abdomen to get a clamp behind it. We were all sweating in the st...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 17 - Conclusion

So Many Other Things - The Reality of Working in Veterinary Practice Conclusion
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 29 August, 2019

Scientists, detectives, carers, shepherds, counsellors, colleagues, mentors, mediators, negotiators, advocates, risk managers.

There are many skills that veterinary services workers will need to have beyond treating sick animals. The reality is the fir...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 16 - Full Responsibility

4. So Many Other Things - The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 16 Full Responsibility
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 15 August, 2019

In preparation for work as a vet or a vet nurse, education is required and significant work experience is essential. As much as university must provide the former, the onus is on the individual for the latter. Though, no matter how much preparation throug...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 15 - First Steps

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Part 15 1
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 01 August, 2019

The beginning of a career in veterinary services extends far back before the first day of work after graduation. A few Brudine vets worked as vet nurses before or during study. Some grew up in the country, some in the city. All had a love of...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 14 - Ouroboros

7.1. So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 14: Ouroboros
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 17 July, 2019

Over time, people working in veterinary services seem to, if not must, develop various mechanisms for dealing with the complex demands of their work. Time is, of course, one way to find that perspective.
Philosophy is another. Thinking about the "why" o...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 13 - Veterinarian, Heal Thyself

So Many Other Things Part 13 Veterinarian Heal Thyself
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 04 July, 2019

Given the range of experience levels and years in the industry present at Brudine, from new graduates to lifers, a lot of wisdom around personal care was offered. Dr Fiona Starr says what most staff seemed to think was essential: "the ability to compartme...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 12 - Support System Ascending

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Part 12 Support System Ascending
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 18 June, 2019

Karen Connell (see previous article, Rate, Risk, Care) was keen to point out her study is just one of many around the world exploring mental health in veterinary services. She also felt it important to highlight that the research being done, and the growi...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 11 - Rate, Risk, Care

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Rate Risk Care Part 11
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 06 June, 2019

Cosmo's heartbreaking death continued to impact some of Brudine's staff beyond the moments, hours and days after. Dr Charlie Webb, who has handling Cosmo's case and who relayed the tragic events to Cosmo's owner, was replaying the events of the day, over...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 10 - No Answers

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 16 May, 2019

As good as a death can be through euthanasia, when the gift of giving it is taken away, it can be heartbreaking. It doesn't happen often, but it happened once while I was at Brudine and it was the most impactful event that I witnessed....

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Dear anonymous vet, Re your question: If not this...then what?

Dear Anonymous Vet Re Your Question If Not This Then What
Posted in Our Community at 09 May, 2019

Somewhere in an old diary of mine, wedged in between 'phone blood results for Spotty Jones' and 'book ute for a service' on my to-do-list these words are scribbled: "If not this, then what the fuck?!?!?!?!" I suspect this pretty much sums up what you fee...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 9 - A Good Death

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 9
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 02 May, 2019

The technical and clinical capabilities of veterinary care increasingly overlap with its human equivalent. While it's hard to imagine the former ever catching up with the latter, the former is far ahead when it comes to the end of life. Intrinsic to the n...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

The Power of Enthusiasm

The Power Of Enthusiasm 2
Posted in Guest Blogger at 23 April, 2019

Studies show that enthusiastic people get better breaks: They are promoted more often, They have higher incomes and They live happier lives. That's no coincidence. The word 'enthusiasm' comes from the Greek word 'entheos'. 'Theos' is the term for God......

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 8 - Which direction? How far?

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 8
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 17 April, 2019

Nothing medical is ever one hundred percent guaranteed, no matter how much some of use might think so. Arguably, some litigation against doctors arises (where there hasn't been malpractice) because of the mismatch between expectation and reality. Probably...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Veterinary life: define the small stuff & learn from the big stuff

Veterinary Life Define The Small Stuff Learn From The Big Stuff Red
Posted in Our Community at 11 April, 2019

I was sixteen or seventeen. It was late on a Saturday night, and I was lazily flicking through channels like only a teenager can when I stumbled upon an interesting looking movie. I never did catch the title and I've long forgotten the plot, but it .......

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2 Comments   Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 7 - Gold standard & the real world

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 7
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 04 April, 2019

Financial constraints on owners can create significant obstacles to animal care, requiring vets to seek more affordable clinical options that don't jeopardise an animal's health. The easiest way to see this is by considering the "gold standard". Dr Fiona...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 6 - For Love or Money

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 14 March, 2019

One prominent factor permeating dealings between practice staff and clients is cost. It was talked about a lot at Brudine, often in the context of affordability. It comes down to the inherent duality of veterinary practice as both caring service and priva...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 5- By the people, for the people

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 5
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 28 February, 2019

There are many important truths to working in veterinary practice. Dealing with people is first among equals. "You can't not be about people," says Brudine Practice Manager Bri Smith. "They are the entire basis of your business in the veterinary industry....

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 4 - It takes two to practice

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 14 February, 2019

There is little doubt that the veterinary practice someone works for can impact the quality and quantity of their career, sometimes beneficially, sometimes not. The importance of finding the right practice cannot be overstated, especially for new graduate...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 3 - After-Hours

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 13 December, 2018

But it requires veterinary practices to be able to close at a reasonable time while also knowing that animal care will continue overnight. In the ACT, that overnight animal care is enabled through the region's veterinary services "night shift", which comp...

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2 Comments   Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 2 - Hustle & Bustle

So Many Other Things Part 2 Hustle And Bustle
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 06 December, 2018

The rhythm of a typical day at Brudine is dictated by an ongoing tussle between order and unpredictability. Setting order are the appointments schedule (for consultations) and the hospital board (for surgeries, diagnostics, observations and boarders). Lik...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice - Part 1

So Many Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Part 1
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 29 November, 2018

Holding a mirror to the veterinary industry to see the realities you work with every day. I came across Michael Weinhardt's 'So Many Other Things' photographic essay and accompanying articles a couple of weeks ago. I was drawn to the honesty in the photos...

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3 Comments   Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Dear New Grads.....

Dear New Grads
Posted in Our Community at 09 February, 2017

Dear New Grads, Welcome to the profession. I am writing a little letter to you in honour of my bosses who shaped me and for the profession I love that I hope you will enjoy. You are about to embark on a great adventure. You are no longer being supervised...

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Posted by Dr Ilana Mendels, Creative Director VetPrac
 

Life of a Vet Student Blog - Veterinary life from the eyes of a student

Life Of A Vet Student Blog Veterinary Life From The Eyes Of A Student Brooke Schampers
Posted in Guest Blogger at 03 November, 2016

Another of our favourite bloggers is veterinary student Brooke who blogs about some of the harsh realities that face students but also the joy she gets from her journey on the path to becoming a veterinarian. I asked Brooke to tell us about her decision...

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Posted by Brooke Schampers, Vet Student
 

Study tips for veterinary (and all other) students...

Study Tips For Veterinary Students V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 19 October, 2016

Studying? It's that time of the year..... I've noticed lots of posts on social media with the hashtags #vetstudent #nosleep #sacrifice #examtime so I thought I'd ask Dr Cathy Warburton for some tips to help with study and exams...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

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