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Welcome to the Vetanswers Blog where you'll find a range of posts of interest to everyone who works in the veterinary industry.

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Tips for self-care over the Christmas holidays...& every day

Tips For Self Care Over The Christmas Holidays Every Other Day
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 20 December, 2018

This time of the year can be tough for many people. Looking after ourselves is crucial if we want to maintain a healthy level of wellbeing - that doesn't just mean physically, but psychologically as well. Typically, the Christmas period can be a stressful...

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet & Positive Psych Solutions
 

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

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Posted in Guest Blogger at 13 December, 2018

Holding a mirror to the veterinary industry... The challenges of after-hours work are known to many - trying to work out what's going on, determining correct drug doses, sometimes with little experience and often with no backup.......

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2 Comments   Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Ever feel like a total failure in your veterinary job?

Do You Ever Feel Like A Total Failure In Your Veterinary Job
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 December, 2018

Whether it's messing up as a dad or mum or dropping the ball on something at work or even just forgetting to return a client phone call when you promised when you feel like you're failing it can be tough to pick yourself up and keep going....

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Warning! Be alert for the dreaded ‘End of Year Fatigue Syndrome’ in your veterinary team

Warning Be Alert For The Dreaded End Of Year Fatigue Syndrome In Your Veterinary Team
Posted in Guest Blogger at 06 December, 2018

Have you noticed any signs of fatigue, grumpiness, stress or a strange wild-eyed look in the eyes of any of your staff? If the staff in question also have children then they may already be suffering from the dreaded 'end of year fatigue syndrome' - a str...

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1 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

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
 

6 tips to make 2019 the best year ever for your veterinary business

6 Tips To Make 2019 The Best Year Ever In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in Guest Blogger at 21 November, 2018

There is more (veterinary and non-veterinary) competition out there it's getting tougher every month - and resting on your laurels will ensure that you fall behind. It's time to set your practice up for a fabulous 2019. Waiting until January 1, 2019, is t...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

How to simplify your veterinary writing to suit clients & the public

How To Simplify Your Veterinary Writing To Suit Clients And The Public
Posted in Client Service at 14 November, 2018

Quite often when I read veterinary posts, I ask myself, "How much of this post will the public understand?" As well as being a veterinarian, I am a medical writer. I am passionate about communicating health and medical information with the public.......

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Posted by Dr Meredith Crowhurst
 

Vettips from VetPrac: 3 top tips for gastrointestinal endoscopy in your veterinary clinic

Vettips From Vetprac 3 Top Tips For Gastrointestinal Endoscopy In Your Veterianry Practice
Posted in Operations at 07 November, 2018

Dr Richard Burchell lends us an insight into how to effectively undertake Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in your veterinary clinic. Tip 1: Know your equipment Understanding exactly how your equipment works, and what its capabilities are will greatly enhance...

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Posted by VetPrac
 

Hate performance reviews? What about using The Stay Interview with your veterinary team?

Hate Performance Reviews What About Using The Stay Interview Instead
Posted in Management at 01 November, 2018

Let's be honest - NO one really enjoys performance reviews but what if there was a better way to improve engagement and reduce turnover? We all know the dearth of good staff lately and so it's more important than ever to retain excellent team members...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

First Call For Dogs - Dr Alex Hynes new book for dog owners

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Posted in Our Community at 25 October, 2018

A fabulous new resource for Australian dog owners (your veterinary clients!) has just been published. We asked the author of First Call For Dogs, Dr Alex Hynes, to tell us what her new book is all about and how she hopes it will help pet owners.....

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Posted by Dr Alex Hynes, Animal Emergency Service
 

Sow's Ear to Silk Purse Episode 4: Welcoming change for both your veterinary team & clients!

Sows Ear To Silk Purse Episode 4 Accepting Change 4
Posted in Sows Ear to Silk Purse Challenge at 18 October, 2018

With overall growth at Highlands Veterinary Hospital, sitting at 45% (& 76% in September!) I had some questions to ask Dr Diederik Gelderman about how such massive change had been accepted by existing staff (& clients!) and what he felt were the key compo...

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2 Comments   Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Thinking of owning your own veterinary practice? What's stopping you?

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Posted in Management at 15 October, 2018

I've always admired Dr Belinda Parsons' use of social media & have often shared both her blog posts and vlogs so I was really pleased to find out that Belinda has recently opened her own mobile veterinary practice. But with all her other commitments - how...

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Posted by Dr Belinda Parsons, Rouse Hill Family Vets
 

Our Pets Health - helping to educate pet owners online

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Posted in Guest Blogger at 08 October, 2018

Our Pets Health - providing pet owners with quality, veterinarian created, online information A few months ago a new member Dr Alex Avery, joined Vetanswers and listed his business Our Pets Health under the Pet Care Education Business Type........

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Posted by Dr Alex Avery, Our Pets Health
 

10 things to say (& 10 not to say) to a friend suffering mental health problems

10 Things To Say And 10 Things Not To Say To A Friend Suffering Mental Health Problems
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 05 October, 2018

You may have a friend, family member or veterinary colleague suffering from mental health issues. But knowing what to say to offer help and support can be a challenge. You don&t want to say the wrong thing or something that may make them feel even worse....

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Posted by Rosie Overfield
 

Find purpose and you'll find your way in your veterinary career

Find Purpose And Youll Find Your Way In Your Veterinary Career V2
Posted in Guest Blogger at 27 September, 2018

There is no shortage of evidence that veterinarians the world over are struggling with their career. There is also no shortage of people with ideas and reasons why this is the case. Unsuitable university entry criteria, gender bias, and millennial work......

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Posted by Dr Dave Nicol, VetX
 

Sow's Ear to Silk Purse Episode 3: Week 19 where are we at?

From Sows Ear To Silk Purse Week 19 Where Are We At
Posted in Sows Ear to Silk Purse Challenge at 19 September, 2018

Welcome to the 3rd episode in our series: Turning a veterinary practice from a sow's ear into a silk purse. It's been a while since we checked in to see what's been happening at Highlands Veterinary Hospital so I contacted .......

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

How do you move on and grow after leaving a long-term veterinary job?

How Do You Move On And Grow After Leaving A Long Term Veterinary Job
Posted in Our Community at 13 September, 2018

When you leave a long-term job because things no longer feel right - how do you move forward from the feelings of grief? How do you get back the motivation & spark? A difficult yet important question from a member of our Community......

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Posted by Anonymous
 

VetTips from VetPrac: How do you manage veterinary emergencies?

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Posted in Operations at 07 September, 2018

3 quick tips for veterinary emergencies... Tip 1: In tick toxicity, respiratory failure can occur with or without the administration of tick antiserum In tick toxicity, respiratory failure can occur with or without administration of tick antiserum.......

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Posted by VetPrac
 

Spring has sprung! Time to connect with your veterinary clients

Spring Has Sprung Time To Connect With Your Veterinary Clients
Posted in Client Service at 06 September, 2018

Spring has sprung! And it offers another great opportunity to connect with your veterinary clients If you're looking for some new ideas to brighten up your website, social media or website, then the change of season is a great place to start ......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 
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