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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
 

Ever had a colleague trash talk a veterinary client?

Ever Had A Colleague Trash Talk A Veterinary Client
Posted in Client Service at 30 August, 2018

Have you ever worked in a setting where staff would act one way towards clients, yet bag them out as soon as they leave? Telling them one thing to their face: "you're doing your best for Fluffy", but turning around and telling colleagues something differe...

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Posted by VetPrac
 

Australian Dog Lover - providing educational information for pet owners

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Posted in Our Community at 04 July, 2018

Where do your clients get their online pet information? Is it a reputable source? Have you heard of the Australian Dog Lover website and digital magazine? It's grown exponentially since its inception in October 2015 with over 845 articles on a wide range...

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Posted by Agnes Beugnon, Australian Dog Lover
 

Sow's Ear to Silk Purse Episode 2: Week 4 and there's change a trotter!

From Sows Ear To Silk Purse Episode 2 Theres Change A Trotter
Posted in Sows Ear to Silk Purse Challenge at 03 July, 2018

What's been achieved in the first four weeks? Three relatively small changes have led to a $20,000 increase in the last month......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie & Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Transparency builds trust in your veterinary practice

Transparency Builds Trust In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in Client Service at 28 June, 2018

Every time I see a negative comment from a pet owner about their veterinarian, my heart drops. I know that almost everyone who works in a veterinary practice is there for the right reasons. Whether it's for the pure love for animals, to be an advocate......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Why Don’t More Female Veterinarians Become Surgeons?

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Posted in Guest Blogger at 21 June, 2018

Ever wondered why there are so few female veterinary surgical specialists? Have you ever thought about why, despite veterinary science being a female-dominated profession, there are relatively few female veterinary surgical specialists .......

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Posted by VetPrac interviewing Dr Sue Gibbons
 

Turning a veterinary practice from a sow's ear to a silk purse

From Sows Ear To Silk Purse The Challenge
Posted in Sows Ear to Silk Purse Challenge at 21 June, 2018

Welcome to the first post in our new series: Turning a veterinary practice from a sow's ear into a silk purse. This week I received an email from Dr Diederik Gelderman which I have to admit, got me a little excited!...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Improving the resilience of your veterinary team

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Posted in Management at 07 June, 2018

Resilience is about overcoming challenges, managing change, dealing with adversity and reaching out for help. Recently, there seems to be more information and research available about improving the resilience of our veterinary teams and this is fantastic...

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Posted by Dr Natasha Wilks, BVSc Dip Coaching CAPP B3, High Performance Vets
 

Practicing focus in a world full of relentless demands

Practicing Focus In A World Full Of Relentless Demands
Posted in Management at 06 June, 2018

Multi-tasking isn't helping us - it's making us inefficient and unfocused. Few challenges seem greater today than delaying instant gratification and focusing on the activities that require greater effort but ultimately yield more enduring value........

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Pizza punch cards & your veterinary practice culture & vision

Pizza Punch Cards Your Veterinary Practice 2
Posted in Client Service at 27 May, 2018

One night I went to pick up a pizza. I have a pizza punch card you know, so many punches, you get one free. This card had some spots for punching when you get a small pizza. I ordered a large pizza, so I asked the girl to punch my card and she did.......

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Winter's coming - Time to change your veterinary social media images

Winters Coming
Posted in Social Media at 24 May, 2018

Winter's nearly here and offers a great opportunity to connect with your clients & freshen things up a bit on your website and social media accounts. It also offers more opportunities to educate your clients with tips on how to look after their pets durin...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Sharing your veterinary videos online - what's stopping you?

Sharing Your Veterinary Videos Online Whats Stopping You
Posted in Social Media at 17 May, 2018

Entertain, connect with and educate your veterinary clients with videos I spend a LOT of time online and watch quite a few videos (yes - I AM watching all of those cat videos for work purposes of course!). But maybe I&m not seeing enough?...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Vet Oncologist Online Consultation Service - an interview with Dr Shasta Lynch

Vet Oncologist Blog
Posted in Our Community at 07 May, 2018

Find out more about how Vet Oncologist online service can help your veterinary practice. Last week we shared information about the Vet Oncologist and I thought it was such a great service that I wanted to find out more from the founder, Dr Shasta Lynch...

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Posted by Dr Shasta Lynch, Vet Oncologist Online Consultation Service
 

Are You Taking Regular Holidays Away From Your Veterinary Business?

Are You Taking Regular Holidays Away From Your Veterinary Business
Posted in Management at 07 May, 2018

Now as a business owner, you can feel reluctant to take regular holidays especially in the beginning where you often believe you're too busy to take a break or your cash flow situation just won't allow for 'treats'. But have you ever considered that the...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Top 10 Veterinary Blog Posts for April 2018

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Posted in Operations at 03 May, 2018

Which blog posts and resources caught the attention of our veterinary community during April? In case you missed them the first time around here are the top 10 blog posts .......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie & a variety of guest bloggers
 

Mother's Day 2018 - Celebrate with your veterinary clients

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Posted in Guest Blogger at 03 May, 2018

Mother's Day is coming! And it's another great opportunity to connect with your clients and wish them a Happy Mother's Day - whether their children have 2, 4 or more legs! Here are 4 images you're welcome to share with your clients on social media .......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Quick Tip for your Veterinary Facebook Page - Add FREE Music to Video

Quick Tip For Your Veterinary Facebook Page Add Music To Video
Posted in Social Media at 30 April, 2018

Videos are a great way to share engaging content on your veterinary Facebook Page. Whether it's cute puppies coming in for a visit or an unusual pet arriving for a check-up, statistics show that more than half of daily Facebook users watch videos on the...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Do you know how many broken links are on your veterinary practice website?

How Many Broken Links Are On Your Veterinary Practice Website 2
Posted in Web Sites at 26 April, 2018

Broken links what&s the problem with them anyway? Well apart from not looking very professional when a client clicks on them, they also don't do great things for your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). I also think of them as housekeeping for your website...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

5 Hiring Tips To Improve Your New Veterinary Graduate Retention Rate

5 Hiring Tips To Improve Your New Veterinary Graduate Retention Rate
Posted in Guest Blogger at 26 April, 2018

Recruitment is a minefield where the wrong decision can be costly and damaging. With as many as 40% of new graduates reported to leave their job within the first 3 months, it seems like something is going wrong in the matching process....

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Posted by Dr Dave Nicol, VetX
 

Australian Survey: veterinarians’ views of pet owners’ use of internet for pet health info

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Posted in Our Community at 19 April, 2018

Veterinarian living and practising in Australia? We need your help.. We are asking for Australian vets to help us learn more about the use of the internet by pet owners for pet health information by taking part in a 10 minute online survey...

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Posted by Dr Lori Kogan, Colorado State Unversity
 

What we can learn about change in your veterinary practice from the Comm Games Closing Ceremony

What We Can Learn About Change From The Comm Games Closing Ceremony
Posted in Management at 19 April, 2018

I should start by saying that in general, I like change. When change offers an opportunity to improve, update and move forward, I think it's good. Except when it's not. Change for change sake is rarely good and can be just plain frustrating ......

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2 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about.... VetX Thrive

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About Vetx Graduate
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 04 April, 2018

VetX: Thrive is a 12 mth online program that combines teaching, mentoring & peer networking 1. They are absolute experts at..... helping vets deal with all the tough shit that happens when you are a vet in practice, but no one at University has the time...

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Posted by Dr Dave Nicol, VetX
 

Veterinarians - experts at analysis paralysis!

Veterinarians Experts At Analysis Paralysis
Posted in Operations at 04 April, 2018

Veterinarians seem to specialise in procrastination and over complication which then leads to analysis paralysis. We overcomplicate things. Seriously. I sometimes think that when Veterinarians graduate from they actually come out with a Double Degree...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

New (ish) Grad? VetX Scholarship for Vets Now Open

Vetx Scholarship
Posted in Our Community at 27 March, 2018

Veterinary graduate? Get ahead in your career. Apply for the VetX Graduate Program Scholarship VetX Graduate Community director, Dr Dave Nicol, has announced the launch of a funded place in the VetX accelerated learning, development & mentoring community....

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Posted by Dr Dave Nicol, VetX
 

It's never too early to start developing leadership skills in your veterinary team

Im Too Young To Be A Leader
Posted in Management at 26 March, 2018

"I'm too young to be a leader in my veterinary practice - I wouldn't know where to start!" The fact is whether you're a vet nurse or a veterinarian, as you become more experienced, younger team members, both nurses and vets, will start to look to you for...

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2 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Danger! Chocolate! Resources to share with veterinary clients over Easter

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Posted in Client Service at 22 March, 2018

Easter is a great time to connect with and educate your veterinary clients... Over the years I've collected some great resources to share on social media that will help you educate and inform your clients as well as just to connect with them....

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4 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

The People Behind the Business... Nathan Harris COO @ Knose Everyday Pet Care

The Person Behind The Business Knose Everyday Pet Care 1
Posted in The Person Behind the Business.. at 21 March, 2018

This week Nathan Harris, COO & co-founder of Knose was happy to answer some of my (many) questions and show us just how passionate he is about their business and the veterinary industry in general. What's your background? What led you to start Knose?h...

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Posted by Nathan Harris, COO Knose Everyday Pet Care
 

Why you can't afford NOT to consider Pet Care Subscriptions (Plans) for your veterinary practice

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Posted in Client Service at 15 March, 2018

Interested in finding out more about pet care subscriptions? In this quick 2 minute video, Tiaan Dreyer, CEO at Knose Everyday Pet Care explains why you should consider introducing pet care subscriptions (or plans) sooner rather than later.......

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Posted by Tiaan Dreyer CEO Knose Everyday Pet Care
 

"It is JUST a dog" A tribute to Maverick (The Wonder Dog) & explanation to Fred (golfing buddy)

Its Just A Dog A Tribute To Maverick
Posted in Our Community at 15 March, 2018

"It is JUST a dog" a tribute to Maverick (The Wonder Dog) and explanation to Fred (the non-animal golf buddy) Last week I had the sad occasion to say "Good-bye" to one of my canine buddy friends (Maverick) he was 10 years old and still full of life when...

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2 Comments   Posted by Dr David Challen, East Bundaberg Veterinary Hospital
 

Veterinary Success Secrets Revealed - Why I Wrote The Book

Veterinary Success Secrets Revealed Blog Red
Posted in Our Community at 15 March, 2018

The newest Australian veterinary business book is about to hit the shelves... so I asked author Dr Diederik Gelderman to give us an overview as to what the book was all about and what led him to write it in the first place....

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Supporting independent veterinary practices in Australia - do we need a Group?

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Posted in Management at 15 February, 2018

Do we need a group dedicated to the advancement of independent veterinary practice for practitioners who value their autonomy in Australia? Or is the veterinary industry too fragmented already? What do you think?...

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2 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 
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