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Simple ideas to help you and your veterinary clinic become more eco-friendly

Simple Ideas To Become More Eco Friendly
Posted in Guest Blogger at 23 May, 2019

A few weeks ago, we welcomed AniPal to the Vetanswers Community. Founded by veterinarian Dr Stephanie Stubbs, AniPal uses waste to create beautiful, recycled and sustainable dog collars and leads. Stephanie is passionate about reducing our impact on the...

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Posted by Dr Stephanie Stubbe, AniPal
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... VETtalk tv

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 23 May, 2019

VETtalk tv offer personalised video & audio communications solutions for your veterinary business - whether online, on-hold, via email or in person! 1. They are absolute experts at creating compelling video stories about what really happens when a pet is...

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Posted by Kaye Browne, Co-Producer VETtalktv
 

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
 

3 things I bet you didn't know about.... Veterinary Branding

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 16 May, 2019

Veterinary Branding offers graphic design, marketing, website and branding solutions exclusively to the Veterinary Industry. They work in the veterinary industry - they KNOW the veterinary industry! 1. They are absolute experts at........

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Posted by Jessica Mabilia, Graphic Designer, Veterinary Branding
 

3 things I bet you didn't know about.... Vetwriter

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 09 May, 2019

1. They are absolute experts at..... Vetwriter are experts at creating medically accurate and easy to understand content for animal related websites, blogs and newsletters. Audrey has written: blog posts, newsletters, ebooks, newspaper columns, and artic...

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Posted by Dr Audrey Harvey, Vetwriter
 

Mother's Day 2019 - Celebrate with your veterinary clients

Happy Mothers Day From Vetanswers Red
Posted in Social Media at 09 May, 2019

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
 

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
 

Integrate Acupuncture into your Veterinary Practice in 2020

Integrate Acupuncture 2
Posted in Operations at 07 May, 2019

Australian IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course - Clinical evidence shows that acupuncture can be used in conjunction with mainstream medicine to achieve better patient outcomes. Continue your professional development and join an experienced team of lectur...

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Posted by Ines Borovic, CVE
 

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
 

4 Common Veterinary Business Mistakes

4 Common Veterinary Business Mistakes Red
Posted in Management at 02 May, 2019

Veterinary professionals are knowledgeable (about animals anyway!), well organised and possess great communication skills but even the most intelligent veterinary practice owner can make a myriad business mistakes. Being aware of the common business fail...

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Posted by Leanne Pilpott, Pet Professional
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... NVC Veterinary Training Centres

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 30 April, 2019

The NVC Veterinary Training Centres are purpose-built facilities for training veterinary professionals in Australia & NZ. 1. They are absolute experts at..... ensuring that veterinary professionals across the industry are maintaining the most up to date s...

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Posted by Kate Goninon, Marketing Manager, NVC Training
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Woof Resources

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 25 April, 2019

Woof Resources are passionate about providing Veterinary Nurses and students with affordable continuing education of the highest quality as well as offering a multitude of services to animal care and training providers. Find out what else they're experts...

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Posted by Lauri Steel, Managing Director, Woof Resources
 

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
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Pets Need A Life Too!

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 17 April, 2019

Pets Need A Life Too is a one-stop-shop dedicated to enriching the lives of pets by sourcing & supplying unique environmental enrichment products & toys of all types for all pets. 1. They are absolute experts at..... Behaviour enrichment! It is their pas...

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Posted by Gillian Shippen, Nurse Manager & Director Pets Need A Life Too
 

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
 

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

2017 Have A Pet Safe Easter Veterinary Branding 1
Posted in Client Service at 11 April, 2019

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 ......

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4 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Pet Parking

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 10 April, 2019

Pet Parking is a handy product that provides a safe, trouble-free solution to tethering a pet on a leash. A great tool of control for your veterinary clinic! 1. They are absolute experts at..... Pet Parking are experts at offering a safe, practical way......

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Posted by Gary Huxtable, Managing Director, Pet Parking
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Active Pet Rehabilitation

Active Pet Rehabilitation Logo 1
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 04 April, 2019

Active Pet Rehabilitation has one purpose - to help vets and owners restore pets to functional mobility after accidents or disease. 1. They are absolute experts at..... bringing back the joy for pets and owners. Thye love being able to help owners get the...

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Posted by Carmel Keylock, Active Pet Rehabilitation
 

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
 

How do you know if you have the RIGHT insurance for your veterinary or pet business?

How Do You Know If You Have The Right Insurance For Your Veterinary Business Red
Posted in Guest Blogger at 04 April, 2019

Sorting out insurance tends to end up low down on people's 'To Do' lists. For professionals in the pet industry, finding the right insurance to protect your business is a must as it gives you the peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong you have...

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Posted by Leanne Pilpott, Pet Professional
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about...VetCheck

Vetcheck Logo Blog
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 28 March, 2019

VetCheck is the easiest & fastest way for veterinary teams to share health information, treatment plans and appointment reminders to their customer's mobile device. 1. They are absolute experts at..... VetCheck has everything you need for exceptional com...

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Posted by Dr Amanda Chin, VetCheck
 

Do you need more support than your veterinary peers & family can provide?

Do You Need More Support Than Your Veterinary Peers And Family Can Offer Red
Posted in Guest Blogger at 20 March, 2019

You, like most of us, will have people in your workplace who you feel comfortable talking with " discussing your challenges and the times when you feel inadequate or have a poor outcome, as well as sharing your successes....

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Posted by Dr Ilana Mendels, VetPrac
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Veterinary Business Video Show

Veterinary Business Video Show Blog V2
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 19 March, 2019

VeterinaryBusiness.org is a private, members-only resource rich website for everyone with an interest in the business of veterinary practice worldwide. Benefits include the Veterinary Business Video Show with a new episode every two weeks 1. They are abs...

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Posted by John Sheridan, Veterinary Business Video Show
 

Tips on how to better connect & communicate with your veterinary patients

Tips On How To Better Connect Communicate With Your Veterinary Patients V2 Red
Posted in Client Service at 19 March, 2019

"Hmmm, how long has your dog had Pancreatitis?" were the words that flew out of my mouth. "Oh, is that what Fluffy has?" said the owner. "how do you know?" Indeed. How did I know? Because that is certainly what the blood tests later confirmed.......

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Posted by Dr Elaine Cebuliak, Animal Wellness
 

The person behind the business... Liz Walden, Pet Professional

The Person Behind The Business Professional Pet Insurance
Posted in The Person Behind the Business.. at 15 March, 2019

Pet Professional offers business insurance for all pet professionals with Best Price Promise - easy to get over the phone & online. I'm endlessly curious about people and why they do what they do. So when a company joins our Community......

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Posted by Liz Walden, Pet Professional Insurance
 

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
 

Fear Free: When veterinary clients are talking about it, it's time to get on board

Fear Free When Your Clients Are Talking About It Its Time To Get On Board
Posted in Client Service at 13 March, 2019

It all started when.... As a child, I was a little different. I didn't play with dolls and I preferred to read, my favourites, of course, being James Herriot and similarly themed books. Or go outside and watch ants, butterflies, ladybugs, stink bugs, cat...

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2 Comments   Posted by Gillian Shippen, Nurse Manager & Director Pets Need A Life Too
 

I'm struggling to keep up with social media, now we need a veterinary blog??!! :(

Im Struggling To Keep Up With Social Media Now We Need A Veterinary Blog V3 Red
Posted in Client Service at 07 March, 2019

I'm struggling to keep up with all the social media forums Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin etc, now you are suggesting we blog!!!?? :( This was a question I recently received from a member of our Community and I thought it would make a great blog post.....

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2 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Don't love veterinary science, it won't love you back! But is this fair or even true?

Dont Love Veterinary Science It Wont Love You Back V2 Red
Posted in Our Community at 07 March, 2019

This bit of street art has always stayed with me. It's front and centre in my mind when I'm faced with any decision that involves both money and ethics, and I'm pretty sure I've made some major life decisions influenced in no small measure by this snippe...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

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
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about...Equine Veterinary Dental Services (EVDS)

Evds 3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 28 February, 2019

EVDS is an equine only veterinary practice & leading Australian training centre for equine vets catering for preventative & elective procedures such as dentistry, stud work, lameness & skin disease. 1. They are absolute experts at.......

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Posted by Dr Oliver Liyou, Director and Veterinarian, EVDS
 

AniPal - leading by example to inspire the veterinary & animal industries

Anipal Blog
Posted in Our Community at 21 February, 2019

Have you heard of AniPal? Founded by veterinarian, Dr Steph Stubbs, AniPal uses waste to create beautiful, recycled and sustainable dog collars and leads. I was fascinated by the story behind AniPal and the passion behind its creation....

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Posted by Judy Gillespie interviewing Dr Stephanie Stubbs, AniPal
 

Answers to your top 3 questions about blogging for your veterinary practice

Dive Into Blogging 2
Posted in Web Sites at 19 February, 2019

During the week I received a comment on a blog post which I thought asked some good questions that may also be in the minds of others in our community so I decided to turn the question and my response into a blog post......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Pet Professional Insurance

Pet Professional Insurance Blog V2
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 18 February, 2019

Pet Professional offers business insurance for all pet professionals with Best Price Promise! Professional indemnity, public liability, business insurance, management liability, personal accident. 1. They are absolute experts at... providing...

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Posted by Liz Walden, Pet Professionals
 

Ever feel like a total failure in your veterinary job?

Do You Ever Feel Like A Total Failure In Your Veterinary Job V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 16 February, 2019

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
 

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
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... SpectraVET

Spectravet Blog
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 14 February, 2019

SpectraVET Therapeutic Lasers offer reliable, effective and affordable treatment of musculoskeletal injuries & conditions commonly suffered by performance animals, pets and wildlife alike. 1. They are absolute experts at........

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Posted by Heidi Richardson, Sales and Education, SpectraVET
 

Do Vets Lack Empathy?

2019 Do Vets Lack Empathy
Posted in Client Service at 07 February, 2019

A few years ago I bought a motorbike. I'd never been much of a petrolhead, but I was approaching 40, so It was a 1975 Honda XL 350, with style and character in spades, but it ran a bit rough, so I took it to a mechanic who specialises in old bikes for a...

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4 Comments   Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

How will you celebrate Valentine's Day with your veterinary clients?

Vetanswers Valentines Day Im Much More Me 1
Posted in Client Service at 07 February, 2019

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to connect with your veterinary clients. Even if you're not exactly what you would term a 'romantic', Valentine's Day offers a great opportunity to have some fun...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Your Veterinary Blog - The Engine Behind Your Online Presence

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Posted in Web Sites at 07 February, 2019

Blogs play an important role in developing and cementing a business's online presence and veterinary practices are no exception. Yet understandably many practice owners and veterinary professionals still haven't embraced this concept...

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5 Comments   Posted by Dr Michael Warren, DVMelite
 

Tasty Tips for Newbie Bloggers in the Veterinary Industry

Tasty Tips For Newbie Veterinary Bloggers 1
Posted in Web Sites at 01 February, 2019

What's stopping you from writing a blog - for your own website or to publish with Vetanswers? Read on for some top tips for newbies on how to write a blog - now there's no excuse!...

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3 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

What do you mean you still don't have a veterinary blog?

2019 Vetanswers Resources - Blog Posting Calendar for Veterinary Practice Jan to Dec
Posted in Social Media at 01 February, 2019

I've just recently updated one of the many Vetanswers resources: Blog Posting Calendar January to December (excel). I also thought it was a good time to update all the Vetanswers blog posts that discuss the topic of blogging......

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2 Comments   Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Why 2019 is all about Growing Stronger Together: Resilience, Compassion & Expertise

Vetanswers Growing Stronger In 2019 Resilience Compassion Expertise
Posted in Our Community at 31 January, 2019

Each year I decide on a focus for Vetanswers that is more concentrated than our overarching aim to Save Time, Connect & Discover. This year though coming up with the focus seemed even more important. I've mentioned before that 2018 (and to be honest, 201...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Dooba Organic DIY Dog Wash

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 31 January, 2019

Dooba launched Australia's only organic DIY dog wash in November 2017 and is looking to grow by offering your practice another income stream... 1. They are absolute experts at..... Dooba Organic Dog Wash are experts at providing the leading facility for D...

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Posted by Adam Dunstan, Founder Dooba Organic DIY Dog Wash
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Pet Care Pharmacy

Pet Care Pharmacy 3 Things Blog 2
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 25 January, 2019

1. They are absolute experts at..... Pet Care Pharmacy are the absolute experts at supplying affordable pet prescription medicines! 2. The one thing that makes them different from their competitors is.... The one thing that makes Pet Care Pharmacy differ...

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Posted by Janet Lieu, Pharmist In Charge, Pet Care Pharmacy
 

Essential Resources to help you get organised in your veterinary practice in 2019

Vetanswers 2019 Calendar Blog
Posted in Operations at 24 January, 2019

Updated and improved resources to help you get your social media and blogging planning off to a great start in 2018....

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

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 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
 
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