An idiot’s guide to lambing: how to kind of look like you know what you’re doing by Harriet Long

Its getting close to Easter which for some vet students means that its time to venture into the wonderful world that is lambing. The young farmers among us are laughing and there’s always someone who seems to know everything but for the rest of us (who did a bit for pre-vet work experience but don’t remember that much) it can …

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Choosing the Right Disinfectant for Disease-Free Feline Environment

The cornerstone of every-disease prevention in cats and other animals is good hygiene, and good hygiene can only be achieved through effective disinfection. Choosing the right type of disinfectant can be a hustle since some products are effective against some microorganisms and some more effective against others. Of course, the goal is to maintain a microorganism free environment or at …

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All the things you wish you knew before getting into Veterinary Medicine

Deciding what you want to be when you grow up is very difficult. Making that decision on your own at a such a young age is never easy. Deciding to jump in the waters of a medical career is breathtaking. Deciding to become a veterinary professional, either veterinarian or veterinary technician/nurse is huge. Some of our colleagues never regret it, …

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Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs

Myasthenia Gravis is a condition that occurs in dogs, cats, and humans with apparent pathophysiological similarities between the species. There are two types of Myasthenia Gravis – congenital and acquired. The disease manifests in a muscle weakness syndrome due to Ach (acetylcholine) receptors deficiency on the post-synaptic membranes. Congenital form of Myasthenia Gravis This form is a hereditary disorder which …

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Veterinary Nurses and Technicians in Canada

Veterinary technician graduates and future registered veterinary technicians/technologists (RVT) in Canada can find employment in different areas, such as private practices, research laboratories, zoos, the government, meat and dairy industry and wildlife rehabilitation. After getting employed, registered vet technicians work under veterinarian supervision and use their practical and theoretical skills to implement gold standard veterinary care in the everyday activities. …

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VMX Conference 3-7 February

Formerly known as the NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference), the VMX (Veterinary Meeting & Expo) will be held this year 3-7 February in Orlando, Florida. The first event was held back in 1984 as the Eastern States Veterinary Conference that brought many professionals in the field from around the world to gather up and meet in Orlando. The first meeting …

Veterinary Technician Specialties

Just like veterinarians, veterinary technicians can attain a higher level of knowledge and be recognized for their developed skills in certain disciplines. This can be achieved by following and successfully completing a course in a veterinary technician organization accredited by NAVTA and AVMA. The accredited academy for veterinary technician specialties must develop and offer advanced pathways for future VTS’s (Veterinary …

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Fear Free Certification

Veterinary clinics and veterinary professionals are aware of the fact that hospital visits are declining and the negative trend continues to grow despite the great work you and your team are doing. And you keep asking yourself what we did wrong? Take this situation, for example, a kitty with severe bronchitis was hospitalized for a week and probably the whole …

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Intervertebral Disc Diseases in Dogs – Unraveling the Genetics

The IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) represents a syndrome of combined pain and neurological problems accompanied by degeneration of one or even more Intervertebral discs. Sometimes this condition is referred to as herniated or slipped disc. The disease is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders in companion animals and supposedly affects approximately 2% of the dog population. The discs are …

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Complex of Respiratory Diseases in Cats

The complex of respiratory diseases in cats includes illnesses which are manifested with mouth cavity ulcerations, salivation, and lacrimation, conjunctivitis, rhinitis and sinusitis. Most important diseases in domestic and exotic species of cats associated with this complex include FCV (Feline Calicivirus) FVR (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Herpesvirus Type 1), Mycoplasma Felis and Chlamydia Felis. FCV and FVR are of far …