Vet Practice September 2015

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<ul><li><p>SEPTEMBER 2015 $6.95 GST INCL.</p><p>The horse whisperer</p><p>Cindy Cattach is helping put a stop to equine knackery, one horse at a time</p><p>Thinking clearly Addressing mental health in the profession</p><p>Splish, splashIs hydrotherapy the future of animal rehabilitation?</p><p>Designer update</p><p>The importance of a good-looking </p><p>practice</p></li><li><p>MONTHLY FLEa aND TICK PROTECTION, IN a SIMPLE TaSTY CHEW.</p><p>* See product label for full details of claims. Veterinary professionals only.Merial Australia Pty Ltd 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park. NSW 2113. ABN 53 071 187 285. </p><p>NEXGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. 2014 Merial Limited. All rights reserved. NXGD.14.11.0199</p><p>Introducing the next-generation of flea and tick protection for dogsNEXGARD is different, innovative and effective: </p><p> Simplified dosing regimen with one chew, once a month NEXGARD kills fleas and ticks, including paralysis ticks, for a full month*</p><p> The tasty beef-flavoured chew can be given as a monthly treat with or without food</p><p>Kills fleas Kills ticks Tasty chewDose duration</p><p>Month</p><p>AVAILABLE IN 1-PACKS, 3-PACKS AND 6-PACKS</p><p>For more product information, contact Merial Customer Solutions on 1800 808 691</p><p>NexGard Vet Trade advert DS 420x297.indd 1 3/08/2015 3:54 pm</p></li><li><p>MONTHLY FLEa aND TICK PROTECTION, IN a SIMPLE TaSTY CHEW.</p><p>* See product label for full details of claims. Veterinary professionals only.Merial Australia Pty Ltd 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park. NSW 2113. ABN 53 071 187 285. </p><p>NEXGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. 2014 Merial Limited. All rights reserved. NXGD.14.11.0199</p><p>Introducing the next-generation of flea and tick protection for dogsNEXGARD is different, innovative and effective: </p><p> Simplified dosing regimen with one chew, once a month NEXGARD kills fleas and ticks, including paralysis ticks, for a full month*</p><p> The tasty beef-flavoured chew can be given as a monthly treat with or without food</p><p>Kills fleas Kills ticks Tasty chewDose duration</p><p>Month</p><p>AVAILABLE IN 1-PACKS, 3-PACKS AND 6-PACKS</p><p>For more product information, contact Merial Customer Solutions on 1800 808 691</p><p>NexGard Vet Trade advert DS 420x297.indd 1 3/08/2015 3:54 pm</p></li><li><p>Advertorial</p><p>NVC_VetPractice_halfpage_185x127_v2.indd 1 28/01/15 2:10 PM</p><p>Want to focus on what you love? Let us help manage your business.</p><p>Thank you from all of us at National Veterinary Care for your support and your encouragement. As you may have heard, NVC listed on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday 14th August 2015. We are now the second largest provider of veterinary services in Australia. Were delighted to welcome an initial portfolio of general practice veterinary clinics and associated veterinary service businesses into our community, with the prospect of many more to come.At NVC, we do things with the veterinary professional in mind. Our business is about freeing veterinary professionals from back office chores to do what they love: caring for animals in need. You didnt spend years at vet school just to become a bookkeeper! We work with individual clinics to formulate a business strategy that works for them and puts the customer first.NVC is in the process of establishing a centre of excellence that will provide customised surgical and animal treatment training programs for veterinarians and nurses at all stages throughout their careers. And we recognise that the shape of those careers is changing. The next generation of veterinary professionals has very different demands for how they want to work, which has implications for the profession. Our focus is on people and training, and we would love to hear from you to discuss employment opportunities, the unique benefits of joining the NVC community and succession planning in your own practice.Again, thank you. This is just the beginning of our journey.Regards,Tomas Steenackers Chief Executive Officer</p><p>To the veterinary professionals of Australia, thank you.</p></li><li><p>SEPTEMBER 2015</p><p>Cover storyThey shoot horses, dont they? 18Cindy Cattach is dedicating her life to ending equine knackery, one horse at a time. </p><p>News + eventsThe latest in the veterinary world 6Seizures in dogs, a stock food warning, and more.</p><p>Your worldIn the swim 10As growing research and results indicate, hydrotherapy is a viable alternative treatment for dogs.</p><p>Your businessOn the frontline 14A successful practice is much more than clinical treatment, stemming to innovative architecture and interior design.</p><p>Building blocks 22With our lives increasingly online, its important for your practice to have a strong digital presence.</p><p>State of mind 26Increased focus onand tools forthe mental health of vets is helping to change the professions sometimes negatively impactful culture.</p><p>Your toolsNew products 9An LED head lamp to lead the way. </p><p>Product guide 29Vet Practices guide to the best companion animal tools and treatments.</p><p>Tools of the trade 43Reviewed by your peers in the profession.</p><p>Your lifeCatch of the day 46Dr Robbie Anderton is a member of not one but two baseball teams, using the sport to blow off steam from his day-to-day working life.</p><p>Contents</p><p> CON TENTS </p><p>18</p><p>14</p><p>26 46</p><p>PRACTICE Editorial Director Rob Johnson</p><p>Digital Director Ann Gordon</p><p>Contributors Meg Crawford, Hazel Flynn, Sarah Norris, Chris Sheedy</p><p>Commercial Director Mark Brown</p><p>For all editorial or advertising enquiries:Phone (02) 9660 6995 Fax (02) 9518 5600info@vetpracticemag.com.au</p><p>Vet Practice magazine is published 11 times a year by Engage Media, Suite 4.17, 55 Miller Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009. ABN 50 115 977 421. Views expressed in Vet Practice magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher, editor or Engage Media. Printed by Webstar.</p><p>22</p><p>10</p><p>Sales Director Adam Cosgrove</p><p>4,557 - CAB Audited as at March 2015</p><p>Sub-editor Kerryn Ramsey</p><p>Editor Mitchell Oakley Smith</p><p>Art Director Lucy Glover</p></li><li><p>6 </p><p>news + eventsAVAILABLE NOW</p><p>Bronchi-Shield</p><p> All the efficacy of mucosal vaccination in an easy-to-give oral solution.</p><p>References: 1. Larson, L.J. et al (2013) A Comparative Study of Protective Immunity Provided by Oral, Intranasal and Parenteral Canine Bordetella bronchiseptica Vaccines. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. Med. 11(3) 153-160. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. Med. 11(3) 153-160. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. MedBoehringer Ingelheim Pty Limited. ABN 52 000 452 308. Animal Health Division, 78 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113. Toll free: 1800 038 037. Protech and Bronchi-Shield are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, 55216 Ingelheim/Rhein. BI939TA-08/15.</p><p>Simply trickle 1mL into the buccal cavity for:</p><p>12 months protection from a single doseSuperior protection to killed injectable vaccines</p><p>Scan this QR code to see how easy </p><p>it is to administer.</p><p> ORAL </p><p>BI939 BSO Press Ad - Launch Phase.indd 1 12/08/2015 2:11:55 PM</p><p>Seizures in dogs: a breakdownAt the recent ASAVA conference, veterinary neurologist Dr Georgina Child provided an overview of the different types of seizures found in animals, which can be distressing for both pet owners and companion animals. More than one in 100 people have a seizure disorder and the incidence of seizures in dogs is just as high, said Dr Child. The various types of seizures found in animals can present in many different ways, making them difficult to diagnose. </p><p>When a vet is presented with a pet that has a history of seizure, its important to perform a thorough neurological examination to rule out any other neurological abnormalities. If present, these are more likely to indicate a cause other than epilepsy, such as toxicity or brain tumour, said Dr Child. </p><p>TYPES OF SEIZURES IN DOGS Generalised seizuresThese are characterised by loss of consciousness, rigid muscles, involuntary paddling movements, salivation and urination. These seizures are usually brief and followed by a period where dogs seem anxious, seek their owners or are highly excited. </p><p>Partial seizuresThese vary in nature depending on the area of the brain affected. The affected dog normally remains conscious but displays changes to movement in the limbs, strange behaviour and gastrointestinal signs. They may look startled or appear to not be all there. These types of seizures last longer than generalised seizures and may be followed by a period of exhaustion, restlessness or constant pacing. Aggression may also be seen and can last from minutes to days. </p><p>Symptomatic seizuresThese usually occur as a result of a structural brain abnormality or injury. Seizures may not be seen for weeks, months or even years.</p><p>Idiopathic (or primary) epilepsyThis is a seizure disorder where no underlying cause can be established and is the most common seizure disorder in dogs. In most dogs, this form of epilepsy is likely to be genetically determined. Epilepsy has been shown to be inherited in several breeds including beagles, Belgian shepherds, dachshunds, and is more common in some breeds including border collies. </p><p>Murdoch University partners with Department of AgricultureMurdoch University in Western Australia has joined with the Department of Agriculture to address a key staff shortage in the monitoring of Australian abattoirs. Following the development of an intensive 12-week course for final-year veterinary students interested in animal welfare, public health and food safety, the program is intended to motivate students to consider a career in this non-traditional type of veterinary practice. </p><p>Since the implementation of the course, which includes relevant legislation and key aspects of food safety and animal welfare, six of the nine enrolled students have gone on to take positions as plant vets [OPVs], overseeing animal welfare and food safety in export abattoirs, with three more enrolled for later this year. Work as an OPV is considered a non-traditional role for vet graduates but vital for the functioning of Australias food production industry, said Dr Michael Laurence, one of the courses three key initiators. The job involves examining animals before and after slaughter to check for disease and ensuring that abattoir staff maintain the highest standards of ethical, legal and safe practice. OPVs are responsible for certifying meat for human consumption. </p><p>It is tremendous that the department, which is now benefiting from a steady stream of OPVs to employ, is helping them with their succession planning as more experienced vets currently in these roles are near retirement, Dr Laurence said. For the students, its a fantastic career opportunity. He cites the higher salary and the shorter training period as attractive to graduating veterinarians. </p><p>Samson Lui, a Murdoch University veterinary graduate, has been working as an OPV in Esperance, Western Australia, for the past year, and said the career enabled him to be a veterinarian who contributes to the health of the general public nationally. It is very rewarding knowing that my team and I have contributed to promoting food safety and Australian standards, he said. Working as an OPV cultivates my skills in leadership and management, and also offers rewarding career aspects. </p></li><li><p>AVAILABLE NOW</p><p>Bronchi-Shield</p><p> All the efficacy of mucosal vaccination in an easy-to-give oral solution.</p><p>References: 1. Larson, L.J. et al (2013) A Comparative Study of Protective Immunity Provided by Oral, Intranasal and Parenteral Canine Bordetella bronchiseptica Vaccines. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. Med. 11(3) 153-160. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. Med. 11(3) 153-160. Intern. J. Appl. Res. Vet. MedBoehringer Ingelheim Pty Limited. ABN 52 000 452 308. Animal Health Division, 78 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113. Toll free: 1800 038 037. Protech and Bronchi-Shield are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, 55216 Ingelheim/Rhein. BI939TA-08/15.</p><p>Simply trickle 1mL into the buccal cavity for:</p><p>12 months protection from a single doseSuperior protection to killed injectable vaccines</p><p>Scan this QR code to see how easy </p><p>it is to administer.</p><p> ORAL </p><p>BI939 BSO Press Ad - Launch Phase.indd 1 12/08/2015 2:11:55 PM</p></li><li><p>8 </p><p>A research extensions officer has discovered that ketosis, a metabolic condition which is known to restrict production and fertility in dairy cows, can be accurately detected by a simple blood test. Previously difficult to detect, Jess Andony of Western Dairy made the clinical breakthrough during research as part of her academic study at Murdoch University, Western Australia, by employing a similar test to that used by people with diabetes. Theres nothing that is really accurate that gives the farmer an immediate result, which is why we wanted to do the project, Andony told the ABC, noting that blood can be tested on site rather than being sent to a laboratory for further examination. As such, farmers are able to test for ketosis in a far more effective and inexpensive manner, resulting in greater detection and prevention. </p><p>news + events</p><p>University of Queensland [UQ] researchers and Dreamworld staff are celebrating the birth of one of Australias rarest species of tree kangaroo. Mupee is the first Lumholtzs tree kangaroo to be born into Dreamworlds Australasian captive management program.</p><p>UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences reproductive biologist Dr Tamara Keeley worked with Dreamworld staff to investigate potential breeding problems in a female Lumholtzs tree kangaroo.</p><p>Dreamworld staff collected tree kangaroo poo samples for Dr Keeley, who has used non-invasive endocrinology tests to monitor wildlife over the past 13 years.</p><p>Dr Keeley said the Lumholtzs tree kangaroo had different patterns of reproduction to other kangaroos, and was more difficult to breed.</p><p>Little was known about fertility of this cryptic, solitary, tree-dwelling species, which has a relatively low reproduction rate with more than a year between </p><p>the birth of single offspring, Dr Keeley said. We were able to give Dreamworld an estimate of when the next fertile period was likely to occur, helping improve the likelihood of success for mating.</p><p>I found that initially there was an abnormally long cycle length between times of fertility in this animal. This is something that has never been reported in the literature for any species of tree kangaroo, and it overturns what we knew about reproduction in the kangaroo.</p><p>With just a single poo sample, we can safely monitor our native animal populations without stressing them or changing their normal routines.</p><p>The Lumholtzs tree kangaroo population is declining, with only an estimated 10,000 left in the wild.</p><p>Dreamworld life sciences general manager Al Mucci said there was only a small window of fertility for Lumholtzs tree kangaroos, limiting their chances for mating success.</p><p>We needed a non-invasive way to </p><p>detect whether the tree kangaroo was at the right stage of the reproductive cycle to be receptive to males, he said.</p><p>Dreamworlds collaborative relationship with UQ highlights the important work being done in this area at both institutions.</p><p>The Lumholtzs tree kangaroo is one of only two known Australian species of tree kangaroo, both found in Far North Queensland, and is the smallest tree kan...</p></li></ul>