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The Importance of Body Condition Scoring

    Early in my career I had one consultation in which the necessity of understanding and performing body condition scoring in animals (by vets and owners) was made abundantly clear. I was called out to see a horse on…

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Fundamentals of Veterinary CPR

  Apparently the main reason cats and dogs that experience cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) have poor survival outcomes relative to their human counterparts, is because there has been a lack of training and standardised, evidence-based guidelines in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in…

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Checking a Marsupial’s Pouch

    Pouch checking is a skill that all Australian veterinarians need to learn. Actually, let me amend that statement: Pouch checking is a skill that all Australians need to learn. We live in a country heavily populated by marsupials,…

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Oral Examination of the Rabbit

  One of the more challenging aspects of a rabbit physical examination is the oral examination. Understandably for an obligate nasal breather, rabbits resent being restrained around the face and can resist handling for this procedure if it is not…

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How to Remove a Horse Shoe

    There are some skills that are so preliminary in veterinary practice that they rarely rate a mention in the veterinary texts. Or if they are mentioned, it is in so casual a manner that it belies the time…

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How to Make an Anaesthetic Mask for Birds

  Resourcefulness is one of the key attributes developed by necessity in veterinary practice.  Given the nature of veterinary work, with such a variety of species and breeds (each with their own particular anatomical quirks), specific commercial equipment may not…

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