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Dr. Tania…Someone you can “Bank” on!

What makes you win the award for the best lecturer for 4th-year students at the University of Queensland?… A splash of surgery, mixed with a pinch of oncology, stir in more than a dozen published papers and ta-da!… you get Dr Tania Banks.

Dr Banks knew from a young age (14 years old to be exact) that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from vet school from the

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“Work seems like play to me. I can’t believe I actually get paid to do it.” Meet Dr Brian Beale

Dr. Beale is an extraordinary man with many talents.  His supernatural ability in the veterinary world is so impressive that he’s not only a surgeon, a mentor, an educator and a radio talk show host, but also a TV celebrity!

We got to have an exclusive interview with Dr Beale and here are the best bits…

He knew from a young age that veterinary medicine was the path for him.  He was

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What drives Dr. Preston’s drill?…

Dr. Chris Preston (BVSc (hons), MACVSc, FACVSc, DACVS) is the owner and director of Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre in Victoria (www.petemergency.com.au) and has been a specialist surgeon in private practice for over 20 years. In addition, he is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and has numerous orthopaedic publications internationally which include topics on TPLO surgery, arthroscopy and hip replacements.

VetPrac got the

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Life in the fast lane

Sometimes life feels like I’m standing in front of one of those tennis ball dispensers without a racket. Am I the only one? I woke up at 2 a.m. as usual to the unusual sound of silence in our home. The baby didn’t wake up, for the first time in months, for her usual middle of the night feed. I was ecstatic! But having been conditioned so well I was now stuck

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A is for Accounting, B is for Business…P is for Dr. Paolo Lencioni.

Meet Dr. Paolo Lencioni. After graduating veterinary school in South Africa, Dr. Lencioni worked as a veterinary surgeon in the UK before opening his own clinic. Whilst working as a vet, he was able to obtain a Diploma in Computer Applications Programming and a Masters in Professional Accounting. Since then he has worked as an accounting software consultant, founded ‘VillageBee’ which produced BeeFree, a veterinary practice management system, and

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“It’s not your business”…..says Simon Palmer after he helps you sell it!!!

Simon Palmer has a Bachelors of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics and is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Business Broker. He has extensive experience working in healthcare recruitment and practice sales, and is founder of Australia’s largest dental and vet brokerage- Practice Sale Search. His company sells more than 60 practices a year, and runs workshops and seminars on exit planning and practice sales throughout Australia.
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The Path of a Specialist – Meet Dr Andrew Levien

In vet school, Dr. Levien was worried about becoming a surgeon, but he made the cut…Just Kidding.

Some people stumble through life, whereas others have a clear vision of who they are and what they want to become. The latter was the case for Dr. Andrew Levien.  Growing up around dogs and horses and spending large amounts of his spare time being a spectator at an equine specialist surgical facility

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VetTips: TTA & Stifle Surgery

Tip 1: What is the leading reason for lameness in dogs- that’s right, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease!

Approximately 70% of dogs presented for hind limb lameness that weigh more than 18kg are most likely to suffer from a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.

Tip 2: The importance of the CCL

The CCl is composed of two parts:

1. The craniomedial band – this band is taut in flexion and extension

2. A larger caudolateral

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VetTips: Equine Nerve Blocks & Lameness

Tip 1:Signalment influences differential diagnosis in equine lameness. For example a common clinical presentation is proximal metacarpal pain but the causes often differ if the patient is a sports horse or racehorse. In a racehorse the primary suspicion may be primary suspensory desmitis, while in a racehorse and avulsion fracture is higher up the differential list.
Tip 2:
The calcaneal bursa ACTUALLY has two components!
1: A bursa underneath the gastroc tendon

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Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy – Top Tips

Tip 1: What is the benefit of prehab and rehab?
Prehab: Sometimes prehab is considered a luxury but it can certainly make rehab easier. The better the range of motion, flexibility and strength prior to surgery, the easier and faster the rehab will be. Therefore working on these 3 areas, well within the comfort level of the patient, is a great advantage.
Rehab: Rehab can be broken down into 3 phases;

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