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The Vetpodcast. Current animal health issues discussed by veterinary professionals from around the world. From pet nutrition to looking after zoo animals to blood testing spiders to the mental toll being endured by members of the veterinary profession there is sure to be something of interest for those in the veterinary industry and pet owners alike. Find out more about us at https://beacons.ai/vetpodcast
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After almost a year off (for reasons you will find out in the podcast!) I am back. I am Dr Bryan Gregor, a veterinarian from New Zealand. During my long life as a veterinarian, I have seen a lot of weird, quirky funny and just down right bizarre stuff! This is just one of them. Follow me on social media @vetpodcast and as they say, like and subscri…
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When undertaking a scientific study on the efficacy of CBD in pain relief in dogs an issue that didn’t occur to me was the problem of getting the CBD across state borders in The USA without being tagged as a drug dealer. The answer – move the study to Canada. We again catch up with Dr Kelly Diehl, Senior Director of Science & Communications for The…
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Having spent my working life in veterinary practice, a lot of it as a practice owner, I am well used to comments about how much veterinary services cost, some in jest, some in shock and occasionally some in anger. Is this fare criticism though? Let’s take a closer look. Often the comments are in jest. I have been introduced a few times as “this is …
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Unfortunately, the veterinary profession can really take a toll on the mental health and wellbeing of those in it. In this episode of The Vetpodcast I have a frank discussion with Canadian veterinarian Dr Marie Holowaychuk who is a passionate advocate for veterinary team wellbeing. Marie is CEO and founder of Reviving Veterinary Medicine and host o…
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Following the disastrous floods that have hit the north of New Zealand following cyclone Gabrielle last week, I think it is opportune to revisit a podcast I recorded a year or so ago with Sue Kinsella and Alison Vaughan from RNZSPCA. If you have the responsibility of looking after animals, you should listen to this!…
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“Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill” A quote directly from The World Health Organization. This isn’t hyperbole, this is potentially our future (as if there aren’t enough other things to be concerned about!). And then we have the British Health Secretary …
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One of the givens in this world is that things never stay the same, we are always learning and we are always improving. This is as true for the veterinary profession as it is anywhere else. The information changes are based on must come from somewhere though. Many of us will be aware of the change in recommendations as to the timing of desexing dog…
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If you have been a listener of the Vetpodcast for a while you may recall an episode we recorded back in early 2021 with Dr Melissa Trupia discussing end of life decisions and treatment. In this episode we are taking the inevitable next step today and discussing euthanasia. It is a topic that perhaps isn’t discussed as often as it should because but…
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This is the second part of our discussion on the history of veterinary medicine with Dr Bruce Vivash Jones. Bruce is a retired veterinarian, veterinary historian and author and has written what is possibly the most complete account of the history of veterinary medicine published. Bruce’s comments on the events that changed veterinary medicine, the …
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This is the first of 2 episodes discussing the history of veterinary medicine with Dr Bruce Vivash Jones. Bruce is a retired veterinarian, veterinary historian and author and has authored what is possibly the most complete account of the history of veterinary medicine published. In this first instalment, I discuss the origins of veterinary medicine…
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Whether you are a vet, vet nurse, RVN, allied veterinary professional or a pet owner, if there is only one episode of The Vetpodcast you ever listen to, please let it be this one. It is heart-breaking. I read with absolute despair that another of our veterinary colleagues have taken their own life – again! The statistics relating to suicide, and fo…
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Here in New Zealand, apart from the obvious religious significance of the festival there are 2 icons that you cannot escape. Chocolate Easter eggs and raisin filled Hot Cross Buns. Unfortunately, both chocolate and grapes are potentially toxic to dogs so without pouring cold water on your festivities, what is all the fuss about?…
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Most men of a certain age can tell you exactly where their prostate gland is. The doctor has pointed it out to them literally on more than one occasion. Male dogs can also have issues with their prostate glands, and yes, just like our human colleagues, one of our best diagnostic tools is our index finger! In this episode of The Vetpodcast I discuss…
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Something like 16% of dogs do it. Almost 100% of humans find it disgusting. It makes me gag! I am talking about coprophagia. What is coprophagia? – Eating faeces I chat to Jess from nutritionRVN about this less than savoury behaviour. We talk about: -Is there a risk to either dogs or humans? -What causes it? -How to stop it? I would normally say si…
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News bulletins are full of disaster stories. In the case of a disaster have you got a plan for your pet? I talk to Sue Kinsella and Alison Vaughan from RNZSPCA about “disaster preparedness”. It is as simple as: - Microchip your pets - Have a cage or crate handy - A collar and lead and perhaps a muzzle - 48 – 72 hours feed - Any medication required …
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As a veterinarian, it is not uncommon for a pet to be presented to me on behalf of a frail older person by a friend or family member and having the forceful if not somewhat chilling statement made to me “this wee dog is all that is keeping mum alive. If the dog dies, mum will have nothing to live for, and she will probably die”. Unfortunately, and …
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It’s the end of what has been for most of us a very trying year so rather than dive into a technical topic for this last podcast of 2021, lets listen to some of the words of wisdom (and out-takes) from our many and diverse guests over the past year or so. There are a few “did they really say that” moments and a few comments that hit the nail on the…
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How about a treatment that circulates oxygen around the body dissolved in plasma rather than haemoglobin that diffuses oxygen into those hard to reach spots like damaged tissue with poor blood supply and deep seated infections? How useful is that! I talk to Annette McFadgen VN from Town and Country Vets in Nelson, NZ about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy…
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We talk again to UK exotic vet Benjamin Kennedy. This time about birds, both how to keep them and for the vets and vettechs tips and tricks to help you examine and treat them. · History of keeping birds as pets · Do they have personalities · Housing including enrichment and UV · Nutrition · How to tell if a bird is sick · Differences between indivi…
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I have always been of two minds about veterinary programs on television. In truth, the reason I took up this wonderful profession in the first place was my love of the James Herriot books and the original television adaptation of them. Without James Herriot, who knows what I would be doing now. On the flip side, I have found myself screaming at the…
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Exotic pets are becoming quite common in the world. They don’t take up much space, they don’t eat much, and you don’t have to take them for a walk every day. We catch up again with UK veterinarian Benjamin Kennedy and we discuss exotics as a pet. The first half of the podcast; we discuss the husbandry of them, and we get a little bit more clinical …
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Not all animals have fur, but vets can still treat them. Ever wondered what to do with a sick spider or a sluggish snail. UK veterinarian, Benjamin Kennedy discusses what veterinary science can do for invertebrates. We ask: What are invertebrates? (Note that the 7X comment is an approximation!) Do they make good pets? Do they have personalities? Sp…
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I am working on a couple of interviews at the moment that aren't quite finished so I have delved deep into The Vetpodcast archives and pulled out a couple of short recordings that hopefully will be of interest to our pet owning listeners. How do you get the most from your visit to the veterinarian? In this episode I discuss how to prepare for your …
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Think of the microbiome as a lawn. It has weeds, requires fertilizing and it is possible to carpet bomb it killing all the good microbes if you aren’t careful. We chat with Jess from nutritionRVN about what has been referred to as the second brain, the microbiome.
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Around the world, hundreds of animal welfare organizations are striving to improve the life of millions of animals that have no other access to veterinary attention. All too often, a main obstacle to providing such treatment is a lack of adequate veterinary health facilities and clinical personnel, resulting in widespread animal suffering. Vets Bey…
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Genetic testing is now commonly used for screening for and diagnosing health issues in dogs and cats, parentage confirmation, establishing breed, identification, forensics and even help in creating new coat colors. We talk DNA testing with George Sofronidis from Orivet.
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The tables are turned in this episode of the Vetpodcast. Someone else asks the questions. Alex Avery is a veterinarian in the neighboring practice to my old one. In a town the size of ours, what’s the chances of us both being veterinary podcasters. Alex produces a podcast named CALL THE VET and he approached me to have a chat for his podcast so of …
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When you hear the term veterinarian, what animals immediately come to mind? Chances are you will think cats, dogs, cows, horses or maybe sheep. How about bees? They are production animals, and they also have health issues. In this episode we talk bee vet Juan Molina Santiago about an area of veterinary medicine you probably didn’t even know existed…
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As a veterinarian in general veterinary practice, I would occasionally get asked for advice on sick fish. Our training at Vet School on aquatic medicine was pretty sparse and when a call came in for a goldfish floating upside down or an unsightly growth on the side of a guppy, I would try to look really busy or head for the door as if I had somewhe…
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A year ago we talked to Sarah-Jayne, a vet from Marwell Zoo in the UK. We talk to her again and ask what effect the pandemic has had on the animals, conservation and the viability of zoos. We ask: • Were there any physical health issues in the animals due to covid? • What effects has lack of visitors had on zoo animals’ behavior? • Do zoo animals s…
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With so many options on what to feed your pet and so many people offering advice, let’s discuss pet nutrition with Jessica Joosse, @nutritionrvn , Registered Veterinary Nurse and Animal Nutritionist from Melbourne Australia. We ask: -What do cats and dogs need in their diet? -Can you balance a raw diet? -What is AAFCO? -Does the diet need to be con…
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Presented by veterinarian Dr. Bryan Gregor from New Zealand, The Vetpodcast discusses current and topical animal health issues with veterinary professionals from around the world. Whether you are in the industry or a pet lover The Vetpodcast is sure have something for you. Listen on your favorite podcast player.…
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If there is only one episode of The Vetpodcast you listen to please let it be this one. In the UK, suicide in veterinarians is 4 times that of the average population. This needs to stop. We again look at the causes of this scourge on the veterinary profession. What are the underlining causes and what can be done to help.…
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With the 10 year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquakes just past and as chance would have it, as I am finishing this podcast, the North of New Zealand is getting hammered by a swarm of earthquakes and there is a tsunami warning in place, we ask the question “can animals predict earthquakes?”
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Terminal disease and euthanasia are things a lot of pet owners have to deal with. They are not easy topics. There are now practices set up that deal solely with end-of-life matters. We discuss what owners need to consider when faced with a terminal diagnosis for their pet, how to recognize pain and how to decide when the time is right to say goodby…
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If you have poultry in the UK, you really should listen to this. Viruses have played a huge part in all of our lives this year. If Covid isn’t enough, now there is an outbreak of Avian Flu in the UK which has ramifications for all chicken and poultry owners and yes, chickens are now joining us in lockdown. In this episode of The Vetpodcast we discu…
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Here is a question for you. If you had 2 rabbits, one male and one female and you left them to do what rabbits do, at the end of a year how many rabbits would you have? You would be amazed at the number! In this episode we talk rabbits with some words of wisdom from Richard Rice-Grubb, a kiwi vet working in the UK.…
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Some of you may have seen the new series of All Creatures Great and Small. Just like the series, I have revisited an old podcast. I talk to Jim Wight, son of Alf Wight (the real-life James Herriot) who is also a vet, about old time vetting and The World of James Herriot.
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Vet nurses and vet techs can probably relate to this scenario. The dog has just completed its' surgery and it is in recovery. You are on your hands and knees with your head in the cage trying to get its temperature, heart rate and respiration rate. MeasureON may be the answer to your prayers!
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Euthanasia of a loved pet is unfortunately something that a lot of pet owners have to face. How do you know when the time is right, and what can be expected when the decision is made? Please note that this podcast contains details that some people may find disturbing. Please use discretion.
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There has been so much technological change in the world over the past few decades. The veterinary profession has not been immune to these changes so what progress have we made, where are we now and where are we heading? This episode we talk to Shawn Wilkie, co-presenter of The Veterinary Innovation Podcast.…
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There is no sugar coating it, Covid-19 is causing major issues worldwide both to human health and peoples livelyhoods. A lot of buisnesses have been able to turn off the lights, close the doors and self isolate. Not quite that easy for zoos, you cannot really turn the animals off. How are zoos faring at the moment? - Are zoos still open? - What has…
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