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Just like vets and vet nurses, vet techs need to continue learning and growing in their career; after all, the world of vet medicine is forever evolving with new research and technology. While a lot of learning often takes place on the job, there are some things that are best taught in a proper educational setting to allow for attention to detail during the learning process – rather than learning under time constraints and other pressures in a workplace.
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Written by Dr Lianne Mellin Whether you’re just starting your veterinary journey, or almost finished vet school, what you’re about to read is definitely going to help you. It’s the part that vet school mentions, but often only briefly discusses due to the need to...
Continual learning in any field is important, however when it comes to science-based professions it is even more critical to keep abreast of new developments. Veterinarians are no exception, and in fact a certain amount of Continued Professional Development (CPD) is required in order to maintain your working registration here in Australia.
So what exactly is CPD? Simply put, it’s a formalised recording of additional education and training you undertake as a vet nurse. While professional registration for vet nurses and vet techs is not mandatory in Australia, it is strongly encouraged by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) and their Australian Veterinary Nurses and Technicians (AVNAT) Registration Scheme are recognised and supported by the AVA, and registration under this scheme requires vet nurses to undertake 20 points of CPD annually.
Orthopaedics, a branch of medicine concerned with conditions of the musculoskeletal system, is an in-demand specialty in the veterinary world. Veterinary orthopaedic surgeons are specialist vets who work to diagnose and treat skeletal problems in animals, including diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Breeds such as French Bulldogs and Pugs are incredibly popular here in Australia, and it’s easy to see why: they are human-centric by nature and make excellent companions. And they are incredibly comedic. However, these brachycephalic breeds — that is, breeds that are “short-headed” — aren’t without their drawbacks.
Sometimes referred to as ‘allied veterinary professionals’, vet techs deliver high-level, hands on veterinary care, often in a direct support role to veterinarians. So what makes a great vet tech? As you might expect, a love of animals is critical! Additional attributes that are important include a strong science background, an ability to work well with people and also handle animals, and good communication and decision-making skills.
If you’re considering your career options and veterinary nursing comes to mind, it’s probably because you love animals! And that’s a good thing, because loving animals is certainly the number one qualification when it comes to pursuing a career as a vet nurse.
So what do vet nurses actually do? How do you become one, and how do you make sure you’re the best vet nurse you can be?
More than just a love of animals, many vets enter the profession because they want to contribute to making the world a better place for animals. This isn’t just applicable to vets assisting injured wildlife or stray animals; the average clinical vet can also contribute to improving the welfare of pets not only through their expert care, but also just as importantly through the education of pet owners.
In order to be successful, veterinarians need to possess a wide range of physical and mental skills — from practical skills such as taking blood, through to interpersonal skills such as showing empathy to clients.
Being a veterinarian is far from easy, but it certainly can be one of the most rewarding vocations. Of course, some people are more suited to becoming a vet than others — just as not everyone who likes kids is cut out to be a teacher, not every animal lover is going to suit a career as a veterinarian. So, what three key qualities contribute to being a successful veterinarian?
Becoming a veterinarian can be a very rewarding vocation, however it’s certainly not for everyone. Just like most professions, there are certain skills and attributes that a veterinarian should possess — some of which can be learnt, and some of which are innate.
In Australia, there are over 12,000 registered veterinarians — and not all of them are treating dogs and cats in clinics. In the world of veterinary science, there are many different specialisations; after all, treating a horse is very different to treating a bird or a snake.
Treatment for respiratory and associated ailments in brachycephalic patients are proving common due to the popularity of these breeds. VetPrac's Fix the Face: Brachycephalic and Ear Surgery workshop is open for registrations and we're fortunate to have a wonderful...
Many aspire to become a veterinarian. Working alongside animals and caring for them on a daily basis is certainly appealing, and many childhood dreams are pinned upon this vision.
Professional development is a critical aspect for just about any career; after all, there is always something new to learn. In the field of veterinary science, new research and continued technological advancement means that those working within the profession need to ensure they are aligned with ever-evolving best practices.
The importance of equine veterinary education When it comes to veterinary science, horses really are a different breed; there is a reason why there are dedicated equine veterinarians and nurses. Every equine professional knows that when it comes to our equine friends,...
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Well what a year this has been! When I think back to just over 12 months ago, I had no concept of what the latter part of 2019 and 2020 would hold for me and the VetPrac team. But one thing for sure at the centre of my world and my decision making process has been...