This blog is for discussion of veterinary issues ranging from basic pet care and health, through to the bigger pictures of evidence-based and comparative medicine, clinical decision-making, pharmacovigilence, ethics and sustainability.
Those engaged with animals are welcome to browse or participate: pet owners; farmers and breeders; wildlife carers; industry and welfare folk; vet practitioners, nurses and students; or those just curious. Please contribute, comment, disagree or even harass. Content has been categorised for ease of access.
Not all links, marked in blue, are yet live. This is a 3 year project.
Free from the concision often demanded by the traditional media and consultation format, the information here may guide pet owners to high-quality online resources, dispel some myths, and offer a greater understanding of diseases and treatments – what’s known and unknown.
Here we can explore the animal health industry, how it works, the impact of trends in specialisation, risk aversion, and medical technology, and the symbiotic relationships with it’s satellite sectors: pharmaceutical, pathology, agribusiness, and pet food manufacturing.
Just as the agrarian and industrial revolutions had a profound impact on our relationship with animals, the sustainability revolution can be expected to demand similar adaptation. Filling the gap in professional and broader press, this section will explore the impact of sustainability on animal health and welfare.
Specifically directed towards pet owners and wildlife carers on the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia, local community may also be of interest and relevance to those further afield.
The truth about your pet’s medication. Drugs and insecticides, old and new, good and bad.
Unnatural Selection – Breed exposè of the month:
Up-front about the medical consequences of fashion-driven selective breeding.
Animal Pic of the Week:
Died playing her favourite sport
‘Can I Keeps It?’
Ready for ambush
Ok, I’ll sleep over here
Warm ray of light
Amsterdam zoo advertising on buses
First attempt at taxidermy
Canine Dental Exam
Lobster Arcade Game
Men Who Knit and Dogs Who Love Them
Only in Japan
Mother and Daughter
Cat singed by recent forest fires in Russia
Bull Terrier attack-frenzy overrides the pain of Porcupine quills
Dogs don’t care much for views
Racism in Birds
Strong yet elusive narrative
Rat with teddy
Canine victims of mafia wars