Sneak preview: Testing times to be a vet.

Walton_Chris_MedRes_H&S_coatoff-1Veterinarians are among the highest trained, most skilled professionals across Australia. Their work demands a high level of training, and a commitment to improving the health of animals. While the public is well aware of the vital work carried out by veterinarians every day, the profession currently faces an uphill battle to to be recognised and rewarded as highly educated professionals.

With the increasing role of large corporate entities and investors, the workplace in Australia’s $3 billion veterinarian industry looks much different than it did only 10 years ago. Big players and private equity investors, are changing the face of the sector; and where owner-operator small businesses once dominated, they are being replaced by chains with big market capitalisation. Continue reading Sneak preview: Testing times to be a vet.

From little things, bigger things grow

Stacy DeppelerAntarctic marine life from krill to whales, seals, penguins and seabirds all ultimately depend on phytoplankton for their food, but a study published recently in the journal Frontiers has revealed these single-cell plants at the base of the food chain are being affected by a range of climate-induced stressors. Warming seas, increased ocean acidification, and reductions in salinity and sea ice are all posing a threat to the health of marine ecosystems.

The study was a collaborative project between PhD student Stacy Deppeler from Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, to better understand how ecosystems are adapting in response to changes in phytoplankton communities in the Southern Ocean.         Continue reading From little things, bigger things grow

Abstracts: Stocking density limits for post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) with emphasis on production performance and welfare

For the development of commercial scale semi-closed sea systems for farming post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), further knowledge is required on the interaction between fish density, farming conditions and fish welfare. Continue reading Abstracts: Stocking density limits for post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) with emphasis on production performance and welfare

Maggs to speak as FASAVA Congress 2017

Picture1Eminent veterinary ophthalmologist and award-winning teacher David Maggs returns to Australia to speak at this year’s FASAVA Congress on the Gold Coast.

Maggs grew up in Lilydale, north-east of Melbourne, and graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1998. He spent two years working in mixed practice back in Lilydale, before locuming throughout the United Kingdom for a further three years.

He then moved to the United States, where he completed a small animal internship and then an equine internship at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri. Continue reading Maggs to speak as FASAVA Congress 2017

Kiwi Post: The Art of Finding Disease

The International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS) comes to New Zealand in early May this year. This is a triennial event, and this is the third such event, so well done to everyone involved in getting us to host it.

Not the least of the roadblocks must have been the huge slab of irony that a conference on animal health surveillance should be hosted by New Zealand. This is like North Korea hosting a conference on democracy, or the Middle East hosting a conference on regional cooperation, or the White House hosting a conference on sanity.

New Zealand has many remarkable facets, but animal disease surveillance is not one of them. This in itself is quite remarkable on two fronts. First, being an island nation, heavily dependent on primary production, we are both largely safe from- and consequently at huge risk of- a devastating exotic disease coming into the country. The chances are low- although they get higher with every passing year and every increase in international travel- but the consequences are high. Continue reading Kiwi Post: The Art of Finding Disease