Japanese vets explore up-skilling, Downunder

A number of Japanese veterinarians have attended a two day neurosurgical workshop at the University of Queensland (UQ).

The event was hosted from July 20-21 by VetPrac, an organisation that provides practical skills training for registered veterinarians in clinical practice.

VetPrac director Ilana Mendels coordinated the workshop over six months, liaising with UQ and Philip Moses, president of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

The workshop covered spinal surgery and including topics such as thoracolumbar disc disease, lumbosacral disease, atlanto-axial stabilization techniques, ventral slot and spinal fractures.

Mendels found the hospital grade surgical facilities of UQ’s Clinical Studies Centre and the veterinary technicians on hand ideal for the workshop.

“It’s great to use the facilities and show them off internationally,” she said. Continue reading Japanese vets explore up-skilling, Downunder

ACVSc members – your vote is needed!

The Council of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists will again present to its members a proposal to change its name to one that will appropriately reflect New Zealand’s involvement in all of its functions.

The new name being proposed is the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) and will be presented as part of the Annual General meeting on July 2, 2011.

A decision made 40 years ago when the College was beginning saw New Zealand omitted from the title. Ever since then New Zealanders have had to accept a qualification and title that does not truly reflect their origin and their training. Continue reading ACVSc members – your vote is needed!