Business: Investment in new grads’ training

A new alliance between education business VetPrac and a small group of dedicated companies is ensuring new graduates have the chance to develop skills that will help them bridge the gap between theory and practice.

An investment of over $30,000 will be awarded to graduates in 2014 with help from Aesculap, IM3, Medical Plus and Norbrook.

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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

Face to Face: A surgeon’s inspiration

Ilana Mendels and Jeff Mayo.There’s something almost savant-like about world renowned veterinary surgeon Jeff Mayo. He has a compulsion to learn how everything works – and the quiet confidence that he can master it if he sets his mind to it. Even if that means repeating the same task over and over until he achieves perfection.

Mayo, who in July taught two tibial tuberosity advancement workshops hosted by VetPrac at two Australian universities, credits his success to a series of remarkable role models – including his own veterinarian.

I was twelve years old, I’d just bought a horse, and this guy came out to do a health check. That was the day I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. I spent every day with him til the day I went to college.”

Irv LeVine was something of a renaissance man, not only practicing as a veterinarian but singing and recording music, flying planes and horsing around.

His approach to life in general wore off on me,” Mayo said. “The man just has fun all the time. He doesn’t fight, he doesn’t argue, his medicine was very practical.”

But Mayo didn’t proceed directly to veterinary school. He undertook a degree in respiratory therapy through Boise State University before working as a respiratory therapist at Duke University Medical Centre.

A respiratory therapist (RT) or inhalation therapist, he explains, is an allied health worker trained in the assessment and treatment of breathing disorders including asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. RTs specialise and advise doctors on airway management, mechanical ventilation and acid-base balance.

Mayo proved good at it. In less than twelve month’s he had completed every one of the hospitals 16 additional RT qualifications. He practiced for four years until the hunger for veterinary science drew him back to college.

Mayo was recognised early as a gifted student at Oregon State University College, and something of an entrepreneur. He continued to practice as an RT to pay his way through veterinary school – with the permission of the Dean. Continue reading Face to Face: A surgeon’s inspiration