Crimson Post

The crimson sunbird is an extremely small nectar feeding bird found as a resident throughout Asia. It is tiny, fast, efficient and extremely vibrantly coloured, a true reflection of the country that it represents.

Singapore is the smallest island nation in Asia and with its strategic location; it functions as a centralised trading zone, allowing Singapore to grow rapidly since its independence in 1959.

Singapore is also a melting pot of cultures with the 5 million population made up primarily of the three major ethnic races, Chinese, Malay and Indian. The vibrant mix of cultures and traditions has a major role in the treatment and attitudes toward the domestic and stray population of animals in a highly urbanised developed country.

The veterinarians here in Singapore are almost 100 per cent small animal practitioners, all of whom have graduated overseas, about 85 per cent calling Australian universities their alma mater. Vastly different to our neighbouring countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand) where rural mixed practice and agriculture still predominate.

The 48 veterinary private practices with no registered small animal specialists, this is a highly unique situation where the veterinary community is small, energetic and always having to think outside the box. Continue reading Crimson Post

Essay: Decreasing stress, aggression and injury in pigs housed in intensive production systems

Introduction
Animal welfare issues are inherent in any intensive production system that restricts animals to an environment incompatible with their behavioural needs (D’Eath & Turner, 2009). For example, intensive husbandry practices, such as a mix of pigs in a confined space, can result in significant stress reactions and displays of aggressive behaviour through frustration or restriction of natural behaviour (Guy et al., 2009; Yonezawa et al., 2009). This paper will discuss the use of pig-appeasing pheromone (PAP) to reduce aggression and social stress generally, and the importance of tail posture in predicting incidents of tail-biting injury in post-weaning piglets.
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The effect of body weight on some welfare indicators in feedlot cattle in a hot environment

Heat stress has important effects on the welfare of livestock. The effects of heat stress in cattle include changes in biological functions and behaviors. The aim of this study from the Department of Animal Science, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, was to investigate the behavioral differences between light and heavy feedlot cattle reared in a hot . . . → Read More: The effect of body weight on some welfare indicators in feedlot cattle in a hot environment

Behavior of piglets after castration with and without CO2-anesthesia

Surgical castration of male piglets without anesthesia is a routine management practice conducted on commercial pig farms. For animal welfare reasons it would be beneficial to develop methods of practical pain relief.

The objective of this study from the Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen, Geel, Belgium, was to evaluate the effect of providing CO(2)-anesthesia prior to castration on the . . . → Read More: Behavior of piglets after castration with and without CO2-anesthesia

How do I fix all my staff issues?

Do you have a constant battle dealing with staff issues? Does it feel like every day there is another fire you need to put out, fuelled by a staff member? Why don’t staff think like a business owner?

In a recent survey of vet practice owners, when asked to name their biggest challenge, 52 per cent nominated staff issues.

When the Commonwealth Bank surveyed 32,000 small businesses and asked the same question, about 60 oer cent of them said that staff was their biggest issue.

I’m going to tell you in a nutshell why this is the case. Continue reading How do I fix all my staff issues?