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New hope for wombat disease control

Long-term wildlife disease control and eradication is a major challenge for wildlife conservationists worldwide and has rarely proved successful. It is especially difficult when disease is caused by pathogens able to be transmitted through the environment, such as the sarcoptes scabiei mite that causes sarcoptic mange in bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus […]

Anaesthesia-free dentistry on the rise

Picture: John Morton

Vets are warning pet owners of the dangers of lay dental practitioners offering anaesthesia-free dentistry. The AVA has noted an increasing number of non-veterinary companies offering cleaning and scaling on conscious pets, but the organisation says the practice fails to provide adequate dental care and can cause harm. Anaesthesia-free dentistry […]

Solving a piece of the DFTD puzzle

Scientists have long puzzled over how and why the fatal facial tumour disease that continues to ravage populations of Tasmanian devils in the wild became a transmissible cancer, given tumours usually grow exclusively in the organism where their cell of origin derives from. An international study that involved scientists from […]