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Veterinary Education/Entertainment Talk. Current topics in veterinary medicine and surgery. News, Questions and Answers, case reports and more. For veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians/nurses.

Veterinary Education/Entertainment Talk. Current topics in veterinary medicine and surgery. News, Questions and Answers, case reports and more. For veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians/nurses.
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Veterinary Education/Entertainment Talk. Current topics in veterinary medicine and surgery. News, Questions and Answers, case reports and more. For veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians/nurses.




49: Can’t stand the heat? - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

A puppy undergoes a world first complex heart surgery in London. Are we heading for a world without turtles? We also try to answer patron Sandy's thought provoking email questions. On a lighter note we look at the finalists for the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography awards. Our main topic this week is oestrogen toxicity in ferrets: what is it? We chat about how to treat it, and what steps you can do to prevent it. Enter our 50th episode competition to win! Just send us an email to enter. It IS...


48: Rod - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

We welcome our new 'beardie' patron: Sandy from Canberra, Australia. A big shout out to Sandy for helping cover our production costs, and thanks for the thought-provoking email - keep them coming! Why don't YOU become a patron of our show, become famous, and feel good on the inside and outside? Visit for more details. In news this week California passes a bill banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals and we bemoan the extinction of some bird species. In the final...


47: Grass and Veggies - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

We investigate the New Zealand town that wants to ban cats. A huge drop of a king penguin population. Are Mumbai's leopard's good or bad? Thats the news stories for this week.. oh, and Mark talks about how to hang a birdhouse without harming the tree or the bird! Rabbit nutrition is the main topic this week. What is the best diet for pet rabbits? What is bad? What is toxic? Listen and find out all this and more. Contact us: Twitter: @VetGurus Support us on Patreon:...


46: Clapping Birds - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Pacific Chocolate and the koala genome - what's the link? Listen and find out. Also hear about the vegetarian bear, dairy farming in India and finally, why chickens may wear diapers/nappies. Now that's a variety of news items. Chlamydiosis in birds is this weeks main topic. Brendan quizzes Mark to find out how prevalent this disease is in pet birds, then they both discuss zoonotic aspects of this disease - Psittacosis. The discussion includes diagnostic steps, treatment options and control....


45: It’s not a tumour… (or is it?) - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Dogs prefer reggae when stressed... apparently. Or did you already know that? How about teaching birds to collect litter? Or did you hear about the Dengue fever outbreak halted by the release of mosquitoes? So many great news stories this week we decided to finish with 20 things you may not know about Zebras. Once you've listened to all this news you will be ready for your local quiz night, or to bore your family or partner. Mammary tumours in rats and mice is the main topic this week....


44: On the nose - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Brendan wants to go to Bali - for work of course. Maybe he will be less angry about the situation with greyhound racing in New South Wales if he had a break? Mark goes mad about the pesky parasite toxoplasmosis, then sniffs out a story details dog's detecting cancer in our final news story this week. Upper respiratory tract diseases of the rabbit is our main topic this week. 'Snuffles' is the catch-all phrase often used to describe these disorders. We talk about the various causes of these...


43: That’s unusual! - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Is it a fish, is it a bird - or is it just a toxic mess? We look at the amazing fish-bird found in China. A kelpie sells for a record price in Australia. In our last news story Mark gets angry, very angry, about some 'facts' of the Jurassic world film. Our main topic this week is in response to an email from a long-time subscriber. Tom asks 'how do I encourage veterinary staff to get excited about unusual and exotic pets?' Listen on and we will try to help answer this, and more questions or...


42: Heavy Breathing - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

A new species of armoured dinosaur has been identified and we report on this gorgeous, yet extinct, animal in our first news story. Brendan is sad, and his dogs know it; Mark is excited about a sun bear birth in the UK and is the pet trade killing off species? We find out - because we get the big stories. Respiratory diseases in rats and mice is our main topic this week. An important topic, chronic respiratory disease is endemic in pet rodents - certainly a topic not to sneeze at. Support...


41: Spewing! - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Welcome to the VetGurus podcast! Where else can you find out how to stop seagulls getting drunk, learn about a new species of venomous snake, hear about breeding rhinos in Australia and debate the pros and cons of animal research? Nowhere else! That's why you listen (sometimes) and why we provide you with the best (or maybe the most obscure) news items.. and keep the emails coming in with news items for us to share. Our main topic this week is vomiting in dogs. Brendan and Mark chat about...


40: You bought a what? - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

A flight crew springs to action to help a French Bulldog. How smart are birds? - we find out - sort of; and a discussion of wild animals helping us in the garden are news items this week. Our final news item is about an incursion of the varroa honey bee mite into Melbourne, Australia. This weeks main topic? Here it is: Illegal pets. Brendan and mark discuss the complex factors at play when dealing with illegal pets - from the massive money involved in the trade of these animals, the threat...


39: Sweet - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Here we go again with topical veterinary news, information and lame jokes. Mark is seeing a run on nutritional deficits in patients presented to Sugarloaf Animal Hospital, which leads to a discussion of home made versus commercial foods for pets. Flat faced rabbits are in the news for all the wrong reasons, and we find out how bees may save elephants from train collisions. Poncho the Police Dog in in the news for his resuscitation play. On our final news story we chat about snail-sucking...


38: WildVet - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

How should we talk to dogs? We finds out all about 'dog speak' in our first news item. Dachshunds are popular pets in the UK - should they be? A good news story to finish: a dog saves a young boy from a dryer. Dr David Middleton is our star guest and main topic for this week. David is the owner of Mt. Mary vineyard in the Yarra Vallet wine region of Melbourne, Australia. Not only is he famous for his wonderful wines, David mentored Brendan when he was a zoo veterinarian. We sit down with...


37: I am Gout - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Bees get stressed - really! Good news about the wild jaguars of Mexico, and Mark is talking to dogs and trying to stop cats eating wildlife. In other news Brendan and Mark finally catch up on some emails, and we announce or new sponsors. Gout in reptiles is the main topic this week. We discuss what it is, the signs of gout in reptiles, diagnostic steps and treatment options. We are excited to introduce our two main sponsors: Chemical Essentials and Specialised Animal Nutrition. They have...


36: Death can be Fatal - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Birds can see Earth's magnetic fields - we find out how. A dog saves a child lost in the Australian outback, predators help farmers and mushrooms kill dogs. A mix of news stories this week to get things started. Thanks to Doug Black for the link to the Bird article. Euthanasia is our main topic. Specifically, we walk through the 2-stage process for euthanasia of unusual pets, and also discuss the logistics of how to help our clients during the stressful time of the planned death of a loved...


35: Smile again – Dental disease in Rabbits Part 2 - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Did you know blue-tongued skinks have UV emitting tongues? Now you do. Who is Pizza the polar bear and why should you care? Why are most dolphins called Bruce, and what's with all the questions?? All these questions and more are answered in our news section. Product reviews: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury gets a 9.451 out of 10 from Brendan. Fencing wire for use as an endotracheal stylet gets a 10 out of 10. The main topic this week is Part 2 of Dental Disease in Rabbits. We dive into the...


34: Unusually Common - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Does the human race do anything right? Well, we are very good at eradicating other species. Greyhound racing is banned in the Australian Capital Territory and giant predatory worms have invaded France! So what exactly is the Icarus project and why are we excited about it? Listen to our news section to find out. A rapid fire discussion of 10 conditions of unusual pets is our main topic this week. Brendan and Mark point out some common reasons why various unusual pets are brought to see a vet...


33: The Power of the Ostrich - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia is our first news story. Do therapy dogs like their work? - we find out. The sad story of the Vaquita, the smallest porpoise species in the world leaves us depressed, so in our final news story we are amazed as a crow steals a credit card and tries to buy a train ticket! We interview Doug Black from Microchips Australia for our main feature this week. We discover the power of the ostrich. Doug has a fascinating story to tell: how he became an...


32: POQ - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

The news just keeps on coming... this week Mark discusses stress in the veterinary workplace and the love life of Dora the hawk. Brendan discussed the amusing husbandry and feeding of veterinarians for new owners guide. Dingoes and some myths about these canines is the last story this week. Mark's product review is the rabbit appeasing pheromone. He refuses to score it, as it is not available for use here in Australia! Zoonoses, in particular Q Fever - or Query fever - is our main topic this...


31: Vetgurus on Tour - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

The news kicks off with the announcement of our competition winner. Congratulations to Elizabeth Pearson! Your signed book is on its way. In other news we report on a potential threat for the rarest ape in the world, the naming of species after celebrities, and the difficulties of livestock live export. Another non-veterinary 'product' review by Mark today, with a lowdown on a music video by Childish Gambino. We are on the road this week, reporting from the Australian Veterinary Association...


30: Fleabag - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Should we be more like sloths? In our first news story we discuss this important topic. In other news a tiger cub found in a bag is recovering well after being rescued, the unusual sex life of brown widow spiders, and veterinary interns speak out against exploitation. A flurry of emails last week with more entries for our book competition. The competition is now closed and we will announce the winner soon! An email from subscriber Nick asks for more information on the use of deslorelin...