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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.




Episode 18: Itchy and Scratchy – Feb 16 2018 - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

Mark is back from a holiday in Fiji, refreshed, tanned, and full of hot air. The news is mostly about birds this week, where we learn about bird brains, the pros and cons of feeding wild birds, and the sad life of a New Zealand Gannet. In brighter news, the invention of an edible 6-pack may help protect marine mammals. Our book review this week is a reptile text of great value and use for general practitioners, though Brendan refuses to give it a score out of 10: Listen to the podcast to...


Episode 17: Zoo-noses! Feb 9 2018 - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

A thunderstorm, dodgy wifi and noisy neighbours make this weeks podcast special! Topical news includes discussion on a new species of Lemur discovery in Madagascar; a birding Facebook group gets all haughty and bans owl photos, and we wrestle with an article discussing the effects of war on wildlife. Mark gets off his couch to review an avian book full of pretty photos, then we wade into zoonoses with a discussion on avian chlamydia and salmonella in reptiles and their effects on humans....


Episode 16: Reptile SSSSurgery Feb 2 2018 - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

In news Mark talks about his sighting of the Regent Honeyeater, a critically endangered bird. Brendan reviews the Fujifilm Instax SP-1 Smartphone printer, a great promotional tool for clinics. The main topic for this week is something we are frequently asked about: the basics of reptile surgery. The discussion includes fluid therapy, suture selection and patterns, and heat retention and loss. Links: Regent Honeyeater For more information on the use of vascular clips for surgery: Hemoclips...


Episode 15: There be Dragons! Jan 26 2018 - Veterinary Podcast by the VetGurus

It's the Australia Day holiday down under and Brendan and Mark are in a festive and feisty mood. News Mark jumps in the deep end to ponder on the meaning of Australia day - and what exactly should we be celebrating? Another load of news stories this week: Songbirds struggling with noise; banning of circus animals; and animal welfare campaigners protest a proposed dog breeding facility. in lighter news we jump on the treadmill with baby sea turtles and discuss a fishy story about tapeworm...


Episode 14: An eerie feeling – Jan 16 2018 - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

We are excited about our new professional recorded intro and outro. Lots of news this week: including how to cope with 'vet shaming'; an automatic bird identification system program excites Mark; natures smallest rainbow found - on a spider; a lethal bat fungus sees the light, and Brendan dreams of hiding off to Richard Branson's private island. For our product review Brendan looks at the free PDF e-book Australasian Parasites Inside and Out. Ears are our topic for this week. We discuss...


13: Lucky for some - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Here we are already half way through January. Brendan and Mark are both back at work fighting the good fight against pesky parasites, belligerent bacteria, vexatious virus, and cranky clients. In news, snake eggs are found in a school sandpit in Australia, pumas (or wild mountain lions) are picky when choosing their sleeping sites, and the Mekong region reveals over 100 new species. Mark fires Brendan up with a story about the animal inspirations behind the newest Star Wars creatures, then...


Episode 12: Bottoms up - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Welcome to 2018. We hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday period and wish all our listeners the best for the coming year. 2018 is off to a flying start, though perhaps not for birds in Brighton, England, where residents have installed spikes in trees. In other news, sea stars (starfish) make a comeback, a new species of spider is named after a famous musician, and brain surgery is performed in a fur seal. Mark chats about trazadone use in dogs for anxiety based behaviour disorders in a...


Episode 11: Goodbye 2017 - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Having (just) recovered from their Christmas festivities, including a face-to-face catch up in Melbourne, Mark and Brendan reminisce over the happenings in 2017. They look into their crystal ball for 2018 and consider the future of veterinary science. We receive a fascinating email from a subscriber in Singapore, who educates us on the otter population in Singapore. In other news we report of a fire at London Zoo, person is killed in the USA from a dog attack, and we discuss an article...


Episode 10: Christmas Special - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Ho Ho Ho. In this special edition Mark and Brendan spread some Christmas cheer. Each of us review items for use over the holiday period - some veterinary based and some not. In news we talk about the world's heaviest flying bird and a fossil named after Darth Vader. Looking for some new equipment to spice up your practice? Then consider the great fold-away and portable Buster ICU enclosure, which will pay for itself in no time. Or keep your patients toasty with the aptly named HotDog pet...


Episode 9: Turtle Soup - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

This pre-Christmas special of the Vet Podcast is for the week ending December 22, 2017. In news, the genome of the Tasmanian Tiger has been sequenced and we discuss the consequences. Mark reveals that an extinct marsupial has been 'rediscovered', and we list 8 things about Guinea Pigs that you may or may not know. Spotted recently in Tibet has been Snow Leopards. The Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) syndrome in Turtles is the main discussion this week. Brendan and Mark chat about calcium and...


Episode 8: Rats - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Lots of news this week: Vets save lions from illegal zoo in Bulgaria. Australian vets no longer require licensing for examining dogs and cats for export. Mark walks on the wild side with his experience dealing with venomous animals, and we discuss pigeon brains. Brendan provides some insider tips to Melbourne culture and explains why the 'magic' is his new favourite beverage and how it can help you discern the good from the bad coffee establishments. The final news item is that the Magpie...


Episode 7: Yolkal - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

This week we have an update on the Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program in the news section, together with a dramatic follow up regarding rabbits and their flatulence. The main topic this week is a discussion of egg coelomitis and egg binding. What species are prone to these conditions, how do we treat, and what is the prognosis? We are very excited about our upcoming Christmas special. The special will have lots of reviews - both veterinary and non veterinary. Send us a link to any...


Episode 6: Full Tilt - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

In news, we chat about species extinction. Johnathan the giant tortoise, who is over 186 years old, is newsworthy, possibly not for the right reasons. Brendan reveals his medicinal tea secret. Mark reviews the Olympus tough TG-4 camera for in-clinic use. We welcome new subscribers from the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. The main topic this week is head tilt in rabbits. We put on our thinking caps and discuss the causes of head tilt in rabbits, the diagnostics that may help...


Episode 5: Do Rabbits Fart? - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

We launch our new domain name - News and book review. Our first listener email is answered. How long to fast exotic pets before routine surgery? Mark interviews Brendan about the Melbourne Rabbit Expo which was held last weekend. Do Rabbits Fart? Discussion on the toothpaste method of removing uroliths in Guinea Pigs. To contact us send an email to Book review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance You can purchase the book on Amazon here Links:...


Episode 4: Worms! - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Mark chats about his weekend away glamping and reveals some wildlife photography tips, then jumps into the frying pan. Two-stage euthanasia of unusual pets. Melbourne weather. Topic of the week: Intestinal parasites in exotic and unusual pets. Bird, small mammal (rabbit, guinea pig, rat, mice and ferret), and reptile intestinal parasites are discussed. What parasites do we need to worry about in exotic species? Strategies to prevent parasites and effective use of antiparasiticides. What is...


Episode 3: Graduation - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Advice for new graduate veterinarians and vet nurses/technicians: job interview tips; how to choose a practice; lifestyle choices; Brendan's Yashica camera. Book review: Desert Vet by Dr Alex Tinson, an Australian veterinarian who went to the United Arab Emirates to look after camels. Links: Desert Vet by Alex Tinson: Bookdepository link or Amazon Kindle link Australian Veterinary Association Graduate Mentor Program Outro music supplied by Canadian Lee Rosewarne from


Episode 2: Ham and Bacon - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Amusing patient names, backyard chickens and the chaotic life of a vet are discussed this week. The main topic is urinary tract diseases of guinea pigs. Join Mark and Brendan as they slowly unravel - and unhinge - at the end of a busy week.


Episode 1: The Pain of it All! - VET Podcast by the VetGurus

Our first episode. Employment options for new graduate veterinarians, discussion on analgesia in animals - Do unusual and exotic animals require pain relief? What drugs to use? Do they work? Download. Listen.Enjoy. Subscribe and send feedback. Links: Anne Fawcett's Small Animal blog Vet Cook Book