Episode 56: Under Pressure. A Dive into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
How about a treatment that circulates oxygen around the body dissolved in plasma rather than haemoglobin that diffuses oxygen into those hard to reach spots like damaged tissue with poor blood supply and deep seated infections? How useful is that! I talk to Annette McFadgen VN from Town and Country Vets in Nelson, NZ about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.· What is HBOT?· Is it considered mainstream therapy or alternative medicine?· What does the machine look like?· How different from the machine used for treating decompression sickness is it?· How does HBOT work?· What are the indications?· Are there any contraindications?· How do animals react to the treatment?· Can the machine blow up?!
26 Nov 2021
Episode 55: Avian Medicine. The Tweetment Episode
We talk again to UK exotic vet Benjamin Kennedy. This time about birds, both how to keep them and for the vets and vettechs tips and tricks to help you examine and treat them.· History of keeping birds as pets· Do they have personalities· Housing including enrichment and UV· Nutrition· How to tell if a bird is sick· Differences between individual/small numbers and flock birds (Large aviaries and commercial chicken/turkey farms etc.) · Common conditions· Handling and examination· Drug administration· Surgery, healing, and anatomical differences· Where to go for information
12 Nov 2021
Episode 54: Reality Television. Should I really be screaming at the screen?
I have always been of two minds about veterinary programs on television. In truth, the reason I took up this wonderful profession in the first place was my love of the James Herriot books and the original television adaptation of them. Without James Herriot, who knows what I would be doing now. On the flip side, I have found myself screaming at the television when a vet dazzled in the camera lights misses an obvious diagnosis or overcomplicates a simple procedure in one of the many reality veterinary shows screened now.After a bit of thought while making this podcast I believe they are actually are a good thing for the profession.
22 Oct 2021
Episode 53: Caring for exotic pets.
Exotic pets are becoming quite common in the world. They don’t take up much space, they don’t eat much, and you don’t have to take them for a walk every day. We catch up again with UK veterinarian Benjamin Kennedy and we discuss exotics as a pet. The first half of the podcast; we discuss the husbandry of them, and we get a little bit more clinical in the second half and talk about the veterinary care of them. What are exotic pets? Do they make good pets? Special licensing Do they have personalities and bond to humans? How difficult is it to provide husbandry needs? Is it harder to get the diet of an exotic right compared to a conventional pet? How do you know your exotic is sick? How to examine an exotic. Drug usage in exotics How to administer drugs. Surgery. Healing and anatomical differences. Anaesthetics Do they feel pain? Euthanasia Where to get more information.
5 Oct 2021
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Episode 52: Can you blood test a spider? Treating the creepy crawlies - invertebrate medicine.
Not all animals have fur, but vets can still treat them. Ever wondered what to do with a sick spider or a sluggish snail. UK veterinarian, Benjamin Kennedy discusses what veterinary science can do for invertebrates.We ask: What are invertebrates? (Note that the 7X comment is an approximation!) Do they make good pets? Do they have personalities? Special conditions required for invertebrates. As an owner, how do you know your invertebrate is sick? Common conditions. Zoonosis. How to examine an invertebrate. What parameters are used. Anaesthetics and monitoring surgery. How to administer drugs. Can you give fluids? Do they feel pain? Euthanasia How to find more information.
14 Sep 2021
Episode 51: Back to basics. How to get the most from the visit to your veterinarian.
I am working on a couple of interviews at the moment that aren't quite finished so I have delved deep into The Vetpodcast archives and pulled out a couple of short recordings that hopefully will be of interest to our pet owning listeners. How do you get the most from your visit to the veterinarian? In this episode I discuss how to prepare for your visit to the vet and things that will make the visit easier for you, your vet and your pet.I am sure most of us have been involved with an animal that has been hit by a car. What should you do?
27 Aug 2021
Episode 50: The Microbiome. Just like a well cared for lawn.
Think of the microbiome as a lawn. It has weeds, requires fertilizing and it is possible to carpet bomb it killing all the good microbes if you aren’t careful. We chat with Jess from nutritionRVN about what has been referred to as the second brain, the microbiome.
8 Aug 2021
Episode 49: Have spay kit, will travel. Vets Beyond Borders. Delivering veterinary aid in difficult times.
Around the world, hundreds of animal welfare organizations are striving to improve the life of millions of animals that have no other access to veterinary attention. All too often, a main obstacle to providing such treatment is a lack of adequate veterinary health facilities and clinical personnel, resulting in widespread animal suffering.Vets Beyond Borders (VBB) is an Australian registered charity, established in 2003. Working with communities around the world, delivering animal health and community awareness programs where they are desperately needed.We chat with Dr David Gray, veterinarian, director, and treasurer about the amazing work Vets Beyond Borders does and the impact it has on the communities it serves.
19 Jul 2021
Episode 48: Gene Genie. Is this a Cavoodle or a Schnoodle?
Genetic testing is now commonly used for screening for and diagnosing health issues in dogs and cats, parentage confirmation, establishing breed, identification, forensics and even help in creating new coat colors. We talk DNA testing with George Sofronidis from Orivet.
5 Jul 2021
Episode 47: Two vets, Two podcasts, One town. Lets talk!
The tables are turned in this episode of the Vetpodcast. Someone else asks the questions. Alex Avery is a veterinarian in the neighboring practice to my old one. In a town the size of ours, what’s the chances of us both being veterinary podcasters. Alex produces a podcast named CALL THE VET and he approached me to have a chat for his podcast so of course I said yes and then flogged it. So.. Alex and I chat about how veterinary practice has changed over the years, how treatments have improved, why vets aren’t really expensive, client/vet relationships (no, not like that), client expectations and the sad state of the mental health of vets.
23 Jun 2021