A new differential for canine pneumothorax

By Cameron Knight An article recently published in Veterinary Record Case Reports describes a case of fatal pneumothorax in a dog secondary to malformation of a single lung lobe. Within the published literature, most canine cases with a similar presentation are diagnosed as congenital lobar emphysema (CLE). However, in this particular dog, CLE was ruled […]

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Intubation complication in a rabbit

By Daniel Pang A report of an unexpected and novel anaesthetic complication in a rabbit, the presence of faecal matter in the oropharynx impeding attempts at intubation, was recently published in Veterinary Record Case Reports. The incidence of anaesthetic-­ and sedation-­related mortality in apparently healthy rabbits is 1.4 per cent, six to eight times greater […]

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CSI North Yorkshire

By Tim Hopkins Raptor persecution is an emotive issue in Britain. In an attempt to increase the population of gamebirds, some unscrupulous gamekeepers (sometimes directed by managers and employers) continue to illegally kill raptors. For conservationists and welfare groups, the shooting, trapping and poisoning of these wild birds represents the worst of the gamebird industry. […]

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Dog gets a raw deal

An article recently published in Veterinary Record Case Reports describes a case of small intestinal segmental volvulus in a dog secondary to dietary obstruction. Small intestinal volvulus is an infrequently encountered condition in small animal practice. Within the published literature, there are notable contrasts in the clinical history and examination findings described as well as […]

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Researchers investigate what really goes on in small animal consultations

  New open access research published in Veterinary Record indicates that almost half of veterinary consultations last longer than the 10 minutes allocated and that preventive medicine consultations last just as long as consultations for a specific health problem. The results raise issues to do with practice management, as well as the importance of educating […]

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On the right track: should UK veterinary schools introduce tracking to degrees?

  Currently, veterinary students at schools in the UK are trained to be ‘omnicompetent’ (able to treat any species) upon qualifying as a vet. However, in some vet schools elsewhere in the world, degrees include either full or partial ‘tracking’, meaning that students focus on a particular area or species for either some or all […]

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Pick of the litter: how interviews help vet schools choose the right undergrads

  Each year, staff at the seven UK veterinary schools face a huge challenge – how to whittle down hundreds of young, hopeful A-level students to just a few future vets. What’s more, the task is becoming more difficult each year. Data from the Royal Veterinary College show that total applications to undergraduate veterinary science […]

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