Vet Nurse Articles

Sterilisation: Aftercare for a happier pet
As a veterinary nurse, I know that successful recovery after sterilisation begins with a pet owner’s clear understanding of both surgery and aftercare.
Kennel cough: Does my pet need a kennel cough vaccination every year?
Is the kennel cough vaccine only required for boarding in kennels? Read a vet nurse’s insights into the why, what and how of this topic. 
Antimicrobial resistance: What does it mean for our pets?
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The alarming increase in antimicrobial resistance threatens our ability to treat infection. And now, the battle against disease is becoming more of a challenge. 
OPHTHALMOLOGY NURSE SPEAKS
ABOUT OUR
PETS' EYE HEALTH.
PART ONE
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It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. If we believe our pets have perfect souls, keeping those peepers healthy should be a priority.

PRACTICAL WOUND CARE FOR YOUR PET—HEALING AT HOME
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Vet bills settled up and now the healing journey is in your hands. A vet nurse’s advice can help you to manage your pet’s wounds successfully after surgery.

OPHTHALMOLOGY NURSE SPEAKS
ABOUT OUR
PETS' EYE HEALTH.
PART TWO
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Join Sr Kerryn Henson as we discuss a few more eye issues. 

Physiotherapy Nurses: the perfect in-betweeners

I talk to an inspiring human who started her own physiotherapy business just a year after qualifying as a veterinary nurse. Twenty years ago few thought it would be viable but today, going strong is an understatement.

Dealing with old age and crossing the rainbow bridge in peace

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Dr. Gemma Schreiner: A vet, who employs a holistic approach to age-related challenges, specialises in palliative care for elderly companion animals. 

The Veterinary Nurse: surely the ‘Aye-aye’ in team

 

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What is the role of a vet nurse? I chat with two nurses — Sr Cursti Potgieter and Sr Vicki Smith — who work at a busy referral practice in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Animal Lifeline: Saving the world starts locally

Carynne Hooper is the founder of Animal Lifeline, a non-profit organisation in the Western Cape that focuses on sterilisation of pets and prevention of suffering through education and community outreach. 

Animal Welfare Inspector: A dedicated life

If anyone was chosen to be an animal welfare inspector, blessed with the perfect character for it, it’s Mark Levendal – a true testament to living your destiny.

Homeopathy: a kinder approach to veterinary medicine

Dr Sue Hayes has worked as a homeopathic vet in Cape Town for many years. We talk about the advantages of using a gentler approach to treat our sick pets. 

Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG): Faustina Gardner and a quiet resolve

It’s no secret that the Domestic Animal Rescue Group has had its share of troubles in the past. I chat with the Managing Director, Faustina Gardner about this amazing animal shelter and a brighter future.

Acupuncture for pets: Is ancient wisdom relevant in the modern world?

I talk to Dr. Varini Naidoo BVSc(Hons) about Acupuncture as derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it holds up with modern-day thinking. 

Judy Davidson – Dedication, drive and the love for a heron

Judy was inspired by her dad’s big heart for little things. She’s come a long way: from home-based garden bird rehabilitation to a dedicated wildlife centre that helps thousands of displaced animals every year.

Dagmar Atkinson, founder of VETSOL: miracle and saviour

Meet Sister Dagmar Atkinson—founder of VETSOL— a solution and saviour for both Daggie and thousands of animals simultaneously. 

PET VACCINATIONS - PART 1: WHAT DISEASES ARE WE VACCINATING AGAINST?

Your pet’s vaccination sticker may just seem like a jumble of letters. Let’s look at the ABC of vaccinations after clarifying what a vaccine actually does.

PET VACCINATIONS - PART 2: THE TIMING OF VACCINATIONS EXPLAINED.

We have come to accept that vaccinations must be repeated annually but in light of new research, it may seem that our dogs are covered for longer than we think.

NAIL CARE FOR YOUR FURFRIEND - BEST PRACTICE

If you think a paper cut is painful, imagine your dog’s nails splitting all the way to the nail bed. Read how you can avoid problem nails from puppyhood.

Meet Claire Fitzgerald: Animal Communicator extraordinaire

I eventually pinned down a chat with lovely (and busy) Claire. She’s been talking to animals her whole life and has now made a career of it. 

Marlene Joubert, Skilderkrans and a journey to healing

Marlene has a gift for healing small creatures. I chat to her about her wildlife rehabilitation journey and her Skilderkrans paradise.

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