Vet Practice August 2015

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  • PPRRAACCTTIICCEE

    AUGUST 2015 $6.95 GST INCL.

    Living legendFrom country practice to global brand: the incredible

    journey of vet (and Hollywood actor) Rick Fenny, page 18

    Taking coverThe importance of protection, page 14

    Follow the leaderImproving your

    practice with strong management,

    page 26

    Corporate cultureThe upside to

    big business, and what you can learn

    from it, page 10

    Staying powerGreat staff and how to keep them, page 22

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  • AUGUST 2015

    Cover storyRed Dogs vet 18Dr Rick Fenny has made an impact on rural veterinary practice, and starred in a film along the way

    News + eventsTackling animal disease 4Racing licence impacts country race meetings; how to identify smart animals, and much more

    Your worldGoing corporate 10Pros and cons of increasing corporatisation

    Your businessTake cover 14Is your business protected? We break down the types of insurance your business should invest in

    The revolving door 22High staff turnover can have a devastating effect on a business but there are ways to attract great staffand to keep them for the long term

    Learning to lead 26Vets dont often get into the profession to be managers but owning or running a practice requires a strong set of leadership skills

    Your toolsNew products 8Go north for the Clinical Dermatology Conference

    Product guide 31Vet Practices guide to the best large animal products to make your work easier and more efficient

    Tools of the trade 43Reviewed by your peers

    Your lifeArtistic licence 46As an aside to her role as a vet nurse, Kylie Howlett moonlights as a photorealist artist, taking inspiration from the animals she sees each day

    Contents

    CONTENTS

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    PRACTICE Editorial Director Rob Johnson

    Digital Director Ann Gordon

    Contributors Natasha Phillimore, Tracey Porter, Chris Sheedy, Charmaine Teoh, Angela Tufvesson

    Commercial Director Mark Brown

    For all editorial or advertising enquiries:Phone (02) 9660 6995 Fax (02) 9518 5600info@vetpracticemag.com.au

    Vet Practice magazine is published 11 times a year by Engage Media, Suite 4.17, 55 Miller Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009. ABN 50 115 977 421. Views expressed in Vet Practice magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher, editor or Engage Media. Printed by Webstar.

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    Sales Director Adam Cosgrove

    4,557 - CAB Audited as at March 2015

    MONTHLY FLEa aND TICK PROTECTION, IN a SIMPLE TaSTY CHEW.Introducing the next-generation of flea and tick protection for dogsNEXGARD is different, innovative and effective:

    Simplified dosing regimen with one chew, once a month

    NEXGARD kills fleas and ticks, including paralysis ticks, for a full month*

    The tasty beef-flavoured chew can be given as a monthly treat with or without food

    Kills fleas

    Kills ticks

    Dose duration

    Tasty chew

    Month

    For more product information,contact Merial Customer Solutions on

    1800 808 691

    AVAILABLE IN 1-PACKS, 3-PACKS AND 6-PACKS

    * See product label for full details of claims. Veterinary professionals only. Merial Australia Pty Ltd 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113.

    ABN 53 071 187 285. NEXGARD is a registered trademark of Merial.2014 Merial Limited. All rights reserved. NXGD.14.11.0199

    NexGard Vet Trade advert_210x297 Pan Pac.indd 1 12/03/2015 3:51 pm

    Sub-editor Kerryn Ramsey

    Editor Mitchell Oakley Smith

    Art Director Lucy Glover

  • 4

    news + events

    1. vs. the current Hills Prescription Diet k/d Feline formula, taste preference test, Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc, Topeka, Kansas, USA, 2013shown are trademarks of Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. 2015 Hills Pet Nutrition Pty Limited. HIMA-GV-1519B1F9. HPA2468/Com. 05/15. GHG.

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    KIDNEY DISEASE

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    IMPROVES AND LENGTHENS QUALITY OF LIFE

    IMPROVES APPETITE IN CATS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE

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    Tackling animal disease

    Researchers from the University of Sydney have painted the most detailed picture to date of major infectious diseases shared between wildlife and livestock, finding a large gap in knowledge about diseases which could spread to humans.

    Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the world-first study has found that just 10 diseases account for around 50 per cent of all published knowledge on diseases at the wildlife-livestock interface. It is based on an analysis of almost 16,000 publications spanning the past century.

    In the wake of recent virus outbreaks of wildlife origin, such as Hendra virus in Australia, Ebola virus in West Africa, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula, more research must focus on this wildlife-livestock interface to evaluate risks and improve responses to disease epidemics in animals and humans, the researchers argue.

    Often we dont prioritise animal health until it impacts on humans, which means we miss the opportunity to manage diseases at the source, said co-author Dr Siobhan Mor from the University of Sydneys Faculty of Veterinary Science. In the case of emerging diseases, we tend to react to large outbreaks of disease in humans,

    rather than preventing or managing the infection in animals, likely because we still dont know a lot about the role of these microbes in the ecology of wildlife and livestock disease.

    Researchers applied new methods only recently used in the animal health realm to identify which diseases and types of animals were most prevalent in available published literature. They measured how research has changed over time and how the diseases and animals involved differ by geography.

    The results show the bulk of published research over the past century has focused on known zoonosesdiseases that are shared between animals and humansto the detriment of studies on diseases affecting only animals.

    We know far less about the range of diseases that impact on animal health and welfare. This is particularly true for wildlife, which remains very poorly funded, added co-author Dr Anke Wiethoelter.

    In the case of Hendra virus in Australia, for instance, there are still big question marks around how the virus is transmitted between bats and horses, and factors influencing its transmission. And we now know that bats can harbour many germs, but the research investment into wildlife disease ecology simply isnt there.

    Racing licence impacts country race meetingsDr David Johnson from Coffs Harbour, NSW, has been providing race day services to his local race club for over 30 years, but has regretfully informed the club that this will not be the case after August 1, 2015. I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with many stewards and have always cooperated fully with any requests that they or Racing NSW have asked of me, Dr Johnson said.

    Unfortunately, I cannot in good conscience apply for a licence as Im already licensed by the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board. This licence contravenes my responsibilities as a practising veterinarian under the Veterinary Practitioners Act as well as the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Stock Medicines Act.

    Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) reports that country racing is starting to feel the impact of a decision by Racing NSW to impose a licence on veterinarians from July.

    EVA vice-president, Dr Ian Fulton, says that imposing a second licence on veterinarians is not the way to address integrity concerns, and that the Veterinary Practitioners Board should be the only regulator for vets in this instance.

    Dr Johnson is not alone. Our members feel so strongly about this that many have told us that they will have no choice but to end their involvement with racing as a result, he said.

    Researchers have uncovered a knowledge gap on animal disease

    Researchers are arguing for greater research into the

    wildlife-livestock interface.

  • 1. vs. the current Hills Prescription Diet k/d Feline formula, taste preference test, Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc, Topeka, Kansas, USA, 2013shown are trademarks of Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. 2015 Hills Pet Nutrition Pty Limited. HIMA-GV-1519B1F9. HPA2468/Com. 05/15. GHG.

    NEW AND IRRESISTIBLE HILLS PRESCRIPTION DIET k/d The only renal solution with breakthrough Enhanced Appetite Trigger (EAT) Technology that significantly increases appetite. Together we can improve the lives of more cats with chronic kidney disease.

    For more information, talk to your Hills Representative.

    KIDNEY DISEASE

    Together we will restore more than her appetite

    IMPROVES AND LENGTHENS QUALITY OF LIFE

    IMPROVES APPETITE IN CATS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE

    STIMULATES GREATER CALORIC INTAKE1Kcal

    MyHillsVet.com.au

  • 6

    Australias live cattle export business could benefit from a groundbreaking international animal welfare project at University of Queensland [UQ].

    UQs School of Veterinary Science has been working with partners in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand to build awareness around improving animal welfare at slaughter and during transport in Asia.

    Director of UQs Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, Professor Clive Phillips, and project manager Michelle Sinclair have returned from a mission to China, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, where they were joined by other internationally recognised animal welfare experts.

    Sinclair said much of South and East Asia did not yet have legislation

    or monitoring for animal welfare.Environmental factors and

    consumers growing concern for animal welfare has the potential to jeopardise trade, so its the right time to offer support in developing animal welfare standards and capacities towards improvement in the region, she said.

    We are also conducting research to better understand the knowledge levels and attitudes of key stakeholders such as slaughter workers and vets.

    Sinclair said that the project included high-level workshops with government officials, senior veterinarians and university lecturers in each country, and workshops with key industry stakeholders.

    Guiding animal welfare standards in Asia

    University of Adelaide researchers have shown that intelligence in animal species can be estimated by the size of the holes in the skull through which the arteries pass.

    Published online ahead of print in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the researchers in the School of Biological Sciences show that the connection between intelligence and hole size stems from brain activity being related to brain metabolic rate.

    A human brain contains nearly 100 billion nerve cells with connections in the trillions, said project leader Professor Roger Seymour. Added together the whole brain uses about 20 per cent of a persons resting metabolic rate.

    It is possible to estimate brain metabolic rate from the size of the arteries [because they] continually adjust their diameter to match the amount of blood that an organ

    needs. If an artery passes through a bone, then simply measuring the size of the hole can indicate the metabolic rate of the organ.

    Professor Seymour, and former honours student Sophie Angove, measured the carotid foramina (which allow passage of the internal carotid arteries servicing the brain) in primates and marsupials and found large differences.

    During the course of evolution, body size increased from small animals through larger monkeys and finally the largest apes and humans, said Professor Seymour.

    Our analysis showed that relative blood flow rate increased much faster in primates than in marsupials. The result was that blood flow rate and presumably brain metabolic rate increased with brain volume much faster than expected for mammals.

    Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) chief executive officer Mark Fraser has told the joint select committee hearings on companion animal breeding practices in NSW that the pet industry needs government regulation to help stamp out puppy farms.

    We are calling for increased government regulation of our industry through the establishment of a mandatory licensing system for all retailers, brokers and breeders of dogs. The licensing system would be enforced by government and funded by industry, he said.

    Fraser told the hearing the pet industry is currently self-regulated and while NSW has a strong code of practice, a lack of resources and ownership of the codes implementation has not supported the best welfare outcome for all animals.

    The lack of mandatory inspections needs to be addressed within the current legislation, he said. Under our proposed licensing model, proactive enforcement by government would ensure industry compliance. We wish to work with the government and relevant bodies to stamp out puppy farms and implement a long-term solution that will ensure transparency, compliance and the highest standards of animal welfare.

    Fraser advised the hearings of the positive role pet shops play in ensuring the transparency of puppy sales and that banning the sale of puppies through pet shops would risk forcing unscrupulous breeders underground, making regulation and enforcement even more difficult.

    We must have zero tolerance for puppy farms. Whether a dog is pure-bred or cross-bred, or bred by a registered or hobby breeder, PIAA does not condone puppy farms. For more information, visit www.animalwelfarestandards.org.

    How to identify smart animals

    Please end puppy farms, says PIAA

    news + events

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