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A shift-worker’s perpective
Hectic night shift after hectic night shift, I’m tired and I’m worn out.
Shift work is tough. Shift work in healthcare being exceptionally mentally-draining.
The past few weeks have been especially difficult — Sydney is in lockdown due to the spread of the Delta strain. Getting out in the winter sun, within our little 10km radius bubble from home, to get exercise is a fleeting escape but a risk all the same.
The new case numbers are in triple digits now. I refuse to be one of those numbers. The earliest I can have my Pfizer vaccine…
Welcome to volume II of my “Silly Yet True” series. You’ve enjoyed volume I so much that i’ve decided to keep it going.
For those who haven’t yet read my writings, I’m an Emergency Veterinarian based in Australia and I’ve seen all manner of injuries, toxicities and odd-ball issues. I write to share the ups and the downs of my profession and to shed light onto the nuances of the industry.
I intend for this series to be a testimony of the more light-hearted side of my otherwise potentially trying profession; being a vet is definitely not all about cuddles…
I’m an emergency veterinarian. I recently spent four nights as the sole charge overnight vet at my place of work. The role includes looking after all the in-patients from the specialist services admitted from the daytime as well as seeing emergency consults overnight.
On the first of my four nights, a client presented their young, male cat (let’s say his name is Koala) that had been urinating blood for the past week. This had progressed to the complete inability to urinate for the two days leading up to presentation.
Diagnosis: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) in its obstructive form…
What do Kim Kardashian, the world of implants and male pets have in common?
The answer: Neuticles — the world’s first and only testicular implants for pets.
Neuticles were invented by a chap named Gregg A. Miller in 1995 to help ‘neuter-hesitant’ owners overcome the notion of their male pet losing their masculinity to neutering. One of their slogans aptly states: “It’s like nothing ever changed”.
To date, they have reportedly served 500,000 satisfied customers in 67 countries. Their website proudly displays a picture of celebrity-endorser Kim Kardashian and her Boxer dog, Rocky.
On 16th May 2021, The Toowoomba Chronicle, which is a regional paper in Queensland, Australia, published an article titled “Special Investigation: Why So Many Vets are Taking Their Own Lives”, written by Sue Dunlevy.
In it, the current President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), Warwick Vale is quoted:
“We are in a crisis. In my first three to four months as President, I think I wrote a letter every month to the family of other vets who had suicided in Australia.”
The article, unfortunately behind a paywall, articulates the reasons veterinarians may be plagued by the urges to become…
I’ve been wanting to write about the whackier side of my profession. After all, it’s not all doom and gloom (contrary to what my other articles have alluded to).
For those who haven’t yet read my writings, I’m an Emergency Veterinarian based in Australia and I’ve seen all manner of injuries, toxicities and presenting issues.
I’ve had cases where I’ve surrendered to the floor in tearful laughter and cases where I’ve just smirked, rolled my eyes and shaken my head.
Regardless, they’ve lifted spirits and brought smiles clinic-wide and I hope they give you a little pick-me-up too. It never…
Just take a look at the Veterinarians’ oath
Fever, lethargy and shortness of breath. These symptoms have progressively consumed your life for the past few weeks. You can’t work; you can barely walk five steps without gasping for air. You’re a pasty shell of your former fit self.
Your Doctors run test after test after test but all they can tell you is that you seem to be plagued by an infection of sorts within your lungs. All the antibiotics, steroids and breathing aids they trial don’t seem to put a dent in the disease progression.
But it’s you and…
It is not every day that a disease with a one hundred percent fatality rate has a promising treatment. But in the case of cats the world over being affected by Feline Infectious Peritonitis, that day has finally come (rather, has been here for just under a year).
It has happened not because humans are benevolent enough to mass-produce a treatment for all these afflicted cats, but rather because the treatment has been expedited for the management of humans ailed with COVID-19. And cats just benefitted along the way.