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  1. Animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit

    Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Katcher, A. H., Lynch, J. J., Thomas, S. A.

    Article from a special issue on Human--companion animal bond

  2. Are you treating all creatures great and small?

    Contributor(s):: Cope, I.

    The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James...

  3. The changing roles of animals in western society: influences upon and from the veterinary profession

    Contributor(s):: Fogle, B.

    The author discusses the role of animals and the influences of gender on evolving social attitutes toward them, noting that veterinarians, both men and women, "need to lead the discussion not just reacting to changes in public perception."

  4. Guidance for puppy owners

    Contributor(s):: Hedges, S.

    The advantages of behavioural guidance from veterinary practice was discussed. Highlights focused on the behavioural management, care, and training of puppies.

  5. Assessment and treatment of nonpain conditions in life-limiting disease

    Contributor(s):: Villalobos, A. E.

  6. Legal concerns with providing hospice and palliative care

    Contributor(s):: Shanan, A., Balasubramanian, V.

  7. Placement of animals with the elderly: benefits and strategies

    Contributor(s):: Bustad, L. K., Hines, L. M.

  8. Resident Cats in Small Animal Veterinary Hospitals Carry Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococci and are Likely Involved in Cross-Contamination of the Hospital Environment

    Contributor(s):: Ghosh, A., Kukanich, K., Brown, C. E., Zurek, L.

  9. A case study employing operant conditioning to reduce stress of capture for red-bellied tamarins ( Saguinus labiatus )

    Contributor(s):: Owen, Y., Amory, J. R.

    Traditional techniques used to capture New World monkeys, such as net capture, can induce high levels of acute stress detrimental to welfare. Alternatively, training nonhuman animals via operant conditioning to voluntarily participate in husbandry and/or veterinary practices is accepted as a...

  10. Administration of a NSAID (meloxicam) affects lying behaviour after caesarean section in beef cows

    Contributor(s):: Barrier, A. C., Coombs, T. M., Dwyer, C. M., Haskell, M. J., Goby, L.

    Very little is known about the pain experienced by cattle following caesarean section and hence little consideration has been given to managing it. Thus the purpose of this study was to investigate activity-related behavioural changes in response to pain, by pre-emptively administering a long...

  11. Grief for pets: Part 2: Realistic client care so that you 'do no harm'

    Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Research indicates that many clients think about their animal companions' deaths while the animals are still well, and would like their veterinarians to lead discussions about end-of-life issues. However, most veterinarians are unaware of this. Moreover, they have not been trained in how pet loss...

  12. An introduction to developmental problems in puppy hood

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    Many veterinary staff wondered why the Companion Animal Welfare Council, that conducted independent studies into the welfare, care and treatment of companion animals, concluded that the minimum standard of accredited qualification for professionals instructing a puppy class should be at level 4...

  13. Barking in home alone suburban dogs ( Canis familiaris) in New Zealand

    Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Stevenson, M., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.

    The aim of this study was to establish expected average parameters for barking in normal suburban dogs in New Zealand (defined as dogs with no history of problem or nuisance barking) that are left alone for 8 hours during the day, with indoor/outdoor access, and are walked daily. Parameters...

  14. Behavioural first aid advice for new puppy owners

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    The veterinary nurse is an essential source of advice for many new puppy owners and advice given at the start of the creation of the human-pet bond will affect not only the quality of that relationship, but also the development and behavioural repertoire of the young dog. Advice on choosing the...

  15. Client education benefits all: patient, client and practice

    Contributor(s):: Aitken, E.

    The education of clients by the veterinary nurse is an important role, which helps to improve animal welfare. From the very simple waiting room displays to the more time-consuming clinics and client evenings, there are methods to suit various situations with associated benefits for the patient,...

  16. Four core communication skills of highly effective practitioners

    Contributor(s):: Shaw, J. R.

    For 40 years, medical researchers have been studying physician-patient interactions, and the results of these studies have yielded three basic conclusions: physician-patient interactions have an impact on patient health, patient and physician satisfaction, adherence to medical recommendations,...

  17. How to run a puppy party: social saviour or social demon?

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    A previous article (Hargrave 2013) discussed some of the predisposing factors that may make it difficult for a puppy's emotional and behavioural repertoire to develop as their owner may expect, potentially leading to puppies failing to cope in the domestic environment and developing compensating,...

  18. Role of puppy parties in socialising and educating puppies

    Contributor(s):: Page, J.

    Owning a puppy is a very exciting time for owners. It can, however, turn into a nightmare if the right support is not given early on. Veterinary nurses are in a fortunate position that they have the ability to see the puppy during the fundamental learning period of their lives. Running a...

  19. Working for the PDSA

    Contributor(s):: Thornley, A.

    Working for a charity can be a very different experience to that of private practice; and although challenging, it is also extremely rewarding. The PDSA provides care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.

  20. The role of the companion animal veterinary surgeon in behavioural husbandry

    Contributor(s):: Kendal Shepard

    It must be appreciated that a relationship does not exist merely between a particular pet and members of their family, but also between that animal and all the humans it may happen to come into contact with elsewhere, including those inhabiting veterinary surgeries. The dog which becomes...