Health Considerations for Overseas Vets working in Australia

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Q fever

Q fever vaccination is recommended for all people who are working in, or intend to work in the veterinary field.
Q fever is caused by Coxiella burnetii, is a serious zoonotic disease in humans with a worldwide distribution. Many species of animals (commonly cattle, sheep, goats but also cats and dogs) are capable of transmitting C. burnetii, and consequently all veterinary staff are potentially at risk. Australia is the only country to have a licensed Q fever vaccine (QVax). Almost all, if not all, Australian veterinary graduates are vaccinated but overseas graduates, veterinary nurses and kennel staff should not be overlooked. The vaccine has been used in Australia for many years however still there are over 600 notifications across Australia annually. For more information visit


Overseas Vets working with horses in Australia should be aware of Hendra virus. Hendra virus infection in people can be fatal.

Australian Bat Lyssavirus

ABLV infection can occur after being scratched or bitten by bats in Australia. Only people who have been vaccinated against rabies should handle bats or flying foxes. For more information see


Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment
November 2017

This information includes the views and opinions of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment and is of a general nature only. Factual information is believed to be correct at the time of writing, however, should not be relied upon and any person should confirm details with the relevant authorities and through their own research prior to acting on any of the suggestions in this article.

28/11/2017 |

Hydraulic Table

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  • Manual scissor lift hydraulic table, with handle release lever to lower table
  • Two wheel drive with rear braking system
  • Good condition, serviced two years ago including wheel replacement
  • Table top is 1200L x 545W

Hydraulic Table


Priced to Sell: $300

Contact Tahnee – Practice Manager
Cleveland Veterinary Group QLD
PH: 07 3286 1800
M: 0402 595 244

24/11/2017 |

Xilin Lifting Table

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Lifting TableWe have a large stainless steel lifting table for sale that we no longer use. It is in perfect condition we just don’t have the space for it anymore. Perfect condition

  • Top: 810mm x 1610 mm x 60
  • Lowest: 310mm
  • Highest: 915mm

PRICE:  $1000  Reduced to $800

Contact – The Natural Vets, Forest Glen QLD 4556

Tel: 07 5476 7674

22/11/2017 |

Knose Everyday Pet Care. Pet Care Plans – A Plus for your Practice!

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By Dr. Julie Summerfield

Pet Care Subscriptions, Proactive Care or Wellness Plans…whatever you want to call them, are a huge benefit for Veterinary business overseas and have hit Australia!

Australian founded company Knose Everyday Pet Care has changed the landscape for Aussie vets by offering affordable, easy and expert advice to help Australian vets offer Pet Care Plans to their customers. Why are Pet Care Plans so popular? They deliver affordability, convenience and peace of mind to customers along with huge financial benefits to the Vet.

Ask any vet what keeps them awake at night – almost certainly the biggest problem is the loss of client sales to the retail and online sectors, closely followed by competition springing up everywhere and the Corporatisation of the business completely changing the landscape of the profession over the last decade or two.

A side effect of sales losses is more clients getting advice from Dr Google and the unqualified sales person, instead of seeking the opinion of their trained vet.

Why? For a lot of people, the barrier to coming to their vet is cost – particularly if they are not sure whether they need to come or not and advances in Veterinary technology & medicine means that the best care we can offer is more expensive.

In order to keep people coming back, vets need to listen to what their clients want, and from market research we know that clients are generally busy and want convenience. They want peace of mind but also really want value. Market forces will prevail and clients have many growing alternative choices these days, whether we agree with them or not.


Knose Everyday Pet Care


From the large scale Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study (2011) of pet owners in the US, clients reported key benefits for vets:

  • Customers visit more regularly if they offered a health plan
  • Monthly installments to make it more affordable – after the GFC these plans started flying off the shelf

Another survey done by Brakke consulting in 2015, interviewed many US Veterinary practices both independent and corporate, and the results showed:

  • On average clients roughly doubled spend at vet
  • The average annual visits increased by 2.5 visits
  • Compliance rises exponentially, as does the level of veterinary treatment sought
  • Improving patient outcomes through better care
  • And the bond between the business and the client also strengthens as loyalty is promoted

For the practice, the upsides are a more certain and sustainable income stream, a smoother cash flow over the year as well as a much higher business valuation multiple due to the subscription based income (i.e. contracts rather than goodwill).

People have changed their behaviour when it comes to consuming most services. They are familiar with subscription payments for their phone, internet, gym etc and the set & forget aspect fits with remembering to do what they need to in their busy schedule.

So something that can deliver all the routine preventables and keep them coming back to you all year as they need to is valuable to them. And it gives you the chance to capture the income from what you already recommend but they may be going elsewhere to get, or they’re just not doing.

Protect your business today and become the centre of clients’ pet’s health care by giving them everything they need all year, the way they want it!

Knose Pet Care is offering limited time free trials to Independent vets.

Contact us at:

Knose Everyday Pet Care


17/11/2017 |

iM3 Canine/Feline Dental Kit with Slimline Handles

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iM3 Dental Kit

  • iM3 D1100 14 piece
  • Great for small hands
  • Excellent condition
  • Comes with additional large periosteal elevator
  • Canine and feline mouth gags
  • Sharpening stone
  • Various sizes of unopened diamond burrs and burr holder.

Price: $300

Contact: Lisa
Harrisdale WA.
PH: 0402 097 181


14/11/2017 |
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