Become the vet everyone wants to visit!

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Upskill with an online Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM)

Author: Massey University
March 2017

With subjects to suit everyone, and world-class lecturers, studying for an MVM will make you a seriously sought after vet.

Been in practice a few years? Wanting to know more about some areas of practice? Freshen up and see what the distance MVM can offer you. Join a classroom of like-minded students, fit study in around your daily routine and gain a new qualification while doing so!

We offer a variety of subjects from small animals, production animals, equine, and epidemiology so you can choose subjects of interest to you. Our students enjoy the variety of teaching styles offered by our internationally-recognised lecturers and tell us the courses are so practical they can immediately apply their new knowledge to everyday practice.


Dr Magdeline Soo

One of our graduates, Dr Magdeline Soo BVSc MANZCVS(Small Animal Surgery) MVM (Distinction in Companion Animal Surgery) explains how “the MVM was an easy choice – it has an excellent range of companion animal papers that I was interested in and that were relevant to me as a clinician in practice.” Magdeline found that the flexible learning options “fitted in well with my busy clinical schedules and the MVM (and the Massey University Library) offered excellent distance-learning support.” Magdeline’s interest in canine hip dysplasia, stemming from her first-hand experience of debilitating the disease can be, led her to complete a capstone project on this topic. The project culminated in two separate publications in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Magdeline explains how she will “continue to do research, specifically on both pet and working dogs. I can see how I can make a difference, so I want to do so!” The MVM also helped Magdeline prepare for, and successfully complete her small animal surgery membership examinations with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She found that the “University environment (and the lecturers) provided a very conducive, supportive and encouraging learning environment.

The MVM programme offers a flexible, modular system of study for practicing veterinarians to choose from. Each course is specially designed for distance study and will advance a student’s knowledge and skills beyond that obtained in their primary veterinary degree. Courses can be completed for continuing education or put towards a Master of Veterinary Medicine or other qualification under the MVM umbrella.

Massey University has an excellent reputation for veterinary teaching, and it is an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited provider. Massey is also New Zealand’s premier distance education provider.

The Master of Veterinary Medicine programme provides high quality, accessible, and relevant continuing education for practicing veterinarians in a conventional academic structure. Veterinarians worldwide have used the programme to build on existing competencies. The MVM can also further develop technical knowledge and skills in particular fields of general (non-specialist) veterinary practice. Students explore effective problem-solving strategies within the constraints of general veterinary practice. In the process, MVM students strengthen confidence in skills and approach to cases.

The programme enhances skills in sourcing and evaluation of literature relevant to clinical practice. Reflection and self-assessment facilitate self-directed and life-long learning. All courses in the MVM programme are delivered by distance learning, and there is no restriction on where in the world students reside. Optional contact workshops with your lecturer are held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Students value this opportunity to meet with fellow classmates and their lecturer.

Interested? To see our next range of courses starting in July visit

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15/03/2017 |

Petplan – Why should I choose pet business insurance from Petplan Professional?

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Petplan ProfessionalPetplan Professional provides specialist pet business insurance designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of pet businesses. Our experienced team are easy to deal with and are happy to make time to understand your business and your requirements.


Providing full business protection for Veterinarians and their businesses, which includes cover for assets, public liability and professional indemnity. As a part of the Professional Indemnity cover, the following is included as part of the Petplan Professional Package:

We understand the complexities faced by our clients when they receive professional negligence complaints from their clients and the need to provide protection for the potential resulting damage to reputation and financial standing.


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We offer phone legal service to all members of Petplan Professional Insurance who elect to take out professional indemnity cover.

In the event you face a potential claim or have problems with a client, you can consult over the phone with a leading legal firm retained by our underwriter regarding the next steps in dealing with such matters for unlimited free time.

The service of providing you with easy access to specialised legal practitioners ensures you can continue to protect your personal reputation and integrity.

Boarding Kennels & Groomers:

The Product provides cover for Boarding Kennels & Groomers to not only protect their assets such as building and contents but can also include business interruption if the unforeseen happens and the business is unable to operate.

Under the public liability section of this cover, the policy provides protection to other people and their property against you for damage caused by your negligence. Additionally, full protection for the animals is also included, whilst they are in your care.

Liability insurance for Dog Clubs and Trainers:

The Petplan Professional Dog Club/Trainers Pubic Liability scheme policy has been specifically designed to provide cover to protect members while they are engaged in club activities.

There is a group personal accident policy available that will provide an income for members if they are injured during training or a club event.

All of the policies offered by Petplan Professional have been designed by Professional Insurance Brokers who have extensive knowledge and association with the pet industry.

Call Petplan Professional today on 0411 265 746 or visit:

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17/10/2017 |

2017 Salary Survey Results

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Kookaburra_Logo_transparent_stackedSome of the most common questions that we get asked at Kookaburra Vets relate to Salary levels. Thanks to all the vets who participated in our survey – the more vets who reply, the more useful this information is. We hope that in future years more of you will take the small amount of time required to complete our survey. We asked for full time annual salary range not including Super.

Minimum pay rates and conditions are set in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award, which you can find using Google, or at

Thank you to everyone who also submitted ideas for collection of other information for future surveys. We will consider all suggestions, including a survey on practice manager and vet nurse salaries.


( 336 Respondents)

Full Time Salaries – All Types of Practice


Locum Rates

Hourly rates for locums and casual vets. There was no statistical difference between vets working in mixed, equine and small animal practice. Rates below $30 an hour were excluded as likely to be permanent part time rates.

2017 Results

Total Number of Responses       70
Average rate (mean)                     $56.23
Minimum                                           $35
Maximum                                          $80
Median                                               $55

2016 Results

Total Number of Responses       79
Average rate (mean)                     $53.40
Minimum                                           $33
Maximum                                          $75
Median                                               $55

Experience Range of Locum Vets:


Full Time Salaries – Small Animal Practice


Full Time Salaries – Mixed Practice


Full Time Salaries – Equine Practice


Full Time Salaries – Industry and Non-General Practice


Male vs Female Salaries



Future Plans

Associates – Current Job Classification


Where Do Associates Plan to be in 5 years’ time?


Practice Owners – Current Job Classification


Where Do Practice Owners Plan to be in 5 years’ time?


© Copyright Kookaburra Veterinary Employment

24th July 2017


24/07/2017 |

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 |
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