REM SYSTEMS – BD Infusion Pumps for the Veterinary Market.

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REM SYSTEMS is excited to announce that we will now be distributing BD infusion pumps for the veterinary market. The BD pumps offer medication and fluid delivery solutions, including pain management, oncology, parenteral nutrition, palliative care and specialty therapies. The two new pumps we will add to our portfolio include the BD BodyGuard™ T syringe pump and the Niki V4 infusion pump.

The Niki V4 is known and loved by many, due to its reliability for the delivery of fluids and medications. With Macro, Micro, 10-Steps, and TPN modes it enables most therapies with an easy to use interface and clear numerical LED display

The BodyGuard™ T is new to the veterinary market and is a small, lightweight ambulatory infusion pump offering flexibility and reliability. Effortless transition between hospital, clinic, and home care requirements is the core of the BD BodyGuard™ T syringe pump design. The BodyGuard™ T offers the safety features you would expect in larger syringe pumps, with the ability to deliver constant small volume drug delivery for treatments such as palliative care, tick and snake bite.

  • Small, lightweight, compact syringe pump for improved patient mobility and comfort
  • Syringe recognition of commonly used syringe brands (2 to 50ml)†
  • Powered by a 9V (6LR61) type battery
  • Three-point syringe detection feature, each with a displacement alarm
  • Volume detection and automatic calculation of infusion rate in ml/hr
  • Three levels of security access codes to help prevent accidental or unauthorised programme changes
  • Current infusion history can be viewed during infusion
  • Pump event log accessible via INFO MENU or downloaded to PC through BodyComm™ software
  • Comprehensive range of alerts / alarms with descriptive display
  • The lockable keypad helps prevent inadvertent key presses
  • A range of accessories as well as mount options that help enable patient safety and mobility
  • An interactive user interface with a large screen to facilitate easy programming for patients and veterinary professionals

Both pumps can be configured to most commonly used administration sets and syringes, leading to valuable cost reductions.

Ask about our CODAN IV lines for use with the Niki V4 or BodyGuard T. CODAN is a market leader in IV sets and accessories for infusion and transfusion therapy. Through the Codan brand, we offer a full range of IV sets and accessories for infusion. With a strong history of innovation and exceptional quality, this range ensures reliable, predictable, and precise infusion therapy for your patients.

For more information contact REM SYSTEMS today:

Phone: 02 9814 2000

Contact: Nicolette – Email:


10/06/2022 |

Working Holidaymaker Changes

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Visa pictureTemporary changes to the Working Holiday Makers Visa conditions may be of benefit to Vets currently working in Australia from overseas – and to their clinics!

From 19 January 2022 to 31 December 2022, the 6 month work limitation has been temporarily relaxed.

Until 31 December 2022, Working Holiday Makers ​no longer need permission from the Department to work for the same employer for more than 6 months.

This allows employers to retain trained staff.

Working Holiday Makers can work in any location, occupation or industry while in Australia. Under Condition 8547, work with any one employer is generally limited to 6 months. From 19 January 2022 to 31 December 2022 the 6 month work limitation has been temporarily relaxed. The Condition 8547 does not apply until after 31 December 2022.

Normally, Working Holiday Makers cannot stay in the same position in the same location with one employer for more than six months by using different employment agencies, business affiliates or sub-contracting arrangements. The 6 months starts from the day they start work. It includes full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work. It is based on the length of time that has passed since they started working, not how many hours or days worked. However, they do not need to ask (Immigration) permission to work with the same employer for up to 12 months if working in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months.

For more information visit the Home Affairs website:


Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment

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.

08/06/2022 |

iM3 introduces ACE – The Advanced Centre for Education

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This state-of-the-art facility was built to promote engaging education.

Specifically designed for teaching & advancing veterinary dentistry.

The iM3 Advanced Centre for Education (ACE) strives to help veterinarians and nurses become highly skilled and component in the practice of veterinary dentistry.

iM3, has long recognised the limited amount of significant dental education available and has tried to bridge that gap. Over the years, iM3 has increasingly supported courses that provide post-graduate and specialist dental training. Trying to meet requests for more frequent, diverse, and larger capacity courses identified a need for a more advanced facility.

Most veterinary dental courses take place in spaces built or designed for other activities. The ACE was designed specifically to work for teaching veterinary dentistry first and foremost. Veterinary dentistry is a fast-expanding field, and the upskilling of veterinary professionals is essential to provide the care that people now expect for their pets, as well as to allow practices to remain competitive.

The home of iM3 ACE is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, clinical training facility with a large flexible wet lab, technology-enhanced lecture room, and multi-functional space for catering and breakout sessions.

The ACE facilities allow attendees to simulate dental procedures from prophylaxis to advanced endodontics using the latest, most advanced ergonomically designed equipment and instruments. iM3’s support of continuing education will continue to enhance the skill sets of veterinary professionals throughout the world.

Our clinical facility is fully equipped with iM3 exclusive veterinary dental equipment, including 10 high-end dental units, two dental X-ray stations, 10 display screens, ergonomically designed height adjustable Shona tables, saddle chairs and the latest ergo designed dental hand instruments with multiple sizes for different sized hands. Advanced equipment such as rotary endodontic motors, composites materials and curing lights enable veterinarians to learn more advanced techniques like crown reductions. Piezosurgery units are also available upon request. We have the equipment and the means to support all levels of veterinary dental education.

The new ACE facility caters to groups of up to 20 delegates and event management, including logistics, catering, and equipment coordination.

It was our goal to build a centre where dental procedures could be taught and be realistically simulated, and where vets and nurses could become familiar with using everything from the most basic dental equipment and instruments to the more advanced innovations. We can support courses guiding entry-level dental practitioners right up to the most advanced level of training.

iM3 Advanced Centre for Education offers immersive, realistic, practical workshops where veterinary professionals can learn, develop, and master essential skills. Along with practising new skills, delegates can trial the latest dental equipment and technology. Our training programs are conducted by industry-leading training providers, and qualified iM3 staff are there to assist with laboratory and equipment needs, ensuring a high-quality, rich experience.

Our first dental wetlab in our new training facility in Sydney was a great success! The surgical dentistry for cats and dogs workshop, together with CVE program, was held over 2 days with 20 Vets in attendance

If you have any interest in attending a lab in 2022, please contact iM3.⁠

Phone: 02 9420 5766 | Email: |

07/06/2022 |

Medical & Surgical Lighting Pty Ltd

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MSL range of Australian manufactured Examination & Procedure lights.

The latest range continue our history of improvement and innovation through design. Some of the major benefits of the range include our recently approved patent pending friction spring control arm, which requires no adjustment or on-going maintenance. An increase in patient reach and the inclusion of continuous 360° rotation as a standard feature.

The MSL range of examination lights are available in both examination (Series 1) and procedure (Series 3) models. The 10W Series 1 LED examination light with 51,500 Lux @ 600mm & 23,000 Lux @ 1M, is available in ceiling, wall and mobile mounted versions. The larger 3 x 10W Series 3 LED procedure light with 83,300 Lux @ 600mm & 74,200 Lux @ 1M is available as either ceiling or wall mounted options.

Both models are fitted with 4-stage electronic dimming so you will always find the perfect illumination of the task.

Some of the key features are shown below and all MSL products are supported by our 5-year warranty.

Tel: 07 3394 2021   Email:

17/05/2022 |

CE Requirements – A Wind of Change?

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banner showing different countries cpd logosAustralia, the UK, and New Zealand all have requirements for registered vets to keep up to date by recording a certain amount of continuing education. New Zealand and the UK have recently changed their focus from simply recording time spent on CE to actually evaluating and reflecting on the learning experience, in order to better support vets in practice, help vets find professional fulfilment, and to aid in retaining vets in the profession.


All Australian veterinary Boards have agreed, through the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), on a minimum requirement of 60 CPD points over a consecutive 3 year cycle. At least 15 of the required 60 CPD points must be structured points. The remaining 45 points may be either unstructured points or more structured points. You may use the AVA Vet Ed points scheme to record and validate your CPD achievement

Structured Points: Most courses, conferences and seminars are 1:1 (points:hour) & Workshops are 2:1 and require validation (eg by certificate)

Unstructured Points: eg. private reading, un-assessed computer based courses  are 1:2 (points:hour)

The registered veterinary practitioner who is currently undergoing formal post-graduate training with a view to the acquisition of a higher qualification in their chosen field of work or a related area of veterinary science, is considered to be fulfilling all the requirements for continuing education.

The  points allocation table is available from the NSW Vet Board website:


All veterinary surgeons listed on the RCVS Register as practising members must complete the minimum CPD requirement of 35 hours per year, regardless of whether they are working full-time or part-time.
Vet Nurses on the RCVS Register have to complete 15 hours CPD per year.

The RCVS has an online system for veterinary surgeons (and vet nurses) to record their CPD activities (1CPD). 1CPD is a new outcomes focused CPD system, and is available as a web portal or as a mobile app. From January 2022 it has become mandatory for all veterinary surgeons to use 1CPD. Reflection on CPD outcomes, an integral part of 1CPD, is now also mandatory from 2022 and can be done using the 1CPD app.


All vets practising in the UK, whether they graduated overseas or in the UK, must comply with the RCVS requirement of 35 hours per calendar year. You may include CPD undertaken abroad, but you should ensure that your description of this, and the hours involved, are clearly recorded in English so that the details of what you have done are transparent to, and understood by, the RCVS and others with an interest in your CPD record, such as prospective and current employers.

There is no restriction on the number of hours of self-directed learning that can count towards your CPD as long as you document it or reflect on your CPD. Ultimately, the judgement of what should count as CPD will vary for each individual, and it is therefore up to you to decide how best to fulfil your own learning needs.

PDP – Professional Development Phase
This was a requirement for newly qualified graduates and those with less than one year’s clinical experience, regardless of where they qualified in the UK or overseas. It could also be used by anyone returning to work after a career-break. Average time taken to complete the PDP is 18 months depending on caseload, but it needs to be completed within 3 years. PDP required exposure to a general practice workload. The last enrolment for the PDP was in June 2021. It has been replaced by VetGDP – Veterinary Graduate Development Programme.

VetGDP – Veterinary Graduate Development Programme.  
This is a requirement for new veterinary graduates for any graduate vets employed from summer 2021 onwards – their employer must be signed up to VetGDP and there must be a VetGDP Adviser in the workplace to support them. It is focused on developing professional skills as well as clinical capabilities and is intended to be more supportive than the PDP. Vets who have been out of practice for 5 years or longer also have to take part in VetGDP. Overseas graduates who are new RCVS members who have less than one year of significant work experience as a veterinary graduate will be expected to enrol in the VetGDP.

New Zealand

The CPD requirements in New Zealand changed from 2021 onwards. 2021 was a trial year. 

The previous CPD requirements focused on using points to quantify time spent on CPD activities, categorising activities and setting quotas that had to be met. This new framework departs from that approach and instead focusses on the process of planning, taking part in and evaluating learning. In simple terms, it requires that veterinarians must:

  1. Prepare a CPD plan
  2. Do CPD
  3. Record their CPD
  4. Review the CPD plan.

The requirements are different for new graduates in their first year of practice. This is to reflect that they have different needs as they adjust to professional life and the requirements for them focus more on collegial support in the form of mentoring.  There is flexibility in who can act as a mentor. For many new graduates, the mentor will be their employer or supervisor at work. However, it could equally be someone independent. There are no qualification or training requirements for acting as a mentor.
The Vet Council hasn’t set a minimum amount of CPD that must be undertaken. “Our expectation is that veterinarians will take part in CPD, completing all of the four steps above, and that the amount of CPD they undertake should be appropriate to their needs. We recognise that some people appreciate having a clear number to work to, so, as a guide, we believe that veterinarians should aim to undertake at least 20 hours of CPD per year. This isn’t a strict requirement, and we won’t rigidly enforce it. We emphasise that the quality of CPD and the process of planning and evaluating it is of far more importance than the quantity.”

Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment

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.

11/05/2022 |
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