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 |

X-ray Viewing boxes

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  • X-Ray View box size 2X-Ray view box size 1No hard wiring required
  • In good working order

Price: $40.00 each

Contact Practice Manager Elissa
Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre

PH: 03 9751 2999

11/10/2017 |

Working as a Locum

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To work as a locum, vets should have a minimum of 2 years’ experience, and preferably over 3 years for sole charge practices. Not only is locuming a great way to finance travel, it is also a good way to gain additional experience in working with different people, in a wide variety of different conditions, and improve your veterinary skills.

photo of vetsIn major cities, although there are more clinics in a smaller geographical area, there is usually more competition for locum work, therefore to be assured of a constant supply of work, locums should be willing to travel – and you can miss out on amazing experiences if you don’t consider travelling to work in more rural and regional areas. Country jobs will usually supply accommodation and maybe a vehicle for work and private use, however, city practices very rarely supply either accommodation or a vehicle.

Locum vacancies can range from a single shift to 5 or 6 months’ work, and include full time and part time hours. Locums help cover for temporary staffing shortages, illness, periods of leave and holidays, and parental leave. Jobs can be advertised up to 4 months in advance, however, they can also be listed at very short notice (next day). On average, locum jobs listed with Kookaburra Vet Employment are to start within 1-2 months.


Most clinics require a locum with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience who doesn’t require direction for most clinical judgments, but who will ask for help if it’s required or if they get out of their depth. Surgical experience is necessary – you must be able to do at least routine surgery including desexings in a timely manner (ie. not take too long).

It can be important to stick to clinic protocols, within a perceived duty of care. Clinics may see a high proportion of particular types of cases – eg ticks; snake bite; poisonings – ask the regular vet before they go away if there is a clinic protocol or for any tips on these type of cases.

Record keeping is extremely important – the locum may move on, but the clinic owner or regular vet then has to continue with ongoing care. Make sure that your handwriting is legible, and you use any computerised system to keep comprehensive clinical notes. Locums should try to fit in with existing staff and not rock the boat!

Make sure that you stick to practice pricing – please don’t undercharge just because you perceive the practice prices to be excessive.

Try not to put things off until the regular vet gets back.


Practices expect a locum to be honest, punctual, friendly, polite, and able to take direction if required without taking offence. Derogatory, sexist, and discriminatory behaviour and comments are absolutely not acceptable.

If a work vehicle, or a vehicle for private use is supplied, it should be kept clean on the inside (if not the outside!), and driven with due care and attention. Establish the protocol for paying for petrol before commencing work.

If accommodation is supplied, it should be left clean and tidy. Talk to the employer about any use of private items or groceries if you are staying in their own house BEFORE you use anything, and establish whether you are expected to replace any items used.

CVs and References:

You should be prepared to send your CV to clinics when you apply for a vacancy. It should contain up to date information and be accurate, particularly with up to date contact information for you including a mobile number preferably with a message bank. Include contact details for recent referees, and email addresses, particularly if your referees are overseas.


article-contract-signingdesigned-by-freepik-smallerAlthough practices and locums may not decide to formally enter into a contract, it is a good idea to set down terms of employment and working conditions in writing prior to the start of the locum period. Things to consider include:

  • Pay rate;
  • after hours remuneration;
  • days off;
  • overtime;
  • normal hours of work;
  • type of payment arrangement and when the vet is to be paid;
  • type of employment (casual employee, contractor);
  • Superannuation; GST;
  • Travel Costs;
  • Professional registration costs;
  • Responsibility for keys – for the clinic and for scheduled drugs
  • Accommodation and responsibilities of the locum with respect to the accommodation and use of facilities if applicable (eg phone, internet, food in the pantry);
  • provision of vehicle for work – and private use – and fuel costs;
  • any provision for short term cancellation of the locum period by either party.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Contact the AVA HR Hotline for more information – 1300 788977 or email  (you need to be an AVA member (Australian Veterinary Association).


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.

29/11/2016 |

Why Engage in veterinary CPD?

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Author: Murdoch University
April 2017

New advances in veterinary science not only bring improved outcomes for veterinary patients but also new opportunities to advance and improve your understanding, confidence, knowledge and skill base as a veterinary practitioner.

Each new drug, diagnostic test, tool and technique is a valuable opportunity to grow, expand and learn.  By engaging with continuing education throughout your professional career, you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow your personal brand, your business, your employment prospects, and to gain a competitive edge in the veterinary industry.

From long-neglected topics to your own area of avid interest, keeping up with current thinking and reviewing your own ideas is likely to equip you with new confidence and enthusiasm that can also facilitate revived passion in a given area.

Engaging in regular CPD also facilitates interaction and connectivity with others in your industry.  Networking and with like-minded professionals enables discussion around the challenges and experiences that are encountered.

Whether you’re an established veterinarian or a recent graduate, a fresh look at traditional ways can provide a renewed perspective or simply serve as a reminder of the theory behind the busy routine of daily practice.  Keeping your knowledge current by engaging in continuing education is the best way to capitalise on your future prospects.

The Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education – CAVE at Murdoch University is a reputable continuing education provider that facilitates all of the above through face to face seminars, clinical skills workshops and online educational engagement.  CAVE is committed to providing you with the very best in continuing education, to assist you to be the most confident, knowledgeable and capable veterinarian you can be.

CAVE Clinical Skills week photoThe inaugural CAVE Clinical Skills Week took place in early February 2017 and provided a range of topic areas for veterinarians to capitalise on.  Anticipated to run on an annual basis, this opportunity is sure to reach capacity quickly due to the exceptional experience practitioners enjoyed after attending the inaugural event:

Day 1 – Anaesthesia and Emergency and Critical Care
Day 2 – Internal Medicine and Clinical Pathology
Day 3 – Surgery
Day 4 – Equine and Production Animal

  • Excellent balance of information and practical tips
  • Good insight into current recommendations – good refresher
  • Great to be able to practice procedures after the theory
  • The cytology refresher was excellent!
  • Really useful and helpful course – I feel like I got a lot out of it
  • Excellent organisation. Excellent expertise in teaching staff
  • Thank you for the CAVE Clinical Skills Week. Two of our staff also attended and we all agreed that the sessions achieved their objectives in providing high quality, useful information and skills for veterinary practitioners.
  • The presenters were all first class and their selected topics were skilfully condensed to necessary facts and techniques so that practitioners left with several gems of wisdom and tips that are the cornerstone of any successful CPD activity.

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05/04/2017 |

What to do if things go wrong

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Author: Veterinary Defence Association (Australia)
February 2017

Doh!Have you heard about the VDA?

If you haven’t, read on and join the VDA… it will be the best decision you could make in your veterinary career.

The VDA is the ONLY professional defence organisation in Australia and is a non-commercial association of veterinarians, managed by a panel of twelve veterinarians.

The VDA has 23 years’ experience dealing with Board complaints and veterinary negligence legislation around the world. You will be provided with advice and guidance on how to manage the owner and the patient; how to deal with owners and their grievances; how to undo any damage that has already occurred; and what steps to take next.

Becoming a member also entitles you to the following services from the VDA:

  • Access to Low-Cost High Quality Malpractice Insurance.
  • Management of incidents, events and disputes as they arise in day-to-day practice.
  • Advice and guidance provided by dedicated, specially-trained, experienced veterinarians.
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution with owners and compensation for owners when the veterinarian failed to meet minimum professional standards.
  • Management of the defence of complaints and claims from the time they arise until concluded, ensuring that you are in the best position to defend yourself.
  • Assistance with composing certificates, reports and responses.
  • Preventive measures in the form of consent forms, model certificates, record keeping, Bulletins dealing with best defensive practice and Notices of issues of direct and immediate importance to members.
  • A weekly newsletter (Barks ‘n Bytes) in which actual cases defended by the VDA are discussed and analysed.

The VDA will protect YOUR integrity and reputation and membership of the VDA offers everything that mere insurance companies endorsed by the national veterinary association offer, plus far more.

The VDA’s effective management of incidents vastly reduces the threat to your professional life, your health and your mental well-being.

Contact the VDA for advice and guidance by email: or dial the VDA’s 24/7 hotline 02 8355 9900 with every event, incident and dispute that has the potential to turn bad!

You can visit our website: for more information and membership details.


23/02/2017 |
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