Practical Skills for Practical Vets

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This is the year for you to develop skills that will help more patients, build more profits and give you the satisfaction of feeling better at work for doing better work.

With workshops in Rabbit Surgery and Dentistry, Ultrasound, Animal Behaviour and Safe Handling, Opthalmology, Equine Lameness and much more, you can be sure that whatever you learn at VetPrac Workshops will be useful to practice, interesting and practical.

“Inspiring, fantastic reminder about basic surgical techniques” Jane Vine – Head and Neck Surgery
“I didn’t expect to improve so much after only one weekend, very satisfied!!” Andrew Clarke – Ultrasound

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5th and 6th March 2016 – Rabbit Surgery and Dentistry Workshop

Charles Sturt University

Wagga Wagga NSW

Veterinary care for rabbits is a growing area for our profession with huge profit potential. Be confident anaesthetising and intubating a rabbit.  Place catheters with confidence.  Practice rabbit dental surgery and common surgical procedures like amputations, intestinal surgery and desexing.  Read rabbit radiographs with confidence. Be guided through the most practical 2 day workshop for small mammal clinicians in 2016.
Be better trained for rabbit veterinary care, offer unique services in your area and increase practice profitability.

Book before January 25th and get the textbook of Rabbit Dentistry valued at $200 for FREE

Vetprac 2016


– 7 hrs of practical wet labs
– surgery training
– small groups
Handbook by David Vella

BOOK NOW! Don’t miss out, places limited.

CALL Ilana or Tyng 0414 581600 or or for more information visit:

Course fee (2 days) $ 2200 + GST includes dinner on Saturday night

Sold out 2 years in a row, this is the workshop for small animal veterinarians working in urban areas. Rabbits are the fastest growing pet population in Australia and approaching medical and surgical conditions of this species requires additional skills not often mastered at university.

Supported by 3 of the most energetic and intelligent vets in Australia, this workshop will open up new possibilities for your hospital services.


22/01/2016 |

HPS Compounding

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HPS Compounding are experts in veterinary compounding, partnering with veterinarians to deliver individualised therapy solutions of the highest quality.

A dedicated business division of HPS Pharmacies, HPS Compounding’s strong partnership with PCCA delivers access to over 4,560 different ingredients to customise strengths, dosage forms and flavours to meet each individual patient’s needs. Many ingredients used are sourced from the PCCA, who are a TGA licensed supplier of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and endorsed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Compounded Products

HPS Compounding are specialists in the delivery of customised and personalised compounded medicines to improve therapeutical success for individual animal patient care. With access to over 14,000 product formulations, HPS Compounding can create a personalised solution to meet each patient’s individualised needs. HPS Compounding aims to provide 24-48 hour turn-around for most compounded products; from receipt of the prescription at the pharmacy to delivery to the patient. There are no freight charges for compounded products delivered to metropolitan Adelaide*. All overnight deliveries to any other location within Australia incurs a $10.00 (plus GST) freight fee*.

Commercial Products

The commercial products stocked by HPS Pharmacies are human generic medications; these are being increasingly used within veterinary practices. As Australia’s leading pharmacy service provider, and one of the largest purchasers of pharmaceuticals nationally, HPS Pharmacies’ long-term partnerships with preferred suppliers delivers significant value for clients who benefit from our national purchasing power with pharmacy wholesalers.

Poloxamer Otic Gel

HPS Compounding routinely compounds pluronic gel; which has many uses and is commonly used in ears. Poloxamer is a thermo-reversible gel that is liquid when cold, and becomes a gel at room temperature. Poloxamer is non-toxic, hydrophilic, lipophilic, tasteless and mostly odourless. HPS Compounding supply poloxamer otic gel in 3ml syringes with an extended applicator tip. Poloxamer can be compounded to contain active ingredients of your choice; a common request is for an antibiotic, antifungal and steroid to be added. Poloxamer otic gel is a once per week application that improves issues associated with treatment non-compliance.

Photo: Poloxamer Otic Gel in a syringe.

Photo: Poloxamer Otic Gel in a syringe.

MD Pen

HPS Compounding offer an alternative to 1ml plain or amber syringes for the supply of transdermal medications. To order your transdermal medication in a Metered Dose (MD) Pen, simply write ‘MD Pen Applicator’ on the patient’s prescription.

  • This new MD Pen is designed to allow the pet owner to dose the medication with ease. Each pump accurately delivers 0.1ml of medication.
  • The fill capacity of each pen is 6ml.
  • The UV resistant view window is convenient and assists to maintain the integrity of the formulation.

HPS Compounding has worked closely with its veterinary clients to trial this MD Pen to ensure accuracy, practicality and ease of use for pet owners; ultimately resulting in better outcomes for patients. If you would like to sample the MD Pen, please contact HPS’ Compounding Manager – Veterinary Services via the contact details below.

Contact HPS Compounding

For further information on the products or services available to you by HPS Compounding, or to place an order, please contact Angie Talbot, Compounding Manager – Veterinary Services, on:

t: (08) 8177 8200
m: 0400 704 176
f: (08) 8375 3570
e: or

*excludes deliveries to Northern Territory, which attracts an additional freight fee.

16/12/2015 |

Therian and Cubex – The Pharmacy and Supply Management Solution

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Innovation. Safety. Confidence.

A fully automated and integrated pharmacy and supply management system that is customised to your business, boosting your revenue and maximising clinic efficiencies.


Cubex System


Bring the benefits of Cubex to your practice:

  • Automate Charge Capture
  • Improved s8 Drug safety and electronic drug logs
  • Detailed reports of usage and discrepancies

Cubex has a flexible architecture that is easily configured to meet your needs utilising the Cubex Main Cabinets, Auxillary Cabinets and the Cubex accessories such as Qbuds and the Q-Lock for fridges.


Cubex has been a huge benefit to our practice. The time-savings alone has been a great investment for us in addition to the savings we’ve seen from the decrease of inventory.

Manage Pharmacy


Improve the safety and security of your staff whilst organising and managing your inventory – for a solution tailored to your business needs call 1800 251 766  or email:


Integrates with the following Practice Management Software:

Compatible Software

24/11/2015 |

Soundiagnosis – Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound

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After scanning so many patients in our daily work, we have found the 8 most common reasons why a dog or cat requires a diagnostic ultrasound.


Diagram 1

Diagram 1 – Foreign body in the lumen of the jejunum in a 12yo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with sudden onset of vomiting, anorexia and lethargy.

1. Gastro Intestinal Disease
Dogs and cats often present with ongoing diarrhoea and vomiting without an obvious cause.  Ultrasound can assess gastric and intestinal architecture as it can evaluate each layer of the walls, as well as measure the wall thickness, content in the lumen and peristalsis.  Most common findings by ultrasound evaluation are foreign bodies, changes suggesting inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal lymphoma, intestinal neoplasia, intussusception and changes suggestive of ileo-colitis or chronic colitis (Diagram 1).

Diagram 2

Diagram 2 – Transitional cell carcinoma in the urinary bladder of a 14yo DSH feline with chronic haematuria. The bladder wall is irregular and severely thickened.


2. Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis can be an extremely painful and serious disease and a Spec CPL test may not be enough to diagnose pancreatitis. An ultrasound can assess the pancreatic parenchyma to further eliminate more serious pathologies such as pancreatic tumour or pancreatic abscess. In chronic pancreatitis, the pancreas can be within normal range for size and the parenchyma often is homogeneous.


3. Haematuria / Pollakiuria
Patients presenting haematuria and pollakiuria that is non-responsive to antibiotic treatment are candidates for an abdominal ultrasound to rule out rule out renal/ bladder tumours or urolithiasis for example.  In addition ultrasound guided cystocentesis can be carried out to obtain sterile urine for culture and sensitivity testing (Diagram 2).


Diagram 3

Diagram 3 – Right adrenomegaly consistent with adrenal tumor in a patient with Cushing’s disease.

4. Polyuria / Polydipsia of adrenal gland origin
Dogs who test positive or are suggestive of Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease) will benefit from an ultrasound to assess the size and appearance of the adrenal glands. The common findings in these cases include bilateral symmetrical enlargement (suggestive of Pituitary Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism in the majority), as well as unilateral enlargement with contralateral subnormal size (more suggestive of Adrenal tumor).   Adrenal enlargement of > 2cm in width, vascular invasion and gross metastasis are suggestive of malignancy. Occasionally we can get unilateral enlargement without contralateral atrophy which in this case could be due to nodular hyperplasia or non-functioning adrenocortical tumour (Diagram 3).




Diagram 4

Diagram 4 – Gallbladder mucocele with rupture and localized peritonitis in a 12yo FS Poodle with vomiting, pyrexia and elevation of ALP of 872 IU/L. Cholecystectomy was performed soon after abdominal ultrasound.

5. High liver enzymes
Whether it is for wellness check, pre anaesthetic or on a clinically unwell patient, when a blood test returns with elevated liver enzymes, an abdominal ultrasound can determine if pathologies like benign nodular hyperplasia, vacuolar hepatopathy or a more serious disease like liver neoplasia or cirrhosis are present.  When abnormalities are found in the hepatic parenchyma ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy or tru-cut biopsy can be performed to provide the clinician with a definitive diagnosis by cytology or histopathology (Diagram 4).


6. Palpable abdominal mass
Have you recently palpated an abdominal mass during a regular physical exam? Where is the mass originating from? Is it operable? Are there signs of metastasis? An abdominal ultrasound can often answer these questions. On rare occasions, a mass can occupy the entire abdomen and be in contact with every abdominal organ, thus making the origin of the tumour difficult to identify. Similar to liver abnormalities, ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy or tru-cut can be performed on the mass.


Diagram 5

Diagram 5 – Mitral valve disease in an 11yo Papillon with a systolic heart murmur grade IIII/VI and sudden collapse. Thoracic radiographs revealed cardiomegaly with left atrial enlargement.

7. Heart murmurs  and cardiomegaly
Auscultating a heart murmur in a young dog vs an old dog, small breed dog vs large breed dog or a cat may give us clues to whether we are dealing with a congenital problem, a dog with mitral valve disease, a dog with dilated cardiomyopathy or a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cat. However, a heart murmur in an old dog does not necessarily justify starting on heart medications or a congenital heart disease in a young dog does not equate to a poor prognosis. In addition, muffled heart sounds can be due to pericardial effusion which could either be idiopathic or secondary to a heart mass. Ultrasound can help assist in differentiating all of those conditions (Diagram 5).


8. Pregnancy
This is what most people think of when they hear the word Ultrasound! It’s a fantastic tool to assess pregnancy.  At a gestation period of at least 25-30 days, gestational sacs
or embryos with heartbeats can be reliably seen.   An ultrasound can help you; assess foetal heart rate to rule out foetal distress, estimate gestational age and estimated days before parturition based on the development of the embryo/foetus and size of certain foetal structures; as well as detect foetal abnormalities such as mummified foetus, anasarca and of course foetal death.  Ultrasound cannot accurately determine the size of the litter and for that reason abdominal radiographs must be performed alongside the ultrasound scan (at 40+ days of gestation).


SOUNDIAGNOSIS is dedicated to helping Veterinary Clinics across Melbourne with all aspects of Abdominal Ultrasound and Echocardiography.  Offering a mobile service with 10+ years of experience, Soundiagnosis is your window into your patient in your own practice. Phone 0430 343802.







20/10/2015 |
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