CASSINS – Thinking of updating or upgrading your practice rooms?

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Your worries about the stress and hassle of veterinary interior construction and fit out will be a thing of the past. Cassins offer complete end-to-end project management. We don’t treat veterinary interior design the same way as medical design; it requires different considerations and custom-designed rooms just for pets, including grooming, washing, boarding and exercise areas. So, whether you’re seeking interior design for a small veterinary practice, or a large animal hospital, we have a highly experience team you can trust to get it done right – the first time, on time and on budget.

Cassin Design & Construct

When it comes to redesigning, refurbishing, relocating or refitting your veterinary practice, Cassins brings a combined 60 plus years of experience to your project to deliver quality custom design and construction solutions.

We’ll keep your project on budget, on time and on brief with our range of professional services:

REFURBISHMENT: There’s no need to close your practice while our expert team at gives your clinic a quality makeover. Whether you’re looking to refurbish a single exam room, your reception area or your entire practice, our team of experienced specialists will carefully work around you and your patients with minimal interruption to your daily routine – and cash flow.

RELOCATION: If not managed well, relocating your practice can be a stressful and expensive experience. That’s why you need to call in Cassins. We’ll manage your relocation budget, salvage materials from your existing practice and help you leap any obstacles that arise.

DESIGN & BUDGET: We’re here to help you from the very beginning. Whether you’re simply seeking information or are ready to get started designing your new practice, you can count on Cassins to save you money, time and energy through every step of the process.


Cassin Design & Construct


SITE ASSESSMENT: Whether you’re planning an extension, seeking to relocate to new premises or considering a new-build clinic, our team is on hand to provide a professional inspection of your site. This will ensure you don’t run into any nasty, unexpected surprises which threaten to blow your budget. Call in Cassins to ensure your peace of mind.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: With our end-to-end project management service, you can rest assured that we’ll look after all the details of your fit out to deliver a smooth, stress-free process so you can concentrate on what you do best without draining your time, resources and energy on an inefficient build.

Our friendly team is standing by to answer all your questions, so please contact us today.


Unit 7/6 Anella Ave, Castle Hill NSW 2154
Tel:        1300 122 774


15/02/2018 |

Use of Medications in Food Producing Animals in Australia

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British and overseas trained veterinarians locuming or working in Australia should be aware that the following substances are not permitted for use in food-producing animals in Australia. This may be different from Europe in particular – vets practising small animal medicine should be aware of these restrictions as you may not be able to dispense medicines to hobby farm clients in particular that are in use in Europe (eg. Baytril, Metronidazole):

  • carbadox
  • chloramphenicol
  • clenbuterol (except for tocolysis as per APVMA approved label)
  • diethylstilboestrol and related compounds (hexoestrol, dienoestrol)
  • fluoroquinolones
  • nitrofurans (including furazolidone and nitrofurazone)
  • nitroimidazoles (except dimetridazole for use on birds not intended for human consumption and breeders as per APVMA approved label)
  • phenylbutazone
  • salbutamol
  • thyrostats (eg thiouracil)

For more information please visit the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website


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.

09/02/2018 |

VetLife Australia – Reducing Workplace Stress

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Dear Fellow Veterinarians,

The AVA should be commended for promoting the Mental Health First Aid courses and incorporating mental health education into the National Conference. TJ Heath first commented on veterinarians mental 20 years ago and Dr Helen Fairnie reported suicide and other indicators of poor mental health in veterinarians 12 years ago. Hatch et al published the largest study of mental health of veterinarians six years ago in the AVJ. These reports were peer reviewed and published in the AVJ. Researchgate reports the paper of Hatch et al detailing mental states has been cited 36 times worldwide and downloaded 213 times. This demonstrates the worldwide interest in the topic of mentation in veterinarians. Hatch et al are soon to publish another paper detailing the stressors reported by veterinarians.

The Mental Health First Aid ( promoted by the AVA) course aims to train individual veterinarians in skills to recognize others struggling with issues and encourage them to seek help and may have an impact on the suicide rate.

As reported six years ago in excess of 30% of veterinarians suffer stress, some level of depression or are suffering burnout. Workplace stress is a precursor for depression and the direct cause of burnout. Reducing workplace stress is both an individual and a management responsibility.

Feedback from a presentation I made on behalf of the charity at the Rural Veterinarians Assoc. conference in Robe indicated that it was informative, increased awareness and the information was personally relevant. This encouraged colleagues to seek more information. This feedback indicated the ongoing need for further similar presentations to be made available to all veterinarians.

It is now the intention of the charity to run an interactive seminar workshop (Pathway to a Positive Veterinary Life). This has been scheduled for February 2018 in South Australia (the dates and location to be advised). Detail of the program is on the website at

It is essential to register your interest as soon as practicable. You can email us at to enable finalisation of the date and location. You can also email us if you would like additional information. It would also be appreciated if veterinarians in other areas email their expressions of interest so that we can advance the schedule of events for 2018.

The health promotion charity, Australian Veterinary Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Ltd is reliant on support in the way of donations to continue and expand to fulfil its mission, You can find the bank account details to contribute by clicking on donate on the website

All the best for 2018

The Directors (Peter Hatch, Chris Doyle and Stephanie Zanatta)
Peter Hatch, Secretary

09/02/2018 |
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