What’s the Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE) doing for recent Grads…?

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CVE Supports Recent Grads

  • Recognising Recent Graduates’ financial situation and providing 50% discount on membership and most CPD courses.

Learn more.

  • Giving Recent Grads a voice

‘But there are still plenty of vet practice owners who are of the opinion that being dropped in the deep end is the best way to start out in practice. It’s that attitude that would be nice to see gone from the industry—I don’t think it does any good for our profession at all.’

Read here:

  • Developing an exciting new Recent Graduation educational initiative

Watch this space!

Read the complete C&T 50th anniversary Issue 294, March 2019 FREE here.


Centre for Veterinary Education
Level 2, Vet Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
University of Sydney NSW 2006

  1. +612 9351 7979

Centre for Veterinary Education


04/06/2019 |

Surgical Microscope

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  • Bendigo-microscopebendigo-microscope-2For surgery ( eye, ear, plastics etc ) or diagnostic examinations
  • Wild/Leica M-690 Ophthalmic w. motorized focus & zoom action
  • Coaxial 12V50W Halogen illumination w. back-up
  • Built-in red reflex enhancer
  • Foot control
  • On Rollable floor stand

Fully installed, calibrated by professional technician
Freight costs free in Victoria. Nominal elsewhere.

Price: $11,000 + GST

Contact Frank at Bendigo

Mobile:   0408 44 56 58

23/05/2019 |

Vet Nurses Vs Vet Techs – What’s the Difference?

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Vet TechMany veterinary practices in Australia are feeling the pinch of the manpower shortage, putting vets under more pressure and contributing to dissatisfaction with work life balance and mental health problems.

So, maybe you need a Vet Tech at your clinic.

Veterinary Nursing qualification

In Australia, the current Australian national qualification for vet nursing is Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which takes from 18 months to 2 years to complete. The Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is then an additional qualification following on from the Cert IV, for 12 months, in 3 different streams, General Practice, Surgical, and Emergency & Critical Care

Veterinary Technology qualification

Veterinary Technology is a Bachelor’s degree taking 3 years (full time), which can incorporate and extend the Cert IV in Vet Nursing. It’s offered by Charles Sturt University, and by The University of Queensland, (and by Massey University in New Zealand, however, this isn’t yet included in the list of Vet Tech degrees eligible for the new Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Registration Scheme)

Information provided by CSU and the University of Queensland about their Veterinary Technology degrees suggest there is more development of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, preparation for supervisory and management roles, as well as knowledge of a wider range of animal species and knowledge and professional skills in animal management, technology and welfare that can be used beyond the clinical setting. However, extended clinical support procedures are also taught.

How could employing a Vet Tech help?

Some clinics, emergency and critical care hospitals, and specialist centres in Australia are already using a very effective tiered system of support staff, from kennel hands and specific customer support staff/receptionists, through trainee veterinary nurses, veterinary nurses, diploma qualified VNs, degree qualified veterinary technicians, and practice managers. This means that Veterinary Surgeons gain the time to do the work that only they are qualified for.

This tiered system can also provide a structured career path for support staff, which can improve job satisfaction. Whilst attention is finally becoming focussed on the challenges for vets surrounding mental health awareness, life balance, burnout, compassion fatigue, job satisfaction, and decisions to quit the profession, we mustn’t forget there are similar challenges for our support staff.

So, rather than trying to employ another Vet in a very tight market, could this be a solution for some clinics?

  1. Employing a Veterinary Technician to help alleviate the heavy workload on vets, allowing vets to manage their Veterinary Surgeon duties more effectively
  2. Which may lead to happier vets and better retention of vets in your practice
  3. And even allow a pay rise for your vets, further contributing to better retention of vets


Charles Sturt University

University of Queensland

Massey University

Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia


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.

21/05/2019 |

Equine Photometer

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  • Photometer EquineMinitube Photometer for Equine
  • Great condition

Asking price $1,500.00 exc. GST.

Contact Kerrie McVey

Aytonlea Veterinary Services Tamworth NSW

Mobile: 0429 726 023

21/05/2019 |

B Braun Australia – Sharing Expertise and our New 2019 VetCare Catalogue

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B. BraunB. Braun is one of the world’s leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions today. Every service that B. Braun provides incorporates the entirety of our knowledge and skills, the company’s deep understanding of users’ needs, and extensive expertise since 1839. With its constantly growing portfolio of effective medical care solutions, B. Braun makes a substantial contribution towards protecting and improving people’s health. In total, the B. Braun product range comprises 5,000 different products, 95 percent of which are manufactured by the company. By offering supplementary services and consulting, B. Braun is a system supplier that develops the best solution for patients in close partnership with our customers, making a significant contribution to medical advancements.


B Braun 2019 Catalogue


B. Braun are pleased to announce the launch of our new VetCare Catalogue. The new catalogue is categorised into 11 main therapy areas that are relevant to clinical practice. Beneath each therapy area is the sub section that allows you to locate specific items by name and indication. We have added hundreds of new products from Hand Hygiene, Wound Care, Sterile Containers, Surgical Instruments and all the way through to Infusion Systems.

Our comprehensive and innovative range of quality products and services sets new standards in medical technology and establishes B. Braun as the competent partner to the veterinary healthcare industry.

  • Wound Closure Technology (Sutures, Mesh, Glue, Haemostasis)
  • IV Therapy (Infusion Devices, Fluids)
  • Wound Care (Solutions, dressings and bandages)
  • Infection Prevention and Hand Hygiene
  • Aesculap Surgical Instruments, Orthopaedic Implants and Power Systems
  • Grooming / Clipping Equipment
  • Surgical Asset Management
  • Aesculap Technical Services (Instrument repair facility – Sydney)
  • Automated Infusion Services (Infusion system repair facility – Sydney)

B. Braun’s global philosophy “Sharing Expertise™” is both an aspiration and a promise we strive for.  Our strength lies in the extensive experience and knowledge of our people and their commitment to sharing their expertise with our customers and each other.



21/05/2019 |
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