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All posts in November, 2011

When people find out what I do for a living, they often talk about how long it takes to become a vet. 5 years! they say.  Isn’t that longer than it takes to train a doctor?

And it does seem a long slog at the time. But as with most professionals, a vet’s education doesn’t end at graduation.

All practising veterinary surgeons must maintain and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills, in order to make continuous improvements to the standard of service they provide to their patients and clients.

Currently the recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over three years . This is an average of 35 hours per year. (continue reading…)

I have blogged about our sound-phobic collie in the previous post, ‘About Dogs and Fireworks’, here.

The Old Boy is not severely phobic. He doesn’t destroy things, but he does follow us from room to room painting and holding his tail between his legs. When he really can’t cope, he goes upstairs and hides in the shower.

We’ve always just managed his fear by ignoring his behaviour and letting him follow us around when he wants. I’ve tried a DAP diffuser, but it didn’t seem to help, and I don’t want to try drugs as his last blood test showed he has raised liver enzymes.

His behaviour doesn’t really  impact on us, but it’s clear that he’s scared by fireworks. So when I read about Thundershirts, I thought they might be worth a go. (continue reading…)