Monthly Archives: December 2017

Episode 11: Goodbye 2017

Having (just) recovered from their Christmas festivities, including a face-to-face catch up in Melbourne, Mark and Brendan reminisce over the happenings in 2017. They look into their crystal ball for 2018 and consider the future of veterinary science. We receive a fascinating email from a subscriber in Singapore, who educates us on the otter population in Singapore. In other news we report of a fire at London Zoo, person is killed in the USA from a dog attack, and we discuss an article about Christmas and dogs. Mark is concerned about the low genetic diversity of ferrets in some geographical locations, and is looking younger due to his skiing.

Our main topic this episode is our thoughts on the year about to end and what to expect in 2018 – what is the outlooks for graduates? What are the likely popular species of pets?

We wish all our subscribers and listeners a wonderful New Year and a safe and happy 2018. We look forward to talking to you soon… and don’t forget to send us an email to say hi.


Singapore smooth coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata):

London Zoo reopens fire

I won’t be alone at Christmas – I have a dog

Dogs kill person in USA

Low genetic diversity in ferrets

The 20 hardest jobs to fill in Australia

Low-altitude skiing can slow down aging

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Episode 10: Christmas Special

Ho Ho Ho. In this special edition Mark and Brendan spread some Christmas cheer. Each of us review items for use over the holiday period – some veterinary based and some not.

In news we talk about the world’s heaviest flying bird and a fossil named after Darth Vader.

Looking for some new equipment to spice up your practice? Then consider the great fold-away and portable Buster ICU enclosure, which will pay for itself in no time. Or keep your patients toasty with the aptly named HotDog pet warming system. The Rycom non-contact clinical thermometer is a useful temperature measurement gadget that Mark uses – 5.9/10.

Suprelorin (deslorelin) implants are reviewed by Mark, as well as bird foraging video.

Tired of vet life and need something to take your mind off work? Look no further than the intriguing documentary about Vivian Maier. It’s a great true mystery documentary about a street photographer and excellent viewing even for those with little interest in photography, as it is also about the human condition and is very poignant. 9.2 out of 10 From Brendan.

A novel to read over the Christmas break is Artemis. It is a science fiction novel set on the moon by the author of The Martian, which was made into a film starring Matt Damon. Artemis is the story of Jazz, a small time smuggler on the moon and her adventures. A fun, fast paced, easy to read novel perfect for the post Christmas period, recommended by Brendan. Or consider the book The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a thought provoking read for the holiday period.

A non-fiction text to consider is the Avian Anatomy, Textbook and colour atlas. This second edition text is a high quality production

For some Christmas cheer consider a beer from the Grand Ridge Brewery, located in Mirboo North, east of Melbourne, Australia in the Gippsland region.


Hot Dog Veterinary Patient warming system

Kruuse Buster ICU enclosure: A PDF detailing the enclosure can be found here; It can be purchased in Australia from various suppliers including Sound Veterinary Supplies

Foraging for birds

Suprelorin (deslorelin) implants information for ferrets here

The Finding Vivian Maier movie is listed on IMDB. The official movie trailer is on YouTube. You can view many of her amazing street photos on the official website

Artemis novel by Andy Weir, the author of The Martian.

Avian anatomy textbook and colour Atlas

Grand Ridge Brewery

Rycom non-contact clinical thermometer

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The comedy wildlife photography competition winners can be viewed here.

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Episode 9: Turtle Soup

This pre-Christmas special of the Vet Podcast is for the week ending December 22, 2017.

In news, the genome of the Tasmanian Tiger has been sequenced and we discuss the consequences. Mark reveals that an extinct marsupial has been ‘rediscovered’, and we list 8 things about Guinea Pigs that you may or may not know. Spotted recently in Tibet has been Snow Leopards.

The Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) syndrome in Turtles is the main discussion this week. Brendan and Mark chat about calcium and Vitamin D metabolism, the diagnosis of, and treatment options, of MBD in chelonians. Included is a discussion of turtle diets – and the poor prognosis of turtles presented to clinics as ‘turtle soup’.


Tasmanian Tiger genome sequenced

Crest-tailed Mulgara rediscovered

Snow Leopards spotted in Eastern Tibet for the first time. Also see these stunning photos of snow leopards.

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Episode 8: Rats

Lots of news this week: Vets save lions from illegal zoo in Bulgaria. Australian vets no longer require licensing for examining dogs and cats for export. Mark walks on the wild side with his experience dealing with venomous animals, and we discuss pigeon brains. Brendan provides some insider tips to Melbourne culture and explains why the ‘magic’ is his new favourite beverage and how it can help you discern the good from the bad coffee establishments. The final news item is that the Magpie have been voted Australia’s favourite bird, though Brendan and Mark have other thoughts.

We launch out Patreon site where subscribers can help by ‘throwing us a bone’ and kicking in a donation to keep the VetGurus podcast going.

Mark shines a light on the WolfEyes Tactical torch in a product review.

The main topic this week is rat care. The basics of preventative health for pet rodents are discussed, including diet, desexing, environmental enrichment and geriatric care.


Melbourne’s Magic coffee is for coffee lovers. Find out more about the types of coffee you can get in Melbourne at this website or here

An overview of the Australian Magpie.

Vets save lions from illegal zoo in Bulgaria. Article from Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Pigeon brains

Wolf eyes tactical beam wildlife torch

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Episode 7: Yolkal

This week we have an update on the Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program in the news section, together with a dramatic follow up regarding rabbits and their flatulence. The main topic this week is a discussion of egg coelomitis and egg binding. What species are prone to these conditions, how do we treat, and what is the prognosis?

We are very excited about our upcoming Christmas special. The special will have lots of reviews – both veterinary and non veterinary. Send us a link to any products you think we should include in the special. Email us at


Tasmania Government official Orange-bellied Parrot Facebook site

Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program

Definition of Yolkal from the Urban Dictionary

Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association

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