Category Archives: Wildlife

212: You’re goanna love this!



News

‘Cool science’: Blue-tongued lizards in biological arms race for survival

2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists named

VetGurus Etsy Store is live

VetGurus Shop

We are excited to announce that the VetGurus Etsy merchandise sore is now live. After many requests for VetGurus branded merchandise we have finally developed a VetGurus range of quirky, distinctive branded items for you to purchase.

Note than any VetGurus item purchased with help support our podcast. We make a very small percentage (around 2-5%) profit from each item sold, with all proceeds going towards paying for our production costs. So the bonus for you is that you get some great merchandise and you feel good inside for supporting us – win:win.

So click on this link and get shopping. Order now to get before Christmas: VetGurus Shop.

Main Topic: Varanid medicine

This week we cover medicine of the varanidae family, commonly/loosely referred to as the monitor lizards. This includes the ‘goannas’ of Australasia. Sit back, listen in and enjoy!

Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!

Support our Sponsors

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

About Our Podcast

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


211: You mite have heard this one before?



News

VetGurus Etsy Store is live

VetGurus Shop

We are excited to announce that the VetGurus Etsy merchandise sore is now live. After many requests for VetGurus branded merchandise we have finally developed a VetGurus range of quirky, distinctive branded items for you to purchase.

Note than any VetGurus item purchased with help support our podcast. We make a very small percentage (around 2-5%) profit from each item sold, with all proceeds going towards paying for our production costs. So the bonus for you is that you get some great merchandise and you feel good inside for supporting us – win:win.

So click on this link and get shopping. Order now to get before Christmas: VetGurus Shop.

Main Topic: Reptile Mites revistied

See covered reptile mites way back in Episode 81 (May 3, 2019). Since this is a common topic if interest to both new and experienced vets, we thought it was time to revisit this topic.

Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!

Support our Sponsors

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

About Our Podcast

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


210: Float



News

Main Topic: Buoyancy issues in turtles

We all like to be heading along on an even keel, even turtles. This week Mark and Brendan discuss buoyancy issues in turtles (freshwater and seawater). Some chelonians have ingenious methods to regulate buoyancy, however we tend to see unwanted buoyancy issues in pet turtles. We cover the basics for determining the cause of these issues and how to address them.

Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!

Support our Sponsors

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

About Our Podcast

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


209: Sweet-talk



News

Mystery of Christmas Island’s reptile-killer solved

Vets identify gene responsible for feline tooth resorption

Main Topic: Manuka Honey

We discuss the use of honey in wounds. Is it of any use? is Manuka honey better than other types of honey? Mark and Brendan get the answers.. maybe.

Don’t be Shy – say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!


About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.


Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our sponsors

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


206: Life



News

Main Topic: Day in the Life Of…

Are you coping with life as a veterinarian or veterinary technician/nurse? This week Mark and Brendan cover some tips and tricks of how they cope with the stressors of daily life in our profession.

Say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!

About our Podcast

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our Sponsors

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


204: Quack



News

Main Topic

Euthanasia of ducks: how to do it! We dive into this topic this week.

Say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.

Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

Support Our Sponsors

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


203: Hooked



News

Geronimo the alpaca is on death row in Britain. Even Boris Johnson’s dad wants him saved

Dexter Kruger, Australia’s oldest man, dies aged 111

Review

Brendan reviews a battery powered foetal monitor. It’s a simple 3MHz ultrasound machine designed for parents to monitor humann foetuses at home. Not only does it provide a quick and easy way to monitor hearts (especially good for reptiles) in consultations, it’s cheap as chips! He give it an 8.6.

Main Topic

Fish hooks and animals – not a great combination. We discuss the challenges of dealing with fish caught in wildlife (and pets).

Don’t be Shy – say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!


About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.


Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our sponsors

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


202: hear ye, hear ye!



News

It’s all news this week. Let Mark and Brendan get you up to speed with all the best news stories.

First human case of H10N3 bird flu in China

Plastic in Galapagos seawater, beaches and animals

Research reveals microplastic content levels in seafood

Study suggests it’s common for pets to catch COVID-19 from their owners

Vaccine target for devastating livestock disease could change lives of millions

A partial skeleton reveals the world’s oldest known shark attack

Don’t be Shy – say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!


About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.


Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our sponsors

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


201:Rad!



News

Leap of faith required to cook cicadas

Scientist are uncovering the wide-ranging effects of sounds heard before birth

Main Topic: Contrast Radiography in Birds

Zap! We cover the ins and outs of contrast radiography in birds. What it is, when to use it, risks, tips and tricks and more.

Don’t be Shy – say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!


About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.


Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our sponsors

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.


200: Double Ton: 200th Episode



200th Episode

This week we celebrate our 200th Episode. Wooohooo! It’s been a fantastic journey since we published Episode 1 on November 1, 2017. We never thought we’d last for more than a few months, let alone 200 episodes, and it’s thanks to our loyal subscribers that keep us coming back to the microphone each week. Thank YOU!

A big thank you to our long term sponsors – Microchips Australia, Specialised Animal Nutrition (Oxbow Australia) and Chemical Essentials. They have stuck with us and helped pay the hosting and website bills – thanks guys!

News

This cuddly ‘fat ball’ is the newest cousin to elephants and manatees

These beetles walk on water, upside down, underneath the surface

Don’t be Shy – say Hi!

Send us an email: VetGurus@Gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners – give us a yell now!


About our Podcast

Our podcast is for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses/technicians. If you are at pet owner please search elsewhere – there are lots of great podcasts aimed specifically at pet owners.

The veterinary podcast about veterinary medicine and surgery, current news items of interest, case reports and anecdotes. Wait: It’s not all about veterinary matters! We also discuss other areas we are passionate about, including photography and wildlife. Thanks for joining us – Brendan and Mark.


Become a Patron

Become a Patron of VetGurus: Support us by ‘throwing a bone’ to the VetGurus – a small regular donation to help pay for our production costs. It’s easy; just go to our Patreon site. You can be a rabbit.. or an echidna.. one day we are hoping for a Guru level patron! https://www.patreon.com/VetGurus

Support our sponsors

Specialised Animal Nutrition. Specialised Animal Nutrition is the Australian distributor of Oxbow Animal Health products. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians around the globe,  the Oxbow range comprises premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small herbivores.

Chemical Essentials. Cleaning and disinfection products and solutions for a wide variety of industries throughout Australia, as well as specific markets in New Zealand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. The sole importer of the internationally acclaimed F10SC Disinfectant and its related range of advanced cleaning, personal hygiene and animal skin care products.

Microchips Australia: Microchips Australia is the Australian distributor for: Trovan microchips, readers and reading systems; Lone Star Veterinary Retractor systems and Petrek GPS tracking products. Microchips Australia is run by veterinarians experienced in small and large animal as well as avian and exotic practice, they know exactly what is needed for your practice.

Disclaimer

Any discussion of medical or veterinary matters is of a general nature. Consult a veterinarian with experience in the appropriate field for specific information relating to topics mentioned in our podcast or on our website.