Dr. Lucy & Dr. Maria have completed their Fear Free Certification Program and have now joined Nurse Ally as certified Fear Free Professionals. We are so proud of their achievements and their determination to reduce the stress on pets when they visit the vet and that improves outcomes for our pets, our owners and our team.
Giving up one of their own weekends to drive to Warrnambool for this workshop presented by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Briana and Ally enjoyed a day learning about our cuddly native “not-bears” (did you know that technically the koala isn’t a bear? I didn’t). Briana reports that they shared a very informative day learning about koalas in the wild – their social groups, behaviours and very specific home ranges. This knowledge was then extended to how to safely catch and handle koalas and how best to care for them in an emergency situation.
Fear Free Certification Program
This month Dr. Lucy, Dr. Maria and Ally enrolled in this American program to achieve certification as a Fear Free Professional. We are sure that this program will improve the quality of our offering to your pets by attempting to reduce or remove the stress that can be associated with visits to the BVC.
State of the Heart – Cardiorespiratory Conference
Dr. Maria spent 4 days in Sydney at this extremely interesting and intellectually stimulating examination of cardiorespiratory conditions in companion animals. Dr. Maria said her most important takeaway was that with the advances in pharmaceuticals there are many more options for older pets who cough and she will be expanding her treatment options to improve their standard of care and quality of life.
Feliway Cat Handling Program
This month many of the team completed their Feliway Cat Handling Program. Treina, Ally, Laura, Briana, Natalie, Lisa & Richard are all furthering their knowledge to ensure we provide safe, inviting experiences for cats at the BVC. Course materials supplied by International Cat Care.
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