20 Ways to Drive Your Vet Crazy!

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20 Ways to Drive Your Vet Crazy!

The Exotic Pet Vet Blog

annoying owner

I recently asked veterinary surgeons from across the globe on an online forum to tell me their top three pet hates (pardon the pun) about veterinary clients and the behaviours that drive them crazy. As vets we deal with people from all walks of life, some who love their pets more than anything and some who unfortunately don’t. We also have a lot of frustration and stress in this job directly related to dealing with clients, and trying to keep them happy despite often very unrealistic demands and expectations. Although most clients are lovely and a pleasure to deal with, many vets will tell you that it only takes a few frustrating clients in your working week to make you wonder why you entered the profession in the first place! So here’s some of the common examples of ways to sap us of all our energy and good will. Please take note, and appreciate the…

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The biologist in the ashram (with a walk-on by Harpo Marx)

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Life long learning – inspirational

Anita Guerrini

12 September 2015

A week ago I drove up to Portland with my grad student Elizabeth to interview the biologist John Tyler Bonner.

John Tyler Bonner, photo from Princeton Alumni Weekly, 2013 John Tyler Bonner, photo from Princeton Alumni Weekly, 2013

We were both amused, or bemused, by the declaration of the Institutional Review Board at Oregon State that the interview did not qualify as research (and therefore did not need IRB approval, a good thing) and wondered what we would learn.  As readers of this blog know, I’m a historian of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and my knowledge of the history of modern biology is pretty sketchy.  Elizabeth’s interest in Bonner’s work was related to her research on the British biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948), who also worked in natural history, classics, and a few other things.  Bonner had abridged Thompson’s enormous 1917 study On_Growth_and_FormOn Growth and Form in the early 1960s – the abridgement is still…

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The Husbandry and Feeding of Veterinarians (for new owners)

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The Husbandry and Feeding of Veterinarians (for new owners)

Claws Carefully Sheathed

Congratulations on your new relationship! Partnering with a veterinarian is not without its challenges, but with some care and effort you can make things work. Here are a few pointers to help you maximize the bond with your veterinarian.

1. Veterinarians are omnivores – unless they are vegetarians. You’ll have to figure out which type you have. Start out by offering a nice mid-rare steak. If your veterinarian looks ineffably sad and turns away, you have a vegetarian. Eat the steak yourself and turn on fans to vent the smell of cooked flesh, then offer your veterinarian a nice pasta or salad. Timbits

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Red-throated Caracara predation paper in PLOS ONE!

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Red-throated Caracara predation paper in PLOS ONE!. This is a fantastic integration of scientific discovery and public education via multimedia presentations.  This effort that builds curiosity  and creates relevance for the general public readers.  Wouldn’t it be great to have all research share with the public this way?  Well done.