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Hypothermic snakes

Reptiles, being cold blooded, are dependent on the environment to provide sufficient heat. If they get cold, their metabolism can become so …

I’m a bit of a grammar nazi, so getting involved in editing has been a lot of fun.

Finding the words

I enjoy writing about my experiences, but I also enjoy reading about others. I’m also a bit (or a lot) of a …

Histiocytoma on the ear of a boxer dog.

Histiocytomas in dogs

Histiocytomas are common, benign skin tumours that begin in the immune cells. They usually present as small, firm, dome or button-shaped masses …

dog and horse

Careless whisper

“I’d like you to have a look at her back end. There’s something… well there’s something not quite right.” The thin lady …


Curse of the idiot box

“Television: the scourge of the nation, breeding ignorance and feeding radiation.” Those who recognise The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy may realise I’m not …


Radiograph exposure

Nurses are usually great at radiographic technique, with the flip side that vets are often quite poor at it. If you find … gjenero

The wrong end of the telephone

A couple of weeks ago, I received the phone call I’ve been dreading since moving away to university. My horse had had …


Giardia in cats

Giardia lamblia is a protozoan parasite found in the small intestine of vertebrates. The most common cause of transmission in cats is …

Oscar Wilde


“I’ll never forgive you for this. Never.” The man whispered the words in my ear through his tears as I picked up …

Wage packet

A fair wage for fair hours?

Reading up on the legislation regarding working hours and the national minimum wage (NMW) I discovered that, if you work extra hours unpaid …

Meshed skin graft

Meshed skin grafts

Meshed skin grafts have several advantages over non-meshed grafts. Meshing is the creation of several rows of staggered, parallel incisions into a …

Drugs of the devil

Drugs of the devil

I’m not going to tell you how long ago I was at university, but I will say it was in a different …

Decibutus lateral

Decubitus lateral view of chest

This view is particularly useful for demonstrating small pneumothoraces, emphysema or loculated pleural fluid. The animal is placed in lateral recumbency. To demonstrate …