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Supervet

What makes a good vet?

As a student on placement, I’m often in awe of the vets I’m working with. The ability to take a history, examine …

keep-calm-and-trust-your-intuition

Intuition works

I recently had a male cat presented that was “just a bit quiet” – it wasn’t moving much and, uncharacteristically, had not eaten …

Standardbred trotter

IVSA SpringBreak in Naples

A friend who had attended an International Veterinary Students’ Association trip told me I should definitely attend any of its future events …

Using darkfield microscopy technique, this photomicrograph, magnified 400x, reveals the presence of spirochaete, or "corkscrew-shaped" bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Image courtesy CDC.

Diagnosis of Lyme disease

Diagnosis of Lyme’s disease is challenging and normally depends on evidence of exposure along with clinical signs and diagnostic tests. Tests for …

Meat is Murder

Should I be a vegetarian?

Vegetarianism can be quite the controversial topic, with many people choosing not to eat meat or particular types of meat for varying …

Cystocentesis

Hyperthyroidism and UTIs

Cats with hyperthyroidism are more vulnerable to bacterial UTIs. One study reported bacterial lower UTIs were diagnosed in 12% of hyperthyroid cats. Bacterial …

The opening in a GE Signa MRI machine © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons

Diagnosis of diabetes insipidus

There are three basic causes for diabetes insipidus (DI): a defect in antidiuretic hormone (ADH); a defect in the kidney’s response to …

Vet examines cat

Feline asthma

A young cat in good condition with a history of coughing and mixed dyspnoea with increased abdominal effort on expiration is most …

Burnt out student

The possibility of failure

A week before the December exams, I found myself making the five-hour train journey south to not-so-sunny Leicestershire for the first time since I …