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The beginning of veterinary path: from theory to practice
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The beginning of veterinary path: from theory to practice

When a young graduate of veterinary medicine starts to work in a small animal practice he’s usually very confident and full of theoretical knowledge. But what he lacks is experiences or as older colleagues would call it: »intuition« or »gut feeling«. And with first patients start first frustrations and pressures that young vet needs to go through. Let’s imagine a few situations.     • A dog comes to a veterinary clinic because of vomiting and diarrhea. Did he just eat some rubbish on his walk and would be o.k. tomorrow (with or without treatment) or is this a sign of a more serious disease process? How many diagnostic tests should be done? Bloodwork, urine analysis, maybe diagnostic imaging? In which order? (Let’s keep in mind we are spending owner’s money and we are not supposed to do any unnecessary tests). On the clinical examination, does this dog really have a painful abdomen or is this just a case of a nervous dog that reacts to every interaction with a veterinarian?     • Early spring – season of a kennel cough. Patient after patient comes with the same anamnesis: »Dog started coughing all of a sudden and at the end, there is some retching. It could be something stuck in his throat.« First patients get proper clinical examination but after a 10th patient from the neighborhood with the same clinical signs in the same day, let’s admit it. It gets boring. And at the end of the shift, half an hour before leaving with full head, empty stomach and full urinary bladder arrives an old dog that coughs a bit differently. For a young vet, it might be misleading that this is another case of a kennel cough and treats him rutinely but this dog might die due to undiagnosed cardiac disease and pulmonary edema.    • Owners bring in an outdoor cat that is losing weight but they can’t tell any history. They don’t know if she’s eating (because she’s sharing food with other cats) or if she has any other signs of disease, they don’t even know how old is she. And on top of it, they tell in advance that they won’t be able to give her any medications at home. What now when it can’t be done »by the book«? The cat is extremely aggressive, it is impossible to do a clinical examination. Is it safe to sedate her to take blood? What if it has chronic kidney disease and the owners might sue the veterinarian for medical error? Why take all the risk if it could just be the case of sarcopenia of an old cat?    This kind of frustrations fade away with years and professional life...

“SECOND OPINION”
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“SECOND OPINION”

A client comes into my examination room: »We have already seen some other veterinarian and they have ruined our dog! We spent so much money and came nowhere, actually the condition got even worse. Now we came to you, we want you to cure our dog.« … Ugh … Probably we all have experienced something...

Veterinary history
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Veterinary history

Veterinary medicine has crossed a long, revolutionary road since its beginnings, from few thousands of years BC to modern veterinary clinician who has a wide variety of skills and tools available and who always strives to improve and upgrade his knowledge. Although its main focus is on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease in non-human...

Internal medicine
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Internal medicine

As a veterinarian, you got into the field of medicine mostly for one reason—because you care about animals. In order to enhance and extend their lives, there are times when primary care veterinarians must turn to a trusted partner for added expertise, education, specialty advice or access to the latest and greatest technology. The primary...

Why the future belongs to clinicians with strong business acumen
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Why the future belongs to clinicians with strong business acumen

The competition Once upon a time, small veterinary practices competed with the other small guy down the street. Those days are long behind us. Several decades ago, the first veterinary chain emerged in the USA. Since then, Banfield, VCA, NVA, VetCor etc have bought and built hundreds of clinics. In the UK, a number of...

Neurology
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Neurology

We are pleased to announce the first of serial OKEAN Veterinary Neurology Courses from 07 – 08 of July 2018 in Belgrade, Pančevo. Our goal is to provide a forum for addressing innovations, issues and complications in veterinary neurology. Designed for veterinarians and neurology specialists, OKEAN neurology meetings will develop and broaden our knowledge and...

Why Neurology?
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Why Neurology?

THE NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION AND LOCALISATION  HOW TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SEE AND KNOW IF IT IS NORMAL OR ABNORMAL The neurological examination is one of the most important and cost-effective tools in clinical neurology.   The two aims of a neurological examination are:   To determine if the nervous system is affected in a disease process (to detect the...

What clinicians expect from a course?
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What clinicians expect from a course?

Eja, Slovenia   Veterinary medicine has skyrocketed in last decades. Pets are treated as family members so their owners demand the best treatment for them, often at the level of human medicine.  As a general practitioner, I feel big pressure to provide them the best solutions for their problems, so I have to be up...

Belgrade intro
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Belgrade intro

Belgrade is an urban gem of Eastern Europe. It is situated at the unique crossroads, where east meets west, and where traditional and contemporary are often blended into one. Besides numerous historic landmarks, excellent food and famous hospitality, Belgrade is best known for its nightlife. From urban clubs, floating river bars, laid back restaurants and...