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Vet Nurse

  • Diabetes is on the rise in dogs and cats. But it can be prevented or optimally-managed by educating pet owners.

    A recent study showed a 32% spike in diabetes in dogs in the USA as at 2011. As with human health, American trends are often replicated in other English-speaking countries such as Australia. The findings in a major study in the USA in 2011 using pet veterinary data collected from 2006 to 2010 shows a 32% spike in diabetes in dogs and a 16% spike in feline diabetes. It is of concern to Australian pet owners and those working in the veterinary profession. Diabetes can be prevented or optimally managed by educating pet owners and the general public on how to best care for their beloved pets. And veterinary nurses and technicians are on the frontlines when it comes to liaising with pet owners and educating them to understand how lifestyle changes will benefit their pet and also how to implement insulin therapy at home. Most veterinary nurses work in the profession because of a deep and abiding love and respect for animals and their welfare. They are often the veterinarians' trusted right hand and go-between with the veterinariand and the owners. They are the staff tasked with: