First Aid & Animal Cancer Education Evening

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On Monday evening, I attended an information evening at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) at Albany Creek along with a number of Aussie Pooch Mobile operators and other pet industry guests.

Well, what a fantastic night! The speakers, topics covered and venue were all awesome.

BVSC is a purpose built Veterinary Hospital to facilitate the highest level of specialized care and to provide students with a learning environment.

Rodney Straw BVSc., DACVS commenced the evening with a talk on Cancer in pets and why we treat it! We were all amazed at the options available to pet owners and how many of the animals can be helped & even cured of cancer with various treatments such as radiation therapy, Chemo etc.

Carole Harvey-Stevenson then covered Animal First Aid. Carole works in the Brisbane Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Service (BVECCS) that also operators from the same building. Carole was a delight to listen to, with most of us in bursts of laughter throughout her talk. I would recommend all pet owners familiarise themselves with basic first aid because it can help to minimise the suffering and recovery of their animal.
Karlene Bradley then spoke about Grief, loss & sickness counseling. This was important for our operator to learn as we do deal with the loss of customers dogs on occasion and since we have built such a bond with the owner and the dog we want to be able to offer some comfort during these times.

Finally we were all then given a VIP tour of the facilities, which to say the least was very impressive. I can tell you that I would even be comfortable having myself treated there. The staff are all passionate about what they do and appear to just love being a part of such a facility.

I know that we all took something positive away from the evening and learnt a lot about how to further care for our animals.

The seminar was sponsored Pets In Peace, Pet Funeral Directors & Crematorium who ensure that your family friend will always be treated with professional care in a modern professionally operated facility.

The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation Limited is a not for profit organization dedicated to cancer research to benefit animals & people. Funds are needed to help support research, donations over $2 are tax deductible and your help is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, contact the BVSC on 07 3264 9400.

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