an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary science at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West.

COM­PAN­ION an­i­mal medicine mir­rors hu­man medicine in many ways.

Your lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian is a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner, treat­ing all man­ner of ail­ments and in­juries in a va­ri­ety of species.

But did you know that, just as in hu­man medicine, vet­eri­nar­i­ans can spe­cialise?

Spe­cial­ists un­der­take ex­ten­sive fur­ther study, in­clud­ing a res­i­dency, as well as pub­li­ca­tions and sit­ting ex­am­i­na­tions.

They have in-depth knowl­edge about a par­tic­u­lar area, such as der­ma­tol­ogy, neu­rol­ogy, on­col­ogy or oph­thal­mol­ogy, and may per­form some pro­ce­dures not per­formed by reg­u­lar vets.

For ex­am­ple, while your vet­eri­nar­ian may per­form gen­eral sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, such as de­sex­ing or lump re­movals, spe­cial­ist sur­geons per­form ad­vanced pro­ce­dures, such as spinal surgery or hip re­place­ments.

Your reg­u­lar vet­eri­nar­ian will treat a range of eye con­di­tions, but oph­thal­mol­o­gists can per­form ad­vanced pro­ce­dures, such as re­moval of cataracts.

Your pet will usu­ally need a re­fer­ral to con­sult a vet­eri­nary spe­cial­ist.

If you are re­ferred to a spe­cial­ist, your vet­eri­nar­ian will stay in con­tact with them, re­ceiv­ing re­ports about any tests and treat­ments. Your reg­u­lar vet may also per­form fol­low-up tests. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

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