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Independent Office of Animal Welfare

For as long as animals continue to be defined as ‘property’ and animal suffering is measured against political and economic interest, poor welfare outcomes for animals are inevitable. It is widely accepted that our current political and judicial systems do not deliver adequate protection for animals. Government departments and ministers whose role it is to …
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Helping Pets When Disaster Strikes

After a firestorm hit Dunalley in Tasmania, a temporary vet facility provided treatment to wildlife and domestic pets. Vets united to provide free services for affected animals whether those animals were owned, lost, stray or abandoned. Participating vets provided emergency treatment and then organised onward transportation to vet clinics or animal shelters. Where the suffering …
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Say Hello to Vetico

Animal Welfare League Australia is partnering with the team at Vetico, a new online Pet Health Community. The online veterinary information site for pet owners has been created by vets and members of the veterinary industry to provide reliable up to date content. Vetico’s Chief Veterinarian, Dr Nick Wonders recognises that pet owners often go …
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Tails of the Boss

Several studies have suggested that animals in the workplace bring benefits to staff productivity and morale. Perhaps tradesmen have known this all along – it would explain why canines are unofficial supervisors on many a building site. The Australian Tax Office allows tradesmen to claim their dog as a tax deduction. Expenses like vet and …
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Making the Rounds with Oscar

What would we miss if we didn’t have pets? Answers vary, depending on why we chose to have pets in the first place. Mostly, when we interact with companion animals, our faces say it all – we smile a whole lot more when pets are around. In his book, Making the Rounds with Oscar, Doctor …
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