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Weekly words

The weekend is coming to an end and that surely means back to the working routine tomorrow. Sunday evening lamenting can often be a weekly reoccurrence for some, but speaking from a personal perspective there is nothing like having a job that doesn’t result in absolute dread when the weekend finishes. So with that, put up the feet on this fine evening, grab a cup of tea, finish this quick read and get the telly set for Fair City. (RTE One at 8.30pm, for anyone wondering!)

Diving straight into all the news from last week, the online news forums had a number of interesting veterinary topics to sieve through. At the beginning of the week, the brought us a story of Irish vets looking to ban brachycephalic dogs in advertisements. The campaign comes about in an effort to stop ‘flat faced’ breeds becoming even more popular than they already are. Breeds such Pugs, Bull dogs, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and others are adored by many dog lovers but their unmistakable short noses makes them a vets nightmares for respiratory problems. According to the report, Veterinary Ireland members have set a goal for all flat faced dogs born in Ireland to breath with ease by 2030. Good luck with that!

It seems, as reported by the Sunday Times, that the island of Inis Mor is having a feral cat epidemic. The people have become concerned with the outrageous numbers of feral cats lurking about the largest of the Aran Islands. In an effort to rescue the natives, vets have held a mass neutering event in the community hall. Cats are trapped, anaesthetised, spayed, ear clipped and released. Dealing with feral cats is no easy task. Their lack of human interaction makes them difficult to handle and all the more dangerous. We certainly commend the vets and volunteers involved.

From feral cats to wild nurses, this weekend was the annual IVNA Congress held in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. The committee once again devised a great line up of speakers and an enjoyable weekend for everyone attending. A special word of congratulations to the IVNA award winners, Jennifer Carroll – RVN of the year, Nicole Yong Ming – SVN of the year and Vicky Fenlon – Practice Manager of the year.  Looking forward to IVNA Congress 2019 already!

Finally, a short word to the final year vet med and vet nursing students sitting exams at the moment. As Nelson Mandela once said – ‘It always seems impossible until its done’ – You’ve got this!


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