Thursday, January 22, 2015

Email management, digital veterinary pharmacology handbook and an airport for animals

Juvenile Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps).

Its been hectic here at SAT HQ. I'm currently trying a new husbandry routine with the guinea pigs, monitoring a certain cat for recurrent urinary tract dramas, trying to persuade said cat to eat a prescription diet (I know Hero, sometimes I forget who is boss), running around trying to retrieve said cat from rooftops (not necessarily mine), and fostering a post-op bearded dragon which involves, among other things, ensuring exposure to adequate UVB light to prevent metabolic bone disease. 

And that's between some other important projects. 

Sometimes I feel though that before I can get to those I have to make sure I've responded to emails. Do you ever feel like these eat your brain? Daniel Levitin wrote this fantastic article about coping with information overload.

Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook has been updated and fully digitalised. Or is that digitised? In my mind this is the best pharmacology handbook in the veterinary universe. Great in general practice but also good for pharmacology assignments (students take note) and a good read if you are so inclined (I've not read it cover to cover but have a colleague who reads whole textbooks cover to cover - she devotes six hours to the task every week)(don't think she's read Plumb's yet?).

ER and techy vet Caleb Frankel worked on the project and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the VMD technology blog here.

Finally I am one of many many people who would like to see air travel more friendly for animals. This article is pinched from the mainstream press and leaves a few gaps but the concept of an animal airport is interesting. When I read about it (which was, I admit, in the early hours of the morning) I had a vision of dogs running security and getting humans to sniff the luggage. Have a look here.