Monday, March 27, 2017

Free symposium for cat lovers and a question about graphic medicine

Cats, cat on bookshelf, three legged cat
Do you want to know more about infectious diseases in cats? Hero was adopted from the Cat Protection Society almost five years ago. 

If you’re into cats, the Cat Protection Society (NSW) is hosting a symposium this weekend which is free for those who RSVP.

The symposium, on Saturday April 1 from 10am-12.30pm, will aim to address important questions like can we vaccinate against cancer? Is there hope for cats with FIV? Why did we see an outbreak of Feline panleukopaenia Virus in Sydney and what can we do about it?

The details are:
Feline Research Symposium
10am – 12.30pm, Saturday 1 April 2017
Centre for Veterinary Education
University of Sydney
Parramatta Road – entry via Western Avenue gates (opposite Ross St/Officeworks)

RSVP: 9519 7201 or email

If you’re into graphic medicine – comics about health, illness and medicine, this is a fantastic article discussing the use of comics to articulate the “hidden curriculum”. It shocks me that there remain people out there who treat interns and residents as lowly slaves yet turn around and exercise compassion to patients. It’s not something I’ve experienced as a veterinarian but I’ve heard the odd horror story and we have our own “hidden curriculum”.

The concept of an elective dedicated to studying graphic medicine and the human (or non-human as it were) side of veterinary science really appeals.

I’d love to know from any SAT readers, are you aware of any good “pathographies” of the veterinary or other kind?

Are you aware of veterinarians contributing to graphic medicine? Drop us a line!

Declaration: I am a supporter of the Cat Protection Society and do some veterinary work for them.