Backyard chickens may seem free and happy, but are at increased risk of contracting diseases from wild birds.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats.
Have a cat who just loves to scratch? Declawing is a major surgery that comes with serious long-term side effects – and it might not solve the problem anyway.
It’s true they do have an amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both.
Horses can stand on three legs and rest the other leg. They can change the leg they rest so that all of their legs get a chance to have a break.
Pounds and shelters are not happy places for dogs to stay in for a long time, though. So everyone tries to find an unwanted dog a new home as quickly as possible.
Different councils and different rescue organisations can have different rules about how long they can keep animals.
What’s the best way to remember a beloved pet?
Backyard burial for your beloved animals raises some surprising problems.
Many Australians bring injured wild animals to vets, but not many people know what happens next.
Vets treat largely treat injured wildlife for free, whenever they have time.
Did anyone check the number of candles on here?
Based on his age in 'dog years,' could your animal pal legally buy alcohol? Or would he be cashing in on his senior discount? Veterinarians are more interested in life stage than a particular number.
Yes Niles, but are you really happy?
Molly Glassey/Staff dog
Here are ten common misconceptions about what dogs need and how they communicate with us. Plus, a gallery of reader and staff dog pictures!
Things don’t always go according to plan.
More than half of vets consider a change of job, despite considerable financial, emotional and intellectual investment.
Pet obesity often says more about an owner’s relationship with their pet than the animal itself.
More than half of dogs and cats around the globe are overweight. Are well-intentioned owners to blame?
Let’s just go our separate ways.
Sometimes a dog can have very good reasons for hating its humans.
Puppies are at the highest risk from a new strain of canine parvovirus discovered for the first time in Australia.
A new form of the highly contagious canine parovirus has been found in Australia. The strain has been found in vaccinated dogs.
What does it cost to be a veterinarian?
Students aspiring to veterinary education are investing in the hope that it will return value. The reality, however, is different.
Not so different?
Greater collaboration between medicine and veterinary science would give us a better chance of tackling common health problems.
Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business” in Monrovia, Liberia, January 15 2015.
Along with better strategies to respond to outbreaks in human populations, we need a stronger focus on surveillance in animals to identify infectious diseases before they pose a risk to human health.
Emergencies can happen at the zoo. Staff train to be prepared.
You need only look at the papers or television news to see the reports. Infectious disease outbreaks, weather emergencies and disasters both natural and man-made. They’re all not just threats to human…
Australia’s reputation for strict farming standards helped its beef industry weather the BSE crisis.
Malcolm Paterson/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons
Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…
It is always heart-breaking when children are injured by family dogs, and tragic when it leads to a death. Emotions understandably run high and there are calls for “something to be done”. Often the focus…
Bad-tempered hippo says: start running.
The hippopotamus is among the world’s largest creatures on land, only elephants and some species of rhino are larger. Hippos…
Greyhounds, much like some humans, see a rise in their blood pressure in response to a doctor’s visit. Researchers from Ohio…