Veterinary Medicine

Letters to the Editor, April 24, 2013

Makeshift memorial near site of the bombings. Photo: AFP

I write as a former member of the Legislative Council. Throughout the history of Hong Kong, there has never been a level playing field.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am

Vaccine shortage hits Aussie horses for Champions Mile and QE II Cup

Glass Harmonium in action

There are 12 nominations from Australia for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 28 and the Champions Mile on May 5, although confirmation of such runners usually would not take place until after some major Group One meetings under way at the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Letters to the Editor, February 27, 2013

Francois Hollande is hurting France's economy. Photo: AFP

I refer to the report concerning the groundbreaking research into "brittle tail syndrome" in racehorses. The article, while correctly hailing the efforts of Professor Yuen Kwong-yung and his team at the University of Hong Kong, unfortunately overlooked the true extent of the collaboration between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and HKU.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 6 comments

SPCA accused of neutering stray cat twice

Ice-cream Boy's ears have been getting a lot of attention on Facebook. SPCA vets are accused of trying to desex him twice.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been accused of being overly zealous in trying to control the feral cat population - its vets apparently tried to neuter the same stray twice.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

World experts back plans for city veterinarian school

Vets can advise officials on how to manage the potential dangers of animal-related diseases. Photo: Dickson Lee

The facility would address the shortage of veterinarians in the city and help combat the mounting threat that animal-related diseases pose to people in the region.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

How can a dog operation cost more than human surgery? asks top surgeon

Dr Tom Mangan, president of the Hong Kong Veterinary Association, says high rents and a nursing shortage mean high fees. Photo: Dickson Lee

A medical specialist has questioned the size of vet bills in Hong Kong and asked how operations performed on animals can cost double the amount or more of similar hospital treatments carried out on people.

A basic consultation with a doctor, for instance, costs about HK$150. But vets can often charge double that.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:54pm 8 comments

Chief vet takes issue with trainer's jab

Chris Riggs, Head of the Veterinary Clinical Services of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Jockey Club's head of veterinary clinical services, Chris Riggs, said local racing risked going down the path of the drug-tainted American industry had vets not placed a limit on the use of cortisone injections in horses' joints at the start of this season, after the contentious issue came to a head at Sha Tin yesterday.

5 Nov 2012 - 4:33am

Strict stance on antibiotics

The Ministry of Health says it will enforce a strict regulation designed to curb the widespread overuse of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals this year amid concerns of an increase in drug-resistant diseases.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

City gets tougher on overuse of antibiotics

Beijing's municipal health department will downgrade hospitals that overuse antibiotics, making the capital the first known city to get tough on the rampant abuse of such drugs.

Among the problems of antibiotics overuse are that it leads to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria - so-called superbugs. Overuse could prove globally disastrous for infectious disease control.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK to feel bite of vet nurse shortage

The shutdown of a training programme for nurses could threaten the quality of veterinary surgery in Hong Kong while a new law may open the floodgates to less qualified surgical assistants, an animal rights group warns.

Cheung Yuen-man, an officer from Animal Earth, said the closure of Polytechnic University's course would leave the city short of qualified veterinary nurses.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Relieved Yip stable has winners in the making

Dennis Yip Chor-hong has yet to salute from his 33 starters during the first four meetings, but Sea The Pearls and Industrial Hero stamped themselves as future winners following their sound performances on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Potential owners need to do some homework before it's safe to say 'hello kitty'

Cute animals, more often than not, can grab the attention of would-be pet owners, but they can sometimes be difficult to rear. Kittens can be active, but can also be solitary and shy.

Before you go home with a fluffy feline under your arm, there are some home safety issues that may need to be addressed.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Prevention is the best medicine for ensuring your furry friend lives a long life

How long do you think you will live? Until at least 70? Maybe 82? Dogs' and cats' average lifespans are much shorter, between 10 and 16 years, while a rabbit can expect to live for about 12. But if your pet lives until its golden years, when will you start to see the signs of ageing?

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Expanding horizons

As a likely future employer of graduates of Polytechnic University's (PolyU) planned BSc in veterinary nursing, Dr Jane Gray is quick to commend the introduction of the programme and to highlight the range of career options such training will lead to.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

I just received in the mail the 14th edition of Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, which collates new discoveries in veterinary medicine, and am in for quite a few nights of reading to keep up to date with current techniques.

Things have changed a lot during my time as a veterinarian.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am