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My Six Months at New Zealand Bird Rescue



From February to September last year I was lucky enough to be able to spend 9 Months living and working in the incredible country of New Zealand.

After spending 2 years enjoying the beauty of Australia, New Zealand would be an interesting change of scenery, and turned out to be so incredibly different from the harsh landscape of Australia.

I spent most of my time in Auckland working for the council, but on Sundays I would spend my day volunteering with the amazing variety of Birds at New Zealand Bird Rescue a brilliant charity run by an incredible group of volunteers and founders.

New Zealand Bird rescue is unique in that it does not discriminate against any bird, all are welcome from the native New Zealand birds like the Tui to the common house sparrow. 

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Keeping Your Dog Safe

Some great advice to follow from the  DogLost  Team     at


  • Ensure your dog’s tag contains – owner’s name, postcode, and at least one contact number.
  • Ensure your dog is micro chipped – and that details are up to date.
  • Dog tattoo – a permanent and visible means of identifying your dog. The National Dog Tattoo Register can provide more details.


  • Tie your dog up outside a shop
  • Leave your dog unaccompanied in a car
  • Leave your dog on its own in the garden
  • Give out information about your dog to strangers


  • Use an extending lead if your dog’s recall is poor
  • Vary the time and location of your walks
  • Walk with a friend if you are worried
  • Increase your house security – a crime prevention officer will advise you
  • Consider a GPS tracker collar More info here:
  • Pre-register your dog with DogLost  ( feature coming soon on
  • Consider joining


DogLost is a national community of thousands of dog owners and volunteers like you, helping to reunite lost dogs with their owners. It’s FREE to join – then you’ll be able to register lost and found dogs, helping to reunite them with their owners. They also provide:

  • A printable poster for each dog that can be put up in your area
  • A page for each lost or found dog, where news and support can be shared
  • Email alerts for lost dogs in and around your postcode
  • Other news of lost pets and relevant events
  • Connections to help you share news of lost dogs on social media
  • Links to a microchip scanning service used by vets and wardens, to ensure your pet is returned as soon as possible
  • …and more benefits coming soon!

DogLost is a volunteer organisation, so always appreciate DONATIONS that help even more dogs in distress.



Lost Dog: a handy contact list

Ticks – what, where and when

Ticks are small parasites – they look a little bit like spiders as they have 8 legs, and they feed on blood.

They do not have wings and they cannot jump. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants from where they latch onto their prey with specially designed hooks on their legs. An unfed tick is approximately 3mm (sesame-seed-size) and small, oval and flat. After a blood meal, a tick can reach 11mm in diameter with the grey/brown body extending out from the back of the thorax.

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Life as Veterinary Care Assistant in Singapore

Veterinary Care in Singapore

Singapore is a very small and densely populated Southeast Asian city-state at the bottom of Malaysia, benefiting from a very hot and sunny (yet very wet!) climate. To give you an idea of just how small it is, there are currently 5.6 million people living in what fits into a portion of London. Singapore is truly one big city, where convenience is a way of life. Many grocery and convenience stores are open 24/7, and public transport is extremely efficient, safe, clean, well-connected and cheap.

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Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

This along with other questions you may have asked yourself, could be: ‘Why is my cat only licking the gravy/jelly of the food?’ or ‘why does my pet make a funny noise when eating?’.




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Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

The month of May is veterinary nurse awareness month. It is a campaign that was started by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) originally in 2005 as a National Veterinary Nurse Day and in 2012 it progressed to a whole month long campaign every May.

The purpose of the campaign is to inform the public of the important role that veterinary nurses have in a veterinary practice and to raise awareness of what that role entails.

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