Hello world!

Well, maybe not the WHOLE world, but at least hello Zillmere and environs.

Much to my surprise, I have decided to start a blog. Those of you who know how technologically inept I am may laugh (yes, that means you Dirk), however I will try and keep my musings relevant and entertaining. Ah, who am I kidding, I will be happy if I can just get it on the web!

This foray into the world of internet blogging was triggered by a lecture I attended recently at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) annual conference in San Diego.  My main purpose in attending was to support my husband, Dr Tom Catanzaro, as he was named the 2012 Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.  This is one of the most prestigous honours our profession can bestow and I am very proud of him. Of course while I was at the conference I took the opportunity to attend some first class continuing education lectures.

Even though I graduated from vet school 29 years ago (wow, I am soooo old), knowledge in our profession increases exponentially every year. One of the things I love about being a vet is that there is always something new to learn. Because of my dedication to continuing education, I have qualified as a Chartered Member of the AVA (Australian Veterinary Association). The qualification is awarded to vets who do serious and continuing post-graduate education and ensures we keep up to date with latest the advancements in the veterinary world.

Glad we don’t need one of these!

While I was in San Diego I visited a local practice. I was a little shocked (pun intended) to see this next to their first aid kit.

  I was also lucky enough to attend my very first baseball game.

It was a lot of fun and I was introduced to some interesting baseball rituals including the tailgate party, crackerjacks, 24 oz cans of beer,strange mascots (San Diegos mascott is the “Swinging Friar”) and the 7th innings stretch where you all stand up and sing “Take me out to the ball game”. 

No trip to San Diego is complete without a trip to the Safari Park, which is a beautiful open plan zoo with one of the best best records for breeding endangered species in the world. Their biggest success stories are probably re-establishing condors in the wild and breeding the white rhino.

Me bathing the rhino 🙂

Currentely, I am in NSW where I will speak to a group of Newcastle veterinarians about general practice dentistry and will be back in the practice this Saturday.

If this one works – I will aim for a weekly blog entry so fingers crossed 🙂