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WOW! What an incredible job and years of work to get this test available!WE DID IT!! Genetic testing for risk of cruciate ligament rupture in the Labrador Retriever is here.

Cruciate ligament rupture is a common problem in several popular breeds including the Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, and Newfoundland, equivalent to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in human beings. We have been working on this study for many years and are now exceptionally pleased to announce the availability of a genetic screening test for risk of cruciate ligament rupture in Labradors. This is a marker-based risk test because cruciate ligament rupture is influenced by changes in many different genes and is different from most genetic testing in dogs. For more information about this test, it’s value and information about this disease, please visit:

www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/corl/canine-genetic-testing/

We are extremely grateful to the community that we work with for supporting this endeavor. Please look out for future updates on progress with this program, as we are now focusing effort on extending this cruciate ligament rupture genetic testing to other high-risk breeds including the Rottweiler and the Newfoundland.

Availability of genetic testing.
We are currently setting up this genetic testing service at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison. We anticipate the cost of the marker-based risk test will be ~$250. We welcome expressions of interest or questions about this important development in the Comparative Genetics and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please email us if you are interested in getting your Labrador Retriever tested.

genetics@vetmed.wisc.edu
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WOW! What an incredible job and years of work to get this test available!

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This is fantastic 👏🏻

Leonie Deeker

Reproductive services

Further to my last post regarding breeding pets during COVID.

I truly enjoy this portion of my Veterinary work. I’ve invested a lot of time, energy and finances into honing my skills in this area and have subsequently garnered a decent reputation for my abilities with reproductive work.

I would be devastated if we were embroiled in litigation relating to the breeding of pets with known health issues, no matter how tenuous our involvement.

Thankfully, we are in the fortunate position of having the vast majority of our current clientele being conscientious breeders.

To this end, after serious consideration and discussion, Dr Rachael and I have decided that we cannot, in good faith, offer dog breeding assistance to those pets that have not been appropriately health checked.
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Reproductive services

Further to my last post regarding breeding pets during COVID.

I truly enjoy this portion of my Veterinary work. I’ve invested a lot of time, energy and finances into honing my skills in this area and have subsequently garnered a decent reputation for my abilities with reproductive work. 

I would be devastated if we were embroiled in litigation relating to the breeding of pets with known health issues, no matter how tenuous our involvement. 

Thankfully, we are in the fortunate position of having the vast majority of our current clientele being conscientious breeders.

To this end, after serious consideration and discussion, Dr Rachael and I have decided that we cannot, in good faith, offer dog breeding assistance to those pets that have not been appropriately health checked.

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Thank you for all that you both do and thank you for making this decision.

Lil squishy babies!!!! Good for you mate…. Breeding for health & quality is still possible when done correctly

Good on you for taking a stand and following your conviction ❤️

Brilliant!

Hopefully more vets will take this stand

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We have a gorgeous adult boy that is looking for a loving home. He is super affectionate and gives amazing head boops.

He's microchipped, vaccinated and desexed.

Please call 03 5756 2444 if you'd like to be introduced. ❤

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We have a gorgeous adult boy that is looking for a loving home. He is super affectionate and gives amazing head boops.

Hes microchipped, vaccinated and desexed. 

Please call 03 5756 2444 if youd like to be introduced. ❤

EE145291
MC 941000026567065

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Joseph Gray Max Gray

COVID litters

I’ve been wanting to write something in regards to this issue for months, but my time and energy have been in scarce supply and there is SO much to say about breeding pets nowadays.

I understand how strong the urge to breed your pet is…….Vets hear it all the time……’they’re the best boi/gurl’, ‘have been great with the family and kids’, ‘I just want one litter to show the kids the joys of puppies’, etc. But in this day and age, the primary reason we’re noticing is related to the almighty dollar.

Even mutts are selling for substantial amounts as lonely people are becoming even more lonely in isolation. The desire to fill this market and reap the respective recompense is incredibly strong, and if we were talking about furniture or land, it would make good economical sense to cash in. 



BUT we’re talking about living, breathing beings, not kitchen appliances.

Your beloved pet may be adorable to you and all your friends. They may very well be the best boi. However, they can sometimes have underlying health issues that are passed to their offspring. The fact that Fido may not have the best elbows/heart/hips/nose may not be an issue for you, but it WILL be an issue for those people that purchase their offspring.

Be warned that if you knowingly breed a dog or cat without relevant health checks and tests, you may be opening yourself up to litigation from future owners. The number of lawsuits regarding pet health, especially with regards to dogs, is significant and climbing.

If you feel you absolutely HAVE to breed your pet, the best way to avoid ALL of these problems, protect yourself from litigation and to try to ensure you’re not passing genetic conditions on to the detriment of future generations and owners, is to test for all pertinent health issues afflicting your particular breed. It can also provide your puppy buyers peace of mind that you’ve at least done the basics to avoid perpetuating health problems.

I repeat it for those in the back…………………DO THE HEALTH TESTS!

Please, for the love of dog, don’t breed your puppy simply because you think they’re cute, sweet, utterly adorable and a future cash cow. Just take a moment to be considerate, rational and sensible.
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Well said Bek, too many people breeding for the wrong reasons ( breeding dogs, I meant) 😂

Agree 110% I just wish we had specialist visit regional areas like ours (my wish is for hearts, kidneys, BAER). If we had these services close to home and educate more breeders about certain test’s then maybe we would see a change. I can tell you it’s not fun travelling with a litter of pups for 4 hours for BAER testing!

Omg 110% agree with everything you have said Bec. Breeding done correctly you will NOT MAKE MONEY. We desex all our puppies prior to leaving our property.

Well said Bek,I still believe that you are one of the top vets going.Keep up the good work girl.x

Spot on Bek and it’s great to see you being vocal on this issue. Unfortunately there are people who are more interested in a quick buck than actually caring about the consequences.

Well said Bek 👍

So so true well said Bek! 👏

Thank you posting this. Having been one to purchase a ‘pure bred’ that had health issues that were not disclosed, I sincerely hope those breeders read this. Unfortunately those breeders that do intentionally sell pups with health issues, will ignore this advice and continue to cash in on buyers that ‘trust’ that they are doing the right thing. I did my homework on the breeders before purchasing but still ended up being conned. How do we stop those breeders from continuing to do this? Name and shame them? I Reported the breeders to their Breed Association, but I know they are still breeding and selling pups. Again How do we stop them?

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Can’t love this enough!!!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

Getting u to desex my jinx was the best decision I ever made thank u so so much and thank u for getting Sophie on the mend shes next to get the snip

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About Alpine Animal Doctors

Alpine Animal Doctors is located at 7047 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah, Victoria, Australia. We are on the front road between Porepunkah and Bright, just after the roundabout.

We welcome patients from throughout the region at the hospital, and do house calls and farm visits in the area stretching from Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah down to Mt Beauty. Within this area we cover every town and settlement as well as outlying farm properties.

All consultations are by appointment only.

News and Announcements

Our Facebook Page is the primary means we use to keep our clients informed of what's happening in the hospital and in the veterinary world. A Facebook feed also appears on this page (left). Major news items of broader interest are also published here on the site.

Community and Events

From time to time the hospital organises open days and events. Most are designed to be fun days out for pets and people, to help increase public awareness of animal health and welfare issues, and sometimes to raise money for local animal welfare initiatives.

Upcoming Events

  • Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Come join us for a fun filled day on Sunday the 20th of October. There are free gift bags, prizes and non stop action for people and pets. Jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss and...

Past Events

  • Families and their pets at the 2014 Blessing of the Animals
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    Our next community event will be the annual Blessing of the Animals for 2016. This family day is generally held around October. Check back for details nearer the time....
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When we hold one of our community public events a photographer will usually be there to record the fun. Occasionally we will publish a full web gallery of all the images taken. You can find the most recent galleries here...

Fact Sheets and Articles

Our website contains a wide range of helpful and informative articles to assist animal owners. We are constantly adding to the library so please check back frequently for new content.

Talk With The Animals

Although our Talk With The Animals print newsletter is no longer being produced you can still enjoy all of our previous issues online. Click here for all issues, or go direct to a specific issue using the links below...

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Alpine Animal Doctors carries an extensive range of animal and pet products for sale at competitive prices. We also regularly have special offers, which are always featured on our Facebook Page, and sometimes here on the website as well. You can find any current offers here.
Careers with Alpine Animal Doctors. We are always interested in hearing from qualified veterinary professionals seeking a more fulfilling career role. Even if we are not currently listing any current vacancies we encourage skilled and dedicated professionals to contact us to discuss future career possibilities.
Testimonials. See what our clients are saying about us.
Being the owner of several pets, I must say that the very best vet I have ever encountered is Dr. Bek and her staff. Keep up the good work. Barbara Clapperton

THE ALPINE ANIMAL DOCTORS' PROMISE

Our full service Veterinary Hospital provides quality care for all animals.

Since 2009, when Dr. Rebekah Day, BVSc (Dr. Bek) first opened a small clinic in Porepunkah, Alpine Animal Doctors has grown to become the ‘most trusted’ veterinary practice in the region. Our clients and patients come from across the Alpine region — from Myrtleford, Yackandandah and Beechworth to Bright, Harrietville and Mt Beauty.

With an A-Z of almost 350 veterinary services available our team is equipped to provide the optimum level of care for all conditions, and for all animal species, great or small, including farm livestock.

Our clinic is fully equipped with the most up to date equipment available, with state-of-the-art facilities the equal of any capital city-based specialist veterinary facility. We are constantly re-evaluating and upgrading our equipment and facilities to ensure that our patients receive only the very best treatment outcomes — the same level of care that we would want for our own animal family.

Dr. Bek’s team Includes our newly appointed Dr Rachael Harfield and our amazing nurses Mary, Cassie, Emily and Maddie — are all locals, all professionally qualified or currently studying, and dedicated to ensuring your animals are treated with compassion and kindness. Our practice is skillfully and successfully managed by Mark, Dr. Bek’s partner.

Most importantly, everyone at Alpine Animal Doctors loves animals just as much as you do. It’s why we do what we do. Our high tech equipment and advanced facilities are important, but, more than anything else, what makes us different is our people and our dedication.

Our promise is that we will never stop striving to achieve excellence in the delivery of animal healthcare. And we will never stop caring.

 

TALK WITH THE ANIMALS

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