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This could be revolutionary! 😮😮Finding out if your cows are in calf could soon be as easy as a breath test.🤔🌬🐮

A new handheld device called an "Agscent" works by putting a device over the cow's nose while it's in the crush and testing its breath.

"It collects the cow's breath and analyses it using nano-sensors to pick up the differences between pregnant and non-pregnant animals," farmer and founder Bronwyn Darlington said.

The prototype is currently being trialed on farms with an expected rollout in 2022.

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I was a bit slow too. Very funny.

Such good boys! ❤❤See this fuzzy boy? He was a good boy. A boy who risked his life to save many others in what became known as the 1925 Serum Run. His name was Balto and he was a Siberian Husky who led a team of sled dogs through horrific winter conditions into the remote town of Nome, Alaska carrying life-saving medicine to halt a diphtheria outbreak.

--On This Day in History, Shit Went Down: February 2, 1925--

I’m Canadian and have done 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) runs in –30 Celsius (–22 Fahrenheit). It’s cold as fuck and frosts up the eyelashes so you can’t see for shit, and people call me crazy and they’re probably right about that. Anyway, for this tale it was –46C (–50F), because it was way the hell north at the edge of the Arctic Circle and the temperatures were at a 20-year low. Add in brutal winds, deep snow, and non-existent visibility and you really just want to stay home and drink whiskey.

But children were dying; the disease spreading.

The outbreak began in January, and the small town’s sole doctor sent a desperate telegram calling for aid. The nearest place that had serum that could halt the outbreak was located in Anchorage, but the engine on the only airplane that could fly it to Nome was frozen solid. Officials brainstormed and decided to send the serum north to the city of Nenana via train, where relays of mushers driving sled dog teams would take it 674 frozen-as-fuck miles west to Nome.

One-hundred-fifty dogs participated in the relay. Some of them died so children could live. Of more than 20 mushers, most of them Native Alaskans, several suffered frostbite. The trip was made in a record-breaking five-and-a-half days.

Norwegian musher Gunnar Kaasen and his Balto-led team made the final leg of the perilous journey. He was supposed to be the penultimate musher, but when he arrived at Point Safety at 2:00am he discovered his replacement was asleep, so he pressed on an additional 25 miles to Nome, arriving at 5:30 in the morning on February 2, 1925.

The serum was thawed and administered, and there were no further deaths. Kaasen and Balto became heroes. There is even a statue of Balto, who lived to be 14, in New York’s Central Park. Balto was indeed a good boy, but his public status was achieved via being the one to lead the final leg. The best boy on the perilous journey was Togo. Balto traveled 55 miles, but Togo, also a Siberian Husky, led a team for almost five times that distance. He ran a whopping 260 miles, almost 40% of the entire relay. And he was 12 years old!

Togo lived to be 16 and sired many puppies. One of his direct descendants, Diesel, starred as his multiple-great grandfather in a 2019 film titled Togo alongside bipedal actor Willem Dafoe. It’s an excellent movie. Have tissues ready.

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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...

And all the rest...

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


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 hospital is fully equipped with the most up to date and technologically advanced 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 studying, and dedicated to ensuring your animals are treated with compassion and kindness. Our practice is ably 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.



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