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Carnival Gifts and Prizes

Adult or child, you won’t go home empty handed from Carnival at the Vets. Get into the Carnival spirit and you’re almost guaranteed go home laden down with goodies! This year we’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone is a winner at Carnival at the Vets 2012, with hundreds of free gift bags plus great prizes valued at over $2,000.

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Carnival Displays & Demonstrations

All of the games and activities at Carnival at the Vets are great fun and we know you love to get involved, but we have much more for you than games. Carnival this year will again feature some popular demonstrations, displays and stalls — something to watch while you catch your breath before the next game!

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Carnival Food & Drink

Carnival is an energetic day out, especially for the kids, but there’s plenty to eat and drink to keep your energy levels up for the next big game. The sausage sizzle will be going all day and we haven’t forgotten your pets, with a wide range of pet treats and plenty of fresh water available. All proceeds from the sale of food and soft drinks go to local animal welfare charities.

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Carnival Sponsors & Supporters

Putting on an event like Carnival at the Vets is a mammoth exercise for a small rural veterinary hospital like Alpine Animal Doctors. It just wouldn’t be possible without the very generous support of our sponsors, and the help of our supporters and Friends of Carnival.

Whether they’re a veterinary trade sponsor, a local business donating goods or service or a volunteer giving up their time for free, so many people help us out in so many ways. Together, it’s they who help make Dr. Bek’s Big Day Out for Pets a succes, and a really fun time for everyone involved.

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Microchips at Carnival

Alpine Animal Doctors have a programme that aims to see every dog and cat in the Alpine region implanted with a microchip. We really want to see that no pet from the Shire ever gets lost.
At this year’s Carnival at the Vets Dr. Bek will be offering a microchip session at a substantially reduced price.

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Carnival Photographs

Our Puparazzi photographers will be roaming the hospital grounds during Carnival at the Vets 2012, recording the whole event on both video and in still photographs. They’ll be snapping candid shots of our guests at Dr. Bek’s Big Day Out for Pets as well as recording all of the prize presentations, the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen and all of the fun of the Carnival games, contests and shows.

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About Carnival

Carnival at the Vets is one of a number of community projects initiated by Alpine Animal Doctors. Throughout the year we organise various events, open days and education programmes which are open to the public.

We get involved in these things because we love the community in which we live and work, and because we believe that a veterinary hospital is more than just a business and should also be an integral and active part of the community. Our patients are a part of your family and that makes them a part of our community too.

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Dr Bek discovers new genetic disease

We’re very proud to announce that Dr. Bek and Alpine Animal Hospital have been credited for our contribution to the discovery of a previously unidentified genetic disease in Tenterfield Terriers.

Following two years of intensive research and DNA testing, it has now been accepted by the veterinary community and breeder’s groups that Neonatal Hypothyroidism, or Congenital Hypothyroidism with Goiter (CHG) in Tenterfield Terriers is caused by a mutated gene, first identified by Dr. Bek right here in Porepunkah.

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Dr Bek nominated for MDBA Award

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for the Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA) 5th Annual Dog Owner’s Choice Awards for 2012. We’ve been nominated in two categories. The hospital is up for the Best Vet Surgery/Clinic of the Year and Dr. Bek has also been nominated for Most Supportive Vet of the Year.

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Fast results from Stem Cell Treatment

We continue to be amazed at the results we are seeing from our Stem Cell Transplants. One of our more recent recipients of Adipose Stem Cells was Freyja, who suffered very severe arthritis. Prior to her treatment her condition was such that she found exercise or movement of any kind difficult, if not impossible. Her pain and lack of mobility was severe enough that she had to be lifted onto her bed. Freyja received her Stem Cell treatment on 29 December 2011. Within a week of the procedure she was showing clear signs of improved comfort levels and increased mobility. By the time of her first ‘official’ follow-up check — two weeks after her treatment — she was running, jumping and happily playing with her kennel mates, with no signs of pain.

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