5 facts you did not know about Dame Jane Goodall

5 facts you did not know about Dame Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Goodall is a British ethologist, best known for her revolutionizing work and long-term research on the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Although, as I’ll discuss later, her methods have been considered unorthodox…

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What I'm doing to use less plastic

What I'm doing to use less plastic

Since I’m still not over my cold, today’s blog post is going to be a shorter one. Lately, these incredibly tragic videos on plastic pollution have been popping up in my social feeds. I’m very aware of the of how plastic affects our marine wildlife, yet I haven’t really altered much about my lifestyle to lower my own plastic usage.

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5 things you did not know about Sir David Attenborough

5 things you did not know about Sir David Attenborough

Today I’m starting a new blog series under the Animal Welfare category, where I present 5 facts about some of the greatest contributors to animal conservation, welfare, and rights. And what better way to start off the series than with...

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The Pirates of Animal Transport

The Pirates of Animal Transport

If you’re either a vet or a vet student in Norway, odds are that you’re a member of the Norwegian Veterinary Association. As a part of the membership, you are sent a monthly academic journal on what the latest news are in the Norwegian veterinary sphere...

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A quick PSA

A quick PSA

It’s passed 10 PM, and I’m already in pajamas sipping on my camomile tea. And while I am tempted to just go to bed, I will not fail the 30-day challenge on day five! Therefore, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to something that’s really important to remember now that summer’s coming up, namely car temperatures...

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World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day

Saturday marked the seventeenth annual World Veterinary Day, with this year’s theme being “ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE - FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION”. As I’ve written about before in my “One Health Initiative”-blog post, lowering...

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The pros and cons of animal breeding

The pros and cons of animal breeding

This week we’ve had visitors from all the largest husbandry breeding companies in Norway, as well as the national breeding associations for dogs and horses. The concept of breeding is such a delicate subject to discuss, because there are a lot of differing opinions...

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Listen to the young voices

Listen to the young voices

On March 3rd the United Nations World Wildlife Day 2017 was celebrated with the “Listen to the young voices” campaign. And although the day has come and went, I thought the message of this year’s theme was incredibly important. Over the years I’ve grappled with...

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Wolves win, culling cancelled

Wolves win, culling cancelled

Yesterday marked a great win for the Norwegian natural conservationist community. The culling of almost 50 wolves is cancelled, leaving a population of about 70 individuals. The scheduled culling has caused an international uproar after its announcement earlier this fall, after...

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An age of extinction

An age of extinction

Every other year the World Wildlife Fund publishes the Living Planet Report. Based on the Living Planet Index, it’s the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of our planet, and the alarming rate of extinction among species.

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On the fur industry

On the fur industry

Last weekend I went to a huge torchlight procession against the Norwegian fur industry. Even though I’ve wanted to go for several years, I haven’t actually been to one before. This year however, I went with two of my friends from vet school, and was completely...

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On the ethics of animal research

On the ethics of animal research

The second block of vet school is over, and another exam is finished. During this week’s intensive course on animal testing, we learned about why we use animals in research, and the work done to preserve animal welfare while conducting experiments. What I found most interesting though was the ethics of it all, and the distinction between inherent and intrinsic value in humans and in animals.

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Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Yesterday I went to a pre-school-start barbeque, where we were welcomed to the university, and were given two presentations on antibiotic resistance. At the very beginning, the president of the Norwegian Veterinary Association congratulated us on getting into vet school, and reminded us how important it is to stick together, both as students, and later in our professional lives, as it will get challenging at times.

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