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Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
H.R. Bowsher BVSc.
Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
Kotare Street 06 388 0863
In the past 6 weeks we have seen a
large number of Stinging nettle cases
in dogs. They can be very severe and
on occasion will cause death in dogs.
The nettles have also been confirmed
as causing fatal poisonings in people as
well! There are a few different types of
stinging nettle but the main species
we are concerned with is
Urtica ferox more commonly
known as 'tree nettle or ongaonga'.
All that is required is skin contact
with the plant whereby a large dose of
histamine, serotonin and acetylcholine
are released from the plant into the
contacting animal. Treatment if given
promptly will alleviate the symptoms
of the toxicity with a greater efficacy
than treatment that is delayed. Initial
clinical treatment involves antihistamine,
atropine, fluids where required,
pain relief and skin decontamination.
As with any toxicity or poisoning case
prompt treatment always enables a
better prognosis than delayed treatment.
The clinic is open 8am till 5pm weekdays
but afterhours calls for emergency cases
are taken 24 hours a day by ringing the
clinic phoneline. Please contact us prior
to mustering or visiting high risk areas
such as bush blocks as we can provide
for early on the spot treatment.
Kotare Street, Taihape Phone (06) 388 0863 Fax (06) 388 0657
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Outback Teacher Alison
Educator: Alison Collier,
teacher in the remote
north of Western
Ready to learn:
In the dry: The
shares in the
life of the
A baptism of water awaited Alison Collier as she
arrived to take up a governess position in Northern
Having driven from New South Wales, Alison
arrived in Katherine where she remained for three
weeks unable to get to her position in Kunnurra
because of surface flooding and continuous rain.
Finally the station manageress arrived to collect
her. They drove for three-and-a-half hours through
creeks and washed out roads to arrive at her new
home Lissadel, close to the Argyle diamond mine.
''It was a real eye opener. I hadn't met the family
and we couldn't fly because of the weather. They
had had three times the annual rainfall in three
Alison had made contact through the Katherine
School of the Air (KSA) who had suggested the
three children she would teach needed a new face
as their mother was finding station life plus
teaching a little too much.
She was taken for an overview by helicopter.
''It had no doors but the scenery was amazing
with the river still in high flood and all the roads
The children were naturally curious and on
meeting her, took her to show where she would
live and all around their home.
''There are two daughters aged seven and nine
and a five year old who needed lots of one-on-one
but KSA is great. The teacher speaks to the kids
weekly and produces an individual learning plan
for each child. I am able to talk to them too. The
teacher can interact and the children see the other
kids too. I was amazed at the programme set for
the kids by KSA and found these children
were about a term behind so worked really
hard to get them up to speed. It was back to
basics and some behaviour management.''
The children do daily lessons on computer
and the outback schoolroom runs just like a
normal classroom working from 8am to 4pm.
''There is a huge workload for the older
children. I report back to the KSA teacher
every two weeks, sending work in plus a
''Station life has been a life-changing
experience. I've done so many new things,
even driven a fully loaded road train 30 to 40
kilometres. I've been bogged for six hours till
someone realised I had not arrived and came
to find me. These occurrences have become
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