The Cartoons
by Franko
(Yes I am a veterinarian).

Vaccination by dart.

Conveyer belt vaccination clinic. (p.3)

For this cartoon I was looking for a way to portray the lack of a thorough physical examination. It reminded me of 5 minute consults in the U.K. where the client would see me lift the stethescope and say, "Now what do you mean to do with that device?"


Tattoo. (p.3)
Froth and bubble.

Froth and bubble. (p.5)

I think that vets occasionally get trapped into "protecting" their own little bubble oblivious to how some of their behaviour may be perceived by others. The vet in the top left hand corner has reached retirement. The people in the bubbles at the base of the page are meant to be vet students learning from observing the actions of their idols.


After Hours Caller.

After Hours Caller. (p.7)

Creepy? "After hours calls" have always been a topic awash with ethics, duty, danger, stress and plain lack of sleep. There is a real danger for any vet not able or aware enough to protect themselves. Even if it is just meeting the client at the clinic. We should all learn martial arts as part of the vet course.



Aggressive Clients. (p.8)

This was a tough one to draw because Mrs. Foobar is usually such a gentle soul.



Unsupervised. (p.9)

I can't describe the fun I had creating this cartoon. It stems from the old saying: "While the cat's away the dogs will play". Sheesh!


Wrong Receptionist.

Professionalism. (p.11)

Trying to show that sometimes a vet's financial concerns bubble over into inappropriate situations. Vets are vets, our skills have to far surpass the ability to make money. Balancing the economics of compassion is a skill that needs to be learnt by all veterinary staff. In another version of this cartoon the receptionist is a visiting bank manager.



Deflighting large birds. (p.14)

It is done for their own protection and quality of life (so they don't have to be caged). Even so, it still seems a bit sad to me. This cartoon didn't have a caption in the newsletter so probably caused a bit of confusion. Sorry.


Battered Pets. (p.16)

How to draw attention to this serious and important issue? The article may seem a bit too heavy to read so the cartoon had to be sort of "light". Read the article and comment.


Heard Health. (p.21)

Daisy is trying to convince her vet that her milk production is up by means of a telephone consultation. The vet is a bit dubious because he has learnt not to trust talking cows.


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