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By HAYLEY SHAW BVSC
Most of us know a rugby player or two who has
suffered from an anterior (cranial) cruciate
Are you aware, however, how common cranial
cruciate disease is in our family pets?
Cranial cruciate ruptures are one of the most
frequent injuries in dogs and are the major cause of
degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in the stifle
(knee) joint. Although it is less often seen, cats may
also be affected.
The cranial cruciate ligament can fail as a result of
degeneration or trauma.
Degeneration is associated with ageing in large
breeds or overweight dogs, who may have
conformations predisposed to deterioration of
Traumatic rupture is most commonly a result of
over-extension and internal rotation of the leg, often
related to the foot becoming stuck in a hole or fence.
In either instance, the ligament may partially or
Patients with partial tears will be lame, but the joint
will feel more stable when manipulated. However,
partial tears often progress over time to complete
tears, resulting in total instability of the joint.
Treatment depends on the patient, and the
degree of ligament and joint damage. Small
breeds of dog or cat with only a partial rupture may
be treated conservatively with strict cage rest and
Most larger breeds with complete rupture require
some kind of surgical intervention.
There are a number of surgical repair methods
available, ranging from inserting a ''false'' nylon
ligament outside the joint to cutting the bone and
completely changing the angles of the joint.
The follow-up care after surgery greatly depends
on the method of stabilisation.
Unfortunately, all affected joints will invariably
suffer from some degree of osteoarthritis in the
future. Overweight dogs should be encouraged to
lose weight, and to slow the onset of arthritis, joint-
protecting supplements and/or diets are often
Some individuals may also need long-term
treatment with anti-inflammatories to control pain
and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
For further information regarding these kinds of
injuries and your pet, you can contact your local
Selwyn Athletics Club can now
call Brookside Park home
BROOKSIDE PARK in Rolleston will be
the new home of the Selwyn Athletics
Club, with a track, long jump pits and
throwing areas to be constructed in the
coming months. President Gail Krsinic
said the club, which is soon approaching
its second season of competition, needs a
home'' and will share the ground with
cricket over the summer.
When the club formed last year, it
was based at Rolleston Primary School.
It used facilities and gear -- such as
the high jump equipment -- at Lincoln
Brookside Park will be the club base,
although athletes will still travel into
Christchurch and down to Timaru to
compete. Krsinic said the club was
growing and had 60 members, some
from as far as Darfield, with the oldest
athlete aged 13.
She said the club would still keep its
options open, and would be keen to see if
a running track could be established at
Foster Recreation Park, in Rolleston, in
A new high school was also mooted for
the site, which could provide opportun-
ities for new facilities as well.
The track at Brookside Park would
grow back over winter, but the long jump
pit would be built on a more long-term
basis and be covered over.
She said construction would start in
spring, with the new summer athletics
season kicking off in October.
The club is still looking for funds to buy
equipment such as high jump mats.
It has also established colours, but is
running a design a club logo compe-
tition'', asking people to use their
artistic skills and come up with some-
thing the athletes can sport on their sing-
lets when they compete.
A $50 Westfield gift card is up for grabs.
Email your entries to:
Selwyn.Athletics@gmail.com or post to
Selwyn Athletics, c/- 9 Donatello Drive,
Rolleston 7614. The competition closes
Lincoln graduates make
their mark back home
Accomplished: Laxmi Gurung with fellow Nepalese student Ana Nath Baral on their graduation day at Lincoln University.
MORE than 60 years have passed since
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing
Norgay stood on top of Mount Everest,
but the pair's legacy is alive and well at
Lincoln has had a proud tradition of
hosting Nepalese students for more than
Many of those have either been inspi-
red by Hillary or educated in facilities
that he helped set up.
Remarkably, more than 23 per cent of
all land in Nepal is currently managed by
former Lincoln students.
Tourism professor David Simmons
knows Nepal well, after six visits and
working with many Nepalese students in
his 30-plus years at the university.
Lincoln graduates have prospered,
with many taking high-ranking jobs in
tourism, conservation and environmental
management on their return to Nepal.
Professor Simmons said the Mingma
Norbu Sherpa Memorial scholarship,
started about six years ago, had con-
solidated the relationship between the
The scholarship was established to
honour the life of Mingma Norbu Sherpa,
a Lincoln University graduate who died
in a helicopter crash in September 2006.
Laxmi Gurung graduated from Lincoln
earlier this year after completing the
scholarship. Ms Gurung applied after
seeing it advertised in a newspaper in her
home town of Mustang in Nepal.
She graduated with a Master of
Ms Gurung had previously studied in
Bangalore, where she said many people
did not know where Nepal was.
Lincoln was a different experience.
She said people's eyes would light up
when they heard she was from Nepal.
Ms Gurung said there were a lot of
similarities between New Zealand and
Nepal. Although they're on different sides
of the world, both rely heavily on agricul-
ture and tourism, and are rich in natural
beauty. The two countries were also for-
ever bound by the feats of Hillary.
Ms Gurung said tourism in Nepal was
still emerging and she hoped to use her
skills to try to expand the industry.
One of her biggest motivations is to
help create jobs for local people and bring
economic benefit to remote communities
Ms Gurung is presently looking for
employment in tourism to gain work
experience before she heads back home
I have learnt the New Zealand way by
the book, but now I want to get the prac-
tical experience -- working alongside tour-
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