Immunology & Updates in Immune-Mediated Disease Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

Immunology & Updates in Immune-Mediated Disease Conference


Immune-mediated diseases are among the most common and challenging in veterinary practice

This course is designed to provide the veterinary practitioner with the most current methods of recognition, diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases in the dog and cat. Using case based examples the presenters will work through a large number of interactive cases, providing theoretical and practical insights into managing difficult cases. The course will cover all aspects of immune-mediated disease, including dermatologic, haematologic and oncologic examples. The use of immunosuppressive drugs and the selection of appropriate protocols will be covered in detail. The presenters, Drs Mackin, Holloway and Shipstone have large amounts of experience in managing immune-mediated disease in dogs and cats and will provide novel insights into the management of these problematic cases.

Steve Holloway is an internist who trained in both Australia and the USA. He has deep and penetrating insights into infectious diseases, cell biology and immunology – all of which underpin canine and feline immune-mediated diseases. Andrew Mackin is an ex-pat Aussie who trained at Murdoch, the University of Melbourne, Guelph and has had senior faculty positions in Edinburgh and now Mississippi. His current focus is on measuring cytokine levels to optimise safe and effective control of immune-mediated disease. Mike Shipstone is a Brisbane based veterinary dermatologist who started out in general practice before focusing on skin disease. These speakers have very different personalities, but are all on the top of their game.

Plan now to take advantage of the fantastic South Island Spring skiing as well as the opportunity to enjoy everything else Queenstown has to offer.


Please note that the special room rate that was offered by the Crowne Plaza Hotel is unfortunately sold out, we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We recommend visiting or when searching for accommodation. 


Monday 11 - Friday 15 September 2017
Early Bird
24 July 2017
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
99 Beach Street
New Zealand



Steven graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 with second-class honours in Veterinary Science. After graduation, Steven worked for 2 years in private practice in Sydney followed by a medical internship at the University of Melbourne. Steven then undertook an Internal medicine Residency at the University of Florida, followed by two years as a clinical instructor at the University of Florida.  Steven worked in an internal medicine referral practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1993 then returned to Australia studying equine herpesvirus infections with Professor Michael Studdert. In 1998, Steven was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Steven has lectured in Veterinary Virology at the University of Sydney in 1998 and 1999 and was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne from 1999-2009.  Steven is currently a specialist in Small Animal Medicine at Advanced Vetcare in Melbourne. His special interests include clinical and genetic aspects of medical diseases and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response. 


Michael graduated from Queensland University in 1984 and has worked in a number of different private practices and industry positions. In 1995 he started a residency at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic in Melbourne, with additional periods of study at the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Mike is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary/Animal Dermatology) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He has published in Australia and overseas and has presented / lectured in Australia, New Zealand, North America and South-East Asia. He is currently the President of the Dermatology chapter of the ANZCVS, Priniciple Dermatologist of a private practice Dermatology Referral Service, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. 


Andrew Mackin is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Mississippi State University. Andrew is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University and after graduation completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. Andrew became a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Andrew has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine. In 2006, he received the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award and, in 2010, the MSU-CVM Dean's Pegasus Award. 

Course Fees

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