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, 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.
Cats are not just small dogs and have unique requirement. This course will be a refresher on some of the basic dental techniques but will also focus on key feline specific issues and techniques related to periodontal disease, extractions as well as key disorders including feline tooth resorption, chronic gingivostomatitis, endodontic disease and feline malocclusions. Each module has comprehensive course notes, well-illustrated with clinical photos. Practical tips are given throughout. Lists of recommended reading and references are also included in each section.
Mandy will present a practical explanation of how to approach the diagnosis of the cat that presents with a scaling and crusting skin condition in a general practice context. Management of selected skin conditions will be discussed.
Practitioners want to be able to be accurately interpret cardiorespiratory signs in dogs and cats with the diagnostic tools that they have in their own practices. Rapid treatment may be required for animals that have these diseases and there may not be time to organise a referral or a visiting sonographer. This seminar will review diagnostic imaging using the tools you have in your practice: Radiography and Ultrasound (even if it is very rudimentary). The day will be practical, fun and interactive.
Every vet is a pharmacologist, whether they like it or not! This course will teach you to go further than the formulary, developing your ability to assess pharmacological evidence yourself. Do you know how to tailor your treatments to ensure the best outcomes for you and your patients? Or do you think one size fits all? How should you alter your regimens for a patient with serious systemic disease, the morbidly obese, or the pregnant? If you are using more than one drug at a time, do you know which are likely to interact and how significant this is for your patient? When confronted with a new drug, do you know the evidence base that has been gathered prior to registration? Or how to find out? What happens after registration? As vets we might expect drugs to work every time, but is this realistic? Is this even expected? What’s the likelihood of an adverse drug reaction? How do you identify them? Join the discussion of when and how leading edge practice requires the ability to fine tune treatment regimens to ensure better outcomes. Take a deep dive into an area of veterinary science you use every day.
Major topics include ultrasound principles, normal cardiac anatomy and physiology, techniques for achieving quality 2D and M-mode images and results, case presentations of important diseases / emergency cases, and hands-on scanning of normal dogs.
This course is designed to give the participant a more advanced understanding of small animal echocardiography. Major topics include in-depth cardiac anatomy and physiology, techniques for achieving high-quality results, case presentations of important diseases and hands-on scanning of normal dogs. Skills taught in this hands-on sessions include pulse wave Doppler, continuous wave Doppler, colour flow Doppler, special measurements and calculations and applying the Bernoulli equation to clinical cases. The participants will practice in hands-on sessions with an experienced instructor, where individual coaching of how to obtain echocardiographic views and Doppler-measurements taught in the lectures will be the main focus. Requirements: Please note this workshop is only available to individuals who have completed the Basic Echocardiography Workshop, or who can provide evidence of equivalent experience (to be established at the presenter’s discretion).
Injury and disease of the stifle forms a large part of clinical orthopaedic practice. Long-term intensive investigation of the commonly encountered conditions has resulted in both a large body of knowledge and advanced surgical treatments. As a result the surgeon must possess detailed and current information and have relevant experience in treating stifle disease to meet the expectations of both the public and the profession. This 1-day seminar is aimed at providing the practitioner with up-to-date information on disease, diagnosis and treatment across the full range of stifle conditions encountered in the dog and cat. A detailed review will be provided for the commonly occurring cranial cruciate ligament disease and medial patellar luxation, along with critical examination of current evidence that can guide good decision making and procedure selection.
This course introduces backyard poultry to the clinician to allow comprehensive and effective workup and care for these patients. Keeping a few chickens in the backyard has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the last decade, with the backyard chicken becoming one of the most common birds presenting for veterinary care. This course aims to give you more confidence in approaching your backyard poultry cases by firstly providing an introduction to pet chicken medicine and then discussing common infectious and non-infectious diseases, anaesthesia and surgery.
In recent years, both state and federal laws pertaining to animal cruelty have evolved significantly. Actions that were previously considered non-offenses are now being prosecuted on misdemeanor and felony levels. Because these convictions can carry significant sentences, juries expect to see the same level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that would be applied to crimes against humans. This course is an introduction to animal crime scene investigations. The purpose of the course is to give participants an overview of procedures and protocols used when processing an animal crime scene and various types of associated evidence. This is the first course in the three-part animal forensics series.