It will take you from the basics of clinical neurology and an introduction to neuroanatomical localization, to developing a logical step-wise approach to the most common neurological presentations of companion animals.
Fluid therapy is used daily in our practice. It is one of the cheapest treatments we offer, resulting in dramatic improvements in our patients. However, indications for fluid therapy use, other than rehydration is often overlooked. This course is designed for all practitioners who want to maximize their use of fluid therapy; and for those who want to take the next step to developing skills in critical care medicine. You will also develop an understanding of why electrolyte and acid-base balance is so important in our critical patients, and how we can manage these abnormalities with fluid therapy. In addition, the final module will delve into transfusion medicine, so you will be more confident in managing the next acutely anaemic patient.
Gain confidence with your ultrasound by understanding the principles and applying these in a practical hands-on one day workshop. Your expert tutor Mariano Makara will help you develop a greater understanding of diagnostic ultrasonology to allow you to conquer your fears and scan with confidence.
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).