This 1.5 -day seminar offers you the opportunity to learn from highly regarded and experienced clinicians. Some are residents who completed their degrees only a few years ago and have their fingers on the pulse in terms of what recent grads are looking for, while others are more seasoned practitioners with a wealth of experience to share.
Gain exposure to the latest updates in behavioural medicine. This course aims to present an overview of, and assist you in improving your approach to, the diagnosis and management of behavioural cases. It will provide you with the opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge in a range of topics about animal behaviour and behavioural medicine so you will better understand learning theory, the relationship between behaviour and organic disease, psychotropic medications and how to manage anxiety, aggression and other common behavioural problems.
Enhance your clinical and diagnostic skills to treat and manage your cardiac and respiratory cases with confidence. Cardiology and respiratory disease are so closely linked that it is natural to study them jointly. In particular, the vexing question of whether a case is cardiac or respiratory, or a combination of both will be one of the major focuses for the course. Participants will first build a sound platform of clinical and diagnostic skills and will then apply these to a full range of real clinical problems – from nasal and upper respiratory through to cardiac, pulmonary, pleural and mediastinal disease processes.
Achieve accurate, rapid diagnoses by refining your skills and making the most of in-house clinical pathology. Do you want to maximise the benefits of your bench-top analyser and in-house pathology? Achieve rapid, cost-effective diagnoses with increased confidence? Ensure that your bench-top analyser is providing accurate information? This course will expand and refine your diagnostic skills across a range of modalities including biochemistry, haematology, blood smear evaluation and cytology. You will be guided through a range of practical techniques that will grow your confidence, ensure you are getting the best out of your in-house machines, and enable you to go further in pursuit of a diagnosis.
Diagnose and manage a wide range of dermatological conditions with confidence, and enjoy those skin consults. Why be flustered when you can flourish? Skin conditions are common in companion animal practice. The underlying cause varies and may be complex, even in animals with similar clinical presentations such as pruritis or hair loss. Dermatology consultations will remain frustrating – for veterinarians and clients alike – if you always simply reach for the same treatment without identifying and addressing the underlying cause (or causes). This course equips you to develop a logical approach to the diagnosis and management of skin conditions.
Develop your capacity to treat emergency and critical care cases confidently every single time. This course aims to develop your practical skills and techniques for the treatment and monitoring of critically ill animals. The emphasis on case-based problem solving and the basics of critical care makes this an essential course for veterinarians in all practice situations.
Want to gain the special skills required for those tricky feline patients? An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised. This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more ‘feline friendly’.
Advance your problem-solving skills to develop a rational, pathophysiologically-based approach to treating internal medicine cases. This course will cover common clinical problems in small animal internal medicine. The emphasis will be on problem solving and developing a rational, pathophysiological approach to internal medicine. It aims to increase your diagnostic accuracy and enable you to develop a problem solving framework that can be applied to all your cases. If you are interested in sitting the small animal medicine membership examinations for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), this is a wonderful preparation for you. Assignments consist of analysis of case studies provided by the tutor and clinical cases encountered in your own practice. This will encourage problem‑oriented thinking and logical case assessment that will carry through into more successful and rewarding management of your patients.
Build your framework of understanding and improve your interpretational skills and mental approach to internal medicine cases. This course is designed to help you build a problem-solving approach to medicine that encourages you to define the problem, develop a ranked list of differential diagnoses and construct a logical means of investigating/treating the problem/s. The primary aim of this course is to help you build a framework of understanding (i.e. the ‘big picture’) for key cases and diseases encountered in general practice and to help you interpret key information to reach the correct diagnoses and build the appropriate management plan. We hope you continue to build on this foundation with experience and further study. By completing this course, you can expect to develop an approach that is able to be applied confidently across a vast range of internal medicine problems. By completing this course, you can expect to develop an approach that is able to be applied confidently across a vast range of internal medicine problems.
Use the latest information to prolong the quality of life of canine and feline patients with cancer. Between 40 and 50 per cent of dogs and cats will either die of cancer or have cancer found incidentally on post mortem. Yet, unlike heart disease, chronic renal insufficiency and arthritis, cancer is potentially curable. Advances in chemotherapy have increased options for palliative care, so that animals can have a prolonged life rather than a prolonged death. This course provides an overview of oncogenesis and metastasis, common chemotherapeutics, other therapies including surgery and radiation, paraneoplastic syndromes, lymphoma, sarcomas, round cell tumours and the complete approach to the cancer patient.