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Valentine Charlton Feline Medicine Conference

Valentine Charlton Feline Medicine Conference

If you are treating any of the 3.9 million pet cats in Australia, you won’t want to miss this conference.

From urethral blockage, dyspnoea and pruritis to chronic renal insufficiency, anaemia, IBD, chronic pain and arthritis –  an exciting range of the medical problems encountered in feline patients will be addressed.

Keynote speaker Susan Little will be joined by a terrific line-up of local talent, including Rachel Korman, Carolyn O’Brien, Linda Vogelnest and Steve Holloway at this February conference. From refinement of every day challenges – such as getting in-hospital patients to eat – to updates in treatment for immune-mediated disease, asthma and liver issues, this conference will ensure you are following contemporary recommendations for care.

With a focus on diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making, the Masterclass on Day 4 with Lara Boland and Katherine Briscoe will guide you in applying your knowledge to practical cases. Limited to just 50 registrations, this day will help you maximise the value of the information you procure in the conference and assist you in providing the best treatment plans and most accurate prognoses for you patients.


Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 February 2020
Masterclass - SOLD OUT
Thursday 13 February 2020
8.30 - 5.00
12 December 2019
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
University of Sydney NSW


DVM DABVP (Feline)

Dr. Susan Little received her BSc from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada. She is a past president of the American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners and the Winn Feline Foundation. She is currently an International Council for Veterinary Assessments board member. She is a peer reviewer for veterinary journals as well as the author of many journal articles. Dr. Little is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Assoc. Small Animal Practitioner Award (2010), the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award (2013), and the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill's Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine (2013). She is the editor and co-author of two textbooks: The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management (2012) and August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (2015). 

BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud FANZCVS

Kath graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her Fellowship training program in feline medicine. In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and is also passionate about providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners. After 5 years at the University of Sydney, Kath joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney, she also passed her Fellowship examinations in June 2012 and is now a registered specialist in Feline Medicine. She has recently made a sea-change and is working at Pacific Vetcare in Coffs Harbour – a first opinion practice. Years of referral practice have allowed unique insights into ways in which a primary accession clinic might improve the health of its feline patients and provide superior services to their owners. Dr Briscoe is also keen to ensure general practitioners are well versed in what can be achieved in their own clinics and at what stage one should consider referral.


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 worked in small animal referral practice at Advanced Vetcare from 2010 to 2018 before starting his own consultancy business. Steve is currently involved in supplying research services and performing private consulting in Melbourne.   His special interests include clinical and molecular aspects of medical diseases and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response.


After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2000, Rachel worked in small animal practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom and received a "Cynthia Award" by the Feline Advisory Bureau for her dedication to cats.  Rachel completed three years as the Feline Advisory Bureau Senior Clinical Training Scholar at the University of Bristol. She is a member of the Feline Expert Panel, the Australian Heartworm Panel, a reviewer for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and a contributing author to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Manual of Feline Practice.

Rachel now runs the Feline Friendly Practice at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane, Australia.

Rachel has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, and areas of interest include feline haematological disease, geriatric medicine and liver disease. She has a partially sighted cat (Maus), a terror of a Burmese (Moriarty) and two kids under 4.  She divides her spare time between them!

BVSc (Hons) MVetClinStud FANZCVS

Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, Carolyn commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam and then from the University of Melbourne. She is now one of the directors of Melbourne Cat Vets. Currently in the final stages of her PhD project, she has a busy family life with two children and two 20-year-old Burmese cats. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, particularly infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. She also has a strong interest in the theoretical underpinnings of effective adult learning and professional development. Carolyn is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course. 



BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Feline Med.) FACVSc (Dermatology)

Linda Vogelnest graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and worked in private and university small animal practice for over ten years before following a long time interest in dermatology. Linda achieved Membership of the ANZCVS in Feline Medicine in 1997 and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003, and ran a clinical dermatology service at the University of Sydney for many years. She moved her clinical dermatology service to the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2013, but continues to teach dermatology to veterinary students, and is passionate about increasing understanding and practical application of dermatology in general practice. Linda's special interests include atopic dermatitis, otitis, skin cytology and biopsy sampling, and dermatology in exotics and horses.

BVSc FANZCVS (Feline Medicine) Dipl. ECVIM-CA

Lara graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and initially worked in feline and general small animal practice in Brisbane and Canberra. Lara completed an International Cat Care sponsored residency in small animal medicine at the University of Bristol, UK and then returned home to Australia in 2013 to work as a specialist at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney. Lara is both a European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and an Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Fellow in Feline Medicine. In 2018 she became a senior lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Sydney.

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