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Tuesday, February 9
 

7:00pm AEDT

The ins and outs of importing and exporting horses to and from Australia
Every year up to over 1500 horses are exported out of Australia and over 3500 horses are imported into the country.  In this Masterclass - experts in their field will discuss which diseases are of most concern when importing horses to Australia and how this has been factored into the risk assessment and testing protocols. They will explain and discuss the processes that are undertaken by the shipping agents when preparing horses for transport to and from Australia as well as the role of the vets in this work. Kirsten Bailey, an experienced quarantine station veterinarian will outline her role as a vet overseeing the health and wellbeing of the valuable animals arriving in Australia from around the world and the challenges of running a quarantine station importing equine athletes will also be discussed. If you deal with horses being imported into or exported from Australia – the opportunity to hear these experienced and world-renowned speakers is a session is not to be missed.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ellis

Patricia Ellis

PatriciaEllis AMBVSc (Hons), MVSc, DVSc (h.c.) Melbourne, MANZCVS Patricia’s veterinary career spans a broad and international scope in both private and public practice. It includes research, teaching, race track regulatory work, equine practice and government service in Australia... Read More →
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Chris Burke

Chris Burke is the Managing Director of International Racehorse Transport and First Point Animal Services. Chris has worked in the horse shipping business for more than 25 years and will discuss the processes that are undertaken by the shipping agents when preparing horses for transport... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Bailey

Kirsten Bailey

Research Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship, University of Melbourne
Kirsten Bailey is a graduate from the University of Queensland veterinary school who has worked for a number of years as an attending veterinarian at the Werribee quarantine station when the international racehorses arrive for their Spring Carnival campaigns. Kirsten will outline... Read More →
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Ross Kendell

Ross Kendell is involved with the management of post-arrival quarantine stations at Werribee and Canterbury and will talk about the challenges of importing equine athletes and keeping them in peak fitness while making sure that they are not bringing any unwanted infectious diseases... Read More →


Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Public health - Sustainable veterinary practice: Climate change impacts & what we can do about it in veterinary practice
The carbon neutral veterinary practice 
We look at how we assess the carbon footprint of a suburban small animal practice and the options to consider in reducing its carbon footprint.
We examine how building design, workplace systems and equipment can all be used to significantly reduce the carbon footprint and make your practice a nicer place to work as well as increasing its profitability.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Watson

Jeremy Watson

Jeremy graduated in 1986 at Melbourne University. In 1998 he established the Brimbank Vet Clinic, a 5 vet small animal practice in suburban Melbourne. In 2013 he completed membership by examination to the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the discipline... Read More →
avatar for Angela Frimberger

Angela Frimberger

Angela is a parent, biologist, veterinary oncologist, small business owner and volunteer climate advocate/educator. She has always been interested in environmental concerns and in 2014 trained as a Climate Leader by the Climate Reality Project and ACF.Locally, Angela is Chair & Treasurer... Read More →
avatar for Sue Cooke

Sue Cooke

Sue Cooke has 30 years’ experience in health in Australia, including in health and climate change policy and education, climate resilient health systems and adaptation planning, health promoting settings, children and young people’s health, community empowerment and transition.A... Read More →


Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:30pm AEDT

Demystifying the ECG
Due to a technical issue we have had to push this session back by half an hour. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Meyers

Fiona Meyers

Assoc. Prof. Fiona Meyers-Campbell BVSc(Hons) PhD MANZCVS Dip.ACVIM(Cardiology)Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1996 and then practiced in the United Kingdom and Australia for 2 years. In 2001, she completed her PhD and was... Read More →
avatar for Brad Gavaghan

Brad Gavaghan

Director, Cardiologist, VCI consulting at Veterinary Specialist Services
Dr Brad Gavaghan studied veterinary science at the University of Queensland and completed a cardiology residency program at the University of California and an externship at the paediatric cardiology unit at the UC Sacramento Med School. At UC Davis he received the Myrtle Oliver Award... Read More →


Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:30pm - 9:30pm AEDT
Online
 
Wednesday, February 10
 

7:00pm AEDT

Latest in laser therapy
Laser therapy has been used in medicine for a long time, yet in the last decade there has been an explosion of pertinent research. We will take a quick look at the physiologic effects laser has in the body and move on to look at how and when to use laser from treating cancer, osteoarthritis, asthma and so much more. From traumatic brain injuries to a tooth abscess in a white tiger with blue light, we will share insight on more ways to utilize your laser with solid research thrown in for fun.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie McCauley

Laurie McCauley

Optimum Pet Vitality
Dr. McCauley graduated in 1992 from Colorado State SVM. After six years in general practice, she became a pioneer in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, designing the first underwater treadmill for dogs.  Dr. McCauley started the first Veterinary Rehabilitation Clinic in 1998... Read More →


Wednesday February 10, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

The Practical use of blood gas analysis
SESSION DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT
There are three main elements of blood gas analysis that are used in clinical small animal practice:
1. Respiratory function assessment
2. Assessment of circulatory perfusion
3. Electrolyte analysis

Blood gas analysis gives information about the overall acid-base status of a patient, including metabolic and respiratory components, as well as pulmonary function. Alterations in acid-base status and in respiratory function often feature in the severely ill, and present commonly in the emergency room and in the intensive care hospital patient, making the blood gas analysis a very welcome rapid and relatively inexpensive point of care diagnostic and monitoring tool in contemporary clinical practice.

Venous blood gas analysis allows evaluation of metabolic abnormalities as well as ventilation, whereas arterial blood gas analysis is necessary to accurately evaluate pulmonary oxygenation status, PaO2 being the gold standard measurement of oxygenation. Arterial blood gas analysis facilitates accurate assessment of respiratory function and diagnose hypoxia and respiratory failure.

Along with patients who present with respiratory (CHF, Pneumonia, CHF, for example) and/or metabolic emergencies (DKA, Hypoadrenocorticism, for example) emergencies involving shock are situations where blood gas evaluation would be particularly helpful.

There are four parameters to help evaluate the severity of anaerobic metabolism – blood pH, bicarbonate level, base excess, and lactate concentration. There are four basic types of pH disturbances – metabolic acidosis, metabolic alkalosis, respiratory acidosis and respiratory alkalosis – and five steps to be taken to interpret acid-base status; these will feature in our discussion, as will common causes of these acid-base disturbances and their expected compensatory responses.

Other important equations that can be calculated with blood gas analysis results include the Alveolar-Arterial Oxygen Gradient, the Anion Gap Equation, and the PaO2:FiO2 ratio for quantifying pulmonary efficiency.
Clinical cases will be used to demonstrate blood gas anomalies and a blueprint for interpretation will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Terry King

Terry King

Veterinary Specialist Services
Terry, a native of Northern Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 1975 and spent the next 19 years in private practice in outer suburban (mostly small animal) Brisbane.  After a year's sojourn in the USA and Brisbane's Animal Emergency... Read More →


Wednesday February 10, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Thursday, February 11
 

7:00pm AEDT

Brachycephalic surgery
Speakers
avatar for Phil Moses

Phil Moses

Director, Veterinary Specialist Services
Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until cured of the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Nothing but Canine Lymphoma - New Tricks for Treating Cancer
Canine lymphoma is a common neoplasia in dogs, accounting for 7% to 24% of all malignancies, and in many respects comparable to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans. The exact cause is unknown with environmental factors and genetic susceptibility thought to play a vital role in both species. Most dogs present with a peripheral lymphadenopathy, largely due to intermediate to high grade disease with a B cell phenotype more prevalent. Chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment and, until recently, was largely a doxorubicin-based multiagent protocol. An alkylating rich protocol has recently been implemented to manage dogs with a T cell histology. A complete remission is obtained in the majority of dogs and lasts for approximately 7-10 months, with a median survival time of 10-17 months. Unfortunately, most dogs eventually relapse and succumb to recurrent disease. Multidrug resistance often attributed to the expression of drug transporters of the ABC-transporter superfamily (P-gp and BCRP) is partly the reason for dogs failing the first line chemotherapy protocol and is a common problem encountered in the treatment of canine lymphoma. Various rescue protocols are reported in the veterinary literature and are instituted attempting to establish remission in a patient that has relapsed, has persistent disease unresponsive to first-line chemotherapy protocols or has an inability to tolerate maximum dose chemotherapy protocols. Unfortunately, most have short remission intervals in addition to moderate to high toxicity profiles. Developing alternative treatment options, such as well tolerated palliative protocols, immunotherapy and targeted therapy, are of critical importance to try and manage this.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen O'Connell

Kathleen O'Connell

Director, Veterinary Oncologist, Animal Referral Hospital
Kathleen has been dedicated to the field of oncology since working on the human melanoma vaccine trial at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2001. She credits her background in immunology research and publication of a thesis on tumour cell metastasis with piquing her interest in the... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Welfare - Dealing with animal welfare cases in general practice
Veterinarians support and enhance animal welfare in every aspect of their professional lives. Whether in research, teaching or clinical practice, veterinarians consider the welfare of animals their first priority. The identification or suspicion of an animal welfare issue in practice can be one of the most stressful situation veterinarians find themselves. This workshop, run by the AVA Welfare Special Interest Group – will help veterinarians in practice recognise and identify welfare issues, give them guidance on who to contact and what evidence to collect and what to expect if a prosecution goes ahead.
This workshop is a must for all practitioners from new graduates to experienced veterinarians and practice managers.

Moderators
avatar for Magdoline Awad

Magdoline Awad

Chief Veterinary Officer, Greencross
Dr Magdoline Awad has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney, a graduate degree in Veterinary Professional Practice Management, and Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Animal Welfare Chapter.She was appointed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ledger

Michelle Ledger

Chief Veterinary Officer, Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission
Dr Michelle Ledger graduated from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort in 2001. She has a strong interest in sporting animals and welfare and is currently completing a Masters in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law via the University of Edinburgh. She comes from a horse... Read More →
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Rebecca Belousoff

Senior Inspectorate Veterinarian, RSPCA
Rebecca Belousoff graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005 and after working at the Cat Protection Society started at the RSPCA in Burwood in 2007 where she is currently employed as the Senior Inspectorate Veterinarian. After being involved in many Inspector cases Rebecca... Read More →
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David O'Shannessy

Mr David O’SHANNESSY, has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Sydney. After completing his Agricultural Science degree he worked as an RSPCA NSW Inspector and for a period of time was a sales representative for a veterinary pharmaceutical company... Read More →
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Michael Paton

Michael was born and completed his Veterinary degree in Brisbane is married to a Western Australian and has 3 children all now in the work force.Michael is a University of Queensland graduate who worked in private veterinary practice, in Australia and the UK. He joined the then Department... Read More →
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Suff Suharju

Dr Suff Suharju graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010. He has a graduate diploma in business and is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration. Suff has a strong interest in animal welfare regulations, shelter medicine, teaching and veterinary leadership... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Tuesday, February 23
 

7:00pm AEDT

Behaviour psychopharmacology
Speakers
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Kersti Seksel

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service
After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →
avatar for Jacqui Ley

Jacqui Ley

Veterinary Psychiatry, VBSA/MVSC
Dr Jacqui Ley graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1995 and became a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Behaviour in 20XX after gaining her Fellowship to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science and her Diplomat of the European College of Animal... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Dr Moss Siddle

Dr Moss Siddle

Director, Medechat
Veterinary care - anytime, anywhere.Veterinary clinics can now deliver low cost, stress free initial veterinary advice to their clients with Medechat - a reliable, functional and user-friendly video platform for progressive vets and pet owners to communicate and consult. It’s convenient... Read More →


Tuesday February 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

IVDD in dachshunds
Speakers
avatar for Phil Moses

Phil Moses

Director, Veterinary Specialist Services
Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until cured of the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed... Read More →


Tuesday February 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Partners in Sustainable Agriculture - Free to attend
Do you work in the production industries or have a partnership with your farming community? This free workshop will focus on supporting farm productivity, sustainability with farm dam enhancements, water quality and how it contributes to weight gain plus productivity financial return. It also focuses on how vets can contribute by supporting proactive decision making for practice and ultimately driving profitability in farm businesses.

We’ve teamed up with some excellent people in Sustainable Farms a group within the Fenner School of Environmental Science, ANU and Dr Helen McGregor a veterinary consultant to the livestock industry.

Please note that this session is free to attend and open to the public. The link to join will be available here on the night: https://austvetassoc.zoom.us/j/93227022482

Speakers
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Helen McGregor

Dr Helen McGregor has over 25 years’ experience working with farm businesses as a veterinary and agricultural consultant and currently offers project management, education and consultancy services through her company Redefining Agriculture. Helen’s key areas of interest include... Read More →
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David Smith

David Smith is a Field Ecologist and Extension Officer with Sustainable Farms who manages biodiversity monitoring programs in Victoria and the Western Murray region of New South Wales. David has an interest in the integration of biodiversity conservation and farming and is passionate... Read More →
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Michelle Young

Michelle Young is the Project Director of Sustainable Farms and is passionate about supporting famers to enhance the natural assets within including biodiversity within their production system.  Michelle has extensive experience applying social science approaches to interdisciplinary... Read More →


Tuesday February 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Wednesday, February 24
 

7:00pm AEDT

The complicated diabetic
Diabetes in dogs and cats will often respond well to standard insulin treatment and nutritional strategies, resulting in excellent long-term patient outcomes.  However, cases that are complicated by concurrent conditions can be very challenging to manage and demand considerable owner commitment.  Canine Cushing’s syndrome and feline hypersomatotropism are common causes of insulin resistance, whereas chronic gastrointestinal conditions, pancreatitis, and renal failure can result in unpredictable and variable glycaemic control.  This presentation will focus on the advanced care required by complex diabetic patients and highlight the most successful strategies to prioritise diagnostic investigations and manage multiple treatments in a timely manner that preserves owner resources.  This includes insulin treatments to deal with insulin resistance while minimising the risk of hypoglycaemia and the most useful patient monitoring options.

Learning objectives:
- Identify clinical features that indicate concurrent disease in diabetic dogs and cats.
- Plan a diagnostic approach to efficiently identify complicating scenarios.
- Formulate a treatment plan to manage both the diabetes and the other condition(s).

Speakers
avatar for Linda Fleeman

Linda Fleeman

Animal Diabetes Australia
Director, Animal Diabetes AustraliaBVSc (Hons) University of Queensland, Internship in Small Animal Medicine Murdoch University, MANZCVS (Medicine of dogs), Residency in Small Animal Medicine University of Melbourne, PhD University of Queensland (Clinical management of diabetes mellitus... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hill's Pet Nutrition

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has been associated with the global veterinary industry for more than 70 years. Engagement with and support of the veterinary industry is at the heart of how Hill’s operates. Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships... Read More →


Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Tips & Tricks: Interpreting Dental Radiograph Images
The lecture will cover the normal anatomy of the maxillary and mandibular region in dogs and cats along with the normal dental anatomy structures that are commonly seen in radiographic images. The presentation will also cover how to mount your radiology images following image processing. The second half of the lecture will focus on recognising common pathologic changes in the oral cavity and how to distinguish them from the normal structures. The presentation will include a series of dental radiographs that represent dental pathology commonly encountered in canine and feline patients such as different stages of periodontal disease, endodontic disease, tooth resorption, congenital abnormalities, retained tooth root, and many others. This Master Class is aimed to increase our confidence in interpreting radiology images in a practical way. The lecture will be followed by an interactive session on the second hour where participants are encouraged to answer the questions via Zoom platform.

Speakers
avatar for Williana Basuki

Williana Basuki

Williana Basuki was born and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. She earned her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2010. After university, she embarked on her journey as a small animal practitioner in Brisbane followed by rotating and surgery internships at Queensland... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for iM3

iM3

The Veterinary Dental Company
iM3 is a family owned veterinary Dental Company established in Sydney Australia over 30 years ago. In that time, iM3 has grown to become a global veterinary dental company setting the standard in product innovation, industry firsts and continuing education. We are passionate in providing... Read More →


Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Wound reconstruction using a skin flap
This presentation aims to offer the basic knowledge of frequently used reconstructive technique in small animal surgery, a skin flap surgery. A general classification and description of some of the most useful flaps is being discussed together with the author’s experience in maximising the healing potential and the flap survival. Thorough knowledge of skin vascular anatomy and basic skin flap principles often facilitates successful tension free primary closure of large skin defect in a single session.

Speakers
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Martin Havlicek

Specialist Surgeon, SASH Small Animal Specialist Hospital


Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Thursday, February 25
 

7:00pm AEDT

Joint & enthesial strain. Economical treatment using neural prolotherapy injections
Cruciate strain in dogs and Sacroiliac disease in horses will be just part of this presentation on the strain of connective tissue of joints and entheses (tendon and ligament junctions with bone and other firm connective tissue). Joints and entheses are commonly subject to strain during high impact pursuits and repetitive actions where tissue undergoes a degree of stress. Strain of both joints and entheses are considered major sources of pain and dysfunction in human sports medicine and Ian believes the same of horses and dogs.

These presentations will explore connective tissue strain in the upper body and spine of dogs and horses and also limbs of dogs. Also covered will be pathogenesis of connective tissue strain and apparent sites of strain in horses and dogs. Treatment using a medical therapy that has been around since the 1930’s, and has been popular with sports medicine doctors in recent times, neural prolotherapy, will be described in some detail. Ian’s own treatment formula, a very safe and effective mixture and minimally irritating version of the original formula will be provided. Recent research findings relating to the effect of the original formula on nerve health and connective tissue health will be included.

Finally, other options for treatment including PRP, acupuncture and laser will be discussed.




Speakers
avatar for Ian Bidstrup

Ian Bidstrup

Principal, SpinalVet
Ian is a private veterinary practitioner. BVSc(Hons) 1980 UoM, MANZCVS 1988, MChiroSc (RMIT Univ 2002) Cert Vet Acupuncture (IVAS 1995) Medical Neural Prolotherapy courses (AAMM) 2008, 2011, 2017.Over the last 12 years Ian has been using regenerative injection therapy (neural prolotherapy... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Options for managing the arthritic hip / total hip replacement
Hip pain and arthritis has a great impact on mobility in dogs. While medical management can be effective, many will either not do as well, or will need a reduced level of activity in order to be comfortable. While FHO can help reduce pain, Total Hip Replacement (THR) has the advantage of preserving the ball-and-socket joint, and returning the limb to 100% normal function. In this presentation, I will briefly present the different THR systems and how they work. I will discuss the factors that are considered regarding when to do surgery. I will then focus on the BFX system and how it is placed. I will present the intra-operative and post-operative complications, and their impact on outcome. In the second session I will use a number of cases to show some of these complications and how they were managed.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Roe

Simon Roe

Professor, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Roe completed his veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 1979. He did his residency at the University of Illinois and became an ACVS Diplomate in 1992. He completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 1991. He has been at NCSU since 1991 and was promoted... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Tuesday, March 23
 

7:00pm AEDT

Mast Cell Neoplasia
Speakers
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Jessica Finlay

Jessica graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 with first class honours, moving to a mixed general practice in east Victoria, and then small animal practice in Tasmania. During her time in general practice, she completed the Post Graduate Foundation course in Oncology... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Rabbit Neurological Assessment
Neurological problems in rabbits – how to assess, diagnose and treat them

Neurological issues are very common in rabbits, and can vary from the easily treatable to those that can be fatal if ignored. This masterclass will consist of 2 sections, firstly a detailed discussion on how to perform both a quick, and more detailed, neurological exams on a rabbit, including a comprehensive list of the signs of neurological issues in rabbits – noting the subtle differences in exam compared to other species.

The second part will discuss the common and not so common neurological issues in rabbits, how they present, useful diagnostic tests and treatment options. There will also be a chance to discuss cases and lots of fun / interesting videos to watch.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Skinner

Gerry Skinner

Director, The Rabbit Drs
Gerry Skinner qualified from Bristol in 2003 after switching careers from archaeology, having obtained a PhD in palaeopathology in 1997. During her exotics training in the UK she emigrated to Australia and kept emergency and critical care as her main clinical interest, gaining memberships... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

The fracture game
For many General Practitioners , fractures can provide both a challenge and a source of great stress. 
Fracture Game  is a 2 hour session aimed at looking at decision making and management of various fractures, and providing some useful practical tips and understanding for how we can better manage these cases.   

This webinar will be in 2 parts -
- The first 30-40% will review some general concepts of fractures, and what we need to consider when making decisions.
- The remaining time will look at a number of cases, get you to make a (quick) choice as to how you may approach it, and then look at how it was actually treated - good and bad.  We will use that to explore some of the tricks, difficulties and decision making - the WHY we did what we did.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mouatt

Jason Mouatt

Jason Mouatt BVSc FANZCVSSpecialist Small Animal SurgeonDr Jason Mouatt is a University of Queensland (BVSc) graduate. After 5 years in general small animal and equine practice he returned to the University of Queensland to complete a 3 year residency in Small Animal Surgery, followed... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Troy Animal Healthcare

Troy Animal Healthcare

Troy Animal Healthcare is an Australian owned company with a long history and a proven track record when it comes to servicing the needs of the animal healthcare communities in Australia, New Zealand and across the globe. Troy is a significant investor in the Animal Healthcare Industry... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Wednesday, March 24
 

7:00pm AEDT

IDEXX - Next level Gastrointestinal diagnostics – ‘What is the Gold Standard?
This session will focus on the Gastrointestinal System. Join us as our speaker panel dives into the realm of routine testing and the value of Minimum Database, Faecal testing – including how to interpret those results, and GI Tumours – The role of cytology, histopathology and advanced diagnostics.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Swinney

Graham Swinney

Medical Affairs Veterinarian/Internal Medicine Consultant, IDEXX Laboratories
BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine)Dr Graham Swinney is an Internal Medicine Consultant and Medical Affairs Veterinarian at IDEXX. Graham is a Canine Medicine Specialist and when not on the phone taking calls supporting veterinarians through cases, he is sharing his experience and expertise... Read More →
avatar for Philippa McLaren

Philippa McLaren

BVMS (hons) MVS MANZCVS DipACVP (Clin Path)Philippa is a Specialist Veterinary Clinical Pathologist and also Pathology Services Manager for IDEXX Australia, responsible for overseeing the team of pathologists while working predominantly in clinical pathology in our Melbourne laboratory... Read More →
avatar for Daren Hanshaw

Daren Hanshaw

BSc, BVMS (Hons), Dip ACVPSpecialist Veterinary Anatomic PathologistDaren completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery degree at Murdoch University, Perth, graduating with merit honours. He is an experienced small animal clinician, having owned his own practice for several... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Where are we with cruciates in 2021
Speakers
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Lucas Beierer

BVSc GradDipEd MVetSurg DACVS-SARegistered Specialist in Small Animal SurgeryLucas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland undertook a rotating internship in Brisbane. Surgical internships then followed in Adelaide and Perth, part of which involved a tertiary... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Troy Animal Healthcare

Troy Animal Healthcare

Troy Animal Healthcare is an Australian owned company with a long history and a proven track record when it comes to servicing the needs of the animal healthcare communities in Australia, New Zealand and across the globe. Troy is a significant investor in the Animal Healthcare Industry... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Veterinary workforce issues
Please use the following link to access the live session: https://austvetassoc.zoom.us/j/97065197239

Moderators
avatar for Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler

Senior Advocacy Officer, Australian Veterinary Association
Susan has worked for the AVA since 2012. She was the Executive Officer of the Victorian Division from 2012-2019 and has been AVA’s Senior Advocacy Officer since 2019. She currently manages the AVA Workforce Challenges working group, writes submissions to government on behalf of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Anstee

John Anstee

Dr John Anstee BVetBiol/BVSc has been working as mixed practice veterinarian for 5 years and is based in Southern NSW as part of Apiam Animal Health. He has been a member of the AVA since graduating from CSU in Wagga. He has been exposed to almost all fields on offer for a practicing... Read More →
avatar for Moss Siddle

Moss Siddle

Principal Veterinary Surgeon, Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre
Dr Moss Siddle BVSc has been a private veterinary practitioner for over 20 years. He established Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre in 1999. The practice has won an AVA / Pfizer “Practice of Excellence in Customer Service Award” and operates under the “Fear Free” philosophy... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Warburton

Cathy Warburton

Wellbeing consultant/coach, Make Headway
Cathy is a veterinarian who worked as a clinician, trainer and manager in private, university and corporate practices for 25 years before realigning to work solely in the area of veterinary well-being. She is the owner of Make Headway, a business providing training, coaching and support... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Latter

Melanie Latter

Head of Policy and Advocacy, AVA
Melanie is the AVA’s Head of Policy and Advocacy. She has a background and PhD in veterinary pathology, has worked in research and teaching, as well as bovine practice on Norfolk Island. Prior to working for the AVA, Melanie worked in regulatory policy for the QLD Department of... Read More →
avatar for Sam Nugent

Sam Nugent

Dr Sam Nugent BVSc has been an equine veterinarian in private practice for over 25 years. Sam is currently a veterinarian for the Scone Equine Group. He is a director of Australian Veterinary Group Holdings that owns a number of equine and small animal clinics. Immediate past president... Read More →
avatar for Ale Arbe-Montoya

Ale Arbe-Montoya

I am a qualified veterinarian with 9 years of experience in small animal practice. Currently I am a PhD Candidate for The University of Adelaide in the field of Veterinary Workforce and Moral Distress. I am also a member of several groups that aim to improve the wellbeing of veterinarians... Read More →
avatar for Leisa Denaro BVSc

Leisa Denaro BVSc

Veterinarian and Recruitment Consultant, Apiam Animal Health
Over a 30 year career, Leisa has been an employed veterinarian in rural mixed practice,and regional companion animal practice, worked as a locum for several years, then navigated the rewards and challenges of practice ownership.  More recently she has diversified within the profession... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online
 
Thursday, March 25
 

7:00pm AEDT

Are Equine Caudal Cervical Morphological Variations relevant?
Equine lower cervical morphological variations are gaining attention, both in Australia and overseas, as a source of pain and dysfunction in horses. Understanding the anatomy and biomechanical factors contributing to this condition are paramount to recognising potential impacts on performance and horse and rider safety. This presentation opens the discussion on the prevalence and relevance of this condition in Australian horse populations with reference to the differences between breeds and disciplines of horses. Current literature will be reviewed. 


Speakers
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Christine Gee

SpinalVet Associates
Dr Christine Gee completed her veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne in 2001. Since then, she has practiced in mixed animal practices in Victoria and South East Queensland and worked and travelled in the UK.Early in her veterinary career Christine developed an interest... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

Blood-borne infections in Australia: Emerging diseases and new questions
You have a patient that is anaemic. Maybe the laboratory report indicates a haemolytic process, maybe it’s a non-regenerative anaemia, or maybe the dog has pancytopenia. Is there a leucocytosis or leucopenia? And there could be thrombocytopenia too. Veterinary practitioners frequently encounter dogs and cats with haematological abnormalities and whilst the cause may be obvious in many cases, there are other situations where further diagnostic investigation is required. In such cases we question whether the process is immune-mediated and then inevitably consider potential (secondary) triggers for this outcome.
Blood-borne infections of dogs and cats in Australia comprise well-known and new emerging vector-borne diseases, including babesiosis (Babesia vogeli and B. gibsoni), anaplasmosis (Anaplasma platys), bartonellosis (Bartonella henselae and B. clarridgeiae), ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia canis), haemoplasmosis (Mycoplasma haemofelis, Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum, Mycoplasma haemocanis and Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum), and hepatozoonosis (Hepatozoon canis). Collectively these pathogens cause haematological abnormalities, some of which may be life-threatening, and in many cases low level infections make these diseases difficult to detect, resulting in an erroneous diagnosis of primary immune-mediated disease.
During this presentation I will review the pathogenesis of immune-mediated haematological disease, briefly review the pathogens listed above, and describe suggested diagnostic and treatment protocols for the management of blood-borne infections.

Speakers
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Peter Irwin

Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University
Peter Irwin graduated from the RVC in London, completed his PhD at JCU, and has been working in veterinary academia since 1991. Peter heads the Vector- and Water-borne Pathogen Research Group at Murdoch university and his research focuses on vector-borne diseases of companion animals... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Online

7:00pm AEDT

The future of veterinary education in Australia
Please use the following link to join the live session: https://austvetassoc.zoom.us/j/94855566018

As a profession, veterinarians are well positioned to contribute solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Veterinarians are always in high demand and each year our Veterinary Schools are graduating approximately 1,000 veterinarians to cope with these growing demands.

Recently, veterinary schools in Australia have faced enormous challenges with the Veterinary Education System, and at every campus there is work being done to reshape how our veterinary schools will look in the future. This has created a sense of uncertainty for our student member population and has raised several questions from the profession.

AVA’s Student Group Chair, Jacqueline Brew and Professor Nigel Perkins, Head of School at University of Queensland Veterinary School will discuss some of the challenges and future directions for Veterinary Education in Australia, and delegates will have the chance to participate in live Q&A.
This visionary presentation is FREE to all veterinary professionals and veterinary science students.

Moderators
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James Gilkerson

The University of Melbourne
James is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a BVSc and a PhD in virology. He is an international expert on equine infectious diseases, and is currently a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the Melbourne Veterinary School.

Speakers
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Jacqueline Brew

AVA AVSG Chair, Murdoch
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Jeffrey Wilkinson

Executive Officer & National Manager, Australian Veterinary Association
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Nigel Perkins

Head of School - Academic Superintendent, The University of Queensland
Professor Nigel Perkins is from a mixed grazing property in south west Queensland and completed a veterinary degree at the University of Queensland, followed by a Master of Science at The Ohio State University and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology supervised by Professor Roger Morris... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
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