Problem Solving in Internal Medicine Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

Problem Solving in Internal Medicine Conference

This exciting conference will refresh, review and update your knowledge and understanding of internal medicine.

Each day we will discuss a logical problem-based approach to key clinical signs followed by updates about important topics in medicine relevant to general practitioners.

Keynote speakers, David Church and Jill Maddison, will be supported by talented local speakers who are working at the cutting edge of this fascinating discipline. They will all be delivering information that is practical and relevant to you as a practitioner. The first four days of the course will be lecture-based with case examples. The final day will be a masterclass which is entirely case based – a mega Grand Rounds – where audience participation and interaction will be expected and welcomed.

Special offer:

First 100 conference* registrations receive a FREE Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice textbook valued at $66.95.

*Must register for the full 4 day conference or conference including masterclass.

See what Jill Maddison and David Church have to say about the upcoming course...



Monday 19 - Thursday 22 February 2018
Friday 23 February 2018
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
7 January 2018
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



Jill is a graduate of the University of Sydney. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney, spent 18 months in full time private practice in Sydney then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. She returned to Australia and completed a PhD entitled Neurochemistry of Hepatic Encephalopathy at The University of Sydney. She was a senior tutor and clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney from 1987 and from 1990-2000 was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology. During this time she also worked in general and specialist veterinary practice and was a consultant for a veterinary clinical pathology lab. In 2000 she became the Director of the Veterinary Science Foundation at the University of Sydney. Jill moved to the UK with her family in April 2001.

From 2002 she was a veterinary clinician and lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, London based at the college’s first opinion practice and was appointed a Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge where she tutored in pharmacology. She is currently Professor of General Practice, BVetMed Course Director and Director of Professional Development and Extramural Studies at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and CPD at the RVC in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical problem solving and clinical pharmacology. Jill has published over 60 refereed papers in veterinary and medical journals and is the senior editor of Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology, the 2nd edition of which was published by Elsevier in 2008. She is also co-editor of Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice published by Wiley-Blackwell in March 2015. She has lectured extensively around the world on clinical problem solving, small animal internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults at a local veterinary practice and at the RVC’s first opinion practice, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital. 


Professor David Church graduated BVSc from the University of Sydney in 1975. After graduating he was appointed there as a small animal clinical instructor and enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine looking at various aspects of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus. In 1983 he was appointed as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991 and Associate Professor in 1999. David obtained membership (small animal medicine) of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1990, and was Hospital Director of the University Veterinary Centre from 1991 until his departure in 2001 to take up the Chair of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. David became head of the new Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences until August 2009, and was then appointed Vice Principal (Academic and Clinical Affairs) at the Royal Veterinary College. David is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and a recipient of the Betts Prize alongside Lynne Hill for establishing VCS and the QMH as a powerhouse of veterinary clinical service, training and education. He is a co-tutor in the long running CVE Distance Education course – Internal Medicine: A Problem Solving Approach. 


Caroline Mansfield graduated from Murdoch University, Perth sometime last century and worked in mixed animal and small animal practice in Australia and the UK before completing a 3-year residency in small animal medicine at University College, Dublin. She developed an interest in gastroenterology during that time and has continued that clinical and research passion since her return to Australia in 2001. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters. Current clinical research projects include mechanisms involved in canine inflammatory bowel disease, both the endocrine and exocrine pancreas and establishing what viral communities exist in the canine intestine.

Caroline is board certified in internal medicine, gaining a Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. She is currently Past President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. From 2001 until 2010 she was employed at Murdoch University. She moved to the University of Melbourne in late 2010, and is currently Associate Professor and Head of Small Animal Medicine there.

BVSc MVS PhD MASM MASID GradCertEducStud IVASCertAcup.

Jacqui is an Associate Professor and veterinary microbiologist who is passionate about providing clinically relevant infectious disease courses for veterinary students, veterinary practitioners and companion animal breeders that are centred on the relationship between host, pathogen and environment and how each is involved in the development of disease in animals (including humans).

She is involved in developing the structure, content and governance of the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum, which started in 2015. Her research reflects a broad interest in infectious and non-infectious diseases. This includes: Development of diagnostics and treatments for companion animal viral diseases  (especially Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline immunodeficiency virus, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper virus); Q fever  (how common is it in the veterinary personnel and animal owners, what are the risk factors for exposure? What role do companion animals play?); Multi-resistant Staphylococcus species – what role do these Staphylococcus species play in animal disease in Australia, what are the preventable risk factors and the risks to health in human communities; and Chronic Renal Disease in domestic and zoo Felids - development of strategies for early diagnosis, targeted treatments and prevention.

BVSc (Hons I) MVetClinStud FANZVCS

Jody graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney and worked in private small animal practice for a number of years before returning to the university for an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Postgraduate Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Studies. She continued at the University of Sydney as a Resident in Small Animal Medicine and completed a Masters degree (Thesis: Investigation of some alternative therapies for management of pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism in the dog) and a Fellowship training program. Jody then worked at the University Veterinary Centre, Sydney as a Senior Registrar before taking up a position at the University of Sydney as Lecturer in Veterinary Medicine 2002 - 2005. She attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004 and is a registered specialist in Canine Medicine. Jody's private referral practice is now based at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney where she also continues her clinical research - now into the long-term effects and outcomes of trilostane treatment and other medical aspects of treated and untreated hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. Jody's clinical interests include all areas of canine and feline medicine, especially endocrinology, gerontology, pharmacology and clinical pathology.

DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Niek Beijerink graduated with a veterinary degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He completed a PhD (canine endocrinology and reproduction) in 2007 and then a residency in Small Animal Cardiology in 2010. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). In 2011 Niek commenced working as a Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology at Sydney University and is responsible for the clinical service and teaching in this area. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and stem cell therapy for heart disease. Niek is the tutor in the CVE Cardiorespiratory Medicine Distance Education course.

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