Combine Immunology Conference in Queenstown, NZ with Skiing | Adventure | Leisure | Centre for Veterinary Education

Combine Immunology Conference in Queenstown, NZ with Skiing | Adventure | Leisure

And the Oscar for Best Scenery goes to... New Zealand. Watch the video and you’ll understand why Rudyard Kipling described the Milford Sound in Fiordland (pictured) as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’

Are you challenged by immune-mediated diseases…? 

Are there are a few frustrating cases you treated that baffled you and/or your colleagues and still niggle today? 

If so, you’re not alone. 

In September, there’ll be an assembly in NZ of fellow veterinarians who have encountered the same frustrations and who have decided to take action. They are committed to taking leave from their practice to hear from three foremost authorities about how they can improve their diagnosis, management and treatment of immune-mediated diseases in dogs and cats. Read the program.

Need help deciding if you will commit to this Immunology Conference?

You’re busy, there are not enough hours in the day as it is, and you have to weigh up where you will invest both your limited time and your continuing professional development budget. The bottom line is: how will attending this conference benefit me?

Hear that question answered straight from the horses’ mouths

Conference convenor Steve Holloway and co-presenters Andrew Mackin & Michael Shipstone outline the 3 major benefits you can expect to gain from attending their presentations:-

BVSc MVS PhD MACVSc Dipl. ACVIM (Convener)

3 major benefits

  1. Immune mediated diseases are very common in canine internal medicine. Recognition of clinical signs in common immune mediated diseases is so important to making a correct diagnosis.  A variety of common and uncommon immune mediated diseases will be presented. This course will allow you to recognise, diagnose and treat multiple different immune diseases in dogs and cats. 

  2. Neoplasia of the immune system is also very common in general practice. Treating dogs with cancer can be very rewarding for pet, owner and veterinarian. At the end of this course the attendee will have the knowledge to create and administer cutting edge treatments for common cancers. 

  3. Are you using immune suppressive drugs correctly? This course will enable you to go beyond prednisolone and get good results. At the end of this course you will feel comfortable prescribing these drugs and handling immune-mediated disease.



3 major benefits

  1. Develop the level of understanding needed to effectively recognize and definitively diagnose common immune-mediated blood disorders in dogs and cats.

  2. Learn a logical approach to patients with one of the most frustrating conditions that they will deal with in practice – fever of unknown origin.

  3. Add a more comprehensive understanding of immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine to your therapeutic armamentarium.



3 major benefits

  1. Diagnose and develop treatment strategies for the most common dermatological immune mediated diseases.

  2. Develop a much deeper understanding of the complex pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and how to tailor treatments to the individual and avoid the ‘one-size-fits-all’ failures.

  3. Learn a practical approach to hair loss that can immediately be applied to your next consult.


Together Steve, Andrew and Michael will deliver a stimulating program that promises to be exciting, topical and practical. With complementary interests, experiences and unique delivery styles, it will never be boring!

Join In

Our presenters want this conference to be fun and interactive but, most of all, as practical as possible. That’s why 3 out of the 4 days conclude with a panel discussion. This is your chance to put that frustrating case before the experts… and hear about other interesting cases from your colleagues.

And the icing on the cake...?

This conference is being held in one of the planet’s most breathtaking destinations – Queenstown, NZ – which is also the ‘gateway’ to the Milford Sound, Fiordland. Spoil yourself with a few days’ holiday either side. Queenstown is a mere 2 hours’ drive from Lake Te Anau, and 4 hours’ drive from Milford Sound.

What to do on the Wednesday off?

As well as being an adrenaline-lover’s paradise, Queenstown offers superb food and wine and the opportunity to just relax and experience pristine beauty. 

View the majestic Milford Sound from the best vantage point – a boat. The Milford Explorer Bus Trip will take you there and back on the same day via Te Anau for AUS$118.

Things to Do in Queenstown

Book today – both your attitude to your profession and your physical self will feel rejuvenated and you’ll return home to your practice relaxed and ready to refocus.

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Engagement Communications Specialist

Lis celebrated 25 years working for the CVE in July 2016. Building a strong CVE professional community has long been a key focus, to which end she completed a Masters of Marketing at the University of Sydney in 2016. Her capstone consulting project was based around surveying veterinarians in Australia and overseas to discover how they experienced the CVE both as a membership organisation and participants in continuing professional development. Lis was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute Prize for Best Consulting Project in 2016 for the most outstanding research project in her graduating class. The vast volume of data generated in this research project is being used to assist the CVE to adapt, improve and innovate to ensure that membership remains as relevant and as accessible today as when Tom Hungerford and colleagues first established the CVE in 1965.