Critical Care in Internal Medicine & Surgery Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

Critical Care in Internal Medicine & Surgery Conference

Critical Care in Internal Medicine & Surgery Conference

The CVE is delighted to be bringing out to Australia dynamic UK clinicians Sophie Adamantos and Mickey Tivers of Paragon Veterinary Referrals, Wakefield to present at this major conference.

International guest presenter Sophie Adamantos shares what's to gain from joining us at the upcoming Critical Care conference:

Sophie the criticalist and Mickey the surgeon have been briefed to pitch their presentations at the level of an advanced practitioner. There will be lots of interactivity with the audience, especially on the last day, a Masterclass suitable for veterinary specialists, residents and registrars, and GP vets who don’t mind being challenged and put on the spot!

A complementary duo by virtue of their disciplines, together they will guide you through supporting patients until they are stable enough to have surgery.
Presenting the Australian viewpoint such as new developments in the management of snake envenomation and tick paralysis are well-known and highly respected clinicians from private referral practice as well as the University of Melbourne.

A general guide to the content is:-
  • Monday: Emergency & Critical care 
  • Tuesday: The Abdomen 
  • Wednesday: Feline Focus 
  • Thursday: Focus on Soft Tissue surgery 
The conference will culminate in a 1-day Masterclass on the Friday covering: ‘Challenging dogma in Emergency Critical Care’.
Emergency and critical care situations are serious. They demand your immediate attention and action. In order to give your patients the optimal treatment and care, you need to ensure your skills are up-to-date and relevant.
Participating in this conference and masterclass will ensure that you are competent and confident to treat your next emergency consultation - one of the biggest foundations of confidence is knowing that you are fully prepared.
Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.


Monday 17 - Friday 21 June 2019
21 June, 2019
5 May 2019
Stamford Plaza Hotel
Melbourne VIC



Sophie graduated before Google existed and has worked at the Animal Health Trust, The Royal Veterinary College as well as mixed practice in Mid Wales.  Her most recent role has been at Langford Vets where she developed the ICU into a first class unit and created the (joint) first PG Diploma awarding internship in the UK. Her passion is teamwork and empowering staff to achieve the best for their patients through lifelong career development, entrenching education into work and practical application of evidence based medicine. Sophie is also a member of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 


Mickey graduated from the University of Bristol in 2002. He finished a residency in small animal surgery at the RVC in 2008 and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. He undertook a PhD on congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs, also at the RVC. Mickey has worked in private referral practice and he was a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at Bristol Veterinary School. He is currently head of surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield.

Mickey’s main area of clinical and research expertise is in congenital portosystemic shunts and he has published widely on the subject. He also had particular interests in brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) and abdominal surgery, although he enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery.

Mickey is passionate about providing an excellent and caring service to owners. He also likes to make work as enjoyable as possible for his colleagues and himself!


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, Melbourne, from 2010 to 2018 before starting his own consultancy business. His special interests include clinical and genetic aspects of medical diseases and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response. 


Graduated from Murdoch University in 1994 and worked in general practice In Western Australia and then in the United Kingdom.  Whilst in general practice Arthur achieved a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (equivalent to a membership).  In 2000 he began a residency in surgery at the Royal Veterinary College London.  In 2004 Arthur successfully became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Following his surgical training Arthur joined a research group to perform clinical research investigating genetic and immunological defects in Anal Furunculosis patients.  During this research period Arthur maintained close ties with the clinical environment, continuing to work within a referral surgical environment.  In 2008 Arthur’s research resulted in him been awarded a PhD with the University of London. Following the PhD Arthur was awarded a position as a lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College.  
Whilst working as a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College he has worked in both the orthopaedic and soft tissue services, ultimately working exclusively within the soft tissue service.  In July 2009 Arthur returned home to Australia and now works at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, a multidiscipline referral hospital.  
Arthur’s specific interests are in minimally invasive surgery, particularly interventional radiology techniques, oncologic surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. Arthur continues to have research interests and presently is co-supervising PhD students investigating genetics and immune responses in inflammatory bowel disease as well as hepatic regeneration following attenuation of portosystemic shunts. 
Arthur has broad range of publications not only as a result of his research in anal furunculosis but additionally clinical publications based on data from clinical cases and experience.  Additionally Arthur has been an author in several textbooks, including BSAVA thoracic and ENT surgery, Textbook of surgical nursing and is presently working on chapters for the next BSAVA manual on the care of the post operative patient. 
Arthur lectures to vets regularly in the UK via RVC CPD (continuing professional development), BSAVA regional and at BSAVA congress.  Additionally Arthur has provided lectures for CPAT (practitioners association of Thailand) 



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 MANZCVS (SA Medicine)

Ellie Leister is the Director of Pet ICU in Brisbane. In 2004, Ellie commenced 4 years in mixed practice in country NSW before passing her ANZCVS membership exams and moving to England, where she turned into a small animal vet and developed her passion for emergency and critical care. In 2011 she returned from England and in 2012 started working at VSS in Brisbane where she developed an interest in managing tick and snake envenomation and pursued several lines of research throughout her residency program, which she completed between 2015 and 2017. She has produced numerous publications, including the largest ever case series to date in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She manages a team of 16 people at the PICU which is known nationally as one of the most well run and busiest critical care centres in the country. It manages very complex cardiology, oncology, medical and surgical cases as well as everyday emergencies. Ellie shares her home with 3 cats and her dog. On days off she revels in domesticated bliss, studying or hiking.


Andrew is a veterinarian with 25 years of experience in veterinary research, industry and clinical practice.  He has had a long fascination with venomous creatures and the application of the life sciences to treat their potentially lethal effects.  He obtained a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and is currently an honorary senior research fellow with the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne.  Andrew is the founder of Padula Serums, a biotech company that produces various animal derived antisera for therapeutic and research purposes.  He has published numerous papers on snakebite in domestic animals and tick paralysis.  


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 (Hons), Dip. ACVECC

Dez has been Assoc. Prof. and Section Head of Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Melbourne since 2011. He grew up in Sunderland, in the North East UK, graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1990 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). His postgraduate training included a small animal rotating internship followed by a residency in emergency and critical care at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he remained on staff until 2001. He achieved Board Certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1994.

Dez set up and directed the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) Service at the Royal Veterinary College in London from 2001 to 2007 where he also created their small animal internship programme and the residency in ECC. He was then an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand, teaching Emergency and Critical Care as part of the Massey Masters of Veterinary Medicine Distance Education Programme.

He has served on the boards of The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and was Founding President of the European Emergency and Critical Care Society.

His research interests include many aspects of emergency and critical care but specifically the treatment and monitoring of shock, particularly lactate, fluid therapy, transvascular fluid homeostasis and coagulation.

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