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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 – a plethora 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 Andrea Harvey 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
Thursday 13 February 2020
8.30 - 5.00
12 December 2019
Messel Lecture Theatre
Sydney Nanoscience Hub Physics Road
University of Sydney NSW


DVM DABVP (Feline)

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 president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and is a feline medicine consultant for the Veterinary Information Network. She is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery as well as the author of many journal articles. She is the editor and co-author of 'The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management' (Elsevier, 2012) and the editor of 'August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (Elsevier, 2015). 


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) 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.


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. 

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 MANZCVS (Feline Medicine) Dipl. ECVIM-CA

Lara is both an ECVIM Diplomate in Small Animal Medicine and an Australian Fellow in Feline Medicine. Originally from Canberra, she has worked in the UK and Australia in both general small animal and referral practice since graduating from the University of Sydney in 2004. Her residency training was at the feline Centre of the University of Bristol, at Langford, where she trained with Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Severine Tasker, Andrea Harvey and Angie Hibbert.  Lara has completed Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists membership examinations in feline medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialist examinations. Currently in full time in clinical practice, she is interested in the ‘real life’ applications of veterinary research. 


Andrea Harvey graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, UK in 2000, and after a couple of years in small animal practice, returned to Bristol Vet School to undertake a 3 year residency in feline medicine, funded by the Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care). She then remained at Bristol Vet School as FAB Lecturer in Feline Medicine until 2011 after which she moved to Sydney where she ran the feline medicine service at Small Animal Specialist Hospital until 2015. Andrea is also the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Australasian Representative, bringing various initiatives such as the ISFM 'Cat Friendly Clinic' scheme to Australia, and helping to develop the international profile of the feline chapter of ANZCVS. Andrea has lectured widely internationally and contributed to numerous textbooks, including being co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Feline Practice. Andrea has wide interests in all aspects of feline medicine, and is passionate about both providing the best care for her patients, and helping to support other veterinarians to do the same. She has been a tutor in CVE’s Feline Medicine Distance Education and is currently doing a PhD involving research in brumbies.

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