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Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics Conference

An update for the new decade with Mark Papich and colleagues

Mark Papich has been described as “a guru of pharmacology”. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this landmark 2-day event where Mark will be joined by international and local speakers to discuss current and emerging topics in pharmacology and therapeutics.

Contemporary considerations such as extra-label drug use, generics and compounding will all be discussed, as will a 2020 view of the applications of corticosteroids and GI drugs. Whether you have a special interest in pharmacology or are seeking ways to maximise your patient outcomes, there is something for all practitioners. Practical pharmacokinetics, the frustrations of owner compliance, drugs for chronic pain and a debunking of drug therapy myths – everyone will find a pearl to take away from this packed program.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Pharmacology Chapter of the ANZCVS.


Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 March 2020
8.25 - 5.30
13 Jan 2020
State Library of Victoria
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entrance 3, 179 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC



Dr. Mark G. Papich is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Professorship in Veterinary Pharmacology at North Carolina State University. He is the Supervisor of the Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP), and has served as president of ACVCP. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT). He has served on various Expert Committees: the Council of Experts, and Chairman for the Veterinary Drugs Expert Committee for the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and the USP Expert Committee on Antibiotics. He is a member and past Chairholder of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Veterinary Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing subcommittee (VAST) and on the Expert Panel on Microbiology for CLSI. He served as a member of the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He has taught veterinary pharmacology for over 25 years.
He has authored/edited eight books on veterinary pharmacology and is one of the editors of the 9th and 10th editions of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He is author or co-author of over 235 research papers published in refereed journals and has authored over 130 book chapters, and review papers.


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 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 was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology. From 1990-2000 she also worked in general and specialist veterinary practice and was a consultant for a veterinary clinical pathology lab. Jill moved to the UK with her family in April 2001. She is currently Professor of General Practice at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching at the RVC and in CPD around the world in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical problem solving and clinical pharmacology. Jill is the senior editor of Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology (Elsevier) and Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice (Wiley-Blackwell). To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults regularly 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. 

BVSc (Hons) CertZooMed, FACVSc (Avian Health) DipECZM

Graduating in 1995, Deborah initially worked in small animal practice before starting an avian residency in the UK in 2002.  She passed her Fellowship Examinations in Avian Medicine in 2006, as well as her European College Zoological Medicine Avian examinations.  She also obtained a Certificate in Zoological Medicine (UK) and a Avian Membership along the way.  She started her own practice in October 2006, which now has 5 full time veterinarians, 7 full time nurses and three part-time nurses. 

BSc (Vet)(Hons) BVSc (Hons) DipVetClinStud MVetClinStud MAppSc MANZCVSc

Stephen Page is Director of Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics providing investigative and analytical skills in the areas of clinical pharmacology, toxicology, risk assessment and public health. He has had a long standing interest in the appropriate use of veterinary medicines and has participated in conferences and training programs on this subject in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the AVA antimicrobial resistance working group. He was an examiner for the ANZCVSc Chapter of Pharmacology for 13 years. Currently he is involved in distance education facilitation for the University of Sydney MVPHMgt, is a member of an international team defining veterinary pharmacology competencies, and is busy on a variety of gripping projects in a start-up pharmaceutical company he recently co-founded.

BVSc BAnSc PhD Pharmacology DipACVCP

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 after completing an honours-level project on amphibian health in North Queensland. In 2013 Andrew entered a PhD program in pharmacometrics, studying the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics in the bovine mammary gland. In 2018 Andrew attained certification as Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology by examination. Through these and other projects he has obtained extensive experience in quantitative pharmacology, scientific computing, and veterinary pharmacology teaching. His current role at the University of Melbourne is focussed on research and teaching in biostatistics. Current interests include population pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial pharmacology, and graduate biostatistics training.

BSc BVMS MPH PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)

Laura graduated from Veterinary school at Murdoch University in 2003. She worked in mixed practice for 2 ½ years before completing an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Sydney University in 2006. Following this, Laura completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Laura returned to Australia and worked at the University of Adelaide as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine and then returned to private specialty practice and completed a Masters of Public Health part-time. She has completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship in antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice, publishing numerous papers on the topic in national and international journals. Laura continues to research in this area as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.


Dr Graham Swinney graduated from The University of Sydney in 1987. He then took up a position at Massey University Dept of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as an Assistant Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine, where he spent three years. From there he spent two years at the University of Queensland as a Resident in Small Animal Medicine. In 1993 Graham returned to the University of Sydney as a Registrar and subsequently Senior Registrar in Small Animal Medicine gaining his FACVSc in Canine Medicine in 1998. Then in 1999 Graham took up the position as Clinical Assistant Professor Small Animal Internal Medicine Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University. In August 2005 he returned to Sydney spent four years in private practice at the Veterinary Specialist Centre in North Ryde. Graham returned in September 2009 to the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney as a canine medicine specialist, where he was also hospital superintendant. Since March 2011 Graham has been an Internal Medicine Consultant for IDEXX Laboratories.

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