More than just a window to the soul. Robin Stanley has convened an illuminating ophthalmology conference comprising ophthalmologists and internists. Robin will be joined by David Maggs, Lynelle Johnson, Leah Bradbury, Heather Kaese and Simon Hurn. Robin and David are known to just about every vet in Australia. Robin is a veterinary specialist who runs a dedicated ophthalmology only practice in Melbourne and David is an ex-pat Aussie who teaches and practices at UC Davis with a main research focus on feline herpetic disease management. Lynelle, also from Davis, is the foremost expert in disease conditions of the respiratory tract and will focus on infectious and systemic diseases which impact on the eye. Heather will be new to many. She is a double-boarded specialist from Eye Care for Animals in the USA (the largest ophthalmic referral group in the world), who has recently joined Robin in Melbourne. Heather started out as an internist and subsequently trained in ophthalmology. Heather will bring special expertise in the management of the whole patient, not just their eyes! On the last day of the conference, there will be an additional equine stream, led by Simon Hurn, well known for his knowledgeable and practical approach to treating equine eye problems in general practice.
Ophthalmology consultations will remain frustrating if we always reach for the same treatment without identifying and addressing underlying causes for the conditions presented. This course will equip you with a logical approach to the management and diagnosis of common equine ocular conditions. The aim of this program is to provide an overview of the equine ocular examination and the most relevant diagnostic tests to perform, as well as current approaches to the treatment of commonly seen equine ophthalmic diseases.
Refining technique, reducing mistakes and dealing with complications. Surgery is a big part of practice and whilst it can be very rewarding, it can also result in great anxiety and stress. In this podcast, we will discuss strategies that can be used to improve your surgical technique and simple steps that can be taken to avoid making mistakes. We will look at dealing with complications, from identifying what could go wrong preoperatively to how we can deal with post-operative complications in general practice. Furthermore, we will look at the best ways to learn and refine new surgical techniques, allowing surgeons to continue to develop throughout their careers.
Gain confidence to save it with a scalpel. Hindlimb lameness is a very common problem presented to the general practitioner for treatment. The majority of these cases originate from the hip and stifle joints and many of these problems respond very favourably to surgical treatment. This workshop is designed to provide a practical refresher on the common problems and treatment for the hip and stifle joints in the dog. This will be delivered as short updates illustrated with case studies followed with a hands-on laboratory session on cadavers. The objective of the workshop is to provide the experienced practitioner with the confidence to begin extending surgical treatment options for clients, and the recent graduate with the technical skills to begin with the more common surgical procedures on the hip and stifle joints.
Improve your skills in treating bone fractures. Open reduction and internal fixation of fractures using bone plates and screws is a common and effective modality of treatment for fracture management in small animal practice. This workshop is designed to allow participants to use and appreciate the instruments employed to correctly and effectively apply bone plates and screws for simple fracture fixation in long bones. Principles of bone plating and screw application will be revised over a series of lectures with case studies used to highlight these principles. This will be followed with a practical session where participants will practice surgical approaches to the femur, tibia, humerus, and radius on a cadaver. Simple fractures will be created and all participants will have the opportunity to apply a compression and a neutralisation plate.
Working as a veterinarian isn’t always easy. This course will introduce you to some of the essential skills for coping with the demands of your job, as well as strategies for maintaining your wellbeing. This course is suitable for veterinarians at all levels. These psychological skills will provide them with beneficial and evidence-based tools to help them cope with the demands of their job, as well as daily life. This course aims to provide evidence-based strategies to help participants effectively cope with the demands of working in the veterinary profession.
Ultrasound is an interactive and extremely useful diagnostic imaging modality in clinical practice. It is highly operator dependent, so some experience and knowledge is the key to driving the ultrasound probe with more confidence and being able to interpret the findings. This course is designed to give you the essential knowledge on how to optimize image quality, how to find abdominal structures such as the pancreas and adrenal gland, and how to approach some common challenges faced in clinical practice such as free abdominal fluid, nodular disease and ileus. A case based approach will be used to explore the common diseases associated with these problems and how to diagnose them.
Ethical aspects of cases can be challenging to navigate in time-poor clinical settings, and can lead to moral distress which has been associated with compassion fatigue and burnout. Ethical dilemmas occur frequently in practice but may not always be recognisd as such. Being able to recognise ethical aspects of cases, and to employ decision making tools, can be very helpful in discussing these issues with clients and coming up with the best possible way forward. Examples from practice will be used to illustrate the use of these approaches.
Specifically designed for the busy practitioner, this intensive and practical 1-day seminar aims to rapidly refresh and update veterinarians on the optimal management of diabetes in dogs and cats. Linda Fleeman is an internationally recognised leader in companion animal diabetes mellitus and the head of Animal Diabetes Australia. She is extensively published and has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent teacher dedicated to promoting compassionate and tailored personalised care for diabetic patients. Join in to learn about protocols that are easy to follow and as well as improved treatment and monitoring tools such as insulin dosing pens and flash glucose monitors. Linda will also answer the most frequently asked questions from veterinarians on the management of diabetes and explain how to give sound advice on the most appropriate dietary options. This seminar will provide practical guidelines and reliable information that will help you achieve sweet success for your diabetic patients.
The negative physiological effects of poorly controlled pain are well documented and as veterinarians we recognise the importance of using effective pain relief strategies both with respect to disease management, patient care and well-being. This course is ideal for vets who want to brush up on their knowledge of analgesics and be updated on the latest techniques available for managing acute and chronic pain in small animals. It aims to develop your knowledge and clinical decision making by providing an update and review of drug efficacy and administration techniques, as well as taking an evidence based approach to the use of ‘off-label’ opioids.