Natalie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001. She spent 2 years in general practice before returning to the RVC to undertake a 3 year Residency in Veterinary Dermatology. She attained her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 2006 and her European Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology 2009. Natalie has worked at The Animal Health Trust and Langford Veterinary Services. Recently she has set up a Dermatology referral service at Eastcott Referrals in Swindon.
Natalie will be presenting the following webinars at Virtual Congress:
How to diagnose Atopic Dermatitis?
Pruritus is a common clinical presentation in general practice that can have many causes and can be frustrating for vets and clients. This lecture will cover a logical approach to the pruritic dog. It will discuss various in house diagnostic tests that can be performed and aims to give practical tips for performing these tests. By following a logical diagnostic plan it is possible to diagnose atopic dermatitis. The purpose and role of allergen testing when investigating these cases will also be discussed.
Five learning objectives for viewers of the Presentation:
- Be able to formulate a logical plan of investigation for a dog presenting with pruritus.
- Feel more confident when performing in house tests and know the limitations of each test.
- Know the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis
- Have an understanding of the pruritus score and why this is useful when we assess pruritic patients.
- Understand when and why allergen testing is performed.
How to investigate and treat Pseudomonas otitis?
Otitis is a very common clinical presentation in general practice and can be a frustrating problem to treat especially if cases are recurrent. Many organisms are implicated in otitis cases, but cases of Pseudomonas otitis are particularly challenging to treat due to the resistant nature of this organism and often require lengthy courses of treatment. This lecture will cover the basic principles of investigating and treating an otitis case, but will focus on managing a Pseudomonas infection. Treatments that can be used to manage this condition will also be discussed, including products that can be used when the tympanic membrane is ruptured.
Five learning objectives for viewers of the Presentation
- Understand the difference between otitis externa and otitis media
- Understand the importance of performing in house cytology and how this can affect treatment choices
- Feel more confident when performing ear cytology
- Understand the importance of performing an ear flush
- Feel more confident when selecting treatment for a patient with Pseudomonas otitis externa/ media.
We sat down with Natalie to ask a few more questions about her background:
The Webinar Vet: Tell us a bit about yourself…
Natalie Barnard: I have wanted to be a vet since I was very young, but never dreamed I would specialise in dermatology. I completed my residency at the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and attained my European Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2009. Since that time I have worked at the Animal Health Trust, Langford Vets and Eastcott Referrals. I have recently started working at HIghcroft Veterinary Referrals in Bristol.
TWV: I have 3 cats (Dotty, Dinky and Paddington) and 1 dog( Scrumpy) at home. My hobbies including cake decorating, dog agility and salsa dancing.
NB: Is this your first Virtual Congress? Yes this is my first virtual congress
TWV: What area do you specialise in? Dermatology
NB: Why did you choose this career path? I was very lucky to fall into this specialism, but have had a passion for dermatology since I was an undergraduate.
TWV: What do you enjoy most about your job? I love seeing the improvements that can be made to dogs and owners quality of life, but controlling a dogs skin and ear disease
NB: If you weren’t doing this career, what do you think you would be doing instead? I absolutely love being a vet and despite it being tough at times, I really can’t imagine doing anything different!!