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Large animal emergencies for the small animal practitioner

Gayle Hallowell

Although we all qualified competent in all species, we quickly lose confidence and skills in handling and an understanding what is common and of the diseases seen in those species that we don’t manage on a day-to-day basis. The aims of this talk are to consider how to apply already developed skills for small animal emergencies to lesser known large animal species to include horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and South American camelids. The focus will be on pet rather than production animals, although some of the common diseases in the latter group will also be discussed. Understanding normal anatomy and physical examination findings in large animals is essential to a successful approach to the emergency case as is an understanding of the most common emergencies that are likely to be seen in each of these species. The relative value of a variety of diagnostic tests will be evaluated to include emergency blood work, urinalysis, fluid sample collection, ultrasonography and radiography. If appropriate tests are performed following initial stabilisation they should allow identification of the most likely body system or systems affected and aid in obtaining a definitive diagnosis. Methods for initial stabilisation and management and differences compared with small animals will be discussed to include handling, restraint, sedation, anaesthesia, catheter placement and fluid administration. Discussion of practical use of drugs in food producing animals will also be touched upon. There are a small number of circumstances that surgery is required immediately and confidence and success is dependent upon knowledge of relevant anatomy and surgical approaches, which are very different from small animals and again will be touched upon. By the end of the talk, hopefully everyone will be looking forward to, rather than dreading the next ‘unusual’ species that they have to see as an elective patient or as an emergency.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The Importance of Lifelong Learning

Kit Sturgess and Liz Cox

Continued Professional Development (CPD): The Importance of Lifelong Learning, presented by Kit Sturgess and Liz Cox. Since qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 1991, Liz has worked in a wide range of nursing roles and practice styles from single handed practices to large veterinary hospitals, working for both private and corporate veterinary surgeries and as a locum for Bristol University. Liz is currently employed as senior veterinary nurse responsible for veterinary nurse training at a Veterinary Hospital near Bristol and has been a nurse assessor and RCVS nursing examiner since 2000. Whilst enjoying all aspects of the nursing role her main interests are with veterinary nurse training, nutrition and client care. Liz was elected to RCVS VN council in 2011 and later joined the Communications and Public Affairs Board. She lives in Somerset with her husband, two children and the obligatory rescue pets of a working cocker, two rabbits and three tortoises.

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1986 Kit worked for six years in primary care practice gaining mixed, equine and small animal experience. Kit then returned to academia to undertake a PhD looking at the effects of FIV on mucosal immune function before taking up a lectureship at RVC and then Bristol University. Since 2003 Kit has been working as an internist in private referral practice. He has further professional qualifications in imaging, cardiology and internal medicine, as well as being a recognised specialist in small animal medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2006 Kit became a founding partner in a multidisciplinary referral centre that he saw grow from 5 to 65 members of staff within 5 years. Kit’s love of teaching and learning and the demands of a young and growing family led him to develop a new, more flexible role, centred on lecturing, writing and providing locum specialist internal medicine services. Currently Kit spends 3 days a week seeing clinical cases in both referral and primary care practices and 2 days a week writing, lecturing and pursuing other projects including the RCVS Council and teaching at the local primary school. Kit maintains a keen interest in many areas of internal medicine particularly cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tract disease. He has authored numerous articles and two textbooks as well as presenting lectures and research abstracts at conferences worldwide. When not working Kit enjoys pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle in the New Forest with his wife, two young boys, George the British Shorthair cat and Spud the Border Terrier.

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Prescribing for farm pets

Pam Mosedale

Pam Mosedale will discuss ‘Prescribing for farm pets’. Most Farm Animal Pets are food producing animals, Prescribing for these animals involves areas unfamiliar to most small animal vets – batch number recording, owners recording requirements, withdrawal times for meat, milk & eggs. The lack of authorised products for some species can be a problem. Farm pets are usually kept singly or in small groups. Most medicines intended for farm species are packaged in large quantities for commercial herds. This webinar will point out the problems & help small animal vets to understand the Veterinary Medicine Regulations for prescribing to food producing animals & compliance with the Cascade & informed consent. Pam qualified from the RVC in 1979 and worked in mixed practice for the first part of her career, then was a partner in a small animal hospital for 17 years. She was a Practice Standards Inspector from the beginning of the BSAVA practice standards scheme and continued with the RCVS scheme, becoming Senior Inspector before moving on to become an independent veterinary investigator. Pam says she loved being a PSS inspector and particularly enjoyed assisting new practices joining the scheme. She has been involved in inspector training and is very keen on consistency of inspections. She has been a member of BSAVA committees and, as a BSAVA representative on the Practice Standards Group for the last few years, she is always keen to encourage feedback from members. Pam is editor of the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines, an SQP assessor for AMTRA and still does some locum work in her spare time. She lives in the Peak district with her husband and teenage son, and two very badly behaved dogs!

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Turning your Data into Decisions

Alan Robinson

Alan Robinson will discuss turning your data into decisions. A Successful practice relies on many factors – attracting enough of the right clients, getting good staff performing well and practising good veterinary medicine. One of the best ways is to measure a successful practice is hard data from its financial, marketing and clinical performance. The basis of good financial performance is stable bottom-line cost control and good top-line production.

Join me on this webinar to see how Vet Dynamics Index can show you the hidden potential in your business. You will learn where a small amount of effort will yield a large and profitable result. It provides growth and direction for the business so that you can focus your efforts where the greatest clinical, marketing and financial results will be gained. Vet Dynamics Index will also show you what is happening to practices across the veterinary industry. Benchmarking allows your practice information to be compared across the industry and also to relevant subsectors on the industry according to geography, species treated and number of full-time equivalent vets. This provides a powerful insight into how business relevant to your location, specialism and size are performing in an easy and intuitive way.

Alan qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in Australia and has over 25 years experience in practice in the UK and Australia. He has run his own mixed multi-branch practice for 12 years in the UK and studied for a Diploma in Management. Since then he has worked as a veterinary business consultant in the areas of technical service, training, product development and marketing for the veterinary pharmaceutical industry and has successfully delivered coaching and management consultancy in electronics, pharmaceutical, global retail and veterinary industries. He started veterinary business development in 1995 in response to a need within the veterinary industry for a more integrated approach to practice management and marketing, utilising his skills as a vet and independent practice management consultant.

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Papillomavirus disease in the horse

Dr Edmund Hainisch

Pathobiology of papillomaviruses. Diseases caused by papilloma viruses in the horse including equine sarcoid and genital squamous cell carcinomas. Treatment principles and strategies. Edmund graduated from1996: Graduation from Vet University; Vienna in 1996. He then undertook a year’s internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in the UK. In 2000 Edmund completed a 3 year residency in Equine Surgery at the University of Liverpool. He has also worked in an ambulatory equine practice in the UK, before returning to the Veterinary University in Vienna. In 2008 Edmund gained his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

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Exotic Emergencies

Molly Varga

In this webianr Molly Varga will be taking us through exotic emergencies. Molly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. After graduation she spent the next 4 years working in small animal and exotic medicine in Canada. These varied experiences included working in multicentre urban practice in Toronto and a small exotics practice in rural Ontario. Her case load included a lot of native wildlife such as racoons, skunks and red-tailed hawks. After returning to the UK in 1996 she has worked in both London and the North West. Molly gained her Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007. She currently runs a first opinion and referral exotics service in a practice in East Cheshire.

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What makes the customer tick! Insights into the needs and behaviours of today’s customers when buying flea treatments

Jane Fletcher

This webinar will combine the latest consumer data with real life examples from customers with vet practices. Jane will start by exploring how customers currently buy and what’s important to them. Jane will then highlight that not all customers are the same and by tapping into these different mind sets practices can ensure that they tailor their approach to best meet the needs of the pet owner as well as the pet. Jane brings her experience from a management career in Waitrose and as a consultant to major businesses (e.g. dunnhumby – Tesco Clubcard) and 15 years advising veterinary practices to helping them develop their businesses and connect more with their customers. Jane is a member of the Institute of Customer Service.

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Reproductive disease in reptiles

Sean Mccormack

In this webinar we will explore reproductive disease in captive reptiles, a common problem that relates closely to captive husbandry and nutrition. We will explore these close links and provide practical advice for owners and vets alike in prevention of reproductive disease, as well as equipping veterinary staff with the knowledge and skills to successfully diagnose and treat such conditions. Particular focus will be placed on distinguishing between the various types of egg-binding, providing a framework from which to work up these cases from initial presentation through to medical or surgical treatment protocols.
The webinar will be heavily case based, illustrated throughout with radiographs and photographs. It will also provide important diagnostic hints and tips when faced with the most common reproductive disorders encountered in reptiles such as dystocia, prolapse and follicular stasis. As we come into Spring such problems will begin to appear more regularly in clinic so this webinar is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your knowledge and feel more confident in treatment of these cases as a first opinion practitioner. Tips for hospitalisation care and medicating such patients will also be discussed. The usual question and answer session after the webinar will allow you to ask about any difficult cases you have had. Sean qualified from University College Dublin Vet School after first studying an undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Essex. He started his veterinary career working in a domestic, exotics and zoo practice in Kent. After working in a domestic and exotic pet practice in West London, he joined the team at Richmond Vets in November 2012 where he has set up a dedicated exotic pets service. Having studied Animal Science in Essex before his Veterinary degree, he has a broad base of knowledge in zoology, anatomy and physiology of a wide range of animal species. During Vet school he completed Zoo Medicine elective modules, with placement at Dublin Zoo and over the years has kept and bred a huge variety of reptiles, amphibians and other exotic pets. He is a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS).

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A practical approach to back and neck conditions of the horse

Dr Jessica Kidd

This talk will discuss a practical and largely field based approach to the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of some of the more common back and neck problems of horses. The wide range of clinical signs and presentations will be considered and the uses of the various imaging modalities available for these cases, primarily radiography, ultrasonography and scintigraphy will also presented. Specific conditions which will be discussed in detail include the diagnosis and treatment of articular facet arthropathies of the both the back and neck and over riding or impinging dorsal spinous processes. Jessica attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant. She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery(Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare. She is the chief editor of a new Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which was published this year. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £400,000 for charities, and to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.

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Legalities of treating wildlife casualties in practice

Michael Stanford

This webinar is intended to identify the increasing regulatory, criminal and civil risks to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and lay people working with wildlife in the UK. It should be of interest not only to any practitioner working full time in wildlife centres, but also to those who attend local wildlife centres regularly, or treat wildlife in the practice. The webinar will cover the legal and ethical aspects of prescribing and supplying medicines for wildlife and discuss the relevance of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 to wildlife work, providing practical examples of pitfalls to individuals working in this field. The webinar will complement Liz Mullineaux’s follow-up presentation indicating practical methods of working with wildlife, without risk of a complaint. Michael Stanford has over 25 years’ experience working in the zoological and wildlife medicine field, is the current President of the BVZS and has been a VDS claims consultant for the past 7 years. Michael Stanford qualified from Liverpool University in 1987 and after working in an avian and small animal referral practice in North Yorkshire for five years, he moved to Cheshire to open Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic. The practice specialises in non-domesticated pets, zoo and wildlife patients together with providing laboratory interpretation services for exotic animals for several pathology laboratories. In 2006 he was awarded the Diploma of FRCVS by thesis for his work on calcium metabolism in birds and was granted RCVS Specialist status in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine the following year. He is a recipient of the BVA William Hunter medal. Michael is author of various book chapters associated with exotic animal and wildlife medicine, including several BSAVA manuals, and has published widely and lectured extensively both at home and abroad. He has been employed as a Claims Consultant for the professional indemnity insurer, the Veterinary Defence Society, since 2007 and is their current Newsletter Editor. Michael is current President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society.

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