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Cruciate techniques, an update for the general practitioner

Gareth Harries

My talk will aim to provide practitioners with an update on the plethora of techniques utilised to repair cruciate ruptures in dogs. It will cover TPLO, TTO, TTA as well as techniques such as Tightrope or Isometric Sutures and discuss the advantages they may have over the traditional approaches such as Lateral Sutures and Over the Top procedures. It will also discuss the reasons surgeons may choose particular techniques and patient selection, as well as the option for a conservative approach in smaller as well as larger dogs. Evidence that these techniques are superior will be shown and provide practitioners with a reasonable base to identify patients, get the right x-rays and provide guidance to owners. There will also be some information about guiding owners about exercise after surgery. After qualifying from Glasgow in 1995, I dipped a toe in mixed practice before heading into a purely small animal career. I gained valuable surgical experience with the PDSA in the Midlands, North east and then London in addition to periods at hospitals in Essex and London. Moving to a hospital practice in the Northwest in 2004, I completed the Royal College CertSAS in 2005 before becoming a partner at Wright & Morten in Macclesfield, Cheshire seeing first opinion and occasional referral cases. I remained there until March 2014 when I set up a peripatetic surgical service, in addition to working with the Bristol based Ratavet Surgery. I became a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery earlier this year.

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An introduction to Shelter Medicine

Rachel Dean

“Shelter medicine” described the veterinary role in the management and treatment populations of unowned companion animals. It has been estimated that around a third of the UK’s (approximately) 10 million dogs and 10 million cats were acquired from a rescue and over 90% of veterinary surgeons in first opinion practice in the United Kingdom treat animals from charitable organisations. Some vets are employed directly by charities to undertake the clinical work and get involved in the policy making and management of the organisation. This may be at a charity hospital or at a rehoming centre. However it is thought the majority of the work is done by vets in private practice working with local organisations to safeguard the health and welfare of animals cared for by the charity. Whatever the situation the challenges when working with populations of animals where there is a limit on the time and budget that can be spent on each animal are very different to working with a cat or dog owned by a client. In shelter medicine each individual animal’s health and welfare needs to be addressed within the context of the population. An understanding of basic epidemiology, diagnostic test accuracy and the values and circumstance of the organisation need to be balanced with the financial and physical environments in which the animals are cared for. A dose of pragmatic and ‘big picture’ thinking is also needed to be a successful shelter medicine clinician! This webinar will discuss some of the basic principles and skills need to start thinking as a shelter medicine veterinary surgeon in first opinion practice. Rachel is the director of the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor in Feline Medicine, at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, The University of Nottingham. She leads a multidisciplinary research team who undertake research directly aimed to help improve clinical practice but also improve the searching for, appraisal of and delivery of evidence to practice. Rachel set up the shelter medicine programme at the university of Nottingham to promote excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education and research in this new and emerging field. She holds the RCVS diploma in feline medicine and in her spare time she treats cats and is particularly interested i, geriatric medicine and infectious diseases.

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A Detailed look at basic soft tissue surgery principles

Richard Sanderson & Edward Pattison

Richard Sanderson & Edward Pattison will discuss A Detailed look at basic soft tissue surgery principles. Richard Sanderson graduated from Liverpool in 2009 and after 18 months in mixed practice, progressed into small animal practice. He gained his certAVP in 2014, and is an honorary lecturer at The School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool. Since 2010 he has been Chairman of the University of Liverpool Veterinary Alumni Association. He gained his Graduate Diploma in Law in 2015, and runs his own firm offering locum and consultancy work. His area of interest is emergency and critical care, with a particular interest in analgesia. Ed Pattison graduated from Liverpool in 2009 and initially started in mix animal work, 2 years later progressed to a small animal clinic in Exeter, and obtained his CertSAS in 2013. His particular interest is orthopaedic work but he does all the complex soft tissue surgery for the practice as well. He recently started accepting referrals from the surrounding area and has just been made partner in Cityvets, an independent first opinion clinic based in Exeter with three branches and a hospital.

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Controversies in anaesthesia: when to give NSAIDS

Matt Gurney

Matt Gurney will discuss Controversies in anaesthesia: when to give NSAIDS.

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How to Make a Difference In My Workplace: Fighting the Battle Against Resistant Infections In Practice

Louise O’Dwyer

This webinar will look at the role of infection control in clinical practice and who’s responsibility is it, creating infection control programmes and how we can carry out surveillance within our clinics. The webinar will review cleaning and disinfection procedures, hospital acquired infections and how to deal with cases of resistant infections within the clinic.

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Feline hyperthyroidism: the difficult cases

Barbara Gallagher

Barbara Gallagher to discuss Feline hyperthyroidism: the difficult cases.

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Teat sealants: A Kiwi perspective

Teat sealants: A Kiwi perspective

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Clinical Cases in Small Animal Oncology – A Webinar

Dr. Iain A. Grant

This unique case presentation format is designed for your participation; please submit your challenging small animal oncology cases and join the webinar for a stimulating and educational group discussion. Dr. Grant is a specialist in small animal oncology currently employed as a clinical oncologist at The University of Glasgow. He also operates a chemotherapy consultancy and supply pharmacy, Chemopet. The focus of this webinar will be interactive discussion and teaching based on real cases submitted from your practice.

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EGUS, What you need to know

EGUS, What you need to know

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Advanced wound care

Richard Sanderson

Richard Sanderson will discuss Advanced wound care.

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