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Oh no the heart failure cat! What now?

Rachel James

Oh no the heart failure cat! What now? by Rachel James. Following four years in general practice, gaining her certificate in medicine, Rachel then completed a 3 year residency in Cardiology at Liverpool University. During which time she gained her certificate and then subsequently her Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. In 2007 Rachel established the cardio-respiratory referral service at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital. In 2009 Rachel was awarded RCVS Specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology. From 2009-2013 Rachel worked at the University of Nottingham as an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine. Previously Rachel was the secretary of the European Society for Veterinary Cardiology and is the current supplements editor for the Journal of Small Animal Practice. Rachel frequently publishes research articles and presents both at national and international conferences. Rachel established JSVC (James Specialist Veterinary Cardiology); a specialist peripatetic cardiology service to practices in the Northwest. Rachel’s research interests include syncope in dogs, feline cardiomyopathies and management and treatment of heart failure in dogs and cats, a subject Rachel is very passionate about; improving quality of life and support for owners with patients in heart failure. Outside work she spends all her time with her young family, ponies and dogs.

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World Veterinary Day Free Mindfulness Webinar

Dr Mike Scanlan

This webinar is the first of the Eight Part Mindfulness Expertise Series. This eight-session Mindfulness Series will cost £40 + VAT, which has been heavily discounted from £200 thanks to MMI funding. The sessions will run from 8-9pm Commencing Tuesday 26 April 2016 Completing  Tuesday 14 June 2016 To purchase access to the complete series […]

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Ecto and Endoparasites of Rabbits and Small Birds

John Chitty

Ecto and Endoparasites of Rabbits and Small Birds by John Chitty BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS.

This webinar will look at the parasites of rabbits and pet birds (cage birds and backyard poultry) that may be found in a pet or breeding setting. It will look at these in terms of likely disease; zoonotic potential; and prevention and control. Both on-animal and environmental controls will be considered. Internal parasite discussion will predominantly cover nematode parasites though protozoal parasites will also be discussed. Investigation of potential parasitic disease will also cover other differential diagnoses and how to diagnose and distinguish parasitic diseases from other likely problems.

This webinar will cover the presentation of the rabbit in acute gut stasis- a common presentation in both routine and out-of-hours small animal practice. While there will be some coverage of underlying causes, most will centre of the stabilisation, evaluation and treatment of the acute case. This will cover both surgical and medical management of such cases and, most importantly, distinguishing between cases as to which form of management they require- decision-making and when or how to review such decisions.

He is RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000. He is Co-Director of a small animal/ exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire with a 100% avian/ exotics/ small mammal caseload- referral and first opinion. Consultant to five zoological collections, a commercial laboratory and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project. He is Co-editor of two texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine. Author of various book chapters and papers on a range of species. He is also Chairman of European Association of Avian Veterinarians and on editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine and Vice-President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

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Fracture management in practice – beyond the IM pin

Karen Perry

No two fractures are the same. They differ extensively with respect to mechanical factors, biological factors and patient-related factors and decision-making can become complex. This webinar will give a brief review of fracture forces and bone healing and how you, as the surgeon, can use this information to make an appropriate treatment plan and provide the owner with a fitting prognosis. Many different implant systems are available for fracture stabilisation and for any given fracture, there are often multiple suitable choices. While an overview of other methods will be provided, the emphasis in this webinar will be on those options readily available in general practice including external skeletal fixators, plates and screws and locking plate technology. Guidance will be given on the advantages and limitations of each system with the aim being to facilitate fracture management, minimise complication rates and optimise patient outcome.

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Turning mind-full to mindful Session 1

Dr Mike Scanlan

Mindfulness Expertise Series 2016

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Feeding Senior Dogs

Julie Churchill

Jane Armstrong Expertise Series. Let’s evaluate the facts and fiction behind senior pet foods. Is this just a marketing claim? Without an established nutrient profile for the “senior” life stage there is a wide variety of commercial products marketed for aging pets. This discussion will use case examples to demonstrate how to do a nutritional ‘risk assessment” and make a feeding recommendation to optimize health, mobility and cognitive function of elder dogs.

Objectives/key concepts
At the end of this session learners will be able to:
• perform a nutrition risk assessment for patients
• identify common nutritional concerns in elder dogs
• apply evidence when making feeding recommendations to optimize:
o health and wellness
o mobility
o cognitive function of aging patients

Dr. Churchill, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition is an Associate Professor, and directs the Nutrition Service at the University Veterinary Medical Center. She is passionate about all aspects of small animal clinical nutrition including the role of nutrition in maintaining wellness, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutrition needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition. She is interested in improving client communication to successfully integrate nutrition into primary patient care. She served on the task force writing the AAHA guidelines for weight management and serves on the Boards of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and serves on the PNA Educational Tools Committee.

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How to Incorporate Rehabilitation into your Small Animal Practice

John Knight Waterhouse III

The participant will learn the benefits of adding canine physical rehabilitation to their practice as a professional enhancement as well as a multimodal service to their clients and animals.

1) The participant will gain and understanding of the professional benefits of the addition of canine rehabilitation to their practice.
2) The participant will understand the physical requirements such as space,equipment, and services, as well as the educational requirements necessary to add the service to their practice.
3) The participant will gain an understanding of the types of patients and conditions rehabilitation can help within their practice.
4) The participant will gain an understanding of how the addition of rehabilitation services to their practice can have a positive financial impact.

Dr. John Waterhouse graduated in 2004 from the University of Sydney Veterinary School in Australia and went into general small animal practice. In 2006, John took a sabbatical from the veterinary profession to manage his family’s property development and ranching operations. During that time, he continued to further his education in the areas of veterinary alternative medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. In 2010, John moved to the USA to undertake a fellowship in pain management and rehabilitative medicine under the direction of Dr. James Gaynor with Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has also completed an externship in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound with Drs Debra and Sherman Canapp at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. John is a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee. He has visited and researched extensively, the top canine rehabilitation centers in the US, having learned the different business models and rehab protocols designed by the industry experts. John was brought on as a consultant from early 2013 to January 2014 to help build and open the new Canine Rehabilitation & Arthritis Center in Colorado Springs, owned and operated by Dr. Mike Bauer of the Colorado Canine Orthopedic Group. He currently speaks at various conferences on the topics of Canine Arthritis and Pain Management in relation to canine sports medicine.

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X-Ray Reading Webinar 3

Mike Herrtage

X-Ray Reading Webinar 3 by Mike Herrtage. Mike Herrtage graduated from the Liverpool University and is currently Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He is Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and is in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, but he has a particular interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders. He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (B.S.A.V.A.) Woodrow Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the B.S.A.V.A. Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine in 2000. He has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was recently President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has spoken at many international meetings and published over 200 articles in refereed journals.

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Rabbit Airways:Keeping Them Breathing

Jo Hinde

Rabbit Airways:Keeping Them Breathing by Jo Hinde. Rabbit anaesthetics have a bad reputation for being difficult, stressful and going wrong however this doesn’t have to be the case. This presentation will summarise some top tips for a smoother GA and will look closer at airway management techniques including positioning, intubation and monitoring options. It will also discuss the holistic approach to anaesthesia which involves looking deeper into the patient’s health and husbandry directly before and after anaesthesia.

Holistic Anaesthesia

As always, you want your patient to be in the best health possible before undertaking a general anaesthetic. This is not always possible for emergency operations however the most common rabbit surgeries are for routine neutering. In these cases it is easy to ensure your patient is fit and well. Take the time to discuss the current husbandry and diet provided by the owners. Ideally this should be done at a pre op appointment at least 2 weeks before the planned operation date. This then allows time for small adjustments to be made by the owner to ensure the rabbit is at optimal health. Also discuss the patient s post op requirements so the owner has time to amend the enclosure if needed and purchase any different bedding or food that may be recommended. This type of appointment is perfectly suited for nurses to carry out.

Airway Options, Anaesthesia and Monitoring

Anaesthetic drug protocols will not be discussed as these are to be decided by the veterinary surgeon performing the operation, however I recommend that the most up to date protocols are used as listed in the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine (M. Varga 2014). There are currently 3 main airway options: Face mask, Endo-Tracheal tube and Supraglotic Airway Device (V-Gel). Each one has pro’s and cons’ that will be discussed and examples of correct placement will be shown. It is vital that rabbits are closely monitored during all aspects of their anaesthetic from pre-med right through to approx 1hr post op. A range of monitoring techniques will be discussed and the importance of capnography and IPPV explained.


Stasis is not a normal part of rabbit anaesthetics and can be avoided by having good protocols in place. It’s imperative that your patient is eating and passing faeces before it is discharged back to the owners and adequate pain relief is a vital part of the anaesthetic process. It is advisable that all rabbits are syringe fed once sufficiently recovered if they are not eating for themselves after an hour of standing. Providing the right selection of foods can really make a difference and you need to know what the rabbit usually eats and what its favourite foods are. At the pre op appointment you can instruct your owners to bring a lunchbox with them on the day of the operation for the rabbit’s recovery. All rabbits should be discharged with at least 3 days of pain relief and owners should be advised on how to monitor their pet for signs of pain.

Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has a special interest in rabbits. She currently works as a locum RVN and is also an Outreach Officer for the RWAF. She is keen to promote rabbit welfare and provides lectures to the veterinary profession, students, schools and the general public on a wide range of rabbit care. In 2014 she was chosen as the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year and nominated for the Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2015. In 2016 she is a finalist for the CEVA Animal Welfare Awards and a nominee for the Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.

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Bovine TB Update

John Blackwell

This webinar is free to attend – this is a BVA webinar. John Blackwell will be talking about Bovine Tb. Previously delivered in Parliament to MPs in TB-affected and high risk areas, this webinar offers vets an introduction to the disease, summarises current control and eradication strategies including cattle controls, addressing disease in wildlife reservoirs and vaccination as well as an overview of TB testing delivery and wider disease surveillance. An overview of bovine TB will be presented by BVA Senior Vice President and cattle vet, John Blackwell. John is a farm animal and equine practitioner, and a director at Brownlow Veterinary Centre in Shropshire.

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