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Monday, August 12
 

12:00pm

Dental Radiology Masterclass - Workshop One
Intra-oral radiography is a key component of quality companion animal practice. AVDS masterclasses are for those veterinarians who want to achieve best practice standards in dentistry for their patients – better diagnostic skills, better treatment options, better results.

Our oral radiology masterclasses will focus on the practice of producing diagnostic dental images and how to interpret the images created. Each class will be held over a 2 hour period where attendees will:
  • Identify normal oral radiographic features of dogs and cats
  • Recognise pathological changes on radiographs and how they relate to clinical findings
  • Learn concepts behind the parallel and bisecting angle radiographic techniques
  • Position radiographic image plates and produce full mouth image series of dog and cat skulls
  • Identify other non-standard views of the oral cavity
  • Learn about additional uses for dental radiographic equipment
Masterclasses are strictly limited to 10 participants per class to ensure that every participant receives the best attention and learning experience possible. There will be two experienced dental practitioners and two technicians who will support each class. Dr Rod Salter and Dr Tony Caiafa will be your tutors.

Rod and Tony will tailor the educational content on attendees learning objectives. If you are a veterinarian who has never taken an intra-oral radiograph and want to experience the difference they could make to your dental care offering, then this masterclass is for you. If you are a veterinarian in a practice with all the right equipment but wish to improve your skills and confidence in taking diagnostic images, then this is the masterclass for you. AVDS oral radiology masterclasses are a fast paced way to fast track your dental service to best practice standards.

Monday August 12, 2019 12:00pm - 2:15pm
Coolangatta Room 1 The Star Gold Coast

1:00pm

Practice Management Workshop
During this workshop Provet will workshop critical areas of team and individual development in your
practice to drive standards of care. The workshop will focus on the following process:

  •  Identify individual and team skills
  • Assess competency and prioritise skills gaps
  • Plan learning actions to support the individual and team
  • Implement and follow-through of best practice learning
This outstanding interactive workshop will enable you to understand how to assess skills and
current competency of current and return to work team members. The focus will be on technical,
communication and teamwork skills.

Working within the AVA Career framework, Provet will demonstrate a process that will assist you to
prioritise skills gaps based on the impact on the practice and the team members success factors.
Development of a structured learning solutions plan for the overall clinic will highlight the need for
mentoring, coaching, training and development within your practice.

Provet will take you on a journey to clearly establish your learning solutions for 2019/20 enabling you
to facilitate your team members to be the best they can be, thus gaining the reputation of “employer of
choice” along with achieving best practice standards and performance.

Monday August 12, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Coolangatta Room 2 The Star Gold Coast

2:45pm

Dental Radiology Masterclass - Workshop Two
Intra-oral radiography is a key component of quality companion animal practice. AVDS masterclasses are for those veterinarians who want to achieve best practice standards in dentistry for their patients – better diagnostic skills, better treatment options, better results.

Our oral radiology masterclasses will focus on the practice of producing diagnostic dental images and how to interpret the images created. Each class will be held over a 2 hour period where attendees will:
  • Identify normal oral radiographic features of dogs and cats
  • Recognise pathological changes on radiographs and how they relate to clinical findings
  • Learn concepts behind the parallel and bisecting angle radiographic techniques
  • Position radiographic image plates and produce full mouth image series of dog and cat skulls
  • Identify other non-standard views of the oral cavity
  • Learn about additional uses for dental radiographic equipment
Masterclasses are strictly limited to 10 participants per class to ensure that every participant receives the best attention and learning experience possible. There will be two experienced dental practitioners and two technicians who will support each class. Dr Rod Salter and Dr Tony Caiafa will be your tutors.

Rod and Tony will tailor the educational content on attendees learning objectives. If you are a veterinarian who has never taken an intra-oral radiograph and want to experience the difference they could make to your dental care offering, then this masterclass is for you. If you are a veterinarian in a practice with all the right equipment but wish to improve your skills and confidence in taking diagnostic images, then this is the masterclass for you. AVDS oral radiology masterclasses are a fast paced way to fast track your dental service to best practice standards.

Monday August 12, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Coolangatta Room 1 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Risk Workshop
This workshop will use Guild Insurance’s extensive veterinary claims management history to explore the
variety of types of claims made against veterinarians and the variety of factors which contribute to these
claims occurring.

The themes to be covered will include clinical decision making, practice processes, record keeping, informed consent, time management, colleague support, communication, social media use, professional and ethical behaviour, workloads, stress and client expectations.

Monday August 12, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Coolangatta Room 3 The Star Gold Coast

6:30pm

Casual Dinner & Drinks
Begin the conference on a social note before the scientific program begins. Come and share a drink
with colleagues and make new friends.

Monday August 12, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Garden Kitchen & Bar Restaurant The Star Gold Coast
 
Tuesday, August 13
 

6:30am

Yoga Session
Rise with the sun and come join us for a session of morning Yoga by the pool.

Tuesday August 13, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am
Poolside Lawn The Star Gold Coast

6:45am

Royal Canin Breakfast Session
Topic: Keep calm and address behaviour in consult

Presented by: Dr Mina Hamilton

Tuesday August 13, 2019 6:45am - 8:00am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

8:15am

How do I deal with oral masses?
Oral masses represent 6 % of tumours in the dog and 4% in the cat. Working at a referral dental center I see those every week. Some have already being well worked up whereas others simply arrive as "oral mass". Half of the canine masses and 90% of the feline masses are malignant, thus it becomes essential to get an early, accurate diagnosis to be able to deal with them appropriately. Several steps should be followed when working with these entities whether you are planning to refer or preparing for surgery. The first and easiest step is to radiograph the chest to ensure that there is no gross mestatasis. Next should be detailed imaging of the mass and deep, infomative biopsy of the growth. If malignancy is strongly suspected, harvesting of the lymph nodes would be included in this "first step". Finding a good reliable oral pathologist is almost of upmost importance. Once the results are back, one knows what it is, where it is, and whether or not it has spread. One can then plan for the "second step", the surgery. The mass is also sent histology to find out if the margins are clean. Depending on those results, a "third step' will include monitoring only or adjuvant therapies such as radiation and/or chemotherapy.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Legendre

Loic Legendre

Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, a dental referral center dedicated to treat only oral and maxillofacial cases whether they be endodontics, orthodontics, fractures, oral cancer, or periodontitis. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

8:15am

How do I treat emergency glaucoma?
Acute glaucoma occurs suddenly, is painful, and is potentially blinding. Early recognition and prompt treatment is essential. In this brief session we will “cut straight to the chase” and compare the traditional multi-drug approach using 3 drugs, 3 routes, and 3 mechanisms versus monotherapy with the newer prostaglandin eye drops.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

8:15am

How do I treat emergency seizures?
Status epilepticus can be a frequent occurrence in cats and dogs in the veterinary clinic. Although the cause may vary, the approach to management and drug administration should be consistent. In this session we will present a step by step therapeutic approach to the control of this emergency

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

Juvenile dentistry - orthodontic treatment planning
Paedodontics is the branch of small animal dentistry that deals with the dentition of immature animals. Developmental, genetic and iatrogenic factors may cause damage to the deciduous teeth as well as life-long damage to the immature permanent teeth. This presentation discusses the causes and conditions that affect puppies' and kittens' teeth and how they may be treated.

Speakers
avatar for David Clarke

David Clarke

Dr David Clarke completed his dental residency at the Dallas Dental Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he is both a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Dr David is registered as a Specialist in Veterinary... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

Head trauma: a logical approach
A practical assessment of head trauma will be discussed in this session with a focus on how the assessment translates into prognosis and treatment options. A step by step treatment plan will be presented with specific aspects of fluid therapy and oxygenation described in detail.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

10:15am

Morning Tea
Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

Periodontal planning for Life
The primary aim of this presentation is to give general practitioners a flow chart to guide them through management of periodontal diseases in their patients. At the end of the presentation they should be able to conceptualise the pathway for managing periodontal disease in different patients and understand the different influencing factors that may inhibit and assist control of the disease. They should be capable of making an individual periodontal plan for a patient.

Content:
  • Periodontal disease and how it occurs
  • The stages and progression of periodontal disease
  • The tools used to diagnose and record periodontal disease
  • Specific treatments for periodontal disease at different stages
  • Formulation of a periodontal plan and modification of the plan as you navigate through the patient’s lifespan
  • Considering comorbidities

Speakers
avatar for Kirsty Hailstone

Kirsty Hailstone

Kirsten Hailstone is currently enrolled as an alternate pathway resident in Veterinary dentistry with the American Veterinary Dental College under the mentorship of Dr David Clarke BVSc, Dipl. AVDC, FAVD, MANZCVS.She works at Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre 3 days a... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

The complete ophthalmic exam using instruments you already have
It is undoubtedly important to know how to treat disease but without a diagnosis, treatment is often ineffective or worse. Fortunately, reaching an ophthalmic diagnosis relies almost completely on performing a thorough ophthalmic examination, which can be done with the simplest of instrumentation. Although historical data may provide essential clues to the diagnosis, ready visualization of almost all parts of the eye means nothing can replace a complete examination. Indeed, never were the famous words “more is missed through not seeing than not knowing” more apt. Fortunately, a thorough and revealing ophthalmic examination is readily performed with just 4 guidelines, 4 skills, and equipment that is almost certainly already in your clinic.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

Creating the best flaps to close those oral defects
“Extraction sites should always be sutured closed”; easier said than done. This lecture will demonstrate the flaps to create to close extraction sites of each and every one of the teeth in cats and dogs. It will review the concepts of preserving attached gingiva, of vertical releasing cuts, of no tension and of appropriate suturing. It will also cover techniques to successfully close oronasal fistulae using advancement and rotational flaps with or without a bone or cartilage membrane. The pros and cons of each technique will be discussed. Following this lecture the student should be able to confidently closed any extraction site.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Legendre

Loic Legendre

Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, a dental referral center dedicated to treat only oral and maxillofacial cases whether they be endodontics, orthodontics, fractures, oral cancer, or periodontitis. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

The eye is red and painful … what do I do now?
Hyperaemia of the surface of the globe or so-called “red-eye” is not only one of the most common reasons for a client presenting their animal for veterinary care, but potentially one of the most critical. As veterinary ophthalmologists, some of the most worrisome cases we see are those were ocular redness was (mis)interpreted as “just a bout of allergic conjunctivitis” or “he must have got some dust in his eye” and thereby serious and potentially blinding diseases such as ulcerative keratitis, uveitis, or glaucoma were missed. The goal of this lecture is to heighten awareness of the differential diagnoses that may cause ocular hyperaemia and to define methods to differentiate these. We will look at eyes with conjunctivitis, keratitis, uveitis, glaucoma, and orbital disease.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

1:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Rabbit and pocket pet dentistry - where to start
This presentation will concentrate on Lagomorphs and caviomorph rodents that possess continuously growing elodont teeth. Dealing with this specific dental anatomy necessitates special equipment. The size of those patients and their unusual dentition also dictates the use of special techniques such as occlusal equilibration, extraoral extraction approaches, removal of germinal tissue or protracted management of dental abscesses.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Legendre

Loic Legendre

Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, a dental referral center dedicated to treat only oral and maxillofacial cases whether they be endodontics, orthodontics, fractures, oral cancer, or periodontitis. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Brain disease in dogs and cats – is it a brain tumour?
In this session we will describe the clinical signs and neurological examination abnormalities indicative of brain disease using video footage. The differentials of brain disease will be discussed and the specific diagnosis of brain tumors will be described. An overview of canine and feline brain tumors will be presented. Specific treatment of brain tumors will be dealt with in a separate session.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Complications and mistakes in veterinary dentistry
No procedure performed in veterinary practice is not without risk or complication. The definition of complication is an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result of, a procedure, treatment, or illness. A complication is so named because it complicates the situation.

Dental complications these days do include foreseeable albeit uncommon risks associated with dental or oral surgery procedures.

This lecture will discuss the common and not so common complications and mistakes reported in the literature that are seen in the management of oral diseases. The aim of the lecture is to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and foresight to predict and then to prevent most of these dental complications from occurring.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Caiafa

Tony Caiafa

Dr Caiafa graduated from the University of Melbourne as a veterinary surgeon in 1978. He also graduated dux of class, from the University of Melbourne as a dentist in 1998. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Integrated surgical oncology for the brain and skull tumour affected dog and cat
Like so many aspects of oncology, successful patient outcomes for small animals with brain and skull tumours depend on collaboration between the primary care veterinarian, the neurologist, the radiologist, the surgical oncologist and the radiation oncologist as well as the anaesthesia team, the critical care team and the internal medicine folks. We can add to this list the team deriving valuable translational research findings. Learn what can be done, how it is done and what your role is in helping pets with brain and skull tumours. Learn about removing these tumours in cats and dogs, what is involved in staging and aftercare, what the prognosis is and what your clients who own these animals can expect.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Straw

Rod Straw

Rod Straw is the Director of a multidiscipline veterinary referral hospital (BVSC) and is Founder of Australia’s comprehensive cancer centre with the Southern Hemisphere’s first veterinary Linear Accelerator. He is the Executive Director of the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

4:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Odontogenic tumours: what are they and how do you manage them
Odontogenic tumours are unique to the jaws and originate from tissues associated with tooth development. Their incidence has been reported to be about 0.5-0.7% of all tumours in dogs and cats. An understanding of tooth development helps in a better appreciation of how these Odontogenic tumours are often classified according to their tissue of origin. Therefore, epithelial odontogenic tumours (e.g. ameloblastoma) arise from residual odontogenic epithelium. Connective tissue or mesodermal odontogenic tumours (e.g. peripheral odontogenic fibroma) arise from connective tissue elements and mixed odontogenic tumours contain both epithelium and connective tissue (ectomesoderm) from the stages of odontogenesis (e.g. odontoma).

Odontogenic tumours may also be classified as inductive (e.g. odontoma) with the interaction between epithelial and connective tissue elements to produce enamel, dentine and pulp or non-inductive (e.g. ameloblastoma) where there is no hard tissue formation.
It is important that a representative sample of the tumour be offered for histopathology. A deep incisional biopsy is important in differentiating odontogenic tumours from malignant masses. Plain radiography plus or minus CT scanning are important diagnostic tools to assist in determining tumour margins.

Surgery still offers the best chance for successful removal of the tumour. These surgeries can be cosmetically disfiguring or lead to functional issues for the animal. Clients must be made aware of such issues and other potential complications prior to surgery.

This lecture will discuss the types of odontogenic tumours seen in companion animals as well as their management.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Caiafa

Tony Caiafa

Dr Caiafa graduated from the University of Melbourne as a veterinary surgeon in 1978. He also graduated dux of class, from the University of Melbourne as a dentist in 1998. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Radiotherapy for canine and feline brain tumours - past, present, & future
While veterinary radiotherapy isn’t a new cancer treatment modality, it is usually beyond the scope of most veterinary school education programs, leaving new graduates coming into the field with little to no knowledge of its uses and benefits. Up until recently, the only dedicated veterinary linear accelerator has been on-site at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, which made access to this hugely important treatment modality quite limited to many parts of Australia. As access to veterinary radiotherapy facilities increases over time, more clients will be seeking referrals to oncology specialists.

Radiotherapy is the primary treatment for many brain tumours. It behoves the primary care veterinarian to become more knowledgeable in regard to common indications for radiotherapy, common side effects and how they are managed, as well as reported outcomes for common tumours treated with radiotherapy in order to become more comfortable initiating the conversation about referral for radiation oncology consultation. The attendee should leave this talk empowered with this knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Elias Gumpel

Elias Gumpel

Elias Gumpel graduated from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and subsequently spent the next 4 years as a small animal general practitioner in Houston, Texas. In 2008, he completed a 1-year radiation oncology internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

5:30pm

Exhibition Night Welcome
Enjoy a beverage and delicious food with your fellow delegates after a long day of sessions.

Tuesday August 13, 2019 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast
 
Wednesday, August 14
 

6:30am

Yoga Session
Rise with the sun and come join us for a session of morning Yoga by the pool.

Wednesday August 14, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am
Poolside Lawn The Star Gold Coast

6:45am

Hill's Pet Nutrition Breakfast Session
Topic and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday August 14, 2019 6:45am - 8:00am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

8:15am

9:15am

Easing difficult extractions by using luxators
For most, extracting teeth still remains a daunting task. The reasons are multiple: lack of dental knowledge, lack of anatomy knowledge, poor equipment, wrong equipment, lack of equipment, poor or wrong techniques. This lecture will cover the anatomy one should be cognizant of when extracting a tooth. It will demonstrate the proper instruments to use, highlighting the differences between elevators and luxators. It will sho why luxators are better designed for veterinary dentistry. It will also show the proper techniques to follow to remove roots efficiently while minimizing the chances of breakage and/or of damage to the surrounding structures.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Legendre

Loic Legendre

Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, a dental referral center dedicated to treat only oral and maxillofacial cases whether they be endodontics, orthodontics, fractures, oral cancer, or periodontitis. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

Corneal ulcers - the golden rules to avoid frustration
When an ulcer hasn’t healed at the first recheck, there is a tendency to throw up our arms and become frustrated. A few golden rules can help us to see that ulcers within this group have actually helped us out in some ways by identifying themselves as “complicated ulcers” with only one of only 2-3 causes still possible. This discussion will provide a logical approach to turning these potentially frustrating cases into medical success stories.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

10:15am

Morning Tea
Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

10:45am

Approaches to the fractured tooth
Fractured teeth in dogs and cats are a common dental problem causing chronic oral pain and infection. Formulating an appropriate treatment plan for these teeth is dependent on the multiple factors. The type of tooth fracture, deciduous versus permanent, strategic or principle teeth, breed, age and other concurrent oral health conditions all have an effect on the decision-making process.

Extraction is commonly recommended for fractured teeth, but can carry the risk of complications such as jaw fracture, root retention, and unnecessary tissue trauma. Principle teeth in the mouth such as the canine and carnassial teeth provide jaw strength and structural integrity, and extraction of these teeth can be challenging, with long term consequences for the patient. Complications can be avoided with appropriate case selection, surgical technique and approach. Other viable treatment options include vital pulp therapy or pulp capping, root canal therapy, restoration of crown fractures and prosthodontics.

This lecture aims to provide a strategic approach towards the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of fractured teeth in dogs and cats.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Loh

Crystal Loh

Crystal graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada in 2007 and completed a rotating internship at the University of Tennessee in 2008 before working in general practice in New Zealand. She obtained her membership in Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery with the Australian... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

10:45am

Head & neck imaging: what should we aim for in practice?
Radiography has limited utility for imaging complex anatomical regions such as the head and neck, due to the superimposition of three-dimensional structures on a two-dimensional image and its relatively poor contrast resolution. It should be viewed as a ‘first-line’ or survey test for evaluating these regions, with a clear understanding of the limitations and abilities of the modality. Most head and neck conditions in small animal practice will require advanced imaging (CT, MRI, ultrasound) to obtain sufficient useful information to progress patient management, and appropriate case selection it vital when choosing modalities. Despite this, there are select indications for radiography, and good technique can go a long way to improving the diagnostic usefulness when this test is performed. Tips for radiographic image acquisition optimisation are discussed. A solid grasp of normal radiographic anatomy of the head and neck, and a systematic approach to interpretation, are fundamental to the successful interpretation of these complex body regions. Multiple resources including textbooks, radiographic atlases, specimens, and literature, are available and recommended to assist evaluation.

Speakers
avatar for Alana Rosenblatt

Alana Rosenblatt

Alana graduated from the University of Queensland prior to working in Veterinary Schools at UQ and the University of Adelaide for several years. She then completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University, and become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

11:45am

ASAV Annual Meeting
Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

11:45am

Endodontics – overview of vital pulpotomy and root canal therapy
Vital pulpotomy and root canal therapy are two procedures that can be performed for the treatment of endodontically diseased teeth. Appropriate diagnosis of suitable cases, when to recommend either procedure, knowledge of how the procedures are performed and providing appropriate follow up instructions are important in communicating with clients who are committed to preserving their pet’s teeth.

Knowledge of dental anatomy and specific tooth pathology determines whether vital pulp therapy is a viable option or if root canal therapy is a more appropriate treatment option. Vital pulp therapy aims to preserve the pulp such that the tooth remains vital throughout the animal’s lifetime. Younger animals with malocclusions or fresh fractures often benefit from vital pulp therapy due to the size of the pulp chamber within the teeth. Root canal therapy involves the removal of diseased and infected pulpal tissue from the pulp chamber and placement of a filler material, and is the treatment of choice in such circumstances as tooth fractures that are of long or unknown duration, and cases with irreversible pulpitis and pulpal death.

An overview of these two endodontic treatment options will be discussed, as well as the various materials and techniques used, and follow up recommendations.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Loh

Crystal Loh

Crystal graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada in 2007 and completed a rotating internship at the University of Tennessee in 2008 before working in general practice in New Zealand. She obtained her membership in Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery with the Australian... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

12:45pm

Lunch
Wednesday August 14, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Restorative materials - the science and the art
The aim of this presentation is to introduce and update practitioners on the current state of restorative materials. To understand their function, form and specific uses and evaluate their application in practice situations. Practitioners should leave the presentation with a clear understand of what a restorative is, when it would be applied and how it needs to be cared for through the life of the patient.

Content:
• How where and why composites and restoratives are used
• A summary of available composites and restoratives and how they vary in technology and function
• The art of application to achieve long term desirable outcomes
• Long term management of the restorative patient

Speakers
avatar for Kirsty Hailstone

Kirsty Hailstone

Kirsten Hailstone is currently enrolled as an alternate pathway resident in Veterinary dentistry with the American Veterinary Dental College under the mentorship of Dr David Clarke BVSc, Dipl. AVDC, FAVD, MANZCVS.She works at Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre 3 days a... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Diagnosing and treating infectious conjunctivitis in cats
Chlamydia felis and feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) are common pathogens of cats’ eyes all around the world producing a wide variety of ocular diseases from mild conjunctivitis to blinding keratitis or symblepharon. In this session, we will discuss how we reach an aetiological diagnosis and talk about the latest in antichlamydial and antiviral therapies. Is there a good PCR test? Should I be submitting samples? Do I need to quarantine affected cats? Should I use a topical or systemic antiviral drug? How frequently? For how long? Do I also need to use antibiotics? Is lysine effective?

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Crowns; how, where, when, and why?
Metal crowns are not yet common occurrence in veterinary dentistry. Nevertheless, they do have a place and can be very advantageous in specific situations. This lecture will demonstrate the process of preparing a clinical crown, of obtaining a vinyl polysiloxane impression and of cementing a metal crown. It will also discuss when and why crowns should be considered as part of dental treatment for some patients. It will also show their benefits and limitations.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Legendre

Loic Legendre

Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, a dental referral center dedicated to treat only oral and maxillofacial cases whether they be endodontics, orthodontics, fractures, oral cancer, or periodontitis. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Head & neck imaging: what more does advanced imaging offer?
Current standard of care for the management of head and neck conditions involves advanced imaging modalities – ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These modalities are relatively widely available now in veterinary medicine, however they require a high level of expertise to acquire quality diagnostic studies and can be expensive. They are superior to radiography in many ways, including being cross-sectional in nature which eliminates issues with superimposition and allows for post-acquisition multiplanar reconstructions, and they provide improved contrast resolution especially following contrast administration. They obviously have diagnostic capabilities but can also guide treatment and surgical planning and tissue sampling. Complementary tests are often needed for full evaluation, which may include multiple imaging modalities and/or other procedures. Indications for use are numerous and wide-ranging, including imaging throat/ventral neck, sinonasal, aural, neurologic, dental/oral, trauma and cancer cases. A thorough knowledge of normal 3D anatomy of the head and neck as well as the physics of image formation of the individual modalities is fundamental for accurate study interpretation.

Speakers
avatar for Alana Rosenblatt

Alana Rosenblatt

Alana graduated from the University of Queensland prior to working in Veterinary Schools at UQ and the University of Adelaide for several years. She then completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University, and become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

4:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Nerve blocks: linchpin to dental pain management
Nerve blocks are an essential part of modern Veterinary Dental practice.

Whilst not the only part of a complete pain management plan, they certainly play a very large role. They are a fundamental part of reducing the amount of pain that is perceived by the patient, and act in a novel manner when compared to the other pain control agents. Nerve blocks act to change the way pain is perceived centrally.

Many nerve blocks are possible when working on the oral cavity, however we will concentrate on two major blocks whilst covering 2 other minor blocks. These blocks will be described and illustrated in their use in dogs.

If you have not used nerve blocks in your practice, or are looking at brushing up your skills, attendance at this lecture will provide you the required information to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Forsayeth

Aaron Forsayeth

Director at Advanced Animal DentistryResident at Advanced Animal DentistryGraduated from University of Queensland 1996 with BVScObtained membership of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Dentistry through examination in 2004.Have worked in Veterinary Dental referral... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Surgery of the eyelids and third eyelid
Surgical correction of eyelid problems can be some of the most satisfying surgeries in general practice. However, attention to the smallest of details is essential if good results are to be attained. Using videos of actual surgeries, we will consider patient selection, surgical techniques, and postoperative management for eyelid tumors, cherry eye, and entropion.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

5:30pm

Happy Hour sponsored by iM3
Following the last session on Wednesday, join us for a drink in the exhibition to relax after a hard day of science.

Wednesday August 14, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

6:30pm

'Eat Street' Dinner sponsored by iM3
Enjoy a range of food and a beer on the garden events lawn, while you catch up with friends, meet some new peers and kick up your heels after a full day of conferencing.

Wednesday August 14, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Events Lawn The Star Gold Coast

7:00pm

 
Thursday, August 15
 

6:30am

Yoga Session
Rise with the sun and come join us for a session of morning Yoga by the pool.

Thursday August 15, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am
Poolside Lawn The Star Gold Coast

6:45am

Greencross Vets Breakfast Session
Topic: Creating stress free clinics

Presented by: Dr Serena Dean

Thursday August 15, 2019 6:45am - 8:00am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

8:15am

The colour of pain: novel diagnostic technologies drawn from biophotonics
Speakers
avatar for Mark Hutchinson

Mark Hutchinson

Professor Hutchinson is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and a Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.Professor Hutchinson’s research explores the “other brain” or the other 90% of cells in the brain... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

Pathophysiology of behaviour: how physical and mental diseases interplay
This presentation describes how different metabolic, hormonal, neurological, and infectious diseases can alter the pet’s behaviour. Also, we discuss the effects of pain on behaviour. Then we will review how behaviour may affect the development and maintenance of different physical pathologies. This presentation aims to allow the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis, address pets where an initial problem leads to a secondary behavioural abnormality, and manage cases where both (behavioural and physical) pathologies occur at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

A clinically relevant approach to sudden blindness
As the neurologists have taught us, neuroanatomical localization is one of the most important steps in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. When we apply this principle to the blind patient, we find that there are only 3 clinically important neuroanatomically localizing mechanisms that can lead to blindness. Each of these is very simply tested for in your clinic, and will enable you to offer your clients a tightly narrowed list of diagnoses, therapies, and prognosis based on this simple approach to otherwise potentially baffling presentations.

Speakers
avatar for David Maggs

David Maggs

Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1988, Prof. David Maggs spent 5 years in mixed practice throughout Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales. He then completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University, and a research fellowship and comparative... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

10:15am

Morning Tea
Thursday August 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

When dog training can help and when it cannot – the dog’s welfare depends on you!
Speakers
avatar for Kersti Seksel

Kersti Seksel

After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

Neuro-ophthalmology: is it more than meets the eye?
The neurological examination of the blind animal will be described in this lecture as will the examination of the patient with anisocoria. Several specific neurological video based case examples of will be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

Aggressive dogs - why and how to manage them
Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Ley

Jacqui Ley

Dr Jacqui Ley is a Registered Veterinarian Specialist in Behavioural Medicine with over 15 years of experience in this field. This means she is qualified to a specialist level in dog behaviour, cat behaviour or just about any other animal’s behaviour.  Dr Jacqui Ley has a fellowship... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

Inflammatory CNS disease: what can I do about it?
Inflammation of the CNS is a common differential for brain disease in cats and dogs. The clinical signs of inflammation will be described in this session followed by the diagnostic methods necessary. The specific infectious and immune diseases responsible for CNS inflammation and their treatment options will be described.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday August 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Managing aggressive cats
Speakers
avatar for Kersti Seksel

Kersti Seksel

After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Brachycephalic airway syndrome: diagnosis and treatment
Speakers
avatar for Philip Moses

Philip Moses

Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until he lost the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Hypersensitivity – hyperactivity, and dissociative disorders
This presentation will review the concept of neurotransmitters pathology leading to pathological behaviours. We will cover pathological arousal and impulsivity disorder that may lead pets to show aggression, abnormal and repetitive behaviours, disconnect from their owners, and dysthymia. The presentation aims to give the clinician the tools to identify pets who suffer from these conditions and tools to manage these pets. These conditions are not common. However, they can be devastating to the pet and its owners. Early identification and prompt care can improve the prognosis of these conditions.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Brachycephalic breeds - some of the non airway breed associated issues and my approach to the welfare implications of Brachycephalic dogs
Speakers
avatar for Philip Moses

Philip Moses

Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until he lost the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

4:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Thursday August 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Understanding Archer- lets talk Equine behaviour
Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Ley

Jacqui Ley

Dr Jacqui Ley is a Registered Veterinarian Specialist in Behavioural Medicine with over 15 years of experience in this field. This means she is qualified to a specialist level in dog behaviour, cat behaviour or just about any other animal’s behaviour.  Dr Jacqui Ley has a fellowship... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

A pain in the neck: what are the causes
Neck pain in dogs can be due to several major causes which require different investigations and treatment. An overview of the most common causes of neck pain will be presented which will primarily focus on the specific diagnosis and management of each.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

7:00pm

ASAV Awards Dinner
Dress to impress as we honour the highest achievers of the small animal profession and celebrate the success of the Conference. Includes 3 course sit down dinner, drinks and entertainment. An evening not to be missed.

Thursday August 15, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast
 
Friday, August 16
 

8:15am

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD): what is the status quo and what does the future hold?
Speakers
avatar for Michael Valenzuela

Michael Valenzuela

Prof Michael Valenzuela is a rare cross-disciplinary research leader – amongst 1% of authors worldwide to publish across “clinical trials”, “stem cells”, “neuroimaging” and “cognition” (PubMed bibliometrics). Academic outcomes span >100 career publications with >6500... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

The psychiatric approach to pharmacology
Medications become an integral part of behavioural medicine. We use them to aid in management in cases where the pet is too aroused, anxious, or fearful. Also, we use medications to help in to facilitate learning and behaviour modification. This lecture will present guidelines for the use of medications. Also, an algorithm for the choice of appropriate medications is given. Finally, a review of currently available medication and their indication is covered. Following the lecture, the clinician should feel more comfortable in deciding when to use medication and which medication to choose.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

9:15am

Working up the weak - acute and chronic neuromuscular diseases
Clinical signs of neuromuscular disease in dogs and cats will be described using video footage. The specific causes of acute and chronic diseases affecting the neuromuscular system will be described in terms of their diagnosis and management.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

10:15am

Morning Tea
Friday August 16, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

Cognitive dysfunction in dogs and cats
Cognitive dysfunction is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the pets ability to cope with changes, memory and learning, and adjust to new situations. Both dogs and cats start showing cognitive decline much earlier than owners are able to detect. In part, the problem is due to inadequate screening. We, as vets, do not ask the right questions during routine visits to the practice. This lecture covers the presentation of cognitive decline, screening, pathophysiology and pathoanatomy, and tools to manage pets who suffer from this condition. At the end of the lecture, you will be able to identify pets with cognitive dysfunction, offer the owners hope, and discuss the quality of life.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

11:00am

Non-painful spinal diseases - I cant walk but I don't hurt
Causes of spinal disease can be painful or not. Those that are non-painful include degenerative myelopathy, fibrocartilaginous emboli, syringomyelia and type II discs. The diagnosis and management of all of these conditions will be specifically addressed in this lecture.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

Separation distress – hyper-attachment disorder in dogs and cats
Separation-related problem is a common condition in many pets. While it is more commonly associated with dogs, cats too can suffer from this condition. Separation anxiety is also closely linked with other behavioural pathologies such as noise aversion and phobias. This lecture will cover the most common reasons for the development of these conditions in pets, different presentations, and management techniques. We will focus on both short term and long term management. As part of the treatment, we will also cover the use of environmental changes and medications.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

12:00pm

Feline nasal disease: diagnosis and treatment – "S'not a problem"
This lecture will provide tips and tricks on investigating nasal disease in cats, plus information on common diseases and available and up and coming treatments. Aims of this lecture are to become familiar with common nasal diseases of cats, how to perform investigations and how to interpret test results for these diseases. Finally, a discussion on potential treatment options and outcomes will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Korman

Rachel Korman

Rachel graduated from UQ and completed a residency in feline internal medicine at the University of Bristol. She has achieved Membership of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter, Fellowship of the Feline Medicine Chapter of the ANZCVS and is a member of the Feline Expert Panel and treasurer... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

1:00pm

Lunch
Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gold Coast and Southport Rooms The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Thunderstorms and fireworks – how to help your patients
Speakers
avatar for Kersti Seksel

Kersti Seksel

After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

2:00pm

Seizures and epilepsy: diagnosis
There are several important mimics of seizure activity that can confuse the diagnosis of seizures which include syncope, movement disorders, sleep disorders and behavioral abnormalities. Video footage of these events will be used to describe the characteristics of these events and differentiate them from seizure activity. The investigation of a patient with seizures will be described followed by a discussion on treatment indications and decision making.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Abnormal and repetitive behaviours in dogs and cats
Abnormal and repetitive behaviours are compulsive pathologies the pet may present. We group these behaviours into three broad categories: locomotion, hallucinations, and self-directed. These behaviours reduce the life quality of the pet, lead to physical diseases such as injuries, weight loss, and infections. We will cover the reasons for the development of these conditions and their different manifestation. As part of this lecture, we will also address the diagnostic process, management, and medications used to help these pets.

Speakers
avatar for Sagi Denenberg

Sagi Denenberg

Dr Sagi Denenberg graduated from the veterinary school in Kosice, Slovakia. After graduation, he relocated from Israel to Canada to pursue his specialisation. Dr Denenberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the European College of Animal Welfare... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

3:00pm

Seizures and epilepsy: treatment and management update
The specific anti-convulsant drug options for cats and dogs with epilepsy will be described with the pros and cons outlined. Adjunctive therapeutic approaches will be discussed including diet, cannabis and vagal nerve stimulation.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Platt

Simon Platt

Prof. Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992; he was an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a residency in neurology in 1998 at the University of Florida. Prof. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia. Prof. Platt is co-editor... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

4:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Friday August 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Foyer - Surfers Paradise Rooms The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Behavioural medicine in the GP clinic - helping every day and every patient
Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Ley

Jacqui Ley

Dr Jacqui Ley is a Registered Veterinarian Specialist in Behavioural Medicine with over 15 years of experience in this field. This means she is qualified to a specialist level in dog behaviour, cat behaviour or just about any other animal’s behaviour.  Dr Jacqui Ley has a fellowship... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Coolangatta Rooms 1 - 4 The Star Gold Coast

4:30pm

Chronic nasal disease in the dog - diagnosis & treatment
There are only a small number of ways a dog with nasal disease can present. Sneezing, snorting, reverse sneezing, nasal discharge and rarely seizures!

There are also only a hand full of disease processes causing these clinical signs. During this session, we will be discussing a logical approach to the investigation of nasal disease in dogs, and how we can best manage these patients.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Mackay

Bruce Mackay

Bruce graduated from The University of Qld in 1979. He was a principle in a busy multi-veterinarian small animal practice in Brisbane until 1991 when he commenced his journey into specialist practice. Bruce with an ever-expanding team of specialists and leaders in their fields developed... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast

5:30pm

Farewell Drinks
Following the last sessions of the conference, join us for our final farewell drinks and canapes by the pool.

Friday August 16, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Poolside The Star Gold Coast