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Tuesday, August 13
 

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm

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
 
Wednesday, August 14
 

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

10:45am

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

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

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

4:30pm

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
 
Thursday, August 15
 

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm

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
 
Friday, August 16
 

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

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

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

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

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

4:30pm

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