What’s new in small animal medicine?

10 Aug 2018

Hundreds of veterinarians from across Australia who treat dogs, cats, and other small animals will be in Melbourne next week to learn all the latest in small animal medicine at the Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) 45th small animal conference.

This year, veterinarians who work with small animals, as well as larger species including goats, sheep, and alpacas will gather to hear about scientific advancements and new treatments in veterinary medicine from international and local experts.

AVA President, Dr. Paula Parker, said this conference is quite unique and will appeal to most practising veterinarians because it covers a range of interesting topics that will be delivered by leaders in their fields.

“Through the theme this year – the abdomen and beyond – participants will be able to delve deeper into key areas of veterinary medicine that they encounter daily in their practices, and they will be able to take away key learnings, which can be implemented immediately in their clinics.

“David Twedt will be joining us from the US to share his expertise on liver disease, gastrointestinal disease, and endoscopy in small animals. Hattie Syme from the UK will also share her in-depth knowledge about kidney health, urology, hypertension and endocrinology.

“This year, animal behavior is also featured heavily in the program with Laurie Bergman from the US delivering a range of sessions from how to successfully introduce a pet into your family to managing anxiety in dogs. We are fortunate that also speaking in our behavior stream will be Australia’s two behavior specialists, Drs Jacqui Ley, and Kersti Seksel.

“Speaking in our goat, sheep and alpaca stream will be some well-renowned accomplished Australian veterinarians including Sandra Baxendell, Robert Suter, and Jane Vaughan, just to name a few. These veterinarians are known locally for their expertise but are also highly regarded on an international scale as well.

“This conference certainly has something for everyone and it will be a great opportunity for veterinarians to hear from these leaders in their fields,” Dr. Parker said.

Some topics that will be covered include:

  • why cats fight
  • dangerous dogs
  • common liver diseases in dogs
  • Q fever risk in Victoria in humans and livestock
  • an update on feline panleukopenia in Australia

The 45th Annual ASAV Conference is being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, 12–16 August 2018.

Attendance is complimentary for media.

For further information and requests for interviews contact the AVA media office on 0439 628 898 or media@ava.com.au.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the only national association representing veterinarians in Australia. Founded in 1921, the AVA today represents 9000 members working in all areas of animal science, health, and welfare.

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