Many people think that the cats are asocial and that they do not have friends. However, as cat lovers and vet nurses, we all know this simply is not true! Contrary to popular belief, cats are very social animals and, using body language and other tools, have their own way of communicating with other animals and humans as well. During this lecture, we will learn about the feline language and their social behaviours.
Dr Mami Irimajiri
Picture this: your Veterinarian’s first consult of the day is a 16-year-old Maltese dog called Fluffy whose owners are complaining he is constantly walking aimlessly and howling for long periods of time in the early hours of the morning. The vet conducts a physical examination and this, along with history, don’t show any obvious signs of physical illness. The vet is thinking that Fluffy may have cognitive dysfunction – but what can we do to help? In this talk, we will discuss the pathophysiology of cognitive dysfunction and techniques we can apply to help to manage the condition.
Making the Gut Feel Good:The Power of Microbiome
Dr Julie Chen
Chronic diarrhoea and constipation are frustrating to pet parents and it severely impacts the pets' quality of life. This session will focus on common large bowel chronic enteropathy, understand the role and importance of gut microbiome where cannot not be overlook in managing large bowel chronic enteropathy, and how to activate the gut microbiome to improve stool quality and digestive health.
Dealing With Exotic Patient Emergencies
Dr Nicole Wyre
Being presented with an exotic companion animal emergency can be terrifying because they seem so different, but the same basic principles for cat and dog patients are also true for these species. Some modifications need to be made to account for their unique anatomical and physiological differences. Many of these pets are prey species and thus subject to higher levels of stress. Therefore, minimizing their handling and being able to triage the patient with a visual assessment is paramount.
Just like in dogs and cats, obtaining airway and vascular access is going to be important to resuscitate and/or stabilize the patient. Learning how to properly restrain an exotic patient and to be familiar with basic techniques such as intubation, intravenous/intraosseous catheter placement, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections is necessary to provide in hospital care or transfer to a specialist.
Dental disease affects 80% of pets over three years of age yet we don’t treat 80% of our patients for it. It is a hidden disease that causes our patients to suffer in silence in chronic pain and chronic infection. As veterinary nurses and veterinary assistants, we can play a pivotal role in the care of our dental patients from performing an oral assessment and dental prophylaxis, to educating our pet owners on maintaining their pet’s oral health. This lecture will help you to understand the Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment (COHAT) covering all the steps from admit to discharge, and beyond.
Tips for Kinder and Better Dog Handling
In this short presentation, learn some easy and surprising ideas for gentler dog handling.
A to Z of Best Practice Dentals
In this workshop you will get ‘hands-on’ with the Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment (COHAT) – from completing dental charts, identifying oral anatomy, learning to use various dental instruments, caring for and maintaining dental equipment and more!
Animal Physical Therapy & Massage Techniques
In this workshop you will learn valuable techniques on how vet nurses and assistants can apply physical therapy techniques. Learn what physical therapy is all about and practice some useful massage techniques.
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