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July 15-25, 2024

Online Veterinary Conference 2024

If you missed attending the live lectures, all the conference lecture recordings are now available for viewing on-demand in our Member-Exclusive Webinar Library!
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15 - 25 July 2024
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About the Event

The 16th Annual Online Veterinary Conference

Global Conference

The Vet Education International Online Veterinary Conference is a 2-week online event, held every year since 2008. This event showcases some of the world’s top veterinary specialists and presenters. Running from July 15 – July 25, 2024, this is an event like no other – featuring 16 webinars, 15 speakers and a host of Member Benefits such as access to the Vet Education webinar library with a plethora of lectures and speakers!

Unparalleled Learning Experience

With 2 webinars per day, from Monday through Thursday for each week of the conference, there’s plenty of time to absorb content, schedule family and work-life – without feeling like you’re stuck in a lecture room all day! You can attend the online live lectures or watch recordings later in your very own Vet Education Webinar Library!

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Who is Speaking?

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The Vet Education International Online Veterinary Conference isn’t just about learning; it’s an extraordinary opportunity to connect and collaborate with veterinary professionals from all corners of the globe. Don’t miss out!


16 Lectures over 2 Weeks

Dr Philip Judge

Updates in the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Kidney Injury

Dr Fabio Procoli

Gut Feeling – Part 1: Diagnostic Approach to Feline Chronic Enteropathy

Dr Kate Baker

Cytology of Twelve Common Skin Neoplasms

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Dr Fabio Procoli

Gut Feeling – Part 2: Management Strategies Feline Chronic Enteropathy

Dr Lorrie Gaschen

Current Approach to Examination & Interpretation of the Feline Pancreas with Ultrasonography

Dr Danielle Gunn-Moore

An Update of FIP and its Treatment

Dr Stuart Walton

Feline Your Age: Comorbidities in Old Cats

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Dr Julian Lunn

Hernias and Traumatic Ruptures

Dr Corrin Boyd

Current Concepts on the Use of Plasma & Albumin in the Critical Patient

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Dr Hannah Darcy

Clinical Updates on Feline Diabetes Mellitus

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Dr Chris Tan

When There is No Room for Error: What Makes Emergency Surgery Different

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Dr Rachel Korman

What I’ve Learned the Hard Way – Feline Infectious Respiratory Disease

Dr Leon Warne

Anaesthesia of Dogs & Cats with Cardiac Disease

Dr Laurent Garosi

Decoding Darkness: Neurological Insights into Blindness


Dr Elizabeth Giuliano

So you need an Ophthalmologist’s Expert Opinion?: The Art of a Good Referral

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Dr Rachael Birkbeck

Diagnostic Tests for the Respiratory Emergency Patient

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How to attend?

This conference is included in the Vet Education Annual Webinar Membership!
As a Vet Education Webinar Member, your membership benefits will include exclusive access to the Online Veterinary Conference – at no extra cost!


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What do you get as a webinar member?

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At least 50 hours of webinars annually along with detailed notes, quizzes, and more.

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Wide range of topics including small animal, equine, practice management and more!

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Mark your calendars for the Vet Education International Online Veterinary Conference, the pinnacle of online veterinary education. Join us from July 15 to July 25, 2024, and embark on a transformative learning experience that will shape the future of your veterinary practice.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the world’s top specialists, connect with a global network of veterinary professionals, and gain the tools and insights needed to excel in your field. Get ready to unleash excellence and be part of an event that will inspire, educate, and propel you toward veterinary greatness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for the Online Veterinary Conference 2024?

Registering for the conference is easy! Simply sign up for our annual individual or practice membership. As a Vet Education Webinar Member, your membership benefits will include exclusive access to the Online Veterinary Conference – at no extra cost!

However, that is not all – you get access to our other events for a full year! Click here for details.

Can I earn CE credits for attending the conference?

Absolutely! This event has 16 hours of lectures.

For Veterinarians in Australia and New Zealand, this would amount to 16 hours of structured CE.


For those that need RACE points, this event is pending RACE approval for 16 points [Category- medical, non-interactive]


For most countries globally – 16 hours of CE is accepted.

Upon completion of each webinar, you will receive a certificate of attendance that can be used to fulfill your CE requirements.

Are the conference webinars available for on-demand viewing?

Yes! We understand how busy life can get, so we provide on-demand access to all conference webinars.


If you miss a live session or want to review a particular topic, you can access the recorded webinars at your convenience during the conference period and beyond.

If I purchase the conference pass, will I get access to exclusive member benefits?

The conference pass only includes access to the live lectures, conference resources, and webinar recordings of the conference lectures (limited time).

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Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Clin Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998.
Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd ( – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature.

Philip’s key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations and toxicology.

Dr Fabio Procoli

Dip ACVIM Dip ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine)

Fabio graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Bari in 2003. Since 2005 and for three years he worked in the UK dealing with small animal clinic. From 2008 to 2009 he held an internship at the University of Edinburgh.
From 2009 to 2012, he held a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London. In 2012 he completed an MPhil in small animal gastroenterology at the RVC in London with Prof. Karin Allenspach.

In 2012, he received the title of Specialist in Internal Medicine from the American College (DipACVIM), followed in 2013 by that of the European College (DipECVIM-CA). From 2014 to 2017, he worked as a consultant specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology for Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire, UK, where he also directed the Feline Hyperthyroid Clinic (specializing in the treatment of hyperthyroid cats with radioactive iodine).

Since September 2017, he has been the head of Internal Medicine and postgraduate training at i Portoni Rossi Veterinary Hospital (BO). He is the author of refereed articles in international journals, speaker and director of national and international training courses for veterinary physicians in the areas of internal medicine and gastroenterology of dogs and cats. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SIMIV). He is an active member of the Comparative Gastroenterology (CGS) and Comparative Hepatology (SCH) Societies. Finally, he is a member of the examination board of the European College of Internal Medicine (ECVIM).”

Dr Kate Baker


Dr. Kate Baker grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and completed her DVM at the University of Tennessee in 2012. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and then a clinical pathology residency and Masters degree at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Baker became board certified in 2016 and currently is an educator, diagnostician, and consultant. Her professional passion is creating resources and experiences for veterinarians to learn and thrive in practice. She is the Founder and CEO of three online veterinary resources: Veterinary Cytology Schoolhouse, Pocket Pathologist, and VetHive. She lives on a small farm in Tennessee with her family and loves to travel, go to music festivals, and try craft beers from around the world.

Dr Lorrie Gaschen


Lorrie received her DVM from the University of Florida, was in private practice in Florida for two years after which time she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bern in Switzerland and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.
She received her PhD in renal transplant imaging in animal models at the University Medical School in Utrecht then returned to the University of Bern where she became an associate professor upon completion of her work in vascular ultrasound of the canine gastrointestinal tract. She was a full professor of diagnostic imaging in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for 15 years and has authored numerous publications and book chapters mainly in the field of gastrointestinal ultrasound where she has done the majority of her research.

Lorrie was also the Executive Associate Dean for Diversity, Student, and Faculty Affairs for 6 years at LSU and is the recipient of the 2022 AAVMC award for Excellence in Diversity in the Veterinary Profession. Lorrie is now working in teleradiology with VetCT and enjoys reporting on all species and all modalities with a special interest in exotic imaging.

Dr Danielle A. Gunn-Moore

BSc(Hon), BVM&S, PhD, MANZCVS (Feline), FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Danielle Gunn-Moore graduated from the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, with the Dick Vet Gold Medal in 1991.
After a year in small animal practice she joined The Feline Centre, University of Bristol, initially as the Feline Advisory Bureau Scholar, then the Duphar Feline Fellow, and completed a PhD study into Feline Infectious Peritonitis in 1997. After a short period as Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology, University of Bristol, she returned to Edinburgh to establish the Feline Clinic and became Professor of Feline Medicine in 2006. She is interested in all aspects of feline medicine; she is an internationally recognised expert in her area, has lectured extensively and published over a 130 peer-reviewed research papers, plus many reviews and book chapters. In 2009 she was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contribution in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, in 2011 she was awarded the International Society for Feline Medicine/Hill’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine, in 2012 the Royal Dick students voted her “The clinician I would most like to be”, in 2016 FECAVA awarded her “Increased Vocalisation in Elderly Cats” the most original paper in the European Journal of Companion Animal Practice that year, and in 2017 she became a Fellow of the RCVS. She shares her home with her husband Frank, a 16 year old Maine Coon boy called Mortlach (named after a Scottish single malt whisky), and a tiny little 16 year old black cat called Sheba-Ardbeg.

Dr Stuart Walton


Dr. Walton is a clinical assistant professor in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida. He earned his veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in Australia and has completed 2 internal medicine residencies; the first at Veterinary Specialist Services (Australia) and the second at Louisiana State University.
His many interests include infectious and inflammatory diseases, immune-mediated disease, respiratory disease, and extracorporeal blood purification techniques.

Dr Julian Lunn

BVSc MANZCVS MVetClinStud, Small Animal Surgeon

Dr Julian Lunn graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996. He spent the first four years in mixed practice in South-eastern NSW (Braidwood) and Bath in the UK.

On returning to Australia, Julian took up a position at the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital working in the Primary Accession and Medicine referral services before commencing a residency in Small Animal Surgery in 2003.
He successfully gained membership in Small Animal Medicine in 2003 and in Small Animal Surgery in 2006. Julian completed his surgical residency in 2007, having spent time at Murdoch University and Colorado State University as part of his training. He also graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies after completing a thesis on Canine Neural Angiostrongyliasis.

In January 2008, Julian joined Veterinary Specialist Services, one of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive veterinary referral service offering Surgery, Medicine, Emergency, Oncology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Dentistry. After nearly a decade of multi-disciplinary practice Julian and his family moved down to Newcastle in NSW to start a new referral service at the Animal Referral and Emergency Center. As well as a seachange, Julian was able to build up a busy referral surgery practice alongside the Emergency service, continuing to train interns as part of the practice.

As the children approached high school age, Julian and his family elected to move back North of the Border and settle the kids into new schools in Toowoomba in October 2021. Julian has primarily been part of the UQ Vets Teaching Hospital in Gatton, teaching undergraduates and supervision of the interns at part of the clincal service as well as lecturing to the undergraduates. Julian has also been a regular part of the JCU Veterinary Teaching hospital clinical staff since 2022 and has just recently returned to VSS working part time at the Jindalee practice.

Julian is the author of several peer-reviewed articles published in multiple journals. He has lectured in several countries including the US, UK and Thailand. He has presented at numerous conferences including WSAVA, Australian College Science Week and the AVA annual conference as well as regularly speaking at online conferences in recent years for Vet Education and Vet Prac.

Through his time at the University of Sydney, Veterinary Specialist Services, AREC, Univesity of Queensland and James Cook University, Julian has gained a wide experience in all areas of surgery from cardiothoracic, oncology and vascular to orthopaedic, neurological and trauma procedures.

Outside of work hours, Julian is kept busy running around after his three young children, two energetic ex-RSPCA dogs and four guinea pigs.

Dr Corrin Boyd


Corrin is a registered veterinary specialist in emergency medicine and critical care. He works in clinical service in The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University, teaching veterinary undergraduates and conduct research on topics relevant to animal and human health.
Corrin completed his undergraduate veterinary studies at Murdoch University in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with first class merit honours. He then continued at Murdoch, starting his clinical career in the veterinary hospital’s emergency service. After 3 years of after-hours service, Corrin began his specialist training at Murdoch with a specialty traineeship (2013) and residency (2014-2017) in veterinary emergency and critical care. During this process, he also achieved a Graduate Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Education (2013), Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2013), and a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies (2015). His clinical training concluded in 2017 when Corrin became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He obtained his PhD in 2023 with a thesis entitled ‘Adverse effects of synthetic colloid fluids in dogs’.

Dr Hannah Darcy


Hannah graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2013, and spent two years enjoying the ups and downs of mixed practice in rural Herefordshire, before deciding that her passion lay in small animal practice.
Hannah then spent four years at the Royal Veterinary College (London), completing her specialist training in small animal medicine and becoming a member of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2019.

Following this, Hannah worked as an Internal Medicine Specialist in Sydney for a year, honing her coffee appreciation and sea turtle endoscopy skills, before heading back to the UK. Hannah joined The Ralph in April 2022, and is very excited to be part of a growing medicine team, with particular interests in endocrinology, immune-mediated diseases and teaching.

Outside of work, Hannah can usually be found running, swimming or cycling, or locked in a battle of wills with her Mini Schnauzer, Tilpa.

Dr Chris Tan

BVSc BSc(Vet) PhD FANZCVS Diplomate ECVS(Small Animal Surgery)

Chris Tan graduated from the University of Sydney before spending 8 years as a general practice vet in Australia and the UK. He returned to the University of Sydney to undertake his surgical residency, after which he remained, to complete a PhD in veterinary surgery and to then become a lecturer in small animal surgery.
Although Chris enjoys all aspects of surgery, he has particular interests in veterinary orthopaedics. Outside of the surgical theatre, he is also passionate about education. Chris plays an important role in teaching both veterinary and human medical students at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW, respectively. In addition, he is a board member of AOVET, a nonprofit organisation which aims to advance the practice of veterinary surgery to improve patient outcomes.

Outside of work, Chris loves to spend time with his family, and a cat named Zara.

Dr Rachel Korman

BVSc MANZCVS (Internal Medicine) FANZCVS (Specialist - Feline Medicine)

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2000, Dr. Korman worked in small animal and feline only practices in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
She was awarded a Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care) Senior Clinical Training Scholarship at the University of Bristol and completed research in the areas of feline infectious and haematological disease. She became a Fellow of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist in Feline Medicine in 2018.

She is a member of the Feline Expert Panel, a reviewer for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, contributing author to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association of Feline Practice, a member of the Australian Heartworm Advisory Panel and a tutor for the Feline Medicine Distance Education Course (University of Sydney). She lectures extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia and was given a Cynthia Award from International Cat Care for her dedication to cats.

Dr. Korman works at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane where she heads the feline medicine service and cat friendly clinic. Her passion stems from the bond between animals and their owners and the strength of every cat’s personality!

She shares her home with two children, Professor Moriarty (a Burmese with a mind for evil deeds), Maus (a partially sighted British shorthair) and Whinny, a rescue Chihuahua who is a glorified cat. Any free time is divided between kids, cats and the dog!

Dr Leon Warne

BSc(Biol), BBiomedSc(Hons1), BSc, BVMS, MVS, MANZCVS (Anaesthesia), DACVAA, PhD
Founder | Clinical Director
The Vet Pharmacist

Leon graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2009.
Following graduation he undertook an internship in anaesthesia, emergency and critical care medicine.

Leon joined the Melbourne Veterinary School’s anaesthesia and analgesia section at the University of Melbourne in 2010 where he completed a specialty training program in anaesthesia and pain management, a clinical master degree in anaesthesia as well as a PhD in pain-management and assessment.

In 2015 he completed an externship in paediatric anaesthesia and trauma management at The Austin and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. Leon is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists anaesthesia chapter and an Australasian Veterinary Boards Council registered specialist in anaesthesia. Leon is a director of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pain Management Australia and an adjunct senior lecturer at Murdoch University.

His clinical research interests are assessment and management of pain in patients’ incapable of self-reporting; intravenous fluid therapy; and utilisation of novel drug delivery technologies to optimise bioavailability and dosing efficacy of medicinal cannabis therapeutics.

Dr Laurent Garosi

DVM, FRCVS, DipECVN – RCVS & EBVS® European recognised specialist in veterinary neurology

Laurent is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN), RCVS/European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon by meritorious contribution to clinical practice. 

He is currently clinical director of a Teleradiology company called Vet Oracle, the first of its kind, offering off-site neuro-imaging (MRI and CT) and neurology/neurosurgery specialist advice across the globe as well as general imaging. His main clinical and research interests are cerebrovascular diseases, neuro-imaging, paroxysmal dyskinesia and feline neurology.

Laurent has published widely in the field of neurology and is a regular speaker on the national and international continuing education circuit. He is past president of the ECVN, past chief examiner of the ECVN examination committee, co-founder of the Facebook page Veterinary Neurology and co-editor with Simon Platt of a textbook on Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. He is the 2021 recipient of the WSAVA best speaker of the year and 2022 recipient of the BSAVA Bourgelat award for truly outstanding international contribution to the field of small animal practice.

Dr Elizabeth A. Giuliano

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Dr. Giuliano received a Bachelor of Science with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1991 and her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.
Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1997 and remained in private practice in midtown Manhattan the following year. In 1998, she returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete a Comparative Ocular Pathology Fellowship. Since July 1, 1999, Dr. Giuliano has been a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri where she completed a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and a Masters of Science degree. She is currently a tenured Professor of the department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri and Section Chief of their comparative ophthalmology service. She has authored over 100 articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Giuliano is a dynamic, engaging speaker and has lectured extensively in the academic setting and at national and international meetings. She is the recipient of numerous teaching/ leadership awards, including three Golden Aesculapius Teaching Awards, the Gold Chalk Award, the Dadd Award, Western Veterinary Conference’s “Educator of the Year” (2018), and the 2023 Jordan Hoyt Memorial Tribute to Women faculty award. Since becoming an ACVO diplomate in 2002, Dr. Giuliano has demonstrated sustained devotion to her profession through volunteer work. This includes serving on more than 12 ACVO standing, Ad-Hoc, and associated committees [Residency Committee (2002-2006), Resident Forum Committee Co-Chair (2003 & 2006), ACVO Nominating Committee (2008 & 2017), Job Task Analysis Task Force (2008), Resident Presentation Judge at Annual Conference (2008 & 2009), Governance Committee (2009 – 2011), Maintenance of Certification Committee (2007-2012), Vision for Animal Foundation Grants Committee (Member 2007- 2009; co-Chair 2010 – 2012), William Magrane Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology Steering Committee (2011-2017), and the ABVO Examination Committee (2019- 2022)]. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) Board of Regents (2011-2016) and served as the ACVO President from 2015-2016.

Dr Rachael Birkbeck

DVM PGCert MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS, Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

Rachael completed her residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College. Currently she works at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Hospital alongside 4 other specialists in ECC.
Before moving into a referral setting, she worked sole charge out-of-hours in primary care practice, as such she can empathise with the challenges experienced by colleagues on the front line. Although she enjoys clinical work and research, the aspects of her job she loves the most are mentoring and teaching and finds it is great being part of someone else’s success!

Updates in the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Kidney Injury

Acute kidney injury is a serious complication of many types of critical illness in dogs and cats, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality risk. Early detection is crucial to facilitate early intervention, and to mitigate further nephron loss. Join emergency clinician, Dr. Philip Judge as we discuss the latest in how to rapidly and correctly identify acute kidney injury, as well as the value of non-dialytic therapy, and its value in the treatment of the patient with acute kidney injury.

Gut Feeling - Part 1: Diagnostic Approach to Feline Chronic Enteropathy

In the first of two talks dedicated to all aspects of feline chronic enteropathy (FCE), we will review the pathogenesis of this complex multifactorial syndrome and the recommended diagnostic approach to cats presenting with chronic gastrointestinal (GI) signs thanks to a combination of relevant scientific evidence and personal clinical experience. In particular, the role of intestinal dysbiosis in the development of FCE and the importance of thorough clinical staging of cats with chronic GI signs will be discussed.

Gut Feeling – Part 2: Management Strategies Feline Chronic Enteropathy

We will review the available treatment strategies, known and new, for cats with FCE and the supporting scientific evidence. In particular, the central role of diet in the management of chronic GI signs in cats will be discussed as well as the emerging role for microbiome-based treatments all with the aid of real case examples.

Current Approach to Examination & Interpretation of the Feline Pancreas with Ultrasonography

This lecture will demonstrate to the participant how to find the pancreas with ultraound using important landmarks in cats. Use of videos will support this lecture and demonstrate the sonographic technique. Numerous case examples of the abnormal pancreas will be shown. Acute, chronic pancreatitis, triaditis, and pancreatic neoplasia examples will be shown and discussed.

An Update of FIP and its Treatment

There have been 2 stunning paradigm shifts in our understanding of FIP in the last 4 years:

  1. “FIP is invariably fatal” – this is now not true The world of FIP has changed completely since drugs to treat it became progressively more available over the last 2 to 3 years. Some countries are lucky enough to have >3 licenced drugs, while others have to work with unlicenced ones of unknown content. We are all still learning how best to use these drugs most effectively; that said, most studies show >85% success rates. Thankfully, shorter courses have now been shown to be as effective as long courses (6 v 12 weeks). Therapeutic drug monitoring, where we monitor the exact concentration of the drug (e.g., GS-441524) in the serum can help us to taylor the exact dose for individual cats. While the rate of improved understanding is impressive, the global picture is not at all consistent, so everywhere has to adapt their treatment protocols to the drugs and tests they have available in their country.

  2. “FIP is not directly transmissible” – sadly, this is also not true The massive outbreak of apparently directly transmissible FIP that has devastated the cats in Cyprus for ~18 months is caused by a new recombination – a type 1 FCoV spike plus the Spike gene from pantropic canine coronavirus. It has killed thousands of cats, and is causing twice as many neurological cases compared to ‘traditional’ FIP. What other legacies it is leaving are still to be determined. It does appear to be harder to treat than ‘traditional’ FIP.
This lecture will cover both of these paradigm shifts in detail, presenting the most up to date information and how best to use it, including practical tips for successfully treating cats with FIP.

Hernias and Traumatic Ruptures

Diaphragmatic Ruptures (hernias) can be one of the more challenging cases to manage in private practice and sometimes you won’t even suspect they are present until the routine anaesthetic goes pair-shaped! Lets not even start with perineal hernias. In this lecture we will discussed the types of diaphgramatic ruptures and true hernias that can occur and how to manged them. We will discuss all the tips and tricks to getting the best outcome for our patients including the best ways to avoid Acute Lung Injury and Re-expansion Pulmonary Oedema. We will also discuss the diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of perineal hernias which has continued to prove a challenge to the yound and old. Finally we will talk about the best ways to manage traumatic abdominal wall rupture.

What I’ve Learned the Hard Way – Feline Infectious Respiratory Disease

Cats with respiratory distress and particularly infectious respiratory disease can be hard to manage. In this presentation we will discuss the keys to managing any cat in respiratory distress and talk through procedures such as thoracocentesis in a case based way.

Anaesthesia of Dogs & Cats with Cardiac Disease

The sedation or anaesthesia of patients with cardiac disease often poses a challenge to veterinarians. Patients with cardiovascular dysfunction, have a significantly higher risk of morbidity and mortality following anaesthesia or sedation due to decreased physiological reserves and inability to adequately compensate for alterations in heart rate, preload, afterload, and cardiac output. Additionally, there is a greater chance of decompensation if these animals are exposed to sudden stressful conditions or increased metabolic demand (e.g., anxiety, surgery, pain). A reduced cardiovascular reserve may also predispose to a greater risk of fluid-overload when intravenous fluids are used to compensate for the vasodilating effects of anaesthetic agents, further adding to the complexity associated with the management of these cases. This session presents strategies for the sedation and anaesthetic management of patients with specific cardiovascular diseases commonly seen in veterinary practice.

Decoding Darkness: Neurological Insights into Blindness

Blindness can be partial or complete, unilateral or bilateral. The presentation depends on the aetiology and as such the general physical, ophthalmic and neurological examinations provide important clues as to the likely underlying problem. The main goals are to establish whether the blindness is the result of an opththalmological or a neurological disease and, in the event of a neurological condition being suspected, to accurately localize the lesion within the visual pathways. Having determine the neurological localization, a list of possible causes can be formulated. After this, it is important to proceed through a systematic investigation, selecting appropriate tests to diagnose and implement treatment for the underlying condition.