FIV and FeLV - an update on vaccination and diagnostics for NZ clinicians
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FIV and FeLV - an update on vaccination and diagnostics for NZ clinicians

When: 19 March 2019
7:30 PM
Where: Online
New Zealand
Contact: Simon Clark
09 850 2294

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Learning points:
1. Some point-of-care test kits can be used to diagnose FIV infection in FIV-vaccinated cats
2. The FIV vaccine has an effectiveness of 56% in the field in Australia
3. The FIV vaccine should be used in at-risk cats, but regular FIV testing should continue to ensure no 'vaccine breakthroughs' have occurred
4. Exposure to FeLV can have many different outcomes, including regressive infections
5. FeLV vaccination should be considered in all young cats with outdoor access
6. There is potential for saliva to be used for in-clinic FIV and FeLV testing


There is no need to register, just log in to the virtual lecture hall on the night of the event.

The digital lecture hall will open at 7pm and the webinar will commence at 7:30pm
Please log in using the name that you would like on your CPD certificate, and using the email address that you would like your certificate sent to.

The Virtual Lecture Hall can be accessed in teh following ways:
1. Website:
2. Phone: 09 887 8517 Conference PIN: 562748#
3. Click Meeting Mobile App: Room ID: 735-877-33

See flyer for more details.


Presented by Mark Westman
Mark graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2003. Following graduation he worked mainly in shelter medicine for 10 years, including the NSW RSPCA and the NSW Animal Welfare League in a management position. During this time he also volunteered for veterinary programs in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

In 2012 Mark returned to the University of Sydney to undertake a PhD investigating feline retroviral diseases, in particular the effectiveness of the FIV vaccine in the field, the FIV antibody response following vaccination and diagnosis of FeLV using different point-of-care kits and PCR. On completion of his PhD in 2016 he moved to the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow to undertake postdoctoral research in the antibody response of FIV and FeLV vaccinated cats, before returning to Australia in 2017 to commence a lectureship in Veterinary Microbiology and Animal Disease.

Mark also co-founded Pets in the Park in 2012, a charity dedicated to providing free veterinary care to pets owned by the homeless, which now has clinics in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT and Tasmania. Mark also enjoys running, particularly ultrarunning, and climbing mountains!


This webinar is suitable for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

CPD points 1.5