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Tuesday 19 June

Cancer can look like anything. We will review the Initial steps for diagnosis and what minimum data needs to be acquired prior to proceeding for treatment with a review of different conditions and locations.

We will go through the TNM for the staging of cancer patients. Advanced imaging is now an integral part of staging, we will review the major imaging modalities; their advantages and disadvantages.

Modalities for evaluation of neoplastic lesions include FNA cytology and surgical biopsy. This information forms an important part of staging and grading of neoplasms. This allows for an informed decision to be made with respect to planning surgical removal, determination of the margins required and/ or further paths of treatment. Tips and recommendations for sampling neoplastic masses will be discussed which should expediate the prompt and accurate diagnosis of the neoplastic process concerned.

Review of what you need to be aware of if you want to set up chemotherapy in your practice. What are the common side effects and their treatment.

From a new grading system to new recommendations for lymph node staging to new therapies, there has been some movement in the mast cell tumour landscape and we will review what it means for the practitioner.

Fiona Couchman is a world renowned speaker and Dale Carnegie trainer who is highly sought after for her training and leadership insights.  A trainer for the past 20 years, 15 of those have been spent working in the Veterinary Industry,  in practises and teaching final year and first year Vet students at Massey. Couchman works across many industries and has found overall the Vet Industry is one of the more humble business sectors she works with. Her observations have been this sector does not have a focus on sales and as a result they tend to undervalue what they provide and leave opportunities on the examination table. Having studied NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) she is a firm believer that our thinking has a direct correlation towards how we perform and what we achieve both professionally and personally. Join her to hear her insights into how you can increase revenue in your business and showcase your CPV (Customer Value Proposition) .She will share techniques that will help to shift your sales by shifting your thinking.

Knowing when to cut, how much to cut, how to close, when not to close can all be challenging when dealing with oncologic surgery. Matching surgical decisions to the patient and disease process as a whole can be challenging and more and more we are learning that one size does not fit all. By answering where it is, what it is and therefore how bad it is as a starting point, can help make us step back and not rush in to surgery that may be too little or too much. This talk aims to provide a framework for your decision making when treating patients with cancer. Both curative and palliative approaches will be discussed. Preparation of samples for submission with some tips and tricks will also be outlined.

Reading surgical guidelines for oncology patients is helpful, however seeing them put in to practice for better or worse helps highlight the importance of these decisions. In this talk we will cover some straightforward cases and some I would rather forget, patients that overcame all the odds and those that deserved better. Treating oncology patients is challenging, rewarding and always an opportunity to learn and hopefully these cases will highlight some of the principles we have already covered.

Radiation therapy is now available to veterinary patient in New Zealand. This talk will be an introduction of radiation therapy and what it can be used for.

Tickets cost $95 - includes transportation, dinner and drinks. Limited to 100 people. Gothenburg is one of the best places in Hamilton to eat. Guests will receive a set menu tapa style dinner consisting of a selection of delicious freshly prepared dishes. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with the ticket.

Wednesday 20 June

As a community of veterinarians, canine companionship provides the backbone to who we are and what we do. From the cheerful Beagle to the strong, determined Huntaway and intelligent German Shepherd, canines are used for in plethora of roles in society. Veterinarians hold a critical role in making sure these dogs are bred and sourced responsibly.

If only every inherited disease was due to a simple recessive gene! Decades of participation by dog breeders in orthopaedic screening schemes has resulted in frustratingly slow reduction of clinical disease. What advice should Veterinarians be giving to the dog breeder? The why, how, when, where and what on earth do I do about this!, of inherited canine orthopaedic disease.

It is easy to see brachycephalic dogs as a combination of stenotic nares, a long palate, a collapsed larynx and a hypoplastic trachea. In reality, there is a spectrum of airway abnormalities, concurrent disease processes and anaesthetic considerations. Treating these patients starts far in advance of the operating theatre and ends a long time after extubation. This talk will outline how to approach the whole patient from pre-op to discharge.

Brachycephaly unequivocally affects respiratory function. However, the implications of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) for the animal itself have not been systematically explored. I will present neurophysiological and behavioural evidence supporting the scientific position that BOAS leads to various unpleasant experiences, collectively termed breathlessness, that compromise animal welfare.

The One Health concept is unifying and inspiring. Networks, consortia, initiatives and commissions have been formed with a One Health brief, and there has been a veritable explosion of activity associated with the term. The concept of interconnectedness of the health and wellbeing of living things on the planet is intuitively understandable and has been promoted over a long period.

Understanding what good animal welfare is and how it can be assessed across a range of environments must be a key priority for ensuring the health and welfare of animals in their association with humans. Until recently animal welfare assessment traditionally relied on measures of physical health, and changes in behaviour and physiology related to negative emotional states such as pain and stress. We now recognize that good welfare is not simply the absence of disease or negative experiences, but also the possibility for, and presence of, positive emotional experiences such as pleasure and even happiness. To ensure that an animal’s welfare needs are met, we need to develop reliable methods for recognizing and assessing the range of animal emotions, as well as judge their importance from the animal’s point of view.

This paper is a worldwide first presenting the key personality characteristics of veterinarians who have proved themselves job fit by surviving more than 30 years in clinical practice. It is suggested that such evidence will better inform the process of selection for admission to veterinary school.

Members of the NZVA and VPIS are encouraged to attend.

A chance to cut is a chance to cure, but do no harm. Doing enough surgery to improve a dog’s respiratory disease whilst not over treating the mildly affected or operating on those who are past the point of surgical intervention is a fine balance. Surgeons see brachycephalic dogs as elective cases, clinically affected and as an emergency. Our treatments should be tailored to these different circumstances as well as our communication to the clients with regard to prognosis. Updates regarding the surgical treatment options will be discussed including options for the nares, aberrant turbinates, palate and larynx.

Adopt don’t shop. Love is blind. When beauty is pain. There is growing pressure from welfare advocates to source dogs from shelters or adoption centres and reject the purpose bred dog. Where does this leave dog breeders? What about Veterinarians? What does it all mean for the future of our canine companions, and why a re-think is needed.

Thursday 21 June

The Companion Animal stream will join with the Dairy Cattle stream from 11.30am - 12.30pm.

Members of the Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch of the NZVA are encouraged to attend. Please note the time in the Conference Handbook is incorrect.

This talk focuses on the aims and the steps involved in performing best practice periodontal therapy for dogs and cats.

This talk discusses the commonly seen complications seen with periodontal inflammation caused by bacteria, including a discussion of the possible systemic effects attributed to this disease and the current thinking on pathways linking the two.

This presentation describes evidence based communication strategies to manage challenging conversations and create a productive healthy work environment. Effective listening skills, assertion skills and conflict resolution methods will be introduced. These strategies can be used with staff, clients or industry partners to build rapport, trust and prevent and resolve workplace conflict.

This talk summarises a project to job-size vets in a structured and analytical process to define what positions of similar training, responsibility etc are paid.

This talk brings you up to date with the current management of these two common feline oral diseases.

A brief discussion of common and uncommon cases encountered in companion animal dentistry, including work-up, diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

This talk offers an introduction to treatment of disease involving the dental pulp, including when to perform pulp capping (vital pulpotomy), full root canal therapy, or when extraction is a more appropriate treatment.

A panel discussion of common and uncommon cases encountered in companion animal dentistry, including work-up, diagnosis and treatment outcomes.


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