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Veterinary Nursing

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Tuesday 19 June

The critical patient requires different and more intensive nursing care than your "routine" patient. This lecture will focus on intensive monitoring techniques and tricks of the trade. Blood pressure, spot check ECGs, fluid therapy, and dealing with the "down" patient will all be discussed.

There is a common misconception that visible tartar on teeth is the most important aspect of periodontal disease. However treatment of subgingival disease with the aid of good equipment and technique, along with realistic homecare advice is paramount to good management of this very common disease.

IV fluids are not benign. You can kill a patient if you don't monitor them appropriately! It’s important to understand the risks of fluid therapy and be able to appropriately monitor the patient. This lecture will focus on how to appropriately monitor the IV fluid therapy patient with the very basic skills to the advanced.

Choosing the right type of fluid for your patient can be difficult. This lecture discusses how fluids are selected, the differences between colloids and crystalloids and what rate is appropriate for the patient. Differences between crystalloids will be discussed. Technicians will gain a better understanding of fluid therapy.

Members of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association are encouraged to attend.

Increasingly our clients are looking for different options and prefer the opportunity to save their pet’s teeth. Appropriate treatment options will be discussed along with the value of keeping teeth in place relative to their maxillary or mandibular counterparts.

This lecture will focus on what sepsis is, diagnostics used and treatment options. Technicians will leave understanding the unique nursing care these patients require.

When time is of the essence it can be difficult to think clearly and to stabilise successfully. This talk will discuss ways in which we can prepare both ourselves and the patient better and ultimately promote less morbidity and mortality in these intense cases.

This dinner is sold out. If you have missed out, check if there are any cancellations at the conference registration desk

Wednesday 20 June

Pneumonia can occur for a variety of reasons. Technicians will leave with an understanding of reasons it occurs and how to care for the patient. Complications from and treatment of pneumonia will also be discussed. Attendees will also leave understanding how to communicate with clients better and how to discuss nebulization and coupage with them.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recognises that the human animal bond is mutually beneficial with direct behavioural and physiological effects on animals and people. The base physiological response we undergo from nurturing animals is not under conscious control. Does this explain the emotions experienced when working and interacting with animals?

The RECOVER initiative has been utilised in veterinary hospitals worldwide for around six years now. It is deemed the absolute gold standard in resuscitation. This talk will cover the evidence based RECOVER techniques for both basic and advanced life support techniques.

How is it possible that returning blood supply back to an area where it was cut off could kill an animal? Ischemia-reperfusion injury produces a chain of devastating events and is a relatively new exciting topic in veterinary medicine. Attendees will learn about this devastating syndrome, how it affects patients and ways to prevent it. Case studies will be discussed.

We have all dealt with stressful inductions or recoveries that didn’t go “according to the book”. This talk will cover the background to these tough cases and aim to provide tips and tricks to get both the patient and the anaesthetist through the anaesthesia as smoothly as possible.

Professions involving animals attract people with diverse backgrounds and skills. Work is often under intense conditions with animal mortality and euthanasia a reality. A natural consequence is that experienced professionals could encounter burnout or compassion fatigue. Multidisciplinary techniques can be used to enhance resilience for animal care professionals or practitioners. .

Attendees will learn about the upper airway and the myriad of reasons it may require surgery (brachycephalic syndrome, laryngeal paralysis, tracheal collapse, neoplasia). Upper airway surgery patients require unique nursing care postoperative (walking and food requirements). Discussion be focused on, but not limited to, respiratory function, how to administer oxygen and tracheostomy tube care.


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The conference is organised and hosted by the New Zealand Veterinary Association.

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Bayer NZ Ltd
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Provet NZ Pty Ltd
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Ethical Agents
Hill's Pet Nutrition
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Masterpet Corporation Ltd
Royal Canin
Troy Laboratories (NZ) Ltd
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Flexi Cards Ltd
Gribbles Veterinary Pathology
International Animal Health Products
MSD Animal Health
Norbrook Laboratories
Shoof International Ltd

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