Hand-picked veterinary experts for your learning

With numerous international keynote speakers headlining the 2020 program, you can attend knowing that the latest in veterinary science, thinking and research will be accessible all in one place. 


Professor Jane Sykes (USA) – Stream: Small Animal

Jane Sykes is a Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of California, Davis with a special interest in small animal infectious diseases. She is Board-Certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the editor of Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases” and Greene’s Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. Prof Sykes will be speaking on Diagnostic Approach to Infectious Disease, Upper Respiratory Tract Disease, Interpretation of Culture and Sensitivity results and Antibiotic Use Guidelines for Respiratory and Urinary Tract Infections.

Sessions include:

  • Diagnostic Approach to Infectious Diseases in Dogs and Cats
  • Feline Viral Infections: Pearls of Wisdom
  • Frustrating Fungal Infections: New Diagnostics, New Treatments
  • Interpretation of Culture and Susceptibility Tests
  • ISCAID Antibiotic Use Guidelines: Respiratory Infections
  • ISCAID Antibiotic Use Guidelines: Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats
  • Leptospirosis: A New Era of Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention (Part 1)
  • Leptospirosis: A New Era of Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention (Part 2)
  • Update on Canine Upper Respiratory Tract Disease

Kurt Selberg (USA) – Stream: Equine

Kurt Selberg is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists. He completed fellowship in advanced imaging with training from Colorado State University and from Musculoskeletal Radiologists in Fort Collins, CO. His area of interest is the equine athlete and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging. He will be speaking on Imaging the equine limb, pre-purchasing exam imaging and will be running a Master Class in Equine Imaging.

Sessions include:

  • Diagnostic imaging in the Pre-purchase exam
  • Injury and blocking patterns to the distal extremity (MRI case based)
  • Ultrasound of the equine stifle
  • Where to image after blocking
  • MASTERCLASS – Equine imaging master class – Improving your radiographs
  • MASTERCLASS – Equine imaging master class – Diagnosing hind and fore proximal suspensory disease
  • MASTERCLASS – Equine imaging master class – Ultrasound and Radiography of the foot

Meredyth Jones (USA) – Streams: Cattle and Sheep

Dr Jones is the owner of Large Animal Consulting & Education, an online continuing education company. She joined the food animal faculty at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2018, where she sees primarily beef cattle and meat goats. Dr Jones will be speaking in both the ACV and SCGV streams. Her topics will include – Neurological Disease of Cattle, Pregnancy Toxaemia in Sheep and Goats and Care of Small Ruminant and Camelid Neonate.

Sessions include:

  • Ancillary Diagnostic Techniques (liver biopsy, transtracheal wash, CSF and others)
  • Camelid issues (disease and management)
  • Care and disease of neonatal sheep, goats and camelids
  • Differentiating Neurologic Disease in Cattle
  • Interpreting Ruminant Bloodwork
  • Treatment of Pregnancy Toxemia in Sheep and Goats
  • Working Up Cattle with Abdominal Disease
  • Working Up the Recumbent Beef Cow

Williana Basuki (USA) – Stream: Dentistry

Dr Williana Basuki is a QLD graduate, who has completed an oral surgery and dentistry residency and MS program at Colorado State University and moved to Massachusetts in the early 2018 to join the dentistry team at Tufts VETS. She will be giving a variety of lectures covering tooth extractions, oral tumours and jaw fracture repair. She will also be running a Master Class in Advanced Dental Imaging.

Sessions include:

  • Advanced Dental Radiology – Dental Radiology Interpretation
  • Approach to oral tumours
  • Diagnosing jaw fractures and non-invasive fracture stabilisation and repair
  • Feline tooth resorption: Extractions vs crown amputation
  • How to recognise common dental pathology
  • Indications for extraction – cats
  • Indications for extraction – dogs
  • Masterclass – Advanced Dental Radiology – Case Studies
  • Masterclass – Advanced dental radiology - Techniques in dental radiology

Jeannine Berger (USA) – Stream: Behaviour

Dr Berger is a specialist veterinarian who is dual board certified in both Behaviour and Welfare. Dr Berger has overseen all aspects of clinical behaviour programs at the SF SPCA. Dr Berger will be speaking on a number of Behaviour topics including: the importance of History taking in behavioural consults, Managing post-surgical crating, Cat Scratching Solutions, Euthanasia decisions and the Importance of Social Development.

Sessions include:

  • “Scratch that” – Cat Scratching Solutions
  • Asking the right questions – History taking for behaviour problems
  • Can you hear me now? – Communication and Aggression
  • Crate rest?: Behaviour specialists supporting the surgeon’s success
  • Euthanasia Decisions for Animals with Behaviour Problems in the No-Kill Shelter
  • How I Treat Almost Anything - The 360° care behaviour plan
  • New Strategies of Managing Feline URI in the animal shelter
  • Social development and development of behaviour problems
  • The science, non–science and nonsense in dog training

Erin Bannink (USA) – Stream: Integrative

Dr Erin Bannink (Michigan USA) is a board-certified Veterinary Oncologist. Erin is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and holds a graduate diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal medicine. Erin practices "Integrative oncology": patient-centred, evidence-informed cancer care. Her lectures will cover the use of traditional and integrative management of a number of common tumours and the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine in oncology. She will also be conducting a Master Class in Mindfulness.

Sessions include:

  • Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma: Conventional Therapy and Evidence-Informed Integrative Management
  • Canine mast cell tumors: Conventional Therapy and Evidence-Informed Integrative Management
  • Canine Multicentric Lymphoma: Conventional Therapy and Evidence-Informed Integrative Management
  • Canine Splenic Haemangiosarcoma: Potential Role of Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Canine Splenic Hemangiosarcoma: Conventional Therapy and Evidence-Informed Integrative Management
  • Palliating Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma: Potential Role of Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • MASTERCLASS: Practical Mindfulness for stress reduction and improved quality of life

Christine Nicol (UK) – Stream: Welfare

Professor Christine Nicol has a degree in Zoology and a PhD from the University of Oxford. She has published over 200 peer-review papers on the subject of animal welfare. Her interests span fundamental questions of animal sentience and ethics to the practical application of science to solve welfare problems on the ground. She has been awarded the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the BVA.

Sessions include:

  • Welfare in the wild
  • Well (behaved) horses
  • Whither hen welfare?
  • Would you eat an alien?

Lori Teller (USA) – Stream: Business

Dr. Lori Teller is a graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the faculty at TAMU CVM as the Clinical Associate Professor of Telehealth. She is passionate about telemedicine and the role it can play in veterinary medicine. Dr Teller will be speaking on the role of Telemedicine and the opportunities it presents for our profession now and into the future.

Sessions include:

  • Beyond telemedicine: Artificial reality, machine learning, and more
  • Telemedicine 101 – The Basics
  • Telemedicine: Opportunities!
  • Telemedicine: The regulatory landscape
  • Telemedicine: The role of veterinary associations
  • Veterinary medicine: What the literature says

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