Back to normal - what does that mean in 2021 | BVP Branch Meeting | Stradbroke Island 9 CPD Points


The BVP committee wanted to present a program that was relevant to local veterinarians and the changes they have experienced since the COVID pandemic started. While many features of our practice are the same, many things have changed. Increased demand for veterinary services has been seen in many practices. On the clinical side, there are more urgent cases, and a rapid increase in puppy adoption. Dr Mark Haworth is an Emergency and Critical Care specialist who will give a number of talks that will provide an update on common emergency presentations to help practitioners manage the load of urgent cases. Dr Kate Bruce will share her experience from a busy 24 hour general practice and give some front line insight into the conditions being seen in practice associated with the increased rate of pet adoption (Puppy diseases) as well as some of the consequences we are seeing from designer dog breeding. The program will be rounded out with presentations on resilience from Dr Natasha Wilks, a practitioner forum for discussion, an update from the Veterinary Surgeon’s Board from Philip Moses and an open discussion about the challenges of practice management in the pandemic with David Cook. We hope this is a diverse program that covers the main issues relevant to practitioners in our area. We’d love to see as many colleagues there to both participate in the meeting, and develop relationships with like minded colleagues, not to mention the venue is pretty good too!

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Dr Natasha Wilks
Natasha Wilks is a Veterinarian with 17 years’ experience and an executive coach and trainer with 10 years’ experience. She has spoken at veterinary conferences nationally and trained veterinary practices both nationally and internationally; and is a contributing author to the 8th edition of the VetCoach book. Natasha is married with two gorgeous kids and enjoys living in the Redlands. Natasha is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help. She became a beyondblue speaker because she is passionate about positive mental health and reducing the stigma of mental illness. The veterinary profession has a very high rate of suicide, depression and anxiety and Natasha wants her colleagues and other professionals to seek help early. Natasha’s interests include travelling, exploring and heading to the galleries and museums.
Dr David Cook
David graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with bachelor degrees in Veterinary Science and Commerce. After working in mixed animal practice in Victoria, David undertook an 18 month internship at Veterinary Specialist Services. Following a further two years in general and referral surgical small animal practice in the United Kingdom, David returned to Veterinary Specialist Services to undertake a residency program. David achieved Fellowship in Small Animal Surgery in 2015. David is part of the surgical team at Veterinary Specialist Services with a broad case load but particularly enjoys orthopaedic and neurosurgery. David's special interest area is arthroscopic joint surgery. This involves keyhole surgical techniques for joint diseases such as cruciate ligament disease, elbow dysplasia and shoulder conditions. Other areas of interest are treatment of hip conditions, intervertebral disc disease, treatment of athletic performance animals, fracture repair and minimally invasive soft tissue surgery (laparoscopy). David is engaged in the local veterinary community. He is a committee member of the Brisbane Veterinary Practitioners group of the AVA and the Treasurer of the Surgery Chapter of the ANZCVS, as well as a mentor for Membership candidates in Small Animal Surgery and an examiner for the Fellowship (specialist) examination in Small Animal Surgery. David is married to Katie, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Tess and Penny and a son, Jonathan. The family have 2 cats a brown Burmese and a fluffy ginger boy, as well as wire haired Dachsund.
Dr Kathryn Bruce
Kate graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) and is currently doing a Diploma in Small Animal Ultrasound through the University of Melbourne.
Dr Mark Haworth
Mark graduated with first class honours in from the University of Queensland. He went on to complete a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists. Having a passion for emergency and critical care, he undertook a position at Murdoch University in Perth. He was awarded membership in this field with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and commenced a residency in emergency and critical care also at Murdoch University. He became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. He obtained a Masters in Veterinary Medical Science in 2014. Mark now heads the ECC department at the University of Queensland Veterinary Teaching Hospital to continue his passion for high quality emergency and critical care and teaching.

Back to normal - what does that mean in 2021 | BVP Branch Meeting | Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel
158 East Coast Road
Point Lookout 4183 QLD
Start: 6 March 2021, 8:00AM
End: 7 March 2021, 1:00PM
Registration closes on 04 March 2021
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