VET Festival 2020 is delivering a world-class CPD programme across 18 streams. Our programme features thought leaders delivering practical, clinically relevant advice for any practitioner involved in companion animal veterinary practice.
We understand how overwhelming it can be to keep up-to-date with an explosion of knowledge, techniques and drug availability, plus business models, financial concerns and client demands. Our 2020 conference programme has been curated to help you deal with the challenges you face within your field. We guarantee you’ll come out of our lecture theatres inspired to be the best you can be in practice.
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Dermatology & Dentistry
Allergies in dogs: Drawbacks to relying on allergy testingDAY: FridayTIME: 09.45 - 10.30
Allergic skin diseases are some of the most common skin conditions seen in general practice. Reaching a diagnosis is generally a complex process, which can lead to misdiagnosis and to unnecessary lifelong treatment.
Over the last decade, new diagnostic tests for food and environmental allergens are offered by laboratories, yet we fail to make a definitive diagnosis in many cases. Some of the reasons may the lack of standardisation in allergen selection and lack of international standards, which result in poor inter-laboratory comparability, because of the different methodologies and reference ranges used. Other reasons for misdiagnoses include inappropriate drug withdrawal, seasonal variations in the allergens and the presence of IgE antibodies against cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants etc.
This lecture highlights the limitations of the available diagnostic tests and the drawbacks of relying on laboratory test results alone. It will discuss how to interpret test results correctly, taking into consideration the patient history, clinical signs and exposure.
Allergies in dogs: Incurable but manageable, how?DAY: FridayTIME: 11.35 - 12.20
Atopic dermatitis is an incurable, but a manageable, inflammatory and pruritic skin condition. It has complex pathomechanisms requiring a multimodal approach to its treatment and management. This approach includes treating and managing recurrent infections, controlling pruritus, taking preventative measures and managing owner compliance and expectations.
Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, symptomatic treatment and/or preventative measures may be implemented. Preventative measures include allergen-specific immunotherapy, maintenance of the epidermal barrier and allergen avoidance. Symptomatic treatments to manage pruritus include the use of oclacitinib, lokivetmab, glucocorticoids and ciclosporin.
Other treatments, which include prescribing antihistamines, essential fatty acid supplements, shampoo treatments and specific diets, are also used concurrently in the multimodal approach for the management of atopic dermatitis.
This lecture discusses the reactive measures when dealing with acute and chronic atopic dermatitis and taking proactive measures that could reduce the incidence and severity of flare-ups.
Itchy cat: Is it atopic?DAY: FridayTIME: 12.30 - 13.15
Atopic dermatitis is not well defined in the cat. To come to a final diagnosis of atopic dermatitis, all the other causes of pruritus in the cat need to be excluded in a systematic manner. Unlike in the dog, atopic dermatitis in the cat is poorly defined for several reasons:
- The condition can manifest itself as form of reaction patterns seen in many other diseases. The reaction patterns seen in the cat are miliary dermatitis, symmetrical alopecia, eosinophilic granuloma complex, which is subdivided into indolent ulcer, linear granuloma, eosinophilic plaque, and finally head and neck pruritus.
- Clear distribution patterns are not seen
- The role of IgE in feline atopic dermatitis has not been fully established
Many other conditions can result in pruritus and these reaction patterns. Ectoparasites, food induced hypersensitivity dermatitis (FIHD) and flea bite hypersensitivity (FBH) can all manifest similar clinical signs.
This lecture discusses the need for a systematic approach to reach that final diagnosis of non-flea, non-food induced hypersensitivity (NFNFIH). A subset of these cats may have IgE antibodies against environmental allergens where we can make that final diagnosis of atopic dermatitis.14.20 - 15.05
Unfortunately there are no Dermatology & Dentistry sessions on Saturday.