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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A preventive approach to orthopaedic disease in young dogsDAY: FridayTIME: 09.45 - 10.30
Preventive medicine in the veterinary field is carried out for infectious disease with vaccine prophylaxis and for general health conditions with haematological check-ups. In the field instead of orthopaedics, there is still no preventive medicine culture among veterinary surgeons that allows identification of orthopaedic pathologies at their beginning through scheduled screening. The current approach is still only of a therapeutic type, undertaken once the orthopaedic problem has manifested itself through persistent clinical signs. On the other hand, it is of fundamental importance to be able to intercept all orthopaedic diseases at their onset, before the arthritic degeneration that is their consequence has been established. Osteoarthritis can be defined as one-way street, since once established it can only progress and never regress. Treatments whether pharmacological, surgical or physiotherapeutic can reduce or at best stop this evolution, but never restore the original joint condition.
Early screening and treatment for hip dysplasia in puppies: Why and how?DAY: FridayTIME: 10.40 - 11.25
Since hip dysplasia is a progressive disease that develops as the puppy’s skeleton matures, evaluation of the hip joints during growth enables the condition to be picked up at its onset and to determine, therefore, whether or not the dog will have dysplasia. The first and foremost aim of early assessment of CHD is preventive: the detection of the first signs of hip dysplasia, prediction of its development and the possibility of, prompt preventive interventions to minimise or arrest expression of the disease.12.30 - 13.15
Early screening and treatment for elbow dysplasia in puppies: Why and how?DAY: FridayTIME: 12.30 - 13.15
Elbow dysplasia is a major cause of front limb lameness in medium to large breed dogs. Underlying causes of elbow dysplasia include ununited anconeal process (UAP), medial coronoid process disease (MCPD) and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the medial humeral condyle.
In view of a preventive medicine approach for all developmental skeletal diseases, early diagnosis is critical for successful treatment. Later in life, the degenerative joint disease could become severe and invalidating with a very poor quality of life, with limited possibilities of treatment. Early diagnosis of elbow dysplasia allows prompt surgical treatment, which is aimed at restoring joint congruity. As well, the progression of the disease and osteoarthrosis may be prevented or reduced.13.25 - 14.10
Surgical approach to patellar luxation in puppiesDAY: FridayTIME: 15.15 - 16.00
Patellar luxation is one of the most common orthopaedic problems in the dog. Medial patellar luxation is more common (80%) than lateral patellar luxation (20%). Small breeds are usually affected by medial patellar luxation, but large breed dogs like Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, Bullmastiffs and Pitbulls can be affected too. Other large and giant breeds (Newfoundlands, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Caucasian Shepherd dogs and others) are more predisposed to lateral patellar luxation. Surgical treatment of patellar luxation is a very common procedure but has a high percentage (20% or more) of failure and recurrence. Understanding the underlying predisposing factors for patellar luxation in each patient and addressing them with custom-made treatments can help in improving the success of the surgical treatment. Early treatment in puppies can be less invasive compared to surgical treatment in adult dogs and can affect the residual growth to correct predisposing skeletal deformities.16.10 - 16.55
Help! Which technique should I choose to manage CCLD?DAY: FridayTIME: 16.10 - 16.55
What’s your diagnosis: USA styleDAY: SaturdayTIME: 10.40 - 11.25
This lecture will present some atypical or uncommon causes of fore- and hind limb lameness in dogs and cats. The typical signalment [if any], aetiology, presenting clinical and radiographic abnormalities as well as treatment options and prognosis will be described for each to the conditions discussed. The lectures will utilise a “what is your diagnosis?” approach to each condition, so attendees are encourage not to read the proceeding notes until after they have attended the presentation.
Minimally invasive fracture repairDAY: SaturdayTIME: 13.25 - 14.10
Numerous advancements have been made with respect to fracture management over the past four decades and recognition of the advantages of limiting manipulation of peri-osseous soft tissues led surgeons to rely increasingly on indirect and limited open or closed reduction techniques during fracture stabilisation as we entered the new millennium. The availability of fluoroscopy and the development of new bone plate systems yielded techniques which allows a plate to be applied through small plate insertion incisions, made remote to the fracture site. This technique epitomises the philosophies of biological osteosynthesis since the fracture site is not directly exposed and only minimally disturbed. Applications of this percutaneous plating technique, commonly referred to as minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO), in dogs and cats will be discussed in this session.
Managing dogs with concomitant CrCLx and MPLDAY: SaturdayTIME: 15.15 - 16.00
This session will discuss strategies for addressing combined cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency and patellar luxation in dogs. This is a not uncommon scenario which can be managed in a number of ways. While extra-capsular stabilisation was once the solution to these cases, tibial osteotomies are being used with greater frequency to address this condition. Distal femoral osteotomy may also be required to resolve the patellar luxation in dogs with grade III/IV and IV/IV patellar luxation. A review of current surgical options for managing these dogs will be presented with an emphasis on published clinical results. In addition, observations of our clinical experiences at the University of Florida will supplement the evidence-based material presented in this lecture.
3D printing for orthopaedic patientsDAY: SaturdayTIME: 16.10 - 16.55
Over the past decade the use of 3D printed models and patient specific guides have emerged as a useful asset for preforming complex surgical procedures. We commonly use this modality to plan limb deformity corrections and we are beginning to use this technology to facilitate minimally invasive fracture repairs. CT imaging of the involved limb segment is acquired which allows virtual surgery to be performed. The 3D CT images are exported to a computer program and the deformed or fractured limb segment can be segmented and aligned to project a highly optimal virtual surgical outcome. Reduction and osteotomy (for deformity corrections) guides can be created and printed. The guides conform to the osseous topography and are attached directly to the surface of the bone during surgery to facilitate the procedure. The process is efficient and the result are precise.