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.
Download a PDF of the full 2020 CPD programme to share with your colleagues, or refer to the timetable below.
Managing IBDDAY: FridayTIME: 14.20 - 14.40
Laura will focus on the management of IBD. Which patients can be managed with diet alone, what diets are recommended and how long a diet trial should last. She will then focus on the medications which are used most frequently including antibiotics, probiotics, glucocorticoids and alternative immunosuppressive drugs. Novel therapies for refractory cases will also be discussed.
Managing IMHADAY: FridayTIME: 14.45 - 15.05
In this lecture, Laura will discuss current evidence for which drugs to use and when, and how to anticipate and prevent complications. The use of blood transfusions, both in dogs and cats will be also be reviewed as well as how patients are monitored after achieving remission, including tapering regimes.
Placing a feeding tubeDAY: FridayTIME: 16.10 - 16.30
Laura will discuss which factors help her to decide when to place a feeding tube and which type is most appropriate in the individual patient. This will include review of how they are placed and the management afterwards, both in the hospital and at home. Finally, she will focus on the most common complications of feeding tubes with strategies for prevention and resolution.
Placing chest drainsDAY: FridayTIME: 16.35 - 16.55
The decision as to when to place a chest drain and which kind will be discussed. This will include a discussion on the types of equipment needed when considering a one off thoracocentesis through to surgical placement of in-dwelling chest drains will be mentioned. Finally, the management of chest drains and common complications that we see will be reviewed.
Investigating PUPDDAY: SaturdayTIME: 09.40 - 11.00
Laura will discuss her top tips for the investigative process for patients presenting with PU/PD. This will include a step by step work-up and how to determine when it might be appropriate to consider a DDAVP trial. This will help both clinicians to formulate a logical process when managing these patients and owners to understand that a negative test is not necessarily a waste of time and money.
Cushings diseaseDAY: SaturdayTIME: 11.05 - 11.25
Laura will discuss her top tips for the most logical approach to the diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism, including common pitfalls and mistakes along the way. Treatment options will briefly be mentioned before a discussion on the monitoring of Trilostane therapy.
Feline blood transfusionDAY: SaturdayTIME: 13.50 - 14.10
During this lecture we will discuss appropriate measures to ensure safe screening of potential donors and how to go about safely taking blood. We will then discuss indications for transfusions and how to deliver and monitor transfusions effectively so that reactions can be minimised.
Feline diarrhoeaDAY: SaturdayTIME: 14.20 - 14.40
Feline diarrhoea can be an unpleasant condition to deal with – for owners and vets, as well as making the affected cat feel uncomfortable. This short lecture will cover hints and tips to help you maximise your chances of a rapid diagnosis and implementation of a treatment plan.
- Improved consideration of differential diagnoses to ensure the correct laboratory tests are requested
- Understanding the importance of obtaining a full dietary history
- Understanding of medical and dietary management of diarrhoea
Coughing catsDAY: SaturdayTIME: 14.45 - 15.05
Coughing in cats is primarily an indicator of airway disease, rather than pulmonary parenchymal disease. However, some owners are not aware that their cats are coughing, instead reporting them to be retching or bringing up furballs. This short talk will identify ways of clarifying the problem and prioritise diagnostic tests based on likely aetiologies.
- Obtaining salient information from the history and physical examination
- Logical use of treatment trials v diagnostic tests
- Improved understanding in use of inhaled therapies
Cranial nerve examsDAY: SaturdayTIME: 16.10 - 16.30
To interpret the dysfunction of cranial nerves, it is important to know their anatomy and understand their function. In order to interpret a patient with cranial nerve dysfunction, the signalment, the history and the rest of the neurological examination must be taken into consideration. This short lecture will focus on how to evaluate the cranial nerves in a busy clinical environment and how to categorise the severity of the presentation.
Seizures versus movement disorders; how can I recognise them?DAY: SaturdayTIME: 16.35 - 16.55
The first question that the clinician should ask when the owner describes paroxysmal episodes is this: Are these episodes compatible with epileptic seizures? sometimes this question is easy to answer, but sometimes it's not, during the lecture we will see some videos to discuss and how to differentiate seizures versus movement disorders. We will focus on the most important parts of the neurological assessment in order to characterise the episodes along with the medical history.