CPD Events

Friday 14th July 2017 Clinical Immunology Diagnostic Laboratory

Venue : Huthart Room II & President's Room, 3/F South Tower, YMCA, Hong Kong

Time : Registration & Buffet : 7:00 ~ 8:00 pm, Seminar : 8:00~10:30 pm

Speaker : Prof. Michael Day

Cost :
    • Members : $0
    • Non-Members : $0

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.

To complement the imminent opening of our Clinical Immunology Diagnostic Laboratory, this evening seminar will use a case-based approach to understanding the role of two of our new tests in practice.

The Coombs Test
AVD will offer an 'extended Coombs test' (direct antiglobulin test) as a standalone test or as part of a new 'anaemia panel'. The Coombs test is used to confirm the presence of erythrocyte-bound immunoglobulin and/or complement and is the confirmatory diagnostic test for immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) in dogs and cats. The test does not discriminate between primary and secondary IMHA, but particular patterns of immunoreactivity in the extended test do occur more often in each type of disease.

Serological Testing for Immunity to Core Vaccine Antigens
We will also consider the role of serological testing to determine whether an individual dog is protected against the core vaccine antigens (canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus-2) and whether an individual cat has protective immunity against feline parvovirus. AVD will offer such testing using the well-validated Biogal system. Such testing, as recommended by the latest WSAVA vaccination guidelines, has a range of applications: (1) determining the success of puppy or kitten primary core vaccination, (2) determining the necessity or frequency of adult core revaccination, (3) determining the necessity of revaccination in an animal that may have previously suffered an adverse event post-vaccination, (4) determining vaccination requirements in an adult animal of unknown vaccination status, and (5) managing infectious disease outbreaks in animal shelters. Serological testing is rapidly becoming part of the preventive healthcare programme (the annual health check) in many practices and practice groups in North America and Europe.

Speaker's Biography

Professor Michael J. Day

Michael Day qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 1982. After a period in small animal practice he returned to Murdoch to complete a Residency in Microbiology and Immunology, and a PhD involving collaborative research with the Royal Perth Hospital. In 1987, Michael moved to the UK where he has been based ever since.

He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathology, and holds fellowship of the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Michael has 27 years experience as a diagnostic histopathologist. He is recognized internationally for expertise in gastrointestinal pathology and was lead author of the WSAVA guidelines for small animal GI histopathology.

His research interests focus on companion animal immune-mediated and infectious diseases. Michael has published widely in the field of immunopathology, is author of the textbooks Clinical Immunology of the Dog and Cat (in second edition) and Veterinary Immunology: Principles and Practice (in second edition). He is co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine (in second edition) and the texts Arthropod-Borne Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat (in second edition) and Canine and Feline Gastroenterology.

Michael has travelled widely in Asia over the past decade and continues to provide continuing education in the region.

Michael is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Pathology. He is a Past President of the BSAVA. Michael is also chairman of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group and the WSAVA One Health Committee. He is a member of the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Committee, Vice President of the WSAVA Foundation, a member of the Board of the WSAVA AFSCAN Project and a Trustee for the Mission Rabies Project. Michael is co-founder of a contract research organisation, KWS Biotest Ltd., where he is Director of Pathology.

He is now the Director of Pathology of Asia Veterinary Diagnostics (previously named Hong Kong Veterinary Diagnostics Centre).

Michael has been the recipient of the BSAVA Amoroso Award for outstanding contribution to small animal studies (1999), the BSAVA Petsavers Award (2000, 2006 & 2007), the RCVS Trust's G. Norman Hall Medal for outstanding research into animal diseases (2003), the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Award (2009), the Murdoch University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2015) and the FAVP Paatsama Lectureship (2016).

Hope to see you there : Dr Ruan Bester, CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk