CPD Events

Thursday 19th October 2017 What's new in allergy?
Diagnostics, sublingual immunotherapy, apoquel and cytopoint - how do I use them in practice?

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 : Dr. Rebekah Westermeyer

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

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.


Part I : Environmental allergies affect a significant portion of veterinary patients. This seminar will cover environmental allergy testing comparing intradermal skin testing and serum allergy testing for identification of underlying allergens and development of allergen specific immunotherapy. The differences between different types of serum testing technology will be discussed as well as the new Hong Kong specific Heska ALLERCEPT® environmental allergy test.

Part II : The second hour will be a case-based look at working with allergic patients and using a combination of therapies including new therapeutics oclacitinib (Apoquel®) and lokivetmab (Cytopoint®) as compared to traditional treatments with glucocorticoids and cyclosporine. The efficacy and safety of these new medications will be discussed as adjuvant treatment for immunotherapy.

Speaker's Biography

Dr. Rebekah Westermeyer is a veterinary dermatologist certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatologists and recognized as a skin specialist by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa state University. While in school, she worked in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory studying E. coli. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency at SouthPaws veterinary Specialists and Emergency in Fairfax Virginia and then a residency in Veterinary Dermatology at Louisiana State University. Her research during her residency was on antimicrobial sensitivity in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. Prior to veterinary school, Rebekah Westermeyer received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Music and taught both in public schools and in college in the United States. She has given clinical presentations to many hospitals as well as regional and state veterinary meetings. She currently resides with her husband in Germany and has been seeing dermatology cases in Hong Kong every two months since 2014. She is now also a consultant at Asia Veterinary Diagnostics and in charge of interpreting all HESKA ALLERCEPT® tests for AVD.

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk