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Subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) as treatment in feline ureteral obstruction patients / Intraluminal tracheal stent placement, anaesthesia and the shared airway

Date : Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Venue : Huthard Room II & Presidents Room, 3/F South Tower, YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (http://www.ymcahk.org.hk)
Time : Registration & Buffet Dinner: 7:00~8:00 pm, Seminar: 8:00~10:30 pm
Speaker : Dr Johan Nel and Sr. Tania Van Der Nest

Early Bird Registration :
(before 11:30pm of 1 Oct 2019)
  • First 40 registrants
    • Members : $200
    • Non-Members : $200
    • CPD Hours : 2.5

  • After 40 registrants
    • Members : $480
    • Non-Members : $750
    • CPD Hours : 2.5

Extended Registration and On-site Registration :
  • First 40 registrants
    • Members : $1000
    • Non-Members : $1000
    • CPD Hours : 2.5

  • After 40 registrants
    • Members : $1000
    • Non-Members : $1000
    • CPD Hours : 2.5

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.


Subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB) as treatment in feline ureteral obstruction patients

Ureteral obstruction is a common condition in feline patients. Diagnosis can be difficult and surgical intervention is often delayed. Traditional surgical options (ureterotomy or pyelotomy/nephrotomy) carry significant risks of complications. Ureteral stenting is technically challenging in cats due to the small size of the feline ureter and long-term complications are high. The newest technique to treat ureteral obstruction is the subcutaneous ureteral bypass system. This seminar will discuss management of ureteral obstruction in cats using SUB systems.

Intraluminal tracheal stent placement, anaesthesia and the shared airway

Tracheal collapse is a common cause of respiratory difficulty in toy and small breed dogs. Medical management is the mainstay of treatment for tracheal collapse, but when failed, intraluminal stenting of the collapse may be indicated. Tracheal stents provide rapid and effective relief of clinical signs and are generally well tolerated. The anaesthesia management for the placement can be challenging as the airway can collapse after induction. This seminar will discuss management of tracheal collapse using tracheal stents and the anesthesia management involved.

Speakers' biography

Dr Johan Nel
BVSc (Hons) M.Med.Vet (Chir)Small Animals

Dr. Johan Nel graduated from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996. After qualifying he joined a mixed animal practise in Thabazimbi, on the Northern Borders of South Africa, where he did a lot of small animal medicine and surgery. He was also very involved with cattle herd health programs. In 2003-2004 he worked in Hong Kong for 14 months while furthering his studies in Wing Chun. In 2007 he sold his practice and started working at Fourways Veterinary Hospital and Specialist Referral Centre as an emergency and after hour’s veterinarian, while doing his Honours degree in Veterinary Surgery. In 2011 he entered into his surgical residency at Fourways Veterinary Hospital and Specialist Referral Centre through the University of Pretoria and completed his Specialisation in Small Animals Veterinary Surgery in 2016. During this time he completed a dissertation the Biomechanical comparison between pins and polymethylmethacrylate and the SOP locking plate system to stabilize canine lumbosacral fracture-luxation and has published in publications in South African and international journals. Dr Nel has been working as a Veterinary Specialist Surgeon at Fourways Veterinary Hospital and Specialist Referral Centre for the last 2 years and is a partner in the practice.

Johan's main surgical interest lies in orthopaedic surgery, external skeletal fixation, spinal surgery, cranial cruciate ligament surgery, urogenital surgery, and hepatobiliary surgery, but enjoys any surgical challenge.

Dr Nel believes in continued education and attended several courses in the UK, Europa and the USA on orthopaedic surgical procedures, arthroscopy, linear and hybrid external fixation (IMEX), placement of subcutaneous urethral bypass (SUB) etc.

Dr Nel is happy to help with any surgical referral and prides himself on excellent patient care and compassion with feedback to the referring veterinarians.


Sr. Tania Van Der Nest
BSc, Diploma in Veterinary Nursing


Sr. Tania Serfontein started her studies in 2000 with a BSc: Zoology at the University of Pretoria. Graduated in 2002. Went on to Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2003 in which she qualified in 2004 receiving her diploma with distinction. Received the prize for the best student in Anaesthesiology.

She worked at Fourways Veterinary Hospital (Specialist Referral Practise) where she started as a general medicine nurse. She progressively moved to specialist medicine nurse and anaesthesiology and ICU nurse of the practice. She has a keen interest in both anaesthesiology and critical care.

She moved to Bryanston Veterinary Hospital (Specialist Referral Practise) in December 2006 where her daily duties included general anaesthesia and sedation for procedures, and anaesthesia of compromised patients. She worked in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital in Theatre in the position of Senior Veterinary Sister Anaesthesiology from 2010 where her duties included clinic management and maintenance of equipment, training of students and general anaesthesia. She returned to Bryanston Veterinary Hospital from December 2010 and resumed her previous duties and scope of practice. In 2014, she worked with Dr. Kenneth Joubert for Veterinary Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Critical Care services on a part-time basis, in offering an anaesthesia and ICU service in the greater Johannesburg area. Currently she is employed at Fourways Veterinary Hospital where her primary duties include anaesthesia and critical care.

She furthers her knowledge of both the fields of anaesthesia and critical care by attending tveterinary critical care group meetings, various intensive care and anaesthesiology congresses, and has completed the Anaesthesiology 700 course through the University of Pretoria. She is passionate about education of nurses and have presented various lectures on different aspects of ICU care and Anaesthesia.

Hope to see you there.
Howie Wong
HKVA CPD Coordinators

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