Local CE Seminars, Congresses & Workshops

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Local CE Seminars, Congresses & Workshops

Wednesday 25th April 2018 The Obstructed Cat - Management and to PU or not to PU?

Venue : Huthart Room II & President's Room, 3/F South Tower, YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (www.ymcahk.org.hk)

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

Speaker : Dr Victor Menrath

Cost :
   Include Dinner - Members : $480, Non-Members : $580

Feline urethral obstruction (UO) is a common disorder encountered in small animal emergency practice. These cases can sometimes be frustrating to the owner, and also to the veterinarian. In this seminar, Dr Victor Menrath will discuss the surmised aetiopathogenesis of feline idiopathic cystitis, the role of nutrition (including historical observations) and environmental enrichment in feline idiopathic cystitis, the blocked cat and management decisions, and perineal urethrostomy surgery and postoperative care and complications.

Speaker's Biography

Dr Victor Menrath

Vic grew up in New Zealand before graduating from Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 1968. A passionate love for all things feline led to the establishment of the Creek Road Cat Clinic in 1980 - the first cat-only veterinary practice in Australia and the only one in the world outside of the USA at that time.

Vic became a registered Veterinary Specialist in Feline Medicine in 1982 and established the only Feline Renal Transplant unit in Australia which has been operational for over 10 years. His special interest remains in diseases of feline kidneys. His achievements are simply too great to list, but probably the best thing Vic ever did was recognise that cats were different to dogs and that they should treated differently to dogs.

Vic currently spends much of his time teaching veterinarians, supervising grandchildren, inspecting golf courses and sampling fine wines. Vic with his wife Helen and their children have been privileged to have been owned by and loved families of Burmese over the many years including a beautiful red Burmese named Hope, who was a very special little lady.

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong
CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk

Tuesday 24th April 2018 HKVA Annual General Meeting 2018

Venue : Hughes Room, Foreign Correspondence Club in Central, Hong Kong

Time : Meeting will commence at 8pm while dinner will be served from 7.30pm

Cost :
   Member only (Dinner reserved) - Members : $0, Non-Members : $
   Member only (Dinner reserved and a vegetarian) - Members : $0, Non-Members : $

I am writing to inform you that our annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at Hughes Room, Foreign Correspondence Club in Central, Hong Kong.

Meeting will commence at 8pm while dinner will be served from 7:30pm. This is a non-election year and members of the executive committee will present their work from the past year. Members are encouraged to come and attend this meeting and get to know the committee and subcommittee members as well as each other.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Please RSVP online before 17th April 2018 (Member only)
(Vegetarian options available - please indicate your preference when RSVP)

Should you have any questions, please contact the secretariat at secretariat@medcom.com.hk

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23rd-24th April 2018 APASI: Echocardiography in small animals: Level I a "taster" workshop

Speaker : Dr.med. vet. Susanne Thamke

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Monday 16th April 2018 Cataracts

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

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

Speaker : Dr Izak Venter

Cost :
   FREE TO ATTEND FOR FIRST 40 REGISTRANTS - Members : $0, Non-Members : $0
   AFTER FIRST 40 REGISTRANTS - Members : $480, Non-Members : $580


After first 40 registrants, online registration and payment on or before 11:30 pm of 15 April 2018
$480 (Members of HKVA and its affiliated associations)
$580 (Others)
Registration and payment after that $700

Cataract is a very common ocular abnormality seen in general practice. It affects an animal's vision, and potentially its quality of life. In this seminar, Dr Izak Venter will discuss diagnosis and clinical management of cataracts, and when to operate on cataracts.

Speaker's Biography

Dr Izak Venter

Dr Izak Venter graduated as a veterinarian from the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty, Pretoria University (South Africa). Having a special interest in ophthalmology, Dr Venter obtained his M.Med.Vet (Ophth) degree and qualified as a Veterinary Specialist Practitioner (Ophthalmology) in South Africa. In 1996, he co-founded the Johannesburg and Cape Animal Eye Hospitals, a referral veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of animal eye disease. Whilst dogs, cats and horses comprise the majority of his patients, Dr Venter has great expertise in treating several other species including, birds, cheetahs, elephants, lions, rhinos, snakes, and tigers.

Dr Venter lectures at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty, Pretoria University, and trains undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary students. Dr Venter and his colleagues have been coming to Wanchai Animal Hospital two to three times a year for the last fifteen years. When Dr Venter is not seeing eye cases, he is busy playing the guitar or cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong
HKVA CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk

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Wanchai Animal Hospital

16th-20th April 2018 APASI: Brand New APASI Comprehensive FOUR-LEVEL

Speaker : Dr. S. Thamke & Prof. P. Kircher

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10th April & 2nd May 2018 Animal Welfare Webinar Series

Speaker : Dr Natasha LEE

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Wednesday 21st March 2018 "Exotics" Evening

Venue : The Grand Assembly Hall II, 4/F North Tower, YMCA

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

Speaker : Dr. Drury Reavill, Dr. Anneliese Strunk & Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo

Cost :
   FREE TO ATTEND - Members : $0, Non-Members : $0

1. How to solve Reptile cases using Diagnostics Imaging - by Nicola Di Girolamo DMV, MSc (EBHC), GPCert (ExAP), PhD, Dipl.ECZM (Herp) Registered Specialist
Reptile medicine may be frustrating since reptiles often conceal clinical signs and present for a specific sign of illness. In this context, the proper use of diagnostic imaging may change the daily practice. Reptile diagnostic imaging is a field in constant development. In these recent years there have been many scientific confirmations of concepts that clinical experience have suggested, e.g., the relevance of horizontal beam in chelonians radiology. During this presentation we will consider which are the ways to obtain radiographies for easy interpretation, what are the common and emerging radiological patterns in reptile medicine, and what is the role of advanced diagnostic imaging.

2. Reptile Anatomy Review and Necropsy Techniques - by Dr. Drury Reavill DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice) Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
The lecture will be focused on necropsy techniques and important anatomy of lizards, snakes, and tortoise/turtles.

3. Exotic Animal Practice Pearls- by Dr Anneliese Strunk DVM,DABVP (Avian)
This lecture will be reviewing a variety of practice tips for the exotic practitioner. Topics include microchipping in birds, venipuncture in birds and reptiles, updates on wing and beak trims, surgical tips, as well as incorporating low stress veterinary visit concepts into practice.

4. Avian Signalment: Its Impact on Pathology Results - by Dr. Drury Reavill DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice) Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
The signalment (age, sex, and species) provides important background information, which can help to rule in, or out, certain diagnoses. However, with avian species these can be challenging to determine. Age can be estimated by stage of development; unfortunately, once the bird is an adult, there are few physical traits that can be used for aging. Sex determination can also be challenging as many of our pet birds are not sexually dimorphic. The specific species also plays an important part in helping determine the significance of some clinical signs and lesions.

Speakers Biography

Dr. Drury Reavill
DVM, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice)
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Dr. Drury Reavill has over 19 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, laboratory diagnostics and pathology. Drury is skilled in the medicine and surgery of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and a wide variety of exotic mammals.

Drury graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 then took an associate position at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento where she practiced for more than 8 years. During this time Drury also did relief work for other exclusively exotic animal practices and provided clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through California Avian Laboratory (a national service exclusively devoted to avian and exotic animals) as well as through California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento.

Starting in 1995 Drury began her pathology training under Dr. Schmidt's guidance. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology (including instruction in zoo pathology and course work at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) and gained board certification from American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) in 2000. Drury is also a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, obtaining avian specialty status in 1993 and re-certifying in 2003.

Drury has authored or co-authored over 30 papers, 10 book chapters, one book and a CD, each covering a wide range of exotic animal disease conditions. She is a popular presenter on-line through VIN and at veterinary conferences, veterinary schools, and meetings in the United States and around the world.

Dr Reavill is part of Asia Veterinary Diagnostics Second Tier team of Histopathologist experts and happy to read AVD Exotics submissions and provide second opinion services, as required.


Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo
DMV, MSc (EBHC), GPCert (ExAP), PhD, Dipl.ECZM
(Herp) Registered Specialist

Nicola Di Girolamo is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology). Currently works as an Exotic specialist in Hong Kong at Tai Wai Small Animals & Exotics Hospital. He founded EBMVet, a study group on Evidence-based medicine and is the president-elect of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. He performed his ECZM residency at the Clinic for Exotic Animals in Rome. He completed a Master of Science in evidence-based healthcare at the university of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Bologna. He serves as an associate editor of BMC Veterinary Research, and as a methodologist reviewer for veterinary journals. He loves surfing and playing chess.


Dr Anneliese Strunk
DVM, DABVP ( Avian)

Dr. Strunk was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, then completed an internship in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a three-year residency in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2005. She has seen exclusively exotic companion pets since that time in practices in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Austin, Texas, and now the beautiful Pacific Northwest at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, where she has been Medical Director for the past three years.

She has presented at national meetings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and is currently on the Advisory Board of both organizations. Dr. Strunk has a special interest in surgery, endoscopic techniques, small mammal dentistry, ophthalmology, and teaching. In her free time, Dr. Strunk enjoys making fused glass art and jewelry, silversmithing, and cloisonné. She shares her home with a variety of birds, reptiles, cats and a super cute dachshund cross (not to mention her dedicated, pet-loving husband, Shu).

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong, HKVA CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk

Tuesday 13th March 2018 Identifying Pulmonary Hypertension on your physical examination

Speaker : Dr Dan Ohad

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Friday 2nd March 2018 VSH 2nd Annual Veterinary Education Symposium

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Thursday 25th January 2018 Wildlife and Exotic Veterinary Medicine Conference 2018

Speaker : Dr Andrew Routh

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Thursday 25th January 2018 Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome and Tracheal Collapse

Venue : Huthard Room II & Presidents Room, 3/F South Tower, YMCA, Hong Kong

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

Speaker : Professor Philip A Moses

Cost :
   Include Dinner - Members : $480, Non-Members : $580
   Non Paid - Members : $0, Non-Members : $0

Brachycephalic breeds are very commonly seen in small animal practice. The common upper airway anomalies encountered include primary problems of elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, chonal atresia overdevelopment of the nasal turbinates, macroglossia and tracheal hypoplasia. Failure to address some of these issues in young dogs will lead to the development of secondary changes including laryngeal collapse, tracheal collapse, tonsillar and pharyngeal hyperplasia, hiatial hernia, GIT changes and even as well as cardiac changes. Early assessment and correction of these anomalies is essential. This lecture covers how to competently assess and treat these delightful animals. Post-operative management and monitoring as well as how to minimise complications is addressed.

Tracheal collapse is an insidious progressive condition of toy and miniature breeds. The condition is best diagnosed as early as possible by fluoroscopy and tracheoscopy. Although tracheal collapse is not curable there are several treatment approaches that make a big difference to these little dogs. The use of extra tracheal and intra tracheal stenting is described and discussed.

Speaker's Biography

Philip A Moses
Veterinary Specialist Services
Underwood and Gold Coast, Australia
Specialist Small Animal Surgeon
Adjunct Professor University of Queensland

Philip graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until he moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. He completed a Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Philip commenced a residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane; completed his MACVSc in 1998; moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar and then became head of Surgery in 2000. In 2001 he became a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. He registered as a Specialist in 2003 after completing a FACVSc in Small Animal Surgery and soon after was appointed as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland.

Surgical interests include brachycephalic airway and spinal surgery, as well as urinary tract, vascular, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. Has undertaken research projects with Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland. Has presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, published widely in Veterinary Journals as well as Textbooks. Philip is a Chartered Member of the AVA and an elected Member of AO.

Philip was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists 2010-2014 and has been on the ANZCVS Council since 2008. He is one of two elected member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.

Philip lectures widely on a voluntary basis in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal welfare. Philip also collects Cadillac motor cars and is the Vice President of the Cadillac La Salle Club of Queensland. Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of and breeder of Pugs and Dachshunds and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.

Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong, HKVA CPD Coordinator

For enquiries please email secretariat@medcom.com.hk

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Saturday 20th January 2018 CityU: Emergency and Critical Care Workshop: ACVECC Certified CPR course

Speaker : Speaker: Dr Dan Fletcher

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This exciting CPR workshop includes access to the eCornell CPR:Basic and Advanced Life Support for Veterinarians / Veterinary Nurses online course run by Cornell University. Completion of this 8.5 hour online course is highly recommended prior to the workshop to ensure that all participants are on the same knowledge plain. Successful completion of the online course together with successful completion of the workshop will allow certification from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).

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