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Vets learn the latest in emergency care for our furry friends

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The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) will bring together vets and vet nurses in Newcastle to discover new ways of managing emergency and critical care cases in pets.

The conference will feature international emergency medicine specialist, Dr Erica Reineke from the University of Pennsylvania, who’ll discuss the latest developments in emergency medicine for pets and how to manage seizures and diabetes in dogs.

President of AVA’s NSW Division, Dr Geoff Scarlett, said that the theme of the conference really highlights the importance of advancing skills in veterinary emergency and critical care.

“Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. Anyone who is responsible for an animal, from a city living dog owner to an isolated rural farmer, can find themselves in an emergency situation where they need to get veterinary help as soon as possible. This means that every vet needs to be prepared to handle any unexpected problem that comes their way.

“This conference is all about improving our emergency and critical care skills; and although it’s not something that we might use every day, when we need to utilise these skills, it’s vital that we can take action quickly and confidently,” Geoff said.

Local speakers will also cover other topics including snake bite management and approaches to pets that have been exposed to backyard dangers including poisonous plants and prickly pests.

The dedicated nursing stream will explore the nurse’s role in successfully managing emergency cases.

“Nurses play a critical role in the veterinary team, especially in emergency cases. We’ve got some exceptional local speakers who will be heading up the nursing program and they’ll talk about everything from tick cases to CPR,” Dr Scarlett said.

The conference will be held at the Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre, 18-19 March 2017.

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