Thursday 18 November

8am: Applying the principles of endocrinology to polyuria/polydipsia | Jessica Romine

9am: Canine hyperadrenocorticism: which test is best and what treatment works | Tommy Fluen
This talk will focus on the appropriate diagnostic testing for suspect cases of hyperadrenocorticism in dogs as well as a discussion about management of the disease medically. We will focus on some of the newly proposed monitoring strategies for medically managed cases of hyperadrenocorticism.

10.30am: When things go wrong in practice | Brett Gartrell

11am: Calcium and vitamin D disorders | Jessica Romine

11.30am: Thyroid disease in dogs: making an accurate diagnosis| Jessica Romine

1.30pm: Canine diabetes: my approach and the progress we have made| Linda Fleeman

2.30pm: Feline diabetes: my approach and what we have learnt| Linda Fleeman

4pm: Nutrition in diabetes | Linda Fleeman

4.30pm: Diagnosis and management of hypoadrenocorticism in dogs | Tommy Fluen
This talk will discuss the diagnosis of hypoadrenocorticism (Addisons disease) in dogs along with updates on acute and chronic treatment strategies.                 

5pm: Diagnosing and managing insulinoma | Tommy Fluen
This talk will discuss the presentation and diagnosis of insulinoma in dogs along with some updated treatment strategies.

Friday 19 November

8am: Understanding learning theory | Lindsay Skyner
Animals are always learning; therefore, they are always being trained whether this is intentional or not. In order to ensure an animal is not suffering, it is important to understand the species' behaviour, so as to correctly know what they are communicating with us. This presentation will discuss the types of learning, relevance of motivation and explanation of all four potential operant conditioning consequences that are so often misunderstood.

9am: Creating low-stress veterinary visits | Jess Beer 

10.30am:Plenary | Sam Hazeldine

11.30am: Gut brain axis in dogs | Caroline Mansfield

12pm: Effective use of medications for behavioural issues | Elsa Flint 

1.30pm: Puppy socialisation| Jess Beer 

2pm: The care for reward-based learning | Lindsay Skyner
Humans are generally poor at interpreting animal behaviour, especially that of dogs. A lack of understanding of behaviour, training techniques or the difference between reward and aversive-based training can result in a breakdown in the human/animal relationship, risk of aggression, and intensified occurrence of behavioural problems. This presentation will clarify some of these areas of confusion and introduce CANZ Accreditation and how it can help you in practice.

2.30pm: Case studies focused on anxiety conditions | Elsa Flint

4pm: Appropriate handling for cats of all life stages | Jess Beer

4.30pm: Is it medical or behavioural? | Elsa Flint

5pm: Panel discussion | Elsa Flint, Jess Beer and Lindsay Skyner

Saturday 20 November

8am: How to get the best from your pathology lab | Sandra Forsyth 
Taking the right samples at the right time and providing a good history go a long way towards getting the best from your veterinary pathology laboratory. We will cover how to get the best from your laboratory to maximise the diagnostic and prognostic capabilities of the samples to improve patient care.

9am: In-house cytology: tips, tricks and some common skin lumps and bumps | Kathryn Jenkins
Cytology has become an invaluable tool in our diagnostic repertoire. Learn how to make the most out of your cytology samples, including some common errors (and how to fix them), identifying artifacts to ignore, and recognising a few of the most common causes of skin masses.

10.30am: Thoracic imaging: how to optimise your images and improve your assessment | Caroline Eivers
This presentation will cover common pitfalls of obtaining and assessing thoracic radiographs, and how to avoid/remedy these. I will cover ways to optimise radiographic quality, and we will review some case-based examples of various thoracic pathology in cats and dogs. 

11.30am: Abdominal ultrasonography in general practice | Caroline Eivers
This presentation will cover optimisation of ultrasound imaging in general practice, with a brief review of relevant ultrasound physics. We will review some case-based examples of various abdominal diseases in dogs and cats, with a focus on the 'acute abdomen.

1.30pm: It’s in the blood: in-house vs. laboratory blood tests | Sandra Forsyth
In-clinic analysers instantly provide practitioners access to biochemistry and haematology results which can aid in diagnosis of a disease condition as well as cater to the needs of clients. With the acquisition of such tools comes the responsibility to use them correctly and to interpret the results accurately. How to get the best from your in-clinic analyser and how using a combination of in-clinic and diagnostic laboratory facilities to maximise your diagnostic capabilities will be discussed.

2.30pm: Companion Animal Veterinarian's Branch of the NZVA AGM

3pm: Compassion fatigue | Bridey White
Embedding sound emotional health practices into the work life of animal care professionals is integral to workplace mental health. Animal care professionals face different and similar challenges to their non-animal health care counterparts. They experience the human animal bond compounded by the caring killing paradox. Both factors converge, potentially creating health and safety risks that can have mental health consequences. Understanding some of the complexities can reduce the cost of caring.

4pm: Mast cell tumour: cytologic diagnosis of a pleomorphic tumour| Kathryn Jenkins
Cytologic diagnosis of mast cell tumours can be straight forward, but this tumour can be as pleomorphic as its clinical appearance. Learn how to spot the many faces of mast cell tumours on cytology, including some of the common pitfalls we can encounter in practice.

4.30pm: What can clinical pathology offer in GI disease work-up? | Sandra Forsyth
GI disease is typically investigated using endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography. These diagnostic tools can be expensive and are not necessarily available to everyone whereas laboratory tests are typically less expensive and much more readily available. This session will discuss the tests that are available to practitioners for the work-up of the GI case.

5pm: Mast cell tumour: cytologic grading and staging | Kathryn Jenkins
Recent papers have explored utilising cytology for grading of mast cell tumours. Through images, we will talk about the benefits and potential limitations of cytologic grading, and how ultimately it can help with initial clinical decision making.