Friday 19 November

Companion Animal Veterinary Nursing

8am: Anaesthesia troubleshooting| Vicki Walsh

9am: Brachycephalics in practice: recognising danger ahead | Kat Crosse
Brachycephalic breeds in New Zealand may come to the clinic for their airway disease, but also for routine healthcare, accidents and emergencies or chronic health problems. When a dog presents in respiratory distress it is easy to understand what must be prioritized, however when brachycephalic patients present for other conditions it is important to be able to assess which are at risk with regard to handling, sedation, anaesthesia or other interventions. In this talk we will discuss how to identify the “at risk” brachycephalics and how to manage these patients in everyday clinic life.

10.30am: Brachycephalics in practice: airway surgery and recovery | Kat Crosse
If a brachycephalic dog required surgical treatment of their airway, it is important we minimise the risk to the patient at every step of the process. In this talk we will identify the best ways to minimise stress for staff and patient, how to best prepare a patient for surgery and how to provide the best level of care after surgery.

11.30am: Radiography: what’s important and what’s not | Nicki Moffatt
There are numerous textbooks available on veterinary radiography usually showing pages of perfectly positioned and exposed radiographs. As we all know however life is not a textbook, and in a busy veterinary practice staff are focussing on more than just imaging. In this presentation I will help you understand when, and why, it’s important to spend that bit of extra time getting it right and when its ok to just be OK.

1.30pm: Radiography hacks | Nicki Moffatt
In this presentation I will share with you some simple tips and hints to help you produce good diagnostic radiographs. These are things that I have learned from my years of being a veterinary radiographer, often through making mistakes and having to adapt to unique situations, that you won’t necessarily find in a textbook. I am also hoping that delegates will feel inspired to share their own radiographic hacks. Remember, there is always another way to do things.

2.30pm: Xenotransfusion - should we or shouldn’t we? | Robyn Taylor
Many of us will have heard about xenotransfusions – blood of one species being transfused to another species. Today, we most commonly see xenotranfusion performed with canine blood being given to cats, due to the difficulty in obtaining feline blood for our patients. But is it as good as we think it is? This talk will discuss the pros and cons of canine to feline xenotransfusion medicine, why we do it, how effective it is, the risks, and how we can better equip ourselves to obtain appropriate feline blood for transfusion.

4pm: New Zealand Veterinary Nurses Association AGM

5pm: ECG under anaesthesia | Vicki Walsh

Saturday 20 November

Companion Animal

8am: Urinary catheters: when, how, and what care is needed | Kat Crosse
Urinary catheters may be required in patients that either cannot urinate voluntarily, where urine output must be carefully measured or to assist in general recumbent care. The decision of when to place a catheter in a patient should consider the patient’s problem, signalment and ongoing risks. In this talk we will discuss a working algorithm of when to place, how to place and what care is required until it can be removed.

9am: On the frontline - fielding questions about pet behaviour | Elsa Flint

10.30am: Analgesia in anaesthesia – how are the opioids stacking up? | Vicki Walsh

11.30am: TIVA (total intravenous anaesthesia) benefits and risks, when to use and what you require to deliver safely | Vicki Walsh

1.30pm: Ensuring our patients have a nice day - keeping the practice fear-free | Elsa Flint

2.30pm: Don’t be confused on how to transfuse: canine transfusion made simple | Robyn Taylor
Blood product transfusions are one of the most effective therapies we can provide to support our patients during on-going treatment or recovery for a variety of related conditions. Availability can sometimes limit transfusions, depending on what product your patient requires. Having a better understanding of what product would be best for the canine patients’ needs, the pros and cons of these products, the dos and don’ts of transfusing, and how to confidently manage your patients through the transfusion process, will be discussed in this talk. With knowledge and confidence, transfusions can become common place in your practice, benefiting more patients when required.

4pm: Anaesthesia and the parts of the ‘iceberg’ we don’t see | Vicki Walsh

5pm: Emergency avian care 101 | Pauline Howard
Emergency care for avian patients can make all the difference to a sick or injured pet or wild bird’s outcome. This talk discusses initial examination and the basics of emergency avian care. The importance of providing the optimal temperature, initial hydration and feeding. Species differences mean that not all birds can be treated the same. There are several institutions that wild sick and injured birds can be sent to once stabilized


8am: Health and safety and YOU | Megan Alderson

9am: Managing different personalities | Michael Meehan
Veterinary workplace conflict is inevitable. Common reasons range from simple communication breakdowns, personality clashes and misunderstandings, to more complex reasons such as differing opinions about day-to-day functioning and philosophy of veterinary practice. Sustained workplace conflict results in serious and negative individual (e.g. stress, cynicism, burnout) and organisational outcomes (e.g. reduced job satisfaction, productivity and profitability). This presentation will outline evidence-based reasons for toxicity in the workplace and provide practical strategies to help manage conflict effectively.

10.30am: The team meeting | Megan Alderson

11.30am: Climbing the ladder... | Tutor: Lauren Prior, VTS: Katie Duncan, Nursing Abroad: Robyn Taylor, Head Nurse: Libby Leader

1.30pm: Finding research: Evidence based understanding | Alastair Coomer

2.30pm: Are you being heard? | Michael Meehan
A successful and effective veterinary practice requires a daily coordinated approach from a team with high-quality functioning relationships. Research consistently shows that a high functioning team is associated with positive outcomes such as increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity, reduced intention to leave, turnover, mistakes and malpractice litigation. This presentation outlines practical relationship and team building strategies to make sure every staff member perceives and knows they are an important part of the team.

4pm: Resilience at work | Kathryn Jackson
The veterinary industry is filled with potential sources of significant stress. You’re not always seeing people at their best; frequently navigating the big emotions of fellow humans and you’re often working with depleted resources under enormous time pressures. On top of this, you’re likely to be navigating the usual life stresses too – for example challenging flatmates, paying back your student loan, or finding time to get the food shopping. Instead of fading, and finding yourself with little to no energy when you get home at the end of the day, please consider joining me for an hour to explore how we might harness some of the science of wellbeing to fire up your resilience at work and enjoy a stronger life.