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Session - Small Animal - 75.0 mins - Room 1
How I use continuous glucose monitors in cats
Here we will discuss the pathophysiology of Myasthenia and the new literature and growing evidence for an increased frequency of this disease conditions. Prehaps a disease condition under diagnosed for some time in our patients. 
Session - Education, Research & Academia - 75.0 mins - Room 2
The role of helping clients in veterinary practice can be a source of job satisfaction, however the emotional labour associated with client interactions can also contribute to psychological distress in veterinary staff. Clients may present with a variety of reactions, often involving underlying complexity linked to the animal relationship. When an animal patient reaches end of life, the impact on both animal owners and veterinary staff can be devastating. For some individuals, the end of the enduring relationship between animal and human can trigger severe psychological distress, and occasionally suicide. Understanding factors which can influence an individual clients’ vulnerability to experiencing distressing grief and loss responses may help veterinary staff respond more effectively. Although it is recognised that veterinary staff would benefit from training in communication and social support skills for grieving clients, the support required by some vulnerable and distressed clients is sometimes beyond the scope of veterinary practice.  This presentation will discuss potential areas and resources for expanding support options for bereaved and grieving clients.
An ethically challenging situation may be defined as a situation where we are required to manage competing choices, where there may be conflict between the interests of different stakeholders, and no easy means of prioritising one way forward over another. 

Veterinarians commonly encounter ethically challenging situations in their daily working lives(Batchelor and McKeegan, 2012, Crane et al., 2015, Kipperman et al., 2018, Moses et al., 2018, Lehnus et al., 2019). These can lead to moral stress, moral distress and, potentially, moral injury(Fawcett and Mullan, 2018, Arbe Montoya et al., 2019, Dean et al., 2019).

Because of their potential contribution to psychological morbidity and mortality of veterinarians, it is important to understand the types of ethically challenging situations veterinarians may encounter, and develop strategies to help veterinarians navigate these successfully. This talk will summarise current knowledge of the link between moral distress and mental wellbeing of veterinarians, and where we need to look in the future.
Session - Conservation Biology, Public Health - 75.0 mins - Room 3
Summer bushfires 2019/20 - the human response to the wildlife and ecological emergency (Part 1)

A discussion of the animal welfare and ethical considerations of the response to wildlife casualties in natural disasters....

The 2019/2020 bushfires put the plight of Australian wildlife and the realities of Anthropocene-related climate change on the international stage. In the often resource- and attention-poor field of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, offers of financial and well-meaning practical help were abundant. As the world grappled with a sense of collective ecological grief, veterinarians and wildlife rescuers were placed under immense pressure to achieve positive outcomes with unprecedented levels of traditional and social media exposure.

In comparison to the estimated losses, relatively small numbers of limited species were presented to triage centres and clinics for veterinary assessment. The animal welfare considerations for wildlife during triage, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and post-release are always complex and in this event were compounded by the acute and extensive loss of habitat and human safety considerations.

Ethical conflicts in this necessarily and variably multi-agency response included speciesism, animal rights, respect for nature and utilitarian perspectives. Veterinary responsibilities were complicated by differing personal, stakeholder and community expectations.


Session - Small Animal - 75.0 mins - Room 1
Systemic diseases of the dog and cat frequently cause ocular signs.  The basic ocular examination is non-invasive and can be performed with relatively inexpensive equipment. A thorough ocular examination can therefore be a powerful tool for the detection of systemic disease. This presentation discusses some of the ocular manifestations of systemic disease seen in dogs and cats, however is by no means extensive, and many more interesting examples can be found in the primary literature and textbooks!
Dry eye disease (or keratoconjunctivitis sicca) has traditionally been viewed as only a deficiency in the quantity of tears being produced. With recent advances in diagnostic technology, qualitative tear film deficiency is now being recognised as a superbly under-diagnosed condition in canine patients (and in humans as well!). Qualitative tear film disorders occur when enough tears are produced, but the tear film constituents are poor and so tears can not provide their inherent roles needed to ensure corneal health. 

Join this tear-jerking talk, exploring recent advances in the diagnoses and management of both qualitative and quantitative dry eye disease!
Session - Business - 75.0 mins - Room 2
Peter Munckton will share his insights and answer questions in this interactive session 

*Note: This talk will not be recorded and available on-demand after the live presentation 
The Ecovis Clark Jacobs team will discuss tax and other financial implications on small business post pandemic
Session - Public Health - 75.0 mins - Room 3
 Land clearing for the expansion of urban and agricultural areas inevitably leads to the loss and fragmentation of native habitat.  Wildlife species capable of surviving in fragmented habitats are often required to adapt aspects of their behavioural ecology which can lead to an increased interaction not only within species but also between species, including with domestic animals and humans. At this interface, the risk of disease transmission between wildlife and humans is increased. My research aims to investigate pathogen exposure, and where possible pathogen shedding, in a common native mammal living in human landscapes.  This will enable an understanding of the role of native wildlife in the epidemiology of these pathogens and how this is impacted by the human environments in which they live. 
Practicing veterinarians face a number of challenges when investigating atypical disease presentations, especially if concerned about potential zoonoses or emerging disease. In a recent survey, practitioners were asked what constraints they face when doing a clinical workup in this situation. 
 
Many veterinarians cited client financial limitations as a significant barrier to disease investigation. Additionally, significant numbers reported concerns regarding practice biosecurity including rudimentry or absent isolation facilities, inadequate PPE and poor infection control practices.  Time pressures inherent in busy practices were seen to limit scope to conduct thorough disease workups. Rural and remote practitioners noted difficulties accessing support from government agencies and timely pathology services, especially out of hours or on weekends. 
 
Practitioners expressed worry about their ability to manage potential health risks for themselves, their family, staff, clients and other animals. Some felt they did not have sufficient knowledge or were anxious about being over-zealous or causing unnecessary alarm. Difficulties in maintaining integrity of PPE when examining and treating animals was also seen to pose a potential disease risk. 
 
Concerningly, practitioners reported both positive and negative interactions with government agencies.  Some expressed frustration about a lack of interest in non-production animals, especially small animals, the absence of a notifiable disease. 
 
Ultimately, these unusual disease presentations were perceived as ‘part of our job’, with some practitioners outlining structures in place within their current practice protocols to enable safe management of potentially serious zoonotic diseases.  However, our findings suggest a need for further practitioner education in this area alongside government assistance, especially of smaller and less resourced practices, to ensure an appropriate level of biosecurity and disease management. 


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