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VetFest 2021
VetFest 2021 Virtual Conference
VetFest 2021
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Room 1 - Unusual Pet
There is growing evidence that insect species around the world are facing increasing pressures upon their continued survival, and conservation biologists warn that an extinction crisis may already be underway. Many of the drivers for insect declines are directly related to human activities, such as habitat degradation, environmental pollution and invasive species. In vulnerable and stressed insect populations, other factors such as pathogens and climate change are also becoming increasingly important. In this talk I will discuss the current state of global insect conservation and how we can go about slowing and reversing the concerning declines seen in many insect populations. I will use the real-world example of the critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect, Dryococelus australis, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in attempting to bring an insect species back from the brink of extinction.
This session brought to you by Vets Choice
  • Module One - Lifestyle Audit: Learn the 5 Steps you can take to find 30+ hours of lost  time every month to maximise your productivity
  • Module Two- Lifestyle Strategies: Learn the Key Strategies you can implement for immediate time back and how to sustain these results
  • At the end of this module you will master the 5 SMART Steps, you will understand exactly what your time habits are costing you, and will have decided on the first 2 strategies you will implement tomorrow to start regaining hours of lost time

Please note: this talk will not be recorded and unavailable to watch on-demand. 
Please note: this talk will not be recorded and unavailable to watch on-demand. 
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Room 3 - Dental
Dental - Room 3
COHAT is defined and steps are reviewed. Identification of pathology and charting is included. 
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Room 1 - Unusual Pet
Ferrets are an increasingly popular pet which in turn increases the chance of a clinician in practice being presented with one in their consult room. 
Ferrets can develop a wide range of problems that require veterinary attention, one area being endocrine diseases. 
Persistent estrus, adrenal disease and insulinomas are three of the most common endocrinopathies seen and this talk will give a brief overview of them. 
These are huge areas, so given the time, I will give you the outline of the problems so at least you feel a little more comfortable with the why, how, and what. 
Why do these diseases occur (what goes wrong, any predisposing factors involved)? 
How do they present in the clinic and to the owner? 
What do we do when we suspect or diagnose one of these conditions? (what work up is possible? What are the treatment options?)

Dealing with wet bums, dirty bums and maggots in rabbits. Emergency treatment, ongoing management and prevention.
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Please note: this talk will not be recorded and unavailable to watch on-demand. 
Please note: this talk will not be recorded and unavailable to watch on-demand. 
Please note: this talk will not be recorded and unavailable to watch on-demand. 
Due to their evolution, goats metabolize veterinary medicines more efficiently than sheep.  This means that they must be given at higher doses or more frequently, than the sheep label instructions i.e. “off-label”.  Hence a veterinary prescription or Veterinary Advice Note must be written when treating goats.  There are resources that can help especially for worm drenches, but sometimes research data is lacking.  Veterinarians must then use their professional judgement to balance the goat’s metabolic efficiency for clearing veterinary medicines, with the increased dose rate or interval, against the need to have meat with-holding periods below the level of reporting for chemicals not found in products registered for goats.  Treating goats that are producing milk for human consumption is especially difficult, as many veterinary medicines have “DO NOT USE in sheep producing milk for human consumption” statements on their label.  A veterinary prescription cannot override a DO NOT USE statement.  Residues have been detected in export goat meat as part of the National Residue Survey, so setting adequate with-holding periods in prescriptions is essential. 
Internal parasites remain the most costly disease to the sheep industry of Australia and thus to serve your sheep clients well, requires a good understanding of this issue.

Integral to parasite management is the worm egg count (WEC) which enables us to get a picture of the parasite burden in the animal and to what contamination is being put onto the pasture. All non-strategic drenches should be preceded by a WEC. A drench resistance test is the most valuable way we have of determining what drenches we should be using.

Looking at the whole farm approach requires us to follow the principles of integrated parasite management (IPM). This requires us not only to look at what drench to use and when, but also to consider the whole farm, the management of the animals and pastures including the seasons and genetics.

This presentation will examine

1.       Drenches what works for that farm and how to choose which to use.
2.       The timing of drenches, 
3.       The importance of grazing management, 
4.       The role of nutrition, 
5.       Flock and weaner management
6.       Genetics selecting for resistance and/or resilience in the flock. 
7.       Monitoring and testing
8.       Other potential tools

Parasite control does not happen in isolation, so all decisions have to be made along with a good understanding of their effects on the whole farm management. 
Dermatological conditions are common in alpacas in Australia. Alpacas typically present with combinations of the following: pruritus and self-trauma, erythema, alopecia, pustules, papules, hyperkeratosis, and/or lichenification of the face and ears, ventrum, feet and inguinal and axillary areas. Diagnotic tools include skin scrapings, skin smears, skin biopsies and culture and sensitivity. Causes of skin disease include ectoparasites (e.g. sarcoptic and chorioptic mange, lice), bacterial (e.g. Staphlococcus intermedius, Dermatophilus congolensis, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, Mycobacterium ulcerans, Burkholderia pseudomallei), viral (e.g. parapox) and fungal (e.g. Trichophyton spp.) infections, neoplasia, insect worry and atopy. Treatment options include miticides, insecticides, antibiotics, antihistamines, shampoos, immunotherapy and/or oclacitinib. Zinc-reponsive dermatosis is a questionable condition. Corticosteroids should not be administered to pregnant camelids by any route. Note that no drugs are registered for use in camelids in Australia.