Friday 19 November

8am: Raw food debate panel: Clients are choosing these options - how should we respond? | Liza Schneider & Rebecca Brown
Raw food has dominated nutrition for cats and dogs for most of their existence. Research shows that raw-feeding is increasing and that clients are unlikely to view their vet as a source of trusted nutritional advice. This undermines our professional integrity. Vets must develop a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and risks of raw feeding. This is an opportunity for us to work with our clients towards a goal of optimal health and sustained wellbeing.

9am: CBD: Future role in veterinary medicine. Our role and responsibilities towards animal welfare and client guidance and education | Jacqui Snell
The future role in veterinary medicine of CBD and our role and responsibilities towards animal welfare, client guidance and education. The use of CBD is a ‘hot topic’ – clients are often asking about it – what is your understanding of this complex subject? What is CBD? How does it work in animals and what disease processes could CBD support? Why is it causing controversy? Can you respond to a client’s questions? Do you understand the legal ramifications? This presentation will give you an overview of the above topics.

10.30am: Plenary | Sam Hazeldine

11.30am: Vaccination: How to handle clients who don’t want to vaccinate, our obligations | Liza Schneider
Vaccination is an invaluable tool to help prevent disease yet some clients elect not to vaccinate their animals. Most animal owners want to do the best for their animals yet have concerns about vaccinations. What are the fundamental concerns? What are our veterinary obligations to address these? How can we work with our clients productively to meet the needs of our patient/s, clients and our community?

1.30pm: An integrative approach to… | Viv Harris

2pm: An integrative approach to… | Jacqui Snell

2.30pm: An integrative approach to... | Wendy Dixon

3pm: Integrative approach  in the care of skin disease and geriatric companion animals panel discussion and Q&A | Viv Harris, Jacqui Snell & Wendy Dixon
Skin and geriatric medicine make up a significant part of every vets daily case load. There are no quick instant fixes for them and that’s part of the reason why they can lend themselves to thinking outside of the square in terms of case management and that’s why we have three different vets presenting their approaches to managing these patients. Complementary or Integrative medicine is not a one solution or treatment fits all. Some clients are more comfortable with some options and this applies to clinicians as well. Dr Viv Harris, Dr Jacqui Snell and Dr Wendy Dixon will be presenting their approaches to these patients with overviews of their treatment preferences be it herbal. acupuncture, dietary or any one of the other modalities that we can use. Be prepared to take home some gems that can work for you and your patients.

4pm: Practice management for staff health and wellbeing, survival skills for managers and owners. A recipe for success = staff fulfillment | Francesca Brown
Worldwide, the well-being of veterinarians is repeatedly reported as being lower than is acceptable and while the literature is currently limited, anecdotal evidence suggests it is the same for allied veterinary professionals. Yet, the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) requires staff wellbeing to be actively looked after and there are implications for businesses that don’t do this. Based on the findings of her Master’s research which identified and analyzed three New Zealand veterinary practices as case studies that are successful in achieving high levels of staff wellness while still meeting their business financial goals and existing literature which supports the findings, this presentation will focus on implementing the common themes identified in these case studies which will contribute to staff fulfilment and lead towards business success.  

4.45pm: One health in practice. Sustainable healthcare. Linking our patients, ourselves and the people we work with to achieve a sustainable future | Liza Schneider
Sustainable Healthcare advocates strategies to support and capitalise on the body’s inherent ability to heal, which is often over-looked by our modern medical model. This model of health care goes hand in hand with a One Health perspective integrating the needs of animals, people and our environment which is essential for a sustainable future. This approach helps to facilitate improved Patient outcomes as well as client and job satisfaction.