Join us at Science Week 2017!

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Join us at Science Week 2017!
by Liz Shackleton - Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:32 PM

Science week 2017 will be held at the QT Hotel in Gold Coast between Wednesday the 6th to Saturday the 8th of July. 

The Agenda is now available at the below link

Pharmacology Chapter Stream
We are excited to welcome internationally renowned keynote speaker Lauren Trepanier DVM PhD , who will be presenting on a number of important and current pharmacology topics. 

1. Common drug interactions in dogs and cats
Includes recommendations to avoid potential loss of efficacy or drug toxicity.

2. Drug dose adjustment for disease
When should you reduce the dosage of a given drug in patients with kidney, liver, or cardiac disease? Lauren will provide tips for making these clinical decisions. 

3. Empirical antibiotic therapy – making decisions without a culture
This session will provide guidance on avoiding overuse of antibiotics, practical ways to confirm the need for an antibiotic when culture is not affordable, and choosing the best antibiotic based on type and location of infections.

4. Idiosyncratic drug toxicities

How can you monitor for and manage unexpected drug toxicities in your patients? This presentation will focus on commonly used drugs that can cause idiosyncratic liver, skin, or bone marrow toxicity in dogs and cats, and how to monitor, prevent, and manage suspected reactions.

 5.  Rational use of pre-surgical antibiotics
Lauren will review recommendations for the use of perioperative antibiotics in your patients, based on evidence from a large number of studies in humans, dogs, and cats, and will provide advice on antibiotic choice, timing, and duration of treatment.

 6. NSAIDs: comparative toxicity and drug interactions
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are one of the most commonly used drug classes in veterinary patients. This presentation will cover which classes of NSAIDs are most likely to cause side effects in patients with gastrointestinal, renal, or clotting disorders, and will review common NSAID drug interactions.

Exam Candidate Block Course
Candidates planning to sit Members Examinations in 2018 are encouraged to attend the Block course, which will include helpful tips for planning the exams from past candidates and mock oral examination questions.

Chapter AGM & Dinner
Our AGM will also be held on Thursday July 6thalong with other events including our annual dinner.

This is a great opportunity for members to catch up, so we hope you can join us in sunny Gold Coast!