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9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
The importance of year round flea and roundworm prevention in lockdown and beyond
Dr Ian Wright, Veterinary Surgeon, The Mount Vet Practice


Whether routine preventative deworming regimes for Toxocara in cats and dogs should be used to reduce zoonotic risk, continues to be a subject of much debate. Nurses are on the frontline of giving preventative parasite control advice and it is vital that this is based on the latest evidence to minimise zoonotic risk while ensuring over treatment does not take place . The need for routine year round flea treatment is also fundamental to parasite control protocols in cats and dogs. The benefits of routine flea treatment need to be considered against the possible environmental impact and drug resistance issues that may be associated with long term use. This lecture will lay out the current evidence for year round flea and roundworm control, how zoonotic risks have increased in lockdown, what can be done to limit environmental impact, resistance and maximise treatment compliance.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Canine Arthritis Management: the New Norm
Hannah Capon, Director, Canine Arthritis Management


This webinar on canine arthritis management aims to tackle the need for an adapted approach to chronic disease care, and provide structure for those willing to embrace the transition.

A recent survey of owners from the community group ‘Holly’s Army’ an online veterinary supported arthritis group reaffirmed the concerns regarding communication between veterinary professionals and their clients. When asking owners opinions on the “new normal” the feedback was not music to the ears.

“I am my dog's advocate and I feel I can't do this effectively at present and I find that upsetting and feel it is damaging the vet-owner relationship.”

Canine arthritis is a regular feature in first opinion practice and has been relabelled a welfare concern by Vet Compass, due to it affecting dogs for the longest time with significant impingement on quality of life. It is well reported that gold standard holistic treatment plans are often blocked by owner understanding, practicality, financials, and lack of time. Could this be the perfect disease to implement a nurse led telehealth approach to improved service provision in your practice? Is it an unidentified income stream? Is it an opportunity to get nurse clinics back up and running in the new norm?
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Optimising the Feline Environment
Sarah Heath, European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine,


This workshop will discuss the potential impact of sub-optimal environments on the emotional and physical health of feline patients. It will offer practical advice on meeting the environmental needs of domestic cats and creating an environment that is optimal from their perspective.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Encouraging Animals to Eat
Nicola Ackerman, Head Medical Nurse, Plymouth Veterinary Group


Getting an inappetant animal to eat is easily the most difficult thing to achieve in veterinary practice. Good understanding to why the animal is not eating is an excellent start to find out methods for coaxing the animal back into a normal feeding pattern. There are many methods, including good nursing care techniques, pharmaceuticals and nutritional adaptations. The lecture will include practical tips and applications to help improve patient outcomes in practice.