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2016 Webinars

David Clarke

Royal Canin Advanced Dentistry Webinars - Monday August 8th – 7:30pm (NZST)

with Dr David Clarke BVSc, Diplomate AVDC, Fellow AVD, MANZCVSc
Registered Specialist, Veterinary Surgery (Dentistry)

“Saving Teeth: Alternatives To Extraction”

David is a leading dental specialist currently based in Melbourne, but travelling far afield to pass on his knowledge to veterinarians and veterinary students around the Asia Pacific region. In between running his successful specialist dental practice in Hallam, Victoria and fulfilling his roles of clinical dentist at Melbourne University and adjunct associate lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, David is also the veterinary dentist at Werribee, Healesville, Taronga, Dubbo, Adelaide and Monarto zoos.

David’s clinical interests include oral health in the domestic pet population, in particular the reduction of plaque using dietary and chemical means; analgesic and antibiotic usage for dentistry; undergraduate dental education for veterinary students; continuing dental education of veterinarians and nurses; and oral biology and dental disease in Australian marsupials.

The key learning outcomes from David’s presentation will include:

  • Enamel hypoplasia and enamel/dentine fractures – using bonding and restorations to save the teeth
  • Using local delivery antibiotic therapy to treat periodontal pockets
  • Linguo-version of mandibular canines – how do we get them to erupt into normal occlusion

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Angus Fechney

Royal Canin Advanced Dentistry Webinars - Monday August 22nd – 7:30pm (NZST)

with Dr Angus Fechney BVSc,
Companion Animal Dental Service, New Zealand

“Dealing With Maxilomandibular Trauma: Why Less Is More”

Angus currently teaches dentistry to the tech (BVT) and veterinary (BVSc) students at Massey University’s Veterinary teaching Hospital. He also provides a referral dental service based mainly out of Massey but also in Wellington and several other centres.

He is enrolled in a part time small animal dental residency under the supervision of Dr David Clarke in Melbourne. Although initially working in general or university practice, he has had a passion for all things dental for the last 20 years and continues to enjoy disseminating this knowledge.

In this webinar Angus will cover the techniques of repair for these cases including considerations for treatment and management of different jaw fractures, the biomechanics to consider around repair options, and why teeth (even those that are mobile) are our friends!

The key learning outcomes from Angus’ presentation on maxilomandibular trauma will include:

  • Tackling minimally invasive techniques of jaw repair
  • Management options for avulsed or luxated teeth
  • Management options for fractured teeth

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Cecilia Viaaverde Haro - Webinar

Royal Canin Urinary Webinar - Wednesday July 20th, 5:30pm - Dr Cecilia Villaverde Haro  BVSc PhD DACVN DECVCN

Dietary management of struvite and calcium oxalate stones: Navigating the Strategies

Obtaining her veterinary degree in 2000 and a PhD in nutrition in 2005 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Cecilia worked as a post-doctoral researcher in feline nutrition at the University of California Davis (UCD), where she also completed a two-year residency in small animal clinical nutrition.

She is a board certified veterinary nutritionist with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) and the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) and has been vice president of ECVCN since 2013. Cecilia was an adjunct professor at the Department of Food and Animal Science (UAB) where she was chief of the Diet and Nutrition Service from 2010 - 2016.

Cecilia is now working at the Nutrition Support Service, back at UCD and is also a consultant in clinical nutrition for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN).

Managing cat and dog urinary cases can be challenging at best. When faced with a common urolith, we need to recount the many ways in which urine can be altered to increase or decrease the risk of crystals and stones precipitating.

In this webinar, Cecilia will discuss many factors, measurable and otherwise which alter the urinary environment: from USG and pH through precursors and inhibitors. She will focus on the dietary management of each stone type to ensure our confidence in effectively managing these cases


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Wednesday May 18th, 7:30pm – Shelley Holden RVN CertSAN - Royal Canin Weight Management Specialist

“Obesity…the digestible bits, practical tips”

Shelley is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and an Advanced Pet Health Counsellor. She completed the BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour and in 2009 gained her Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition.

Shelley moved to The University of Liverpool as the Clinic Nurse for the ROYAL CANIN® Weight Management Referral Clinic in 2004 and in 2014 joined Royal Canin as a Specialist Advisor for the Weight Management Team. As part of this role she continues to educate and support veterinary practices and raise public awareness in animal Obesity.

Shelley’s presentation will have relevant and practical tips for Vets and Vet Nurses including:

  • How to design a weight management plan for the pet and what needs to be included such as exercise and diet.
  • How to effectively manage a pet’s weight loss programme.
  • Practical tips and ideas on how to achieve successful weight loss including calorie awareness, how to use daily diaries and how to improve owner compliance.
  • Tips on how to keep the weight off once weight loss has been achieved.

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Wednesday June 15th, 7:30pm – Dr Alex German BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertSAM, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS -  Royal Canin Reader in Small Animal Medicine, University of Liverpool

“Weight Management in dogs and cats: what can we do better?”

Dr Alex German holds the position of Royal Canin Reader in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Bristol and, after spending two years in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to undertake a PhD in mucosal immunology, and then a residency in small animal internal medicine. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and also a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine. His clinical and research interests include gastroenterology, comparative obesity biology, preventing chronic disease, and evidence-based veterinary medicine.

For over 10 years, he has run the Royal Canin Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool. This clinic aims to improve the quality of life of all overweight pets through clinical excellence, research and education.

Dr German’s presentation will have relevant and practical tips for Vets and Vet Nurses:

  • Canine obesity is arguably the biggest health and welfare issue currently affecting pet dogs and cats.
  • Successful weight loss has many health benefits, but current strategies are not ideal, with many animals failing to lose weight or subsequently regaining
  • By recognising how and why animals fail to lose weight, weight management regimes can be better tailored to the individual, leading to improved success overall.   

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2015 Webinars


Dr Linda Vogelnest


Thursday 8th October, 7.30pm AEST – Dr Linda Vogelnest BVSc(Hons) MACVSc (Feline Medicine) FACVSc (Dermatology)

Itchy cats and dogs: clues to help distinguish between the main differentials

Pruritus is common and frequently frustrating to manage in small animal practice. "Shot-gun" symptomatic therapy with steroids and antibiotics won't always help, increases the development of antibiotic-resistance, and isn't wise veterinary practice. This webinar will focus on important historical and clinical clues and a few basic tests to sift between the more likely pruritic differentials, and allow more specific symptomatic therapies even when a diagnosis is not clear-cut. 

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Dr Mandy Burrows


Thursday 15th October, 7.30pm AEST – Dr Mandy Burrows BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Canine Medicine) FANZCVS (Dermatology)

Changing ideas in the role of foods in canine atopic dermatitis: Can food trigger itch?

What is the link between food allergy and atopic dermatitis? Concurrent environmental and dietary triggers for canine atopic dermatitis are recognised in clinical practice. Australian Veterinary Dermagologist Dr Mandy Burrows will cover the changing concept of how food can be involved as a trigger for itch in the atopic dog.

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Dr Nick Cave


Thursday 22nd October, 7.30pm AEST – Dr Nick Cave BVSc MVSc PhD MACVSc DipACVN

The Theory and Practice of using Hydrolysed Diets

In this webinar we will discuss the fundamentals principles behind hydrolysed protein diets, and the indications for feeding them. We will explore their limitations, and discuss the evidence for their efficacy. Lastly, we will cover how we might evaluate, compare, and choose between the diets that are currently available to us, and look at a couple of cases where feeding a hydrolysed protein diet was paramount.

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Dr Mike Shipstone


Thursday 29th October, 7.30pm AEST – Dr Mike Shipstone BVSc FANCVS (Dermatology) DipACVD

Atopy:  So much more than just allergy

Our understanding of this common and challenging disease has exploded in the past few years. This webinar will cover the paradigm shift in the pathogenesis and how it relates to the clinical management of these complex cases.

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