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NZ Veterinary Association Conference in Hamilton

June 26, 2012

The NZ Veterinary Conference has just concluded in Hamilton and was the scene of a unique occasion for the MVS Small Animal team. This conference is attended by hundreds of delegates from the length and breadth of New Zealand and has a primary focus on continuing education for practicing veterinarians. Many of the speakers were invited from overseas so it was a special afternoon for us when three consecutive speakers were part of the MVS team.

Fiona Hollinshead – Fiona led off with a presentation on Pyometra, a condition of bitches and queens where they develop a nasty uterine infection. She then followed on with a talk on Dystocia, difficulty giving birth.

Chris Hutchings – The subject then changed to Toxicology with Chris giving a presentation on Rat Bait Poisoning of dogs, the commonest poisoning we see in our practice.

Nigel Kittow – Nigel completed the session with one presentation on the toxicity of mouldy foods and finally the effects of contact by pig hunting dogs with the native stinging nettle known as Ongaonga (as seen in the pictures to the right).

The general theme of the conference was Emergency Medicine. Susan attended the whole proceedings and will be sharing her conclusions with the MVS team to ensure our procedures and processes are the best we can have them. There were sections on a wide range of emergency based topics including trauma, poisonings, eye emergencies, wildlife critical care, and thoracic and abdominal emergencies. Ongoing education is critical to quality veterinary care and it was a fantastic opportunity for us all to be involved in the delivery of this as well as once again participating in the learning.