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Dealing with Atopy - A practical approach to improving the skin barrier

Dr Dani Hoolahan

  • When: Wednesday 8th November, 7:30pm (NZDT)
  • Presented by: Dr Dani Hoolahan BSc BVMS DACVD

Managing atopic dermatitis can often be a nightmare for both veterinarians and owners. Dr Dani Hoolahan from the Veterinary Dermatology Clinic in Sydney clinic joins us for this exciting webinar, to walk us through the practical aspects of the diagnosis and multimodal management of atopic dermatitis. Importantly, Dani will also focus on the relevance and manipulation of the skin barrier in atopic dermatitis.



A Vet Nurses guide to working up the allergic patient

Photo of Ellie Clarke
  • When: Wednesday 15th November, 7:30pm (NZDT)
  • Presented by: Ellie Clarke RVN

In this very practical webinar, Ellie Clarke the Head Nurse at ‘The Skin Vet’ in Auckland, gives us an overview of working up the allergic patient. Ellie will cover the importance of taking a clinical history (including what to ask and why), how to perform a clinical examination of the allergic patient (including key areas to assess) and how to take cytology samples of diagnostic quality, including impression smears, trichograms & skin scrapes.



Diagnosis and Management of the Pruritic Cat

Mandy Burrows
  • When: Wednesday 22nd November, 7:30pm (NZDT)
  • Presented by: Dr Mandy Burrows BVSc (Hons) MACVS FANZCVS

We are very excited to welcome Dr Mandy Burrows back to present to us. Here, Mandy will give an excellent and practical overview of dealing with the pruritic cat, including important updates on the clinical presentation of cats with allergies, the diagnosis of feline atopic dermatitis, anti-pruritic drugs for the management of feline pruritus, and feline immunotherapy.



Food Allergies – THE diagnostic challenge in small animal medicine

Dr Craig Griffin
  • When: Wednesday 29th November, 7:30pm (NZDT)
  • Presented by: Dr Craig Griffin DVM, DACVD

In this informative webinar, Dr Craig Griffin from Animal Dermatology Clinics discusses how diagnosing food allergy leads to improved patient care. Emphasis will be placed on what really makes diet trials so difficult, such as how the combination of food allergy with environmental allergies often leads to miss diagnosis. Craig will also discuss what clients & vets do that complicates the recognition of food allergy, and then give a number of tips to make the diagnosis of food allergy more likely, which improves patient management.


Dr Karina Graham
Frustrating feline urinary tract diseases kept simple

When: Tuesday, June 27, – 7:30 PM NZT
Presented By: Dr Karina Graham BVSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) - Small Animal Medicine Specialist

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

- A review of the 'non-obstructive' feline lower urinary tract diseases; particularly Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
- A discussion of 'obstructive' feline lower urinary tract diseases; essentially stones and crud
- An introduction (for many of you) of an emerging group of 'obstructive' upper urinary tract conditions; all about the ureter.

About the presenter

After working in specialty practice for eight years as a veterinary nurse, Karina completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) through Sydney University in 2006. Karina then completed an internship in surgery and medicine the following year and proceeded directly into a residency training program required for specialist qualification in Small Animal Medicine through North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre and Veterinary Specialist Centre.

Additional externship training was undertaken at the University of California, Davis in cardiology and neurology in 2010. Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists was achieved later that year and she obtained Fellowship to the College in 2013 permitting her to become a registered specialist in Small Animal Medicine. Outside work, her life is devoted to her young, gorgeous family and the snow!



Dr Jess Beer
The Purrfect Palace: Your guide to creating a low stress environment for cats

When: Tuesday, July 11, – 7:30 PM NZT  
Presented By: Dr Jess Beer BVSc, MANZCVS (Vet Behaviour) - Director and Lead Veterinarian - Kiwi Vet Behaviour 

Understanding cats and how they perceive the world plays a big role in providing them with the environment that will provide them with a safe and stress free life.

Dr Jess Beer will cover a range of topics in this interesting talk including:

- Understanding how cats view their environment when assessing threats, safety zones and resources.

- How to manage resources - Food, Water, Sleeping, Scratching, Access and Aerials

- Litter Tray Etiquette

- Fussy Felines - the need for options, and providing for special needs cats

- Multi cat households - how to balance the needs of multiple cats

- Extra curricular distractions - Toys, Games and mental stimulation.

- Pheromones and other clinical support.

About the presenter

Dr Jess Beer is a Veterinarian with more than 13 years of experience in companion animal clinical practice. She has worked in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as donating her time to charities all over the world from Europe to Mexico, Thailand and Rarotonga.  Jess’ passion for modern scientific evidence to treat animal behaviour and welfare concerns means that she is constantly learning. Jess is an active member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB), The Pet Professional Guild (PP Guild), Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE), World Veterinary Service (WVS). She is also President-Elect of the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of ANZCVS. Presently Jess works part time with SPCA and in private clinical practice as well as running her own behaviour consulting business in Auckland, Kiwi Vet Behaviour.

Preventing behaviour problems is a big part of good veterinary care, and with cats in particular getting their environment right will eliminate many future anxiety disorders. In line with this proactive approach, Jess also runs ‘Kitten Kindy’ for clients in Auckland, and offers in clinic training for low stress handling and better feline hospitalisation protocols.



A Weighty Conversation! Making Client Communication Appetising: Talking with Pet Owners about Nutrition

When: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:20 PM NZT
Presented By: Dr Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN

Dr Linder will address communication strategies for nutrition discussion, along with clinical case examples focusing on obesity and weight management in dogs and cats:

  • Client communication basics with a focus on nutrition will be discussed by a board-certified veterinary nutritionist. 
  • Strategies for obtaining and providing information in a time-efficient manner will be discussed. 
  • Strategies for increased compliance through client communication will also be discussed. 
  • Case examples will be included to illustrate tips and strategies.   

About the presenter: Dr. Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals. She has extensive clinical experience as well as research experience in pet obesity and the relationship between pet owners and their pets.




Getting the best results in the treatment of canine otitis externa

When: Wednesday 5th October, 7:30pm (NZDT)

Presented by: Dr Debbie Simpson MA (Hons) BVSc MANZCVS (Sml Ani Med) FANZCVS (Derm)

In this educational and informative webinar, Dr Deborah Simpson from ‘The Skin Vet’ in Auckland, shares her practical approach to the treatment of canine otitis externa. Deborah’s presentation will cover everything from why dogs get ear infections in the first place, to the best approach for the first time offender and what to consider if the problem comes back, along with how to get the best results from treatment.



Dr. Philippa

Basic dermatological cytology: Sample collection & interpretation

When: Wednesday 12th October, 7:30pm (NZDT)

Presented by: Dr Philippa Ravens BSc BVSc MVS MANZCVS (Sml Ani Med) FANZCVS (Derm)

Surface cytology is vital for successful and satisfying management of skin diseases, yet is often underutilised by practitioners. In this webinar Philippa will cover the techniques associated with sample collection and preparation for investigation of inflammatory, infectious & parasitic ear & skin diseases, as well as interpretation of these samples.




Common skin tumours in dogs and cats: A histologic and cytomorphologic diagnostic approach

When: Wednesday 19th October, 7:30pm (NZDT)

Presented by: Dr Arnon Gal DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM), Diplomate ACVP

In this webinar Dr. Gal from Massey University will survey the common skin tumours in dogs and cats. This presentation will include everything from how to recognise these common skin tumours, to what the identifying cytology and histology characteristics of these tumours are, and a discussion around recommended treatments. Dr. Gal will provide a methodical, diagnostic approach to be able to associate tumours and assist the process of developing a differential diagnosis list.




Dr Linda
Feline allergic skin disease: What’s new in diagnosis and treatment?

When: Wednesday 26th October, 7:30pm (NZDT)

Presented by: Dr Linda Vogelnest BVSc (Hons) MACVS FANZCVS

Feline allergies can be very challenging to manage and accurate diagnosis is always the first important step. Dr Vogelnest will cover practical tips on the value of allergy testing (serum & intradermal), how & when to use elimination diet trials, and when to consider flea allergy or infectious causes. Step two is focusing on treatment, and along with updates on current treatment options, guidelines will be given on how to make wise treatment choices, and how to manage severely pruritic presentations through diagnostic trials.



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

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, 7:30pm - 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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These webinars each qualify for 1 CPD point under the NZVA CPD framework for vets, and qualify as NZVNA accredited CPD. Please note that CPD points and certificates can only be given if you log in to the live webinar. CPD certificates will not be given for logging in to and viewing recorded webinars.
Contact details of CE provider: Royal Canin NZ, PO Box 11-499, Ellerslie, Auckland, 1542, Phone 0800 99 2001



2015 Webinars

Dr Stephen Shaw


Wednesday 7th October, 7:30pm (NZDT) – Dr Stephen Shaw BVetMed PhD DVD MRCVS

Allergy, Bacteria & Yeasts: A practical approach to the itchy dog

In this educational and informative webinar, Dr Stephen Shaw from UK Vetderm shares his practical approach to the itchy dog. The importance of recognising, confirming and treating bacterial and yeast infection during your workup is key to success and will be the emphasis of this webinar.

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Dr Mandy Burrows


Wednesday 14th October, 7:30pm (NZDT) – 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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Nick Cave


Wednesday 21st October, 7:30pm (NZDT) – Dr Nick Cave BVSc MVSc PhD MACVSc DipACVN

After The Diagnosis: Managing patients with adverse food reactions in the long term

Dr Nick Cave from Massey University talks through some practical solutions to common & frustrating questions related to the long term management of adverse food reactions: How can one identify the allergen(s) of importance? How can you easily find a suitable diet to feed the animal long term? How long can you feed an unbalanced meat-based diet for?

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Dr Duncan Graham


Wednesday 28th October, 7:30pm (NZDT) – Dr Duncan Graham BVSc, BSc (Hons) MASVetDerm

The Secret Life of Dermatologists: Breed related dermatoses & the clinical distribution of lesions

Dr Duncan Graham from Animal Dermatology NZ gives us a sneak peak in to how vet dermatologists work up their patients. This interesting and informative webinar will focus on common breed related dermatoses and lesion distribution typically seen in practice.

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These webinars each qualify for 1 CPD point under the NZVA CPD framework for vets, and qualify as NZVNA accredited CPD. Please note that CPD points and certificates can only be given if you log in to the live webinar. CPD certificates will not be given for logging in to and viewing recorded webinars.
Contact details of CE provider: Royal Canin NZ, PO Box 11-499, Ellerslie, Auckland, 1542, Phone 0800 99 2001



2014 Dermatology Month Webinars

These webinars each qualify for 1 CPD point under the NZVA CPD framework for vets, and qualify as NZVNA accredited CPD. Please note that CPD points and certificates can only be given if you log in to the live webinar. CPD certificates will not be given for logging in to and viewing recorded webinars.
Contact details of CE provider: Royal Canin NZ, PO Box 11-499, Ellerslie, Auckland, 1542, Phone 0800 99 2001