​WSAVA Masterclasses - Something you should not miss

​Every morning we will provide an excellent breakfast with an important scientific presentation. During these masterclass topics will be discussed by experts-in-the-field. This will allow close interaction with the key opinion leader in a relaxed atmosphere. The WSAVA masterclasses are not to be missed!​

​Register for a masterclass through the online registration system here​.

Friday, May 15, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 9

Marge Chandler, United Kingdom
Colorado State University
Nutrition and Medicine Specialist, Vets Now Referrals, Glasgow and Honorary Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, University of Edinburgh

Marge Chandler is a consultant in small animal nutrition at VetsNow Referrals (Glasgow) and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Edinburgh. She has a MS (Animal Nutrition) and a DVM from Colorado State University (CSU).  She did residency training in small animal internal medicine and veterinary clinical nutrition at CSU and Massey University (NZ). She is Co-Chair of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee, Chair of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition Education Committee, Executive Board member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, and charter member of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators Group. 
Title: You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Nutritional breakthrough in the treatment of canine cognitive disorder.
DescriptionOld dogs may have behaviour changes related to cognitive dysfunction (CD). While the underlying brain changes which resulting CD cannot be cured, trials have shown improvement in signs. Therapeutic options for CD include mental stimulation, medications, antioxiants, and supplements such as phosphtidylserine, S-adenosyl-L-methionine, omega 3 fatty acids, and medium chain triglycerides (MCTS). 
SponsorNestlé Purina​ PetCare

Friday, May 15, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 12

Iveta Becvarova, Czech Republic 

Graduated from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) in July 2007
Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Becvarova joined the Professional & Veterinary Affairs group at Hill's Pet Nutrition Europe in 2011. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor - Veterinary Nutrition at VMRCVM. She completed her M.S. (Master of Science) degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences and Nutrition Residency program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), USA in 2006 and earned her DVM degree in 1999 from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic. She is a past president and chair of the board of ACVN, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN). Dr. Becvarova conducted studies in obesity, body composition and oxidative stress. 
TitleWalking the talk - obesity and osteoarthritis​
Description: The epidemic of obesity in the pet population has led to the rise of pets with the concurrent conditions - obesity and osteoarthritis being the most common in dogs. Health care teams face decision what is in best interest of the patient, whether obesity or osteoarthritis dietetic management. This Master Class will provide practical tips for assessment of obese pets, and will demonstrate how to design a tailored feeding plan and how to monitor these patients​
Sponsor: Hill’s Pet Nutrition​


Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 9

Michael Lappin, USA
Oklahoma State University
Director of the 'Center for Companion Animal Studies'

Dr. Lappin graduated from Oklahoma State University and then completed an internship, internal medicine residency, and PhD program in Parasitology at the University of Georgia.  His principal areas of interest are prevention of infectious diseases, the upper respiratory disease complex, infectious causes of fever, infectious causes of diarrhea, and zoonoses of cats.  Dr. Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Dr. Lappin is the director of the "Center for Companion Animal Studies" and has received a number of awards including the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award in 2009, and the ACVIM Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence in 2014.
Title: Probiotics—Not Just for Diarrhea.  A Practical Guide to the Use of Probiotics in Practice​
Description:In this Masterclass, Dr. Lappin will use case and study examples for the benefits of probiotics in practice.  He will emphasize their use for the management of diarrhea but will also show evidence that some probiotics can also enhance the immune system.  ​

SponsorNestlé Purina​ PetCare


Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 12

Rikke Jarlkvist, Denmark
Product Manager at KRUUSE
Rikke Jarlkvist was educated at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen in 2002. From 2002 till 2009 she worked as a small animal practitioner in 3 different hospitals in Denmark. Besides internal medicine, the daily work in the hospitals included surgery. In 2009 she joined KRUUSE and has been working with product management since. During 2014 she held a suture workshop at University of Liverpool and assisted the "Soft tissue surgery" workshop during SEVC. Many years of practicing, being the key responsible for developing a veterinary suture line with vets and key opinion leaders all over the world, and driving presentations, workshops and training has made Rikke Jarlkvist a specialist within suturing.​
Title: Brush up on suture and suturing techniques
Description: Get a brush up on your general suture-knowledge in this morning class. The lecture will take you through a basic brush up on sutures and features, your choice of sutures and needles in different tissues, and some basic suturing techniques.

Sponsor: KRUUSE

Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 12

Susan Little, Canada

Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Susan Little received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is the 2015 president of the American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners and a past board member for the Winn Feline Foundation. She is a peer reviewer for veterinary journals as well as the author of many journal articles. Dr. Little is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Assoc. Small Animal Practitioner Award (2010), the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award (2013), and the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill's Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to Feline medicine (2013). 
Title: Interesting Feline Medicine Cases​ 
Description: This masterclass will be a case-based presentation with interesting and challenging internal medicine and infectious disease cases. Come prepared to engage and discuss these cases!
SponsorHill’s Pet Nutrition

Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 9


Jan Thilkjdf Eriksen, Denmark
Veterinarian and Product Manager at Jørgen KRUUSE A/S, Denmark

Dr. Jan Thilkjer Eriksen received his DVM from the Royal Veterinary College, University of Copen hagen in 1996. From 1996 to 2004 he worked in a variety of different veterinary clinic settings from large animal, specialized small animal, equine and mixed practice. Since 2004 he has worked as a Product Manager at Jørgen KRUUSE A/S with special focus on technical equipment and products requiring veterinary skills. ​
Title: Laser Therapy – what’s all the fuss about?​ 
Description: Over the last couple of years the interest and use of Laser Therapy has increased dramatically in veterinary practice. Why this sudden new interest in a technology that has been around for more than 30 years? Join this lecture to hear what all the fuss is about and what Laser Therapy has to offer the veterinary profession​.

Sponsor: KRUUSE

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 9

Amanda Boag, United Kingdom
Graduated from the Veterinary Surgeon from Cambridge University
Clinical Director at Vets Now
Amanda undertook further clinical training at the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Pennsylvania and is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. She was a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the RVC from 2003-2008. She has the responsibility for clinical and professional standards and training across 53 sites. She is the author of many peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is Co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Emergency and Critical Care. She acts as a veterinary consultant for Pet Blood Bank and has an active interest in transfusion medicine. She is Past-President of the European Society of Emergency and Critical Care and inaugural President of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care which was founded in 2014. She is an elected RCVS Council member since 2012 and is currently Treasurer of the RCVS
Title: Blood Gas Analysis (Advanced)
DescriptionDuring this session, we will discuss a number of cases where blood gas analysis was an important part of the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. The aim of the session is to help you get the best from your blood gas machine - come along and enjoy the challenge!

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 07:00 - 08:15 | Lotus Suite 12


Adriana López Quintana, Uruguay
Graduated from the Republic Uruguayan University
She practices small animal medicine and surgery at the family clinic in Maldonado, Uruguay
She graduated as Class Valedictorian in June 1996 at the Republic Uruguayan University and complied with the requirements of the AVMA ECFVG the 30th of March, 2012. Her special interest is Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She is cofounder and Vice President of the Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, LAVECCS. She is the Honor Secretary of the WSAVA Foundation. She is Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary School, St. Clare's College in Punta del Este, Uruguay and one of the instructors of the ABC Trauma Course that teaches veterinarians safe, reliable methods for assessing and initially managing emergency patients around Latin America.
Title: Diabetic Ketoacidosis
DescriptionDuring this session, we will learn on a case based discussion how to integrally manage the acid-base and hydroelectrolytic imbalance. Blood gas analysis, glucose and electrolyte monitoring are an important part of the diagnosis and treatment of the ketoacidotic patients. The aim of the session is to help you get the best from your lab and your veterinary team- come along and enjoy the challenge!​

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