Module Summaries |

BSAVA Virtual Congress 2021 is a new concept in virtual veterinary CPD.

The mixture of clinical topics covered in 24 modules is exactly what you would expect from a BSAVA Congress - but with a new format!

About modules


In each module you will find a wide range of high-quality content on topics that you deal with day-to-day in practice.

With live presentations, interactive sessions and Q&A discussions across four simultaneous Live Streams plus an On Demand Stream filled with webinars to compliment the live programme. 

Don't worry if you miss a session in one of the Live Streams, as these will be added to the On Demand Stream after its live broadcast!

Content in each module will be available through the online event platform for 60 days.

Click to open each panel and discover what will be covered in the module and where to find the sessions!

Patient Safety is Not Optional

Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


Module Summary

How safe are your patients, and how do you measure, monitor and manage such a vital area of clinical practice? This is your opportunity to audit yourself, and develop a systematic, team based approach to a safer practice,


Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basics of clinical audit process
  • Discover what are SEA’s and M&Ms
  • Learn how to employ safety checklists in your practice to best effect


Live Programme Sessions

Live Stream 1 | 10:00 - 10:50    Clinical audit: an important part of patient safety?

Patient safety: where do we start? - Catherine Oxtoby (UK)

Clinical audit: where do we start and why? - Pam Mosedale (UK)


Live Stream 1 | 11:20 - 12:10    What are SEAs and M&Ms?

SEAs: introduction and overview - Pam Mosedale (UK)

M&Ms: introduction and overview -  Helen Silver (UK)

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Live Stream 1 | 12:20 - 13:10    Are safety checklists your new best friend?

Practice and vet perspective - Angela Rayner (UK)

Nurse perspective - Helen Silver (UK)



On Demand Sessions

Webinar    Best practice for infection control: COVID-19 and beyond - Tim Nuttall (UK)

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Webinar    VetSafe: what is it and how do I use it?  - Catherine Oxtoby (UK)

Webinar    Tackling post-op complications, including checklists and auditing - Helen Silver (UK)



Additional BSAVA Resources

BSAVA Manuals & Publications

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Surgery

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Emergency and Critical Care 

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery 

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia 

Anaesthesia

Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


Module Summary

How to improve the anaesthesia in your practice and provide the best patient care throughout the anaesthetic. This stream will cover easy to do local anaesthetic techniques, how to manage some common anaesthetic complications and a discussion on the best sedation protocols. There are pre-recorded webinars to look at anaesthesia in more depth and CPR protocols.


Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain how to do nerve blocks to help your patients during surgery
  • Demonstrate the role of capnography in identifying problems and also outline the options for managing hypotension when just IV fluids don’t work
  • Identify common anaesthetic complications and improve your solutions
  • Check and where necessary update your practice’s sedative protocols both in terms of agents chosen and monitoring techniques


Live Programme Sessions

Live Stream 1 | 14:30 - 15:20    Nerve blocks made easy

    Caudal epidurals for blocked cats - Andrew Bell (UK)

    Dental nerve blocks - Daniel Pang (USA)


      Live Stream 1 | 15:30 - 16:20    Identifying anaesthetic problems

        How capnography can help you identify problems with your patient - Andrew Bell (UK)

        What options you have in managing hypotension under anaesthesia if fluids don’t work - Daniel Pang (USA)


          Live Stream 1 | 16:50 - 17:40    Common anaesthetic complications

            Is it cold in here? Hypothermia under anaesthesia - Vicky Ford-Fennah (UK)

            Get the suction! Regurgitation under anaesthesia - Carl Bradbrook (UK)

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              Live Stream 1 | 17:50 - 18:40    Sedation wars!

                Safe sedation and sedation versus anaesthesia: when is it ok to not intubate? - Carl Bradbrook (UK)

                Monitoring for sedation - Vicky Ford-Fennah (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Best practice for CPR techniques for patients under anaesthesia  - Paul Macfarlane (UK)

                  Webinar    Local techniques for celiotomy: new local anaesthetic techniques for celiotomy  - Jaime Viscasillas (ES)

                  Webinar    Neutering: provide the best anaesthesia every time. How to provide the best care to patients - Ian Self (UK)

                  Webinar    Cats hurt too - feline analgesia: peri-operative analgesic techniques for cats - Claire Woolford (UK)

                  Dermatology

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  This module will provide live discussions between experts on areas that cause primary care practice headaches – the alopecic small furry, the atopic dog and psychogenic alopecia. Each session will feature a live discussion forum between 2 experts, hosted by Sue Paterson. Alongside the live presentations will be pre-recorded content and resource for your practice to use to improve case management. Inflammatory skin disease in cats, alopecia in rabbits and what to do with non-pruritic alopecia when then endocrine skin tests come back normal.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Describe the current approaches to treatment of canine atopic dermatitis to the rest of the practice team then be able to apply the right treatment options (in terms of their speed of onset and spectrum of activity) to induce and maintain remission in each atopic dog
                  • Discover if dermatologists or behaviourists think that there has been an increase in stress induced alopecia during the pandemic and how to recognise such cases
                  • Improve how you deal with alopecia in small mammals in practice


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 2 | 10:00 - 10:50    Treatment of canine atopic dermatitis in 2021: what options, in what order?

                  Options - Tim Nuttall (UK)

                  Strategy - Ariane Neuber-Watts (UK)

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                  Live Stream 2 | 11:20 - 12:10    Has Covid caused stress related alopecias?

                  The dermatologist's view - Ariane Neuber-Watts (UK)

                  The behaviourist's view - Sarah Heath (UK)


                  Live Stream 2 | 12:20 - 13:10    How should I deal with alopecia in small furries in practice?

                  The dermatologist's view - Ariane Neuber-Watts (UK)

                  The exotics practice view - John Chitty (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Approach to feline inflammatory skin disease - Debbie Gow (UK)

                  Webinar    Alopecia: what to do when the endocrine skin tests are normal? Tim Nuttall (UK)

                  Webinar    Alopecia in rabbitsAriane Neuber-Watts (UK)

                  Liver Disease

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Explore the current thinking in hot topics in liver disease, like mucocoeles, triaditis and liver biopsies, with world class specialists in this area discussing their approach to these cases. To round off the session there is an interactive session on dealing with apparently healthy dogs that have high liver enzymes.

                  Pre-recorded resources available will include a practical approach to jaundice in the cat and options for porto-systemic shunts.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • To be able to explain to owners the benefits of liver biopsy as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different biopsy methods so that owners can be appropriately encouraged to have biopsies. In addition be able to undertake liver biopsies more confidently
                  • Advise owners more confidently about the latest thinking on biliary mucocoeles
                  • Advise colleagues about current thinking of the concepts of feline triaditis and be able to take well-informed treatment decisions
                  • Gain confidence in interpreting cases with increased liver enzymes


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 2 | 14:30 - 15:20    Why and how should we do more liver biopsies in practice? 

                  Why should we do more - Mike Willard (USA)

                  How should we do more - Penny Watson (UK)


                  Live Stream 2 | 15:30 - 16:20    What should we advise owners about mucocoeles: surgery, medicine or ignore?

                  What are the medical options for mucocoeles - Mike Willard (USA)

                  When and how should we intervene surgically with mucocoeles - Chris Shales (UK)


                  Live Stream 2 | 16:50 - 17:40    Interactive cases with increased liver enzymes

                  Interactive live session - Mike Willard (USA)


                  Live Stream 2 | 17:50 - 18:40    What Is the current thinking on feline triaditis: does it even exist?

                  Interactive live session - Penny Watson (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    The value of a good hepatic biopsy - Penny Watson (UK)

                  Webinar    A practical approach to jaundice in cats - Penny Watson (UK)

                  Webinar    Diagnosis of congenital portosystenic shunts: the textbooks are misleading Mike Willard (USA)

                  Webinar    Medical and surgical options for portosystemic shunts - Gerard McLauchlan (UK) & Chris Shales (UK)

                  Diagnostic Imaging

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


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                  Module Summary

                  This module is focused on delivering interactive imaging experiences in respiratory and cardiac radiology and a case based approach to abdominal imaging with discussions between imagers and the clinicians that are using their reports.

                  It is underpinned by webinars directed at delegates who are already confident in the basics and wish to expand their experiences and skill sets to include imaging of adrenals, thoracic viscera (pleural and mediastinal) and the pancreas.

                  It is recommended that delegates view the content for this module via a laptop or desktop computer.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Improve your interpretation of lower respiratory radiography through interactive cases
                  • Improve your interpretation of cardiac radiography through interactive cases
                  • Improve your interpretation of abdominal imaging through interactive cases


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 3 | 10:00 - 10:50    Interactive lower respiratory radiography - Gawain Hammond (UK)

                  Live Stream 3 | 11:20 - 12:10    Interactive cardiac radiographyKieran Borgeat

                  Live Stream 3 | 12:20 - 13:10    Interactive abdominal imagingBob O'Brien (USA) & Kenny Simpson


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Thoracic radiology: it's not all about the lungs - Gawain Hammond (UK)

                  Webinar    Imaging of the canine and feline adrenals - Bob O'Brien (USA)

                  Webinar    Imaging of the canine and feline pancreas - Bob O'Brien (USA)

                  Cardiology

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  In the past 30 years there have been huge strides in Veterinary Cardiology with the continuous development of new drugs and studies looking at best therapy. Alongside this are the key issues of how we manage asymptomatic patients with murmurs and the ethics of managing heart disease in pets as we develop new and advanced techniques for catheter and surgical intervention.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Explain the latest developments in the role of apps and devices in the future of cardiology
                  • Identify a management pathway for the asymptomatic heart murmur
                  • Develop an improved understanding of what is involved in catheter inventions and cardiac surgery and when these should be considered
                  • Consider the ethics of treating congestive heart failure


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 3 | 14:30 - 15:20    Health technology: the role of apps and devices in the future of cardiology (a personal perspective) - Marc Kraus (USA)


                  Live Stream 3 | 15:30 - 16:20    The asymptomatic patient

                  I am hearing a heart murmur for the first time in an adult dog: what should I do? - Adrian Boswood

                  I am hearing a heart murmur for the first time in an adult cat: what should I do? - Jose Novo Matos


                  Live Stream 3 | 16:50 - 17:40    Catheter intervention or surgery?

                  Cardiac interventions: when and how? - Tobi Wagner

                  Cardiac surgery: when and how? - Poppy Bristow (UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 17:50 - 18:40    The ethics of managing heart disease in pets

                  Live panel session - James Yeates, Tobi Wagner & Poppy Bristow (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Nursing the cardiac patient - Ed Durham (USA)

                  Webinar    For the whole team: we have an echo machine - what can we do with it? - Jo Dukes McEwan (UK)

                  Webinar    How do I take my basic heart scan further? - Jo Dukes McEwan (UK)

                  Feline Medicine and Nursing

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  A diverse group of well-known UK veterinary and nursing speakers will lead discussions on how we can make our practices more cat friendly and then consider how we can practically deal with anaemia, chronic diarrhoea and recurrent cystitis in practice.

                  Pre-recorded resources available will include talks on feline IMHA, the causes of chronic diarrhoea and the investigation of behavioural factors underlying recurrent cystitis in cats.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Make your practice more cat friendly
                  • Improve how you deal with anaemic cats
                  • Improve how you deal with chronic diarrhoea in cats


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 4 | 10:00 - 10:50    How can we make our practices more cat friendly? 

                  How can we make our practices more cat friendly: the behaviourists viewpoint - Sarah Heath (UK)

                  How can we make our practices more cat friendly: the clinician’s viewpoint - Nicki Reed (UK)

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                  Live Stream 4 | 11:20 - 12:10    How should we deal with anaemic cats in our practice? 

                  How should we deal with anaemic cats in our practice: general approach: which tests to do and in what order? - Nicki Reed (UK)

                  How should we deal with anaemic cats in our practice: blood transfusions - Elle Haskey (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 12:20 - 13:10    How should we deal with cats with chronic diarrhoea in our practice? 

                  How should we deal with chronic diarhoea in our practiceFergus Allerton (UK) 

                  How should we deal with cats with chronic diarrhoea in our practice: the value of diets in the management of Feline IBDNicki Reed (UK)

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                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Causes of chronic diarrhoea in cats and their investigation Fergus Allerton (UK)

                  Webinar    Investigation and management of behavioural factors in recurrent feline cystitis Sarah Heath (UK)

                  Webinar    Feline IMHA  - Nicki Reed (UK)

                  The Surgical Team: Practice and Principles

                  Thursday 25 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  This module is all about improving surgical outcomes. It starts with a refresher of the principles of surgery, and then goes on to investigate how scrubbed assistants can help; which leads into schedule 3 amendments.

                  Removal of small skin tumours - lumpectomies - are often performed sub optimally in practice: correct staging and planning of the surgery will be covered. For those lumpectomies that become wider resections, skin reconstruction techniques and tips are discussed. Then consideration is given to prevention of wound infections and best ways to improve sepsis in practice.

                  The last session of the module gives an introduction to joint surgery and arthroscopy - a must for anyone wanting to start out in this field!

                  Leaders in the field of soft tissue surgery will present pre recorded content on tissue handling skills and axial pedicle flaps. An additional pre recorded webinar will help nurses (and veterinary employers) to better utilise their expanding skills under the new Schedule 3 amendments.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Demonstrate how, by using Halsted’s Principles and maximising the potential of a scubbed-in assistant, the surgical team can improve surgical performance
                  • Define how to perform better and more difficult ‘lumpectomies’
                  • Identify the wide range of factors that increase the risk of iatrogenic wound infections
                  • Develop the procedures for performing joint surgery and arthroscopy within your practice


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 4 | 14:30 - 15:20    Getting the best out of the surgical team

                  How can Halsted’s Principles help me improve my surgical skills Dick White (UK)

                  Maximising the use of a scrubbed assistant in surgery - Alison Young (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 15:30 - 16:20    Improving outcomes from lumpectomies

                  Lumpectomies made interesting Jolle Kirpenstein

                  Skin reconstruction techniques - Jonathan Bray (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 16:50 - 17:40    Latrogenic wound infections

                  Surgical preps and autoclaves Georgie Hollis (UK)

                  Asepsis has failed. Where do we start tracking down the culprit? - Alison Young (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 17:50 - 18:40    Joint surgery and arthroscopy: the basics

                  Preparing equipment and team for joint surgery Alison Young

                  How to begin in arthroscopy and common pitfalls? - Andrew Phillips (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Axial pedicle flaps - Jonathan Bray (UK)

                  Webinar    How to improve tissue handling skills - Mickey Tivers (UK)

                  Webinar    Getting confident with Schedule 3 - Liz Mullineaux (UK)

                  Can The Profession Go Green?

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Environmental awareness and the need for everyone to play their part in building a sustainable approach has never been more vital. With pioneers in the veterinary space learn why this matters, what is possible and how sustainability makes sense not only environmentally and ethically but also as part of your practice identity and mind-set.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Explain what is needed and what is happening within the veterinary sector
                  • Identify the business case for sustainability and what this looks like at the level of the individual practice
                  • Illuminate to others, through a wide variety of ‘Pecha Kucha’ style talks, the wide range of issues that are raised by the concept of a greener future.


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 1 | 10:00 - 10:50    One health, one planet: why sustainability is a necessity   

                  Leadership perspective: what is needed right now and how to change minds - Libby Kemkaran-Thompson (UK)

                  What is happening in the veterinary sector: a high level perspective - Ellie West (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 11:20 - 12:10    What does environmentally friendly look like in a practice?   

                  The business case for sustainability - Becky Sedman (UK)

                  Practice level practical perspective - Zoe Halfacree (UK)


                  Live Stream 1 | 12:20 - 13:10    20x20 visions of a greener future now: 5 pecha kucha's

                  There and back again: a tale of travel footprints - Matthew Sawyer (UK)

                  Primary care practice experience of iE scheme - Sarah Sheppard (UK)

                  How nurses can drive one health - Claire Roberts (UK)

                  How is the green initiative going at our practice? - Becky Sedman (UK)

                  Going green: NHS experience - Clare Topping (UK)

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                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Shining a spotlight on waste: life through the COVID lens - Zoe Halfacree (UK)

                  Webinar    How exactly do you change minds? - Libby Kemkaran-Thompson (UK)

                  Webinar    Hospital case study: how did we make our anaesthesia practices more environmentally friendly? - Will McFadzean (UK)

                  Dentistry

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Get your teeth into one of the most frequently performed procedures in practice, and brush up on your dentistry. Join an international group of speakers as they give you the lowdown on dental imaging, challenging extractions in dogs and cats and feline chronic gingivitis-stomatitis, as well as tips on ensuring effective dental management in practice.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Re-evaluate the ergonomics of dental stations for nurses and vets in the practice to improve comfort and raise standards to current best practice
                  • Develop an understanding of the differences and potential advantages of Cone Beam CT and conventional oro-dental radiography. Explain how to better radiograph multiple roots of maxillary molars
                  • Gain some top tips on difficult dental extractions in cats and dogs
                  • Revise your understanding of feline chronic gingivitis stomatitis and consider how to manage owner expectations. Learn about the role of stem cell therapy in this condition


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 1 | 14:30 - 15:20     Dental management in practice

                  Ergonomics in the dental station for the veterinary surgeon - Jens Ruhnau (DK)

                  Ergonomics in the dental station for the veterinary nurse - Claire Bloor (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 15:30 - 16:20     Better dental imaging: techniques and practice

                  Cone-beam CT in veterinary dental practice - Milinda Lommer (USA)

                  Dental radiology projections for three rooted maxillary teeth - Jens Ruhnau (DK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 16:50 - 17:40    Dental surgery: difficult extractions - tips and tricks

                  Difficult dog extractions: tips and tricks - Jens Ruhnau (DK)

                  Difficult cat extractions: tips and tricks - Milinda Lommer (USA)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 17:50 - 18:40    Feline chronic gingivitis and stomatitis: an update

                  Part l: FCGS - what it is and managing expectations? -  Boaz Arzi (USA)

                  Part ll:  stem cell therapy and stomatitis - Boaz Arzi (USA)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Feline chronic gingivostomatitis: recent updates and future perspectives - Boaz Arzi (USA)

                  Webinar    The use of cone beam CT in veterinary dental practice compared with conventional dental radiology - Milinda Lommer (USA)

                  The Exotic Hideaway

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Whether you see small furries and reptiles once in a blue moon, or more regularly, there are those problem cases that always stump you. Most common presentations are related to skin, or ENT conditions. This module is designed to give a methodical approach to these cases and to outline the most appropriate tests and therapeutics.

                  The last session covers emergency triage and stabilisation of emergency exotic cases, giving tips and hints for intravenous access and most likely differential diagnoses for collapse in reptiles, birds and rabbits.

                  The module is supplemented by pre recorded webinars by internationally renowned speakers of analgesia and anaesthesia; ultrasonographic techniques in small mammals and an overview on haematology and biochemistry of small animals and reptiles.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Improve your approach to and (non-antibacterial) treatment of ENT infections in small mammals
                  • Update your knowledge of exotic skin disease
                  • Identify the principles of triage in exotic animals emergencies and how to apply these in reptile emergencies


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 2 | 10:00 - 10:50    ENT infections in rabbits and small furries: what's up, Doc?

                  How to approach ENT cases in practice - Thomas Donnelly (UK)

                  Sinusitis and rhinitis in rabbits: non-antibiotic therapies - John Chitty (UK)

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                  Live Stream 2 | 11:20 - 12:10    Common cases in exotic skin disease

                  How to diagnose in-practice. Which diagnostic tests to do? - Tom Dutton (UK)

                  Factors involved in skin disease in reptiles: detecting infectious causes -  John Chitty (UK)


                  Live Stream 2 | 12:20 - 13:10    Help, it's an exotic emergency: what do I do?

                  Principles of triage and immediate assessment of exotics  - John Chitty (UK)

                  Help, it's an exotic emergency: what do I do - reptiles - Tom Dutton (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Understanding blood results in small mammals and reptiles - John Chitty (UK)

                  Webinar    Ultrasound of small mammals: is it possible? - Kevin Eatwell (UK)

                  Webinar    Analgesic and anaesthetic drugs in small mammals - Ian Self (UK)

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                  Neurology on a Shoestring

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Say goodbye to nervous neurology with a practical team-based approach. Covering the essentials of how to approach the neurological case in practice, our speakers will take you through a practical guide from examination to diagnostics, and key presentations – the neurotrauma patient, seizures and other paroxysmal events, and weakness and collapse.

                  Pre-recorded resources will cover canine epilepsy management, neurotrauma of the brain and spine and nursing the neurological patient.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Perform a cost-effective approach to neurological diagnosis and start to confidently discuss your results with colleagues
                  • Demonstrate how to assess a relatively uncomplicated case of head injury and develop a basic clinical or nursing plan
                  • Explain the difference between seizures and other paroxysmal events and be able to list 3 or 4 alternatives to phenobarbitone in the management of epilepsy
                  • Successfully engage with clinical case presentations on weakness and collapse


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 2 | 14:30 - 15:20    Where do I start? Keys to cost-effective neuro diagnosis

                  An introduction to the neurological examination - Tom Cardy (UK)

                  Key diagnostic test - Holger Volk (DE)

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                  Live Stream 2 | 15:30 - 16:20    How to approach neuro trauma in practice

                  A vet's perspective : diagnosis and management - Tom Cardy (UK)

                  A vet nurse's perspective: diagnosis and management - Holly Smith (UK)


                  Live Stream 2 | 16:50 - 17:40    Diagnosing seizures and other paroxysmal events

                  Odd episodes: when is a seizure not a seizure? - Tom Cardy (UK)

                  Other causes - Holger Volk (DE)


                  Live Stream 2 | 17:50 - 18:40    Approaches to weakness and collapse: a case based discussion

                  Live panel discussion - Holger Volk (DE), Gerard McLauchlan (UK) & Adrian Boswood (UK)

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                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    A guide to the fundamentals of traumatic brain injury and spinal traumaTom Cardy (UK)

                  Webinar    Nursing the neurological patient - Holly Smith (UK)

                  Webinar    Epilepsy management: beyond conventional drugsHolger Volk (DE)

                  Ophthalmology

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Take a clear sighted look at some of the most common and important ocular presentations. These highly practical sessions will cover ocular opacities, non-healing ulcers and ocular emergencies.

                  Pre-recorded resources available will cover canine and feline cataracts, corneal sequestrums in cats and brachycephalic ocular issues.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Update and revise your knowledge of ocular opacities
                  • Review the aetiology and management of non-healing corneal ulcers in dogs and cats
                  • Give you the tool kit to recognise and manage true ocular emergencies


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 3 | 10:00 - 10:50    Ocular opacities: what, when, where, why?   

                  Corneal opacities - Richard Everson (UK)

                  Anterior chamber, lens and vitreous - Lorraine Fleming (UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 11:20 - 12:10    These are the pits: non-healing corneal ulcers and how to deal with them

                  SCCEDs, endothelial degeneration - Richard Everson (UK)

                  Feline indolent ulcers - Lorraine Fleming (UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 12:20 - 13:10    Ocular emergencies: what the heck am I dealing with?

                  Part I - Richard Everson (UK

                  Part II - Lorraine Fleming (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Brachycephalic dogs: key ocular issues - Richard Everson (UK)

                  Webinar    Corneal sequestrums in cats: diagnosis and treatment options - Richard Everson (UK)

                  Webinar    Canine and feline cataracts: diagnosis, treatment and prognosis - Lorraine Fleming (UK)

                  Brachycephalics

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Short of face but long on potential problems, brachycephalics present many challenges. Explore some of the most common issues facing you when dealing with these cases, from respiratory assessment and BOAS surgery to anaesthesia and the importance of a team approach.

                  A review of a number of the other important conditions to watch out for, as well as regurgitation and hiatal hernia, brachycephalic ocular issues, and nursing the BOAS patient will also be covered.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Re-evaluate your practice’s veterinary and nursing protocols for anaesthetising brachycephalics
                  • Develop your practice’s team approach to various problems posed by brachycephalics
                  • Improve your confidence in BOAS surgery including nose and soft palate corrections, dealing with laryngeal collapse and performing a tracheostomy
                  • Improve your knowledge of assessment of BOAS patients


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 3 | 14:30 - 15:20    Gasping for air: how badly is my patient affected?

                  Assessment of a BOAS patient in the consultation room: what do these noises mean - Julia Riggs (UK)

                  Assessment of the airway under anaesthetic - Chris Shales (UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 15:30 - 16:20    Take a deep breath: BOAS surgery doesn't have to be scary

                  Nose and soft palate - Jane Ladlow (UK)

                  Laryngeal collapse and tracheostomy - Rob White UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 16:50 - 17:40    Anaesthesia in BOAS patients: protocols and pitfalls

                  Vet perspective - Elizabeth Leece (UK)

                  Vet nurse perspective - Jen Busby (UK)


                  Live Stream 3 | 17:50 - 18:40    The team approach to the brachycephalic patient

                  Live panel discussion - Julia Riggs (UK), Chris Shales (UK) & Lydia Smith (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Now then, this is no ordinary dog: what should I be looking for?  - Chris Shales (UK)

                  Webinar    Regurgitation and BOAS hiatal hernia: should this be treated surgically? - Rob White (UK)

                  Webinar    Nursing the BOAS patient: primary considerations - Lydia Smith (UK)

                  Kidney Medicine and Nursing

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Are kidneys keeping you up at night? This module delivers the answers to some key questions, with a focus on ensuring the basics are in place to achieve a comprehensive diagnosis, and allowing the development of the right management strategy for the patient. The module covers key biochemistry and urinalysis, acute kidney injury and nephrolithiasis.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Expand your knowledge of the range of blood and urine tests available beyond the basic urea, creatinine, dipstick and specific gravity
                  • Improve your understanding of how to diagnose and manage acute kidney injury
                  • Advise owners about the current thinking on nephroliths when you have identified them


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 4 | 10:00 - 10:50    Getting the basics right

                  Blood tests in kidney disease: looking beyond urea and creatinine - Rebecca Geddes (UK)

                  Urine tests in kidney disease: beyond dipstick and USG - Sophie McMurrough (UK)

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                  Live Stream 4 | 11:20 - 12:10    Acute kidney injury

                  Making the diagnosis - Alix McBrearty (UK)

                  Managing the patient - Caroline Boothroyd (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 12:20 - 13:10    Nephroliths: when are they a problem and what should I do next?

                  Identifying kidney stones: incidental finding or the key to the patient's problem - Isuru Gajanayake (UK)

                  Approach to calcium oxalate nephroliths: surgery, medicine or wait and see? - Tim Charlesworth (UK)

                  Live session: interactive nutrition cases - Isuru Gajanayake (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Nutrition: stretching your knowledge. The evidence base for dietary intervention in renal disease - Isuru Gajanayake (UK)

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                  Nursing: The Cornerstone of Care

                  Friday 26 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  This year’s BSAVA virtual nursing stream examines how we can provide the best nursing care for some of our most critical patients. With well-known and international speakers we will discuss how to gain intravenous access in collapsed patients, place and maintain urinary catheters, monitor high dependency patients and look into how we can help patients suffering with nausea.

                  Pre- recorded webinars will provide further insight into nursing critical patients and advanced treatments that are becoming available.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Improve your understanding of the various types of catheters, when to use them, how to place a central line catheter and the various tricks to place catheters successful in difficult veins
                  • Improve your urethral catheterisation and nursing of a blocked bladder
                  • Update your knowledge of bleeding disorders
                  • Describe options for the treatment of nausea and how to care generally for the patient with pancreatitis

                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 4 | 14:30 - 15:20    Tame that vein

                  Bad veins: how to get IV access when all the veins have gone - Amy Newfield (UK)

                  Intravenous catheter care and maintenance - Sophie McMurrough (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 15:30 - 16:20    Team urology

                  Don’t hate urinate: urethral catheterisation - Sophie McMurrough (UK)

                  Urine for a treat: nursing the blocked bladder - Kathryn Latimer-Jones (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 16:50 - 17:40    Does all bleeding eventually stop..?

                  Common coagulopathies - Laura Rosewell (UK)

                  Nursing the bleeding patient - Holly Witchell (UK)


                  Live Stream 4 | 17:50 - 18:40    Curb the queasiness

                  What can you do for the nauseated patient? - Laura Rosewell (UK)

                  Caring for the pancreatitis patient - Holly Witchell (UK)


                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Addison's disease: the great imitatorSophie McMurrough (UK)

                  Webinar    Hello haematologyLaura Rosewell (UK)

                  Webinar    Tubes, tubes and more tubes: nursing the high dependence patientElle Haskey (UK)

                  Orthopaedics

                  Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Lameness is one of the most common presentations seen in general practice. This series will be both practical and interactive, with top tips on getting the most from your lameness examination, how to decide if it is orthopaedic or neurological, and a look at favourite orthopaedic myths.

                  Pre-recorded resources will cover a pragmatic approach to elbow dysplasia, hip replacement considerations and post cruciate repair lameness.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Improve your ability to distinguish between orthopaedic and neurological gait abnormalities
                  • Develop a better understanding of the information that can be obtained during lameness examinations
                  • Learn about some ‘myths’ in orthopaedics as seen by orthopaedic surgeons


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 1 | 10:00 - 10:50    Getting the most from your orthopaedic exam in the lame dog

                  Orthopaedic exam review - Ben Walton (UK)

                  Visual gait analysis and how to be objective - Miranda Aiken (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 11:20 - 12:10    Is this lameness orthopaedic or neurological?

                  Live Session and Q&A - Ben Walton (UK) & Bianca Hettlich (CH)


                  Live Stream 1 | 12:20 - 13:10    My favourite orthopaedic myths

                  My favourite myths around FHOBianca Hettlich (CH)

                  Cat fractures will heal as long as the two bone ends are in the same room - Miranda Aiken (UK)

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                  On Demand Sessions

                  Webinar    Why is my dog still lame after cruciate repair? Miranda Aiken (UK)

                  Webinar    My pragmatic approach to elbow dysplasia Bianca Hettlich (CH)

                  Webinar    Does my patient need a hip replacement? Ben Walton (UK)

                  Chronic Pain

                  Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 1 | On Demand Stream


                  Module Summary

                  Chronic pain is widespread in veterinary patients, especially as our patients live longer and are more likely to suffer from degenerative joint disease among other conditions that cause pain. In this stream we will discuss how to assess pain and quality of life, how to build a plan with the owners and the role that nurses can play in managing a patient's pain and supporting owners.


                  Key Learning Objectives

                  • Explain what can, and what cannot be achieved in a 10 minute consultation with a case that is in chronic pain
                  • Describe how to engage owners in the management of their pets chronic pain
                  • Describe how to construct a pain management plan
                  • Update your knowledge on pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of pain using both older drugs and the newer agents


                  Live Programme Sessions

                  Live Stream 1 | 14:30 - 15:20    What can be achieved in a ten minute consult?

                  Establishing pain through owner questioning - Matt Gurney (UK)

                  What can be achieved in a 10 minute consult - Samantha Lindley (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 15:30 - 16:20    Owner engagement in chronic pain

                  Managing expectations: client education - Samantha Lindley (UK)

                  Monitoring pain therapies - Matt Gurney (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 16:50 - 17:40    Building a pain management plan: where to start

                  Drug free management - Samantha Lindley (UK)

                  Foundations of drug therapy: Into building the plan and an overview of NSAIDS - Stuart Carmichael (UK)

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                  Live Stream 1 | 17:50 - 18:40    Drug management in chronic pain: when basics are not enough

                    Older drugs - Matt Gurney (UK)

                    New approaches - Ian Self (UK)

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                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    Teaching owners to recognise pain? - Emma Love (UK)

                      Webinar    What can we do about the pain of arthritis? - Stuart Carmichael (UK)

                      Webinar     Basics of acupuncture - Sam Lindley (UK)

                      Cytology for Vets and Nurses

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      Improve your cytology in a blended module that starts with a few pre-recorded lectures covering the theory and practice of cytology and then moves on to live discussions about how to improve our cytology in practice and some of the challenges that we might face in diagnosing (or excluding) cancer and an interactive session.

                      Additional resources will be provided to take back to your practice laboratory to help you deliver better cytology for your patients

                      It is recommended that delegates view the related On-Demand webinars for this module, prior to attending the Live Sessions.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • Identify how we can improve a practice's cytological capabilities by better sampling techniques and initial assessment
                      • Develop your skills in identifying tumour cells and then learn to use the results better
                      • Test your cytological skills in an interactive format


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live Stream 2 | 10:00 - 10:50    Improving your practice's skills in cytology 

                      Common mistakes in sampling - Paola Monti (UK)

                      Common mistakes in interpreting - Elizabeth Villiers (UK)

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                      Live Stream 2 | 11:20 - 12:10    Is it cancer?

                      How does the cytologist do it? - Elizabeth Villiers (UK)

                      What else does the oncologist need to know (TNM)? - Laura Blackwood (UK)


                      Live Stream 2 | 12:20 - 13:10    Interactive cytology

                      Live Session - Paola Monti (UK) & Elizabeth Villiers (UK)


                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    Cytology 1: the first steps - Elizabeth Villiers (UK)

                      Webinar    Cytology 2: inflammatory lesions Elizabeth Villiers (UK)

                      Webinar    Cytology 3: common cutaneous and subcutaneous tumours in cats and dogs Paola Monti (UK)

                      Oncology Myths and Legends

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 2 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      There are many misconceptions amongst owners and vets about the treatment of cancer. In this module a team of the UK’s leading oncologists from referral hospitals will come together and identify the commoner misunderstandings. They will suggest how owners can be helped through the prejudice and misinformation (particularly from Dr Google) that surround cancer in pets. They will also show how you can do a lot of oncology in practice without referring for everything. Guidance on the most up to date thinking on incidental tumours, mast cell tumours and feline abdominal neoplasia will also be covered.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • List common side effects of chemotherapy in dogs and cats and describe how to reduce the owners and colleagues’ fear of these
                      • Develop a viable plan for how to deal with an incidental mass which takes into account the client and patient needs
                      • Describe how to deal with a client who has researched a miracle ‘cure for cancer’ on the internet
                      • Clarify critical client communication issues in oncology cases


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live Stream 2 | 14:30 - 15:20    Chemotherapy: common myths debunked

                      Giving chemotherapy is too dangerous to the cat - Owen Davies (UK)

                      Giving chemotherapy is too dangerous to the dog - Sarah Mason (UK)


                      Live Stream 2 | 15:30 - 16:20    How to deal with the incidental mass

                      Can we ever assume a mass is a lipoma? - Michael Macfarlane (UK)

                      Incidental abdominal masses in dogs - Sarah Mason (UK)


                      Live Stream 2 | 16:50 - 17:40    The miracle cures: how to deal with Dr Google

                      Will changing my pet's diet help to cure the cancer? - Owen Davies (UK)

                      I have read on the internet about… Using EBM to combat miracle cures - Sarah Mason (UK)


                      Live Stream 2 | 17:50 - 18:40    Client communication: it's a two way street!

                      Top tips for getting the message across without losing the patient

                      Part I - Linda Ryan (UK)

                      Part II - Michael Macfarlane (UK)


                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    Are all feline abdominal masses lymphomas? - Sarah Mason (UK)

                      Webinar    Giving chemotherapy in practice is not too difficult! - Sarah Mason (UK)

                      Webinar    Mast cell tumours: what to do when - Michael Macfarlane (UK)

                      Current Topics

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      The speed of change within the profession and wider society has been profound in the last 12 months. Join a select group of experts as they reflect on where we are today and what the future may hold.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • Develop a better understanding of the psychology of uncertainty and how to apply this to veterinary practice during Covid lockdowns
                      • Discover current insights into the changing dynamics of telemedicine and how to maintain relationships whilst using it
                      • Learn what a VUCA world is and how this can be an opportunity or a threat to veterinary practice


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live Stream 3 | 10:00 - 10:50    Mastering uncertainty: communicating to inspire confidence 

                      Overview of psychology of uncertainty - Carolyne Crowe (UK)

                      Application of this from COVID lockdown perspective in practice - Alan Robinson (UK)


                      Live Stream 3 | 11:20 - 12:10    Lessons from lockdown: telemedicine is here to stay

                      Insights into maintaining relationships and changing dynamics with remote consults, communication challenges and opportunities - Brian Faulkner (UK)

                      Practice perspective: how have we used it, what have we learned? - Matt Flann (UK)

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                      Live Stream 3 | 12:20 - 13:10    Today's VUCA world: opportunity or threat?

                      Overview of VUCA - Richard Casey (UK)

                      Key themes of change - Liz Somerville (UK)

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                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    The true value of a high performing team - Carolyne Crowe (UK)

                      Webinar    Conflict resolution strategies for reception: top tips and tactics for the conflict front line Brian Faulkner (UK)

                      Webinar    BREXIT: how has it changed the recruitment landscape? - Andreia Dias (ES)

                      The Profession Today: Recruitment and Retention

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 3 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      Attracting, recruiting and retaining great vets and nurses is a critical part of building a successful team, and with the cost of a poor hire estimated to be £25-35,000, you want to get it right first time. This series of lectures will uncover some of the key factors to be aware of, and why it may be time to rethink the traditional approach.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • Develop your understanding of how to create a vet and nurse friendly team environment
                      • Improve your use of social media in recruitment and writing a compelling advert
                      • Review the different tools available for selection and how to use them to identify the essential attributes of excellent employees
                      • Identify the role of practice culture in retention and the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live Stream 3 | 14:30 - 15:20    Build it and they will come: creating a vet and nurse friendly practice

                      Team perspective - Alan Robinson (UK)

                      Productivity is more than a number: rewarding and recognising team excellence - Ernie Ward (UK)


                      Live Stream 3 | 15:30 - 16:20    Desperately seeking vets and nurses: how do I make my practice stand out?   

                      The unfair advantage: a digital strategy to fill your vacancies - Dave Nicol (UK)

                      Writing a compelling advert - Brian Faulkner (UK)


                      Live Stream 3 | 16:50 - 17:40    Good team players are found not made: how to choose wisely

                      Review of different tools and criteria for selection - Carolyne Crowe (UK)

                      How I hire: essential attributes of excellent employees - Ernie Ward (UK)


                      Live Stream 3 | 17:50 - 18:40    I’ve got ‘em, now how do I keep 'em? The keys to retention   

                      Why culture matters - Ernie Ward (UK)

                      Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation - Alan Robinson (UK)

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                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    Beware the toxic achiever: successful teams are about we not me Carolyne Crowe (UK)

                      Webinar    The recruitment conundrum: we need you - do you need us? - Dave Nicol (UK)

                      Webinar    On fire or burning out? Why self care really matters Ernie Ward (UK)

                      Urogenital Tract Surgery

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      Are kidneys keeping you up at night? This module delivers the answers to some key questions, with a focus on ensuring the basics are in place to achieve a comprehensive diagnosis, and allowing the development of the right management strategy for the patient. The module covers key biochemistry and urinalysis, acute kidney injury and nephrolithiasis.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • Identify when urinary incontinence requires surgical intervention from history, blood tests, urinalysis and diagnostic imaging
                      • Outline how to identify ectopic ureters and what the surgical options are for urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence
                      • Be alive to the possibility of urinary tract trauma that is causing urinary leakage and improve your knowledge of appropriate treatment options


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live Stream 4 | 10:00 - 10:50    The broken tap: when do we need a plumber?

                      Critical history, blood tests and urinalysis - Alix McBrearty (UK)

                      Imaging the urogenital tract: what test when? - Gawain Hammond (UK)


                      Live Stream 4 | 11:20 - 12:10    The leaking tap: what's new?

                      Identifying ectopic ureters: tips and tricks - Laura Owen (UK)

                      USMI when medicine fails: what next? - Alasdair Hotston Moore (UK)

                      Live Q&A - Urinary incontinence: getting the best patient outcomes


                      Live Stream 4 | 12:20 - 13:10    The burst pipe under the floorboards: how to spot urinary trauma?

                      Spotting urinary tract trauma - Ed Friend (UK)

                      Treatment options for urinary tract trauma - Laura Owen (UK)

                      Live panel discussion - Kit Sturgess (UK)Ed Friend (UK) & Laura Owen (UK)


                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    The blocked dog: what are the surgical options? - Ed Friend (UK)

                      Webinar    Urinary tract trauma: working through case examples - Alasdair Hotston Moore (UK)

                      Acute Abdomen

                      Saturday 27 March - Live Stream 4 | On Demand Stream


                      Module Summary

                      Having a patient present with an acute abdominal problem is one of those situations where the entire veterinary team must spring into action. This module is designed to enable the veterinary team to develop a rational approach to the acute abdomen from initial presentation and triage, through to stabilisation and surgical management. Surgical techniques and equipment will be discussed, together with common pitfalls. Post-surgical complications can be devastating and require rapid and intensive intervention. Leaders in the soft tissue surgery field will outline the most current and effective methods for treating these - and avoiding them.

                      Prerecorded content includes useful tips for diagnosing gastrointestinal foreign bodies, laparoscopic techniques and best ways of obtaining abdominal organ biopsy.


                      Key Learning Objectives

                      • Identify the principles of triage of abdominal emergencies and how to assess them before surgery in terms of blood and other tests, plus initial drugs
                      • Explain current best practice in fluid therapy and anaesthesia of the acute abdomen
                      • Update your knowledge of the surgical management of the acute abdomen and how to improve outcomes
                      • Develop your understanding of how to deal with post-surgical complications, particularly septic peritonitis


                      Live Programme Sessions

                      Live stream 4 | 14:30 - 15:20    Help! Acute abdomen: what do I do?

                      Presentation and triage of acute abdomen - Alison Moores (UK)

                      What is the immediate management, in terms of bloods, drugs and tests? - Jackie Demetriou (UK)


                      Live Stream 4 | 15:30 - 16:20    Stabilising the acute abdomen

                      Fluid therapy in acute abdomen - Jess Herley (UK)

                      Anaesthetic considerations for the acute abdomen - Ian Self (UK)


                      Live Stream 4 | 16:50 - 17:40    Optimising surgical management of the acute abdomen

                      Surgical management of the acute abdomen - Jackie Demetriou (UK)

                      Otomies and ectomies in the acute abdomen: how to improve outcomes - Rob White (UK)


                      Live Stream 4 | 17:50 - 18:40    How to deal with abdominal surgical complications

                      Post surgical complications: overview - Jackie Demetriou

                      Dealing with post operative peritonitis - Jane Ladlow (UK)


                      On Demand Sessions

                      Webinar    Making the most of your exploratory laparotomy: how to avoid the peek and shriek - Vicky Lipscomb (UK)

                      Webinar    Use of nursing care plans for acute abdomen - Sophie Venables (UK)

                      Webinar    How to be sure of GIT foreign bodies - Jane Ladlow (UK)

                      Webinar    Laparoscopy and the acute abdomen - Phil Lhermette (UK)