Empathy for itch: Dermatology is tough, communication can be harder


  • Jennie Tait, RVT, VTS (dermatology)
  • Meghan Solc, DVM, Dipl. ACVD
  • Jen Willans, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (canine/feline)
  • Amanda Adamiak, HVT

Join us for an expert panel discussion on dermatology communication from each team member’s perspective on Thursday, August 19th at 7 p.m. (EDT).

Clear communication is an important factor in improving patient outcomes in veterinary dermatology, and each member of the veterinary teams plays a critical role in supporting this communication with pet owners. How can you contribute to maintaining effective communication with your team?

This webcast is part of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology Empathy for itch campaign.


Frustrating felines: Inappetent cats

FEATURING: Diane Delmain, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline practice)

One of the greatest challenges in feline practice is to get a sick cat to eat!

In this presentation, Dr. Delmain discusses the factors that generate appetite in cats and presents a multimodal approach to treating inappetent felines. She also covers dietary and environmental modifications to increase food intake and talks about pharmacological options.

This webcast will help you gain an understanding of:

  • the mechanisms of appetite in healthy cats;
  • the external factors that can increase food intake in sick cats;
  • the medical options for appetite enhancement.

Echinococcus multilocularis: An emerging threat to dogs and people in Canada?

FEATURING: Andrew S. Peregrine, BVMS, PhD, DVM, Dipl. EVPC, Dipl. ACVM

In Canada, Echinococcus multilocularis had never been reported in a dog before 2009. There have since been multiple cases of alveolar echinococcosis in dogs throughout the country.

In this presentation, parasitology specialist Dr. Andrew S. Peregrine will provide a summary of these canines cases, as well as of human cases reported over the same period. He will also discuss strategies to reduce the risk of infection in dogs and people.


Synbiotic action: Combining probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibre to support companion animal health

FEATURING: Julie K. Spears, PhD

In this presentation, Dr. Spears reviews the importance of intestinal bacteria on the maintenance of digestive health. She also evaluates the use of probiotics to modulate immune health as well as to improve fecal quality and dietary modulation of intestinal bacteria - using prebiotics and prebiotic fibers - to maintain gastrointestinal health in dogs and cats. In addition, she discusses the benefits of synbiotics and current research supporting FortiFlora® SA (Enterococcus faecium SF68 and psyllium).

Please note that this webcast is approved by the SVMA, SAVT, NBVMA, NSVMA, OAVT, BCVTA, OMVQ and ATSAQ for 1 CE credit.


The economic feasibility of endoscopy for the small animal general veterinary practice


Have you thought about using endoscopy in your veterinary practice? If so, here’s your chance to explore the economic value of offering endoscopy in a small animal general veterinary practice.

In this presentation, Dr. Brian Evans will review the evidence-based benefits of laparoscopy for the patient and the small animal general veterinary practice, including the use of rigid endoscopy to perform laparoscopic surgery.

During this webcast, he will look into the following topics:

  • Overview of rigid endoscopy for surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Endoscopy equipment set up costs
  • Marketing to maximize return on investment
  • Building client value through technology enhancements
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ACVIM Consensus statement on Lyme disease and its relevance to Canada

FEATURING: Andrew S. Peregrine, BVMS, PhD, DVM, Dipl. EVPC, Dipl. ACVM

In this presentation, parasitology specialist Dr. Andrew Peregrine will review the most current information available on the risk of ticks and tick-borne diseases in companion animals across Canada, as well as the recommendations from the 2018 ACVIM consensus statement on Lyme disease in dogs and cats, including:

  • the utility of routine screening;
  • the management of seropositive animals;
  • prevention strategies.
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New concepts in canine epilepsy management


In this new and updated webcast on the nutritional management of canine epilepsy, Dr. Volk discusses the management of canine epileptic patients, the quality of life of both owners and their pets, as well as the advancements in our understanding of how diet can affect seizure control.


Skin scrapes and sangria: Dermatology happy hour

FEATURING: Charlie Pye, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVD and Stephen Waisglass, BSc, DVM, CerSAD, Dipl. ACVD

You might be thinking: "Oh no! Not another itchy dog; I hate summer!"

Have no fear, there are ways to prepare for the itchy season!

During this case-based interactive discussion, Dr. Charlie Pye and Dr. Stephen Waisglass will look into some skin infections or reactions commonly found in dermatology patients during the itchy season. They will also talk about possible causes, differential diagnoses, diagnostic and treatment recommendations, and much more.

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Approach to weight loss and poor appetite in cats

FEATURING: Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Weight loss and poor appetite are common clinical signs of acute and chronic illness in feline patients. To ensure optimal care, it is important to include nutrition as a key part of the therapeutic plan.

In this presentation, internationally renowned internal medicine specialist, Dr. Jessica M. Quimby will discuss:

  • strategies for nutritional assessment and management of weight loss and appetite in feline patients; and,
  • the use of mirtazapine in a newly veterinary-approved transdermal presentation indicated for body weight
    gain in cats with a poor appetite and experiencing weight loss.