Brain Food: The impact of nutrition on brain health in development and aging


Targeted nutrition can help support brain function, but nutrition for brain health is often overlooked. In this webcast, Dr. Raj Naik discusses the benefits of specific nutrients for brain development and brain aging, specifically addressing conditions such as cognitive decline and cognitive dysfunction syndrome. The presentation also addresses the role of the gut-brain axis in brain health as a growing area of research and pathway for dietary invention.

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Coping constructively with co-worker conflict

FEATURING: Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT

Join us to explore ways to resolve conflict through better communication in your clinic, on Wednesday, October 6th at 3 p.m. (EDT).

With veterinary hospitals functioning at maximum capacity and often short-staffed, emotions are running high, and everyone is feeling stressed. At times like these, it is easy to snap at a colleague or become disgruntled with a co-worker, especially during disagreements over case management or scheduling. Research suggests that teams who can effectively communicate and resolve conflict provide better patient care and have higher job satisfaction than teams who avoid conflict or, worse, talk behind each other’s backs.

During this webcast, veterinary wellness advocate and Thrive! collaborator, Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, will discuss strategies for:

  • effective team communication, including proactive problem solving and conflict resolution;
  • addressing inappropriate behaviour.
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Management of stress-associated diseases in cats

FEATURING: Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

In this presentation, Dr. Michael Lappin provides an update on the recent studies using stress relief to aid in the management of common clinical problems associated with feline stress.

This webcast will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the negative impact of stress in cats;
  • Exploring common stress-associated diseases in cats;
  • Reviewing stress management techniques in cats;
  • Discovering a new study using a probiotic to manage stress in cats.
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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

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.

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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.