Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre offers 2017 AVC Winter Webinars

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Smee, 16, enjoys a cat nap in a sunny spot.

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre will hold its 2017 AVC Winter Webinar series, entitled "New Approaches to Old Diseases," in late February and early March. During the series, Dr. Caroline Hewson, past Chair of Animal Welfare at AVC now residing in the UK, and Dr. Christine Savidge, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine at AVC, will review some core communication tools for discussing terminal diagnoses with clients and then focus on practical strategies from human medicine that offer busy veterinary teams a new framework for handling severe and chronic disease in patients of all ages.

Webinar 1: The Toolbox
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST    CE credits: 1 hour

Dr. Hewson will briefly review three core communication tools for delivering terminal diagnoses and creating workable clinical care plans with clients. She will then introduce three further tools with which to support owners and benefit their animals that have severe diseases. These tools will provide a framework to help attendees and their clients to anticipate and respond with greater peace of mind, as the animal’s condition deteriorates, and to identify the right time to start talking about euthanasia and the animal’s end-of-life.

Webinar 2: Applying disease trajectory in renal disease
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST    CE credits: 1 hour

Dr. Savidge will use feline and canine cases of renal disease to illustrate different disease trajectories and how these influence discussions with clients, including the potential role of pain from renal disease. She will show examples of how disease trajectory graphs can help veterinarians and clients anticipate and respond to an animal’s changing condition, as renal insufficiency progresses, and decide when/if intensive rescue treatment is desirable in uremic crises.

Webinar 3: Pulling it all together with more case discussions
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm AST   CE credits: 1 hour

Drs. Savidge and Hewson will tie together the concepts illustrated in the previous two webinars, using diverse cases of renal insufficiency from their practices and submitted by webinar participants.

To register, please visit

Anna MacDonald
AVC External Relations Officer
Atlantic Veterinary College
(902) 566-6786
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