Congress Highlights


Congress Highlights

Find an overview of the virtual congress highlights and not to miss features!

Final Recap - 24 March

Re-watch this final #WSAVAPoland recap, where we’re joined by many members of our global community and of WSAVA, FECAVA and PSAVA, to say goodbye to the live congress days.

Daily Recap - 23 March

We’re back with another recap of a wonderful day at the WSAVA/FECAVA Virtual Congress, discussing the ins and outs of Day 3 at #WSAVApoland. Re-watch the discussion between Mary Marcondes, Jim Berry, Elsa Beltran, Siraya Chunekamrai and Renee Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht.

Daily Recap - 22 March

Check out this recap conversation between our Scientific Program Chair, Frederic Gaschen, and our panel consisting of Ellen van Nierop, John de Jong, Walt Ingwersen, and Jan Suchodolski, discussing their highlights of the Congress so far!

State of the Art Lectures

Federico Fracassi
Live - Endocrinology

With this lecture, participants will be able to learn about the main methods of monitoring diabetes mellitus. In particular, they will learn the strengths and weaknesses on the use of clinical signs alone, the measurement of serum fructosamines, glycosylated haemoglobin, the glycemic curve and methods of continuous glucose monitoring. Thanks to the video, they will also learn how to apply the main devices for continuous glucose monitoring.

Jan Suchodolski
Live - Gastroenterology / Microbiome

The lecture will discuss the importance of the microbiome in health and disease, with focus on microbial-derived bile acid metabolites. These are important regulators of the normal microbiota and have important signaling functions across multiple organs. Dysbiosis leads to changes in microbial bile acid metabolism. We will discuss the diagnosis of microbiome dysbiosis and therapeutic approaches in intestinal disease.

Elsa Beltran
Live - Neurology

This session will dive into vestibular syndrome and look into the necessity for clinical reasoning

Gerhard Wess
Live - Cardiology

Current and future perspectives for diagnosis and treatment of canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is the most common cardiac disease in medium to large breed dogs. During the last few years, we made tremendous advances in diagnosing the disease earlier and better, including biomarkers as well as new echocardiographic methods. Many of these new diagnostic tools can be already now used in daily practice, others are under investigation and we will talk about the new and future diagnostic methods, as well as about new promising therapeutic options.

Andrew Mackin
Live - Feline Practice and Hematology

Attendees will be introduced to current areas of debate arising from recent consensus statements and systemic reviews regarding IMHA, including associative vs non-associative IMHA, proposed triggers versus confirmed triggers, diagnostic algorithms vs ``gold standard`` Coombs testing, and optimal immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapy.

Beatriz Monteiro
Live - PSAVA Dentistry / Pain Management

Understand the impact of pain and negative emotions on feline welfare while taking in considering cats' natural behavior.

Luca Guardabassi
Live - Antimicrobials

The lecture will provide an overview of the currently available clinical guidelines for antibiotic use in companion animal veterinary practice. These documents are essential to rationalize antibiotic use and ultimately to meet the societal demand to improve and reduce the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine.

2019 Speaker of the Year Lecture

Dr. Søren Boysen
Speaker of the Year Lecture

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS), once considered incapable of evaluating the lungs, has become one of the most applicable and versatile modalities to assess veterinary patients presenting for respiratory distress; it is an essential skill for anyone that owns or is thinking of purchasing an ultrasound machine. However, knowing how to interpret findings, and knowing what clinically relevant question(s) to ask in which patients and at what time is vital to success. This lecture will cover the two abnormal lung ultrasound findings that can be seen with ultrasound; increased B-lines and lung consolidations. Ultrasound findings that can be identified within seconds and learned with minimal experience and training.

Dr. Søren Boysen
Speaker of the Year Lecture

Cardiovascular point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is arguably one of the more challenging POCUS skills to master. However, evidence suggests novice sonographers can quickly and accurately identify key windows to diagnose most clinically relevant questions that general practitioners might want to answer; should I give furosemide to this dyspneic patient, should I continue bolus fluid therapy, or is this patient in volume overload. This lecture focusses on the key cardiovascular windows that can be identified rapidly and with confidence by novice sonographers to answer the most clinically relevant questions, skills that can be used by any practitioner in every day practice!

Dr. Søren Boysen obtained his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Canada), and a residency at Tufts University (United States), becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2003. He is the former Chief of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care  (ECC) at the University of Montreal, and currently a Full Professor of veterinary ECC at the University of Calgary. Extensively published, and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. Although he loves all things ECC, he is considered a pioneer of veterinary point of care ultrasound (POCUS). With the help of numerous colleagues from around the world he developed the veterinary FAST exam and continues to actively research and develop veterinary point of care ultrasound (VPOCUS) training techniques, education programs, and workshops. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include fluid resuscitation,  hemorrhage, coagulation, and perfusion.

Translated Streams

We speak your language! We are happy to announce that during the WSAVA/FECAVA Virtual Congress we will offer full steams with subtitled translations into Chinese, Spanish & Polish.

For more information about the Chinese translated sessions and streams, please click here.
A full overview of the sessions that will have Chinese translations can be found here.

For more information about the Spanish translated sessions and streams, please click here.
A full overview of the sessions that will have Spanish translations can be found here.

For more information about the Polish translated sessions, please click here.
A full overview of the sessions that will have Polish translations can be found here.

Live Sessions

Live sessions will be live or pre-recorded, including a live Q&A session.
Access to all sessions, including the live Q&A sessions, will be available through the virtual congress platform.
Live sessions will be broadcasted according to the scheduled CET time and available on-demand (2-24 h) after the live broadcast.

All sessions will be available on-demand for three months after the end of the Congress.