Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Get a taste of some of the program highlights here!

The WSAVA/FECAVA Congress takes pride in building an excellent program full of high-level science, the latest updates in our field, hands-on workshops and session on a variety of topics.

The program consists of over 50 different streams, focusing on a broad spectrum of veterinary issues. More so, the program is designed for veterinarians at different levels of advancement in practice. Sessions are tailored to early career professionals all the way of up to specialist levels.

Some of this year’s program highlights include:

  • A special session dedicated to veterinary dentistry, designed by our local host, the Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association (PSAVA), with speakers ranging from veterinary dentistry specialists to anesthesiologists. The WSAVA Global Dental Guidelines will be discussed.
  • A session dedicated to emergency and critical care, sponsored by the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (IVECCS), including lectures from Dr. Alessio Vigani (University of Zurich, Switzerland.)
  • A stream on professional wellness, with 8 hours of CE designed by the WSAVA Professional Wellness Group
  • A session dedicated to the central importance of the intestinal microbiome in digestive health and digestive diseases of dogs and cats from Dr. Jan Suchodolski, from the Texas A&M University
  • 8 hours of CE from the WSAVA’s Global Pain Council, summarizing state-of-the-art and novel approaches for treating pain in different settings
  • NEW: ‘Case seminar’ sessions, during which expert speakers will discuss cases they have encountered in their own practice.
  • Shaping the Future Panel: Ensuring Equal Access to Veterinary Medicines: A Global Priority – panel discussion with Dr. Luca Guardabassi and Dr. Paulo Steagall, members of the WSAVA Therapeutic Guidelines Group, and our partners OIE and WVA. The discussion will include:
    • The root causes of inequality of access to veterinary medicines – results from recent studies
    • The implications for veterinarians and patients
    • The WSAVA’s Essential Medicines List and how it is helping to solve the problem
    • How veterinary clinics worldwide can access products included on the list
    • Next steps to secure equal access to veterinary medicines
    • And more!
  • Dr. Andrew Mackin’s lectures in the hematology stream:
    • State-of-the-Art lecture: Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs: Debates arising from recent consensus statements and systematic reviews
      • It will cover 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.
    • Immunosuppressive therapy: what’s new?
      • Following the completion of this lecture, attending practitioners should be able to understand the mechanisms of actions, indication for use, and side effects of a range of immunosuppressive drugs in dogs and cats, including c cyclosporine, leflunomide, and mycophenolate mofetil. Participants will learn how to individualize immunosuppressive therapy by using pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic therapeutic drug monitoring when available, and how to develop cost-effective immunosuppressive therapy management plans that take into consideration the individual financial circumstances of the owner.
    • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia: what to do in the 1st hour
      • Attendees will learn how to develop a rapid diagnostic and therapeutic approach to emergency cases with suspected IMHA.
    • Anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning; what to do in the 1st hour
      • Attendees will learn how to develop a rapid diagnostic and therapeutic approach to emergency cases with suspected anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.

Stay tuned for more program details and highlights!