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.
  • 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.
  • Medical and nutritional approach to pancreatic disease, a session by Dr. Mina Rinkinen (Finland) and Dr. Marjorie Chandler (UK). Among the topics that will be discussed are:
    • Risk factors for canine pancreatitis, including nutritional risk factors
    • Canine pancreatitis diagnostics including tests specificity
    • Aspects of acute canine pancreatitis medical management, including appropriate pain management
    • Supplemental nutrition for acute canine pancreatitis
    • Diets used for therapy of acute canine pancreatitis and effect of hypertriglyceridemia and concurrent disorders on nutritional strategies
    • Chronic canine pancreatitis management

Stay tuned for more program details and highlights!