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The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
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Thursday, May 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The welfare aspects of using medication to manage behaviour

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Psychotropic medications should not be prescribed without considerable thought. So do you know how to tell the difference between fake news stories and scientific truth about psychotropic medications. After all these medications are designed to “alter the brain”. But isn’t that that what we want, when we use them to help our patients? So how do these medications work? Do you know which ones may be beneficial and when they can help? Do you know which ones may not be beneficial and when they may make things worse? What can these medications do for the pet? What can they not do for the pet? What happens to the pet if you do prescribe these medications? What happens to the pet if you do not prescribe these medications? What combinations can 0r should you use? There are welfare implications for using or not using psychotropic medications. The wrong medication at the incorrect dose rate is just as bad welfare wise as the wrong medication at the correct dose rate. The right medication at the incorrect dose rate is just as bad welfare wise as using the right medication at the incorrect dosing schedule.

Speakers
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Kersti Seksel

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service
After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre