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.
Monday, May 14 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Immune suppressive drugs: do we need more than prednisolone?

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Prednisolone is a very effective immune suppressive drug, with rapid onset of action at an attractive price. However, the effect of corticosteroids is not specific to the immune system and for this reason several adverse effects can be seen. This is especially an important consideration when treating diseases for which immune suppression is expected to be needed for several months to achieve a durable clinical response. For this reason, several other immune suppressive drugs have been used commonly in conjunction with steroids such as azathioprine, cyclosporine, and chlorambucil as steroid sparing drugs. Chlorambucil and cyclosporine can also be used as sole agent in animals where prednisolone is contra-indicated: for example, to treat a cat that has developed diabetes while treated with steroids. We will review what evidence is available to use of these drugs in different diseases and get more familiar with newer immune suppressive drugs such as mycophenolate and leflunomide. At the end of this discussion, you should feel comfortable to use these drugs in your busy every day caseload.


Julien Dandrieux

Univeristy of Melbourne
Julien graduated in 2002 from the University of Bern in Switzerland. He did a rotating internship in the same institution, followed by his medicine residency, which was a joint program between the University of Bern and Louisiana State University. Julien then worked as a clinician... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Great Hall Doors 1 and 8 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre