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.
Wednesday, May 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
How to monitor dogs on Ïmmune-suppressive drugs - Anything new?

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Currently dogs treated with immune suppressive drugs are monitored using a combination of response to treatment as well as monitoring for adverse effects. In this lecture, we will review commonly used immune suppressive drugs including prednisolone, cyclosporine, azathioprine, mycophenolate, and leflunomide. We will discuss their mode of action as well as adverse effects. We will also discuss the type of monitoring and at what frequency need to be considered for each drug. Finally, we will discuss newer tests that are being developed to assess the effect of cyclosporine in a given animal. Such a strategy has the potential to be used to finely tune the amount of drug that is needed to achieve individualized therapy. At the end of this lecture, you should: 1. Know the dosage and adverse effects of commonly used immune suppressive drugs. 2. Be comfortable to outline a monitoring plan when using a given immune suppressive drug. 3. Be aware of the main adverse effects of each drug to inform your client.


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 →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Great Hall Doors 1 and 8 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre