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19-08-2010 - 2010 Veterinary Pharmacology Symposium

Level 2, Veterinary Science Conference Centre B22

Regimental Crescent, The University of Sydney

NSW 2006 Australia

Tel: 02 9351 7979

Fax Local: 02 9351 7968

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What Every Practitioner Needs to Know:

2010 Veterinary Pharmacology Symposium

To support veterinary clinicians, the Centre for Continuing Veterinary

Education and the Chapter of Veterinary Pharmacology from the

Australian College of Veterinary Scientists have organised a major

international symposium on veterinary pharmacology.

This 2-day event to be held on 27-28 November in Brisbane will bring together major national and

international speakers to discuss developments and approaches to treating a range of veterinary species.

Day 1 will have a ‘cutting-edge’ focus, with three international speakers introducing concepts and new

developments across a range of drug groups.

Professor Peter Lees from the Royal Veterinary College has global recognition for his work on

pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics across a range of species and, as an ex-editor of the prestigious

Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, is well placed to address where veterinary

pharmacology is heading and the use of Pk-Pd interactions to predict drug efficacy.

Chand Khana, Head of the Tumour Metastasis Biology, and Comparative Oncology Section at the US

National Cancer Institute, will talk about drug development projects involving canine patients with cancer,

benefiting both the canine and human species. This new concept is part of the One Medicine research

theme where shared diseases, and shared challenges, see veterinarians working side by side with

biomedical researchers. In the US this has resulted in the Comparative Oncology programme at the NCI

and the Comparative Oncology Consortium consisting of veterinary practices involved in multicentre

therapeutic discovery projects.

Dr Ludovic Pelligand will provide insight to the use of Pk-Pd to ‘customise’ drug prescribing. Professor

Glenn Browning (University of Melbourne) will then provide an update on vaccines and vaccinology, while

Dr Stephen Page will discuss the emerging concerns of antibiotic resistance. A roundtable concludes the

first day, chaired by Professor Gabrielle Cooper (University of Canberra), looking at the pharmacological

implications of challenging cases.

Day 2 will focus on practical applications of therapeutics and will bring together an exciting group of

specialist and expert clinicians, including Fiona Campbell (cardiology), Bob Doneley (avian), Tony Moore

(oncology), Kersti Seksel (behaviour), Amanda Craig (pharmacology), and Paul Mills (pharmacology).

The discipline of pharmacology is one of the most rapidly evolving sciences in the world, as pharmaceutical

companies strive for better approaches to existing and emerging diseases. Veterinary pharmacology is no

exception and the challenge for clinicians is to maintain currency in a constantly expanding field.

The phrase ‘all creatures great and small’ highlights the diversity of veterinary pharmacology, with clinicians

faced daily with the challenge of not only selecting the most appropriate drug, but the correct dose rate,

dose form (i.e., tablet vs. liquid) and duration of treatment.

Every day veterinary clinicians are likely to face wide variation in the characteristics of their patients, at one

extreme elephants and mice but more commonly Chihuahuas and Great Danes, goldfish and parrots. How

can a clinician possibly decide what medicine, what dose, what route of administration, ability of the owner

to treat, and how can response to treatment be successfully monitored? A good grounding in

pharmacology and therapeutics is essential.

This symposium will be essential for veterinary clinicians who will see how clinical specialists

approach therapeutics. Those attending will take home practical tips for challenging cases.

For further information, contact the Centre for Veterinary Education, (02) 9351 7979 or email your query to

cve.events@sydney.edu.au. The full event program can also be downloaded at www.cve.edu.au.


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