Skin disease is one of the most common reasons pets are presented to first opinion clinical practice. This practical workshop will help you to develop a logical approach to the diagnosis and management of skin disease, increasing your confidence when dealing with these often challenging cases.

The day will conclude with a practical session focusing on cytology and skin biopsy techniques.

Topics covered will include but are not limited to:

  • The approach to the pruritic patient
  • An update on atopic dermatitis
  • Selected common autoimmune diseases
  • Selected topics in feline dermatology
  • Otitis media and externa

Practical dry-lab:

  • Cytology interpretation
  • Skin biopsy techniques

Key Skills:

  • The theory component will focus on common canine and feline diseases seen on a regular basis in general practice. You will learn a rational approach to the diagnostic workup of these diseases and gain confidence in your ability to manage them successfully. There will be a special focus on atopic dermatitis and otitis externa/media, however many other diseases will also be covered.
  • The practical component of the day will focus on improving your skills in collecting and interpreting skin and ear cytology samples as well as skin biopsy techniques.
  • You’ll enjoy mingling with other dermophiles in this fun and interactive day.

Philippa Ravens

BSc, BVSc, MVS, MANZCVS, FANZCVS(Veterinary Dermatology)
Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Dr Philippa Ravens graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2004. She worked in small animal general practice for 5 years before accepting a residency position in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Sydney in 2009. She became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine and Feline Medicine and completed a Masters degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies through Murdoch University in 2011. She was awarded a fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology through the Australian College in 2016 and is currently working as a veterinary dermatologist at SASH in Sydney.

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