Gastrointestinal disease is one of the most common reasons pets are presented to vets in general practice, and with so many diagnostic and treatment options available it can be difficult to know which path to take.

In this one-day seminar we bring you two of New Zealand’s most passionate speakers, Drs Nick Cave and Kat Crosse, presenting a practical and problem-oriented approach to gastrointestinal disease.

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates will learn to to:

  • Get the most out of a basic database
  • Choose the appropriate diagnostic pathways
  • Confidently diagnose intestinal obstruction
  • Perform a reliable and consistent exploratory laparotomy and know when and when not to resect
  • Understand the value of and become confident performing abdominal fluid analysis
  • Become confident selecting the appropriate diet for the patient in front of them
  • Be aware of the common errors

Speaker Biography:

Nick Cave


Nick graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1990 with a BVSc, and worked in general practice for 6 years until 1997, when he returned to Massey for a residency in small animal internal medicine, and attained membership in the Australasian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination, and graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Science in 2000. In 2004 he moved to the University of California, Davis, where he attained a PhD in nutrition and immunology.
At the same time, he completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition, and became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition by examination in 2004. In late 2005, he returned to Massey University to lecture in small animal medicine and nutrition. He is a founding member of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee, and a founding board member for the Massey University Centre for Working Dogs. He has served on the editorial board for Veterinary Quarterly, has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, several textbook chapters, and is a frequent commentator in public media.

Kat Crosse

European and NZ Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Kat graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and enjoyed the challenges of mixed practice in the UK before moving to NZ to pursue an internship at Massey. Following another stint in general practice back in the UK and another long flight she returned to Massey for a surgical residency, sitting board exams in 2016. She is now a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and lecturer in surgery at Massey University.

Practical Approach to Gastrointestinal Disease