CPD Seminars

Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy in Practice

Presented by Kathryn Cuddy MVB CertAVP(VD) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology

Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) is the oldest form of treatment of atopic dermatitis, yet has fallen out of favour in general practice in recent years. This is mainly due to the development of other therapies, but also due to misconceptions and confusion regarding its use. ASIT is the only treatment for allergy that can modify, or reverse, at least part of the pathogenesis of this  condition, both alleviating clinical signs and preventing progression of disease. This webinar will feature a practical approach to immunotherapy, with emphasis on the following areas:

  • How to ensure you have the correct diagnosis
  • When and how to perform allergy testing
  • How to interpret your results
  • Efficacy of ASIT
  • ASIT protocols and monitoring
  • ASIT: the myths and misconceptions
  • Practical case examples

The Pruritic Horse – Approach and Treatment

Presented by Professor Stephen  D.White DVM, Dip. ACVD

Pruritus is a common presenting complaint in equine practice. This webinar will emphasise a clinical, rational approach to the main causes of pruritus in the horse: allergies, arthropods, and infections. Both diagnostic and treatment options will be explained.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • The most common allergic causes of equine pruritus, including equine atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies: pollens, storage mites, etc).
  • Treatment options for equine atopic dermatitis, which non-steroidal systemic medications work in the author’s experience and which do not.
  • Information about urticarial (hives) and when it is involved in pruritus or allergic response.
  • Types of fly control, emphasising which methods are best suited to which insect species.
  • Non-flying arthropods causing pruritus and various treatments.
  • Consideration of secondary bacterial infections as a cause of pruritus.

ATOPIC DERMATITIS – TAILORING THE SOLUTION TO FIT THE PROBLEM

Presented by Professor Richard Halliwell MA VetMB PhD DECVD MRCVS and Dr. Kirsten Pantenburg Dr.Med.Vet Cert AVP(VD) MRCVS 

The past 15 years has seen a number of innovative new treatments for canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) enter the market. However these are not “cure alls” and are no substitute for a systematic approach that targets the underlying disease and secondary complications.

The webinar reviews:
• The underlying pathogenesis and a description of new treatments
• A brief review of the diagnostic features
• A series of cases with differing features of CAD (but not all of which are suffering from that disease)

For each case, treatment options will be discussed focussing on tailoring treatment to the individual case. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of flare factors and the approach to non-responders.

FOOD ALLERGY WEBINAR – GETTING THE BEST FROM DIET TRIALS.

PRESENTED BY DR TIM NUTTALL BSC BVSC CERTVS PHD CBIOL MRSB MRCVS

The webinar goes into detail on how to get the best from diet trials, in particular it discusses the following:

  • Defining food allergy syndromes
  • Clinical features of adverse food reactions
  • Selecting appropriate foods using history, serology and other tests
  • How best to follow up diet trials
  • Hidden allergens in foods, novel foods and food cross-reaction
  • How hydrolysed does a food need to be?
  • The role of the gut microbiome and probiotics

MANAGING THE PRURITIC DOG AND CAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE LATEST RESEARCH: DON’T FORGET THE BASICS FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS.

Here is another opportunity to watch our free webinar presented by Professor Richard Halliwell, MA, VetMB, phD, DECVD, MRCVS.Professor Halliwell discusses the spectacular advances made in the past few years in our understanding of the pathways that initiate the sensation of itch in dogs and cats.In particular;

  •  A demonstration that interleukin-31 (IL-31) plays a pivotal role, and has led to the development of new products to target this molecule.
  • The mode and site of action of these and other older therapeutic products will be described.
  • Ensuring therapeutic products are used carefully and in the correct context.
  • To ensure the best clinical outcomes, a structured basic diagnostic approach in essential before deciding on the preferred treatment options.

FREE FELINE ALLERGY WEBINAR

Here’s another chance to catch our free feline allergy webinar, presented by Professor Richard Halliwell.  In this informative and interactive webinar, you will learn:
– reaction patterns seen in feline pruritic skin diseases
– what you must rule out BEFORE doing your allergy work up
– the contrasting signs between atopic dermatitis and food allergy
– up to date information on the possible link between feline asthma and atopy
– novel treatment options as well as tried and tested protocols.

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF ALLERGEN-SPECIFIC IMMUNOTHERAPY

Here’s another opportunity to watch our next free webinar presented by Dr Tim Nuttall, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science. Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) is widely used to treat atopic dermatitis (AD) in dogs, cats and horses. It has been recommended for long term treatment in recent practice guidelines for canine AD. Although it is a safe, effective and affordable treatment, using it can seem daunting. In this free hour long webinar, Dr Nuttall will guide you through ASIT:

  • what it is, how it works and how you can best use it in your cases
  • how to integrate it with other therapies such as bathing, essential fatty acids and antimicrobials
  • how to monitor its effectiveness and how to manage your clients expectations

AVACTA WEBINAR ON HOW TO MANAGE THE SEASONALLY PRURITIC DOG

Your chance to view the latest free webinar presented by European and US dermatology specialist Professor Richard Halliwell. In this webinar Professor Halliwell tackles the subject of managing the seasonally pruritic dog, where you will learn:

  • a systematic diagnosis approach to seasonal pruritus
  • the clinical signs and diagnosis of common insect parasites and their control in specific situations
  • the ins and outs of allergy testing for seasonal environmental allergens
  • what you need to know about immunotherapy
  • how to deal with staphylococcal pyoderma, which tends to be more common in the summer in the era of increasing methicillin resistance

AVACTA WEBINAR ON THE CLINICAL APPROACH TO THE PERENNIALLY PRURITIC DOG AND THERAPEUTIC OUTCOMES

Watch this free webinar hosted by European and US Dermatology Specialist, Professor Richard Halliwell, as he guides you through the diagnosis and management of recurrent canine pruritus. In this webinar you will discover a structured approach to differential diagnosis of the various non-seasonal causes that will enhance your therapeutic outcomes. You will learn:

  • the key questions to ask owners
  • the steps to follow to carry out a thorough clinical examination that will help you avoid common mistakes in case management
  • the most appropriate and cost-effective therapeutic options in the management of your pruritic canine patients