Upcoming Workshops

Rabbit Surgery and Dentistry Workshop – Only 3 places left- Apr 27th - 29th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr David Vella

Dr Michelle Dalli

Dr Narelle Walter

Facilitated by Janine Irwin and Mojgan Nazari.

OVERVIEW

Apr 27th-29th 2018, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

Rabbits are their own specialty. Many techniques in surgery and dentistry are unique and require extra training to appreciate the differences that contribute to positive outcomes. This Rabbit focused workshop will look at all that you need to know for treating your patients back in clinic. From nutrition and handling, to surgery and dentistry. Join us and gain confidence in knowing how to treat these happy hoppers from the best rabbit health care team in Australia.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Rabbit Husbandry
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Examination Techniques

You will develop skills in :

  • Clinical Techniques
  • Common Surgical Procedures
  • Intubation
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Ear surgery

TESTIMONIALS

"I'm not scared of rabbit surgery anymore"

"David Vella makes it seem so easy, and the tutors really care about helping you to get it right"

"Never thought about an ear ablation in rabbits before..."

COST

$2150 + GST
Sign up before 9th March to receive a free textbook

VetTalk Vet Communication Workshop Online- May 8th - 19th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

OVERVIEW

May 8th-19th 2018, Online

While communication is often regarded as a secondary skill in the veterinary industry, we feel it's just as important and is essential in day to day veterinary practice.It can be difficult to know the right thing to say when confronted by a difficult or unhappy client. The impact a bad situation can have on our mental health can be immense. Good communication leads to better health outcomes for our patients via improved diagnosis, reduced medical errors, better compliance and excellent adherence. Satisfied clients lead to practice success, greater job satisfaction in the health care team, less work-related stress and reduced burnout.  Clients that have been communicated with effectively are less likely to lodge formal complaints. No one is born with excellent communication skills, we develop them along with all our other talents. The theory behind good communication can be learnt and practised. Verbal communication makes up only 7% of our communication skills in life, the remainder is made up of nonverbal communication and tone of voice. So how do we master this skill in the clinic? How do we maximise our interactions to give us the best possible outcomes? This online course will explore the different areas within the veterinary practice we can use and improve our communication. Every Monday night over the 7 weeks of this course you will join your fellow participants online for a live classroom session with Dr Sandra Nguyen. Online reading and homework buddies will help you to work through the content whilst you engage in your busy lives. Your power to communicate will make you the most effective veterinarian you can be.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • General Communication Techniques
  • A better understanding of clients needs
  • Communicating effectively within the health care team
  • How to recognise and approach compassion fatigue

You will develop skills in :

  • How to read body language
  • The meaning and methods of informed decision making
  • How to acheve better client compliance
  • The art of delivering bad news

TESTIMONIALS

This is a brand new workshop!

COST

$650+ GST

How High Achievers Succeed and Keep Succeeding – Filling- May 24th - 28th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

OVERVIEW

May 24th-28th 2018, Online

There is a very close link between well-being and success. But what is it? How do we get it and how can we maintain it? If you’ve ever wavered in your love for your work or wondered about your purpose, this is a great opportunity for you! These are not wishy washy questions, there is now good evidence based science around the links between well-being and success. Join us for a six week online workshop - May 24th to June 28th where you will find resources to develop good habits that will enrich your life and your work. Understand the benefit of positive emotions more deeply. Develop good skills to help you bounce back from adversity Practice engaging AND disengaging in a healthy way Investigate the neuroscience of connecting with people Work on your purpose Start being successful through your actions This course uses a flipped classroom model where the content is provided in advance of the weekly online meetings. Cathy will utilise her training in coaching to guide course participants through literature and supporting activities. There will be ample opportunity for individual and group reflection and discussion with the aim of illuminating the steps that participants can take to move towards their version of success.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Your strengths
  • How to recognise your achievements and savour them
  • Neuroplasticity

You will develop skills in :

  • Looking after your own well being
  • Bouncing back from adversity
  • How to engage and disengage
  • Balance and self-care
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Finding meaning and value in daily activities

TESTIMONIALS

"I'm very grateful to have done this course." - Dr Claire Sylvester

"I think the course helped me organise my thoughts and provided me with more direction. I felt like I was doing something proactive to help myself." - Dr Anabel Blake

"I can recommend Cathy to the whole profession. There is a great advantage in having a practice with a positive mindset. If you are an employer there is a $2.30 return for every $1 spent on mental health in Australian businesses ( rf. Beyond Blue). It is a $15 dollar return in mining and I suspect it is a lot more than $2.30 in veterinary practice. Give it a go, it will probably change your life!" - Dr Brian Mc Erlean

COST

$625+GST

Hip and Hind Limb Surgery Workshop- Jun 26th - 27th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr Lance Wilson

Dr Brian Beale

Dr James Simcock

Facilitated by Janine Irwin and Jessica Taylor

OVERVIEW

Jun 26th-27th 2018, The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus QLD

Orthopaedic conditions of the hind limbs are extremely common. What’s the best and most effective options for your patient? Hips and hind limbs from diagnosis to post-operative care, we will take a closer look at the step by step process. This two-day workshop will take a focus on how you can manage/treat these common orthopaedic issues of the hips and hindlimbs. With specialist educators and tutors helping you in small group practical labs, you will develop your confidence in approaching these cases back in practice. This workshop will build your skills and may be a useful adjunct to preparations for membership examinations.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Orthopaedic Exam of the Hind Limb and Pelvis
  • Radiology and Fracture Assessment
  • Application of Locking Plates
  • Early treatment of Hip Dysplasia and Torsional abnormalities
  • Femoral Fractures
  • Post Operative Care and Considerations

You will develop skills in :

  • Femoral Head and Neck Fracture Repair
  • Capitol and Proximal Physeal Fracture Repair
  • Advance Applications of Locking Plates
  • Proximal Femoral Fracture Repair
  • Sacroiliac Fractures
  • Partial Tarsal Arthrodesis Methods

TESTIMONIALS

NA

COST

$2100 + GST
Register before the May 1st 2018
to receive a free text book

Exit Strategies for Vet Business Owners – Brisbane- Jul 20th - 20th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Simon Palmer

Dr Christine Purdy BVSc

Georgina Odell, Special Counsel

Dr Paolo Lencioni BVSc DipCAP MPA MTMA

Dr Tony Thelander BVSc, MBA, FAICD

OVERVIEW

Jul 20th-20th 2018, 100 Creek street, Brisbane

If you have ever thought about what will happen when you are ready to sell your practice, then this is the workshop for you. In one day we'll help you with all the info you need to start thinking about the next step in your career. This is a chance to sit down and practically consider whats best for you and your business.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Where your business is at

You will develop skills in :

  • The mindset of exit strategies
  • Who potential buyers are
  • Legal Agreements Needed
  • Discretion and Disclosure considerations
  • Valuation Processes
  • Human Resources and Financial Planning considerations

TESTIMONIALS

"A thoughtfully constructed day to get my head around the next phase of my life"

"A good opportunity to spend a day with the people who are involved in the sales and purchases of vet practices"

"Quite tiring! Thinking about my business instead of working it, was good, because it was about time I start thinking about this. I'd been putting it off."

COST

$195 +GST

How to Buy a Vet Business – Brisbane- Jul 21st - 21st 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Simon Palmer

Dr Christine Purdy BVSc

Georgina Odell, Special Counsel

Dr Paolo Lencioni BVSc DipCAP MPA MTMA

Dr Tony Thelander BVSc, MBA, FAICD

OVERVIEW

Jul 21st-21st 2018, 100 Creek street Brisbane

This practical information day explains the red tape, planning and considerations you will want to know before you jump into an expensive and legally binding agreement that will change your life forever. When you are properly prepared to purchase you will be positioned to make decisions quickly.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • What sort of business do I want?
  • Leadership activities

You will develop skills in :

  • Why buy and what are the options?
  • What are my options for the future?
  • How will I prepare and find a seller?
  • What finances do I need to understand and have in order?
  • Understanding Valuations
  • Legals & Terms and Conditions of Sale
  • Hidden costs, Transfer of goodwill and post sale checklist

TESTIMONIALS

This is an inaugural seminar and we are excited to help prospective clinic owners with their preparations for business success.

COST

$195 + GST

Intro to Canine Rehabilitation Workshop For Vets and Nurses- Jul 30th - 3rd 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr Cara Blake

Dr Janet Van Dyke

Facilitated by Janine Irwin, Dr Mojgan Nazari, and Tyng Yen.

OVERVIEW

Jul 30th-3rd 2018, Brisbane

Gain a fundamental understanding of canine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Build relevant structures on canine skeletons using clay, and get hands-on experience palpating live dogs. Common orthopedic and neurological disorders of the canine patient are covered including both conservative and surgical treatment options. Canine rehabilitation modalities including traditional physical therapy and integrative therapies are introduced, as well as ways they can be incorporated into a veterinary practice. *Prerequisites: This workshop is open to veterinarians, physiotherapists, vet nurses and technicians. There is 8½ hours of self-paced preparation with online material. Vet nurses/ technicians must submit an Employer Agreement Letter indicating that there is a veterinarian or physical therapist either certified in canine rehabilitation working in their practice or registered for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Canine musculoskeletal anatomy in depth
  • Comparative (human and canine) anatomy and biomechanics
  • Canine neuro/musculoskeletal structures including bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and cartilage; also, the origin, insertion, innervation, and action of each

You will develop skills in :

  • Diagnosing muscoloskeletal conditions
  • The fundamental physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics of joint, muscle and muscle action as they relate to common canine injuries
  • The use of different modalities of diagnoses
  • Traditional physical therapy terminology and techniques including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and aquatic therapy; also, physical modalities utilizing LASER, ultrasound, thermal agents and electrotherapy
  • The use of different physical therapeutic modalities of treatment
  • Integrative therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic
  • Diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome measurement in canine rehabilitation

TESTIMONIALS

"I have recently qualified as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute from the US, a course coordinated by VetPrac here in Australia.  The field of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Therapies is really only just taking off in Australia, it is already huge in the US and Europe with many dedicated clinics and full time clinicians there. It was the first time this wonderful course was offered in Australia. I had previously contemplated attending the course in the US, so I was very excited to find it was being offered in Australia through VetPrac.


I have been a small animal vet for 27 years and an IVAS qualified Veterinary Acupuncturist for the last 12 years and also do a lot of Trigger point (muscle knots) and soft tissue manipulation work with Canine Athletes. So this CRI course was a natural extension of the work I already did and it has helped me enormously in my business. In regards to musculoskeletal injuries I was already doing a lot for the pain and disability of the initial injuries and secondary compensatory issues, but the CRI course has helped me enormously in returning the animals back to optimal performance whether that is following a sporting soft tissue injury or following orthopaedic surgery. It has given me a greater understanding of the injuries and the demands of canine sports, but also common orthopaedic injuries in non athletes.


The first module was three days of Canine Sports medicine in Sydney in February 2016 and was conducted by Dr Christine Zink, who is very well known and respected in the World of Dog Agility. This introductory workshop gave me many practical skills dealing with the many agility dogs I see.  It taught us detailed musculo-skeletal exams, gait analysis and musculo-skeletal special test as well as practical exercises to strengthen weak muscles. This is not something that was taught to us in vet school really and yet it is something we encounter every day in practice. This 3 day course gives veterinarians a much needed insight into the world of canine athletes and the many issues that involves them as well as pets with common injuries.


The following two modules are five days long each and are very practical and incredibly useful. The first 5 day module is mostly a revision of musculoskeletal anatomy and the biomechanics of how anatomy is related to function and performance. It was a huge eye opener and so much more fun and useful than anatomy back in vet school. The second five day module concentrates on the therapist aspect of rehabilitation and how all of this fits together. All three courses have a large practical, hands on approach working with actual canine athletes and patients with injuries.


Each module is followed by an online exam and after completing all three modules there is a week long internship with a pre-approved clinician in the field of rehabilitation therapies for those wishing to become certified.


I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in the field of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Musculo-skeletal injuries and those obscure lameness mysteries that no one seems to be able to solve. It goes a long way towards being the equivalent of a Canine Physiotherapist without doing a Human Physiotherapy degree. I have thoroughly enjoyed this intense but wonderful course and I am very grateful to VetPrac for bringing this much needed course to Australia. I highly recommend the CRI course."
- Esther Horton 2017

COST

$6000 +GST
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Book Before
18th June and receive a free Textbook of
Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

Perineal and Urogenital Surgery Workshop- Aug 24th - 25th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr Sue Gibbons

Dr James Simcock BVSc DACVS DECVS

Dr Peter Delisser BVSc (Hons) CertSAS DipECVS FHEA

Facilitated by:

Dr Alison Caiafa BVSc

Janine Irwin

OVERVIEW

Aug 24th-25th 2018, The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus QLD

Surgery of the perineal and urogenital regions are challenging and smelly. Yet sometimes small procedures like anal sacculectomy can dramatically effect the comfort of your patients. Develop surgical techniques on dogs and cats with the support of internationally acclaimed specialists and laugh with friends over the PITA experiences you have in practice.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Halstead's principals of soft tissue surgery
  • Perineal hernia eitiology
  • Surgery of the anal sacs
  • Surgery of the bladder
  • Kidney biopsies

You will develop skills in :

  • Perineal hernia repair
  • Anal sac removal - two methods
  • Perineal urethrostomy
  • Pre-scrotal urethrostomy
  • Kidney removal
  • Skin flaps of the caudal body and perineal region

TESTIMONIALS

This is a brand new VetPrac workshop!

COST

$2200 + GST
Register before the 13th July 2018
to receive a free text book

Abdominal Ultrasound – FULL – WAITLIST FOR 2019 OPEN- Sep 15th - 16th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr. Sarah Davies - BVSc, MS, Diplomate ACVR

Dr. Natalie Webster - BVSC CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

Facilitated by Janine Irwin and Dr Alison Caiafa.

OVERVIEW

Sep 15th-16th 2018, Melbourne Polytechnic, Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield VIC

This workshop is now full. The waitlist for 2019 is now open. Please email info@vetprac.com to be added to the waitlist. Proficiency in ultrasound takes practice. This workshop will give you the foundations to do more in the hospital for your patients. A great machine can only be effective if the user knows how to use it. Learn from the specialists, and develop your abilities in this two-day workshop so you can discover what your ultrasound equipment is capable of

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Ultrasound Mechanics
  • Relative Anatomy
  • Full Left Side Scan
  • Full Right Side Scan

You will develop skills in :

  • Liver and Biliary Tract Ultrasound
  • Spleen and GIT Examination
  • To find the Adrenal Glands
  • Kidney Ultrasound
  • Genitourinary Ultrasound
  • Pancreas and Lymph Node Imaging
  • Clinical Normals and Abnormalities
  • Better Clinical Decision Making

TESTIMONIALS

"They were both absolutely brilliant, approachable and patiently informative. Presentations were well organised and concise. Managed their theme between demonstration groups well" Anna Sinnott

"Feel more confident with the diagnostic imaging. Thoroughly enjoyed discussion of other imaging modalities -i.e. RADs + CT" Mark Cola

"Great Ultrasound Course 12/10 stars" Nicholas Sygrove

COST

$1995 + GST before 15th July 2018
$2240 + GST after 15th July 2018
Includes dinner on Saturday night

Navigating Difficult Clinical Encounters Conference- Oct 15th - 17th 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Dr Cathy Warburton

Dr Sandra Nguyen

Dr Anne Fawcett

BA(Hons) BSc(Vet)(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVetStud

GradCertEdStud (HigherEd) MANZCVS

(Animal Welfare) Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL)

Facilitated by:

Dr Amanda-Lee Charman

Janine Irwin

OVERVIEW

Oct 15th-17th 2018, Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW, Sydney

We have all experienced difficult clinical encounters. Knowing how to navigate the experiences and situations we encounter is a vital step to achieving success in the workplace and career satisfaction. Join specialists in Ethics, Oncology and Well Being as we discuss the research and techniques which contribute to the most difficult situations we face. Gain insight into the minds of your clients and your co-workers and discuss real situations so that you can deal with them better in real life. This unique conference provides immediately applicable skills which will help you break down barriers and succeed more often in your job. This conference is open to Vets, Nurses, Receptionists and Practice Managers. These topics affect all of us.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • How values influence decision making
  • Skills in setting expectations
  • The best way to stage diagnostics
  • Client perspectives
  • Clinic perspectives
  • Employee perspectives
  • Communication styles
  • Considerations in euthanasia
  • Handling complaints
  • The "What would you do?" question

You will develop skills in :

  • To understand the clients mindset and its influence on carers
  • to build rapport, confidence and trust with clients
  • To recover from a bad start
  • Facts about trash talking
  • The ethics of decision making
  • About the complex nature of animal welfare vs client confidentially vs employment loyalty
  • How to navigate cost vs welfare consideration
  • The benefits of repitition
  • How guilt affects communication
  • Evidence about effective communication strategies
  • How to navigate difficult clinical encounters effectively

TESTIMONIALS

NA

COST

Three Days: $1300 + GST
Any two consecutive days: $1000 + GST
One Day only: $600 + GST
Book Before June 30th
to receive a free textbook

Exit Strategies for Vet Business Owners – Sydney- Nov 2nd - 2nd 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Simon Palmer

Dr Christine Purdy BVSc

Georgina Odell, Special Counsel

Dr Paolo Lencioni BVSc DipCAP MPA MTMA

Dr Tony Thelander BVSc, MBA, FAICD

OVERVIEW

Nov 2nd-2nd 2018, 59-75 Grafton Street Bondi Junction, NSW

If you have ever thought about what will happen when you are ready to sell your practice, then this is the workshop for you. In one day we'll help you with all the info you need to start thinking about the next step in your career. This is a chance to sit down and practically consider whats best for you and your business.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • Where your business is at

You will develop skills in :

  • The mindset of exit strategies
  • Who potential buyers are
  • Legal Agreements Needed
  • Discretion and Disclosure considerations
  • Valuation Processes
  • Human Resources and Financial Planning considerations

TESTIMONIALS

"A thoughtfully constructed day to get my head around the next phase of my life"

"A good opportunity to spend a day with the people who are involved in the sales and purchases of vet practices"

"Quite tiring! Thinking about my business instead of working it, was good, because it was about time I start thinking about this. I'd been putting it off."

COST

$195 +GST

How To Buy a Vet Business – Sydney- Nov 3rd - 3rd 2018

EDUCATION LEADERS

Simon Palmer

Dr Christine Purdy BVSc

Georgina Odell, Special Counsel

Dr Paolo Lencioni BVSc DipCAP MPA MTMA

Dr Tony Thelander BVSc, MBA, FAICD

OVERVIEW

Nov 3rd-3rd 2018, 59-75 Grafton Street Bondi Junction, NSW

This practical information day explains the red tape, planning and considerations you will want to know before you jump into an expensive and legally binding agreement that will change your life forever. When you are properly prepared to purchase you will be positioned to make decisions quickly.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will revise :

  • What sort of business do I want?
  • Leadership activities

You will develop skills in :

  • Why buy and what are the options?
  • What are my options for the future?
  • How will I prepare and find a seller?
  • What finances do I need to understand and have in order?
  • Understanding Valuations
  • Legals & Terms and Conditions of Sale
  • Hidden costs, Transfer of goodwill and post sale checklist

TESTIMONIALS

This is an inaugural seminar and we are excited to help prospective clinic owners with their preparations for business success.

COST

$195 +GST

Practical Veterinary Workshops

Here at VetPrac, we aim to provide registered vets with high quality tuition across a range of different areas. Our vet practice workshops focus strongly on practical skills, ensuring you acquire the necessary knowledge to further your career.

Our workshops will ensure you’re kept up to date with the latest research and developments across all aspects of animal care. We cover a broad range of different topics, and each course is run by true experts in the particular field. We offer courses that cover both small and large animal husbandry, surgical procedures, species-specific issues and also courses designed to help you better communicate with clients.

We have a number of popular VetPrac workshops that we offer repeatedly. Our Wound Management Workshop provides vets with essential knowledge when it comes to treating a wide variety of different wounds. One of our most popular workshops, it has been booked out each and every time since 2009.

Most of our practical veterinary workshops are held over a couple of days, ensuring all aspects of the topic are explained thoroughly. The structure of these courses ensures you have enough time to get in plenty of practical work – an absolute must when it comes to mastering new veterinary skills.

VetPrac workshops always book out quite quickly. We currently have a number of courses open for registration, so if you want to secure your place in a particular course, make sure you register online today. If you would like to find out more, feel free to contact us on +61 414 581 600 or email us at info@vetprac.com.au.