2018 Lecture Details
I have a high calcium – now what? A case-based approach.
Hypercalcaemia is frequently encountered in dogs and cats, particularly in the investigation of polyuria and polydipsia. The causes of hypercalcaemia are broad and there are several major organs involved in calcium metabolism including bone, kidney, small intestine and the parathyroid gland, thus before embarking upon an investigation it is important to ensure a spurious result has not been attained. Investigation often involves imaging and specific blood and hormone tests. A step-wise diagnostic approach is employed to determine the cause.
Pancreatitis, triaditis, diarrhoea – which one is it?
Triaditis is the term used to describe concurrent inflammation of the liver, small intestines and pancreas. It is a challenging conundrum to diagnose and treat as the aetiology and pathophysiology is speculative and unknown. Accurate diagnosis is based on a comprehensive history, thorough physical examination, and interpretation of laboratory, biopsy and imaging findings. Specific therapies are variable as triaditis may be a result of bacterial infection, immune-mediated and idiopathic mechanisms and treatment varies form case to case.
After completing a science degree at the University of Sydney, Amanda completed her veterinary studies at the University of Queensland in 1999. Initially Amanda worked in mixed general practice with a large greyhound clientele and quarantine service. After completing her veterinary acupuncture certification she then transferred to small animal practice in Sydney where she completed export certification and a Masters in veterinary studies through Murdoch University. An interest in specialist practice led her to emergency service at one of Sydney’s specialist practices, and then completion of a residency in small animal medicine and research Masters with a focus on canine respiratory medicine at Murdoch University where she qualified as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Having worked in University and private practice, she now works in the UK at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, where she is Deputy Head of Internal Medicine.