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ER For Pets – The Fastest Growing Area Of Veterinary Science

16 years ago

1st September, 2006 00h00

Pet owners who have been watching medical television shows like ER and RPA are demanding more and more sophisticated emergency care for their pets. This is making emergency and critical care one of the fastest growing areas of veterinary practice, according to the President of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA), Dr Matthew Retchford. ASAVA, a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), is holding its Annual Conference in Alice Springs from Monday 28 August. “Because pets are considered by many owners as part of the family it is not surprising that they want to save their pets ,” Dr Retchford said. “People who watch medical television shows like ER and RPA have become more aware about how sophisticated medical procedures can be, and they are expecting the very best for their pets when they require emergency treatment,” he said. “Veterinary practices in Australia have developed to accommodate this demand, and in the past 15 years we have seen enormous investment in specialist centres which deal with emergency and critical animal care. The result is that there is a need to keep veterinarians up to date with the latest procedures, and this is why emergency medicine is the focus of our Annual Conference,” he said. International experts from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia will discuss a range of issues relating to emergency care such as blood transfusions, emerging diseases, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the treatment of pets that have been poisoned by snakes, toads and rat poisons. The ASAVA Annual Conference will be at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from 28 August to 1 September.

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