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The Trick Knee - It's not magical but it is unstable, Dr. Chris Taylor Sun 2:30PM

Understanding the luxating patella and treatment options. "What is a trick knee? Commonly known as a medially (or laterally) luxating patella or dislocating knee cap – this is a common orthopedic condition in the small dog. Why does it occur? When do you have to worry about it? What are your treatment options? Dr. Taylor will answer your questions about this common small dog condition. Dr. Taylor is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in biology from Queen's University in Kingston in 1989, and his veterinary doctorate from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1994. His great love of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and mountain biking made a move to British Columbia a natural choice following graduation. Starting in 2006 he has taken advanced training in veterinary orthopedics with focus on perfecting his approach to repair of canine cruciate ligament injuries, and the use of plate and screw fixation and other methods of fracture repair in dogs and cats. Dr. Taylor is also a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

Coast Rivers Pet Hospital Website

 

Essential Oils for Animals with Dr. Raceeta MacKenzie, Saturday @ 3:30PM

Dr. MacKenzie will discuss what essential oils are safe to use on pets, and which ones should be avoided? You will learn how to administer essential oils to pets and questions to ask when looking for a high quality essential oil together with some example uses and Dr. MacKenzie's favorites in her holistic veterinary practice. "Dr. Raceeta MacKenzie was born in Australia and grew up around the Lower Mainland after her family moved to BC when she was a child. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, concentrating in animal physiology, from Simon Fraser University. She then moved to Ontario to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guleph. Dr. MacKenzie has a passion for helping animals achieve optimal health, and even before she got accepted into veterinary college, she knew she wanted to practice complementary and alternative therapies. In order to get a head start on being able to practice with an integrative approach upon graduating from veterinary college, she decided to complete the Canadian Animal Chiropractic Certification Program and obtained certification from the College of Animal Chiropractors, all while in her final year of the DVM program. Dr. MacKenzie completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Basic Course in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2015, and most recently she has been studying the use of essential oils in animals. After spending close to 4 years in general small animal practice, Dr. MacKenzie opened Peak Animal Wellness Services in 2016, a mobile holistic veterinary service, as she wanted to be able to focus on providing integrative therapies to pets across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Dr. MacKenzie has a special place in her heart for geriatric and arthritic pets, and their quality of life seems to improve greatly with an integrative approach to health care. She also has fun treating canine athletes to help keep them in peak performance condition."

www.pawsvet.ca

 

Food Allergies - Now What? with Dr. Ben Greenberg Saturday @ 3:00PM

Adverse skin reactions secondary to food allergies. What do these look like? What areas are affected? How do you do a food allergy elimination trial? What commercial foods are available that might work? Dr. Greenberg will answer these and more questions. Dr. Greenberg graduated in 1988 at the University of Turin Italy. Upon arrival in Canada he worked at a mixed practice for several years. In 1997 he joined Dear Animal Hospital in Richmond as an associate and later purchased the practice. In 2014 he joined Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital full time. He followed the Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital team when they merged with Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital to form the new and expanded Coastal Rivers Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Greenberg has just recently obtained his Fear Free Practitioner certification. Dr. Greenberg's area of interest is dermatology (skin issues) with a special emphasis on allergies. With additional training in holistic approaches to veterinary problems (homeopathy and herbal medications) he applies a complete medical approach combining traditional and complementary medicine for optimum response.

Dr. Greenberg's website

 

Why is My Dog Itching? with Dr. Ben Greenberg Sat 2:00PM

The reasons behind the itch - There are so many possible reasons that your dog is itchy. What are the medical causes of the itchy dog? Is it fleas? Is it dry skin? Is it allergies? Is it nervousness? Dr. Greenberg will explain possible causes of an itch. Dr. Greenberg graduated in 1988 at the University of Turin Italy. Upon arrival in Canada he worked at a mixed practice for several years. In 1997 he joined Dear Animal Hospital in Richmond as an associate and later purchased the practice. In 2014 he joined Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital full time. He followed the Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital team when they merged with Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital to form the new and expanded Coastal Rivers Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Greenberg has just recently obtained his Fear Free Practitioner certification. Dr. Greenberg's area of interest is dermatology (skin issues) with a special emphasis on allergies. With additional training in holistic approaches to veterinary problems (homeopathy and herbal medications) he applies a complete medical approach combining traditional and complementary medicine for optimum response.

Dr. Greenberg's website

 

Environmental Enrichment for the Indoor Cat Dr. Eric Lawrence Sun 3:00PM

Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane. (And You too!) Dr. Lawrence will discuss common positive feline behaviours, common inappropriate behaviours and what you can do to enrich your cat's environment. Happy cat, happy life!! Dr. Lawrence grew up in rural Alberta near the town of Westlock with dogs, cats and horses. He learnt about veterinary medicine from his father who would take him out in the cold winter nights to help with caesarean surgeries on cows and other emergencies. He was the inspiration for Dr. Lawrence and his two brothers to become veterinarians. He attended the University of Alberta graduating with a degree in Agriculture in 2008, then graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since then, through his veterinary career and his home life, he has developed a profound affinity and love for cats. He chose to join Coastal Rivers Pet Hospital where every aspect of comfort and health to you and your pet has been taken into consideration. Dr. Lawrence is a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

Dr Lawrence's website

 

Feeding a Raw Diet with Sarah Griffiths DCH Sat 12:30PM & Sun 12:00PM

Sarah Griffiths, DCH is a classical homeopath and clinical pet nutritionist with an extensive background in caring for wild carnivores. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Pet Nutritionist (C.P.N.) program from the Academy of Natural Health Sciences (ANS) in New Jersey. Sarah has practiced homeopathy and holistic animal nutrition in clinical settings for over 10 years, has over 6 years of education in the field of holistic medicine and nutrition and over 15 years of experience working with wildlife, domestic animals and livestock. She graduated from the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy with a Diploma in Classical Homeopathy (D.C.H.) and writes for the popular Dogs Naturally Magazine.

 

Atopy and Inhalant Allergies with Dr. Ben Greenberg Sat 11:30AM

A diagnosis of atopy or inhalant allergies can feel overwhelming and disheartening. What is it and what do you do now? Join Dr. Greenberg to learn more about your options for testing and treating. Dr. Greenberg graduated in 1988 at the University of Turin Italy. Upon arrival in Canada he worked at a mixed practice for several years. In 1997 he joined Dear Animal Hospital in Richmond as an associate and later purchased the practice. In 2014 he joined Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital full time. He followed the Whatcom Road Veterinary Hospital team when they merged with Abbotsford Veterinary Hospital to form the new and expanded Coastal Rivers Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Greenberg has just recently obtained his Fear Free Practitioner certification. Dr. Greenberg's area of interest is dermatology (skin issues) with a special emphasis on allergies. With additional training in holistic approaches to veterinary problems (homeopathy and herbal medications) he applies a complete medical approach combining traditional and complementary medicine for optimum response.

Dr. Greenberg's website

 

Underwater Treadmill with Susan Taylor Sun 11:30AM

What is an underwater treadmill? Will your dog really agree to use one? Susan will discuss the benefit of the underwater treadmill for rehabilitation, fitness and weight loss. Susan Taylor is a Registered Animal Health Technologist. Now she gets to combine her two favorite things: a love for animals, and a love of teaching. Her first career was as a high school science teacher, but through a quirky series of events and job adventures, she found myself working in a veterinary hospital. Wanting to know more, she found out about the process of becoming a certified technician. After two years of study at Thompson Rivers University, she graduated at the top of her class and was excited to start working as a technician. But her learning did not stop there! Coastal Rivers Pet Hospitals see many kinds of pets with mobility issues, as well as offering advanced orthopedic repair, so it made sense to learn more about physical rehabilitation. Currently, Susan is working through her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program through the University of Tennessee, and looks forward to helping our canine patients (and other species) in a whole new way. Combined with her Fear Free Certification, she can make your pets emotionally comfortable while obtaining their physiotherapy.

Coast Rivers Pet Hospital Website

 

The Canine Cruciate with Dr. Chris Taylor Sun 1:30PM

If your dog goes lame in one of his hind legs, he may have torn or ruptured his cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL – similar to the ACL in humans. This ligament connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the front of the tibia (the bone below the knee). The CCL is responsible for keeping the tibia in place beneath the femur and stabilizing the knee joint. There are multiple causes of dog CCL injuries, including activity, breed, age, and obesity. Join Dr. Taylor as he discusses these injuries, their prevention and treatment. Dr. Taylor is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in biology from Queen's University in Kingston in 1989, and his veterinary doctorate from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1994. His great love of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and mountain biking made a move to British Columbia a natural choice following graduation. Starting in 2006 he has taken advanced training in veterinary orthopedics with focus on perfecting his approach to repair of canine cruciate ligament injuries, and the use of plate and screw fixation and other methods of fracture repair in dogs and cats. Dr. Taylor is also a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

www.coastalriverspet.com

 

End Of Life - Knowing it's time with Dr. Elizabeth Borgmann Sat 12:00PM

There are few things in life more difficult than saying good bye to the precious pets that have shared their lives with us. Join Dr. Borgmann's seminar to learn when the time is right and the best things you can do for your friend as they enter their last days. Veterinary medicine is Dr. Borgmann’s second career! She started out in molecular biology (gene cloning) and was working for the National Research Council in Saskatoon when her beloved black lab escaped and was hit by a car. Devastated, Dr. Borgmann’s husband took their dog to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment. Only then did he find out it was Dr. Borgmann’s lifelong dream to become a veterinarian. With his encouragement & support she left her career and returned to school. Dr. Borgmann has never looked back! While in Saskatoon Dr. Borgmann worked with the Zoological Society and the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo to develop their interpretive zoo programs and was integral in convincing the city to build an onsite hospital for the care & treatment of the animals at the zoo. Dr. Borgmann’s other areas of interest in veterinary medicine are pain management, diagnostic imaging and feline medicine. Dr. Borgmann is also a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

for Dr. Borgmann's website

 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR for Animals, Sunday @ 2:00PM

Join Laurie McPhee of K9ABCs to learn about Canine CPR. Laurie is a certified Dogsafe Canine First Aid Instructor, she's also a Primary Care Paramedic with the BC Emergency Health Services with 20 years experience. This brief "hands on" demo and practice will hopefully entice you to learn more about Canine First Aid and how to prevent ever needing the skills of CPR. This skill is applicable to many species. So, stretch it out and learn (or practice how to do CPR. All ages welcome. Note, practice will never be done on a live dog, only CPR manikins or stuffies.

www.k9ABC.com

 

Canine First Aid - Don't Learn It By Accident! with Laurie McPhee Sat 2:30PM

Join Laurie McPhee of K9ABCs, Authorized DOGSAFE Instructor, to explore a variety of ways to keep your canine friend safe and happy. An interactive presentation using a combination of power point, live demonstrations with demo dog Quincy and you the audience, Laurie will cover many different angles of safety. Angles such as Puppy Proofing, Training, Play, First Aid, Environment & Travel.
Laurie and Quincy love the outdoors and exploring new adventures, but this takes a lot of training and preparation. Laurie’s experience with search & rescue and 19 yrs as a paramedic broaden her view on the many things one can do to help prevent injury or illness with your pet. Although the main focus is on dogs most of this information is applicable with a variety of pets.

See more about K9ABCs at their website.

 

Birds and Behaviour with Dr. Elizabeth Borgmann Sat 1:30PM

Behavioural Problems: Biting, screeching, and plucking are just a few of the common behavioural problems seen in birds. Keeping intelligent creatures in captivity requires creativity on the owner’s part to provide the necessary intellectual stimulation these magnificent creatures require. Behaviour is communication. What is your bird trying to tell you? Veterinary medicine is Dr. Borgmann’s second career! She started out in molecular biology (gene cloning) and was working for the National Research Council in Saskatoon when her beloved black lab escaped and was hit by a car. Devastated, Dr. Borgmann’s husband took their dog to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment. Only then did he find out it was Dr. Borgmann’s lifelong dream to become a veterinarian. With his encouragement & support she left her career and returned to school. Dr. Borgmann has never looked back! While in Saskatoon Dr. Borgmann worked with the Zoological Society and the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo to develop their interpretive zoo programs and was integral in convincing the city to build an onsite hospital for the care & treatment of the animals at the zoo. Dr. Borgmann’s other areas of interest in veterinary medicine are pain management, diagnostic imaging and feline medicine. Dr. Borgmann is also a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

www.coastalriverspet.com

 

Preventative Dental Care for Dogs & Cats with Dr. Eric Lawrence Sun 12:30PM

It's Easier than you think! Dr. Eric Lawrence will discuss how you can help prevent dental issues for your pet's teeth including: Why dental care is important; What can happen if the dental health of your dog or cat is not addressed; How preventative dental care can prevent disease in your animal and save you money; How to brush your cat or dog’s teeth; And other ways to help your animals teeth. Dr. Lawrence grew up in rural Alberta near the town of Westlock with dogs, cats and horses. He learnt about veterinary medicine from his father who would take him out in the cold winter nights to help with caesarean surgeries on cows and other emergencies. He was the inspiration for Dr. Lawrence and his two brothers to become veterinarians. He attended the University of Alberta graduating with a degree in Agriculture in 2008, then graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since then, through his veterinary career and his home life, he has developed a profound affinity and love for cats. He chose to join Coastal Rivers Pet Hospital where every aspect of comfort and health to you and your pet has been taken into consideration. Dr. Lawrence is a certified Fear Free Practitioner.

Coastal Rivers Veterinary Hospital

 

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