Date : Friday 4th May 2018
Acute Pancreatitis − Diagnostic Tests and Top Tips for Management
Acute pancreatitis is identified with increasing frequency in small animal practice. Without a speedy diagnosis, and optimal management, the prognosis can be guarded. A variety of diagnostic tests exist, including serum markers and imaging, although their interpretation can sometimes be challenging. Management involves symptomatic and supportive therapy using fluids, analgesics, antiemetics and gastroprotectives. Adequate nutrition is also essential, and some animals may need this to be given via an enteral feeding tube. In this presentation we will review the signalment, history and clinical examination findings, then discuss the use and limitations of the different diagnostic tests. Using case examples and evidence from the literature, we will also review the optimal management including the use of drugs and nutrition.
BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Director of Small Animal Medical Services
Department of Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OES, UK
After graduation, Nick worked in primary care practice before completing a residency in small animal medicine and oncology at the University of Cambridge. He gained both the RCVS and European Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine in 2006, and is a European and RCVS Specialist. He remained at Cambridge as a medicine clinician, before undertaking a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in canine hepatology. He moved to the University of Nottingham in 2013 where he was Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology for four years. In March 2018 he became the Director of Small Animal Medical Studies at the University of Cambridge, and is responsible for overseeing the medicine, cardiology and dermatology services, along with running the residency and internship programmes. His areas of clinical and research interest are primarily in gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases. Nick is a member of the ECVIM internal medicine examinations committee, and was a previous Chair of the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine examination committee. He was a member of the BSAVA Congress Scientific Committee for several years and Chair between 2014 and 2017.
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