Date : Thursday 24th May 2018
Food Allergies, Adverse Food Reactions and the Food Reaction Test: A New Tool to Aid in Treatment
Part I: Food allergies and Adverse Food Reactions. An overview of what we know about adverse food reactions and food allergies, the pertinent immunologic reactions known to foods as well as a brief discussion of non-immune-mediated adverse food reactions.
Part II: The New, in vitro Food Reaction Test by AVD/ Heska. A new testing approach to aid in selecting diets for pets with suspected dermatologic or gastrointestinal problems that are related to diet. This hour will discuss the research behind the testing, how to use and interpret the test results and current studies supporting accuracy of the results.
Dr Rebekah Westermeyer
BSEd MM DVM DACVD MCVS
Dr Rebekah Westermeyer is a veterinary dermatologist certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatologists and recognised as a skin specialist by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. While in school, she worked in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory studying E. coli. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in Fairfax Virginia and then a residency in Veterinary Dermatology at Louisiana State University. Her research during her residency was on antimicrobial sensitivity in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. Prior to veterinary school, Rebekah Westermeyer received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Music and taught both in public schools and in college in the United States. She has given clinical presentations to many hospitals as well as regional and state veterinary meetings. She currently resides with her husband in Germany and has been seeing dermatology cases in Hong Kong every two months since 2014. She is now also a consultant at Asia Veterinary Diagnostics and in charge of interpreting all HESKA ALLERCEPT R tests for AVD.
Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong, HKVA CPD Coordinator
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