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VETS Adventure Series Visits Rwanda

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     In July 2018, twenty Adventurers (veterinarians + family members) visited Rwanda to track and observe the Mountain Gorillas.  The VETS Adventure Travelers flew from across the USA into Kigali- the capital city of Rwanda. From there, we were shuttled (2 1/2 hour drive) by Primate Safaris to the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Volcanoes National Park.

     The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is lovely. The rooms were excellent with comfortable beds and nice bathrooms.  Each room had a magnificent view of the Volcanoes National Park. The food was amazing and there were plenty of outstanding African wines to enjoy with dinner.

     The Sabyinyo Staff was friendly and helpful. The parking lot is at the base of the facility and it was a little bit of an uphill walk to the lodge-- at 9,000 feet-- so those of us not acclimated to the high altitude were quickly winded and appreciated that the Staff would carry our bags and backpacks for us!

Here's the view out our window at Sabyinyo

Here's the view out our window at Sabyinyo

There are about 170 gorillas in the park. They are social animals that live in groups generally composed of a dominant male and up to five or more females and their young. Each gorilla group is continually foraging for food.  Their food consists mainly of leaves, buds, tubers and wild celery.

Trackers went out in front of our group to locate the gorillas and our Guides communicated with the Trackers to lead us right to the gorillas. Well, there actually was some hiking through the jungle (~9,000 ft above sea level) before we actually got to see the gorillas!

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Once we arrived at the gorilla group, we were allowed one hour of 'viewing time.'In this video, you can see the gorillas tumbling around like a couple of unruly kittens.

We had the opportunity to "track and trek" a different group of gorillas on the second day.   

Every gorilla family is different, just like every human family.  Our second group of gorillas has a dominant silverback and a subordinate silverback. Here is the subordinate in deep thought . . .

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This young 'blackback' gave us some excitement when he jumped out of the brush and chased another juvenile along our path. We always tried to maintain a 7 meter distance from the gorillas, but they didn't always follow that rule!  After his game of 'tag' with the other gorilla, he decided to sit down along our trail and strike a pose.

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The trek to find the gorillas ranged from about one hour in the jungle up to 3 hours (plus drive time.)  Once we found the gorillas, there is a one hour limit on the visitation.  Though we were sorry to see our hour come to an end, we understood that the gorillas had important things like foraging and playing to do and we bid them 'farewell' with smiles on our faces.

The VETS Adventurers at the conclusion of our second Gorilla Trek!

The VETS Adventurers at the conclusion of our second Gorilla Trek!


For more information about the veterinary-related trips and continuing education that we offer, go to eduvets.com!  

 

The 34th Muller - Ihrke Veterinary Dermatology Seminar & The 19th Veterinary M-E-D Seminar--- Official Program--- October 26 - November 3, 2018

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This year's Seminars include:

 A Short Course on 'Allergic Dermatitis in 2018'

Saturday, October 27

7:45-7:55         Welcome, Introductions – Kwochka 

7:55-8:45         Common Pitfalls in Veterinary Dermatology: How can we avoid them? – Torres 

8:45-9:00         Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50     Clinical Approach to Canine Alopecia – Bonenberger

9:50-10:20       Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:20-11:10     The Great Impostor: Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions – Werner

11:10-11:25     Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:25-12:15     A Practical Guide to Topical Therapy in Veterinary Dermatology – Logas

12:15-12:30     Industry Forum:  Mini-presentations by our Industry Partners – Klingborg

12:30-1:00       A Directed Panel Discussion on Diagnostic Testing in Dermatology, Canine Alopecia, Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions and Topical Therapy – All Speakers

Sunday, October 28

7:55-8:45         What’s New?  Key Clinical Updates for General Practice from the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum and Recent Dermatology Publications – Kwochka

8:45-9:00         Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50         Challenging Eyelid Diseases: Dermatology or Ophthalmology? – Werner

9:50-10:20       Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:20-11:10     Strategies to Treat Canine Superficial Pyoderma: Am I doing this right? – Torres

11:10-11:25     Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:25-11:50     How I Diagnose and Treat Cats with Facial Ulcers – Bonenberger

11:50-12:15     How I Treat Viral Papillomatosis – Bonenberger

12:15-12:30     Industry Forum:  Mini-presentations by our Industry Partners – Klingborg

12:30-1:00       A Directed Panel Discussion on Eyelid Dermatoses, Canine Superficial Pyoderma and Feline Facial Ulceration – All Speakers

Monday, October 29-- Free Day

Golf Tournament

Optional Excursions

Explore the Island on Your Own

Tuesday, October 30

7:55-8:45         Cutaneous Draining Tracts: Confusing, Frustrating and Common – Bonenberger

8:45-9:00         Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50         Pemphigus foliaceus: The Most Common Autoimmune Challenge in General Practice – Werner 

9:50-10:20       Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:20-11:10     Clinical Approach to the Pruritic and Overgrooming Cat – Bonenberger     

11:10-11:25     Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:25-12:15    Malassezia Dermatitis: How to Diagnose and Treat this Common Skin Disorder – Torres

12:15-12:30     Industry Forum:  Mini-presentations by our Industry Partners – Klingborg

12:30-1:00       A Directed Panel Discussion on Cutaneous Draining Tracts, Autoimmune Skin Disease and Malassezia Dermatitis – All Speakers

Wednesday, October 31-- A Short Course on Canine Allergic Dermatitis--- 

This Short Course is open to DERM and M-E-D Attendees

7:50-7:55         Welcome, Introductions – Kwochka

7:55-8:45         A Practical Approach to Diagnosing the Pruritic Dog – Torres

8:45-9:00         Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50         New Concepts in the Pathogenesis and Management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Part 1 – Logas

9:50-10:20       Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:20-11:10     New Concepts in the Pathogenesis and Management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Part 2 – Logas

11:10-11:25     Exhibit Hall – Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:25-11:50     What do we really know about Allergen Specific Immunotherapy? – Logas 

11:50-12:15     Cutaneous Adverse Food Reactions: Which diets and why? – Torres

12:15-12:30     Industry Forum:  Mini-presentations by our Industry Partners – Klingborg

12:30-1:00       A Directed Panel Discussion on Canine Atopic Dermatitis and Cutaneous Adverse Food Reactions – All Speakers

2:30 - 4:30       Optional Business Program

5:30 - 7:30       The Aloha Gala Reception and Halloween Costume Contest

Thursday, November 1, 2018-- 

7:55-8:00         Welcome, Introductions – J Klingborg

8:00-8:50         The Diagnosis, Consequences & Management of Chronic Cough–   Lee-Fowler

8:50-9:00        Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50         Managing the Proteinuric Patient – Foster

9:50-10:10      Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:10-11:00     Treating Challenging Urinary Tract Infections – Foster

11:00-11:10     Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:10-12:00     Current Understanding of Feline Asthma – Lee-Fowler

12:00-12:30     Day 2, MED Speakers -- Questions and Discussion – All Speakers

Friday, November 2, 2018--  

8:00-8:50         Hypertension: perks and pitfalls of measurement and management-- Foster

8:50-9:00          Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

9:00-9:50         Antimicrobial decisions for respiratory patients with case examples– Lee-Fowler

9:50-10:10       Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

10:10-11:00    Management of Brachycephalic airway disease (and associated diseases) – Lee-Fowler

11:00-11:10     Refreshment – Email – Phone Break

11:10-12:00     Practical treatment of urinary incontinence- medications through intervention

12:00-12:30     Day 3, MED Speakers -- Questions and Discussion – All Speakers

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The 2016 Muller - Ihrke Veterinary Dermatology Seminar Schedule

October 29 – November 2, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii


Saturday, October 29

8:00-8:50       Something New, Something Old:     Pediatric and Geriatric Skin Diseases –  Outerbridge

9:05-9:55       Atopic Dermatitis: Current Concepts and New Treatment Options – Rosenberg

9:55-10:25      Break

10:25-11:15    Folds, Cracks, Creases, Crevasses:Why Not Make Life Easier? Surgical Treatment of Vulvar Folds, Nasal Folds and Corkscrew Tails – Smeak 

11:30-12:20     How I Treat Discoid Lupus Erythematous and Perianal Fistulas – Rosenberg

12:20-12:45      Q & A Discussion


Sunday, October 30

8:00-8:50      Dermatophytes, Demodex and Pyoderma: Oh My! New Diagnostics and Treatments – Cole

9:05-9:55       Topical Therapy for Common Dermatoses: What’s the Rationale, What’s the Evidence? – Outerbridge

9:55-10:25      Break

10:25-11:15     A Practical Approach to the Dreaded Food Trial and New Diet Options for Allergic Dermatitis – Rosenberg

11:30-12:20      Pad Lacerations: Important Principles for Treatment – Smeak

12:20-12:45        Q & A Discussion


Monday, October 31

FREE DAY!  Explore Maui!!


Tuesday, November 1

8:00-8:50   What’s New?  Key Clinical Updates for General Practice from the 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology and Recent Dermatology Publications – Kwochka

9:05-9:55   Tips on Two Common Challenges: Surgical Treatment of Those “Pesky” Interdigital Cysts and Anal Sac Excision the Safe Way – Smeak

9:55-10:25    Break

10:25-11:15  Itchy Cat, Itchy Cat, Itchy Cat: Is it Allergic or Not?  How to Tell the Difference –Rosenberg        

11:30-12:20   Can I Make Sense Out of that Strange Nose?  Yes!  A Practical Approach to Diseases of the Nasal Planum – Outerbridge

12:20-12:45   Q & A Discussion


Wednesday, November 2

 Treatment of Otitis in 2016: An Otitis Short Course

 

8:00-8:50     Otitis: A Step-by-Step Approach for Successful Management – Cole

9:05-9:55     Why, When and How of Ear Cleaning: It’s Really Important! – Cole

9:55-10:25   Break

10:25-11:15  Treatment of Otitis Externa and Media: So Many Options, How do I Choose? – Cole

11:30-12:20   Surgical Decision Making for Chronic Otitis Externa and Media – Smeak

12:20-12:45   Q & A Discussion & Closing Remarks

Top 10 Reasons to Attend THIS CE meeting!

1. You’ve earned it.  You deserve time off to recharge your batteries AND learn new ideas that will benefit your practice!

2.   This meeting is loaded with VALUE. It takes place during the ‘shoulder season,’ which means your CE dollars will go farther than you might expect. Enjoy uncrowded beaches & pools and great rates for rooms with ocean views.

3.  Better Learning, By Design— As part of the program, our Speakers understand that they are to be available as your Consultants for the week.  So bring your tough case questions and talk with them one on one, or learn from the group at each day’s end when we hold a panel discussion. 

4.  It’s on a Hawaiian Island! Beaches, restaurants, art galleries, pools, snorkeling, waterfalls, botanical gardens and so many other adventures.  The dress for the meeting is Hawaii-casual.  Come in shorts and sandals, you’ll be in good company.

5.  You can Learn, Renew and Explore.  With lectures completed before 1 pm, there is ample time for you to relax or explore the island. Our family friendly locations and great excursions provide fun activities for all ages.

6.  All the CE you need in one meeting.  In one week, our seminars will cover the latest in  Dermatology, Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, and Infectious Disease. That’s over 25 CE units of practical information.

7.  Experience First Class CE. Comfortable, open meeting space and roomy seating.  Breakfast is included with the registration fees for all attendees.  Seminars are held in one hotel so you won’t feel like a rat in a maze trying to find the next lecture hall!

8.  Focus on the Practical.  Our speakers present practical information designed for the everyday practitioner.  If you weren’t likely to see a similar case within the previous 30 days, we probably won’t be talking about it.

9.  The Exhibit Hall.  Our schedule gives you plenty of time and one-on-one access to really get your questions answered by the various industry representatives. 

10.  We’ve designed the best CE meeting in the world.  Speakers you can talk to, a comfortable, uncrowded lecture hall, Half-Day Seminars give you time to absorb the morning’s lectures and go have fun in the afternoon, a beautiful tropical location that offers activities for all ages.