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Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs, in association with Royal Canin and Greencross Vets, will be hosting the inaugural Seeing Eye Dogs Veterinary Symposium at its state-of-the-art national training facility in Melbourne 11-12 September 2018.

Colleagues from Australia and overseas will be coming together to share knowledge on common and emerging canine health challenges within the fields of guide and service dog programs and kennel/shelter medicine.

This event is open to all veterinarians, vet nurses, kennel attendants, shelter managers, breeding program operators, dog trainers and students alike who are invested in service dog health and development, or vet care in kennel and shelter environments.

The event is being run in conjunction with the biennial International Guide Dog Federation Conference which is being held in Sydney 14-16 September 2018.

Expert speakers who will be presenting at the event include:

Day 1, Tuesday 11 September

Dr Richard Woolley BVetMed DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology) MRCVS - Cardiac valve disease in retrievers

Dr Sam Snelling BVSc FANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) – Elbow Dysplasia

Prof Claire Wade BSc (Hons) PhD UNSW GCertEd UQ, Chair of Computational Biology and Animal Genetics at the University of Sydney – Genetics for service dog programs

Day 2, Wednesday 12 September

Dr Steven Holloway BVSc MVS PhD MACVSc Dipl. ACVIM - Infectious Disease in Kennel Environments

Dr Trepheena Hunter BAgSc (Hons) MAgSc BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) - Detecting and Managing kennel stress

Dr Greg Burton BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Small Animal Surgery), FACVSc (Dermatology) – Dermatology topics for retrievers


To register your attendance at the event, please book here

Reminder: the early bird registration fee ends midnight, 30th June 2018

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For further information about the event, please contact Dr Nicola Cotton, Dog Development Manager, Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs -