What is EERVC?
EERVC or Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference is a new and small veterinary conference held once a year designed to advance veterinary medicine in Eastern Europe. The concept of the conference is to help aspiring veterinarians from Eastern Europe to learn and grow with the help of established veterinarians from all over the World.
The conference is a 3-day combination of lectures, exhibitions, and networking and it rotates in a different country every year.
This year, 2019, the conference took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, last month.
What is the mission of the Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference?
EERVC is a not-for-profit organization that will reinvest all-conference profits into the annual event and improving professional standards in the region. EERVC is managed by a Project Board joined together under a European Economic Interest Group partnership. The founding partners in this Board are the Small Animal Veterinary Associations of Croatia and Serbia, working together with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). BSAVA has invested in EERVC as part of its remit as a registered charity and is offering its expertise gained from 60 years of BSAVA Congress.
What aspects of veterinary medicine were discussed this year?
- Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia with Paulo V. Stegall (CAN)
– an associate professor of Veterinary Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Université de Montréal. He is the head of a research laboratory dedicated to improving the standards in pain management in companion animals.
– his lectures were about the ways to asses dental pain and how to properly use anesthesia and analgesia. Tips on the use of ketamine during surgery the protocols for feline sedation.
- Canine Leishmaniosis with Manolis Saridomichelakis and Ioannis Kavarnos (GR).
– they talked about the distribution of the disease in Europe and how exotic it is, typical and atypical symptoms and manifestations of the disease, is treatment effective and prevention strategies.
- Clinical Pathology with Zoe S. Polizopoulou (GR)
– this lecture was about the diagnostic approach of anemia in cats and dogs and how important in diagnosing are the changes in serum proteins.
- Dentistry with Ana Nemec (SI)
– Ana Nemec graduated from the Veterinary Faculty University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004 and continued with a multi-disciplinary PhD program in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana. She was awarded her PhD in 2009. Ana wanted to complement research with in-depth clinical knowledge and applied for a 3-year residency training in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California-Davis, USA.
– her lecture was about tooth absorption in dogs and cats, non-periodontal inflammatory lesions in dogs and cats and the importance of dental radiographs.
- Dermatology with Filippo De Bellis (UK)
– Filippo graduated from the University of Bari, in 2001. He moved to the UK in 2003 and worked for PDSA before joining the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 as Resident in Veterinary Dermatology. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 2009 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2010.
– his lectures were on the topics of atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats, ear infections in dogs and cats and ulcerative skin diseases in dogs.
- Gastroenterology with Michael Willard (USA)
– Dr. Willard is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He did his internship and Master’s degree at Kansas State University and his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. After that, Dr. Willard held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University.
– his lectures were on the subjects of IBD, pancreatitis, portosystemic shunts, GI bleedings, biliary tract disorders and more.
- Neurology with Thomas Flegel (DE)
– he talked about spinal radiographs and spinal trauma, hydrocephalus and brain biopsies, and partial lateral corpectomy vs. hemilaminectomy for intervertebral disc disease
- Orthopedics with Mike Farrell (UK)
– Mike Farrell graduated from the RVC in 1997. He completed internships at the Universities of Bristol and Edinburgh. Mike has worked in Minnesota and Zurich as a veterinary anesthetist and worked in general practice in the UK and Australia. In 2003, he completed a residency in surgery at the University of Glasgow and gained his European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2007. Mike is currently the Head of Service for orthopedics at Davies Veterinary Specialists and is considered by himself to be the finest veterinary surgeon of all time.
– he talked about the basics of fracture repair, surgery and post-op complications, becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
See more about all lecturers from the EERVC conference on their website.
Next year, 2020, the Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.