About this event

  • Date and time Fri 29 Jan 2021 from 9:00am to 5:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Comparative Medicine

This is a unique opportunity to learn about comparative medical aspects of upper airway obstruction and its impact on sleep and health. Internationally recognised experts in OSA and BOAS will share and discuss pathophysiology, treatment, new developments and the role of parents and pet owners in recognizing and managing OSA and BOAS.

During this session, you'll be able to:

  • Learn about the similarities and differences in the pathophysiology of BOAS in animals and OSA in children and adults
  • Learn about developments in diagnosis and treatment - are there any translatable lessons across species?
  • Explore areas for future collaboration across medicine and veterinary medicine, in keeping with One Health
  • Consider opportunities for collaborative working to improve awareness of BOAS and OSA in non-specialist vets and doctors, in parents, pet owners and the general public
  • Discuss ethical considerations around treatment and quality of life in a range of patients who cannot speak for themselves (animals and young children)

We'll also look to improve your awareness of the impact of even mild upper airway obstruction on sleep and wellbeing across species and to catalyse collaboration across medicine and veterinary medicine to improve standards of care and to develop comparative medical research in the field of BOAS and OSA.

A CPD certificate with 6 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

Key speakers

Sean Wensley

Sean Wensley BVSc MSc FRCVS

Sean Wensley is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at the UK veterinary charity, PDSA. He qualified from Liverpool University and holds a Masters degree from Edinburgh University in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare.

Speaker's biography

Sean has contributed to animal welfare and conservation projects on five continents. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the University of Nottingham and a Guest Lecturer in Animal Welfare at Queen’s University Belfast. He chairs the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Animal Welfare Working Group and was President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) from 2015 - 2016. In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe.

Jane Ladlow

Head of Soft Tissue Surgery, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford

Dr Rowena Packer

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Future Leader Research Fellow, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Dr Catherine McDougall

Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Agenda

View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Session one

Introduction

Chair: Dr Martha Julie Bower, President, Comparative Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

One health approaches to preventing the preventable

Dr Sean Wensley, Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Communication and Education, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, introduction and disease recognition

Dr Jane Ladlow, Consultant Surgeon Hamiltons Specialist Referrals and Director of Research University of Cambridge

Panel discussion
Break
OSAHS in Humans: phenotype, clinical presentation and management

Dr Renata Riha, Consultant, Sleep and Respiratory Medicine,
Honorary Reader University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Perioperative management of brachycephalic dogs

Sarah Gibson, Clinical Veterinary Anaesthetist, Davies Veterinary Specialists

Panel discussion
Lunch break

Session two

Chair: Dr Felicity Vidya Mehendale, Plastic Reconstructive and Cleft Surgeon, Global Cleft Lip and Palate Research Programme, Global Health Research Centre, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

Introduction
Lessons from obstructive sleep apnoea in children

Dr Catherine McDougall, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Carer perceptions of respiratory health in brachycephalic dogs

Dr Rowena Packer, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Future Leader Research Fellow, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Break
Panel discussion and next steps

Chair: Dr Felicity Vidya Mehendale, Plastic Reconstructive and Cleft Surgeon, Global Cleft Lip and Palate Research Programme, Global Health Research Centre, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

Concluding remarks
Close of meeting

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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