Four veterinary surgeons from the University of California’s Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis) have returned from China after producing the inaugural International Small Animal Practice Symposium at Nanjing Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Andrew Burton, Gina Davis, Jonathan Dear and Karl Jandrey made the trip to complete the four-day continuing education seminar for a capacity crowd of 50 Chinese veterinarians. The vets discussed topics routinely encountered at the school’s veterinary medical teaching hospital.

During each four-hour morning session, a different UC Davis vet delivered a series of lectures focused on common issues and problems in small animal general practice, such as chronic renal failure, fluid therapy, respiratory distress and dermatologic disease.

All four veterinarians taught alongside each other in four-hour afternoon laboratories. Sample laboratory procedures included physical examination, bone marrow aspiration, endotracheal lavage, arthrocentesis and oesophagostomy tube placement.

“Our colleagues at Nanjing Agricultural University were fantastic hosts and placed a large amount of energy and support into this event,” said Mr Jandrey. “They are committed to continue this relationship and these training symposia.

“As small animal clinical veterinary medicine becomes more refined and embraced in China, UC Davis is ready to assist with more intensive training symposia with both lectures and laboratories that enhance their level of practice.”


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