Fitzpatrick Referrals launches new lecture series for veterinary surgeons

Published 02.03.11

Fitzpatrick Referrals has launched a new CPD programme for veterinary surgeons with a series of free evening lectures taking place once a month at the state of the art centre in Surrey.

The series of lectures will be presented by Noel Fitzpatrick and Fitzpatrick Referrals’ Specialists, Mike Farrell, Sarah Girling and Michael Hamilton, with a guest lecture from Professor Stuart Carmichael, and will cover a number of topics relating to common orthopaedic and neurological conditions in dogs and cats.

The aim of the lecture programme is to equip the primary care practitioner with all of the necessary information to discuss common clinical conditions with clients, to help the investigation process and the decision of whether or not to refer.

‘Knee, Elbow and Hip Disease in Dogs’ is the theme of the first three lectures and will kick off on Wednesday 23 March with Noel Fitzpatrick’s ‘Cruciate Disease in Dogs: Are All Procedures Equal?’ followed by ‘Elbow Disease in Young Dogs: The Hidden Menace’ in April and ‘Hip Dysplasia: Does This Dog Really Need Surgery?’ in May.

The lecture series will continue for the remainder of the year as follows:

Series 2 – ‘Advancing Your Knowledge of Trauma and Joint Disease’
‘All You Ever Wanted to Know About Joint Replacement’
‘Management of Osteoarthritis in the Dog and Cat: What You Should Know’, July
‘Trauma in Cats: A Cat is Not a Small Dog’, August

Series 3 – Truths and Myths Concerning Spinal Disease, Fracture Repair and Cancer in Dogs and Cats
‘Spinal Disease in Dogs: Myths and Misconceptions’
, September
‘Simple Fracture Repair: What You Can Do in General Practice’, October
‘Cancer of the Skeleton in Dogs and Cats: New Horizons’, November

Speaking about the launch of the new lecture series, Noel Fitzpatrick commented; “We wanted to build a programme that would give primary care clinicians access to the full spectrum of interventional options for common orthopaedic and neurology problems with the aim of providing a clearer understanding on when they might choose to refer and the knowledge to enable them to do some of the procedures themselves.”

He added; “Currently the paradigm is that you have your practice, your clients and when you refer outside the practice you lose control of the case. We want to support primary care clinicians in this series of lectures so that they feel fully informed and part of the team that is looking after that particular individual patient.  Much of the focus of the lectures will be around team building and the creation of that ‘Therapeutic Team’.  We want to support and enhance the relationship that the primary care clinician has with their client and help them to strengthen their offering, right down to explaining to them what all the terminology means by putting it in a context that they can describe to their clients.”

The lectures will take place monthly on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm at Fitzpatrick Referrals, Halfway Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2QQ.

Refreshments will be available from 7.30pm – 8.00pm and delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a Q & A session following the lecture.

For more information and to reserve your place, click here.