Panel Discussion – Antimicrobial Therapy in the Perioperative Patient

Small Animals

Panel Discussion
Date: Thu 4th May 2023
Venue: Live Online Panel Discussion & On-Demand
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Early Booking Deadline: Wednesday 5th January 2022
Registration Deadline: Wednesday 31st May 2028

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Panel Discussion - Antimicrobial Therapy in the Perioperative Patient


4  May 1PM - 4PM EST (New York)
  6PM - 9PM BST (London)
  7PM - 10PM CEST (Paris)
5 May 3AM - 6AM AEST (Sydney)


Panelists:         Mirja Christine Nolff, DVM, DECVS - University of Zurich, Switzerland
                               Sofia Johard   DVM, DECVS - IVC Evidensia, Sweden
                               Daniel Mertens   BA, MS, DVM, DACVS - Carolina Veterinary Specialists, USA

Moderator:    Fergus Allerton   BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS - Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service / Linnaeus Group, UK



Surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis is routinely employed to reduce the risk of surgical site infections in human and veterinary medicine. Is this an appropriate use of antimicrobials in otherwise healthy individuals? This question is of critical importance in a world where the threat from antimicrobial resistance is steadily increasing and where all usage of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine is under challenge.

Join our multidisciplinary panel of world-renowned experts as they discuss aspects of antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis. What determines if antimicrobials should be used for a particular procedure? Which antimicrobial(s) should be selected? When should peri-operative use end? Importantly, how can surgeons be supported to feel comfortable not using antimicrobials? Further questions from the audience are welcomed and will be included this lively debate.   


* Participants are encouraged to send in questions to prior to the panel discussion. There will also be the opportunity to raise questions during the discussion.


Panel Discussion Registration Process:     Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive an invitation to the live panel discussion in due course. The panel discussion will be recorded and after the session has taken place, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The course fee includes a certificate of attendance, that will be issued once the webinar series / webinar has ended and your attendance has been confirmed.

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    Fergus Allerton
    BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, Dipl.ECVIM-CA, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (SA)
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    Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. He spent six years working in a mixed practice in Worcestershire. A keen interest in all things medical motivated Fergus to pursue the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. He then spent three years undertaking a medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium studying for and, later gaining, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    Fergus is currently the chairman of the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) and has been involved in the PROTECT ME initiative to encourage rational antibiotic use in small animal patients. He is currently editing the next edition of the BSAVA formulary. His particular interests include gall bladder disease (especially mucocoeles in Border Terriers), canine sinonasal aspergillosis, haematology, immune-mediated disease and antibiotic stewardship.

    Fergus has a cat called Spartacus and a stick insect called Clive.

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    Daniel Mertens
    BA, MS, DVM, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Dr. Mertens taught and did research at Texas A&M University following his residency. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Mertens received the prestigious national Phi Zeta award for most outstanding manuscript in the basic science category in 2003. Dr. Mertens has numerous publications including articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2005, Dr. Mertens left academia to join the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

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    Mirja Christine Nolff, DVM, Dipl.ECVS


    European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Bio to follow.

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    Sofia Johard
    DVM, Dipl.ECVS


    European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Bio to follow

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