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Veterinary Dermatology day provided by ESVD in Riga January 2017:  
Interactive case discussions for practitioners

It was a great pleasure for me, recently graduated veterinarian, to take part in first ESVD veterinary dermatology conference held in Riga, Latvia, and become a part of veterinary dermatology world at least for a one day. 

At the conference different dermatological cases were discussed. These were presented by Claudia Nett-Mettler, Katarina Varjonen, Lucia Panakova, Svetlana Belova, Laura Udraite and Sue Paterson. Conference speakers observed important anamnesis data, clinical examination, diagnostic tests and treatment in each case. Besides, participants were provided by important information about ESVD future courses and opportunities for less well-funded countries, including information about the Travel Grant. Now I consider applying for the travel grant to visit 29th Annual Congress of the ESVD-ECVD. Furthermore, congress participants received a one year ESVD membership for reduced fee. I have already been an ESVD member, and I am very grateful for this year opportunity. 

I would like to thank sponsors for excellent product presentation and presents, which will be undoubtedly effective in patients with dermatological diseases. Also, I wish to thank organizers for very well organized event, where should be noted the high professionalism. Moreover, as pleasant bonuses were delicious food and a free parking. 

The congress was very useful for me and other practitioners to develop their knowledge. I hope there will be more ESVD congresses in our country and I definitely would like to take a part in other events provided by ESVD.

 

Sincerely,

Alina Lubnina, DVM, Latvia

 

Dear ESVD, 

As it was first time for us to organize so large and important conference, we would like to say few words about the meeting in Riga.

Let us start from the end - it was great meeting and we loved it all! Scientific program was fantastic, well-known European dermatologists were talking about many interesting and practice-relevant topics to a wide audience. So many participants, from different countries took part in the event; they were mostly from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as Poland, UK and Bulgaria – more than 100 participants in total.  When we started to prepare this meeting, we had no idea how much interest it will ignite. Seeing how huge the interest was makes us believe, that future meetings are going to be a success too. Due to the huge interest of Lithuanian colleagues it is necessary to think about organizing one of next European countries conferences in Lithuania. 

As you can imagine, the venue is of utmost importance and we were very lucky to find a nice one. Islande Hotel was very nice and well-equipped, and we received all support we needed. No technical troubles, smooth transitions between speakers, loudspeakers and sound system were working well, so no scientific information got lost. Taking into account the request of some colleagues simultaneous translation to Russian was provided.  Helpful hotel personnel made our life much easier. And the meals and refreshments were delicious.

Receiving positive reviews, smiling faces and intense exchange between the participants convinced us, that the meeting was well received - most rewarding and fulfilling experience. It would not be possible without the support of the sponsors – three Gold sponsors – Royal Canin, ICF and Laboklin and without contribution of Magnum Veterinaria, VET-MED, KRKA, Dermoscent and AB Kauno Grudai

Riga, old medieval city, was a perfect place for such a meeting and we are looking forward to meet you all next year in Sofia.

We wish the coming local organizers all the best and – do not hesitate to call or mail us, we will be happy to share our experience with you.

We would like to thank ESVD for giving us a chance to organize this wonderful meeting, and especially to Lucia Panakova for being such a good friend and supporter.

Yours cordially,

Jevgenija Kondratjeva, Latvia,

Viktorija Lokianskiene, Lithuania

Local organisers

Pictures from the laser workshop can be found at http://esvd-ecvdcongress.phanfare.com


ESVD practical Laser Workshop 
10-11 November 2016 , Augsburg, Germany
Speakers: Dr. Mona Boord, Dr. John Godbold, Dr. Claudia Nett, Dr. Ursula Mayer

Having recently purchased a CO2 surgical laser for the practice I was delighted that the ESVD was running a workshop on laser therapy and I was quick to sign up as a participant. By way of introduction Mona Boord reviewed the science and physiology behind lasers. For many of us in the room, high school physics was in the distant past, however her approach was succinct and understandable and we were quickly up to speed.  This course included a substantial practical component which allowed us to gain experience with both surgical and therapeutic lasers and use them on various tissue types. This was hugely advantageous and the organisers and sponsors are to be congratulated on facilitating this. Presentation of case material by all the speakers which included indications for laser type, successes and failures was most valuable. There was much discussion amongst the group about the pros and cons of photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy) after John Goldbold presented some interesting case material. The consensus opinion was that therapy looked interesting but further controlled studies needed to be performed with more rigorous attention to parameters in Dermatology patients. A future challenge for the specialty!

I came away from this course with more confidence in my new surgical equipment and enthusiastic about the benefit this new modality will have for my patients. 

 

Hilary Jackson, UK

Pictures from the laser workshop can be found at http://esvd-ecvdcongress.phanfare.com

Veterinary Dermatology day provided by ESVD in Budapest January 2016:  
Interactive case discussions for practitioners

I’m very glad to report about the first Hungarian ESVD event, which was held in Budapest, at the Hotel Mercure Buda.

There was a high turnout at the one-day congress, with almost 100 practitioners in attendance. They arrived mainly from Hungary, but we had several guests from Austria and Lithuania as well.

English was the official language of the conference, assisted by professional simultaneous translation.

 

The speakers  took further the tradition of interactive case reports as in Austria and Poland before.  The vets were good partners in the diagnostic work. The speakers, the board members of ESVD, Sue Paterson, Claudia Nett-Mettler, Katarina Varjonen, Luc Beco and Lucia Panakova presented us very interesting and useful cases.

We had one Hungarian speaker, Noémi Tarpataki. She is likely to become the first derm graduate from Hungary. She is completing her residency training in Zürich, Switzerland.

Luc showed an excellent presentation about ESVD and its events, which was very useful and necessary,  as ESVD had been unknown for the majority of Hungarian vets.

The meeting could not have been planned and organised without the two gold sponsors, Merial and ICF, and without the financial contribution of Royal Canin and Ceva.

The congress posed a great opportunity for Hungarian vets with dermatology interest to meet each other and develop their common knowledge.  Taking advantage of the occasion we established the Hungarian Veterinary Dermatology Association, which I hope will be of big help to develop vet dermatology in our country.

Finally, in the name of Hungarian practitioners I would like to thank ESVD board members for coming to Budapest, and thus making this professional congress so unique and such a success.

Márta Pétsch

Local Organizer

Pictures from the Budapest meeting can be found at http://esvd-ecvdcongress.phanfare.com

 

The ESCD Immunology Workshop in York, November 2015

The ESVD Immunology workshop was held in the fascinating town of York from 25 to 27th November, 2015. I really appreciated the location, a historic walled city founded two thousand years ago. A blend of Roman walls and medieval architecture can be found in what is considered to be the most haunted city of England!  Visiting the York Dungeon before the social dinner added fun and scare to the city reputation.

 

As the workshop is concerned, participants, both residents and more experienced veterinarians coming from all over Europe, had the opportunity to listen to prestigious speakers on the wide and fascinating subject of Immunology. Michael Day gave a lectio magistralis on the skin immune system and how it reacts to cutaneous microorganisms, explaining the most recent developments in immunodiagnostics, immunohistochemistry and histopathology. Petra Bizikova actually enchanted the audience introducing and going deeply into the latest data about mechanisms of autoimmunity, immune mediated diseases and immunosuppression . Tim Nuttall masterfully deepened from a clinical point of view the most diffused immune mediated diseases of our domestic animals. 

 

I was personally really pleased with this workshop, and as a first-year resident I found it very useful in order to understand the mechanisms of this intriguing subject, so important for anyone with interest in dermatology.

 

Roberta Sartori, Italy.

 

ESVD Workshop Dermatopathology, June 2015, Cremona (Italy)

Invited speakers, computer and Lab sessions and discussion were: Verena K. Affolter (DVM, PhD, DECVP), Elisabeth A. Mauldin (DVM, DACVP, DACVD) and Paola Roccabianca (DVM, PhD, DECVP).

Invited Lab sessions and discussion: Claudia von Tscharner and Julie A. Yager.

Local organizer: Silvia Colombo (DVM, DECVD)

As is previous years, this ESVD Workshop aimed continuous professional development in the the particular area of the dermatopathology. It was suitable for general practitioners with special interest of this topic but also offered the opportunity to diplomates and residents, both veterinary pathology and dermatology colleges, to increase and have an in-depth educational training in dermatopathology.
This course changed its format a little bit from previous ones and added more interactive sessions and exercises similar to what one would encounter in the board exam. The Lab sessions were very valuable mostly due to the willingness of the invited persons to share its experience and excellent slides as well as they were easy approach to discuss cases and questions.
This workshop represented an unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all parts of the world. In my opinion one of the most interesting feature of this workshop was the fact that I was able to meet pathologists and pathologist residents, actually 18 out of 49 participants, that is 37% of the total attendance, from different countries and share the pathologist’s perspective of dermatopathology and approach to the skin diseases. They participants came from all over Europe as well as Asia (Israel, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan), America (USA, Brazil, Mexico). As already mentioned I also found very rewarding the opportunity to reach and ask great and prestigious pathologist that were present not only lecturing but also in the practical sessions. Furthermore all participants enjoyed the nice city and calm, relaxed atmosphere of Cremona as well as the kindness of its people. Here medieval and Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical blend harmoniously to stir the curiosity of the visitor. Cremona's musical tradition has old and august origins: it is home to the families of the world's most famous luthiers (Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri), and for me I will also miss the ristrettos.

By Ramón M. Almela, Augsburg, Germany

Workshop Clinical pathology, November 2014, France


Invited speakers were: Dr. Patrick Bourdeau, Dr. Vincent Bruet, Dr. Claude Favrot, Dr. Benoit Rannou and Dr. Kurt Sick.

Local Organizers: Dr. Patrick Bourdeau and Dr. Vincent Bruet in collaboration with Pauwels Congress Organisers (PCO)

This course aim was at educating dermatology residents and veterinarians with interest in dermatology on the optimization microscopic observations and also blotting and PCR techniques, sampling and indications. Eight hours of interactive wetlab were programmed on cytology, parasitology and mycology

Here some impresssions from the workshop

This workshop on parasitology and mycology was incredibly comprehensive and  I left with a large amount of take home information. 
The cytology day was successful: the combination of theoretical teaching and practical implementation, information retention was far more attainable. The speakers KurT Sick and Benoit Rannou had a very friendly approach on how to recognize the different types of tumours and inflammatory process by presenting challenging cases and offering good explanations. 
The expert opinion of Prof. Bourdeau shed light on the the huge collection of parasite specimens, which, albeit numerous looked clear. Everyone tried his/her best to remember as much as possible and thoroughly examine them all!. 
During the mycology day I better recognized the differences between many types fungi, and learned the advantages and disadvantages of different  ways of sampling. The last half day was a bit overwhelming as PCR and blotting techniques are usually not performed by clinical dermatologists. But the knowledge shared by prof. Claude Favrot definitely helped to better understand these procedures. 
All the participants from 17 countries enjoyed the well known French hospitality, wine and cuisine. Last, but not least, the city of Nantes is beautiful and blends history, old architecture with modern art at every step. I took an extra day just to visit it; it proved well worth it.

By Rares Capitan, Bucharest, Romania



Workshop Structure and Function, June 2014, Belgium


Invited speakers were: Dr. Keith Linder, Dr. Thierry Olivry and Dr. Monika Welle

Local Organisers: Luc Beco in collaboration with Pauwels Congress Organisers (PCO)

This course aimed at educating dermatology residents and veterinarians with interest in dermatology on the latest developments in epidermal, dermal and follicular pathology.  The lectures included information regarding structure of selected cutaneous components followed by the explanation of pathologic mechanisms leading to animal skin diseases uniquely associated with these components.

Here some impresssions from the workshop

As a freshmen in my dermatology residency I participated in the 2nd workshop on Structure and Function of the Skin which was held in Spa, Belgium in June….what an experience!!! The level and the quality of this course were extremely high, giving the impression of spending four days at the edge of knowledge in this field. Our passionate speakers Thierry Olivry, Keith Linder and Monika Welle did their best to unravel the mysteries of ultrastructure and molecular biology of the epidermis, basal membrane, dermis, adnexa and  their diseases in a way that nobody could have done any better.  At the end of the course a lot of questions were answered but many others arose…. The efforts for keeping up with the complicated topics was compensated by a well deserved relaxing half day in the spa and by the company of the wonderful group of participants. Among them there were many residents who, like me, were overwhelmed by the depth of the information and worried about having to know it all for the diploma examination! Luc Beco proved to be once more an excellent organizer and host in his home town Spa, a noble village in Belgium, where we also could taste wonderful food and excellent wine. I really hope this course will be repeated in the future because I consider it a “must have” workshop for everybody who “feels something “ for dermatology!

By Rares Capitan, Bucharest, Romania

ESVD Communications skills workshop, October 2013, Germany


The 1st Workshop on Communication skills was held on 17-19 October 2013 in Munich area (Ammersee). Invited speakers were:

Dr. Julia Atkin          www.learning-by-design.com
Dr. Ralph Schickel    www.inBehandlung.de
Dr. Jochen Schlicht   www.schlicht-leadership-development.de/team_js.html

Here some impresssions from the workshop

A must have CPD
Been working for many years or fresh out from Uni you will recognize that the most important skills for a successful work life weren't taught there.
This course embraced cleverly the subject of communication and ways of improving interpersonal skills, its a must have for everybody and an eyeopener for the ones that thought they mastered the skill.
Have a think about this! More than 80% of your time at work doesn't require a university degree, its the time you spend communicating with clients, nurses, colleagues and patients hence the most important part of a successful career. Can you afford not to improve on those 'soft skills'?

By Tommy Blaehr

 

First things first: this communication course was the most applicable and valuable course I have been to for many years. Gaining deeper knowledge of our own thinking style and preference enabled us quickly to understand other people’s way of thinking. Different team work activities enlightened abilities like leadership, vision, engineering, feelings and much more. Through a clarification of the brain’s integral learning comprising: knowledge, meaning, procedures and personal experience it became clear to us that we must engage and integrate all modes of the brain’s processing to be a good teacher/communicator.
We were shown that even though someone has a preferred leading style, it is important to adjust the leading style to the situation in order to have success. Role play elucidated situations we find most challenging in our daily work. The group then suggested the best ways of dealing with the situation and pointed out how not to act. Increasing compliance in treating chronic cases was one of the main subjects.  Our three teachers were all powerful communicators, engaging everyone and being able to crosslink their different areas of focus. Our thanks go to Dr. Ursula Mayer who made this workshop possible. “Communication skills” should become a regular workshop option for ESVD members. There is little help in knowing all the facts if you cannot communicate them.

Babette Taugbol
Oslo, Norway

 

   


ESVD Conference in Veterinary Dermatology for Young Vets and Students, Juli 2013, Austria


 For the first time ever, the ESVD successfully held its “Young Vets Veterinary Dermatology Conference” from 13-14 July 2013 at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria.  An esteemed panel presented a series of lectures ranging in topics from careers in veterinary dermatology to lesion recognition and diagnosis to case studies.  Speakers included Dr. Craig Griffin, Dr. Lucia Panakova and Dr. Jan Rybnicek.   

112 participants, to include students, pactioners, and faculty,  from17 countries comprised the audiance.  A dinner and social hour allowed participants to get to know each other as well provided an opportunity to network with industry leaders. 

As part of the conference registration fee, participants recieved a one year membership to the ESVD allowing for continuing education and opportunities for young veterinarians in dermatology.  Please extend a warm welcome to our new members.   

By  Ericka L. Carroll, VMD

ESVD Dermatopathology Workshop, Mai 2013, Italy


The 6th ESVD Workshop on Dermatopathology was held on 15-18 May 2013 in Palazzo Trecchi in Cremona.

The speakers Verena Affolter, Elizabeth Mauldin, Claudia von Tscharner and Julie Yager did a wonderful job discussing many of the topics in this fascinating field of dermatology.   
The interaction between the speakers and participants has been very high during the lectures and the laboratory sessions. Both residents and the more experienced vets were very satisfied at the end!
Participants enjoyed the venue, Palazzo Trecchi one of the oldest building in the town, and after the lectures use to walk in the central medieval square and taste wine and typical food.  

Cremona has been very proud to host this event again.
 
Arrivederci!

Fabia Scarampella    



 

ESVD Equine Dermatology Workshop, November 2012, Netherlands


For at least fourth time now, the ESVD held a workshop on Equine Dermatology. We had an excellent set of speakers with Marianne Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan (Dipl. of Equine Internal Medicine) with a long interest in Equine Dermatology, from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, Kerstin Bergvall (Dipl.ECVD), which sees horses one day a week at the University of  Uppsala, Sweden in addition to her small animal dermatology work, Sue Paterson (Dipl.ECVD) who, as one director of a 9 practice veterinary group in St Helens, UK, sees small animal and horse dermatology referrals and Trevor Whitbread Dipl.ECVP the founder of Abbey Veterinary Services, a specialist in histopathology and cytology with a long interest in skin histopathology.

We had 52 participants from 14 Countries (UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Lithuania and Slovak Republic). The workshop attracted diplomates, residents, histopathologists, equine practitioners as well as other vets with a high interest in Equine Dermatology. The local organisation was shared by Marianne and our congress PCO, which provided us with the help of our sponsors Dechra, Elanco and Pfizer with a beautiful setting in a forest area near the little town Amersfoort in the Netherlands. It could be easily reached with a 45 min. train ride from Amsterdam airport. As it is tradition in our workshop and the dermatology family, the social dinners (in the hotel and also in the town of Amersfoort) gave an ideal setting for exchange of ideas and chatting with old and new friends, sometimes until the morning hours.

I personally tremendously enjoyed the discussion and exchange of experience with our colleagues from Equine Medicine. Therefore I hope that for the future we will be able to attract more Equine practitioners and spur a deeper interest in Dermatology in them – since there is so much we can learn from each other.
By Ursula Mayer

 

Speakers: Kerstin Bergvall, Sue Paterson, Trevor Whitbread, Marianne Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan