Newsletter 3/2022


News & Updates

Dear friends,

Welcome to the March ESAVS newsletter! Upcoming onApril 6th, Program Directorof the ESAVS Dermatology programProf. Dr. Lluís Ferrer, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVD (ES) will be giving a free webinar onBacterial cultures and antibiograms in dermatology: how to get clinically useful information. Everyone is welcome! In addition to the webinar, we have 16 courses coming up next quarter with a few spots left for registration. Courses are filling up quickly, so register today!We are also happy to announce that a new brochure for our2022 courses is now available in both online and print formats. Keep scrolling to find links for the webinar, course registration and brochure copies below. Finally, we would love to see you at the upcoming hybrid BSAVA Conference next week!

Program and Brochure2022
We are happy to announce that we now have our course brochure available in both online and print formats in addition to being available on our website.In our brochure, you will find brief and important information about the ESAVS courses, Master&Certificate programs, cooperation partners, course locations and much more.

Courses are now available for registration. The list of courses we are planning in 2022 is constantly updated, so please visit our website regulary.

You can browse and/or download our brochure by following the links below.
2022 Program - Wesbite
2022 Program - pdf
2022 Program - Print
Free Webinar Series

We would like to welcome you to our next free webinar, which will take place on Wednesday the 6th of April at 19:00 CEST.

ESAVS Dermatology Study Program

Program Director / Principal Course Master (ESAVS Dermatology):

Prof. Dr. Lluís Ferrer, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVD

Bacterial cultures and antibiograms in dermatology: how to get clinically useful information


Bacterial cultures and antibiograms (sensitivity testing) are very useful tools in clinical dermatology. However, in some cases the interpretation of the results and the correlation with the clinical presentation can be challenging. In this talkwe will discuss how to obtain adequate samples in different types of skin infections and the best interpretation of the results, considering all the clinical data of the patient. This is a very practical talk, full of tips and tricks for the clinician.

Register in advance for this webinar, as the places are limited.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will not be recorded, therefore we encourage you to join live!

Click here to register!

We would be very happy to see you at the BSAVA Congress which will take place from24 - 26 MarchinManchester! This conference is in hybrid format so you can participate online or in person! To find out more,click here.

Upcoming Courses 2021
Cardiology II
Residential Course
25 - 29 March 2022
Luxembourg / Luxembourg

Principal course master:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wess DACVIM, DECVIM-CA (DE)
Manual Registration
Course Overview

The Veterinary Cardiology Course II of the ESAVS requires experience and knowledge in veterinary cardiology. Topics include advanced treatment options, syncope and ECG, basic echocardiography, feline cardiomyopathies and advanced diseases.

General Program:
In the mornings: lectures with one general topic. In the afternoons: practical training on patients, group case discussion on pre-recorded case material.


  • Syncope: practical work-up and differentials
  • ECG-repetition: assessment of arrhythmia`s and treatment strategies
  • Holter Monitoring: when to use, how to do, and how to Analyse
  • Assessment of the diuretic function, the challenge between volume overload and hypo Perfusion
  • Advanced treatment options of acute heart failure
  • Advanced treatment options of chronic heart failure
  • Interactive cases management of challenging cases
  • Clinical case studies, heart failure treatment
  • Dyspnea in felines
  • Feline Cardiomyopathies: physical examination, SAM, DR VOTO, genetic tests
  • Feline Cardiomyopathies-ECG, radiography and biomarker changes
  • Update: treatment of feline cardiomyopathy
  • Aortic thrombosis diagnosis and therapy
  • ECG cases – practicals in small Groups
  • Atrial septal defect: diagnosis and treatment options
  • Ventricular septal defect: diagnosis and treatment options
  • Differentiation of MMVD and DCM in large breed dogs
  • Cyanotic heart diseases
  • Mitral and Tricuspid valve dysplasia
  • Systemic hypertension: diagnosis and treatment
  • Pulmonary hypertension: diagnosis and Treatment
  • Echocardiography basics: standard views
  • M-Mode – reference values and results Interpretation
  • Spectral Doppler-Echocardiography (PW and CW)
  • Colour Doppler-Echocardiography – tips and tricks
  • Hands-on: practical training of acquiring Echo-images from the right side
  • Hands-on: practical training of Echo-measurement; ECG cases; ECHO cases
  • Hands-on: right and left sided ECHO views; ECG cases; ECHO cases
  • Problem oriented echocardiography – volume overload
  • Problem oriented echocardiography – pressure overload
  • ECHO cases – interactive cases Management
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Radiology II
Residential Course

25 - 27 April2022
Luxembourg / Luxembourg

Principal course master:

Prof. Dr. Paul Y. Barthez, DECVDI, DACVR (LU)
Manual Registration
Course Overview

This training program is designed for veterinarians who have already attended the basic radiology course and wish to further improve their skills in diagnostic radiology of companion animals. The program is based on clinical case studies in small group work and interactive teaching to stimulate an active learning process, similar to the basic course format. The aim of the programme is to give participants further experience in radiographic image interpretation to achieve independence in most clinical situations and to facilitate their collaboration with European specialists in the fields.
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Emergency & Critical Care I
Online Course

5 - 21 May 2022

Principal course master:

Dr. Nadja Sigrist, DACVECC, DECVECC (CH)
Online Registration
Course Overview

This veterinary course in emergency and critical care is organized with the following emphasis: veterinarians that are actively integrated in an emergency service need continuous education and training. This course should give the candidates an introduction into the state of the art of emergency medicine.

** interactive case discussion: a handout will be provided in advance of the course for you to prepare for discussion of cases during the webinar.
*** videos of cases will be provided ahead of the course. These cases will be discussed in the lecture.

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Cardiology III
Residential Course
7 - 11 May 2022
Warsaw / Poland

Principal course master:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wess DACVIM, DECVIM-CA (DE)
Manual Registration
Course Overview

This veterinary course is designed to give the practitioner a basic understanding of small animal echocardiography. Major topics include ultrasound principles, normal cardiac anatomy and physiology, techniques for achieving quality results, case presentations of important diseases and hands-on scanning of normal dogs.
Skills taught in this course include further-on pulse wave Doppler, continuous wave Doppler, color flow Doppler, special measurements and calculations and applying the Bernoulli equation to clinical cases.
The participants will rotate in the afternoon in hands-on sessions through different stations with experienced instructors where individual coaching of how to obtain echocardiographic views and measurements taught in the morning lectures is the main focus.
The ECHO-Lab station focuses on pattern recognition and will present computer based Echo case presentations of clinical cases that will be solved interactive by the participants guided by an instructor. Therefore many important cardiac diseases will be seen by the participants.

Course objectives
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
♥Discuss, identify and perform a complete diagnostic study from the right and left
♥Measure 2D, M-mode and Doppler echocardiograms to quantify cardiac size
and function.
♥Compare and contrast the usefulness of 2D and M-mode Echocardiography, and of
PW, CW and color Doppler.
♥Recognize clinical uses of Doppler for estimation of intravascular pressures.
♥Describe a complete Doppler examination and obtain Doppler derived flow signals
from the heart and great vessels.
♥Discuss use of echo and Doppler in recognition, staging and management of
congenital and acquired heart disease.
♥Describe the typical imaging and Doppler echocardiograpic findings of common acquired
and congenital heart diseases.

Prerequisite: ESAVS course modules I and II provide essential knowledge of cardiac diseases in small animals. These courses provide the necessary knowledge to understand and treat the most common cardiac diseases, whereas this course in veterinary cardiology focuses on performing good ultrasound exams.

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Dermatology V
Online Course

9 May - 3 June 2022

Principal course master:

Prof. Dr. Lluís Ferrer, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVD (ES)
Manual Registration
Course Overview

This course has three different parts. The first part of this course focuses on a group of dermatological diseases of enormous importance and that do not stop growing: the genodermatoses or diseases of genetic origin. The improvement in the molecular tools has allowed the identification of the genetic defect underlying many common hereditary skin diseases, as ichthyosis, paw pad hyperkeratosis or acral mutilation syndrome. The clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of the most prevalent genetic skin diseases will be discussed in detail. The second part of the course focuses on the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases due to behavioural disorders. The third part discusses the clinical picture, diagnosis and treatment of the main skin neoplasms.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Diagnose and manage most prevalent genodermatoses of dogs and cats. Understand and correctly use genetic tests.
2. Diagnose and treat most prevalent skin diseases of dogs and cats caused by behavioural disorders.
3. Diagnose and treat most prevalent skin neoplasms of dogs and cats.
4. Follow a correct diagnostic protocol to diagnose a dog/cat with single/multiple skin nodules.

Main topics:

Skin diseases of genetic origin (genodermatoses).Cause and origin of the genodermatoses. Ichthyoses and hyperkeratotic diseases. Alopecic diseases. Epidermolytic diseases. Other genodermatoses. Diagnosis and investigation of a genodermatosis.

Psychogenic and behavioural dermatoses.Canine psychogenic dermatoses (Acral lick dermatitis, tail biting and flank sucking). Feline psychogenic dermatoses.

Cutaneous neoplasms.Diagnostic approach to skin nodules and tumours. Main skin neoplasms. Principles of surgical oncology applied to skin and sub-cutaneous tumors.
Cryotherapy. Principles of chemotherapy in skin neoplasms.

Therapy focus:
Psychotropic drugs: mechanisms of action, indications, and use.
Behavioural therapy for psychogenic dermatoses.


Cytology of epithelial tumours of dogs and cats (I)
This lecture will cover the most common benign / malignant neoplasms of the skin of dogs and cats, ranging from follicular tumours to squamous cell carcinoma and neoplasms of specialised glands. Non neoplastic epithelial lesions (e.g. follicular cysts) will also be briefly covered.

Cytology of mesenchymal tumours of dogs and cats (II)
This lecture will be focused on the most common benign / malignant neoplasms of the skin and subcutis of dogs and cats, with particular attention to soft tissue sarcomas (STSs) in dogs. In the second part of the presentation, melanocytic neoplasms will also be discussed.

Cytology of round cell tumours of dogs and cats (II)
This lecture will cover all round cell tumours of the skin and subcutis of dogs and cats, with particular attention to the diagnostic approach to canine cutaneous mast cell tumours and its cytology grading.

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