Continuing Education

The staff at Belmont Veterinary Centre are dedicated to continue learning how to provide your pet with the best care!

Pets are our passion.

We work hard to further our education and provide excellent care for your pet every single visit! Here is what some of our team members have been up to so far in 2019!

April 2019

Dr. Lucy & Dr. Maria have completed their Fear Free Certification Program and have now joined Nurse Ally as certified Fear Free Professionals. We are so proud of their achievements and their determination to reduce the stress on pets when they visit the vet and that improves outcomes for our pets, our owners and our team.

March 2019

This month the vets chose epilepsy as the topic for their March webinar, attending Dr Simon Platt’s presentation on “The Top 10 treatment topics in Seizures”. Over the course of two hours Dr Platt presented many ideas and advances in treatment options. Dr Richard says the webinar has already changed the BVC recommendations for some pets with epilepsy and has caused us to update and improve our Standards of Care. All the vets reported that this webinar gave them new ideas and new treatment options.

Wow! Last month Ally enrolled in her Fear Free Certification Program and she has already completed all the required modules and achieved her status as a Fear Free Professional. We look forward to using Ally’s improved knowledge to work with you and your pet to provide a happy environment where your pet feels loved and safe.

February 2019

Koala Workshop

Giving up one of their own weekends to drive to Warrnambool for this workshop presented by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Briana and Ally enjoyed a day learning about our cuddly native “not-bears” (did you know that technically the koala isn’t a bear? I didn’t). Briana reports that they shared a very informative day learning about koalas in the wild – their social groups, behaviours and very specific home ranges. This knowledge was then extended to how to safely catch and handle koalas and how best to care for them in an emergency situation.

Fear Free Certification Program

This month Dr. Lucy, Dr. Maria and Ally enrolled in this American program to achieve certification as a Fear Free Professional. We are sure that this program will improve the quality of our offering to your pets by attempting to reduce or remove the stress that can be associated with visits to the BVC.

State of the Heart – Cardiorespiratory Conference

Dr. Maria spent 4 days in Sydney at this extremely interesting and intellectually stimulating examination of cardiorespiratory conditions in companion animals. Dr. Maria said her most important takeaway was that with the advances in pharmaceuticals there are many more options for older pets who cough and she will be expanding her treatment options to improve their standard of care and quality of life.

Feliway Cat Handling Program

This month many of the team completed their Feliway Cat Handling Program. Treina, Ally, Laura, Briana, Natalie, Lisa & Richard are all furthering their knowledge to ensure we provide safe, inviting experiences for cats at the BVC. Course materials supplied by International Cat Care.

January 2019

Ally Completes Certificate!

After many months (years) of concentrated study we are very proud that our nurse, Ally Gallagher, has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Ally has worked enormously hard and with great success to improve her skills and knowledge and support you in your pet care needs.

ISFM Webinar

This month Dr, Richard, Dr. Maria and Dr. Lucy watched a webinar titled “Atopy in cats – can in be diagnosed and managed?” presented by the ISFM and Professor of Dermatology Karen Moriello (DVM, DACVD). Monthly webinars are a great way for our vets to relax together and further their knowledge on a variety of topics. Dr Richard said this webinar reminded him how uncomfortable allergic responses are for pets and how important it is to provide relief and comfort. And not to ever give up when looking for solutions.

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Belmont VIC 3216
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