International Canine Sports Medicine Conference 2020

Following a kind invitation to speak at the then Association of Greyhound Vets annual conference in Melbourne in 2018 I was struck by the lack of similar CPD opportunities in the Northern hemisphere for those of us involved in the medical and surgical care of the working and sporting canine. I resolved to try and hold a conference here in Ireland with a worldwide target audience featuring the best speakers on medical and surgical topics from around the globe.

My first target was a man I met on another speaking engagement in Virginia U.S.A. in 2016, Dr Guillermo Couto. A former lecturer in canine medicine in Ohio State University, Dr. Couto developed an interest in the care of the greyhound especially the older dog and has extensive knowledge in the field of medical conditions in the sighthound including osteosarcoma, kidney disease and general medicine. As a community I feel us greyhound vets are light on medical knowledge and medicine tends to be a little neglected in our conferences. I was therefore delighted to secure Dr. Couto as our keynote speaker and look forward to expanding my knowledge in the area of medicine and geriatric care of the sporting and working canine.

I was anxious to have Dr. Chris Boemo on board as well- he has an outstanding body of work in the area of orthopedic surgery in sporting dogs in his practice in Melbourne Australia. Chris is also an excellent teacher- I was privileged to be a part both of a wetlab he ran at that AGV conference in 2018 and to see him deliver top quality content in a series of lectures to undergraduates in the University of Melbourne Veterinary Science faculty as an elective he and Dr Ray Ferguson run every year for vet students from all over Australia. Chris will both lecture on orthopedics and be a key part of our surgical wetlab on the Saturday. I'm hoping to replicate the one I attended in Melbourne which allowed delegates to pick the brains of the world's best surgeons on the surgical approaches to and treatments of common mulsculoskeletal conditions in the greyhound including split webs, removal of ruptured flexor tendons, stitching of common muscle tears and basic toe surgery.

Dr. Mike Guilliard has been a close friend and mentor to me for many years. He has travelled from his UK base to help me with some of the more complex orthopedic procedures in my own practice and has taught me a lot. Mike received a fellowship from RCVS for his work in distal limb injuries in greyhounds and has pioneered several new approaches to greyhound surgery most recently developing a new technique for the treatment of corns. I am delighted to have him speak on orthopedics and for him to be part of the crack wetlab team for Saturday.

Dr. Ray Ferguson is the glue that holds the global greyhound vet community together. He is the moderator of the famous email list to which we all contribute where unusual cases are discussed- we have contributors from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the U.K, mainland Europe and the U.S. This is the single best CPD resource for veterinarians dealing with sporting and working dogs on the planet. Ray has a keen interest in the nutrition of our athletes and will present on this as well as doing his best to keep the Aussie contingent in line.

You will find details of our many other excellent speakers in their biographies and in the details of their talks as information is gradually added to this site and to the EventBrite page where you can book. As well as a packed programme of academic and practical content we are not neglecting the social side. We plan a visit to the home of Guinness in Dublin, where you can sample the "black stuff" in the magnificent Sky Bar which offers panoramic views of the city. On the Saturday night it is our pleasure to invite you for dinner to Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin for the second round of our premier competition, the Irish Greyhound Derby, with a prize fund of €300,000. This is going to be the single best gathering of global experts on sporting and working dogs held in this hemisphere for many years and is also guaranteed to be great fun, don't miss it! Early bird rates will be kept as long as possible but booking early is advised!

Denis Beary MVB MRCVS





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