• 30 March 2016

Brachycephalic breeds in the spotlight at London Vet Specialists’ CPD evening

The current trend for ownership of dogs with extreme brachycephalic features shows no sign of abating. With their exaggerated conformation, caused by selective breeding for a short head and muzzle, comes an increased risk of upper airway disease.

The manifestation of this, Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), is the subject of an upcoming talk by London Vet Specialists’ Dr Janet Kovak McClaran, one of the world’s leading soft tissue surgeons. The presentation, “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Disease: Considerations and Surgical Management”, will take place on April 26th 2016, at 7.45pm at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

In her talk, Dr McClaran, formerly Head of Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York, will look at the common presenting signs of BOAS, such as snoring, coughing, panting and inability to exercise, as well as more severe manifestations such as collapse. Dr McClaran will discuss anatomical development and features, before considering the work-up of cases including diagnostic investigation. She will advise on how to select those patients that would benefit from surgery, and how these are best stabilised and prepared. A look at traditional surgical techniques, such as rhinoplasty and palatoplasty, will be followed by discussion of novel techniques such as laser-assisted turbinectomy (LATE). As these high-risk surgical patients need particularly careful post-operative care, discussion of emergency intervention in the recovering period is also included. 

The event is free for all veterinary professionals, and CPD Certificates will be available. The evening commences at 7.00pm with supper and refreshments, followed by the seminar at 7.45pm. The evening is expected to finish by 9.30pm.