CAM Conversation

Great conversations and lectures from a group of professionals.

CAM conversation WITH Rosie Bescoby ABOUT how environment can affect your arthritic dog

Rosie is a fully qualified Clinical Animal Behaviourist with a degree in Zoology & Psychology from the University of Bristol & a Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University. She owns Pet Sense, which provides behaviour consultations for owners of dogs, cats and rabbits in the Bristol and North Somerset area. Rosie is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (No. 1006), and registered as both a Clinical Animal Behaviourist & as an Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (the regulatory body that represents trainers & behaviourists to both the public & to legislative bodies). She is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild (an organisation representing individuals who train using fear-free methods).

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CAM conversation WITH CAM Georgie White ABOUT light emitting diode therapy

What is your veterinary background?

I am in the midst of completing my Masters’ degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy to become a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist. Specialising in Canine and Equine, I have benefited from covering a variety of modules whilst at university including clinical practice, exercise physiology, biomechanics and ethics and welfare which have enabled me to consider all aspects of animal health at an academic level. As physiotherapists our main aim is to promote animal health and quality of life by managing and rehabilitating a variety of conditions. I am really looking forward to using what I have learnt at university and putting it in to practice.

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CAM conversation WITH Andrea Tarr FROM Veterinary Prescriber ABOUT Stem cell therapy

What are stem cells?

We all have stem cells in our bodies, and so do dogs. They can be found in small numbers in most, if not all, tissues, where their purpose is to help renew and repair tissue. Stem cells can turn into a range of cell types, depending on their origin. For example, the stem cells found in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and fatty tissue are called mesenchymal stem cells, which turn mainly into connective tissues such as bone, cartilage and tendon.

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CAM conversation WITH Zoe Belshaw ABOUT making decisions about dogs with osteoarthritis

What is your veterinary background?

I am a vet doing research at the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham Vet School. I’ve worked in all kinds of practice from charity clinics to seeing complex medicine referral cases after completing training to become an internal medicine specialist. I then stopped my day-job as an internal medicine clinician at the vet school in Nottingham and start a 4-year PhD looking at how vets and owners make decisions about dogs with osteoarthritis, which I completed last year.

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CAM conversation WITH Andrea Tarr FROM Veterinary Prescriber ABOUT the adverse effects of medicines

What is known about adverse effects when products are released?

When a new medicine is first marketed, knowledge about its adverse (or side) effects is limited to what has been learned from using it in pre-clinical and clinical trials. This means it will only have been used in carefully selected groups of animals for a limited amount of time. The total number of animals treated before marketing is relatively small – no more than a few hundred at best.

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CAM conversation WITH Mike Petty ABOUT Cannabidiol

Dr. Michael Petty, DVM, is the author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain (Countryman Press, February 2016). He is a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist. As the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, he has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals. The Animal Pain Center which is a referral facility treating acute, chronic, and post-surgical pain and conditions with the use of acupuncture, rehabilitation, myofascial trigger point therapy along with more traditional pharmaceutical interventions. Within this sphere of care, he has expanded his knowledge to encompass the most up-to-date and compassionate treatments available.

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