It is neurologically impossible to ski down a slope at Cadrona and recall the differential diagnoses of hepatobiliary disease in cats. Which is why our friend Dr David Collins is doing such a wonderful job with his Veterinary Ski Trips. Learn in the morning, Ski all day and catch up for some reminders over a drink at night… Ski in NZ while learning medicine – It’s completely impractical, but LOTS of FUN! 


Find out more below….


The Lake Wanaka Veterinary Conference is in its 12th year at the picturesque Edgewater Resort, Wanaka, from August 14 to 19th.


Wanaka is on the South Island of New Zealand, in the beautiful Otago southern Highlands.
Once again, we have an impressive lineup of speakers this year, proudly supported by IDEXX, Provet and Virbac:


Dr Andrea Harvey, a world renowned feline medicine specialist will headline the conference, talking about those common but frustrating feline problems such as feline gastrointestinal disease, hepatobiliary disease, cystitis and hyperthyroidism.
Dr Hannah Bender, a specialist pathologist, will give us an interesting pathologist’s perspective of the pathology of some of these conditions, with revealing insights for the clinicians managing these diseases. Rounding off our feline discussions will be diagnostic imager Dr Kathleen Chow, who will discuss the abdominal imaging and sampling related to feline gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary imaging so crucial for accurate diagnosis.


We are also very fortunate to have the very talented and widely respected exotics vet, Dr David Vella, join us for the end of week discussion regarding rabbits, rodents and ferrets.


The conference has AVA VetEd approval pending for AVA members and will provide all attendees with 20 CE points for the week. 


The conference begins with registration and welcome drinks on Sunday night, followed by early morning lectures Monday. The lectures finish by 9.30 am, which provides time to get out for nearly a full day skiing or boarding at nearby Cardona or Treble Cone skiing resorts. There are ample other activities for non skiers and families to do in beautiful Wanaka, including horse riding, hiking or visiting the spectacular local Otago wineries. Evening lectures start at 5 pm, with coffee and snacks provided for the hungry skiers.




The Wednesday night dinner is a night of dinner and dancing not to be missed and has been rated best ever conference dinner by previous attendees.


Early bird registrations close June 1, with $100 off the regular registration price of $990.


Please email Dave on [email protected] or phone +61 (0)410 323 320 for more information.