Emerging Ehrlichiosis with AMRRIC

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21 Jun - 28 Jun 2022

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Online Tuesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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CPD Value: 2 CPD points

Make a difference!

All proceeds donated to AMRRIC

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Have you considered the potential for Ehrlichia canis in your region? It’s not only northern Australia on high alert.

Ehrlichiosis is a nationally notifiable disease, and if you work within the geographical range of the brown dog tick, or see rescue dogs or pets on holiday from other regions, then E. canis could already be circulating in your district.

In collaboration with Dr Bonny Cumming from AMRRIC, VetPrac is delighted to bring you Emeritus Professor Peter Irwin, Dr John Beadle and Dr Sarah Elliott for a two-part online series concerning the impact, diagnosis, and treatment of ehrlichiosis in dogs.

This short course features real cases presented by vets who have worked with E. canis since the disease appeared in 2020. Bring along your questions and join the discussion with veterinarians as they share their firsthand experience with this emerging disease.

All profits from these sessions go directly to AMRRIC.

Does ehrlichiosis concern you?

  • Non-specific presentation with a range of clinical signs
  • Doxycycline may not be 100% effective
  • New studies confirm expansion in the geographical range of the brown dog tick
  • The brown dog tick is adapted to living in buildings and kennels – it’s not a bush tick
  • Common tick prophylaxis protocols may not be enough to prevent this disease
  • A live, interactive audience with experts at the forefront of E.canis research

  • Clinical rounds featuring authentic cases, as they happened

  • Down to earth Q & A where clinicians share real experiences from the field

  • Open forum: find out what you really want to know about ehrlichiosis

What you will learn

  • How to prepare your clinic and clients for ehrlichiosis
  • Habits of the brown dog tick
  • How to hone your clinical suspicion of ehrlichiosis

Workshop Schedule

Week 1 – Enter Ehrlichia canis

In the first week of our two-part series on E. canis, AMRRIC’s Dr Bonny Cumming introduces ehrlichiosis as a population health issue in rural Australia, and one which has much wider implications for indigenous culture and One Health.

Bonny is joined by Emeritus Professor Peter Irwin. He explains what the range and habits of the brown dog tick mean for dogs in urban Australia, and which clinical signs should prompt you to consider ehrlichiosis.

This session concludes with real case studies and an open Q & A forum. BYO questions, all welcome.

Week 2 – Real ehrlichiosis cases for real vets

The second session will be co-presented by Dr Sarah Elliott from Alice Veterinary Centre in Alice Springs and Dr John Beadle from All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Broome. Both of these clinicians bring clinical cases for discussion, and both have extensive experience dealing with ehrlichiosis. What does a case really look like when it walks through the door?

This is another live and interactive session, where the floor is yours to ask questions, contribute comments, and get the information you need to prepare for ehrlichiosis in your practice.



Two, one-hour sessions, $110


Be prepared for emerging ehrlichiosis


All profits go directly to AMRRIC

Your Educators

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Dr Bonny Cumming

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons1) MVS (Cons Med)

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Specialisation: Program Manager - Strategic Delivery with AMRRIC

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Bonny joined the AMRRIC team in October 2013 having been a strong supporter since volunteering on an AMRRIC dog health program in Kintore in 2008.
Bonny has a keen interest in One Health principles, combining community development, animal health and welfare and conservation to improve animal, human and ecosystem health. She is a veterinarian, has a Masters in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, and has worked in private veterinary practice, animal shelters, zoos and wildlife hospitals.
Bonny thoroughly enjoys getting out into the field and has been fortunate to use her degree to travel widely, working in remote locations with a variety of species amid various cultures. Bonny feels extremely privileged to work for AMRRIC, utilising her veterinary training for ‘big picture’ issues with vast reach.

Emeritus Professor Peter Irwin

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Qualifications: BVetMed, PhD, FANZCVS, MRCVS

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Specialisation: Canine Medicine

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Peter graduated in veterinary science from the Royal Veterinary College, London University in 1982 and has a PhD from James Cook University (1991) for studies into canine babesiosis in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and is a registered specialist in canine medicine. Peter was Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University between 2014-2019 and Chair of Veterinary Schools of Australia and New Zealand (the council of veterinary deans) 2016-2017. Peter is currently appointed Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University.

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Dr John Beadle

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Qualifications: BVSc

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John graduated from University of Melbourne in 1987 and early veterinary years were spent in dairy practice in Victoria, followed by two years working and travelling in Europe. In the early 90's John found himself 'on the road' in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and a two week visit to Broome in 1995 has never ended.
John started All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in 1998. "I loved Broome and the Kimberley from the outset, and decided this was the place for me to set up my practice." John concentrated on his strengths in small animal medicine and surgery and quickly developed a loyal following in the town.

Dr Sarah Elliott

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Qualifications: BVM&S, MANZCVS (small animal internal medicine)

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Specialisation: small animal internal medicine

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Sarah qualified from the university of Edinburgh in 2014 and after a few years working in the UK moved to Australia to try something new. She has worked in small animal, mixed and emergency clinics in the UK and Australia and after doing a 12 month internal medicine internship, sat her ANZCVS membership exams in 2019. Sarah currently works in Alice Springs for Northern Territory Veterinary Services where she enjoys the variety of remote work and is privileged to regularly visit remote communities and engage in community dog programs.

Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 14 days after the completion of the course. After 14 days participants will have the opportunity to subscribe each month to continue to have access to the materials.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165


VetPrac actively supports community and volunteer initiatives in the conservation and One Health spheres. To this end, we are delighted to introduce Dr Bonny Cumming from AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) and direct all profits from this short course to support AMRRIC’s work in remote Australia.

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