Immune Mediated Disease for General Practitioners

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6 Sep - 4 Oct 2022

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CPD Value: 8 CPD Points

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The immune system can be harnessed for healing or it can work very, very hard against us. Add to that: the treatment for immune mediated disease can be risky in the face of comorbidities or if the diagnosis is not correct.

How do clinicians tease out the details?

This online course offers an update on immune-mediated disease in small animals, and shares clinical pearls for the use of immunomodulatory medications, either alone or in combination.

Do you struggle with…

  • Diagnosing immune-mediated conditions?

  • Choosing the right immunosuppressive medications?

  • Managing complications from immunosuppressive therapy?

What if there was a five-week, online course where general practitioners could refresh their knowledge and get an update on immune-mediated disorders?

Join us for this wonderful five week course with internal medicine specialist Dr Luke Johnston as he delves into immune mediated disease for the general practitioner. From diagnosis and common presentations, through to management and monitoring immunosuppressive therapy, these weekly sessions are designed to give you the most practical information with extra time to ask those burning questions. 




What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Diagnosis of immune mediated disease
  • Common immune mediated conditions in general practice
  • Immunomodulatory medications
  • The art and science of managing immune mediated dysfunction
Develop your skills in :
  • Teasing out immune mediated causes of disease from others on your differentials list
  • Navigating immunomodulatory drugs
  • Recognising and troubleshooting side effects
  • How to gauge the effectiveness of immunosuppressive therapy

Workshop Schedule

Week 1 – Immune mediated blood disorders, part one

Immune mediated haemolytic anaemia may be reasonably common, but that doesn’t mean diagnosis is a cinch. Use this week to update yourself on the features of IMHA and reacquaint yourself with the diagnostic pathway. We’ll also cover analysis of blood smears and other tests, so you can put your best foot forward on the path to immune-mediated management.

Week 2 – Immune mediated blood disorders, part two

Initiating immunosuppressive therapy can be daunting. This week, we review therapy options for IMHA, and how IMTP can throw a spanner in the works. Take this opportunity to pick up some great clinical pearls from Dr Johnston and fine-tune your approach to combination therapy for immune-mediated haematological disorders.

Week 3 – Immune mediated conditions of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems

Immune-mediated disorders in this category can present with pathognomonic features – or a complete lack of them. This week we cover one hypersensitivity and several systemic inflammatory diseases with a musculoskeletal or neurological flavour. For immersion in IMPA, SRMA, and MUO, stop right here.

Week 4 – Infectious disease and its relationship to immune mediated disease

Infectious organisms can mimic immune mediated disease or even spark an immune cascade. Therse include those which have been around for some time in Australia (for example, Babesia, Mycoplasma, Leptospira, and Anaplasma) and other new arrivals to this country (like Ehrlichia). The question here is how do we treat these cases, and do we use immunosuppressives?

Week 5 – Immunological oddities

Hoofbeats? This week, don’t blame the horses. We explore some immunological zebras: unique malfunctions of the immune system and some new, lesser-known conditions in small animal medicine that have a growing importance. 



5 weeks of time towards better knowledge, $660


Online, in one and a half hour sessions


Better job satisfaction and patient care

Your Educators

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Dr Luke Johnston

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (SAIM), FANZCVS (SAIM)

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Specialisation: Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

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Luke graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 and with a passion for specialty training, he completed a six-month rotating internship at VSS and a further 12-month internship in the United States. Shortly after, he completed his residency training in Australia and his fellowship exams in 2021, and is now a registered specialist in small animal internal medicine. Luke has worked in a variety of hospitals including SASH (NSW) and VCA San Francisco (CA, USA). He is proud to be part of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science as president of the Small Animal Internal Medicine chapter, and an examiner for future specialists of the college. His interests include endocrinology, gastro-intestinal disease and neurological disease.

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 30 days after the completion of the course.

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



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