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Tick Paralysis: Guidelines, anecdotes and unresolved issues

The Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel, an initiative supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, established clinical guidelines  for the management of tick paralysis  in Australia. Recently, the panel reconvened to review and update the guidelines based on the latest literature. In this seminar we bring together members of the current panel to answer your questions about this important condition and the parasite that causes it.

Paralysis tick distribution: what is expected due to bushfires and climate change?
Why are some cases more severe than others: Host, tick, or the environment?
Clinical cases studies: how to manage the complex and unexpected.
Why do cats present differently?
Hear about the latest research from the Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel that may change the way you practice.

This webinar counts for one (1) CE point.

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Dr Rob Webster

Dr Rob Webster, Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, Director of Animal Emergency Service

Rob is a registered veterinary specialist in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and a Director of the Animal Emergency Service. The practice has four hospitals in tick areas of South East Queensland, and treats over 2,000 cases of tick paralysis annually. Rob has done clinical research into patients with tick paralysis and has several publications on the subject.

Dr Ellie Leister

Dr Ellie Leister, Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, Pet Intensive Care

Ellie is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She has produced numerous publications, including the largest ever feline tick paralysis case series to date in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Ellie is the Director of The Pet ICU in Brisbane – one of the foremost veterinary critical care centres in the country. 

Prof Stephen Barker

Professor of Parasitology, University of Queensland

Stephen is a Professor of Parasitology in the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland. Stephen has been studying ticks and other ectoparasites at the University of Queensland for 25 years, including studies on the biology and distribution of paralysis ticks. Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, Stephen offers a free tick-identification service to veterinarians in Australia.

Prof Rick Atwell

Prof. Rick Atwell, University of Queensland (retired)

Rick is a specialist in Thoracic Medicine and has a PhD in pulmonary hypertension. Prior to retirement, Rick was Director of the University of Queensland Clinic and Hospital, and has had various roles within the Veterinary School, including Professorship and Head of the Medicine Department. Most of his clinical research work has been in dirofilariosis and holocyclotoxicosis and he has published over 200 papers receiving several veterinary awards.

Dr Andrew Padula

Dr Andrew Padula, Honorary Research Fellow, Australian Venom Research Unit, University of Melbourne and Padula Serums Pty Ltd

Andrew is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Melbourne and has published multiple papers on venom and anti-venom topics in animals. Recently he started a biotech company, Padula Serums, producing and researching anti-venom products for animals.