This 18th Annual Seminar for the Small Animal Practitioner continuing education series has been designed to present an intensive full day review of immune-mediated disease. In order to better understand immune-mediated disease one needs to understand the immune system. A simplified review of the immune system will start the day and lay the groundwork for the rest of the day.
Immunosuppressive therapy will discuss old standards, newer options, adjunct therapeutics and novel/controversial therapies. The rest of the day will highlight the three most common immune-mediated diseases seen in small animal practice: immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia and immune-mediated polyarthritis. Each of these diseases will be discussed in detail regarding diagnosis and treatment followed by discussions of cases recently treated by Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care. The cases will emphasize important lessons learned in the diagnosis or treatment of these diseases.