Desexing: Making sense of the literature and conversations with clients. A specialist surgeon’s point of view

Presented by
Dr Abbie Tipler
Presented by Dr Abbie Tipler on on 29th March 2023 ATCL BVSc MANZCVS, FANZCVS(Surgery).

Dr Abbie Tipler is a Small Animal Surgical Specialist at Veterinary Specialist Services. Soon after her 2005 graduation as a Vet, she discovered her passion for small animal surgery. This took her to London where she worked for several years in a combined general practice/orthopedic referral practice. In 2010 she moved to Sydney and sat her ANZCVS Memberships in Small Animal Surgery and in 2016 was chosen as head examiner for Memberships in Surgery. She is an active member of the surgical chapter and a regular attendee at surgical conferences world-wide including ACVS, ANZCVS Science Week and BVOA. She is a member of AO VET and is a published author in several veterinary journals. She lectures for the University of Queensland and is a regular speaker at conferences and for educational podcasts.

Abbie has spent time seeing practice or completing externships at some of the top veterinary universities including UC Davis and Bristol University. In 2017 she founded the Small Animal Surgery Discussion Page for world-wide surgical discussion which has thousands of veterinarian members. In 2018 she was the recipient of the ANZCVS travel grant for services to the Surgery Chapter.

In 2022 she was the only candidate to pass ANZCVS Fellowship examinations in Small Animal Surgery, making her the only new ANZCVS Surgery Specialist that year.

Dr Tipler has special interests in spinal surgery, orthopaedic surgery and surgery for brachycephalic breeds such as the French Bulldog.

She has been actively involved in charities such as Pets in the Park, Elephants Rhinos People, Greyhound Rescue and Cantoo. She lives in Saint Lucia, Brisbane with her husband, two young children and three ragdoll cats. She aims to inspire young female veterinarians into the field of surgery.

As a veterinarian who worked in general practice for many years prior to specialising in small animal surgery, Abbie has an acute interest in desexing practices and recommendations around the age to desex. In this talk, she will share the recent veterinary literature relating to this topic, and how this may guide client conversations on the topic. The talk will also include case examples to help guide recommendations about age to desex in your own practices.

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