Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Symposium

  Saturday 19 October 2024

     8:30am arrival, 9:15am start – 6pm

     Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010


Are you interested in learning more about the management of gastrointestinal patients and the role that nutrition can play in supporting these common and chronic cases?

Learn more about the rapidly changing research in this area, presented by three world-renowned speakers:

  • Dr Nick Cave [BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DipACVIM (Nutrition)]
  • Dr Luke Johnston [BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (SAM) FANZCVS (SAM)]
  • Dr John Hutt [BVSc (Hons) BA (Hons) MA (CW) CertVD MANZCVS DipACVD] 

Educational topics will include:

  • The fascinating world of the gut microbiome
  • Nutrition and management for acute and chronic enteropathies
  • Diets for diagnosis and management in chronic skin disease
  • The importance of Fibre for the gut
  • Fixing the faulty gut with faeces
  • Plus, much more!

The event will be fully catered and include six 40-minute lectures, a panel discussion, and an opportunity for Q&A.

There will be interactive activities with prizes and the opportunity to network with your peers.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in a valuable addition to your CPD calendar.

Spaces are limited so RSVP to secure your spot today!

Dr Nick Cave - BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DipACVIM (Nutrition)
Nick Cave graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1990 and worked in general practice for 6 years until 1997, when he returned to Massey for a residency in small animal internal medicine, and graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Science in 2000. In 2004 he moved to the University of California, Davis, where he attained a PhD in nutrition and immunology.  At the same time, he completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition, and became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2004.  In 2005, he returned to Massey University, where he was Associate Professor in small animal medicine and nutrition until this year, when he escaped academia to return to private practice and consulting.  He was a founding member of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee, and is a founding board member for the Massey University Centre for Working Dogs.  He is on the editorial board for PLOS one, the editorial Board for the New Zealand Veterinary Journal, is an associate editor for Frontiers in Veterinary Science, has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, several textbook chapters, and is a frequent commentator in public media. 

Dr Luke Johnston - BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (SAM) FANZCVS (SAM)
Luke graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Science. With a passion for specialty training he completed a 6 month training program as a rotating intern at VSS and a further 12months internship training in the 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. He has worked in a multitude of hospitals to improve his expertise and knowledge including SASH (NSW), VSS (GC), PenVet (VIC) and VCA San Francisco (CA, USA). He is proud to be a 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. He is passionate about many areas in medicine including the gastrointestinal system (especially the microbiome), endocrinology and immunology. He owns a Calico cat called Potato Gem who is a handful and a doggo called Leo (whose breed shall not be mentioned).

Dr John H C Hutt - BVSc (Hons) BA (Hons) MA (CW) CertVD MANZCVS DipACVD. Registered Specialist – Veterinary Dermatology

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He worked in general practice in Brisbane for 18 months before travelling to the UK in 1990, where he worked in small animal practice for the next 11 years. He was a clinical assistant in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 John set up North Kent Referrals, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, and he owned and ran the practice until its sale in 2012.

John is a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology, is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. John is a past President of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, where he provides the dermatology referral service.

Following his return to Brisbane in 2013, John joined the team at Dermatology for Animals. His clinical interests include the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, immune mediated skin disorders, and all aspects of feline and equine dermatology. John regularly presents on the subject of veterinary dermatology to veterinary surgeons and nurses all over the world.

Outside of work, John’s major interest is in English Literature and Creative Writing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University in 2006, followed by an Honours year in Creative Writing in 2009. He completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018.


For more information speak to your Royal Canin representative.