Agenda Day 1 - Friday, October 2nd

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[Wellnesss] Communication & Managing Client Expectations 08:00AM - 08:50AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Whether you are proficient in this topic or still honing your skills, this refresher-style presentation will help participants build better communication styles with their clients and coworkers, help provide language on how to manage expectations of yourself and others, and also set boundaries with clients.
Speakers

Makenzie Peterson, MSc

[Controlled Substances] Controlled Substance Review for Veterinary
Professionals Part 1 & Part 2 08:00AM - 09:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Best Pet RX.
Provides review of common issues relating to controlled substance use, prescribing and storage in veterinary medicine. Discusses the classification of controlled substances at the Federal and NY State level and legislation as it pertains to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in NY State. I-STOP, compounding, prescription writing and labeling requirements are included.
  1. Understand the classification of controlled substances at the Federal and NY State level
  2. Be familiar with legislation as it pertains to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in NY State
  3. Discuss I-STOP reporting

Part II will cover requirements for recordkeeping and storage of controlled substances in New York. There will also be an interactive discussion on diversion detection and prevention methodologies, including some cases of diversion in various practice settings. Legal disposal of controlled substance for the practice setting and the client will be covered as well.
  1. Define diversion and recognize possible signs of diversion
  2. Be able to utilize multiple methods to prevent diversion
  3. Be familiar with record keeping and storage requirements for controlled substances
  4. Be able to educate clients/owners on proper drug disposal

Speakers

Amy Morgan, PharmD, RPh

[Spinal Disease] Gait analysis 08:00AM - 08:50AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
Owners often describe an abnormal gait as the reason for presentation for a dog or cat with either orthopedic or neurologic disease. A systematic way to analyze the gait is critical in determining the difference between orthopedic and neurologic disease, set the stage for appropriate neurolocalization, and detect subtle changes that may change diagnostic priorities. A key element in differentiating orthopedic versus neurologic disease is to consider whether or not the animal knows where the limbs are in space. Ataxia may be characterized by evaluating paw position, looking at limb position relative to the center of gravity and the spine, and can vary depending on whether the ataxia is primarily caused by spinal disease, vestibular or cerebellar disease. It can sometimes be difficult to assess whether or not forelimbs are involved or just the pelvic limbs, or if one limb or more than one is abnormal. We will break down the gait to help recognize abnormalities and categorize them to direct further diagnostics.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe classic signs of proprioceptive, vestibular and cerebellar ataxia
  2. Use stride length and limb position to help neurolocalization
  3. Differentiate orthopedic gait abnormalities from neurologic gait abnormalities

Speakers

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

[Veterinary Technician] Tips and Tricks on Taking Fast Dental Radiographs
in Dogs 08:00AM - 08:50AM EDT

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Plan to spend time with a technician that teaches students daily and performs full mouth x-rays in 20 minutes. We will go over tricks that will help you speed up your dental x-ray taking as well as how to fix common problems and improve your diagnostic imaging.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Attendees will be able to identify the correct angles needed for each tooth, choose appropriate tools and place correctly to obtain a diagnostic image
  2. Attendees will be able to describe correct tube and plate placement to obtain a diagnostic image
  3. Attendees will be able to identify non-diagnostic images
  4. Attendees will be able to identify common mistakes and describe strategies of how to fix it

Speakers

Kalli Anderson-Dyer, LVT

[Production Medicine] Treating mild, moderate, and severe mastitis
on the farm 08:00AM - 08:50AM EDT

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In this session, we will discuss current therapeutic thoughts on pathogen based treatment for mild and moderate mastitis based on experiences with over 100,000 cows working with Quality Milk Production Services and practitioners and the research that supports it. We’ll also spend some time on what to do with unfortunate cases of severe clinical mastitis. In addition, we’ll aim to understand recording mastitis events and treatment algorithms to comply with current regulations.
Learning objectives:
  1. Understand the suite of available FDA approved antimicrobials for mastitis treatment
  2. Understand who understanding the pathogen associated with a clinical case might impact treatment decisions
  3. Understand the economic and regulatory implications of treatment decisions

Speakers

Daryl Nydam, DVM, PhD

[Production Medicine] Biological, economic, and regulatory
considerations for selective dry cow therapy 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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In this session, we will discuss the current thoughts on selective dry cow therapy and how it compares to blanket dry cow therapy in terms of cow well-being, economic considerations, and regulatory concerns based on experience and current research. We’ll spend time understanding how to implement selective dry-cow therapy and choose herds for success. In addition, we’ll aim to understand how to do this with computer records or without.
Learning objectives:
  1. Understand the suite of available FDA approved antimicrobials for dry cow therapy
  2. Compare blanket v. selective dry cow therapy in options with specific herd considerations
  3. Understand the economic and regulatory implications for dry cow treatment decisions

Speakers

Daryl Nydam, DVM, PhD

[Wellnesss] The Art of Saying ‘No’ 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Many of us struggle with disagreeing and setting professional boundaries and limits in the workplace. From psychological barriers to lacking technical skills, there’s many reasons why it can be difficult to say ‘no’ when there feels like a lot of pressure to say ‘yes’ – especially when there is a power imbalance. This presentation will walk participants through how to identify their personal barriers to saying ‘no,’ the pinch points that they may need to overcome, and phrases that they can use to help them create better boundaries and a more balanced workload that allows them to say ‘yes’ to life outside of work.
Speakers

Makenzie Peterson, MSc

[Dermatology] The scary side of staph: how to avoid multi-drug resistant
infections in Dermatologic cases 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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This lecture will cover the principles behind good antimicrobial stewardship in Dermatologic cases. From first time offenders and empiric antibiotic choices, to frustrating money cases, to cultures that downright frighten you Dr. J will cover it all and provide guidance on how to handle these often frustrating situations. We all need antibiotics, let’s just make sure we are using them correctly! Questions and participation welcome!
Learning Objectives:
  1. Feel confident choosing empiric antimicrobials for Dermatologic cases.
  2. Add tools to your toolbox for how to manage multi-drug resistant skin infections.
  3. Better understand our role as key players in antimicrobial stewardship and feel good about your impact on the world!

Speakers

Julia Miller, DVM, DACVD

[Veterinary Technician] Tips and Tricks on Taking Fast Dental
Radiographs in Cats 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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Plan to spend time with a technician that teaches students daily and performs full mouth x-rays in 20 minutes. We will go over cat-specific tricks that will help you speed up your dental x-ray taking as well as how to fix common problems and improve your diagnostic imaging.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Attendees will be able to identify the correct angles needed for each tooth, choose appropriate tools and place correctly to obtain a diagnostic image
  2. Attendees will be able to describe correct tube and plate placement to obtain a diagnostic image
  3. Attendees will be able to identify non-diagnostic images
  4. Attendees will be able to identify common mistakes and describe strategies of how to fix it

Speakers

Kalli Anderson-Dyer, LVT

[Equine] Ultrasound of the Acute Abdomen 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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We will review normal and abnormal ultrasonographic findings of horses presented for colic. Non-GI causes of colic will also be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognition of normal abdominal structures and their appearance.
  2. Recognition of abnormalities of abdominal structures.
  3. Recognition of abnormalities of non-GI origin that may present as colic.
  4. Speakers

    Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS (LA)

[Spinal Disease] What’s new in disc disease 09:05AM - 09:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
Intervertebral disc disease is a very common and controversial disease in dogs. Although many cases may be appropriately medically managed, surgery is often indicated. Medical management must be grounded by a sound understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease. Imaging diagnosis and surgery are continually evolving areas, particularly for dogs presenting with tetra- or paraplegia. Although most surgeons are moving from radiography and myelography to cross-sectional imaging, decision making about case screening with radiographs, and choice of CT versus MRI requires a carefully constructing differential diagnosis list and a back-up plan if unexpected findings occur. Timing and type of surgery, role of durotomy and use of corticosteroids are all areas than can generate controversy in any meeting of neurologists and neurosurgeons. While cervical disc disease is less common than thoracolumbar disc disease, it is one of the most painful diseases small animal practitioners must deal with and one of the most frustrating for owners to manage at home. Owner education, easily accessible veterinary support and a range of treatment options are essential to avoid unwarranted euthanasia in many of these cases.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Given a case scenario, construct an appropriate medical management plan based on pathophysiology
  2. List and prioritize imaging options for diagnosis and surgical planning
  3. Educate an owner on appropriate prognosis and management of the deep pain negative dog with intervertebral disk disease

    1. Speakers

      Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

[Wellnesss] Developing a Culture of Wellbeing in Your Practice 10:30AM - 11:20AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Trying to shift or change a practice culture can be a long, arduous process, but worth the energy and effort to build a more resilient profession. Not only does this improve retention, it also improves moral and diminishes workplace burnout. This workshop will cover the top models for organizational culture change, how to incorporate multiple stakeholder needs, and navigating barriers to change such as; closed attitudes, counterproductive change dynamics, and lack of expertise. Participants will leave with an awareness and an intellectual framework to think more critically about how to achieve a culture of wellbeing in their practices and build more collective resilience in veterinary medicine.
Speakers

Makenzie Peterson, MSc

[Clinical Pathology] How to make and evaluate a blood smear
and some case examples as to why you should 10:30AM - 11:20AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Best Pet RX.
In a busy practice, making and evaluating a blood smear are often neglected. This presentation will highlight why this is an important practice that can provide valuable information in addition to an automated CBC. A scanned blood smear will be used to instruct attendees on the proper method for evaluating a blood smear. Images from blood smears from several cases will then be used to highlight information gained by viewing the blood smear.
Learning objectives:
  1. Learn tips for making a good quality blood smear.
  2. Learn a systematic approach for evaluating a blood smear.
  3. Gain an appreciation for the information a blood smear exam can provide (above and beyond an automated CBC).

Speakers

Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

[Spinal Disease] Lumbosacral disease 10:30AM - 11:20AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
Lumbosacral disease encompasses a wide spectrum of etiologies that can cause pain, lameness, and occasionally neurologic signs associated with compression of the cauda equina. Lumbosacral disease is common in dogs, particularly in medium and large breeds, and in sporting and working dogs. It has also been reported in the cat. Dehydration of the nucleus pulposus leads to abnormal forces on the surrounding annulus fibrosus, with collapse of the disk space. This may create stenosis of the spinal canal itself or decreased volume of the intervertebral foramina, causing degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS). Subsequent hypertrophy of the spinal ligaments, as well as osteophytosis/osteoarthritis of the facet joints may occur. The vertebral canal, the intervertebral foramina at L7-S1 or both, become narrowed, leading to compression of the nerve roots which may be exacerbated by intervertebral movement and congenital vertebral canal stenosis. In certain breeds (i.e., German Shepherd dog), malformation and asymmetric development of the lumbosacral junction may occur,which may predispose them to this condition. Pain and lameness are the typical presenting signs, but some animals may develop weakness and incontinence. A combination of careful examination and appropriate imaging are necessary to correctly diagnose many cases. Treatment may be controversial, and several surgical strategies have been proposed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the pathophysiology of lumbosacral disease and how it causes clinical signs
  2. Given a case presentation, design an appropriate diagnostic imaging plan
  3. Given a clinical scenario, list and prioritize possible treatment options

Speakers

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

[Equine] Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Practice Tips 10:30AM - 11:20AM EDT

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We will discuss ways to improve the musculoskeletal ultrasound examination, including machine setting optimization and techniques to image challenging areas, such as the hindlimb proximal suspensory ligament, the oblique distal sesamoidean ligaments, the cervical spine articular processes, the stifle, and other areas.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to adjust machine settings to optimize image quality.
  2. Learn techniques to improve imaging of challenging areas.

Speakers

Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS (LA)

[Dermatology] No butts about it: anal sacs, tail glands, and fistulas oh my! 10:30AM - 11:20AM EDT

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This lecture will cover the most common Dermatologic problems affecting the rear end of dogs (and maybe the occasional cat). Each disease will be covered from top to bottom - clinical picture, diagnostics that should be performed and their interpretation, prognosis, treatment protocols and pearls, and follow up recommendations. We will cover a broad range of diseases including perianal fistulas, tail gland hyperplasia, anal sacculitis, AGASACA, and lupus.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify and create a diagnostic plan for the most common dermatologic disorders of the hind end of the dog.
  2. Be able to interpret diagnostic tests associated with these diseases.
  3. Be able to council owners on prognosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Speakers

Julia Miller, DVM, DACVD

[Multispecies] The veterinarian’s role in market animal quality, food safety
and antibiotic stewardship 10:30AM - 12:25PM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program; New York Beef Council; NYS Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP); NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Food safety and drug use in food animals is under continued scrutiny and has been identified as a major concern of consumers. There are more calls for accountability of how farms manage their animals and their drug use. Increased emphasis is being placed on the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship creating more focus on the veterinarian’s role on animal health and drug use. The Beef Quality Assurance Program, BQA, has always encouraged farms to produce safe, wholesome beef and to work closely with the veterinarian for animal health and drug management. This session will review the BQA program, its goals, its partnership with FARM, as well as the benefits of participation in the program. Information from the most recent National Beef Quality Audit identifying concerns in market animals (dairy and beef) as well as improvements and areas of continued attention will be discussed. We will also discuss meat drug violations - where the violations are occurring, what drugs are of concern and common reasons for violations. Resources from BQA, NYSCHAP and the New York State Drug Residue Avoidance Program will be reviewed to help veterinarians work with their clients on Antibiotic Stewardship.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the BQA program; its National Milk FARM connection, goals, and benefits to producers, veterinarians, and consumers. Become familiar with BQA resources and training opportunities for improved cattle health and management and how veterinarians can become involved.
  2. Review the National Beef Quality Audit Results and what it identified as improvements and areas of concern on food safety and beef quality, focusing on the market cow and bull results. Understand how the audit results influence the BQA program’s guidance on animal management.
  3. Become familiar with meat drug residue violations – where NYS farms are in this picture, what drugs to be concerned about, why violations occur and how to prevent them. What are the expectations arising for food animal veterinarians? Review the resources to help veterinarians work with their clients on Antibiotic Stewardship (proper drug selection, use, management and recordkeeping) through BQA, NYSCHAP and the NYS Drug Residue Avoidance Education Program.

Speakers

Julia Herman, DVM, MS
Katherine Staiger, BS (Animal Science)
Melanie Hemenway, DVM

[Dermatology] Tip Toe Through Pododermatitis 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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In this lecture, we will look at various clinical presentations of pododermatitis in the dog and cat – highlighting the more common ones seen in companion animal practice. We’ll discuss in detail a diagnostic approach for working up these cases. We’ll also examine why pododermatitis can be so difficult to manage and why therapy often fails. Finally, we’ll spend some time discussing how to manage client expectations when dealing with these complicated cases.
Learning Objectives:
  1. To understand the diagnostic approach to pododermatitis in the dog and cat.
  2. To highlight common pitfalls in managing chronic pododermatitis in the dog.
  3. To leave with some talking points to use when speaking to owners about chronic pododermatitis in their pets.

Speakers

Mitzi Clark, DVM, DACVD

[Veterinary Technician] Experiencing Hypersensitivity Reactions and
General Anesthesia: what reactions to look out for and how to avoid them 11:35AM - 12:25PM EDT

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Hypersensitivity reactions can occur due to disease processes, or can be triggered by drugs or other allergens, many of which are used in anesthesia and surgery, such as drugs, latex and antiseptics. These reactions range from mild (grade 1), commonly requiring no intervention, to the most severe forms (grade 4), which involve cardiac or respiratory arrest and can be fatal. Moderate and severe forms of hypersensitivity may result in arterial hypotension and tachycardia which can be exacerbated in the presence of anesthetics and require immediate pharmacological support. Severe forms resulting in respiratory or cardiac arrest are, fortunately, rare. In this presentation we will review basic concepts of hypersensitivity, including its recognition and treatment. We will review a recent case of grade 4, hypersensitivity in an 8-year-old, female spayed black Labrador, admitted for contrast-enhanced commuted tomography (CT) under general anesthesia. Upon injection of the contrast medium, severe hypotension, tachycardia and complete bronchospasm ensued. We will discuss how anesthetic monitoring was fundamental for the early detection of these signs, including bronchospasm, which led to a prompt and successful treatment.
  • Understanding of different levels of hypersensitivity reaction
  • Ability to recognize and address emergencies related to hypersensitivity reaction
  • Establishing an anesthesia protocol with anticipations of a hypersensitivity reaction
  • Breaking down case study to identify when hypersensitivity reaction occurred
  • Speakers

    Karen Basher, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

    [Spinal Disease] Infectious/Inflammatory spinal disease 11:35AM - 12:25PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
    Although most practitioners are familiar with infectious and inflammatory brain disease in dogs and cats, the spinal cord may also be affected by the major infectious and inflammatory (immune mediated) diseases. The neurologic exam may reveal a multifocal neurolocalization or may be limited to one area of the spine. Discospondylitis is an important disease of spine, and although typically caused by bacteria, can be caused by fungal infection as well. Discospondylitis can present a diagnostic challenge, as it may mimic orthopedic disease and imaging appearance may vary considerably. Meningitis may affect the entire neural system or just the spine, and can be infectious (primarily bacterial) or immune-mediated, with steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis an important cause of spinal disease in young adult dogs. Finally, disease of the spinal cord itself, either gray matter or white matter oriented, can occur and may present a diagnostic challenge, for example, feline poliomyelitis of unknown etiology.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Create a differential diagnosis for infectious and inflammatory diseases affecting the spine in dogs and cats
    2. Construct an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for discospondylitis
    3. Describe the role and limitations of cerebrospinal fluid analysis, imaging, and infectious disease testing in diseases of the spine

    Speakers

    Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    [Equine] Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Foal 11:35AM - 12:25PM EDT

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    We will discuss the use of ultrasonography as part of the diagnostic evaluation of lameness in foals. Topics will include trauma and sepsis.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Identify situations in which ultrasonography can provide additional diagnostic information about a lame foal and determine which anatomic regions are appropriate to examine based upon physical examination findings.
    2. Recognize abnormalities of musculoskeletal structures in the foal.

    Speakers

    Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS (LA)

    [Wellnesss] Navigating Uncertainty & Loss11:35AM - 12:25PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
    During times of uncertainty we also may need to simultaneously cope with loss in our lives. This process is ultimately a deeply personal and singular experience, but others can be there for you and help comfort you through this process. Strategies to cope with grief and loss are not one-size-fts-all, but there are strategies that can help. Whether you’re coping with feelings of uncertainty or loss yourself or trying to help a loved one, this presentation will help you find the words and actions to “be there” for yourself or someone else.
    Speakers

    Makenzie Peterson, MSc

    [Clinical Pathology] You have an anemic patient. Now what? 11:35AM - 12:25PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by Best Pet RX.
    You run a CBC. Maybe the animal was sick, maybe it was for screening purposes prior to an elective surgical procedure. The patient is anemic. Now what? This session will walk you through a step by step process to determining the most likely mechanism(s) resulting in this common laboratory abnormality.
    Learning objective:
    1. Learn a systemic approach for using CBC data and blood smear to determine the likely mechanism(s) of an anemia.
    2. Identify RBC morphologic changes and use them as clues to determine the underlying mechanism of an anemia.

    Speakers

    Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

    Lunch Yoga 1 12:30PM - 01:00PM EDT

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    Take a midday break to recharge with purpose and peace through yoga created specifically for zoom fatigue. The first 30 minutes (Lunch Yoga 1) will be dedicated to gentle movement guided by breath. Plenty of variations will be offered to create a deeper connection to your body and mind with no prior experience needed. This class is not eligible for CE Credit.
    Speakers

    Maya Pagán

    [Masterclass] Masterclass in Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine 12:35PM - 01:35PM EDT

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    Most veterinary professionals realize that practice based on evidence is a good thing, but how do you navigate the volume of information now available, particularly when it seems there is evidence both for and against any treatment imaginable? Using an online module and an interactive small-group session, this offering will provide a framework for implementing a more evidence-based approach to the questions that crop up every day in clinical practice, allowing practitioners to determine when evidence is likely to be reliable and what evidence is suspect.
    Objectives:
    1. Develop a systematic framework for formulating clinical questions
    2. Quickly identify and utilize resources that might address a clinical question
    3. Describe evidence based on its source/study
    4. Understand the role of random error, bias, and confounding in interpreting the quality of evidence
    5. Develop awareness of cognitive biases/heuristics that lead to incorrect conclusions or mis-interpreting evidence

    Speakers

    Patrick Carney, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

    [Masterclass] Paleontology for the veterinarian: the evolution of the
    domestic cat 12:35PM - 01:35PM EDT

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    I outline “The Cat’s Tale”, the 29 million-year evolution of cats, by describing early felid fossil anatomy and comparing its morphology to that of the modern cat. The biogeography of the family Felidae is briefly discussed, explaining how early cats spread about the earth from their origins in Europe. Since these cats evolved in several lineages of related species, I emphasize the small cat lineage that produced Felis silvestris, the wild ancestor of today’s domestic cat, Felis catus. I conclude by summarizing how knowledge of the cat’s history can assist today’s veterinarian in becoming a better clinician, an improved caretaker of this recently wild, now domesticated species.
    Objectives:
    1. To better understand the evolution and biogeography of cats within the order Carnivora
    2. To compare the anatomy of the early felids to today’s domestic cats
    3. To review the evolution of the cat and discuss the veterinarian’s role as the caretaker of this species with respect to medication, habitat and nutrition

    Speakers

    Thomas Rothwell, DVM, PhD

    [Masterclass] TPLO Masterclass 12:35PM - 01:35PM EDT

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    Dive into the biomechanics theory behind the TPLO, the clinical application, and techniques to maximize outcome. We will discuss pre-operative clinical evaluation, radiographic and surgical planning, intra-operative decision-making, implant options and choices, and post-operative care and rehabilitation.
    Learning objectives:
    1. understand the biomechanical principles behind TPLO
    2. Accurately plan TPLO surgery with and without templating software
    3. Learn how to implement the pre-operative surgical plan into accurate TPLOs

    Speakers

    Ursula Krotscheck, DVM, DACVS (SA)

    [SPONSOR DEMO] Covetrus platform demo, by Covetrus North America 12:40PM - 12:55PM EDT

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    Join Miranda Riendeau, Business Development Representative from Covetrus, as she demonstrates the Covetrus Platform to build your best practice, improve revenues and profits, and gain back client sales.
    Speakers

    Miranda Riendeau

    Lunch Yoga 2 01:00PM - 01:30PM EDT

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    These second 30 minutes (Lunch Yoga 2) will provide stress reduction and tension relief through gentle stretching, restorative poses and guided meditation. A session can be taken as a stand alone class or linked together for a full hour of wellness. Comfortable clothes and a yoga mat are recommended. This class is not eligible for CE credit.
    Speakers

    Maya Pagán

    [Multispecies] Exporting Fido, Fluffy, Buttercup, and Bessie: USDA APHIS’s
    VEHCS for Electronic International Export Health Certificates 01:40PM - 02:30PM EDT

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    USDA APHIS’s Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) for issuing electronic international export health certificates is a fast growing alternative to traditional paper health certificates. This session will explain the advantages to using VEHCS, as well as how to use the system. It will prepare USDA Accredited Veterinarians not already using the system to do so quickly and easily when they next need to issue an international health certificate. Accredited veterinarians already using VEHCS to issue electronic international health certificates may also benefit from this session by learning about functionalities in VEHCS they are not already using, as well as USDA APHIS’s insights into how to use VEHCS more effectively.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. The advantages to using VEHCS over issuing a paper health certificate.
    2. How to issue health certificates in VEHCS.
    3. How to ensure your VEHCS submission is complete on the first try.

    Speakers

    Lindsay Chase, DVM

    [Clinical Pathology] Getting the most out of your clinical pathology
    testing: tips for sample collection, handling and submission 01:40PM - 03:35PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by Best Pet RX.
    This session will provide an overview of recommended sample handling techniques and tips for hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, and cytology testing. Pre-analytical errors that can occur as a result of improper sample collection or handling are presented as interactive polls and small case vignettes. Small and Large Animal focus.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Learn tips for submitting high quality samples for clinical pathology testing.
    2. Recognize common Pre-analytical errors in CBC and chemistry testing, and Recognize the mechanism behind them.

    Speakers

    Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

    [Equine] Laryngeal Ultrasound 01:40PM - 02:30PM EDT

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    We will review gross and ultrasonographic laryngeal anatomy and discuss how ultrasound aids with upper airway examination. Recurrent laryngeal neuropathy, arytenoid chondritis, and congenital malformations will be discussed.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognition of normal ultrasonographic anatomy of the larynx.
    2. Identify pathologic findings and their relation to upper airway endoscopic findings.

    Speakers

    Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS (LA)

    [Veterinary Technician] Learning the Very Importance of the Liver: learn
    the specific tasks the liver is responsible for 01:40PM - 02:30PM EDT

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    So how much do you know about the liver? What are the main roles of the liver? Taking a focus on what the main functions of the liver are and getting a better understanding of what they do. The liver has so many tasks that can affect other organs and their functions. When the liver is inadequately working, how does this effect general anesthesia? By having an understanding of the importance of liver and its multitude of functions, will assist you in better management of your patient. Including production and storage of glucose, production of certain proteins for blood plasma, and regulating blood clotting factors.
    1. Identify the multiple but most important roles of the liver.
    2. Describe how the liver can affect another organ’s function
    3. Most common breeds affected by liver disease
    4. Establish an anesthetic protocol best suited for a patient with liver disease

    Speakers

    Karen Basher, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

    [Innovation] Lightning Talks: 15 minute presentations from innovative
    companies in veterinary medicine 01:40PM - 02:30PM EDT

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    Top 3 Communication Tips for A Successful Telemedicine Visit: Veterinary practices are rapidly adopting telemedicine as another tool to extend care to clients and their pets beyond the hospital walls. Communicating clearly through both verbal and non-verbal cues is vital to the perceived success of a telehealth visit. During this talk, we will discuss tips and best practices for virtual communication, such as how to foster a sense of trust digitally, and how you can get the most out of your telemedicine consultations while offering your clients a positive, interactive experience. Learning Objective:
    1. Understand how to implement tactical tips to strengthen your client communication when delivering care via telemedicine.

    Monitoring Controlled Drug Activity: Is it enough to keep drug logs? This presentation will discuss the importance of monitoring drug transactions with an eye toward suspected diversion. Learning Objectives: 1. At the end of this session, attendees will learn how to review transactions for potential diversion.

    Safer, Stronger, Together - We Believe: Has your giddyap gotten up and gone? Too busy and too tired to go look for it? Afraid you’ll just lose it again? Together, let’s find it, bring it back and renew your confidence, rebound-ability and hope. Learning Objective:
    1. Attendees will identify three key components they can apply for living meaningfully amid stressful distractions.
    Speakers

    Hilary Jones, DVM
    Jeffrey Anderson
    Lisa Hardy, CEAP

    [Equine] AMA! (Ask Me Anything!) - Case-Based Interactive Session 02:45PM - 03:35PM EDT

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    Overview

    Prior to the conference, attendees will submit questions and/or requests for discussion of particular musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, or upper airway areas they find challenging to ultrasound. The session will be built around these requests. No question is too minor or basic! Discussion, interaction, and positive encouragement will be stressed.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Focus on areas of attendee interest.
    2. Reinforce information previously presented.

    Speakers

    Katherine Garrett, DVM, DACVS (LA)

    [Spinal Disease] Feline Spinal Disease 02:45PM - 03:35PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
    Cats presenting with signs of myelopathy require careful review of their history, signalment, physical examination and neurologic signs. Due to the greater emphasis placed on dogs in the neurology specialty, there is less awareness of some of the differentials for spinal cord disease in the cat. While the two most common spinal cord diseases in cats are lymphosarcoma (LSA) and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), many other disease processes should be considered. Metabolic diseases, such as renal failure, electrolyte abnormalities, diabetic neuropathy, hyperadrenocorticism, and hyperthyroidism can cause signs of weakness, plantigrade stance, difficulty jumping, and others that can be confused with animals with myelopathy. Metabolic causes of neurologic signs should be ruled out prior to the pursuit of advanced diagnostics such as magnetic resonance imaging and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. Osteoarthritis occurs commonly in older cats and can result in lameness or weakness in the limbs. Aortic thromboembolism (ATE) can result in paraparesis secondary to ischemia of the nerves and muscles of the pelvic limbs. A complete orthopedic examination should be performed after neurologic evaluation when presented with cats that are having difficulty walking.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Construct a species-specific differential diagnostic list for cats presenting with myelopathy
    2. Given clinical constraints, design an appropriate diagnostic plan for ruling out common infectious and metabolic causes of feline myelopathy
    3. Construct a prioritized differential diagnosis of the less common causes of myelopathy, and discuss how imaging decisions will affect your ability to rule in some of those possibilities

    Speakers

    Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    [Diagnostic Testing] Potential pitfalls of diagnostic and screening tests 02:45PM - 03:35PM EDT

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    Overview

    If trained radiologists cannot spot a gorilla in your lungs, how is a clinician supposed to use and interpret the tests they run on a daily basis? This session will use examples from human and veterinary medicine that highlight some of the ways in which tests can be used, misused, or misinterpreted, and will provide guidelines for choosing the right test, interpreting test results, and recognizing times when choosing no test might be the best option.
    Objectives:
    1. Differentiate between diagnostic and screening tests
    2. Recognize the limitations inherent in any test
    3. Gain a more intuitive understanding of sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values
    4. Describe the impact of disease prevalence on test interpretation, and recognize how the clinician controls disease prevalence
    5. Differentiate between mis-diagnosis and over-diagnosis

    Speakers

    Patrick Carney, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

    [Veterinary Technician] Spinal Diseases and General Anesthesia:
    Understanding Terminology and Supportive Analgesia 02:45PM - 03:45PM EDT

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    Overview

    What is the difference between a patient with paraparesis and paralysis? Does this patient have spondylosis or spondylitis? By learning the difference in term, treatment plans can be best assign to your patients. The need to send them to surgery and when can you medically manage the disease process, can be determined by understanding these challenging words. Physical exams are a key part of addressing the source of the problem. Once this patient is surgical, or need advanced imaging, how would you treat them. Understanding what the best way is to manage their pain and discomfort should be in the forefront of the thought process and anesthetic plan.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Identify the differentials of why a patient can non-ambulatory
    2. Definitions of acronyms and interpret commonly interchanged verbiage.
    3. Given results of neurologic testing, attendees will be able to triage patients more effectively
    4. Use of different anesthetic techniques in maintaining a stable patient

    Speakers

    Karen Basher, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

    [Masterclass] TPLO Masterclass 02:45PM - 03:35PM EDT

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    Description: Dive into the biomechanics theory behind the TPLO, the clinical application, and techniques to maximize outcome. We will discuss pre-operative clinical evaluation, radiographic and surgical planning, intra-operative decision-making, implant options and choices, and post-operative care and rehabilitation.
    Learning objectives:
    1. understand the biomechanical principles behind TPLO
    2. Accurately plan TPLO surgery with and without templating software
    3. Learn how to implement the pre-operative surgical plan into accurate TPLOs

    Speakers

    Ursula Krotscheck, DVM, DACVS (SA)

    [Spinal Disease] Small Animal Spinal Disease Cases 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by the Chester Hartenstein DVM '45 Memorial Lecture Series.
    We are going to use this session to integrate what we’ve learned in the previous sessions. Common mistakes, puzzling cases and reinforcement of critical thinking will help as we work through a series of cases that may turn up in your waiting room on any given Monday morning (or Sunday night!).
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Given a short history, gait analysis and neurologic/orthopedic exam findings, localize a lesion (some of these will not be spinal!)
    2. Given imaging results, construct a prioritized differential diagnosis list
    3. Given a case scenario, describe and prioritize treatment options for dogs and cats with spinal disease

    Speakers

    Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    [Wellnesss] Creating a sense of belonging: Unconscious Bias, Systemic
    Racism and Allyship in Veterinary Medicine04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
    This workshop will engage participants in examining the issue of diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine and how veterinary practices can build and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace. Format: Lecture and Panel Discussion with minority DVM alumni
    Speakers

    Carolyn Chow, MA
    Jai Sweet, PhD

    [Business] Value Beyond the Purchase Transaction 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    While most service and goods businesses find it easier to attempt differentiation from the competition based on price, the veterinary practitioner would be better served by delivering exceptional customer service that creates satisfaction not only with the case outcome, but also with the service process. Delivering a customer service experience that creates value that goes beyond the purchase transaction will allow for differentiation that will support proper pricing for procedures without the need for price competition.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define customer satisfaction during service delivery
    2. Develop plans that enhance customer experience with the outcome and the process
    3. Develop plans for the implementation of a service recovery program
    Speakers

    Jorge Colón, DVM, MBA

    [Veterinary Technician] Why did I Specialize? 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Now that you have earned your licensed what is next? There are many areas that allow specialization in different fields. Even if your interest is general practice, there are areas to specialize in. These specializations do not require you to work for a university and can be done in a private practice setting. Most specialties have an academy, or a society associated with them. Academies will have vigorous application process and potentially a boards exam that needs to be passed in order to be accepting into the academy. In this lecture, I will break down what is needed to obtain a specialty accreditation, well as provide different CE opportunities. By knowing what is available to individuals, you have the advantage to make the best of your employment.
    Leaning objectives:
    1. Comprehend the difference between an academy and a society
    2. The ability to know what websites are available for CE
    3. Understand the different steps involved with achieving a specialty
    4. Understanding of initials meant after a technician’s name

    Speakers

    Karen Basher, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

    Tres Colores Virtual Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience 05:30PM - 07:00PM EDT

    Overview

    Registration for this special has closed. If you registered, you will receive a Zoom meeting link from Experience! The Finger Lakes the week of the conference. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out info@experiencefingerlakes.com or (607) 233-4818

    The Tres Colores Virtual Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience explores white, red, and rose’ wines from three Finger Lakes wine-producers. A wine from each producer was carefully selected to pair with locally-crafted cheeses by Lively Run Farm and Creamery and provided by Ithaca Coffee Company. Sip, savor, learn and laugh along with Experience! The Finger Lakes owner and certified sommelier, Laura Winter Falk, PhD as she takes you through this specially curated virtual pairing event.

    Important Info: A minimum of 5 households are required to run the class. Price per kit is $115 plus shipping and serves 4-8 people. If at least 20 households register, the price will be $99 per kit. If you are already registered, please call or email Experience! The Finger Lakes to request a refund for the difference.
    $15 – $50 shipping available for most Northeastern states
    We cannot ship to MA, MD, NH, VA, AL, MO, or UT

    For other states not listed or expedited shipping, please call Experience! the Fingers Lakes at (607) 233-4818 or send an email to info@experiencefingerlakes.com for a quote. Call (607) 233-4818 to reserve your seat or follow the "Register Now" button above.
    Speakers

    Laura Falk, PhD

    [Innovation] Top 10 Mistakes Veterinarians Make When Selling Their Practice
    or When Buying a Practice 06:00PM - 07:00PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by Monarch Business Consulting.
    Selling or buying a veterinary practice is a once in a life time event for a veterinarian. It is unfamiliar territory for most and there is a lot that can grow wrong. We will explore the most common errors that veterinarians make in this process and how they can avoid them. When should you start the process of selling and what should you avoid doing in the years before a sale? Who should you hire to help you? What are the different types of structures for selling or buying a hospital? What should be your major focus during the selling or buying process? Selling or buying a veterinary practice is a marathon and we will help you avoid the costly missteps along the way

    Learning Objectives:
    1. To understand the common mistakes veterinarians make early in the process of selling their veterinary practices
    2. To learn how to assemble to right team of advisors
    3. To consider all of the options when structuring the sale or purchase of a veterinary practice
    4. To consider the real estate options when selling or buying a veterinary practice
    5. To understand the many factors that play into the decision of “who should I sell to?”

    Speakers

    Christopher Rocchio, DVM
    David Waterman