Agenda Day 2 - Saturday, October 3rd

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Morning Refresh 07:45AM - 08:45AM EDT

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Begin the day with a slow flowing yoga class. Enjoy simple breathwork techniques and a sequence of poses to awaken the whole body and clear the mind. Variations will be provided to make this accessible for all levels of experience. Comfortable clothes and a yoga mat are recommended. This class is not eligible for CE Credit.
Speakers

Maya Pagán

[Nephrology] Case-Based Approach to Acute Kidney Injury in Dogs and Cats 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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Attendees will progress at their own pace through online, case-based learning modules focused on acute kidney injury (AKI) in dogs and cats. Real-time feedback is provided as participants practice developing empirical treatment plans based on likely differential diagnoses. The modules focus on best practices for fluid therapy for patients with AKI. In the second hour, participants will advance through additional cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) in dogs and cats. As veterinarians progress through the modules, they will manage cases with comorbidities, less common etiologies of AKI, and complications related to AKI management.
Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
  1. Identify patients at risk for and with acute kidney injury (AKI)
  2. Develop a treatment plan for a dog or cat that includes appropriate fluid therapy, empirical antibiotic therapy, and supportive therapies
  3. Understand how to monitor the patient with AKI
  4. Estimate prognosis for dogs and cats with acute kidney injury (AKI) based on etiology and initial response to therapy
  5. Adjust the fluid plan according the patient’s response to therapy
  6. Manage complications in the canine or feline patient with AKI

Speakers

Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

[Equine] Equine News Hour 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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This session will consist of reviewing highlights from what is new in equine research studies.
Learning objectives:
  1. Review new published research in equine reproduction
  2. Review new published research in equine medicine
  3. Review new published research in equine surgery

Speakers

Gillian Perkins, DVM, DACVVIM (LA)
Mariana Diel de Amorium, DVSc, DACT

[Integrative Medicine] Introduction to the Integrative Oncology Toolbox 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series.
This lecture will serve as an introduction as well as overview to integrative veterinary oncology. Definitions and terms surrounding the terminology, as well as common treatment tools will be discussed. The use of acupuncture and supporting literature will be reviewed. Well known veterinary clinical trials surrounding the use of herbs and natural substances in the veterinary literature will be reviewed. Information surrounding nutrition and possible theories and schools of through around dietary modification in the cancer patients, including ketogenic diets, will also be reviewed. Some more experimental anti-cancer treatments that are used in clinical practice, such as intravenous vitamin C therapy as well as mistletoe therapy will also be reviewed for scientific background as well as clinical utility.
  1. Define terms and modalities of integrative oncologist
  2. Summarize purported mechanism of benefit behind commonly utilized tools
  3. Review clinical utility of tools and supporting veterinary literature for these modalities

Speakers

Kendra Pope, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

[Camelids] Practical Alpaca and Llama Reproduction 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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This session presents images and descriptions of the female and male reproductive tract anatomy of alpacas and llamas. Recent research findings in both male and female anatomy are included. The primary hormones of female reproduction and pregnancy are discussed. There are also discussions of the follicular and luteal phases of reproduction and of pregnancy. Reproductive behavior of both males and females and the physical breeding act are included and illustrated with many images.
Learning Objectives:
  1. To describe the normal reproductive system anatomy of the male and female
  2. To describe the basic physiology associated with camelid reproduction.
  3. To describe reproductive behavior in camelids during behavior testing and breeding.

Speakers

Stephen Purdy, DVM

[Lab Animal Medicine] What's Your Diagnosis 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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External Parasite in a Laboratory Crayfish Colony
A single-tank colony of crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) used for neurophysiology teaching purposes was reported by husbandry staff for the presence of multiple thread-like organisms adhered to their exteriors. Initial examination revealed dozens of 3-4mm long, white organisms that were firmly attached to the crayfish’s chitin exoskeletons. Several of the organisms were collected for further identification via light microscopy, and photographs were taken. Necropsy of a colonized crayfish and sampling of hemolymph with comparison to naïve colonies as an indicator of stress will be presented along with a discussion of the need to ensure the health of invertebrates when striving for best research and teaching models.
-Learning Objectives:
1. Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will possess an understanding of the range of ectoparasites commonly associated with crayfish.
Mammary Masses in an Aged Sled Dog
Mammary tumors are the most common neoplasms in female dogs with carcinomas being the most common malignant type. Here we report a case of mammary masses in a 9 year old female spayed sled dog used in an aging study. The dog presented in late September for erythema on the ventral abdomen. Physical examination revealed multiple raised ulcerated erythemic masses in the right mammary chain (20 cm x 5 cm) with no other abnormalities noted. Diagnostic findings, reasons for medical management versus surgical management, mean survival time, and pathology will be discussed.
Neurologic Signs in a Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
During this session a case will be presented using for an approximately 4-year-old, experimentally naïve, male zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), used for breeding, that presented with bilateral paresis, followed a few days later with a left sided head tilt, consistent head bob, and difficulty flying and perching. All birds in the room had recently been treated with a 5-day course of Amprolium after isosporosis was diagnosed in several birds on routine semi-annual examination. Microscopic findings were consistent with a hemangiosarcoma originated from the skull bones. Histologic findings, differential diagnoses, and prevalence of hemangiosarcomas as well as other neoplasms in avian species will be discussed using a “What's Your Diagnosis” format.
-Learning Objectives:
1. Understand what the most common types of neoplasms that affect different types of avian species. .
Speakers

Daniel Savson, DVM
Janna Draper, DVM
Rebecca Floyd, DVM

[Spay and Neuter] When should I spay/neuter my dog? Discussing the
effects of gonadectomy and supporting our clients' choices 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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In the United States, the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats has been promoted for a variety of reasons, but in large part to help control population. Pets commonly undergo surgery at less than one year of age. Recent research has offered new information about long-term ramifications of early-age gonadectomy. New publications have emerged that indicate considerations such as neoplasia, behavior, and orthopedic effects should be taken into account. As more information becomes available, there has been an intensifying debate of optimal age to spay or neuter. As a result, the veterinary profession, after years of consistent recommendations, has been unable to come to a consensus on the topic. This leads to clients relying on internet research and opinions of non-medical professionals to make their decision about when to spay and neuter. This panel hopes to provide an in depth look and discussion into this complicated, multifactorial topic with a goal of sharing a variety of opinions to help veterinary professionals make recommendations to their clients.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identifying the numerous factors to consider before performing gonadectomy in cats and dogs.
  2. Using the knowledge gained to help to collaborate with clients to make informed decisions about an optimal age to spay and neuter their individual pets.

Speakers

Philip Bushby,DVM, MS, DACVS
Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD
James Serpell, PhD
Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR
Michelle Moyal, DVM

[Wellnesss] Suicide Prevention for the Veterinary Profession 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Addressing anxiety, depression, and suicide have been topics at the forefront of veterinary wellbeing. This presentation will cover the most current research done on suicide prevention, clarify the troubling data that we see in the media, and how to support ourselves and others within the veterinary profession.
Speakers

Makenzie Peterson, MSc

[Equine] Airway obstruction in horses – selected cases 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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The various forms of laryngeal collapse can manifest as abnormal upper respiratory noise at exercise and/or poor performance. The athletic function of the horse controls the owner’s decision about the importance of alleviating one or both abnormalities. Naturally-occurring recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), RLN trauma, fourth branchial arch defect (4-BAD) and arytenoid chondritis are four causes of laryngeal obstruction which interfere with laryngeal abduction and thus causing varying degrees of airflow obstruction during inhalation. Although those conditions are well described, there are newly recognized categories of laryngeal collapse associated with the deviation of the corniculate process. In addition, there are many causes of nasopharyngeal collapse and again they are subtleties in identifying the causes. Using real clinical cases in multiple equine breed, the many facets of airway obstruction in horses will be presented to emphasize the nuances of different forms of airway obstruction. The conditions are managed by merging research data with clinical findings to obtain a satisfactory clinical outcome. Success or failure are defined by resolution of abnormal upper respiratory noise and/or exercise intolerance.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognition of different forms of laryngeal collapse
  2. Recognition of different causes of nasopharyngeal collapse
  3. Emerging new treatments

Speakers

Norm Ducharme, DVM, MSc, DACVS

[Integrative Medicine] Anti-cancer Mechanisms of Action in Herbal Therapy 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series.
This lecture will examine some of the well-established anticancer mechanisms of actions identified in commonly utilized natural substances in oncologic care. Mechanisms of action of conventional oncology treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy, will also be reviewed, to allow for comparison and contrasting of similarities and differences between these agents. Opportunities for synergistic activity, as well as possible negative interactions or enhanced benefit will be noted as mechanisms are explained. Theories behind the use of medicinal herbs in traditional systems of herbal medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, will also be reviewed to provide context to these approaches to the oncologic patient, including areas of success and pitfalls.
  1. Identify common herbal anti-cancer MOAs
  2. Identify similarities and differences between conventional and herbal anti-cancer MOAs
  3. Discuss use of herbal agents to treat cancer as viewed through traditional systems of herbal medicine

Speakers

Kendra Pope, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

[Camelids] Reproductive Ultrasound Examination of Alpacas 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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This session covers performance of ultrasound examination of the pregnant and nonpregnant uterus of the alpaca based on recognizing the regional anatomic structures. Both transrectal and transabdominal examinations are illustrated. Performance of early and advanced ultrasound pregnancy examinations are also covered including identification of the embryonic vesicle, the embryo, and the fetus and fetal fluids. Early embryonic death and twinning in alpacas is presented. Examination of the male sex organs is covered including the testes, prostate, and bulbourethral glands.
Learning Objectives:
  1. To describe the routine female ultrasound reproductive tract examinations
  2. To describe how to perform ultrasound pregnancy examinations in alpacas and llamas
  3. To describe the routine male ultrasound reproductive tract examinations

Speakers

Stephen Purdy, DVM

[Nephrology] Acute Kidney Injury in Dogs and Cats: Interactive Discussion 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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During this questions-and-answer based session, attendees will have the opportunity to ask for clarification about learning issues from the online acute kidney injury (AKI) modules. In addition, participants are encouraged to discuss other challenges they have faced when diagnosing and managing AKI in dogs and cats in veterinary practice. Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe and address challenges related to diagnosing acute kidney injury (AKI) patients in a timely manner in general practice
  2. Describe methods to adapt best practices in the management of AKI patients to general practice settings
  3. Share ideas about ways to problem solve challenges related to caring for AKI patients in practice

Speakers

Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

[Camelids] Alpaca Reproductive Problems and Solutions 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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This session covers examinations of the vulva, vagina, cervix, and uterus. Common management errors which cause reduced fertility in herds are also presented. Techniques for uterine sampling and treatment of uterine infections are included. There is a section covering ultrasound pregnancy detection in camelids. Also included are techniques for examination of the male reproductive system including palpation and ultrasound of organs, and semen collection and evaluation. The most common female alpaca breeding problems encountered in clinical practice are presented including failure to conceive, pregnancy loss, behavioral receptivity issues, and prolonged gestation. The most common male alpaca breeding problems encountered in clinical practice are presented including lack of libido, reduced pregnancy rate, and failure to induce pregnancy. The appropriate examinations and practical solutions for these problems are discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. To describe the common reproductive examinations for female alpacas.
  2. To describe the common reproductive examinations for male alpacas.
  3. To describe how to diagnose and treat the common female and male reproductive problems seen in alpacas.

Speakers

Stephen Purdy, DVM

[Emergency & Critical Care] But they don't have any money… 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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This session is sponsored by TMGvets.
Session geared more towards ER-specific practitioners than general practitioners. This session will focus on addressing care of cases when clients have financial limitations. This can be one of the most frustrating issues that veterinary teams can deal with. This session will address the options and how to work together to help improve outcome.
  1. Deciding what standard of care means; identifying disease and options
  2. Learning "shortcuts" that can save your clients money and let you still treat the pet.
  3. 3) Learn how to identify other resources for clients.

Speakers

Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM(SA-IM), DACVECC

[Lab Animal Medicine] Enhancing Research Animal Behavioral Management 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Improving the welfare of research animals and increasing the validity and reproducibility of scientific outputs attained from working with animals in science in the 21st century requires taking the next step and developing an approach that not only addresses reducing potential pain and distress, but also promotes positive welfare and experiences. This can be achieved by implementing a comprehensive behavioral management program for all species worked with and cared for in research facilities. This session will cover components of a comprehensive behavioral management program and how to move institutions in this direction, as well as provide concrete examples of how this can be addressed for a range of common research animal species.
Learning outcomes After attending this session, participants will be able to
  1. describe necessary components of behavioral management programs that should be considered for all species
  2. understand how to better prepare research animals for scientific procedures, and
  3. describe how addressing behavioral management improves overall animal welfare, scientific outcomes, and employee satisfaction.

Speakers

Patricia Turner, BSc, DVM, MS, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT, DECAWBM (AWSEL)

[Integrative Medicine] Herb-Drug Interactions in Veterinary Oncology 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series.
This lecture will take a closer look into the evidence available regarding the efficacy and safety of combining herbal medicine alongside conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. The common types of herb-drug interactions which occur most commonly in oncology, as well as the clinical relevance of these findings in regard to patient care will be summarized. Review of the common practice in studying herb-drug interactions, as well as the limitations and restrictions to our knowledge will be expanded upon. Additional discussion regarding "the antioxidant debate," surrounding the use of natural agents with antioxidant capacity alongside conventional oxidative therapy such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, will be reviewed and explored in this lecture.


  1. Recognize common herb-drug interactions
  2. 2) Summary clinical significance of herb-drug interactions
  3. Provide information surrounding clinical decision making with oncologic patient being treated with herbs

Speakers

Kendra Pope, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

[Equine] Thoracic Trauma in Horses 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Thoracic trauma in horses is a challenging emergency dilemma facing the large animal veterinarian. This is because so many different problems may occur and many sequelae and complications of such trauma are life-threatening. Examples include pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, subcutaneous emphysema, hemothorax, diaphragmatic hernia, abdominal organ damage, injury to the lungs, heart, blood vessels, pleuritis or peritonitis, and other extra-thoracic injury. A thorough evaluation of the horse is critical to the management of thoracic injury, and immediate stabilization of the patient should be the initial goal of treatment. Various diagnostic tests will aid the practitioner in the successful diagnosis and management of these cases. Treatment will depend upon several variables including the location, depth and extent of injury, cardiovascular and respiratory function, chest wall stability, ability of the patient to ventilate, and the development of complications and other sequelae that may follow damage to the thoracic or abdominal cavities. Except with severe thoracic injury, the prognosis following thoracic trauma is often favorable with appropriate management.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to triage a case of emergency thoracic injury in the horse. Despite the type or extent of thoracic injury, patient stabilization is the goal of initial therapy. Emergency action includes immediate closure or bandaging of thoracic wounds, control of hemorrhage, delivery of intranasal oxygen, fluid resuscitation, and the removal of pleural air.
  2. Understand the principles of managing thoracic injury once the horse is stable. Horses having uncomplicated rib fractures, small chest wounds, and lacking significant organ injury often respond to conservative management: antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications, thoracocentesis or thoracostomy tube placement, standing surgery, wound care and bandaging.
  3. Understand the indications for surgery in horses with thoracic injury. Surgery under general anesthesia with mechanical ventilation is indicated with severe trauma and affords enhanced exploration and repair of the wound and organ damage, lavage of the pleural or abdominal cavities, removal of foreign bodies, the stabilization of flail chest and the control of hemorrhage and other complications.

Speakers

Rolfe Radcliffe, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC

[Spay and Neuter] Unusual Spay Neuter Surgery 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It is just a spay” or “It is just a castration?” While ovariohysterectomy and castration are the most common surgical procedures performed in small animal veterinary practice, not all spays or neuters are the same. Some animals presented for routine sterilization are not at all routine and may be challenging. Through PowerPoint and video presentations we will discuss and demonstrate the surgical techniques used in the obese patient, the patient with pyometra, and the cryptorchid patient. Attendees will understand the approaches to the subcutaneous cryptorchid patient, the abdominal cryptorchid patient, and the patient with the undescended testicle trapped in the inguinal canal. Attendees will learn about uterus unicornis and hermaphrodites and leave with a full understanding of how and when to perform flank spays and how to locate a testicle in an abdominal cryptorchid. Learning objectives:
  • Understand the differences in the spay of an obese patient, the patient with pyometra, and the pregnant patient as compared to a routine spay.
  • Understand bilateral and unilateral cryptorchidism and how to approach the subcutaneous cryptorchid, the abdominal cryptorchid and the cryptorchid in which the testicle is trapped in the inguinal canal.
  • Be able to perform a flank spay on a cat.
  • Speakers

    Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Chair Yoga 12:30PM - 01:00PM EDT

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    Bring balance to your work day with yoga poses that enhance physical comfort and create a focused mind. Sitting at a desk all day often comes with a price: sore lower backs, stiff necks, and tight hips and shoulders. In this session you'll learn techniques for stress reduction and tension relief to do directly at your desk. No experience or yoga mats needed. This class is not eligible for CE Credit.
    Speakers

    Maya Pagán

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

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    Take a midday break to recharge with purpose and peace through yoga created specifically for zoom fatigue. These 30 minutes 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.
    Speakers

    Maya Pagán

    [Integrative Medicine] Cannabinology 101 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series.
    This lecture will focus on the current understanding of hemp and the over 400 molecules that are found in hemp extraction. There are primarily cannabinoids and terpenes produced in the hemp plant which can be found in the common hemp nutraceuticals found on the shelf. The primary focus will be on cannabidiol and its acid derivative cannabidiolic acid with some discussion surrounding tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, cannabigerol, cannabichromene and cannabinol. Focus will be on the potential toxicity and therapeutic uses from preclinical investigation and how hemp has become synonymous with the entourage effect based on cancer cell biology and human epilepsy management.
    Objectives:
    1. Understand cannabinoid biosynthesis in plants
    2. Understand the potential for toxicity in cannabis vs. hemp
    3. Understand the limited data around THC and CBD safe upper limits
    4. Understand what is meant by entourage effects of hemp

    Speakers

    Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR

    [Nephrology] Case-Based Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats 01:45PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    Attendees will progress at their own pace through online, case-based learning modules focused on chronic kidney disease (CKD) in dogs and cats. Real-time feedback is provided as participants practice diagnosing CKD and assigning IRIS stages and substages. Participants will practice developing customized management plans for patients with CKD focused prolonging survival time and optimizing quality of life. In the second hour, participants will advance through additional cases of dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As veterinarians progress through the modules, they will manage cases with comorbidities that impact the diagnostic approach and require more specialized therapies.
    Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
    1. Identify patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and understand how IRIS staging and substaging can be utilized in the clinic
    2. Develop an individualized treatment plan to help slow progression of CKD in a dog or cat
    3. Develop an individualized treatment plan to optimize quality of life of a dog or cat with CKD
    4. Identify and manage acute-on-chronic kidney disease
    5. Identify and make treatment recommendations for the patient with ureterolithiasis
    6. Develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans for dogs with renal proteinuria of varying severity

    Speakers

    Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

    [Equine] Dealing with persistent uterine infection in mares 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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    Uterine infections are a common cause of infertility in mares. There are three general subtopics that will be covered in this session. First, we will discuss uterine infections in the postpartum mare and in barren mares covering the clinical presentations and diagnostic options. Mares with uterine infections can present with obvious signs or show no indication of an infection. Common signs and presentations will be discussed using case examples. There may be an underlying cause that predispose the mare to infections that should be identified and addressed when treatment options are considered. Second, we will cover the various treatment concepts and considerations for managing uterine infections both in the postpartum mare and in barren mares. There are many treatment options for uterine infections from systemic antibiotics, intrauterine antibiotics, biofilm disruptors, and a variety of commercial products are used with varying evidence of efficacy and indications. Opinions on this topic are often strong and varied. Finally, we will discuss considerations when managing breeding in mares with a history of uterine infections including the possibility of breeding on treatment cycles.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Be able to identify mares that are likely to have uterine infections.
    2. Understand treatment modalities for uterine infection in mares and when to use them.
    3. Develop a plan to manage breeding in mares with a history of uterine infection

    Speakers

    Soon Hon Cheong, DVM, PhD, DACT

    [Spay and Neuter] Efficient Spay Neuter Surgery 01:45PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    Veterinary surgeons in high-volume spay neuter clinics use many techniques that are fundamentally different from the techniques generally taught to students in veterinary school. Why is that? And, how are the techniques different? Through PowerPoint and video presentations we will answer these questions. Attendees will leave the presentation with a full understanding of the efficient surgical techniques used in high-volume spay neuter clinics and the ability to implement these techniques in the private practice setting. Techniques to be taught include, but are not limited to, ovariohysterectomy through small incisions, location of the uterine horns using a spay hook, management of ovarian pedicles, the modified Miller’s knot for ligation of canine ovarian pedicles and canine and feline uterine bodies, the pedicle tie on cat ovarian vessels, efficient abdominal closure and castration through a scrotal incision. In Efficient Spay Neuter Part 1 attendees will learn the specific techniques. In Efficient Spay Neuter Part 2 these techniques will be put together to demonstrate the complete surgical procedures.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Be able to perform the Modified Miller’s knot on ovarian pedicles and uterine bodies.
    2. Be able to perform the Pedicle tie on feline ovarian vessels.
    3. Understand the surgical techniques that will improve their spay/neuter efficiency.

    Speakers

    Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

    [Veterinary Technician] Flaps, Grafts and VACs, Oh My! Alternatives before
    an amputation 01:45PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    We have all seen them...those non healing wounds and cancerous tumors in tough areas. Most even require amputation of the limb to achieve the best results. But what if there was something else to try. Another step to try before choosing amputation. We will talk about who is a good candidate, go over the healing stages and how to evaluate them, and give resources to take back to your veterinarian to see if this is a potential option for your clinic.
    OBJECTIVES
  • Identify who is a good candidate
  • Identify the healing stages
  • Evaluate post op healing for further interventions
  • Cases and clinical scenarios
  • References and resources for other veterinarians
  • Speakers

    Danielle Myers, LVT

    [Emergency & Critical Care] Secrets improving outcomes in respiratory
    cases 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by TMGvets.
    Session geared more towards general practitioners than ER-specific practitioners. This session will focus on localization, diagnostic and therapeutics for dogs and cats with respiratory disease. Additionally, we discuss common breed concerns, and options to improve outcome.
    1. How to localize respiratory distress
    2. How to perform respiratory diagnostics, such as laryngeal examination and tracheal washes.
    3. What are important breed and confirmation causes of respiratory distress?

    Speakers

    Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM(SA-IM), DACVECC

    [Lab Animal Medicine] Updates on the New 2020 AVMA Panel on Euthanasia
    – Guidelines for those working with Laboratory Animals and Special Species 01:45PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    This session will highlight substantive changes to the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals included in the 2020 update with particular emphasis on methods involving rodent and avian species. Background on the motivation for instituting these changes will be presented with firsthand input from a member of a Panel Working Group. Challenges involved with implementing these methods will be discussed and there will be ample time for discussion and audience participation.
    Learning Objectives After attending this session, participants will be able to:
    1. Summarize the most significant changes included in the 2020 interim update of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of animals.
    2. Understand and critique AVMA-approved methods of euthanasia in individual avian species
    3. Understand the new recommendations for the use of CO2 with laboratory rodents and discuss the evidence-based approach used to address controversy associated with this method.

    Speakers

    James Morrisey, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian)
    Erin Daugherity, DVM, MS, DACLAM
    Patricia Turner, BSc, DVM, MS, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT, DECAWBM (AWSEL)
    Kelly Yamada, VMD, DACLAM

    [Integrative Medicine] CBD and other honorable mentions in veterinary
    medicine 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    This lecture will focus on the data that has been generated in the last 5 years around primarily canine pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy of CBD and CBD-rich hemp extracts. Differences in pharmacokinetics of other species such as cats, horses and macaques due to recent studies showing very different metabolism and potential for efficacy. A deeper dive into canine clinical studies will be a primary focus to help understand how and where CBD-rich hemp nutraceuticals.
    Objectives:
    1. Provide information around effective dosing based on canine pharmacokinetic data available
    2. Understand the efficacy of CBD-rich hemp in canine osteoarthritis and management of epilepsy
    3. What steps are necessary for elucidating what is meant by adequate quality control of hemp nutraceuticals
    4. Species differences in pharmacokinetics and metabolism of cannabidiol

    Speakers

    Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR

    [Emergency & Critical Care] GDV and other Surgical emergencies for
    non-surgeons 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    This session is sponsored by TMGvets.
    Session geared more towards ER-specific practitioners than general practitioners. This session will report on diagnostic decision making and surgical approach to animals with surgical conditions warranting urgent/emergent surgery. Additionally, post-operative care, and recognition of post-operative complications will be discussed.
    1. How to identify and stabilize for transfer or surgery a dog with a GDV
    2. Fluid resuscitation for animals needing surgery, including animals with proximal GI obstructions
    3. Identification and treatment of post-operative complications

    Speakers

    Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM(SA-IM), DACVECC

    [Equine] Case-based approaches to regenerative medicine02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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    This session will discuss management of tendon, ligament and joint pathologies with regenerative medicine approaches.
    Learning objectives:
    • Understand case selection for regenerative medicine
    • Learn differences between the various biologics available in regenerative medicine
    • Formulate rehabilitation plans for tendon, ligament and joint pathologies treated with regenerative medicine
    • Speakers

      Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS

    [Veterinary Technician] Brachycephalic airways: How to approach and
    treat them 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    They are cute, they are crazy, but they are NOISY! During this talk, we will learn the anatomy of brachycephalic animals, what makes them noisy breathers, and how we can possibly help. We will go over how to educate clients on the surgery options, surgical approaches and what to watch for post-operatively.
    OBJECTIVES
    1. Identify what a brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) dog sounds like
    2. Identify the anatomy of upper airway
    3. Explain the procedure on a level appropriate for owners to understand
    4. Saccules
    5. Soft palate
    6. Nares
    7. Alternative options
    8. Identify common complications post op

    Speakers

    Danielle Myers, LVT

    [Nephrology] Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats: Interactive Discussion 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    During this questions-and-answer based session, attendees will have the opportunity to ask for clarification about learning issues from the online chronic kidney disease (CKD) modules. In addition, participants are encouraged to discuss challenges they have faced when diagnosing and managing CKD in dogs and cats in veterinary practice.
    Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
    1. Describe and address challenges related to diagnosing chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in general practice
    2. Share ideas about ways to problem solve challenges related to caring for CKD patients in practice
    3. Be aware of some of the controversies in the management of canine and feline CKD

    Speakers

    Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

    [Camelids] Field Dentistry in Alpacas and Llamas 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    This session covers the normal dentition of camelids including incisors, canines, and cheek teeth. The common corrective dental procedures covered include correcting incisor malocclusions, trimming fighting teeth, and treating retained deciduous teeth. Cheek tooth problems are also covered including loss of teeth in geriatric animals and feeding the geriatric camelid with dental issues. Techniques for diagnosis and treatment of camelid jawbone infections are also presented.
    Learning Objectives:
    1. To describe the normal dentition of camelids
    2. To explain common corrective dentistry procedures in camelids
    3. To explain diagnosis and treatments for cheek tooth problems in camelids

    Speakers

    Stephen Purdy, DVM

    [Spay and Neuter] HQHVSN, Access to Care, and the Challenge to the
    Veterinary Profession 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    It has been almost 50 years since the first low cost high-volume spay neuter clinic opened in the United States. Now they seem to be everywhere. As the overpopulation of unwanted pets seems to have decreased and as euthanasia of dogs and cats in shelters had definitely decreased, more and more humane organizations are shifting attention to the issue of Access to Care. The phrase Access to Care references the number of pet owning individuals who cannot afford routine veterinary care. This presentation will trace the history of the development of high-volume low-cost spay-neuter clinics, will address the issue of quality of care and potential impact on private practices and compare that with the current focus on Access to Care. We will explore what humane organizations doing about the Access to Care issue and what it may mean for the private practitioner. The veterinary profession will be challenged to take a leadership role in addressing the Access to Care issue.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Understand how high-volume low-cost spay/neuter clinics relate to the issue of Access to
    2. Be able to discuss the efforts made to ensure quality care in high-volume spay-neuter clinics.
    3. Recognize the growing Access to Care issue and the potential impact on private veterinary practices.
    4. Be challenged to address the Access to Care issue.

    Speakers

    Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

    [Lab Animal Medicine] Research and Pathology of African Giant Pouched Rats 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    This presentation will provide a broad overview of the biology of the African giant pouched rat, including the various species, natural history, and unique anatomy of these animals. Information will be provided regarding the many roles that pouched rats serve in developed and developing counties, and the use of pouched rats in research, as well as current limitations in research. This presentation will also summarize pathologic findings resulting from postmortem evaluations of many cases from the research colony at Cornell University, and will highlight future directions in terms of better understanding the biology and pathology of these animals.
    Learning objectives:
    1. Identify the roles that pouched rats may serve in improving human welfare, and their use in research
    2. Understand the current limitations in research, and the potential for zoonotic disease transmission
    3. Discuss the most common pathologic finding identified in pouched rats from the research colony evaluated

    Speakers

    Timothy Wu, MS, DVM

    [Emergency & Critical Care] The blocked cat gone bad… 04:10PM - 05:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    This session is sponsored by TMGvets.
    Session geared more towards general practitioners than ER-specific practitioners. Feline urethral obstruction is a very common clinical problem. This session will focus on the complicated cases, including hyperkalemia, recurrent cases, urethral tears and sepsis.


    1. approach to urgent stabilization of the hyperkalemic cat
    2. When to use antibiotics
    3. What is new with UO cats.

    Speakers

    Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM(SA-IM), DACVECC

    DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series
    Concert for the Animals 05:00PM - 06:00PM EDT

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    Overview

    Featuring rising stars of the Stradivari Society Tim Fain and Francisco Fullana, accompanied by Grammy-nominated pianist Robert Koenig. **Please note that this session is hosted outside of the NYS-VC Conference platform. Clicking on this hyperlink will open a separate window. The concert will be streamed from Zoom.

    Under the Radar 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 Under the Radar Virtual Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience explores three Finger Lakes “garagiste” winemakers, these hard-to-find wines have been circulating trendy urban restaurants and wine bars, and now we are bringing them to you! Experience these limited-quantity wines paired with hand-crafted Muranda cheeses and some surprising accompaniments. Discover the new trend of Finger Lakes wines made from indigenous yeast and a hands-off approach to winemaking. Broaden your knowledge of some of our smallest Finger Lakes wineries, their impressive wines, and equally impressive cheese pairings in a fun and very tasty virtual experience with owner and certified sommelier, Laura Winter Falk, PhD.
    Important Info:
    A minimum of 5 households are required to run the class. Price per kit is $119 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