Agenda Day 3 - Sunday, October, 4th

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Yoga 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

NYSVMS Business Meeting 08:00AM - 08:45AM EDT

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Speakers

Andy Fleming, DVM (President)

[Small Ruminant] Building a practice with clients brand new to livestock 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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While exciting to begin a relationship with a client who is full of enthusiasm for a new adventure in livestock keeping, the results of such endeavors can be frustrating and disappointing. Oftentimes, any knowledge of “normal” and “abnormal” animal appearances or behaviors is unknown by inexperienced owners and sometimes even basic animal care requirements are not met. Careful observation of farm environment and animals as well as understanding the goals of the client are extremely important. As a veterinarian it is our duty to educate new farmers in many aspects of animal husbandry. These clients can be both lucrative and mentally rewarding but require a certain amount of maintenance and follow-through to prevent disasters. These clients are often very invested in animal health and yet are easily dissuaded from continuing to keep animals if too many disappointments occur. This discussion is aimed at identifying common shortcomings of new owners and good practices for farm monitoring and communications.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the special challenges associated with owners unfamiliar with sheep and goats
  2. Understand that additional or more frequent preventative care protocols may be needed to maintain animal health
  3. Understand the pros and cons of working with absentee gentleman farmers
  4. Realize the importance of routine wellness visits
  5. Set up protocols for sick animal identification

Speakers

Gillian Ferguson, DVM

[Nutrition] Diet & diabetes: It’s more than just carbs! 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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Nutrition can play an important role in the management of diabetes in both dogs and cats. However, the ideal diet profile for diabetic pets is still unknown and this can lead to a lot of controversy and confusion when it comes to making dietary recommendations for diabetic pets. The evidence to support various dietary strategies commonly used for diabetic dogs and cats will be reviewed and discussed. An overview of the regulation and practicalities of measurement of carbohydrate including fiber in pet foods will also be discussed with an emphasis on how it relates to selection of diet for pets with diabetes. Diet options and how to address comorbidities will be provided. The importance of meal timing and a discussion of treats will be included. Differences in nutritional management between diabetes in dogs and cats will be emphasized. The role of obesity in diabetic development and management will also be discussed.
Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the most important nutritional considerations for management of diabetic dogs and cats
  2. Explain how carbohydrates are reported in pet foods and the limitations to this method as it relates to diabetic control
  3. Compare and contrast nutritional management of diabetic dogs versus cats

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Integrative Medicine] How to Collaborate with an Integrative Oncologist 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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This session is sponsored by the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Series.
In this “dry” lab we will utilize clinical case examples to review ways in which to best collaborate with your integrative oncologist to provide best communication, patient care and improved outcomes. Example cases will be available if needed, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own cases so that common practices, treatments approaches, integrative protocol prescriptions and common tools utilized in specific disease states can be addressed.


  1. Review clinical case examples
  2. Explain logistics of collaborating with integrative oncologist
  3. Provide treatment protocol for difficult oncologic cases that could benefit from integrative care

Speakers

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

[Nephrology] Recognizing and Managing Canine Leptospirosis 09:00AM - 09:50AM EDT

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Diagnosis of leptospirosis requires clinical suspicion for the disease based on knowledge of the range of possible clinical presentations in dogs. Participants will recognize patients that should be tested for leptospirosis, understand precautions that should be taken with leptospirosis suspects, and be ready to institute prompt, effective care for these patients.
Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
  1. Identify patients for which leptospirosis is an important differential
  2. Make treatment recommendations prior to achieving a definitive diagnosis of leptospirosis
  3. Advise clients about long-term care, the potential for transmission, and preventative strategies for other dogs in the same household as a dog with leptospirosis.

Speakers

Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

[Lab Animal Medicine] The Joy of Training with Translational Training
Tools(TM): Implementing the 3 Rs for effective, low stress, hands-on training 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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Through PowerPoint and hands-on demonstrations, we introduce participants to Translational Training Tools: The 3 Ts Serving the 3 RsTM; a hands-on training method for individuals working with research animals. We share the concepts used to create our training method, including the integration of the 3Rs of animal use (Replace, Reduce, Refine) by using carefully crafted inanimate training tools. We show the unique features of a variety our Translational Training Tools. We address how to train with each tool and we provide recipes for creating the tools from readily available, inexpensive materials.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn a new way of thinking about hands on training to focus on addressing Training Leaps and Key Learning Issues.
  2. Learn innovative ways to use inanimate tools to train in a stepwise process.
  3. Learn how to create tools that address Training Leaps and Key Learning Issues to provide less stressful training for animals, trainers and trainees.

Speakers

Wendy Williams, B.A, HB.Sc., D.V.M, DACLAM

[Vets and Techs] Where Team Health, Retention, and Revenue Intersect:
How Well Do You Utilize Technicians? 09:00AM - 10:55AM EDT

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How well is your practice utilizing veterinary technicians when compared to other practices and current standards? Placing your veterinary technicians in the appropriate role within the team is linked to better patient care, staff fulfillment, manageable workload, increased practice revenue, and even team wellness. This workshop will provide tools to assess how well your practice employs veterinary technicians, help identify obstacles in reaching higher, and give take away points that can be implemented immediately in the practice.
Objectives:
  1. Describe the benefits of properly utilizing veterinary technicians.
  2. Identify areas in which technicians can be more useful in practice.
  3. Articulate common reasons that serve as barriers to better utilization.
  4. Create a plan to position veterinary technicians to better aid practice growth

Speakers

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC & SAIM)

[Nephrology] Approach to Proteinuria in Dogs 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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Proteinuria can serve as a marker of canine kidney disease and is a potential therapeutic target. Participants will be able to recommend appropriate diagnostics for dogs with proteinuria, from evaluating a positive urine dipstick to referring for a renal biopsy. Participants will be able to develop a plan for treatment and monitoring of canine patients with proteinuria.
Learning Objectives: After this session the participant will be able to:
  1. Make a customized diagnostic plan for a dog with proteinuria
  2. Develop a plan for standard therapy and monitoring of a dog with proteinuria
  3. Understand the indications for referral of a dog with proteinuria for a renal biopsy

Speakers

Johanna Heseltine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

[Small Ruminant] Dystocias: An interactive discussion 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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Assisting in small ruminant dystocias can be both heart wrenching and exhilarating. Veterinary intervention in these situations is time-dependent, stressful, and may take place in less than ideal conditions. While each dystocia is different, gaining knowledge of various obstetrical interventions- both physical and chemical, can make all the difference in increasing the rate of successful outcomes. Thorough understanding of the normal birthing process as well as when to intervene may sound easy enough on paper but when you are calling inexperienced clients that live an hour away, adaptability to the situation at hand is also important. This presentation is designed to guide audience discussion on experiences and life-saving tricks that have made a difference in how challenging dystocia presentations are managed. In the case of the ultimate dystocia, one that requires surgery to resolve, knowledge of the various techniques of performing field c-sections is also discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the risk factors approaching parturition
  2. Understand the normal birth process and when to intervene
  3. Gain knowledge on helpful tools to assist with difficult births
  4. Understand, through group discussion, treatments for specific dystocia presentations
  5. Improve comfort level with field C-sections: procedure, pain management, and aftercare
  6. Speakers

    Gillian Ferguson, DVM

[Nutrition] Is it the Food? Pet food Associated Illness 10:05AM - 10:55AM EDT

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While health conditions due to contamination or formulation errors of pet foods are uncommon, they do occur and quick identification of the problem is important not only for the affected pets, but for all other pets that may eat the same diet. Pet food-associated illness can be a challenge to differentiate from other causes, but there are some clues that can put a veterinarian on alert for the possibility. This session will discuss potential warning signs that should alert the clinician to a potential issue with the food. Broad categories of pet food-associated illness - infection, toxicity, and deficiency -will be reviewed with special attention to salmonella contamination, aflatoxin, vitamin D toxicity, and thiamine and taurine deficiency. Clinical and diagnostic findings for each situation will be discussed to help the clinician to identify the condition when presented. General considerations for diagnostic evaluation and sample collection will be discussed as well as where and how to report suspected cases of pet food-associated illness.
Learning objectives:
  1. List potential “red flags” that could suggest a food-associated illness
  2. Identify the common presenting signs and diagnostics associated with salmonella infection, vitamin D toxicity, thiamine deficiency, and taurine deficiency
  3. Describe appropriate record keeping and sample collection for confirmation of pet food-associated illness
  4. Identify the parties that should be contacted in the event of suspected food-associated illness in a pet.

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Wellnesss] Taking the ‘Difficult’ out of Difficult Client Interactions 10:05AM - 10:55PM EDT

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This session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
This lecture will focus on skills to help client interactions that have traditionally been labeled as difficult to become less so. The intended result it to improve client interactions so that the information exchange is strong, the emotional toll is limited and the client and vet both feel heard and valued.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understanding what ‘difficult’ means to you in a client interaction
  2. Learn the ADOBE method to make these interactions easier and more productive
  3. Help prevent burnout by reducing veterinary stress related to difficult conversations

Speakers

James Morrisey, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian)

[Wellnesss] Applied Veterinary Ethics for Practitioners 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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A solid understanding of normative ethics is important for veterinary professionals to guide decision-making and avoid pitfalls in everyday practice. Discussing ethical approaches is something that few veterinary professionals feel comfortable with. This session will review common normative theories and frameworks with practical examples, to enhance fluency and comfort with applying ethics in clinical decision-making.
After attending this session, participants will:
  1. be capable of describing several different ethical theories and provide examples of each
  2. recognize how different ethical viewpoints may underpin specific decision-making in veterinary practice

Speakers

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

[Anesthesia] How to properly run an anesthesia machine check out 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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In this session, we will demonstrate how to do a proper anesthesia machine check out. This demonstration is based on The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) guidelines revised in 2008. It is of paramount importance to have an appropriate check list to help reduce errors that may translate into potential and unanticipated intraoperative problems.
Learning objectives: By the end of this session, the delegate should be able to
  1. Know when to do an anesthesia machine checkout.
  2. Follow and appropriately execute the various steps involved in an anesthesia machine check out
  3. Detect abnormalities rendering anesthetic equipment unsafe

Speakers

Luis Campoy, LV CertVA Dip. ECVAA MRCVS

[Imaging] Imaging Case Rounds: Thorax 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Session Description: This will be an interactive session that presents a series of interesting cases. Cases may include common diseases that are important to recognize in both general practice and emergency practice, unusual cases with important imaging findings, complications of common procedures detected by imaging, and imaging artifacts. The emphasis will be on radiographs, however advanced imaging modalities may be included to reinforce the radiographic findings or demonstrate the utility of advanced imaging of the thorax. Audience participation is encouraged.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate approach to interpretation of thoracic radiographs
  2. Review a variety of thoracic diseases detected on radiographs
  3. Demonstrate utility of advanced imaging where thoracic radiographs are inconclusive

Speakers

Ian Porter, DVM, Diplomate ACVR

[Veterinary Technician] Just Breathe: Respiratory Emergencies 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Respiratory distress and/or failure are one of the most common emergencies seen in veterinary medicine. When a patient presents in respiratory distress, the technician’s ability to quickly and accurately assess the problem and provide appropriate emergency intervention is vital to a positive outcome. The various types of respiratory emergencies and their pathophysiology, concepts in assessing oxygenation and ventilation status, and methods of treatment will be discussed. There are various tools, both low and high tech, at our disposal.
Objectives:
  1. Identify physical signs of respiratory distress
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of different types of respiratory compromise
  3. Recognize abnormal respiratory patterns

Speakers

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC & SAIM)

[Nutrition] Kidney Care: Diet in the management of chronic kidney disease 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Chronic kidney disease is a common condition in dogs and cats, especially with aging. While chronic kidney disease cannot be reversed, dietary modifications have been shown to have a dramatic effect on slowing progression, reducing uremia, and prolonging survival. This session will review the goals of nutritional management of chronic kidney disease, the nutrients that are critical to adjust and monitor for chronic kidney disease in both cats and dogs and the rationale for these adjustments. Recommendations for when to start dietary alterations and dietary modifications appropriate for various disease stages of chronic kidney disease for both dogs and cats will be provided based on the IRIS Staging criteria and treatment recommendations. Considerations for nutritional management of both proteinuric versus non-proteinuric pets will be compared. Strategies for managing poor appetite including alternative diet options, appetite stimulants and assisted feeding will be discussed. Case examples will be used to demonstrate key principles.
Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the most important nutrients to consider for pets with kidney disease
  2. Compare and contrast management of a dog with PLN vs a non-proteinuric dog
  3. Describe when to start a renal diet in a dog or cat
  4. Discuss options if a pet’s appetite is not good for the selected diet

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Small Ruminant] Lamb & kid neonatal health issues 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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Successfully raising neonatal small ruminants, whether dam-reared or artificially reared, can be surprisingly challenging. From managing colostrum intake at the start to dealing with parasitism in youngstock in the fields, the health issues these animals can experience can be daunting. By setting up as many educational moments with clients as possible, writing protocols for neonatal care, and managing techniques for sick animal identification, neonatal morbidity and mortality can be improved. Predicting where clients tend to fall short with lamb and kid management can also help the veterinarian to improve overall animal health. Knowledge of common neonatal ailments and treatments is key and can help improve patient outcomes in such cases as septic arthritis, broken legs, and diarrhea, just to name a few. This discussion is aimed at presenting a variety of common neonatal ailments from infectious diseases to physical abnormalities, and hopes, through group discussion, to improve the participant’s knowledge base for neonatal health issues.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand nutritional support for the neonate
  2. Improve client education regarding neonatal health
  3. Improve skills at identification of common lamb and kid health issues
  4. Gain comfort performing routine interventional procedures on lambs and kids

Speakers

Gillian Ferguson, DVM

[Equine] The Reality of Equine Practice - The Road Ahead 11:30AM - 12:20PM EDT

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A broad survey of data from both the equine and equine veterinary industry will be shared along with current global economic figures in order to paint a picture of the current conditions in equine practice. Horse numbers, owner demographics, and economic impacts will indicate the strengths and weaknesses in the equine world. . Insights about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be included. Statistics will be shared of educational debt, demographics, income, and career plans of equine veterinarians A discussion of the challenges and opportunities in equine practice will follow. Those who attend will have a more clear understanding of the current conditions of the industry in which they have made their careers.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the relationship between current economic conditions and the effect on practice performance
  2. Understand the opportunities and challenges in the equine veterinary industry
  3. Gain insights to allow innovative thinking about the future of equine practice

Speakers

Amy Grice, VMD, MBA

[Masterclass] Case-based practice interpreting clinical pathology data 12:30PM - 01:30PM EDT

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CBC, chemistry, and urinalysis testing are routinely performed in clinical practice including in the verification of health prior to surgical procedures, as well as with the start of a diagnostic work-up of sick patients. In this session, participants will have time in the beginning to evaluate clinical pathology data from a feline patient provided to them. Next as a group, you will be guided through a step by step, mechanistic approach to interpreting the lab data. This particular case has electrolyte and acid base abnormalities, giving participants practice identifying acid base derangements with a chemistry panel alone.
Learning objectives
  1. Develop a systematic approach for interpreting CBC, chemistry, and urinalysis data.
  2. Learn how to detect and interpret metabolic acid base disturbances from a chemistry panel.
  3. Understand routine labwork can and cannot tell you.

Speakers

Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

Lunch Yoga 2 12:30PM - 01:00PM EDT

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These 30 minutes 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

[Masterclass] Perioperative management of arterial blood pressure in small
animals 12:30PM - 01:30PM EDT

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Learning objectives:
  1. To describe the relevance of perioperative blood pressure measurement
  2. To describe the physiological implications of arterial blood pressure
  3. To establish means of preserving arterial blood pressure during the perioperative period
  4. To propose practical approaches to monitoring and maintaining blood pressure perioperatively.

Speakers

Joaquin Araos, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Afternoon Refresh 01:00PM - 01:30PM EDT

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Quiet a busy mind, soothe tired eyes and find ease in your body though gentle restorative yoga and guided meditation. You deserve to feel peaceful and relaxed. Gather pillows, blankets and a sleep mask (or hand towel) to unwind from a full day. Accessible and welcoming for all. Leave this session recharged and replenished. This class is not eligible for CE Credit.
Speakers

Maya Pagán

[Small Ruminant] Case discussions: Learning from necropsies 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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While a deceased patient always feels like a defeated case, much information can still be gleaned by performing a thorough post-mortem examination. Many disease processes and mineral imbalances that affect the remaining animals can be found and treatments put in place to combat the herd issue identified. In other cases, identification of an obvious, incurable problem that killed the animal is found thus relieving the veterinarian of any guilt of not doing enough for their patient. Understanding what the reasonable goals of necropsies should be and not hesitating to recommend them in challenging cases is presented in this discussion. Each necropsy is a unique opportunity to learn. Some can show spectacular, unexpected findings while others are confirming a strongly held suspicion. Others can be frustrating with no cause of death determined on gross exam but can still provide a list of pertinent negative findings which may assist in a final diagnosis. Various cases are presented to show the variety and helpfulness of the post-mortem exam.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the limits of peri-mortem diagnostics
  2. Manage client expectations regarding on-farm necropsies
  3. Understand the benefits of post-mortem exams
  4. Understand that one diagnosis can have multiple presentations

Speakers

Gillian Ferguson, DVM

[Imaging] Imaging Case Rounds: Abdomen 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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This will be an interactive session that presents a series of interesting cases. Cases may include common diseases that are important to recognize in both general practice and emergency practice, unusual cases with important imaging findings, complications of common procedures detected by imaging, and imaging artifacts. The emphasis will be on radiographs and ultrasound, however advanced imaging modalities may be included to reinforce the radiographic or ultrasound findings, or to demonstrate the utility of advanced imaging of the abdomen. Audience participation is encouraged.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate approach to interpretation of abdominal radiograph and ultrasound
  2. Review variety of abdominal diseases detected on radiographs and/or ultrasound
  3. Demonstrate utility of advanced imaging in complicated cases

Speakers

Ian Porter, DVM, Diplomate ACVR

[Equine] Is Your Practice Financially Healthy? 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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This presentation will lead attendees through a series of strategies to evaluate the performance of their practices, while increasing familiarity with financial statements, benchmarks, and appropriate compensation. Through the use of sample profit & loss statements, common areas of poor practice performance will be highlighted and suggests for mitigation given. The financial results of small changes in operations will be demonstrated. The warning signs of fraud or embezzlement will be highlighted, and precautions to prevent this devastating outcome will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain tools to evaluate the financial health of a practice and improve performance
  2. Become more familiar with financial statements, industry benchmarks, and compensation strategies
  3. Understand the risk of and prevention of embezzlement

Speakers

Amy Grice, VMD, MBA

[Wellnesss] Managing Moral Distress and Mental Well-Being in Veterinary
Practice 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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Moral distress or a feeling of not being able to do the ‘right thing’ commonly occurs in veterinary professionals and is a significant cause of professional unhappiness and anxiety. The condition arises when veterinary professionals are tasked with conducting procedures or acting in a way that does not allow them to preserve their integrity. A better understanding and awareness of their own ethical framework allows veterinary professionals to problem solve, ask questions, and develop outcomes that help to preserve moral integrity. As veterinary professionals develop moral resilience it can lead to changes in institutional and professional culture, resulting in improved professional satisfaction and mental wellbeing.
Learning outcomes After attending this session, participants will be able to:
  1. identify ethical problems that may arise in clinical practice
  2. use ethical tools to reason and reflect to build moral resilience

Speakers

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

[Anesthesia] Perioperative management of nausea, regurgitation and
vomiting in small animals: an update 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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Learning objectives:
  1. to identify the current trends and literature related to the management of nausea, regurgitation and vomiting associated with the perioperative period
  2. To discuss the current knowledge on outcomes associated with regurgitation and vomiting
  3. To propose practical approaches to prevent them

Speakers

Joaquin Araos, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

[Nutrition] Urine Trouble: Using diet for urolith management 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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Urolithiasis is a common health condition in both dogs and cats. Appropriate diet modifications can assist in the dissolution of some stone types (struvite and urate) and can help prevent recurrence of others (calcium oxalate). This session will discuss the pathophysiology and dietary management of struvite, calcium oxalate, and urate uroliths in dogs and cats. A simple 4-step approach will be introduced to simplify the approach to stone management. Important nutrients and factors to take into account when choosing a diet will be discussed for each stone type as well as differences in management between dogs and cats. The factors that make therapeutic stone prevention diets different from other diets will be highlighted. Balancing urolithiasis with other health conditions will be discussed and diet alternatives other than therapeutic diets will be presented when appropriate for the stone type. Attendees will leave this session feeling more confident in making recommendations for dietary management of struvite, calcium oxalate, and urate.
Learning objectives:
  1. List the 4 general considerations that must be considered in order to select an appropriate diet for uroliths and what the specific considerations are for struvite, calcium oxalate, and urate uroliths
  2. Describe what makes a therapeutic stone diet different from a maintenance diet
  3. Contrast struvite prevention in dogs vs cats

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Veterinary Technician] Why Your Parvo Patient Should be Fed Right Away –
ECC Nutrition 01:45PM - 02:35PM EDT

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Canine parvovirus infections cause severe gastroenteritis and lead to dehydration, shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and sepsis when left untreated. One simple to implement, therapy that makes a significant difference in survival chance is enteral feeding started within hours of admission, even when vomiting. Even when vomiting? Yes, even when vomiting. There are many reasons nutritional intervention serves a key role in the recovery of critical care patients. Let’s discuss why this is the case.
Objectives:
  1. Understand the pathophysiology and treatment of parvovirus enteritis
  2. Understand the effect of enteral nutrition on the gastrointestinal tract
  3. Be able to create a basic nutritional plan for parvovirus patients

Speakers

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC & SAIM)

[Imaging] A clinical approach to assessing bone disease radiographically 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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Learning objectives:
  1. Formulate an approach to evaluating bone lesions
  2. Be able to recognize the presence and type of bone loss and bone production and what this implies about the underlying etiology
  3. Be able to identify a bone that is malformed and be able to understand when this has occurred
  4. congenitally vs developmentally
  5. Be able to identify fractures and when artefacts can create areas that look like fractures
  6. Be able to classify fracture types

Speakers

Philippa Johnson, BVSc, CertVDI, MRCVS, MSc, DipECVDI

[Emergency & Critical Care] Bad Diabetes and Endocrine disasters in the ER 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 focus on the approach to sick diabetics, including hypoglycemia, ketosis, and hyperosmolar crisis. Additionally, other endocrine cases, such as Addison's disease, myxedema coma and hypoparathyroidism with be covered.


  1. How and when to start insulin
  2. How to test and stabilize an Addisonian; and what type of long term care is advised.
  3. How to approach fluid therapy in a collapsed pet with an endocrine disease.

Speakers

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

[Equine] Creating a Sustainable Life in Equine Practice 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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Data show that over the last twenty years, fewer new graduates are entering equine practice and nearly half have left the equine field by the fifth year after graduation. With a significant number of AAEP members over the age of 50, there may be a shortfall in veterinarians to care for the nation’s horses in the near future. As the demographics of equine practitioners have changed, attracting and retaining practitioners in the field has become more difficult. Creating a new paradigm that creates a sustainable life in equine practice will require flexibility, client education, and collaboration. This session will explore methods to make equine practice more attractive as a career, including carving out time for life outside of work, creation of boundaries, understanding of values and priorities, and rational setting of prices.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the current difficulty in attracting and retaining equine practitioners
  2. Gain a clear picture of the needs of new graduates entering equine practice
  3. Explore ways to make lifestyle changes financially viable

Speakers

Amy Grice, VMD, MBA

[Vets and Techs] Nutrition Fake News: Combating pet food myths 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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There are many widely held misconceptions about pet foods and pet food ingredients. These myths and misconceptions are propagated in books, magazine articles, blogs, pet food rating schemes, and pet food advertising. Lack of understanding of commonly used ingredients and terms such as “natural” can lead to both pet owners and veterinarians seeking out pet foods that could have adverse effects on pet health or avoiding diets that are known to be high quality and economical. The use of “by-product” and grains as well as the use of the term “natural” in food for dogs and cats will be used as examples. Definitions of terms versus common perceptions of these terms will be contrasted so that attendees leave with a clear understanding of what is fact vs fiction with regards to these terms. Approaches for communicating with pet owners about these misconceptions will be provided so that veterinarians and technicians will leave with information that can be used immediately in conversations with pet owners.
Learning objectives:
  1. Separate fact from fiction when it comes to the use of by-products and grains in pet food
  2. Explain what the term natural means for a pet food, especially with regard to pet health
  3. Communicate more confidently to pet owners about these common myths and misconceptions

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Innovation] Blockchain-Based Digital Credentials for Competency-Based
Learning02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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This session is sponsored by VetBloom.
Blockchain technology is something many of us have heard about, but how can it fit in to the world of Learning & Development? In this session you’ll find out how a veterinary industry consortium was formed to focus on the application of blockchain for learning credentials in the veterinary industry. The goal was to create a framework for competency-based medical education using digital badges to support credentialing, as well as a minimum viable product (MVP). Working with a diverse group of stakeholders in the veterinary ecosystem, we collaboratively created both the competency framework, an MVP, as well as the functional Pilot with a blockchain-based LCN that brought together educational entities, learners, and employers—allowing them to issue, share, and validate learner credentials in a secure manner.
Blockchain is a team sport and success requires a shared vision for the future. At its core, blockchain enhances the ability for diverse individuals and organizations to transact with each other without the necessity of a central authority. For this reason, it’s crucial to create a healthy ecosystem where participants (even competitors) work together to solve the same problem. In this session we'll share the tools and approaches we used to collaboratively approach the creation of a consortium, focusing on governance and organizational design.
Learning Objectives:
  • How to determine if a blockchain solution may be valuable for your learning infrastructure
  • Understand the basics of blockchain technology and how it applies to learning credentials
  • Through case study review, understand how blockchain-based learning technology has transformed areas of higher education, and how these examples could inform your thinking
  • Speakers

    Patrick Welch, DVM, MBA, DACVO

[Wellnesss] Veterinary Ethical Challenges – Managing Conflict in Case
Management 02:50PM - 03:40PM EDT

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Conflict in managing cases is not uncommon in veterinary practice and can result in compassion fatigue in veterinary professionals and damaged relationships with clients if not handled appropriately. This session will explore changing societal ethics and the impact on veterinary practice.
Learning outcomes After attending this session, participants will be able to:
  1. understand the importance of having a robust ethical framework and the need to examine societal assumptions regarding animals
  2. use ethical tools to guide decision-making in practice

Speakers

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

[Vets and Techs] Better health through diet: Improving client compliance
with therapeutic diet 03:55PM - 04:45PM EDT

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Overview

There are many health conditions where dietary modifications can be helpful either as an adjunct to other management or as the main treatment. Although, pet owners, veterinarians, and veterinary staff recognize the importance of nutrition for overall health, client compliance with diet recommendations for pets with health conditions is poor relative to other treatment modalities. This poor compliance can be due to not appreciating the importance of the nutritional modifications or the differences between various diets, concerns about specific ingredients present in the recommended diet or about the diet manufacturer, cost or convenience factors, or lack of confidence in the veterinarian making the recommendations. Many of these concerns can be mitigated or reduced by identifying the specific client concerns and addressing them directly. This session will use specific diet and disease examples to model an approach to client communication about therapeutic diet recommendations that will help to improve client compliance and confidence in the veterinarian’s nutrition recommendations.
Learning objectives:
  1. Identify common reasons why pet owners may not be compliant with diet recommendations
  2. Compare and contrast diseases where therapeutic diets are available, but may not be as important versus those diseases where therapeutic diets are likely to have significant benefit over maintenance diets.
  3. Describe some strategies for communication with a client who is resistant to feeding a therapeutic diet for a disease where one would be strongly indicated.

Speakers

Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

[Wellnesss] End-of-Life Decision-Making in Practice 03:55PM - 04:45PM EDT

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Overview

Helping a client to make the decision to end an animal’s life is never easy and many veterinary professionals feel very conflicted when dealing with euthanasia decisions. There can be disagreements with clients regarding when to euthanize an animal in addition to challenges with managing client, staff, and their own expectations and emotions during end-of-life discussions and procedures. Veterinary professionals often do not discuss the grief and burden that can be felt at this time, resulting in development of compassion fatigue over time. This can have a serious and negative impact on their professional satisfaction.
Learning outcomes After attending this session, participants will:
  1. increase their awareness of causes of compassion fatigue in themselves and those they work with
  2. develop a plan for promoting resiliency and self-care at their workplace
  3. recognize the importance of open communication about end-of-life decision-making for promoting good mental health within clinics

Speakers

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

[Equine] Improving Practice Profitability 03:55PM - 04:45PM EDT

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Overview

This presentation will demonstrate the importance of capturing all revenue earned when services are provided, and the consequences of the failure to do so. Ways to minimize and measure revenue lost will be shown. The consequences and mitigation of discounting will be explored. After a review of the major components of the income statement (P&L), the effects of small changes in practice operations to profit will be shown. The effect of profit on practice value will also be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the importance of capturing revenue earned, the effects of discounting, and how small changes to revenue affect profit
  2. Gain a familiarity with the major components of the income statement (P&L)
  3. Become familiar with how profit effects practice value

Speakers

Amy Grice, VMD, MBA

[Imaging] Radiography and diagnosis in the equine head 03:55PM - 04:45PM EDT

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Overview

Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize the standard radiographic views obtain of the skull
  2. Be able to identify the basic dental, pharyngeal/laryngeal and sinus anatomy on a radiograph
  3. Be able to identify a tooth root infection and common dental diseases
  4. Be able to identify pharyngeal abnormalities and stylohyoid disease
  5. Be able to detect acute vs chronic fracture of the cranium

Speakers

Philippa Johnson, BVSc, CertVDI, MRCVS, MSc, DipECVDI

[Emergency & Critical Care] Veterinary Jeopardy 03:55PM - 04:45PM EDT

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Overview

This session is sponsored by TMGvets.
This is a fun session with an interactive focus. A prize will be given for the high scorer! This session will focus on veterinary trivia, such as who has normal thrombocytopenia, as well a little bit of entertainment trivia (about the veterinary team's appearance in TV and movies)
  1. What lab abnormalities are breed specific
  2. What are uncommon but important diseases on certain breeds
  3. What movies starred or had veterinarians in them?

Speakers

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