Session Descriptions
This page will be continuously updated with descriptions of each session during the Annual Meeting

Friday, November 12
Small Animal I

8:00am: Emergency Procedures for the Urinary Tract - Dr. Michael Jaffe

  • This topic discusses basic urinary tract emergency surgery and procedures for the small animal practitioner. A discussion and helpful tips for performing successful PU surgery, cystotomy, urethrotomy, urethrostomy, and urethral retro-hydropulsion are covered. The surgical procedures, indications, and post-op care of these patients are discussed.

9:00am: Perianal and Perineal Diseases in Dogs - Dr. Michael Jaffe

  • This topic discusses the diagnosis and treatment of common perineal and perianal diseases. A discussion and helpful tips for diagnosing and treating perianal fistula, anal sacculutis, anal sacculectomy surgery, rectal prolapse, and perianal tumors are covered. The surgical procedures, indications, and post-op care of these patients are discussed.

10:00-11:50am: Chronic Coughing - Dr. Alyssa Sullivant

  • This two-part lecture will highlight the diagnostic approach to chronic coughing in the dog and cat. The clinical presentation and treatment of tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and feline asthma will be discussed in detail. 

    1:40pm: OA: Beyond the NSAID - Dr. Matt Brunke

    • Description coming soon!

    2:40pm: Hip Dysplasia: Diagnosis and Conservative Treatment - Dr. Matt Brunke

    • Description coming soon!

    4:00pm: Pain Management: The Basics and the Advanced - Dr. Matt Brunke

    • Description Coming soon!

    5:00pm: Nutraceuticals for the Canine Athlete - Dr. Matt Brunke

    • Description Coming soon!


    SMALL ANIMAL II

    8:00am: SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19: A Comparative Virology Perspective - Dean Daniel Givens

    • This session will review coronaviruses of veterinary and human importance.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding host range, potential for transmission, pathophysiology, effective diagnostic methodologies, and vaccination strategies for these coronaviruses.  Comparison among coronaviruses and the recently emerged SARS-CoV-2 will be highlighted.

      Specific Learning Objectives:

      • 1.       Review the conserved and variable structure of important coronaviruses
      • 2.       Clearly delineate similarities and differences among various transmission routes, pathophysiology, effective diagnostic methodologies, and vaccination strategies
      • 3.       Review what is understood and hypothesized for SARS-CoV2 regarding host range and transmission among species
      • 4.       Identify current best practices for diagnostic testing of animals for SARS-CoV2

    9:00am: Radiology - Dr. Christopher Warrington

    • Description coming soon!

    10:00am: Radiology - Dr. Christopher Warrington

    • Description coming soon!

    Saturday, November 13SMALL ANIMAL


    8:00am: What do we do with Partial CCLs - Dr. Matt Brunke

    • Description coming soon!

      9:00am: The Basics of Regenerative Medicine - Dr. Matt Brunke

      • Description coming soon!

        10:30am: Laser Therapy in Veterinary Rehab - Dr. Matt Brunke

        • Description coming soon!

          11:30am: Therapeutic Exercises in Veterinary Rehab - Dr. Matt Brunke

          • Description coming soon!

            2:40pm: Intervertebral Disc Disease - Dr. Ashley Hechler

            • Description coming soon!

            3:40pm: Refractory Epilepsy Management - Dr. Ashley Hechler

            • Description coming soon!

            4:45pm: Vestibular Disease - Dr. Ashley Hechler

            • Description coming soon!

            Technician

            8:00am: Discussing Diabetes Mellitus: Empowering Technicians - Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS-Dentistry

            • Become the diabetes Tech Champion of your clinic. From the first interaction you have with a pet owner to the diabetes conversation after diagnosis and throughout the long-term care of a diabetic pet, this presentation will empower you to support pet owners as they embark on the diabetes journey. 

              Learning Objectives:

            • Establish a productive dialogue with owners of pets with diabetes

            • Gain the tools and technical knowledge needed to support pet owners and their pets through the diabetes journey

            • Explore the importance of each step along this journey, from pre-diagnosis through long-term management


              9:00am: Let's Talk Lifestyle Vaccines: Having the Conversation with Pet Owners - Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS-Dentistry

              • This presentation will outline the role technicians play in informing pet owners about non-core/lifestyle-dependent vaccines in dogs (specifically CIRDC, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease). This session will cover epidemiology, prevalence, and changes in distribution over time; risk factors, pathogenesis, and clinical signs; diagnosis; and prevention and vaccine protocols. It will also cover how to engage pet owners in conversations relating to vaccination.

                Learning Objectives:

              • Review disease agents for canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), leptospirosis, and Lyme disease

              • Understand the importance of investigating patient history

              • Develop effective tools for client communication, including tips for recommending lifestyle vaccines.

                10:30am-12:20pm: Radiology - Deanna Matecko, CVT

                • Description coming soon!

                2:40pm: Tips and Tricks for Staff Training - Trinity Bell, RVT & Monica Patton, RVT

                • Improving staff training using games, the internet, and models
                3:40pm: A Technicians Approach to Hematology - Dawn DeMoss, RVTG
                • This session will discuss hematology in practice and laboratory methods in hematology. Morphology, function, quantity, and disorders of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets will be covered. The importance of doing a complete hemogram with both qualitative and quantitative data will be examined.

                4:45pm: Superpowers of a Veterinary Technician: Outstanding Microscope Skills - Dawn DeMoss, RVTG
                • In this session, attendees will review common and uncommon parasites, cytology, urine sediment, and hematology microscope slides. This will be done through an anonymous interactive game. Common slide preparation and staining practices will be discussed as well.


                    Sunday, November 14

                    Small Animal

                    8:00am: Hypoalbuminemia: When to Treat and How - Dr. Bobbi Conner

                    • Description Coming Soon

                    9:00am: AKI & Fluid Therapy: Myths and Mistakes - Dr. Bobbi Conner

                    • Description Coming Soon

                    10:00am: Respiratory Emergencies: Just Breathe - Dr. Bobbi Conner

                    • Description Coming Soon





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