Friday 2.20.15
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  8-9 a.m. 9:15–10:15 a.m. 10:30–11:30 a.m. 1:30–2:30p.m. 2:45–3:45p.m. 4-5p.m.
animal
behavior I
200200-201. Feline Inappropriate Elimination and Aggression
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Inappropriate elimination and aggression are the most common problems for which cats present to behaviorists, and they are often directly related. This two-part session will use case examples to help attendees properly diagnose, manage and treat toileting, urine marking, inter-cat and human-directed aggression with behavior modification and medication.

Feline Inappropriate Elimination and Aggression, Part I
Bain
201200-201. Feline Inappropriate Elimination and Aggression
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Inappropriate elimination and aggression are the most common problems for which cats present to behaviorists, and they are often directly related. This two-part session will use case examples to help attendees properly diagnose, manage and treat toileting, urine marking, inter-cat and human-directed aggression with behavior modification and medication.

Feline Inappropriate Elimination and Aggression, Part II
Bain
202202. Repetitive Behaviors
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Repetitive behaviors are comprised of compulsivities, displacement behaviors and stereotypies, all of which have distinct causes and treatments. This session will use case examples to demonstrate how to diagnose the problem, develop a treatment plan and devise ways of preventing these behaviors from occurring, especially in long-term housing situations.

Repetitive Behaviors
Bain
203203. Owner-Directed Aggression in Dogs
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Dog bites are at an epidemic level, but most bites go unreported because they happen to family members or friends. This session will summarize the diagnosis, triggers, management and behavior modification to ameliorate this problem, using real cases as examples.

Owner-Directed Aggression in Dogs
Bain
204204.I’m Scared! Fears and Phobias in Dogs
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Canine anxiety and phobias—such as separation anxiety, noise phobias and generalized anxiety—are quite common. This session will give attendees the tools needed to properly diagnose these problems. Case examples will be used to illustrate management and behavior modification techniques that can be used alongside medications to decrease the severity of dogs’ fears and phobias.

I’m Scared! Fears and Phobias in Dogs
Bain
205205. Behavior of Companion Hoofstock
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, M.S.
Sheep, goats and pot-bellied pigs are becoming more common as companion pets for the general public, as well as the urban farmer. In this session, attendees will learn what behaviors are considered normal, so they are better able to prepare owners for potential problem behaviors.

Behavior of Companion Hoofstock
Bain
animal
behavior II
206206. Clicker Training 101
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
Based on the principles of operant conditioning, clicker training is a positive-reinforcement training system that incorporates the use of a marker signal (namely, the click) to tell the animal precisely what it is doing right at that moment in time. Behaviors marked—and therefore reinforced by the click—are more likely to happen again. This session will cover the basics of clicker training and show attendees how it can be used to address common behavioral issues in dogs.

Clicker Training 101
Parsons
207207. Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Effective Home Management
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
In a healthy relationship between a dog and a handler, the human makes all of the important decisions in the dog’s life. If there is no obvious hierarchy, many dogs will naturally assume the leadership role. As a result, serious behavioral issues may occur. In this session, we will discuss the principles of effective home management and how it can be used to prevent and treat the previously damaged owner/dog relationship.

Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Effective Home Management
Parsons
208208. Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: The Process of Shaping Emotional Self-Control
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
Like any other behavior, aggressive and reactive behaviors can be shaped. The only difference is that, in treating these specific issues, we need to decrese the frequency of the undesired behavior and increase the frequency of more appropriate incompatible behaviors. We can click a behavior into extinction by gradually shaping its absence. This session will clearly demonstrate the process itself and how it can be used to calm an aggressive or reactive dog.

Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: The Process of Shaping Emotional Self-Control
Parsons
209209. Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Beginner Interactions with Other Dogs
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
Once the rehabilitated dog is thinking around other dogs instead of reacting, the next step is to start integrating him safely into real-world environments. The real world is filled with dogs around every corner, many of which are allowed to practice rude canine behaviors like meeting other dogs face to face and sniffing other dogs’ hind ends. In this session, we will discuss different training techniques—such as parallel walking, curving and proper canine greeting—to survive these circumstances.

Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Beginner Interactions with Other Dogs
Parsons
210210. Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Changing the Meaning of Human Emotional Associations
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
In treating dog-to-dog reactivity and aggression issues, rarely are owners advised to pay attention to their own fearful responses; instead, they are just instructed to keep a loose leash—but this is often impossible! Though we do need to learn to control our responses as much as possible, most of our body language is involuntary. Actions such as tightening the leash, grabbing the dog’s collar or clenching the muzzle is done out of fear and embarrassment. In this session, we will deal with this issue head on. Through clicker training, we can change the meaning of any cue. We can teach our dogs that a tight leash, instead of causing fear and uncertainty, can cue confidence and calmness.

Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Changing the Meaning of Human Emotional Associations
Parsons
211211. Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Emergency Foundation Behaviors
Emma Parsons, B.A., KPA-CTP, CDBC
What would you do if you were taking an agility class with your newly rehabilitated rescue dog when another dog got the “zoomies” in class and jumped on him? What would you do if you were walking your dog on a city street and another dog lunged at your dog from around a corner? Unfortunately, these are all very common occurrences. Dogs that are reactive or aggressive with other dogs need to be able to trust our decision-making abilities, especially in scary situations like these. This session will cover emergency foundation behaviors that can be used to deter or greatly minimize the potential damages of an emergency situation.

Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: Emergency Foundation Behaviors
Parsons
equine 212212. Prepartum Emergencies in the Mare
Roulf Embertson, DVM, DACVS
This session will cover the abnormalities that are encountered in the broodmare during late gestation.

Prepartum Emergencies in the Mare
Embertson
213213. Parturition: Dystocia and Related Problems
Roulf Embertson, DVM, DACVS
This presentation will discuss dystocia, resolution of dystocia in a hospital environment, and the problems encountered in the mare during and immediately following a difficult foaling.

Parturition: Dystocia and Related Problems
Embertson
214214. Abnormalities Encountered in the Postpartum Mare
Roulf Embertson, DVM, DACVS
This session will cover the problems that can be encountered in the mare following foaling.

Abnormalities Encountered in the Postpartum Mare
Embertson
215215. Colic: Making Decisions, Referrals and the Prognosis Model
Frank Andrews, DVM, M.S., DACVIM-LA
Deciding when to refer a horse with colic can be a difficult decision and involves careful evaluation of clinical and laboratory parameters. Using an interactive Family Feud-style game show format, this presentation will highlight the parameters important in referral of and survival in cases of acute colic.

Colic: Making Decisions, Referrals and the Prognosis Model
Andrews
216216. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: A Pain in the Gut!
Frank Andrews, DVM, M.S., DACVIM-LA
Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is common in performance horses. Diagnosis of EGUS is based on history, clinical signs, endoscopic examination and response to treatment. All ages and breeds of horses are susceptible to EGUS, and current therapeutic strategies focus on blocking gastric acid secretion and raising stomach pH. In the U.S., only one drug (GastroGard®, manufactured by Merial Ltd.) is approved to treat EGUS. However, a more comprehensive approach to EGUS includes determining and correcting of the underlying cause, environmental management, dietary manipulation and pharmacologic intervention. This session will focus on a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing EGUS.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: A Pain in the Gut!
Andrews
217217. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Relieving the Pain
Frank Andrews, DVM, M.S., DACVIM-LA
This session will focus on treatment of EGUS with available pharmaceutical agents and highlight recent research on feed supplements and their effects on stomach health.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Relieving the Pain
Andrews
food
Animal
218218. Antimicrobial Stewardship: What Does This Mean for the Practicing Veterinarian?
Hans Coetzee, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVCP, DACAW
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are considered to be one of the most critical public health issues of the 21st century. Legislators are becoming concerned that antimicrobial use in livestock operations may contribute to the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans, leading to the recent development of the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. In this session, we will examine practical strategies that livestock veterinarians can implement to control the emergence of resistant pathogens on farms. Additionally, this session will review how antimicrobial resistance leads to an inability to successfully treat an infection, because bacteria causing the disease are not susceptible to effects of the antibiotic.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: What Does This Mean for the Practicing Veterinarian?
Coetzee
219219. Therapy of Bovine Mycoplasma Infections
Hans Coetzee, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVCP, DACAW
In this session, we will examine the challenges associated with treating Mycoplasma bovis infections in cattle and examine the data that were presented to obtain regulatory approval of drugs labeled for the treatment of M. bovis respiratory infections in cattle.

Therapy of Bovine Mycoplasma Infections
Coetzee
220220. Bovine Anaplasmosis
Hans Coetzee, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVCP, DACAW
Bovine anaplasmosis is considered either an established or emerging disease in several parts of the U.S. Although anaplasmosis was first described in 1925 and has been reported in all 48 contiguous states, management and treatment of anaplasmosis remains a significant challenge. The session will familiarize attendees with recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent A. marginale infections.

Bovine Anaplasmosis
Coetzee
221221. Applied Immunology for the Practicing Veterinarian
Victor Cortese, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP
Applied immunology concepts and applications will be covered in this session. While there will be a focus on cattle, this session will cover issues and concepts across species. Current advances in immunology will be used to scientifically design vaccination programs.

Applied Immunology for the Practicing Veterinarian
Cortese
222222. Using the Immune System to Maximize Cattle Profitability
Victor Cortese, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP
This lecture will focus on using the information from the previous session as we specifically look at the application of current immulogic concepts to maximize profitability in beef and dairy cattle.

Using the Immune System to Maximize Cattle Profitability
Cortese
223223. Judicious Use of Medications and Avoiding Residues
Fred Gingrich, DVM
The judicious use of medications in food animals requires knowledge of current FDA regulations, as well as an ethical mindset to use medications in the correct manner. This presentation will review FDA regulations, discuss the common causes of meat and milk residues, and offer guidance on how to provide adequate veterinary oversight on farms that use medications.

Judicious Use of Medications and Avoiding Residues
Gingrich
holistic &
Integrative medicine
224224. Assessment of Cranial and Cervical Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
This presentation will illustrate the five components of the chiropractic examination of the head and neck in small animals. Functional tests that can be performed rapidly in a clinical setting for both experienced practitioners and veterinarians without chiropractic training will be provided.

Assessment of Cranial and Cervical Disorders
Kruesi
225225. Treatment for Cranial and Cervical Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
In this session, photographs, video and case studies will be used to demonstrate the treatment of cervical radiculopathy, myelopathy, torticollis, vestibular disease, oculomotor palsy, atlanto-axial instability and head tremor.

Treatment for Cranial and Cervical Disorders
Kruesi
226226. Assessment of Thoraco-Lumbar Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
In this interactive session, participants will see the integration of anatomy, neurology and physiology to accurately diagnose common presentations of small animal thoraco-lumbar pathology.

Assessment of Thoraco-Lumbar Disorders
Kruesi
227227. Treatment of Thoraco-Lumbar Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
This session will include discussion of integrative approaches to treatment of brachial plexus injury, intervertebral disc diseases, spondylosis, degenerative myelopathy, vertebral malformations and subluxations.

Treatment of Thoraco-Lumbar Disorders
Kruesi
228228. Assessment of Sacro-Pelvic Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
Diagrams and photographs will be used to guide practitioners through a sequence of simple but accurate tests for the muscles and structures of the pelvis, sacrum and pelvic limbs.

Assessment of Sacro-Pelvic Disorders
Kruesi
229229. Treatment of Sacro-Pelvic Disorders
William Kruesi, M.S., DVM
Case studies of lumbo-sacral disc disease, lumbar muscle strain, sacral subluxations, and hip dysplasia in young and mature dogs will be presented. Physical rehabilitation, manual therapies and home care for these patients will also be discussed, along with their outcomes.

Treatment of Sacro-Pelvic Disorders
Kruesi
  8-9 a.m. 9:15–10:15 a.m. 10:30–11:30 a.m. 1:30–2:30p.m. 2:45–3:45p.m. 4-5p.m.
NVAP 230230. Module 1: Introduction to NVAP
Thomas Hans, DVM
This module will introduce veterinarians to the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP). A brief history of the veterinary accreditation program, the importance and benefits of being an accredited veterinarian, the duties and responsibilities of accredited veterinarians, information on the Category I or II level accreditation, and program certification opportunities will be described.

Module 1: Introduction to NVAP
Hans

231231. Module 2: Role of Agencies (State, Federal, International) and Health Certificates
Thomas Hans, DVM
This module will review the state, federal and international agencies that an accredited veterinarian may interact with and the services these agencies provide. Participants will learn how to accurately complete health certificates for animals traveling domestically or internationally. Written guidelines for the completion of 11 USDA APHIS and VS Forms and their continuation sheets will be provided.

Module 2: Role of Agencies (State, Federal, International) and Health Certificates
Hans
232232. Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases
Daniel Harpster, DVM
This module will introduce attendees to a variety of foreign animal, USDA program and reportable diseases, as well as which diseases are applicable to Category I and Category II accredited veterinarians. Information about reporting diseases and the steps of a foreign animal disease investigation will be provided. Details about additional training opportunities for accredited veterinarians will also be included, along with resources and learning opportunities to stay informed about these diseases.

Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases
Harpster
233233. Module 4: Preventing Disease Introduction and Spread
Roger Krogwold, DVM, M.S., MPH, DACVPM
The first part of this module will review disease prevention practices that limit exposure in animals and people including selecting appropriate personal protective equipment. Proper implementation of cleaning protocols and how to select effective disinfectants to prevent disease spread will also be discussed, and instructions and handouts on reading and interpreting disinfectant labels will be provided. The second part of this module will address general biosecurity topics for veterinary clinics and livestock facilities. Biosecurity practices—such as equipment handling on the farm, in the clinic, and on home visits—will be presented.

Module 4: Preventing Disease Introduction and Spread
Krogwold
234234. Module 5: Vesicular Diseases
Steven Wilden, DVM
The first part of this module will address foot-and-mouth disease, vesicular stomatitis, swine vesicular disease and vesicular exanthema of swine in the United States. Clinical signs associated with these vesicular diseases and specific biosecurity measures will be included. In the second half of the session, participants will be taken through an interactive scenario investigating a possible vesicular disease outbreak on a swine farm. Veterinarians will learn the process of reporting a possible vesicular disease case and the chain of events that occur in a foreign animal disease investigation.

Module 5:
Vesicular Diseases
Wilden
235235. Module 6: Exotic Avian Diseases
Roger Krogwold, DVM, M.S., MPH, DACVPM
The first part of this module will address two important diseases of birds—avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease—and their potential impact on the U.S. economy. Clinical signs associated with these diseases and specific biosecurity measures to implement will be discussed. In the second part of this module, attendees will progress through an interactive scenario in which one of these diseases is introduced into the U.S. through the pet bird industry. Veterinarians will learn the process of reporting a possible exotic avian disease and the chain of events that occur in a foreign animal disease investigation.

Module 6: Exotic Avian Diseases
Krogwold
pet animal
Dentistry
236236. Periodontal Disease: From Learning the Basics to Making a Difference
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
It is important to understand the basics of periodontal disease—both to determine the stage of disease and to select appropriate therapy based on the extent of lesions. This session will discuss the basics of periodontal therapy, including a thorough dental cleaning (especially in the subgingival area) and the selection of appropriate antibiotic use. With moderate pockets, root planing and perioceutic therapy can help break the cycle of destruction, and even with deeper infrabony bone pockets, surgical exposure and placement of osseopromotive materials can help save teeth that would otherwise be lost.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Periodontal Disease: From Learning the Basics to Making a Difference
Lobprise
237237. Extractions: Having Fun with Oral Surgery
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
As part of basic oral surgery, extractions can be time consuming and frustrating—if the correct steps are not taken. In this session, attendees will learn how to ensure extractions have fewer complications and more success. Pain management, specific steps of gingival flaps, sectioning teeth, elevating, the appropriate tools and the proper process will be discussed, as will how to manage potential complications.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Extractions: Having Fun with Oral Surgery
Lobprise
238238. Intraoral Radiology: Making it Work for Your Practice
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
Intraoral radiology is an essential part of dental practice, needed in nearly aspect of dentistry—from proper evaluation of periodontal disease to pre- and post-extraction films. Identification of teeth and changes will allow optimal assessment of patients, but the techniques of placing the film and aiming the radiographic beam can be challenging. These skills will be much easier with the helpful tips presented in this session.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Intraoral Radiology: Making it Work for Your Practice
Lobprise
239239. Feline Dentistry: Why Do Cats Have to be So Challenging?
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
Even though the basic concepts of periodontal disease apply, cats can display several unique conditions in the oral cavity. Stomatitis and resportive lesions can be frustrating and challenging, and while conservative medical choices may help patients in the early stages of the disease, caudal mouth extractions often become necessary. This session will cover some of the difficulties in feline dentistry and how to overcome these challenges.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Feline Dentistry: Why Do Cats Have to be So Challenging?
Lobprise
240240. Dental Emergencies: Putting the Puzzle Back Together
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
While most dental conditions can be handled on a non-emergency basis, there are some important aspects to consider—particularly with traumatic injuries. In this session, immediate dental concerns will be discussed, as well as appropriate means of treating traumatic injuries, such as tooth and jaw fractures.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Dental Emergencies: Putting the Puzzle Back Together
Lobprise
241241. Senior Dentistry: Never Too Old for Dentistry?
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
Senior and geriatric patients have a higher incidence of periodontal disease, which likely impacts their systemic health. Although full evaluation of older animals’ health status may lead to adjustments in anesthetic protocols and management, taking care of their oral health is more important at this stage of life. This session will discuss how dentistry for geriatric patients is critical to their overall health.
Note: This session is a prerequisite for Lab D: Dental Extractions.

Senior Dentistry: Never Too Old for Dentistry?
Lobprise
pet animal
Dietary Mgmt.
242242. Nutritional Management of Chronic Enteropathies
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
In this session, we will discuss various dietary strategies to manage small animal chronic enteropathies.

Nutritional Management of Chronic Enteropathies
Parker
243243. Nutritional Management of Kidney Disease
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
Dietary strategies to manage various types of kidney disease—including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and protein-losing nephropathy—will be covered in this session.

Nutritional Management of Kidney Disease
Parker
244244. Implementing Enteral Nutrition in Practice
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
This lecture will cover strategies for implementing supplemental enteral nutrition into practice.

Implementing Enteral Nutrition in Practice
Parker
245245. Unconventional Diets
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
In this session, attendees will learn about unconventional diets—including raw, vegetarian, vegan and home-cooked options—which clients may wish to feed their pets.

Unconventional Diets
Parker
246246. Obesity Management
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
This presentation will cover a variety of strategies for obesity prevention and management in small animals.

Obesity Management
Parker
247247. The Use and Misuse of Liver Diets
Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN
In this session, we will discuss the appropriate times to use a liver diet and when other options may be more beneficial.

The Use and Misuse of Liver Diets
Parker
pet animal
Endocrine
248248. Diagnosis and Management of Hypoadrenocorticism2
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Hypoadrenocorticism can be a difficult disease to recognize because of varied historical and physical examination findings. Diagnosis is dependent on recognizing the appropriate cases on which to evaluate adrenal function. This session will consist of a case-based discussion of the diverse presentations of canine hypoadrenocorticism, including management of different syndromes.

Diagnosis and Management of Hypoadrenocorticism
Panciera
249249. Challenges in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Hypothyroidism
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
The diagnosis of canine hypothyroidism is complicated by the global effects thyroid hormones have on nearly all tissues. The resulting diversity of clinical signs is further complicated diagnostically by the effects breed, medication and non-thyroidal illness can have on tests of thyroid function. This session will discuss how recent information regarding the frequency of thyroid hormone administration and bioavailability of levothyroxine have resulted in revisions to relatively straightforward treatment recommendations.

Challenges in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Hypothyroidism
Panciera
250250. Update on Diagnosis and Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
The high prevalence of hyperthyroidism in the aging cat population has resulted in frequent screening for the disease in individuals both with and without clinical signs of the disease. Interpretation of serum total T4 concentration should include factors that alter this hormone. In this session, indications for and interpretation of testis in addition to T4 will be discussed. An update on treatment, including restricted iodine diet, will also be included.

Update on Diagnosis and Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism
Panciera
251251. Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) encompasses addressing fluid, electrolyte and osmolality disturbances; hyperglycemia; and acidosis, while simultaneously diagnosing and managing any concurrent illness. This presentation will provide treatment options that most veterinary hospitals can adopt, depending on the level of care available. Recognition and management of complications of DKA and its treatment will also be discussed.

Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Panciera
252252. Hyperadrenocorticism: Difficulties in Diagnosis and Update
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
In this session, case studies will contrast diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism in the classic case with that in dogs with less common findings. A deeper understanding of the variability encountered in testing will aid in interpreting adrenal function tests in all cases. A brief overview of treatment options will be presented, including guidelines on deciding when to treat and when not to.

Hyperadrenocorticism: Difficulties in Diagnosis and Update
Panciera
253253. What’s Out There That’s “Out There”? Uncommon Endocrine Disorders
David Panciera, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Clinical findings, diagnoses and management of uncommon endocrine diseases will be covered in this lecture. Acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism, other adrenal disorders and feline hypothyroidism will be presented using case examples.

What’s Out There That’s “Out There”? Uncommon Endocrine Disorders
Panciera
pet animal
Ophthal.
254 254. Glaucoma: New Insights into an Old Problem
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
If you ask any ophthalmologist to define the most frustrating problem he or she has faced, invariably the answer will be glaucoma. It is the leading cause of blindness in dogs and is a nemesis in any species in which it presents. The frustrations stem not just from our own difficulties at eliminating patient (and owner) suffering, but also from the different causes and ways it may present; the potential for insidious onset and inexorable progression despite our best efforts; the number of ocular diseases and surgeries in which it may be a secondary complication; the time and economic commitment required for glaucoma monitoring; the myriad treatments without one primary treatment that is uniformly successful; and the horrendous expense of medications and surgeries—not to mention the lost time for both the owner and the practitioner. It is even frustrating for us to stand before you talking about the same disease year in and year out! However, there are some new discoveries, medicines and surgical techniques upon which we can now rely. In this session, practitioners will be brought up to date on the newest discoveries and advances, with the hope that we can, through early detection and treatment, prolong vision in affected animals.

Glaucoma: New Insights into an Old Problem
Munger
255255. Problem Corneas: When Ulcers Won’t Heal
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
Corneal ulcers present in a variety of ways, but most are easily managed and heal readily, thanks to the durability and physiology of that amazing ocular structure. However, when ulcers do not heal, the integrity and function of the entire eye is at risk, because infection and progression of the ulcers can result in corneal perforation and compromise of intraocular structures. In this session, we will concentrate on non-healing corneal ulcers in dogs, cats and horses and some of the intricacies of dealing with the differences in these species. The focus will be on recurrent erosions and indolent ulcers with clarification of the differences and specific measures to treat each different entity, but we will also look at some deep progressive ulcers and their treatment as time allows.

Problem Corneas: When Ulcers Won’t Heal
Munger
256256. A Rational Approach to Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a much more complex disorder than just a deficiency of tears. In this session, we will explore insights into its pathophysiology and discuss sensible approaches to treatment.

A Rational Approach to Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Munger
257257. Uveitis: Insight into Problem Cases
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
Many practitioners have received an overly simplistic education about uveitis and how it must be treated. This session will address what is happening at the cellular level and explore a good method for approaching and treating this disorder.

Uveitis: Insight into Problem Cases
Munger
258258. Cataracts: More Than Meets the Eye
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
Cataracts are, quite simply, any opacity of the lens, but the approach to managing cataracts in animals is anything but simple. In this session, we will explore what is available for the medical and surgical management of cataracts and discuss new advances for dealing with diabetic cataracts. We will also discuss how to make sense of the numerous products on the market that are presented as non-surgical cures for cataracts.

Cataracts: More Than Meets the Eye
Munger
259259. Ophthalmology Discussion Session
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
In this session, we will continue discussion of the previous five topics. Please note there may be overlap in sessions and titles.

Ophthalmology Discussion Session
Munger
  8-9 a.m. 9:15–10:15 a.m. 10:30–11:30 a.m. 1:30–2:30p.m. 2:45–3:45p.m. 4-5p.m.
practice
Mgmt I
260260. Generational Differences: The Basics
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
This session will include a discussion of the differences among the four generations that currently comprise our workplace, as well as a review of communication strategies.

Generational Differences: The Basics
Fark & Keiser
261261-262. Recruiting, Retaining and Managing Millennials
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
What are some strategies to target Millennial workers, and what can employers do to keep them engaged? How can Millennials adjust their expectations so that their work relationships are mutually beneficial? The first half of this session will answer these questions, and in the second hour, local employers will present real-world situations for small group discussion.

Recruiting, Retaining and Managing Millennials, Part I
Fark & Keiser
262261-262. Recruiting, Retaining and Managing Millennials
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
What are some strategies to target Millennial workers, and what can employers do to keep them engaged? How can Millennials adjust their expectations so that their work relationships are mutually beneficial? The first half of this session will answer these questions, and in the second hour, local employers will present real-world situations for small group discussion.

Recruiting, Retaining and Managing Millennials, Part II
Fark & Keiser
263263-264. Mentoring Strategies
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
What are some strategies for mentoring new employees? What works and what doesn’t? How can we meet both the employee’s and the employer’s expectations? In the first half of this two-part session, these issues will be considered. In the second hour, local employers will present situations for small group discussion.

Mentoring Strategies, Part I
Fark & Keiser
264263-264. Mentoring Strategies
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
What are some strategies for mentoring new employees? What works and what doesn’t? How can we meet both the employee’s and the employer’s expectations? In the first half of this two-part session, these issues will be considered. In the second hour, local employers will present situations for small group discussion.

Mentoring Strategies, Part II
Fark & Keiser
265265. Generational Differences and Clients
Amanda Fark, MBA; and Stith Keiser
What are some of the different viewpoints and expectations among generations, and how can generational differences impact client relations? This session will introduce attendees to the perspectives of other generations and teach them how to approach each one individually.

Generational Differences and Clients
Fark & Keiser
practice
Mgmt II
266266-267. Veterinary Business Model for the 21st Century
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
This two-part lecture will provide a retrospective of the challenges that demand a significant departure from the way general and specialty practitioners have heretofore undertaken the business of veterinary medicine. Attendees will also learn what responses our industry’s most successful practices are employing to remain profitable and relevant, now and in the future.

Veterinary Business Model for the 21st Century, Part I
Halow
267266-267. Veterinary Business Model for the 21st Century
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
This two-part lecture will provide a retrospective of the challenges that demand a significant departure from the way general and specialty practitioners have heretofore undertaken the business of veterinary medicine. Attendees will also learn what responses our industry’s most successful practices are employing to remain profitable and relevant, now and in the future.

Veterinary Business Model for the 21st Century, Part II
Halow
268268. Shopaholic Pharmacy
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
After years of steady erosion, it’s time to take a proactive look at marketing and retooling your pharmacy in this new age of narrower margins and online shopping. All is not lost! Learn how new technologies and consumer habits can actually play to our strengths.

Shopaholic Pharmacy
Halow
269269. The Money Shot
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
This session will provide a plug-and-play list of ways to increase daily deposits, which you can do immediately upon returning to your practice.

The Money Shot
Halow
270270. The Irresistible Practice Profile
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
Attendees will take a look at the performance indicators and management protocols that are most appealing to would-be buyers and learn how to plot a course for maximum practice value.

The Irresistible Practice Profile
Halow
271271. Marketing Monster
Bash Halow, B.A., CVPM, LVT
In this day and age, brochures are nearly as antiquated as rotary phones. In this session, attendees will get an idea list of affordable, easily implemented marketing strategies and products that will improve sales and create a class-act appearance.

Marketing Monster
Halow
public
Health
272272-273. Canine Abortion and Infertility with a Focus on Brucella canis
Robert Hutchison, DVM
This two-part session will include a discussion of the complex issues associated with abortion in the bitch, with an emphasis on the expanding issues caused by Brucella canis.

Canine Abortion and Infertility with a Focus on Brucella canis, Part I
Hutchison
272272-273. Canine Abortion and Infertility with a Focus on Brucella canis
Robert Hutchison, DVM
This two-part session will include a discussion of the complex issues associated with abortion in the bitch, with an emphasis on the expanding issues caused by Brucella canis.

Canine Abortion and Infertility with a Focus on Brucella canis, Part II
Hutchison
274274. Brucella canis Rules and Regulations in Ohio
Tony Forshey, DVM
This presentation will discuss the testing requirements for Brucella canis in high-volume dog breeders in Ohio, as well as who needs testing and when.

Brucella canis Rules and Regulations in Ohio
Powell
275275. Public Health Hazards Associated with Animal Hoarding
Jeanette O’Quin, DVM, MPH-VPH
This session will identify the biological, chemical and physical hazards animal response teams and social service providers are most likely to encounter in an animal hoarding environment. Suggestions for mitigating these hazards will also be presented.

Public Health Hazards Associated with Animal Hoarding
O’Quin
276276. Global Emerging Coronaviruses: MERS, SARS and PEDv
Linda Saif, M.S., Ph.D., Honorary DACVM
SARS Coronavirus (CoV) emerged from bats, infecting humans in China in 2003 before spreading globally. MERS CoV appeared in humans in the Middle East a decade later, likely also from bats, but with camels as potential intermediate hosts. Two new swine coronaviruses (PEDv, PDCoV), previously in Europe and Asia, emerged in the U.S. in 2014 and have spread nationally. In this session, we will discuss where these diverse CoVs are coming from and why they are so fatal.

Global Emerging Coronaviruses: MERS, SARS and PEDv
Saif
277277. Public Health Hot Topic: Ebola in Animals and Public Health Consequences
Joanne Midla, VMD
Beyond public health concerns with human-to-human transmission, questions have arisen relative to the risks of transmission to and from pets or other animals. This session will discuss what information is known and what steps should be taken to protect animal care workers, owners, and other animals when assessing Ebola virus concerns among animals.

Public Health Hot Topic: Ebola in Animals and Public Health Consequences
J. Midla

shelter
animal

Sponsored by:
Ohio Animal Health Foundation & Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust
278278-279. Mastering the Microscope: Easy Diagnoses
Laurie Millward, DVM, M.S.
This two-hour session will cover the basics of how to make practical, pertinent and expedient diagnoses with the help of a microscope and consequently improve the quality of medicine provided to patients, in both the shelter and private practice.

Mastering the Microscope: Easy Diagnoses, Part I
Millward
279278-279. Mastering the Microscope: Easy Diagnoses
Laurie Millward, DVM, M.S.
This two-hour session will cover the basics of how to make practical, pertinent and expedient diagnoses with the help of a microscope and consequently improve the quality of medicine provided to patients, in both the shelter and private practice.

Mastering the Microscope: Easy Diagnoses, Part II
Millward
280280. Should I Neuter This Dog or Not? What the Research Means for Your Practice
Nellie Goetz, DVM
A subject of recent controversy, early spay/neuter garners opinions that range widely and are often accompanied by heated discussions. An understanding of overall research study design, as well at pitfalls and weaknesses of different types of research, is essential to making it through the swamp of the latest information about early spay/neuter. This lecture will highlight research about the potential benefit and harm associated with early spay/neuter in dogs and cats, touch on less modern literature, and discuss what these results mean to different subsets of the pet population.

Should I Neuter This Dog or Not? What the Research Means for Your Practice
Goetz
281281. This Isn’t a Cat! Techniques for Spay/Neuter in Small Mammals
Nellie Goetz, DVM
This presentation will cover topics for small mammal spay and neuter, with an emphasis on rabbits and guinea pigs. Areas covered will include surgical techniques, anesthesia, pain management and post-op care, as well as common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

This Isn’t a Cat! Techniques for Spay/Neuter in Small Mammals
Goetz
282282. Feral Cat Spay/Neuter: Problems and Solutions
Nellie Goetz, DVM
Spay/neuter of feral cats is challenging to veterinarians to manage, because pre-op physical exams are not possible, and there are often underlying health issues that complicate anesthesia and/or surgery. In this lecture, we will discuss anesthetic strategies, techniques for handling and anesthetizing feral cats, and efficient processing of these cats (both pre- and post-operatively). Finally, we will touch on what to do when things go wrong in surgery and what the most common culprits are in regards to anesthetic and surgical emergencies.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter: Problems and Solutions
Goetz
283283. High-Volume Spay/Neuter: Is It Really Working?
Nellie Goetz, DVM
High-volume spay/neuter (HVSN) programs have been touted as an effective way to decrease shelter intake and euthanasia, but are they really working? How long does it take to see effects of an HVSN clinic, and how many surgeries do you have to do to actually make a difference? This talk will describe the qualities needed to make a clinic truly “high volume” and discuss specific examples of HVSN clinics’ impact on the communities they serve.

High-Volume Spay/Neuter: Is It Really Working?
Goetz
small
Ruminants
284284. Gastrointestinal Parasites in Camelids: Management for the Herd
Pamela Walker, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Camelids, like most small ruminants, are highly prone to gastrointestinal parasites. Unlike other small ruminants, however, smaller numbers of parasites can cause significant problems in camelids. This session will review the parasites found in camelids and step-by-step procedures of how to evaluate their significance on both an individual and herd level. This will include a brief discussion on fecal techniques appropriate for camelids. Information on proper drug use and development of parasite resistance will also be reviewed.

Gastrointestinal Parasites in Camelids: Management for the Herd
Walker
285285. Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusions in Camelids
Pamela Walker, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Camelids of all ages require fluid therapy for many ailments. Due to several unique attributes, there are additional considerations compared to other large animal species. And, thanks to the current problems with drug-resistant parasites that cause severe anemia, blood transfusions are needed more often. In this session, specific instructions for both crias and adults will be discussed, and recommendations concerning how to choose blood donors and follow-up treatment for anemia will be reviewed as well.

Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusions in Camelids
Walker
286286. Caseous Lymphadenitis: A Nemesis Revisited
Michael Rings, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
Causing weight loss and respiratory disease (and just an all-around nuisance), caseous lymphadenitis (CLA) remains a problem for producers and small ruminant veterinarians. This seminar will address transmission, treatments and control programs for this insidious problem.

Caseous Lymphadenitis: A Nemesis Revisited
Rings
287287. Neurologic Problems Seen by Small Ruminant Practitioners: The Old and the New
Michael Rings, DVM, M.S., DACVIM
This session will review the differential diagnoses for neurologic problems, both central and peripheral, that affect small ruminants.

Neurologic Problems Seen by Small Ruminant Practitioners: The Old and the New
Rings
288288. Periparturient Disease of Sheep and Goats
Jeffrey Lakritz, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, DACVCP
This presentation will review the predisposing factors, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions available to treat periparturient disease, as well as recent studies shedding light onto the pathophysiology of this condition. The goal of this session will be to provide practitioners with confidence in managing affected animals and objective information they can use to limit the impact of this problem.

Periparturient Disease of Sheep and Goats
Lakritz
289289. Case Studies of Cache Valley Virus
Craig Sarver, DVM, M.S.
Cache Valley virus is a mosquito-transmitted cause of infertility, abortions, stillbirths and multiple congenital abnormalities in sheep. The virus is endemic in several areas of the United States, Canada and Mexico. This session will cover case studies of Cache Valley virus and other abortive agents presented to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

Case Studies of Cache Valley Virus
Sarver
  8-9 a.m. 9:15–10:15 a.m. 10:30–11:30 a.m. 1:30–2:30p.m. 2:45–3:45p.m. 4-5p.m.
staff
Develop.
290290. Top Five HR Issues and How to Tackle Them
Louise Dunn
This interactive, case-based session will combine audience ideas and expert suggestions for dealing with human resource issues facing the industry in 2015. It will help attendees prepare a plan to meet their practices’ needs and avoid expensive errors that could cost them clients, high-potential team members and revenue.

Top Five HR Issues and How to Tackle Them
Dunn
291291. On-the-Job Training Secrets for Success
Louise Dunn
Training should not be viewed as just a means of “fixing” people or processes. Instead, training should be seen as a means of creating sustainable strategic processes and enhancing your practice’s profitability by aligning your training with your strategic plan. This session will explain how effective, high-quality training will ensure consistent patient care, excellent client service and practice profitability.

On-the-Job Training Secrets for Success
Dunn
292292. Five Tips for Increasing Client Lifetime Value
Louise Dunn
Loyal clients sustain a practice—they bond with the team, refer friends and family and comply with medical recommendations regarding the care of their pets. It would be silly to ignore loyal clients, but what about those clients who are on the fringe of loyalty? In this session, attendees will learn how to increase these less-than-loyal clients’ lifetime value and make them part of the loyalty group.

Five Tips for Increasing Client Lifetime Value
Dunn
293293. Drama and the Team: How to Work with Everyone
Louise Dunn
Learn techniques that will help you lead, train and coach your staff to be team players, able to work through disagreements and concentrate on the game plan—while staying away from the drama—so they are able to deliver excellent patient care, provide impeccable client services and ensure consistency and professionalism.

Drama and the Team: How to Work with Everyone
Dunn
   
techncian I 294294. Complete Urinalysis of the Dog and Cat
Rick Alleman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP, DACVP
The evaluation of urine and urine sediment can be a critical component of the minimum data needed to evaluate sick patients. The chemical analysis is seemingly straightforward, but there are factors that can alter the accuracy of the dipstick reading. Similarly, there are other factors—such as storage and temperature—that can affect the evaluation of urine sediment. In this presentation, these topics will be discussed, along with an in-depth explanation of identifying various abnormalities found in urine sediment.

Complete Urinalysis of the Dog and Cat
Alleman
295295. The CBC as a Guide to Blood Smear Evaluation
Rick Alleman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP, DACVP
Getting a complete blood count (CBC) is the first step in the hematologic evaluation of the patient. Findings on the CBC not only identify significant problems, but they also serve as a guide to the accurate evaluation of the blood smear. Additionally, the blood smear can act as a quality control for the numeric values obtained from the CBC. In this presentation, significant abnormalities frequently encountered on the CBC will be discussed and related to changes that should be assessed during the blood smear evaluation.

The CBC as a Guide to Blood Smear Evaluation
Alleman
296296. Hematology Case Challenges
Rick Alleman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP, DACVP
This case-based presentation will review clinical cases in which the hematological evaluation of the patient was an important component to the diagnosis and treatment of the clinical condition. Pertinent changes on the CBC and blood smear will be discussed and related to the clinical presentation of the patients.

Hematology Case Challenges
Alleman
297297. Herbs and the Horse: Alternatives to Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Joseph Crock, DVM
Inflammation can arise and cause pain in virtually any tissue of the body. The market for effective pain relief in veterinary medicine is huge—and still growing. However, anti-inflammatory drugs may cause other serious side effects in the body. This session will discuss different herbs and nutraceuticals that can reduce inflammation. Recommended dosages and safety will also be discussed.

Herbs and the Horse: Alternatives to Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Crock
298298. Equine Senior Care Protocol
Joseph Crock, DVM
Horses are living longer, more productive lives, partly because of the willingness of the horse owner to take better care of their investment—whether it is a retired racehorse or a faithful old friend. Education is the key to helping the horse owner continue to increase the quality of life for older horses. This lecture is designed to help veterinary technicians in their task of educating equine clients on the care of the senior horse.

Equine Senior Care Protocol
Crock
299299. They Can’t Say It Hurts: Integrative Approaches to Degenerative Joint Disease
Joseph Crock, DVM
This session will discuss the use of both Chinese and Western herbs and herbal formulas for the structural and neurological systems. We will expand on how other complementary therapies can be utilized alongside conventional treatments in degenerative joint disease. The pros and cons of various conventional and complementary therapies will also be discussed.

They Can’t Say It Hurts: Integrative Approaches to Degenerative Joint Disease
Crock
technician II 300300. Anesthesia for the Emergency Patient
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
The traumatized patient has altered physiological responses that, in turn, alter the pharmacokinetics of the agents commonly used to provide anesthesia. This session will cover a variety of case scenarios and suggested emergency case management.

Anesthesia for the Emergency Patient
Waddell

301301. Anesthesia for the Respiratory Disease Patient
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
A patient with respiratory compromise presents multiple challenges. This session will cover preparation and planning for existing and potential complications.

Anesthesia for the Respiratory Disease Patient
Waddell
302302. Cardiac Effects of Anesthetic Agents
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
No drug has just one action! This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the cardiovascular effects of agents used during the perianesthetic period.

Cardiac Effects of Anesthetic Agents
Waddell
303303. Developing a Safe Anesthesia Plan for the Traumatic Brain Injury Patient
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
What are the priorities for safely providing anesthesia to the patient with a traumatic head injury? This session will cover normal physiology, management factors and anesthesia agents.

Developing a Safe Anesthesia Plan for the Traumatic Brain Injury Patient
Waddell
304304. Metabolic or Respiratory: What is Your Blood Gas Telling You?
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
This session will discuss the components of arterial blood gases and the physiological processes involved in order to unravel some of the mysteries of interpretation.

Metabolic or Respiratory: What is Your Blood Gas Telling You?
Waddell
305305. Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Anesthesia Machines and Ventilators
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
A good mechanic (sculptor, surgeon, etc.) understands that in order to do the job successfully, the proper tool must be used appropriately. It is also imperative to have a sound working knowledge of available tools in order to make that decision. This session is designed to help the anesthetist avoid mistakes, deliver oxygen and inhalant anesthesia safely, and troubleshoot problems as they arise.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Anesthesia Machines and Ventilators
Waddell
hands-on
Labs
      AA. Performing the Complete Hematologic Analysis In-House
Rick Alleman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP, ACVP
Fee: $95 • Max: 36 • Level: DVM, Technician; Intermediate
This laboratory will begin with a brief introduction to the interpretation of the hemogram and how that is used to guide the evaluation of the blood smear. The remainder of the lab will be case presentations using a video microscope and on-screen projection of blood smears from cases with significant changes in the blood profile. The cases will each illustrate morphological abnormalities in red blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets that have clinical significance to the diagnosis, and management of patients with hematologic and sometimes neoplastic disorders.
(1:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
Performing the Complete Hematologic Analysis In-House
Alleman
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