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A description of Equine topics, by speaker, for the 2014 Virginia Veterinary Conference.

Friday, February 28

Earl Gaughan, DVM, DACVS
Sponsored by Merck
10:00-10:50 am
Wounds In and Near Joints
Early recognition that a wound in the region of a joint does indeed communicate with the synovial compartment is essential for timely diagnosis and treatment.  Accurate assessment can determine success or failure for treatment of equine synovial sepsis.

11:00-11:50 am
Is There a Best Intra-Articular Treatment?
Systemic, local, pharmaceutical and biological therapeutic agents can be successful as individual or combination therapies for horses with acute and chronic joint disorders.  Both old and newer approaches are worth consideration for athletic horses.

1:00-1:55 pm
Cases: Some Good, Some Bad
Individual cases will illustrate therapeutic choices for intra-articular, systemic management and combination therapies for horses with a variety of joint diseases.

Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM
Normal or Abnormal - Performing a Neuro Exam and Knowing What To Do Next
This talk will focus on how to perform a complete neurologic examination in a field setting as well as how to localize a lesion, construct an appropriate differential diagnoses list, and prioritize diagnostic testing and treatment.

EPM, Lyme, and More - Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
This talk will focus on commonly performed diagnostic tests for neurologic conditions.  Appropriate test selection and interpretation of results will be discussed.

Saturday, March 1

Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, DACVN
8:00-9:00 am
Feeding the Fat Horse- Steps to Healthy Weight Loss
Obesity is a problem in the equine population and is linked to several disorders in the horse.  Therefore, establishing a weight loss plan is needed to reduce the health risks associated with obesity.  Decreasing daily calories and increasing energy expenditure are the two general approaches to weight loss.  In this talk I will discuss how to design an energy restriction weight loss plan to reduce/eliminate the risk of concurrent malnutrition.

9:00-9:55 am
Feeding the Starved Horse- Be Patient
There appears to be a strong instinct to overfeed starved horses.  While feeding the starved horse to promote positive energy balance and subsequent weight gain is imperative, the focus should be on a gradual transition to their goal diet to prevent potential metabolic complications associated with refeeding.

Alexia McKnight, DVM, DACVR
Indications for MRI in the horse:  Clinical Cases
Numerous cases will be presented to highlight the value of MRI as it relates to optimizing clinical outcome in the performance horse. 

Indications for MRI in the horse:  Common Pathologies
This presentation reviews frequently seen lesions seen in the foot, pastern/fetlock, proximal metacarpus/metatarsus, tarsus, carpus, and stifle in the performance horse. 

Mark Remick, DVM
Veterinary Accreditation Module 3- Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Diseases
As an accredited veterinarian, awareness and understanding of these diseases is important to the health and well-being of animals and the public. Upon completion, you should be able to: Define foreign animal, USDA Program and reportable diseases; Describe the safeguards that help prevent FADs from entering the U.S.; Outline the steps in a foreign animal disease investigation; List the USDA programs for controlling or eradicating diseases in various species of livestock and poultry; Recognize the additional training opportunities available to accredited veterinarians; Report foreign animal and reportable diseases; Locate additional resources and learning opportunities.

Kenneth Sullins, DVM, MS, DACVS
2:15-3:10 pm
Performance Hindering Airway Conditions
Performance limited by respiratory conditions is second only to lameness among equine athletes. Some conditions attract attention by causing noise, but others are obscure and  require deeper investigation. How do we sort out the important issues?

3:20-4:10 pm; 4:10-5:00 pm
Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Tumors (I &II)
Dermal and other tumors are facts of equine life; the longer they live, the more appear. How do we diagnose and formulate a rational approach to their management?