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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

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

Friday, February 28

Brad White, DVM, MS
10:00-11:15 am
Update on BRD Identification and Management
Discussion of diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention tools related to managing respiratory disease in cattle including: metaphylaxis, vaccination, and biosecurity practices.

Joe Garvin, DVM
11:30-12:00 pm
Recent Food Animal Cases from the Regional Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories
A summary of recent food animal necropsy and other diagnostic cases that have been seen in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services animal health laboratory system.

Brad White, DVM, MS
1:00-1:55 pm
Reproductive Profiling in Cow-Calf Herds: Managing for Success
This presentation will describe tools and techniques for assessment of reproductive success in cow calf herds.  Diagnostic methodology to identify herd and individual animal syndromes will be discussed.   

2:05-3:55 pm
Preventing and Managing Losses in Cow-Calf Herds
This presentation will describe common causes of reproductive losses in cow-calf herds and outline basic methods for maintaining reproductive success, including: designing appropriate immunization programs and implementation of relevant biosecurity practices. Emphasis will be placed on common and emerging disease syndromes including Tritrichomonas fetus.

Wes Watson, MS, PhD
Insecticide Resistance Management for Pests of Pastured Cattle
This presentation will discuss how Dr. Wes Watson focuses his program on building upon the practice of Integrated Pest Management with improved animal health and welfare, reducing risk of zoonotic disease and developing novel pest management tools.

Al Harper, DVM, MPVM, MBA
4:55-5:45 pm
The Future of Dairy Practice?
Since 1970 90% of the dairy operations in the U.S.A. have disappeared.  This is nowhere more obvious than my practice area in west Texas.  What does the future hold for dairy practice in such an environment?  A discussion.

Saturday, March 1

Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DACVS
8:00-9:00 am
Small Ruminant Field Surgeries
As the pet small ruminant population has increased the number of routine surgical procedures grows, and it is becoming more common for these procedure to be performed outside of a referral institute.  The aim of this discussion will be to review selected procedures and look at recent updates in outcomes for these procedures.

Al Harper, DVM, MPVM, MBA
Sponsored by Zoetis
9:00-9:55 am
Outcome Driven Health Management
Introduction to Outcome Driven Health Management (ODHM), a database system that can serve as a tool to monitor disease and treatment on client dairies.  See www.goodhealthrecords.com for a preview.

10:10-11:50 am
Mastitis, Metritis, and Calf Disease Treatment and Outcomes
Using ODHM to evaluate incidence patterns, treatment results, culling risk, and impact on future reproduction and production with regard to mastitis and calf disease on a specific dairy.  The future of dairy practice?

Hans Coetzee, BVSc, Cert CHP, PhD, DACVCP
1:00:2:05 pm
Pain Assessment in Cattle
The 21st century consumer is wealthier but also more detached from production agriculture than any in history. Therefore, animal welfare concerns are becoming an important issue to our clients and customers. We recognize that pain is an inevitable consequence of many routine animal husbandry procedures in farm animals. However, how can we assess if cattle are in pain and if our analgesic interventions are working? In this session we will examine novel approaches to measuring pain and analgesic drug efficacy in cattle and the potential for these measurements to be used to support an analgesic drug approval.

2:15-3:10 pm
Pain Management and Analgesia in Cattle
This session will discuss specific analgesic and sedative drug regimens that may be useful to you in practice. In particular, we will discuss a practical sub-anesthetic/ analgesic drug combination you can use to take the edge off the fractious cases you encounter and several alternative approaches to providing analgesia in food animals.

3:20-4:10 pm
Pain Management….What’s In It for Me?
With the increased emphasis on animal welfare, producers are being encouraged and in some cases are required to use analgesic compounds routinely at the time of dehorning and castration. It is therefore reasonable for our clients to as "what’s in it for me?”. This session will examine the economics of routine analgesic use in cattle.

4:10-5:00 pm
Bovine Anaplasmosis
Bovine anaplasmosis is considered either an established or emerging disease in several parts of the USA. Although anaplasmosis was first described in the USA in 1925 and has been reported in all 48 contiguous States, management and treatment of anaplasmosis remains a significant challenge. The purpose of this session is to familiarize veterinarians with recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent A. marginale infections.