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

Friday, February 28

Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
Sponsored by Purina
10:00-10:55 am
Safe NSAID Use in Cats Young and Old
Many older cats have arthritis.  Not only do we need to learn to look for it, but we also have to decide how best to treat the discomfort in a patient who potentially is frail and may have renal insufficiency and/or other medical conditions complicating drug choice. How can we incorporate NSAIDs safely into an analgesic protocol for these older cats as well as cats of any age and stage?

11:05-11:55 pm
Update in Feline Gastrointestinal Syndromes
Tips and tidbits to help the cat with digestive tract disorders: diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, ill-thrift, inappetance, etc.  Is pancreatitis, under-recognized or overdiagnosed?  How DO we diagnose it and how should we treat it?

11:55-12:45 pm
Endocrine Update: What’s New for Cats
While diabetes and hyperthyroidism are the most common feline endocrine disorders, recent recognition of hyperprogesteronemia and hyperaldosteronemia has made us aware of interesting new conditions that we should look for.  These conditions may well be more common than hyperadrenocorticism, Addison’s, pheochomocytoma and other rare conditions. Acromegaly and new thoughts in insulin therapy will be discussed. 

1:50-2:45 pm
Feline Vaccination: Implementing the 2013 AAFP Guidelines
There are new vaccines and a plethora of protocols used in different clinics.  What is the most current science that we can/should base our recommendations on? This session will present the first update to feline vaccination guidelines since 2006.  The recommendations rely on published data as much as possible as well as consensus of a multidisciplinary panel of experts in immunology, infectious disease, internal medicine and clinical practice. 

2:55-3:50 pm
Snots & Snuffles: Chronic Feline Upper Respiratory Syndromes
The chronic feline snuffler is a frustrating patient to treat. The longer the course, the more severe the consequences to affected tissues are and the more debilitating it is to the patient.  A logical diagnostic plan to differentiate probable etiologies and to rule-out non-viral causes results in appropriate therapeutic choices.

Leslie Sinn, DVM, CPDT-KA
Top Ten Dog Behavior Myths
This presentation will cover some to the most commonly held canine behavior misconceptions.  We will talk about dominance theory, puppy socialization, crazy pet owners and their pets, the use of punishment, how we influence behavior, what drugs can and can't do for behavior, making pets into mini-people, use of treats and rewards, compulsive behaviors like tail chasing and the biggest myth of them all "I don't have time for behavior".

Top Ten Feline Behavior Myths
This presentation will cover some to the most commonly held feline behavior myths.  We will discuss social structure, kitten socialization, training, inappropriate urination, scratching and aggression.

Saturday, March 1

John Angus, DVM, DACVD
Sponsored by Zoetis
8:00-8:55 am
Practical Pruritus
Clinical approach to the itchy dog.  Focus on the top 5 causes of canine pruritus and stepwise approach to diagnosis.  Includes tips for client conversations and overcoming common objections to necessary diagnostic testing and treatments.

9:15-11:05 am
Atopy, Sensible Steroids, and Steroid Sparing Strategies
Covers current concepts regarding the most common pathology of dogs, what's new in our understanding of Atopic Disease and how that influences clinical management of patients.  Outlines a rationale for use of steroids to provide relief and introduces top strategies for managing steroid-dependent Atopic patients.

Pyoderma: A Dermatologist’s Secrets Revealed
Strategies I have learned as a dermatologist that I wish I knew in primary practice.  Discussion of relapsing pyoderma vs antibiotic-treatment failure.  Addresses decision making in antibiotic selection for both routine Staphylococcus as well as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus with a focus on avoiding common causes for poor response to therapy.

Acral Lick Dermatitis: A New Approach to an Old Disease
Beyond Prozac, and Prayer, I will share my approach to this frustrating condition.  Discussion includes understanding the cycle of pruritus, infection, pain, proliferation, and perpetuation that we recognize clinically as acral lick dermatitis.  Focus on high impact management for both short and long term management of affected dogs.

Jeffrey Ruth, DVM, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVR

Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
2:20-3:10 pm
Abdominal Radiography: Is It Surgical?
Abdominal radiography is frequently one of the first steps in evaluating a patient with gastrointestinal disease. This lecture will review the radiographic principles used to determine if surgery is indicated. Case examples will be used to demonstrate the application of the principles of radiographic interpretation.

3:20-4:10 pm
Radiography of Abdominal Masses
Accurate radiographic interpretation of abdominal mass lesions can improve clinical decision making. This lecture will use case examples to illustrate the radiographic features used to differentiate a variety of common abdominal masses. 

Don Henry, DVM, MBA
Recordkeeping: A Key Component of any Veterinary Practice
The Board of Veterinary Medicine requires certain standards of recordkeeping in a veterinary practice.  This presentation reviews the regulatory requirements for patient records and makes suggestions how to do a better job of communicating patient care to clients, colleagues, and the Board of Veterinary Medicine.