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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

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

Friday, February 28

Christine Egger,  DVM, MVSc, CVA, CVH, DACVA
Sponsored by Elanco
10:00-10:55 am; 11:05-12:45 pm
Analgesia Strategies

Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
1:50-2:45 pm
Diagnosis of Canine Hypothyroidism: A Case-Based Approach
In a case-based approach, this lecture will review the tests available for diagnosing canine hypothyroidism, their indications, advantages, disadvantages and interpretation.

2:55-3:50 pm
Approach to Hypercalcemia: A Case-Based Approach
In a case-based approached, this lecture will review the approach to diagnosis of hypercalcemia, the differentials to consider and which tests to perform.  Feline idiopathic hypercalcemia will be discussed.

4:05-5:45 pm
Treatment and Monitoring of Diabetes Mellitus (Parts 1 and 2)
The various insulins currently available on the market will be reviewed.  Monitoring techniques will also be discussed with an emphasis on performance and interpretation of glucose curves.

Saturday, March 1

Richard Godine, DVM
8:00-8:55 am
What Veterinarians Want to Know About Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is one of the fastest growing treatment modalities in veterinary medicine and yet there exists a paucity of independent information for veterinarians to avail themselves of. Do you want to know what is the truth about power, dose, and penetration? Extrapolating from the extensive human literature, we will answer these questions and more.

9:15-10:05 am
Laser Therapy Protocols and Low Hanging Fruit
Certain veterinary medical conditions can be treated with laser therapy with a high degree of efficacy. We will look at specific musculoskeletal, dermatologic, neurologic and inflammatory conditions and learn how to design successful protocols that will yield consistently positive results. We will also discuss how to customize protocols when plateauing occurs or when there doesn’t appear to be any beneficial response.

Andreas Bachelez, DVM, IPSAV, DACVS
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
10:15-11:05 am
Biceps and Supraspinatus Tendon Disease
Although we are always taught to palpate the biceps tendon during an orthopedic exam, and think of it when investigating forelimb lameness in the dog, diagnosing true biceps tears or disease and differentiating  from supraspinatus tendonopathies can be a challenge. We will cover both tendons, their disease and relationships.

11:20-12:10 pm
Achilles Tendon Injury, Treatment and Repair
The Achilles apparatus is subject to classic albeit somewhat uncommon injuries. We will cover those, complete or partial, and will discuss healing and treatment of Achilles tendon injuries.

Sharon Center, DVM, DACVIM
1:20-2:10 pm
Copper-Associated Hepatopathy: More Common Than You Think
This presentation will summarize best diagnostic and treatment strategies for Copper-Associated Hepatopathy, a common and curable form of chronic hepatitis in dogs of all breeds.

2:20-3:10 pm
Feline Cholangiohepatitis: Strategies for Management
Feline nonsuppurative cholangiohepatitis is a syndrome stratified based on histopathologic and immunohistochemical characteristics.  New evidence-based disease pathomechanisms and best treatment approaches will be discussed.

3:20-4:10 pm
Canine Gallbladder Mucoceles: Associated Syndromes and Treatment Strategies
Canine Gallbladder Mucoceles often reflect underlying disease processes. Best management requires knowledge of associated syndromes, breed risk, and early medical or surgical intervention.

4:10-5:00 pm
Canine Breed Associated Hepatopathies
The broadening recognition of breed related hepatopathies will be discussed in this seminar focused on newly characterized syndromes.