Learn more about the 2019 PRVC presentation topics below. This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers. 

Friday, October 25

Small Animal

Dr. Jennifer Bornkamp
Sponsored by PVSEC Blue Pearl
| "Peri-Operative Pain Management in a World with Minimal Opioids"
This lecture will discuss options for providing a balanced anesthetic and analgesic plan for routine surgical procedures. A brief discussion about the use and restrictions of opioids in the veterinary world will be discussed. We will discuss the use of opioids, alpha-2 agonists, ketamine, and other adjunctive anesthetic drugs for use in peri-operative anesthesia and analgesia. Local anesthesia will not be discussed during this lecture.

9:15am | "Local Anesthesia: The best tool in our toolbox!"
This lecture will review the pharmacology of local anesthetics including a new liposomal bupivacaine product on the market. We will review local anesthetic techniques that can be implemented in your practice right away. We will briefly discuss the current advances in veterinary local anesthesia focusing primarily on companion animals.

10:10am | "Old Dogs, Fat Cats: Anesthesia of the growing pet demographic-geriatric or obese patient"
This lecture will discuss two growing groups in the pet population-obese and geriatric companion animals. We will discuss the physiologic changes associated with these groups and how to provide safe and reliable anesthesia for these patients.

Dr. Otto Lanz
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
| "TPLO and TTA. What are the True Facts & What is Fake News"                                                                                                                                               
With the TPLO and TTA being the most commonly performed osteotomy procedures for the surgical management of cranial cruciate ligament disease, many opinions have circulated throughout the veterinary community, and are now accepted as fact. This lecture will present some of these opinions, and discuss evidence-based fact versus misconception.

1:20pm | "Early and Late Treatments for Hip Dysplasia"
This lecture will focus on the decision-making process behind performing juvenile pubic symphodesis, double pelvic osteotomy, and total hip replacement. This will help practitioners establish a sound protocol for the screening of hip dysplasia, and proper timing of referral surgery if needed. Proper diagnostic imaging will also be presented and discussed.                                                                                                             

2:30pm | "Advances in Brachycephalic Airways Syndrome"
Brachycephalic airway syndrome was previously considered solely a surgical disease, but newer studies have focused on the medical aspects following surgery. In addition, the technique of performing the partial staphylectomy has also been greatly modified. This lecture will discuss the medical treatments now associated with brachycephalic airway syndrome, and includes a detailed description of the changes to the surgical aspects of this disease.

Dr. Bill Pierson
| "Biosecurity/Biosafety: A Practical Approach to IC&P "
A Practical Approach to Hospital Infection Control – Information will be provided to aid the practitioner in the design and implementation of a hospital infection control (HIC) program that conforms with standard-of-care expectations. Training, compliance, documentation, and client education components will also be addressed.Common Husbandry and Health Issues in Small Poultry Flocks – Information will be provided to aid the practitioner in recognizing and addressing the most common problems seen in small “back-yard” poultry flocks. This will include housing, nutrition, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment of frequently seen diseases / disorders.

Public Practice

Dr. Christopher Magee

8:00am  | "Backyard Poultry, Part I" 
In this introductory session, we will discuss some basic topics of backyard poultry such as historical context, avian anatomy, husbandry, biosecurity, and regulations regarding medication use.

9:00am  | "Backyard Poultry, Part II" 
In the second session of backyard poultry, we will discuss common conditions, such as parasites and behavioral disorders. We will also discuss the less common diseases that can have severe consequences for the entire poultry industry.  

Dr. Dorcas O'Rourke
10:15am | "Research Reptile Husbandry & Health"
This session will provide a brief introduction to taxonomy and research use of reptiles, followed by an overview of anatomy, physiology and behavior of species more commonly used in research. Information will be presented on reptile colony management, including housing systems, husbandry, nutrition, and handling. This will be followed with a brief discussion of diagnostic techniques, surgery, and highlights of major disease conditions that can be encountered in captive populations of research reptiles.

Dr. Amy Rizzo
11:25am | "Biology and Disease of Rabbits"
This session will cover basic anatomy and physiology, nutrition, behavior, reproduction, and husbandry of the rabbit. This will be followed by a description of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases as well as heritable and neoplastic diseases of the rabbit.

Eric Dotseth
1:30pm  | "Tick and Tick-borne Diseases in West Virginia"
This session will address ticks of human and veterinary health concern. First, we will introduce the major tick-borne diseases in the region and their associated tick vectors. We will examine the Lyme disease transmission cycle and show how blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) biology explains the seasonal activity and spatial distribution of Lyme disease in West Virginia. We will explore the potential role of different tick species (Dermacentor variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Amblyomma americanum) in explaining the recent increase in human spotted fever rickettsioses cases. Updates on the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) will be provided. The importance of veterinary contributions in tick and tick-borne disease surveillance will also be discussed.

Jim Crum, PhD 
2:40pm  | "Chronic Wasting Disease"
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) of cervids was first classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) in 1978 as a somewhat minor scientific curiosity. CWD has now been detected in 24 U.S. states and 5 other countries. A brief background of the current known biology and epidemiology of the disease will be presented in addition to an in-depth update of CWD prevalence, distribution, and disease management in West Virginia.

Dr. Anne Zajac
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
| "Echinococcus Multilocularis- an Emerging Zoonosis in the Mid-Atlantic?" 
In December, 2018 a case of alveolar echinococcosis was diagnosed in a dog from northern Virginia that was probably acquired locally. Canine and human infection with the larval stage of this parasite causes severe, potentially fatal, disease. The Importance of Echinococcus multilocularis and its impact on routine canine parasite management will be discussed in this presentation.



Dr. Kate Wulster
8:00am | "Advances & Disadvantages of Standing CT"   

9:00am | "Advances in Open-Mouth Radiographs & CT"

10:15pm | "Radiographs & CT of the Cervical Spine" 

11:25am | "Standing CT for Evaluating Distal Limbs: Correlation with Clinical Findings & Other Imaging Modalities"                                                                                                                                  

Dr. Claudia True
1:30pm | "What Have We Been Missing? The Updated Equine Oral Examination"
This session will cover what is involved thorough oral examination, from instrumentation to documentation. There will also be discussion on some of the more common oral pathologies and what to do about them.
2:40pm | "What the Heck Are We Looking at? Equine Dental Radiography"
Taking dental radiographs and diagnosing dental disease can be frustrating. In this session, tips to improve results (and reduce frustration) will be presented. To help demystify diagnosing dental disease, examples of normal and abnormal radiographic anatomy will be covered.

3:35pm | "Disasters & Triumphs: Select Dental Cases from the Trenches"
Integrating what was covered in the first two sessions, this session will demonstrate how that information is used in diagnosing and treating various cases, including both successes and failures.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Practice Management

Jeff Sanford, MBA
Sponsored by Southern Veterinary Partners
8:00am & 9:00am
 | "Your Numbers Provide a True Story"
Practice behaviors are reflected in the financial and practice numbers but many practices do not take the time or take advantage of evaluating for much needed changes. In this session, Practice Mapping can be used to expose some behaviors such as cost “creep,” working under capacity, managing care to ACT, and over generosity with discounts. Overall we have a discussion of how practice behaviors left uncheck will affect culture, care and performance of a veterinary hospital.

10:15am & 11:25am | "Biggest Practice Problems Hurting Culture, Care and Earnings"
Operational performance heavily relies on the culture of a practice. In visiting over 300 practices with DVM students, we have found that culture creates the most profitable and “happy” practices. Alternatively, culture can defeat the best intentions and strategy, creating an environment of apathy, poorer standards, and lower earnings. Three core “practice pillars” have been found to greatly affect the culture at veterinary practices: Leadership, People and Systems. During this presentation, real life case studies using Practice Mapping will illuminate the truth to the importance of practice culture on operations.

1:30pm & 2:40pm | "Evaluating and Defining Your Ideal Pathway to Care"
Many practices are focused on processing clients and patients instead of delivering an ideal pathway for care. We often see inconsistencies in care due to weak teamwork, poor communications and confusing client education resulting in low compliance for expected services and overall care. Most practice owners are surprised of the opportunities available to grow a practice with their current client and patients. Using a popular methodology for process improvement, this session will use 6 Sigma in providing a map for practices to improve their culture and consistency in providing their ideal pathway for care.

3:35pm | "Client and Community Connectivity: Strategies for Growth and Sustainability"
Considering the increasingly competitive environment of the veterinary industry, understanding the needs of your clients and the needs of the community are becoming more crucial than ever. Veterinary practices typically overlook and under-utilize marketing often relying on just name building strategies instead. While this might have been the good marketing model for the prior century, today’s veterinarian must be resourceful in developing a successful marketing strategy to create a “buzz” for the practice. During this session, a discussion will be had on building positive practice culture, client needs and practice touchpoints, practice branding, and marketing systems to develop consistency in message and care.

Saturday, October 26

Small Animal 

Dr. Julie Byron
Sponsored by The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
8:00am | "Management of Proteinuria In Dogs: New Awareness, new options"
A discussion of what levels of proteinuria should cause concern in our feline and canine patients. We will cover diagnostics, associated comorbidities and causes, as well as outline a plan for management and monitoring.                                                                                                                                                                         9:15am | "Recurrent and Resistant Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs
These can be frustrating, and it is tempting to keep escalating antibiotic use, despite our need to improve antibiotic stewardship in the profession. This past spring, the ISCAID UTI Guidelines for dogs and cats were updated.  We will discuss their impact on diagnosis and treatment of recurrent UTI.

10:10a| "Urinary Incontinence Update 2019"
We will review the most current medical and surgical options for incontinence.  We will also discuss urinary incontinence in the male dog, an emerging problem.

Dr. Bill Pierson
11:15am | "Common Husbandry and Health Issues in Small Poultry Flocks"
Common Husbandry and Health Issues in Small Poultry Flocks – Information will be provided to aid the practitioner in recognizing and addressing the most common problems seen in small “back-yard” poultry flocks. This will include housing, nutrition, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment of frequently seen diseases / disorders.

Dr. Greg Daniel
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm | "Radiographic Evaluation of the Thorax: Case-Based Review"
This lecture will use case examples that reinforce principles of image interpretation of the heart and lung. Topics will include evaluation of heart size and shape, evaluation of pulmonary parenchyma in cases of heart failure and pneumonia and influent of patient positioning.

2:30pm | "Evaluation of the Acute Abdomen: When to Intervene"
This lecture will focus on features of  image interpretation that are  indications for surgical intervention. Topics will include evaluation of intestinal dilation (ileus), gastric distention,  foreign body ingestion and evaluation of serosal detail. Case examples will be used to demonstrate imaging principles. 

3:30pm | "Radiographic Case Review: Interpretation Session"
This will be an image interpretation session of a variety of orthopedic, thoracic and abdominal radiographs.  Each case will start with the signalment and brief history.  The focus will be on radiographic interpretation and diagnosis.

Public Practice

Dr. Steven Solomon

8:00am | "One Health: A Perspective from FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine"

Panel Discussion
9:00am | "Emerging Public and Animal Health Concerns"

Dr. Sam Tate
10:15am | "Preparing Your Hospital and Community for an Emergency"
Disasters can occur at any time, in any place. What would you do to continue practicing veterinary medicine, to continue paying your staff, and to communicate with your clients?  If you do not prepare now for what you will do in a disaster, then the disaster will dictate the outcome of your business--possibly the outcome of your life.

USDA Presenter
This session will review the most current recommendations on testing for common equine infectious diseases including sampling technique, sample handling and appropriate sample type for accurate diagnosis.

11:25am | NVAP Module 3: "Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Diseases"

1:30pm | NVAP Module 8: "International Movement of Horses"

2:40pm | NVAP Module 6: "Exotic Avian Diseases"

3:35pm | NVAP Module 7: "Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category 1 Animals"



Dr. Mike Pownall
8:00am & 9:00am | "How to Maximize the Value of Your Business"

10:15am | "Big is Beautiful- Are Corporate Owned Practices the Only Solution?"

11:25am | "How to Introduce a New Service in Your Veterinary Practice"

USDA Presenter

1:30pm | NVAP Module 8: International Movement of Horses

Dr. Amy Polkes
Sponsored by Antech Diagnostics and Imaging
2:40pm | "Diagnostic Testing for Equine Infectious Diseases
This session will review the most current recommendations on testing for common equine infectious diseases including sampling technique, sample handling and appropriate sample type for accurate diagnosis.                                                                                                                                                   

3:35pm | "Diagnostic Testing for Equine Non-Infectious Diseases"                                                                                                                                                       This session will review the most current recommendations on testing for common equine  diseases such as endocrine disease, respiratory disease and other. The lecture will include sampling technique, sample handling and appropriate sample type for accurate diagnosis. 


Dr. Chad Brown
8:00am | "Be Your Clinic's "Go To" Anesthesia Technician, Part I
Do you want to be the technician that confidently monitors anesthesia? To be a “go to” technician, you must have a thorough understanding of the basics. Join us as we dive into a deeper understanding of the most common premeds and induction agents used in practice today.

9:00am | "Be Your Clinic's "Go To" Anesthesia Technician, Part II"
Let’s face it – anesthesia can sometimes cause real stress! To be a “go to” technician, you must be able to stay calm under the pressure. We will discuss tips and tricks on how to handle a multitude of different anesthesia scenarios such as monitoring pediatric patients, cardiac/liver/renal disease patients, etc. You don’t want to miss it.

10:15am & 11:25am | "Smelly Tech, Smelly Tech- 10 GI Diseases Every RVT/ LVT Should Know, Part I & II"
From cool radiographs to messy days in isolation, there is never a dull moment when dealing with small animal gastrointestinal disease. Come join in on the fun as we discuss the most common GI conditions where an RVT can make a significant impact.

Dr. Steven Rosenthal
1:30pm | "
Cardiac Therapies: A Review for the Veterinary Technician"
We will review pharmacologic and nutritional therapies for the veterinary cardiac patient. We will discuss basic mechanisms, dosing, and potential side effects of the most common treatments used to treat the small animal patient with heart disease.

Dr. Holly Kossuth
2:40pm | "Trick or Treat? Cat Friendly Practice"
A treat bag with no candy but full of stress reduction; tips to create a more calming environment for cats. Techniques for staff members for safe handling of feline patients.

3:35pm | "Goods Cats Masquerading as Bad Cats" 
Topics will include Litter Pan Lottery, Cat Food Confusion, Claws are for Scratching, Let's Play : Territory Highs and Hiding.

Sunday, October 27

Small Animal, Equine & Public Practice joint session

Dr. Mark Lutschaunig
8:00am | "Make It Personal: How to Advance Your Advocacy Approach"
In order to impact policy making, your voice needs to be heard! This session will provide you the information you need to be an effective advocate for the veterinary profession.

9:00am | "Advocacy Update"
This session will review key issues impacting the veterinary profession on the state and national level.

Jennifer Reed (DEA)
10:05am | "Overview of Controlled Substances Act & Diversion"
Overview look at the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s role in enforcing it as well as an overview of current diversion trends and DEA’s response to the opioid epidemic.

10:55-11:45am | "Record-Keeping For Veterinarians"
A review of record-keeping requirements and other regulations per Title 21 Controlled Substances Act and Code of Federal Regulations that pertain to veterinarians. Q&A Session.


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