Dr. David Pugh
8:15am | "Finding Purpose & Wellness in Careers of Veterinary Medicine"
Join Dr. David Pugh for our keynote presentation as he shares his experiences in different paths taken in careers in veterinary medicine! From large animal general practice, food animal ambulatory medicine, teaching large animal nutrition at Auburn University, to directing the Alabama Veterinary Diagnostic Lab System, he has explored them all!

This presentation will discuss the challenges Dr. Pugh faced during his veterinary journey, and how the well-being of veterinary professionals is one of the most important issues facing the profession.


Leslie Knachel, MPH
9:30am | "Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine: 2024 Updates"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Vincent Ziglioli
10:40am | "The Infamous Elevated ALP"

This session will investigate the various causes of elevated ALP in certain breeds and causes that may be seen in association with the elevation. We will also discuss the appropriate times to consider further testing and to by the end, the participates will have the tools to address the commonly seen ALP elevation in dogs.

Dr. Vincent Ziglioli
11:40am | "Update on Management and Treatment of Hyperadrenocorticism"
This session will briefly summarize the testing available and the scenarios when each test may be used. Additionally, recent dosing methods and alternatives for monitoring will be discussed.

Dr. Preston Stubbs
1:50pm | "A Comprehensive Approach to Osteoarthritis Management"
This session reviews normal joint anatomy and physiology, and the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. A comprehensive multimodal approach to the treatment of degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats will be discussed.

Dr. Preston Stubbs
2:50pm | "Practical Orthopedics for the General Practitioner: Part 1"

These lectures will discuss common orthopedic problems encountered by general practitioners using an interactive, case based approach. Cranial cruciate ligament disease diagnosis and treatment options will be stressed as this is the most common orthopedic issue seen in small animal practice. Current topics in veterinary surgery will also be discussed.

Dr. Preston Stubbs
4:10pm | "Practical Orthopedics for the General Practitioner: Part 2 with Surgical Updates"
These lectures will discuss common orthopedic problems encountered by general practitioners using an interactive, case based approach. Cranial cruciate ligament disease diagnosis and treatment options will be stressed as this is the most common orthopedic issue seen in small animal practice. Current topics in veterinary surgery will also be discussed.


Dr. Geoff Campbell
9:30am | "Common Surgeries for Private Practice - You Can Do It!"
A review of common surgeries performed in small animal private practice to give the inexperienced surgeon confidence to take on new procedures. Helpful hints, resources and guidance to tackle these surgeries. We will review surgeries of various systems and discuss what works and how to avoid common complications.

Dr. Brian Neumann & Dr. Courtney Pierce
Sponsored by Zoetis
10:40am | "Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis in Dogs"
In this session practical diagnostic and treatment approaches to canine osteoarthritis will be discussed, including the use of anti-NGF monoclonal antibodies.

Dr. Brian Neumann & Dr. Courtney Pierce
Sponsored by Zoetis
11:40am | "Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis in Cats"
In this session practical diagnostic and treatment approaches to feline osteoarthritis will be discussed, including the use of anti-NGF monoclonal antibodies.

Dr. Li-Jen Chang
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
1:50pm | "Anesthesia Considerations for Diabetic Patients"
When dogs and cats with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) require anesthesia for medical and surgical procedures, these are usually not directly related to DM. Only well-regulated diabetic patients should be anesthetized because patients with unregulated diabetes can have marked fluctuations in BG concentration. In poorly regulated patients, insulin administration before anesthesia may result in unpredictable perioperative BG concentrations. Therefore, determining insulin dose before anesthesia and closely monitoring serum BG become essential in managing diabetic patients during general anesthesia.

Dr. Li-Jen Chang
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
2:50pm | "Commonly Seen Cardiac Arrythmias and Treatments during General Anesthesia"
Electrocardiography (ECG) is the gold standard for evaluating cardiac arrhythmias.
However, in the absence of arrhythmias, the sensitivity of ECG to detect underlying cardiac dysfunction and disease is relatively poor. The ECG should be evaluated for heart rate, mean electrical axis (when applicable), rhythm, and criteria for cardiac chamber enlargement. ECG findings that most commonly impact anesthesia include abnormalities of rate (either bradycardia or tachycardia) or criteria for chamber enlargement. Early recognition of abnormal cardiac rhythms and appropriate intervention of treatments are vital to increase the successful rate of general anesthesia.

Dr. Li-Jen Chang
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm | "Basic Local Anesthesia Techniques for Dogs and Cats"
Loco‐regional anesthesia has recently been used extensively in veterinary medicine to
provide intra‐ and postoperative pain control and involves the injection of local anesthetic
solutions around sensory neural tissue (centrally or peripherally) to prevent nerve conduction. Although local anesthetic techniques have been used for many years in veterinary medicine, advanced techniques are now being studied to facilitate the increasing number of invasive and painful surgical procedures. With a growing emphasis on improving pain management for animals, loco‐regional anesthetic procedures initially described for use in people are now being adapted to different animal species. Knowing how to perform proper local-regional anesthesia techniques could improve the successful rate of anesthesia and animal welfare.


Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
11:40am | "Acupuncture: History and Applications"
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine that has evolved over the past 3,000 years. This lecture covers the history of acupuncture, the basic concepts of Yin and Yang, and practical applications for acupuncture in veterinary practice today.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
1:50pm | "Acupoints, Meridians, and Methods"
Acupuncture channels are like road maps linking an acupuncture point to a specific organ function. This lecture explores the 14 major acupuncture channels, how to identify and stimulate acupuncture points, what happens once the acupuncture point is stimulated, and common points a practitioner may utilize with little to no experience.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
2:50pm | "Five Element Theory and Clinical Applications"
The fundamental foundation of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is based on Yin and Yang and Five Element Theory. This lecture introduces the Five Elements; how they interact and relate to one another as well as their pathologic potential and applications in veterinary practice.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
4:10pm | "Herbal Medicine in Small Animal Practice"
Herbal Medicine is one of the five basic tenants of TCVM. This lecture discusses the origins of Chinese Herbal Medicine, treatment principles, formulations, and common uses in everyday practice.


Dr. Claudia True
9:30am | "
Findings From Your Oral Exam: What's Next? "
The last 15 or so years have seen a huge shift in what floating a horse's teeth means. Now that we realize just how important the oral examination is, the question becomes what should we be doing with the abnormalities we're finding—and how to recognize what's abnormal vs. what's a variation of normal.

Dr. Claudia True
10:30am | "Tips for Successful Dental Radiography"
Radiographing a horse's teeth and sinuses doesn't have to be difficult. With proper sedation and some practice, clear and motion free images are possible! Also covered will be identifying the anatomical structures as well as identifying dental and sinus abnormalities.

Dr. Katherine Burke Johnson
12:45pm | "Equine Rehabilitation Facilities - What They Have to Offer & When to Rehab at Home"
Equine rehabilitation facilities are becoming more prevalent. The training of the veterinary rehab specialist as well as the modalities that they can offer are useful to treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions. Rehab can help speed surgical and wound recoveries, tendon and ligament injuries, help manage scar tissue, joint restrictions, and neurologic conditions as well as help with osteoarthritis and targeted strengthening. Learn more about what can be offered at a veterinary rehabilitation facility and case selection for best outcomes.

Travis Burns
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
1:45pm | "Common Hoof Issues with Donkeys"
Donkeys often struggle with White Line Disease and overgrown/neglected hooves. This presentation will cover the anatomy of the hoof and the pathophysiology of white line disease. Trimming recommendations for overgrowth/neglect will be described. Case examples will be presented to demonstrate treatment options.

Dr. David Pugh
3:00pm | "Donkey, Mule, and Draft Horse Nutrition & Feeding"
This session will discuss diet and nutrition of non-traditional equids and how it may be both similar and dissimilar to traditionally seen horses. The emphasis will be placed on donkeys and mules, as well as draft horses if time allows.

Dr. David Pugh
4:10pm | "Donkey and Mule Herd Health & Practice"
This session will discuss general health care, husbandry, reproduction (where applicable), and some diseases seen more commonly in donkeys and mules.


Dr. Jessica Walters & Dr. Hailey Quercia
Joint Presentation for Food Animal & Public Practice
9:30am | "Poultry Biosecurity Principles"
This session will identify and discuss critical measures needed for successful biosecurity in backyard flocks. With the poultry industry being Virginia’s largest agricultural industry and commodity, proper biosecurity of small flocks is crucial to prevent spread of disease and devastating losses. Following biosecurity principles also safeguards the health and wellbeing of small flocks and those that care for them

Dr. David Pugh
10:30am | "Nutrition & Parasite Control in Small Ruminants"
This session will discuss how nutrition and some management practices can be used to help control internal parasites in small ruminants. The emphasis will be placed on sheep and goats—llamas, alpacas, and farmed deer will be discussed if time allows.

Dr. David Pugh
12:45pm | "Diet, Reproduction & Pregnancy Loss in Small Ruminants"
This session will discuss pregnancy loss and nutrition as it relates to pregnancy in small ruminants. The emphasis will be placed on sheep and goats—llamas, alpacas, and farmed deer will be discussed if time allows.

Dr. David Pugh
1:45pm | "External Parasite Control in Cattle"
This session will discuss external parasite control in beef cattle. Emphasis will be placed on flies, as well as ticks if time allows.

Dr. Hollie Schramm
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
3:00pm | "A Practical Approach to Common Causes of Lameness in Beef Cattle"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Hollie Schramm
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm | "Surgical Conditions of the Bovine Foot"
Description coming soon!


Dr. Jessica Walters & Dr. Hailey Quercia
Joint Presentation for Food Animal & Public Practice
9:30am | "Poultry Biosecurity Principles"
This session will identify and discuss critical measures needed for successful biosecurity in backyard flocks. With the poultry industry being Virginia’s largest agricultural industry and commodity, proper biosecurity of small flocks is crucial to prevent spread of disease and devastating losses. Following biosecurity principles also safeguards the health and wellbeing of small flocks and those that care for them

Dr. Dan Hadacek
10:30am | "Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness"
In this session we will discuss how VDACS prepares and trains to respond to foreign animal disease events that have the potential to devastate Virginia’s agricultural economy.

Dr. John Tracey
12:45pm | "Important Diseases of Virginia’s Wildlife"
This session will provide current information regarding surveillance and management of infectious diseases in Virginia’s wildlife populations. Emphasis will be placed on diseases that have potential implications for the domestic animal and human communities. Come learn about the status of chronic wasting disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, hemorrhagic disease, echinococcus, and more!

Dr. Arial Gupton
1:45pm | "Career Paths in Public Practice"
Many careers outside of private practice exist for veterinarians if you know where to look. This discussion will focus on opportunities for Public Practice careers within the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service but applies to a variety of government agencies. Whether you are a new graduate or looking for a change from your current career, please join us to see if federal opportunities could be a great fit for you!

News Hour Panel
3:00pm | with Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Charlie Broaddus, Dr. Laura Hungerford, Leslie Knachel MPH, Dr. Tracy Woodall, & Dr. John Tracey
This panel will include updates from the following agencies: United States Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
4:10pm | "USDA - Module 5: Vesicular Diseases"
National Veterinary Accreditation Program Module 5: Vesicular Diseases. This
module reviews vesicular diseases of importance to the agricultural industries in
the United States. Diseases reviewed include foot-and-mouth disease, vesicular
stomatitis, swine vesicular disease, and vesicular exanthema of swine. Clinical
signs associated with vesicular diseases and specific biosecurity measures are
discussed. This module has been approved expressly to serve as one unit of
supplemental training for participants in USDA’s National Veterinary
Accreditation Program.



Dr. Conor McNeill
Sponsored by Best Pet Rx
8:00am | "Diagnostic Workup for the Oncology Patient: How to Diagnose and Stage Common Cancers in Pets"
Getting a confirmed diagnosis of a tumor is important to form an optimal treatment plan.  Staging tests are helpful to screen for possible metastatic spread of disease to other organ systems, but also to search for possible co-morbidities that might affect choice and course of treatment. In this presentation, we will review common cancers and the associated recommended staging tools.

Dr. Conor McNeill
Sponsored by Best Pet Rx
9:15am | "Oncology Emergencies in the Clinic"
Cancer can affect any organ system and can result in severe symptoms that may require emergency intervention. Treatment with chemotherapy can result in severe side effects that result in a trip to the emergency room for patients. In this presentation, emergencies resulting from cancer and common side effects from treatment will be reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Conor McNeill
Sponsored by Best Pet Rx
10:10am | "Paraneoplastic Conditions: When Cancer Reaches Out Beyond the Primary Tumor"
Paraneoplastic syndromes refer to various clinical syndromes that involve non-metastatic systemic effects accompanying a malignant disease. They are collections of symptoms that result from certain substances produced by a specific tumor. In this presentation, we will review and discuss the various etiologies and clinical presentations of the most common paraneoplastic conditions seen in clinical practice.

Dr. Justin Ganjei
Sponsored by Infiniti Medical

11:20am | "Applications of Interventional Radiology in 2024"
Join me for an insightful session on the applications of interventional radiology in veterinary medicine. This comprehensive exploration will discuss various applications of interventional radiology including tracheal stenting, addressing complex urologic conditions through ureteral and urethral stenting and subcutaneous ureteral bypass (SUB), as well as cutting-edge non-invasive treatments for intrahepatic shunts, and inoperable tumors of the liver and prostate via transarterial embolization.

Dr. Justin Ganjei
Sponsored by Infiniti Medical

1:20pm | "
Percutaneous Transjugular Coil Embolization for Intrahepatic Shunts & Transarterial Embolization for Neoplasia"
Embark on a focused journey on interventional treatment of intrahepatic portosystemic shunts and inoperable tumors of the liver and prostate. This session will provide a deep dive into applications of a targeted interventional oncologic approach to treatment of inoperable tumors through transarterial embolization showcasing its precision. The session will also review the standard of care treatment for intrahepatic shunts via coil embolization and the benefits for the patient.

Dr. Erin Aufox
Sponsored by Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy
2:20pm | "How to Treat Otitis Externa"
This session will discuss keys for a successful work-up, management, and prevention of recurrent infections.

Dr. Erin Aufox
Sponsored by Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy
3:20pm | "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Diagnosing Food Allergies"
This session will discuss different types of food allergies/intolerance's as well as how to diagnose and manage.

Dr. Erin Aufox
Sponsored by Karl Storz
4:10pm | "Diagnosing and Treating Canine Atopic Dermatitis"
This session will discuss environmental allergies including mechanisms and how to diagnose. Management options will also be discussed including
immunotherapy and symptomatic anti-pruritic options.

Dr. Britt Carr-Benson
Sponsored by Nutramax
8:00am | "Introduction to Rehabilitation Therapy for the Companion Animal"
Rehabilitation Therapy has become more widely available for our small animal patients. This lecture will cover the most common indications for rehabilitation therapy, common modalities used for rehabilitation therapy, and what to expect when referring patients for rehabilitation 
therapy.

Dr. Britt Carr-Benson
Sponsored by Nutramax
9:15am | "Iliopsoas Tendinopathy in the Canine"
With the increase in sporting and working canines, as well as soft tissue injuries are now more 
commonly diagnosed. This lecture will focus on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of iliopsoas tendinopathy in the performance canine.

Dr. Britt Carr-Benson
Sponsored by Nutramax
10:10am | "Regenerative Medicine: Where is the Evidence?"
Regenerative Medicine is now widely available for use in the canine and feline. This lecture will review the current evidence and indications for platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy and 
how it can be incorporated into general practice.

Dr. Monica Tarantino
11:20am | "Introduction to Senior Dog Care Programs"
Discusses the benefits and key components of establishing a senior and geriatric canine program at their clinics. Discusses unique considerations of aging canines and the implications of age, age-related diseases, and geriatric syndrome. Introduce the concept of proactive senior dog medicine and concludes with pet parent considerations like anticipatory grief and caretaker exhaustion.

Dr. Monica Tarantino
1:20pm | "Bringing Sanity to Senior Dog Senility - An Update on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction"
Don't let senior dogs with age-related cognitive changes cause confusion in your clinic! This talk is aimed at arming you with the best tools to identify and differentiate CCD, effectively communicate expectations, and tackle treatment options like a senior dog expert.

Dr. Monica Tarantino
2:20pm | "Bridging the Gap: How to More Effectively Communicate with Senior Dog Pet Parents"
Senior dogs are unique patients, often with progressive medical conditions and evolving physical needs. With an ever-growing sea of misinformation, how can we become a trusted advocate for the senior dogs of our clients? This talk will discuss the places most vulnerable to miscommunication with senior dog pet parents, common misconceptions senior pet parents have that can make communicating with them a challenge, and how to overcome and become a favorite vet or vet tech for senior pets in your area!

Dr. Rebecca Perelman
3:20pm | "Backyard Poultry Clinical Skills"
Backyard poultry are becoming a popular category of companion animals and are in need of practitioners that are willing to see them for veterinary care. This session will walk attendees through backyard poultry basic clinical skills, such as physical examination, phlebotomy and injections sites, sample collection, fluid administration, and basic anesthesia.

Dr. Rebecca Perelman
4:10pm | "Common Backyard Poultry Cases"
This session will highlight some of the most common scenarios in which backyard poultry will present to the clinic. Examples include crop stasis, bumblefoot, predator attacks, and reproductive disease. We will discuss common clinical signs, options for diagnostics, differentials, and treatment options.


Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
8:00am | "Integrative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practices"
No better time has ever existed to provide veterinary patients with the best integrative treatment options available. Each veterinary patient is unique and often circumstances differ. The patient dictates the treatment more so than the practitioner. Integrative medicine allows the practitioner to provide individualized care instead of a one size fits all approach for common conditions.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
9:15am | "Integrative Veterinary Medical Approach to Eye Problems"
Often what we see is more than meets the eye. What can we learn by looking into the eyes of our patients? This session introduces the Five Rings and the Eight Regions of the eyes and how they can guide diagnostics, treatment, and prevention.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
10:10am | "Integrative Veterinary Medical Approach to Ear Problems"
Restoring balance to the ear canal is essential for the successful treatment of acute Canine Otitis Externa (COE). Though many treatment modalities exist, success is limited and repeat infection is common. This lecture reviews causes of ear disease, conventional and alternative therapies, and how an integrative treatment approach to otitis externa can lead to better outcomes.

Dr. Mitch McKee
Sponsored by Chi University
11:20am | "Integrative Veterinary Medical Approach to Osteoarthritis"
Non-steroidal anti- inflammatory medications remain the gold standard for treatment of canine osteoarthritis. When ineffective, other conventional medications are added to control pain and maintain quality of life. Such efforts are often met with mixed results. This lecture presents an integrative approach to osteoarthritis and pain management focusing on acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and other beneficial treatment modalities.

Dr. Amy Grice
8:00am | "Being the Change: Sustainability Efforts in Equine Practice"
This presentation will share the current statistics of our industry, and highlight the efforts of the AAEP and others to attract and retain veterinarians in equine practice, and the remarkable success that is 
already being seen.

Dr. Amy Grice
9:15am | "Creating a Healthy Practice Culture"
With the present difficulty with retaining staff and associates in many practices, culture has become 
more important than ever. Communication, teamwork, collaboration, security, connection, balance of professional and personal life, and opportunities for growth are all important in creating a healthy practice where people like to work. This presentation will review ways to achieve a culture that attracts both team members and clients.

Dr. Amy Grice
10:10am | "Effective Mentoring"
Best practices for a mentorship relationship will be shared in this presentation, along with recommendations for offering constructive criticism, sharing experience, and building trust. The discussion will describe how transformational mentors that are humble and recognize that their own vulnerability and imperfection serve as an important empowering model for a new veterinarian. 
Common difficulties in the mentoring relationship will be highlighted.

Dr. Amy Grice
11:20am | "New Ideas for Emergency Service"
The burden of emergency service is one of the main factors in the decreased number of veterinarians interested in equine practice. Because horses traditionally have received emergency services on the farm from their local veterinarian, changes are necessary to ensure that care is available when needed. This presentation will outline new ideas for providing equine emergency care that could reduce the burden on individual equine practitioners.

Dr. Jen LaPlume & Dr. Abby Sage
1:20pm | "How to Assist on an Equine Seizure Case"
This session will use cases to discuss how to assist on and off the scene with animal control in Virginia. Also, how to write up findings, collect evidence, and testify in court.

Dr. Becky Funk
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
2:20pm | "Equine Estrous Cycle Manipulation"
This session will review the equine estrous cycle and ways to manipulate that cycle for breeding or behavioral purposes.

Dr. Becky Funk
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
3:20pm | "Management of Equine Endometritis"
This session will review the pathology and treatment of equine endometritis, the most common cause of infertility in the mare.

Dr. Becky Funk
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm | "Equine Pregnancy Diagnosis"
This session will review options for diagnosis of pregnancy in the mare and estimation of the stage of gestation.

Dr. Luciano Caixeta
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
8:00am | "New Concepts on Hyperketonemia"
In this session, we delve into concepts surrounding hyperketonemia in dairy cows, shedding light on treatment strategies supported by evidence-based rationales. In addition, we will discuss the nuanced nature of hyperketonemia, challenging the prevailing notion that all cases are the same. Recently published research discussed herein underscores the need to reevaluate hyperketonemia, advocating for its classification as a disorder rather than a disease, thereby reshaping our understanding of its diverse manifestations and informing targeted therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Luciano Caixeta
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

9:00am | "Hypocalcemia Revisited"
In this session, we will discuss the classification of hypocalcemia, unraveling distinctions in the overall performance and therapeutic responses of postpartum dairy cows with low blood calcium concentrations. In addition, this section will present information to elucidate the physiological underpinnings of current therapy protocols. By scrutinizing the effects of treatment on calcium homeostasis around parturition, attendees will gain invaluable insights, equipping them to design optimized treatment protocols that harness the natural responses of the cow's calcium homeostasis, thus fostering more effective and tailored interventions.

Dr. Luciano Caixeta
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

10:10am | "Dry-off is More Than Just Dry Cow Therapy"
In this session, we will discuss the challenges of drying off dairy cows, focusing on the essential characteristics for herds contemplating selective dry cow therapy. Addressing a particularly pressing issue, we explore the difficulties associated with drying off cows still producing a lot of milk at the end of lactation. The section culminates in the presentation of the results of a clinical trial investigating the impact of acidogenic boluses—an innovative method for reducing milk production at dry-off—on udder health and overall performance in subsequent lactations, offering valuable insights for practitioners seeking effective and welfare-conscious drying-off strategies.

News Hour Panel
11:00am | with Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Charlie Broaddus, Dr. Jody Kull, & Dr. Margie Lee
This panel will include updates from the following agencies: United States Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, PennState College of Agricultural Sciences, and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Jason Anderson
Sponsored by Vaxxinova/Newport Labs

1:30pm | "When Pinkeye Vaccination Doesn’t Work"
Despite all the efforts to understand and prevent the condition, pinkeye remains a pervasive disease. The impacts to infected cattle and the industry are significant. With potential for multiple pathogens to be involved and a variety of environmental risk factors, identifying effective solutions is a challenge. Using a combination of techniques including good housing management, fly control, trace mineral supplementation, and vaccination is the best approach. Making sure all components are implemented fully with an appropriate vaccine that addresses the different infectious causes is key to reducing pinkeye. The value of this strategy is seen through a reasonable expectation of goals that not only includes decreasing the number of treatments, but also improving treatment responses for those that become affected along with minimizing long-term consequences.

Dr. Jason Anderson
Sponsored by Vaxxinova/Newport Labs

2:20pm | "Coronavirus and Histophilus somni—“New” Old Pathogens"
As bovine respiratory disease remains a prominent topic in the cattle industry, much of the focus is on reducing risk through preconditioning programs, appropriate nutrition, metaphylactic treatment, and backgrounding. While understanding the animal interventions is critically important, there is little mention of how some of the pathogens may be changing and adapting. Coronavirus and Histophilus somni are two examples where newer insight may differ from existing perceptions. Under pressure to survive, these organisms continue to evolve ways to evade the host immune system and exert virulence. Increasing awareness of these mechanisms may lead to new tools in the ongoing challenge to reduce morbidity and mortality due to the costly syndrome.

Dr. Jerry Rusch
Sponsored by Axiota

3:30pm | "Trace Minerals in Cattle Reproduction and Immune Function"
Discussion will center around the absorption, bioavailability and limitations to trace minerals in cattle. In addition, the importance of trace minerals to reproduction and proper immune function will be explored. 

Dr. Jerry Rusch
Sponsored by Axiota

4:20pm | "Megaspheri Elsdenii and It’s Effect on Cattle Health"
The rumen biome and the role of probiotics will be discussed. Acidosis and its effect on overall efficiency and health will be covered. Megashpheri elsdenii, the main lactic acid consumer, will also be included.

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