Saturday, February 29th
Small Animal I
Dr. Amy Pike
Sponsored by CEVA
8:00am | "Common Behavioral Disorders"
We will discuss the top behavioral disorders clinicians will see in private practice. The goal of this lecture is to determine how to take a history, determine plan of action and whether a clinician should treat or refer.
9:15am | "Aggression in the Veterinary Clinic"
We will delve into the underlying etiology of such behavior, how to treat, and how to prevent in the future.
Dr. Lynette Cole
Sponsored by Dechra
10:10 am | "Practical Otic Anatomy"
This session will take you on a visual tour of the anatomy and physiology of the structures of the ear from the pinna to middle ear, emphasizing the anatomic differences between the dog and cat and discussion as to why understanding otic anatomy is important for clinical management of ear diseases.
11:20am | "Management of Otic Disease"
This session will focus on the step-by-step management of chronic cases of otitis focusing on identification, treatment and control of the primary cause of the otitis, as well as management of the otic infections.
1:20pm | "Dermatophytes, Demodex and Pyoderma"
New Diagnostics and Treatments: This session will cover new diagnostics for these three diseases as well as current treatment recommendations.
2:20pm | "Diagnosis and Management of Atopic Dermatitis"
This session will discuss treatment options for the atopic dog, with specific focus on Apoquel, Cytopoint, Atopica, and allergen-specific immunotherapy.
Dr. Maureen Noftsinger
Sponsored by Emergency Veterinary & Specialty Services of Roanoke
3:20pm | "Wounds-How Leashes Would Put Us Out of Business"
4:10pm | "My Dog Ate What??"
Small Animal II
Dr. David Dycus
Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories & Veterinary Sciences, Inc.
8:00am | "Brace Yourself: Conservative Management of Cruciate Disease and the Role of Stifle Orthotics"
Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is a common cause of hind limb lameness. Surgical correction is recommended, but not every owner can afford surgery, and not every dog is a candidate for surgery. This presentation will cover a review of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it relates to CCL rupture. Diagnostic modalities such as palpation (cranial drawer, tibial thrust) will be discussed. Management will be focused on the conservative approach broken down into 2 week blocks to help guide the practitioner in goals for each stage, and what the owner should be doing at home. Also, stifle orthotics have become increasingly popular so time will be spent discussing if orthotics play a role in the management of CCL rupture. Current evidence base, classification, and pros and cons of this new emerging treatment modality will be covered. The information that a practitioner should know when discussing orthotics will be covered in detail. The goals are for the attendee to leave with knowledge in diagnosing CCL rupture, understand the approach and goals of conservative management, and have an understanding of what evidence base exists for stifle orthotics as well as being able to decide on appropriate candidates.
9:15am | "Hip Dysplasia: Conservative and Rehabilitation Management"
While there is ample information on the topics of hip dysplasia diagnosis and treatment there is paucity of information in the area of rehabilitation as it pertains to the conservative and surgical management of hip dysplasia. This presentation provides information on rehabilitation efforts as part of the conservative approach in both young and old dogs as well as the rehabilitation goals following various surgical techniques for hip dysplasia. The goal is for the veterinarian to gain an understanding into basic rehabilitation concepts they can use in daily practice when conservatively treating young and old patients with hip dysplasia as well as understand the major differences in rehabilitation in young versus older patients.
10:10am | "Regenerative Medicine in Orthopedics: What do we know, What do we NOT know, What do we WISH we knew" Regenerative medicine is emerging as a possible management option for certain orthopedic conditions. But, are we ready for this modality to take center stage? This presentation explores the basic concepts of both platelet rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy. Before jumping in and using this technology it is wise for the practitioner to understand what PRP and stem cells are. In addition, it is pertinent to understand what we currently know about this technology to learn the limitations, but also learn where research needs to take us. This presentation will not only cover the basis but will also cover what available evidence is present to help veterinarians make decisions about using regenerative medicine clinically.
Dr. Ernesto Dominguez
Sponsored by Wildlife Center of Virginia
11:20am | "Introduction to Wildlife Medicine"
Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation topic is fascinating hybrid of priorities and activities, that include medical knowledge, biology, public education, public health, food safety, and more. This lecture will introduce you to the basics you need to know to receive and treat wildlife in your practice.
1:20 pm | "Wildlife Triage for General Practitioners"
The principles of triage, emergency, and critical care of veterinary patients are universal, and are applicable to ALL species, despite the anatomical and physiological differences of non-domestic species. The goal to keep in mind is that these animals need to go back and survive in the wild.
Drs. Ilektra Athanasidadi, Shawna Klahn and Joanne Tuohy
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
2:20pm, 3:20-5:00 pm | "Integrated approach to cancer management: Osteosarcoma, oral melanoma, anal sac adenocarcinoma"
An integrated approach to oncology is essential for optimal patient care. Patients with tumors such as osteosarcoma, melanoma and anal sac adenocarcinoma benefit from a combined approach that includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutics. This session will discuss the benefits of an integrated approach to these tumors.
EquineDr. Mike Cissell
8:00am | "Equine Periodontal Disease"
9:15am | "Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis"
10:10am | "Complications following tooth extraction"
Dr. Wade Tenney
11:20am | "Ultrasound of the Equine Distal Limb"
Many cases of equine lameness can be localized to the lower limb. This lecture will review the clinically relevant anatomy of the palmar pastern (P1 and P2) and coffin joint. We will discuss technique and normal sonographic appearance of the soft tissue structures in these regions and end with clinical cases.
1:20pm | "Ultrasound of the Equine Stifle"
The equine stifle is a complex joint with somewhat limited options for imaging. This lecture will review the clinically relevant anatomy of the stifle. We will discuss technique for imaging the stifle in both the standing and flexed positions. Normal and abnormal sonographic appearance of the soft tissue structures will be presented. The lecture will finish off with clinical case discussions
2:20pm | "Ultrasound of the Equine Abdomen"
Abdominal ultrasound is often indicated in cases of weight loss, fever of unknown origin, diarrhea and colic. This lecture will discuss the complete abdominal exam including what we can and can’t see. The relevant regions and pertinent findings of the FLASH exam will also be discussed. The lecture will end with clinical case discussions.
Dr. David Wong
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
3:20pm | "Challenging Cases in Equine Practice: The Horse with Weight Loss"
The horse with weight loss can be a dreaded call in some clinical situations due to the difficulty in establishing a definitive diagnosis. This lecture will attempt to provide a comprehensive list of differential diagnoses and potential diagnostic test to try in these frustrating cases.
4:10pm | "New Clinical Findings in the Equine Veterinary Literature"
A plethora of new and many times valuable information is published every month in various equine journals. However, the sometimes overwhelming amount of information coupled with the limited time practitioners have, makes it difficult to keep up with some of the new trends. This lecture will focus on presenting some of the new trends found in the equine literature in regard to diagnostics and therapeutics of the horse.
Dr. Meredyth Jones
8:00am | "Working Up Cattle with Abdominal Disease"
We will look at the physical examination, diagnostic techniques and the interpretation of those tests to determine the diagnosis and most appropriate treatment plan for cattle presenting with gastrointestinal and abdominal disease.
9:00am | "Ancillary Diagnostic Techniques for Small Ruminants"10:10am | "Working Up the Down Cow"
In this session, we will discuss some diagnostic techniques that are easily performed in practice to reach a diagnosis after the physical exam. These will include, CSF tap, transtracheal wash, liver biopsy and others.
This session will provide a practical approach to the down animal, including differential diagnoses and realistic treatment options.
Dr. Carolynn Bissett (VDACS), Dr. Kevin Lahmers (VMCVM), Dr. Mark Remick (USDA), Dr. Terry Swecker (VMCVM)
11:00am | "News Hour Panel"
Dr. Meredyth Jones
1:30pm | "Bovine Leukemia Virus"
This session will review the disease, focusing on the common presentations of its syndromes. The limitations of diagnostic testing will be discussed, as well as taking the diagnosis and applying it to the herd.
2:20pm | "Automatic Milking Systems: Where We are and How We Got Here
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the timeline of the development of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS). Current models being sold in North America will be discussed as well as some of the optional equipment offered from each company. The reasons that lead dairy farms to install AMS units and the economics of that decision will also be reviewed.
3:30pm | "Automatic Milking Systems-System testing and evaluation"
This presentation will provide information on the procedures to evaluate an Automatic Milking System. This will be done using The National Mastitis Council Milking System Evaluation Guidelines. Other evaluation methods such as teat end scoring and udder prep will be discussed. Some of the equipment required for these evaluations will be shown and described.
4:20pm | "Automatic Milking Systems-Milk Quality Issues-Old and New"
This presentation will look at the concerns of elevated somatic cell counts and bacteria counts. The methods to troubleshoot these problems will be examined. Also, milk quality problems that are more common with AMS will be looked at with a view to the identification, causes and solutions. Case studies of individual farms will also be given.