Friday, February 28th

Opening Session

Dr. Joe Wakshlag & Stephen Cital, RVT
Sponsored by ElleVet Sciences
8:00am | "Hemp CBD Basics for Veterinarians"
This lecture will discuss the basics of CBD and the endocannabinoid system. It will also cover the research done to date and how all CBD is not the same.   We will discuss the difference in formulas and the importance of dynamic cannabinoid and terpene profiles for increase efficacy.  

Small Animal I

Dr. Robert (Bob) Martin

9:50am, 11:10am, 12:05pm, 2:00pm | "Presentation of Soft Tissue Surgical Cases"

Dr. Orsolya Balogh
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
2:50pm | "Management of Wanted and Unwanted Pregnancies in the Bitch"

Preparation for a healthy pregnancy and appropriate care of the pregnant bitch will be discussed. Different strategies for pregnancy termination will be reviewed.

Dr. Julie Cecere
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm | "
Mammary Neoplasia & the Status of Over Population Research: Current Stats and Trending Research" 

Small Animal II

Stephen Cital, RVT, Leslie Knachel, MPH, and Dr. Joe Wakshlag
9:50am | "CBD Panel Discussion"

Leslie Knachel, MPH
11:10am | "News You Need: Regulatory Update"
The session will offer information on the regulatory requirements for prescribing, dispensing and destroying controlled substances ((Schedule II-VI), veterinary establishment renewals and reporting suspected animal cruelty.

Dr. Bill Saxon
Sponsored by IDEXX
12:05pm | "Shedding Light On Intestinal Parasites-Catching what you don't want to Catch"
The potential consequences of parasite infection in both pets and people can be serious, even life-threatening. Traditional diagnostic methods have many limitations, increasing the possibility of missed infections. New tests can detect intestinal parasites sooner, improving overall parasite control.

  • Public Health and Zoonoses
  • Parasite Prevalence and Life Cycle Characteristics
  • Disease Characteristics
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Treatment
  • Protozoa
  • Pitfalls and Cases

2:00pm | "Identifying Kidney Disease Earlier for Optimal Care during the Patient Visit" 
Kidney disease can be challenging at times to diagnose. SDMA is a kidney test that helps to diagnose kidney disease early and is less impacted by nonrenal conditions. Learn how the Catalyst SDMA® Test will help practitioners diagnose kidney disease during the patient visit and how this can positively impact clinical outcomes. 

Discussion Topics:

  • Emphasize that traditional diagnostics can miss kidney disease in well and sick patients.
  • Review the studies showing that SDMA increases earlier than creatinine in pets with kidney disease and that SDMA is not impacted by lean muscle mass.
  • Introduce the Catalyst SDMA Test and provide data supporting its accuracy.
  • Outline what next steps should be taken when kidney disease is suspected.
  • Review the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) CKD guidelines.
  • Discuss when it is important to know a pet has kidney disease during the patient visit and how this can positively impact clinical outcomes.

2:50 & 4:10pm | "Common endocrine disorders: Tips for diagnosis and updates on monitoring and treatment, Parts I & II" These lectures will cover a variety of endocrine topics including evaluating routine lab results for clues of underlying endocrinopathy, updated guidelines for appropriate testing and test interpretation, and managing common endocrine diseases including treatment complications.  Attendees are encouraged to bring clinical cases from their practices to discuss.


Dr. Susan Johns

Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health

9:50am | "The Equine Back: Anatomy, Diagnosis and Treatment
This session will help you develop a more comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, diagnosis and therapy of equine back pathology.  Case examples will be provided to aid the practitioner in recognizing and addressing the most common equine back ailments.

10:50am | "The Pre-Purchase Examination-To Buy or Not to Buy"
This session explores a systematic approach to conducting the pre-purchase evaluation of the equine athlete. Proper diagnostic imaging and documentation will be presented and discussed. Examples of real-life pre-purchase cases will be shared to help navigate challenges often encountered during a vetting.

Dr. Abby Sage & Rick Odom, PhD
Joint Session with Public Practice
1:00pm | "Navigating Electronic Health Certificates for Equine Veterinarians"
This presentation will provide an overview of electronic CVI (eCVI) applications available to practitioners.

Dr. Lauren Trager
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
1:50pm | "Practical Rehabilitation, Part 1: Choosing a Modality" 
Part 1 will provide an introduction to various rehabilitation modalities available for practitioners in both field and referral settings along with recommendations for use and indications.

3:00pm | "Practical Rehabilitation, Part 2: Designing a Rehabilitation Plan"
Part 2 will focus on the principles of creating a rehabilitation plan. Topics will include timing of when to incorporate certain modalities during treatment and principles for specific indications, including soft tissue injuries and axial skeleton pathologies.

Dr. Lauren Trager & Travis Burns

Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of  Veterinary Medicine

4:10pm | "Case Based Panel Discussion with a Veterinarian/Farrier Team Approach"
This panel will focus on strategies involved in managing foot-related cases from both the veterinarian and farrier perspective when working together as a team. Audience participation is highly encouraged and attendees are welcome to submit individual cases for discussion.

Public Practice

Dr. Jeremy Pittmann
9:50am | "African Swine Fever: Global Picture and US Preparedness"
African Swine Fever is currently causing significant mortality in swine world-wide, namely in China and surrounding countries.  This has created a state of heightened awareness in the world and particularly the United States.  This session will describe the disease, challenges with control, current state of the disease and measures being taken by the United States to prepare.

Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
10:50am | NVAP Module 7 "Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category I Animals"
This module addresses the important role companion animal practitioners play as it relates to detecting foreign animal diseases (FADs) in Category I animals. FAD incursions in the United States that were detected by private sector veterinarians are described. Finally, a scenario culminates what was taught in this module regarding how a veterinarian should appropriately handle a suspected FAD in a patient at their clinic.

Dr. Abby Sage and Rick Odom, PhD
Joint Session with Equine
1:00pm | "Navigating Electronic Health Certificates for Equine Veterinarians"
This presentation will provide an overview of electronic CVI (eCVI) applications available to practitioners.

Dr. Brandy Darby

1:50pm | "Zoonotic Disease Investigations: What's New in Virginia"
Come and join for a rundown of recent and on-going disease investigations from the Virginia Department of Health. This session will highlight disease reports and investigations from the health department that will help to inform veterinarians of current and changing zoonotic disease trends in Virginia.

Dr. Carolynn Bissett (VDACS), Dr. Megan Kirchgessner (VDGIF), Leslie Knachel, MPH (BoVM), Dr. Julia Murphy (VDH), Dr. Mark Remick (USDA), Dr. Terry Swecker (VMCVM)

3:00pm | "News Hour Panel" 

Rick Odom,PhD
Joint Session with Food Animal
4:10pm |"Electronic Health Certificates For Food Animal Veterinarians"
This presentation will provide an overview of electronic CVI (eCVI) applications available to practitioners.

Food Animal

Dr. Dave Sjeklocha
Sponsored by Merck
9:50am | "Techniques in Necropsy"
Dr. Sjeklocha will share his experiences in performing an efficient, but complete bovine necropsy. Discussions will include tools, knife sharpening, and approach to necropsy. The goal is for the audience to share their ideas throughout the presentation so we can all learn from each other.

10:50am | "Implications of High Risk Calves"
Dr. Sjeklocha will describe his approaches to managing high-risk cattle from his 25 years of feedyard consultation. Topics covered will include animal husbandry, antibiotic use, preconditioning, marketing channels and the effects high-risk cattle have on the industry.

1:00pm | "Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare Audits"
In this presentation, Dr. Sjeklocha will describe animal welfare concerns that the beef industry must be able and willing to address and also present information on animal welfare audits.

1:50pm | "Cattle Handling and Dealing with Flighty Cattle"
Dr. Sjeklocha will describe some basics of cattle handling, such as how to move cattle in a quiet and calm manner, as well as describe some of the most common mistakes cattle handlers make.

Dr. Victor Mercadante
Sponsored By Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 
3:00pm | "Characteristics of Successful Estrous Synchronization Programs"
Several factors affect the success of estrous synchronization programs  in beef females. Mostly, those factors are related to the cattle, management strategies or the synchronization protocol utilized. We will discuss the characteristics of successful estrous synchronization programs based on data compiled from field trials.

Rick Odom, PhD
Joint Session with Food Animal
4:10pm |"Electronic Health Certificates For Food Animal Veterinarians"
This presentation will provide an overview of electronic CVI (eCVI) applications available to practitioners


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.


Dr. 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

 | "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. 

Food Animal

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"
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. 

10:10am | "Working Up the Down Cow"
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
 | "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. 

Don Anderson
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. 

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