Bash Hallow

8:15am | "Sharp Tongues & Poison Pens: Inside the Minds of Those That Lash Out in Person & Online"

Bash Halow, CVPM, LVT, a veteran of general and referral practice medicine, has more than 22 years of experience handling clients who express online or in-person rage. The effects can be disabling to a practice team's morale and ability to be empathetic to the remainder of the hospital's clientele. The dynamic creates horrible feedback loops of resentment and mistrust on both sides of the exam table.

Join Bash Halow for a Keynote like no other. There will be chances to think about
clients who express themselves with rage and review the kinds of responses that are reasonable in such volatile climates. Real-life stories, polling, and chance for audience members to contribute make for a lively hour.


Dr. JD Foster

Sponsored by: IDEXX
9:30am | "Juvenile Kidney & Urinary Diseases"
Numerous developmental problems can result in kidney and urinary disorders in immature dogs. This session will present diagnostic tips on determining if such conditions may be present and share treatment strategies. From incontinence to azotemia, the audience will feel more prepared in managing these patients.


10:40am | "Strategies to Manage Difficult & Refractory UTI"
Relapsing, reinfection, and refractory infections provide major challenges to providing comfort to our patients. This session will discuss risk factors for these infections to occur, work through a sound diagnostic approach, and discuss treatment strategies.

11:40am | "Liquid Gold - The Usefulness of the Urinalysis"
Urinalysis - the forgotten component of routine screening and diagnostic lab work. This session will review the powerful information gained in urinalysis testing, as well as the limitations and misinterpretation of the results. Attendees will leave this session with a new appreciation for the insight gained in urinalysis testing.

Dr. Richard Ford
1:50pm
 
| "Lyme & Lepto: How Real is the Threat?"
Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim
Infection risk for canine Lyme Disease is quite predictable and easily diagnosed.
Leptospirosis is not. This presentation addresses the indications for and role of vaccine against these two spirochete infections in Virginia.

Dr. Richard Ford & Dr. Julia Murphy
Sponsored by:
Boehringer Ingelheim
2:50pm | "Rabies: Beyond Core"
Licensed veterinarians practicing in Virginia are expected to be familiar with and
practice in accordance with State laws/regulations pertaining to rabies. This unique, interactive 2-hour session will challenge your knowledge of the “must know” facts regarding rabies and rabies control within the State.

4:10pm | "Rabies: Beyond Core" Continued.
Licensed veterinarians practicing in Virginia are expected to be familiar with and
practice in accordance with State laws/regulations pertaining to rabies. This unique,
interactive 2-hour session will challenge your knowledge of the “must know” facts
regarding rabies and rabies control within the State.


Dr. Casey LeBlanc

Sponsored by
: Eastern VetPath

9:30am | "Getting the Most Out of Your Pathology Submissions"
This session will cover ideal submission information to help the pathologist give the veterinarian the most accurate diagnosis, and best practices for biopsy and cytology sample submissions. The aim is to obtain the most helpful pathology reports possible.

10:40am | "Getting the Most Out of Your Blood Smear Reviews"
This session will describe the ideal setting for blood smear review, with a detail review of important findings, and discuss additional diagnostics beyond microscopic evaluation.


11:40am | "Cytology Review with Case Examples"
This session will be a quick cytology 101 primer, with many case examples of common lumps and bumps, with discussion of next best steps and additional diagnostics.


1:50pm | "Alarming Clin Path Lab Results"
This session will describe clinical chemistry and CBC results that require immediate attention, and will discussion pathophysiology and differentials for these abnormalities.


Dr. Christie Bowden
Sponsored by: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

2:50pm | "I Could Pee on This: Myths & Truths, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease"

Newer theories of feline idiopathic cystitis will be discussed and compared to the painful disease of interstitial cystitis in human women. Additionally, commonly utilized treatment options will be discussed. We will discuss the science that supports, refutes or even in some cases is completely lacking for treatments that practitioners use commonly.


4:10pm
| "Bloody Hell - Applicability and Lessons Learned from Blood Product Transfusions"

Appropriate clinical utilization of common blood products and review of the different types of transfusion reactions and their management will be the main objective of the discussion. However, we will also review blood types, collection and administration techniques and ethical considerations for the administration of blood products.


Dr. Toby Pinn-Woodcock

9:30am | "Equine Endocrinology Update, Part I"
This session will review the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) in equids and include a review of recently published literature on PPID.

10:30am | "Equine Endocrinology Update, Part II"
This session will review the diagnosis and management of horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome and include a review of recently published EMS literature. A review of endocrine reproductive testing for the diagnosis of pregnancy in horses will be included.

12:45pm | "Tickborn Diseases in the Horse"
This session will include a review of the clinical signs, diagnosis, and management of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in horses. We will also spend time discussing equine conditions associated with Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), their diagnostic challenges, vaccination, and review recently published literature on equine Lyme Disease.

1:45pm | "Equine Disorders Associated with Vitamin E Deficiency"
Horses require adequate access to vitamin E to maintain appropriate neuromuscular function. Vitamin E deficiency is associated with multiple equine neuromuscular disorders, including vitamin E responsive myopathy, equine motor neuron disease (EMND), equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (eNAD) or equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM). During this session we will review the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment options for these conditions.

Dr. Jeff Beshear
3:00pm | "Dealing with Big Brother: Treating USEF/FEI Horses"
The USEF and FEI are very different animals. The talk will discuss the differences and difficulties of managing horses competing at national and international
competitions. Dealing with drug rules and planning suggestions will be the focus.

4:10pm | "Case Examples & Discussion"
This session will focus on case examples and discussion on the USEF and FEI horses previously presented.


Dr. Carrie Bissett & Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
Joint Presentation for Public Practice & Food Animal
9:30am | "Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Virginia & Beyond"
An overview of the ongoing 2022 HPAI disease outbreak. This will include information about the epidemiology of this outbreak as well as current control and eradication efforts by USDA and VDACS.

Dr. Brandy Darby & Dr. Julia Murphy
10:30am | "Emerging Infectious Diseases of Human and Animal Interest"
This session will cover emerging infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2 and
Monkeypox, and their impact on human and animal populations.


Dr. Karen Becker (USDA), Dr. Charlie Broaddus (VDACS),
Dr. Laura Hungerford (VMCVM), Leslie Knachel, MPH (BoVM),
Dr. Julia Murphy (VDH)

12:45pm | "News Hour Panel"
This session will include information and updates from the following agencies & institutions: United States Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine & Virginia Department of Health.

Dr. Susan Miller
1:45pm | "Career Paths in Meat Inspection"
This session will discuss alternative veterinary career paths in both federal and state meat and poultry inspection programs. Emphasis will be on the career and duties as a federal and state Public Health Veterinarian. A brief discussion of other field operations veterinary career paths in meat inspection including Enforcement Investigation Analysis Officer and District Veterinary Medial Specialist will be provided. In addition opportunities in policy, development, and supervision will be explored.

Dr. Bruce Bowman
3:00pm | "International Veterinary Adventures"
Enjoy a photo adventure to the remote Himalayan summer pastures in the Kashmir region of northwestern India to provide veterinary care for flocks owned by the Gujar nomad shepherds, then travel to central and northwestern Mongolia to survey contagious livestock diseases, teach animal health techniques to the nomad shepherd livestock producers, and provide instruction to improve the skills of local veterinarians. Next, jump aboard a ship with 2,949 Holsteins bound for Egypt and finish up with a flight containing crates of Kentucky yearling Thoroughbred horses to Dublin Ireland.

Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
4:10pm | "USDA NVAP Module 31: High-Impact Equine Diseases in the U.S."
National Veterinary Accreditation Program Module 31: High-Impact Equine Diseases in the United States. This module will review recent high impact equine diseases encountered in the U.S. including Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), and Piroplasmosis and how these disease outbreaks can lead to significant economic and trade impacts affecting the U.S. equine industry. This module has been approved expressly to serve as one unit of supplemental training for participants in USDA’s National Veterinary Accreditation Program.


Dr. Carrie Bissett & Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
Joint Presentation for Public Practice & Food Animal
9:30am | "Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Virginia & Beyond"
An overview of the ongoing 2022 HPAI disease outbreak. This will include information about the epidemiology of this outbreak as well as current control and eradication efforts by USDA and VDACS.

Dr. Geof Smith
Sponsored by: Zoetis
10:30am | "Diagnosis & Treatment of BRD in Calves"
Bovine respiratory disease is still likely the most significant economic disease producers and veterinarians deal with in both dairy and beef industries. This lecture will discuss how to use clinical data to create treatment protocols. Topics will include collecting the proper sample, interpreting diagnostic test results and keys to treatment.

12:45pm | "Transmission Dynamics of Mycoplasma Bovis in Calves"
Mycoplasma bovis causes significant disease issues on both beef and dairy farms. Despite instituting control measures, many farms fail to effectively control Mycoplasma. This lecture will cover current research on how Mycoplasma is transmitted on farms using real world case examples. The basics of immunity of Mycoplasma will also be discussed.

Dr. Bob Van Saun
1:45pm | "Recognizing & Managing Nutrition Issues in Small Ruminants - Part I"
This presentation and the following will provide the practitioner with practical information on how to diagnose common nutritional issues in sheep, goats, and camelids, administer appropriate supplementation, and make preventive recommendations. Nutritional issues addressed in this presentation will focus more on those commonly seen in sheep and goats. Topics will address pregnancy toxemia and hypocalcemia, iodine deficiency, and selenium/vitamin E deficiency and toxicity.

3:00pm | "Recognizing & Managing Nutrition Issues in Small Ruminants - Part II"
This second presentation will be a continuation of the previous addressing common nutritional concerns in small ruminants. Nutritional issues to be addressed in this presentation will be focused on those commonly seen with llamas and alpacas. Specific topics will include hepatic lipidosis, vitamin D deficiency and toxicity, and zinc deficiency.

4:10pm | "Ruminant Copper Nutrition: A Double-Edged Sword"
Copper nutrition in ruminant animals is unique and challenging due to differences in dietary bioavailability and species-specific sensitivity to tissue accumulation. This presentation will briefly review unique ruminant issues with copper metabolism and discuss management of copper deficiency and toxicity situations.



Sam Bernier, Esquire

Joint Presentation for Small Animal I & Small Animal II
8:00am | "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Board of Veterinary Medicine: Tips from Your Neighborhood Attorney on Navigating a Board Complaint"
Mr. Bernier will discuss DHP and Board of Veterinary Medicine regulations governing Virginia veterinarians as well as contemporaneous documentation and record keeping techniques that comply with these regulations and enhance patient safety. Mr. Bernier will also discuss the DHP and Board of Veterinary Medicine regulations that govern complaints against veterinarians, and the process of responding to a DHP complaint.

Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles
Sponsored by: The Oncology Service
9:15am | "What's New in Veterinary Oncology"
This session discussion will provide a brief but thorough overview of many of the new therapeutics and diagnostics currently being offered in the veterinary oncology space. We will dive into the benefits and limitations of each new test or therapy and review a few cases that highlight these strengths ad weaknesses.

Dr. Pamela White
10:10am | "
Radiation Therapy; it is not just for Cancer! How Radiation Can Help Beyond Cancer Therapy"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Ralph Harvey
Sponsored by: Zoetis
11:20am | "Everyone Benefits from Reducing Fear, Anxiety, Aggression & Stress in Perioperative Care"
Practical strategies move our practices and profession toward a more fear-free and stress-free experience. The benefits go far beyond the individual patient, bringing value and quality to our lives.

1:20pm | "Implementing the AAHA Anesthesia & Related Guidelines in Your Practice"
Our obligation to do our best for patients and clients requires that we continually improve anesthesia and perioperative care. We’ll discuss practical approaches and new opportunities. The task-force goal was to help improve the standards of anesthesia for dogs and cats across our profession. In our individual practices, the AAHA Guidelines can be implemented, or more simply can serve as a valuable resource to help us move incrementally toward that shared goal.

2:20pm | "A Revolution in Anesthetic Techniques - More Locals, Less Opioids, Lower Inhalants"
The opioid shortages, as well as other contemporary factors, have increased our emphasis on dramatically revised anesthetic care, and lead us to less suffering. Newly available medications, novel methods, and better use of local anesthetics have greatly expanded our options. We’ll summarize significant details that influence best methods. This can change your practice, adding substantial economy and building value.

Dr. Rell Parker
Sponsored by: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
3:20pm | "Classification of Disc-Associated Diseases"
What is the difference between ANNPE and FCE? IVDE vs IVDP? This session will clarify the differences and similarities between common disc-associated diseases and briefly touch on the less common variants.

4:10-5:00pm | "Management of Intervertebral Disc Disease"
We will discuss recommendations for management of intervertebral disc disease, including when to prescribe medical management, when to refer a patient, indications for surgery, and post-operative care. We will also touch on risk factors for intervertebral disc disease.


Sam Bernier, Esquire

Joint Presentation for Small Animal I & Small Animal II
8:00am | "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Board of Veterinary Medicine: Tips from Your Neighborhood Attorney on Navigating a Board Complaint"
Mr. Bernier will discuss DHP and Board of Veterinary Medicine regulations governing Virginia veterinarians as well as contemporaneous documentation and record keeping techniques that comply with these regulations and enhance patient safety. Mr. Bernier will also discuss the DHP and Board of Veterinary Medicine regulations that govern complaints against veterinarians, and the process of responding to a DHP complaint.

Dr. Lisa Radosta
Sponsored by: Fear Free
9:15am | "Dog & Cat Anxiety Toolkit: Tools for Confident Diagnosis & Communication"
What is in a name? Sometimes labels or diagnoses can be harmful and sometimes they
can help us speak the same language. How do you translate what you see and what the
client tells you into meaningful labels and an effective treatment plan? It is easier than
you might think.

10:10am | "Dog & Cat Anxiety Toolkit: Tools for Confident Diagnosis & Communication" Continued  
Trying to determine which medication class, formulation or dosing schedule is best for
your patient can feel overwhelming. Should you stick with what you know? Go with your
gut? Use what worked for the last patient? Throw some medication at the wall and see
what sticks? Luckily, there are five simple rules that you can apply to level up your
medication decision making game. Improve your confidence with this lecture.

Dr. Kelly St. Denis
Sponsored by: American Association of Feline Practitioners
11:20am | "Cat Friendly Interactions and Handling: Creating Better Feline Visits"
Veterinary visits with some cats can be challenging and downright difficult at times. It may seem like the cat is being deliberately uncooperative, but if we take the time to understand what they are experiencing, we can learn simple ways to improve the visit for the cat, the caregiver and the veterinary team. This seminar will explore the Heath Model of Emotional Health and how we can easily apply it to our day to day interactions with cats, thereby revolutionizing the cat’s veterinary experience.

1:20pm | "The Cat Friendly Veterinary Environment: It's Easier Than You Think"
Cats are territorial by nature, preferring to remain within their defined safe space if possible. A trip to the veterinary hospital not only removes them from that territory, but exposes them to numerous threats. This seminar will examine the cat’s feelings during this experience and explore the many small but pivotal changes we can make that will improve the overall visit for the cat, caregiver and veterinary team.

2:20pm | "Update on Pain in the Cat: Decoding a Feline Enigma"
As a prey species the cat is programmed to conceal illness and pain.  The result is that
identifying pain in the cat can be challenging for caregivers and veterinary teams.
In this seminar we will review the common causes of pain in the cat and learn how to utilize pain scales to identify and quantify that pain. We will investigate current treatment options, focusing on taking a holistic approach to the prevention and treatment of feline pain.

Dr. Dominic Tauer
3:20pm | "Top 5 Toxins in the Dog & Cat"
A discussion of the most common toxins in both canine and feline patients with clinical
signs and treatment recommendations.

4:10-5:00pm | "Decontamination of the Toxic Patient"
Decontamination is the most important treatment for the poisoned patient.  Here we will discuss different methods in both the canine and feline patient.


Dr. Sue McDonnell

8:00am | "Equine Ethology: Fun Facts with Implications for Better Horse Management"
This talk will review several key aspects of the natural behavior of horses with corresponding important implications for health and welfare of domestically managed horses.

Dr. Cade Torcivia
9:15am | "Low Stress Handling of Equine Patients"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Sue McDonnell
10:10am | "Hormones and Behavior in Equine Practice"
This talk will discuss common behavior complaints suspected or assumed to be related to reproductive hormones, including common temperament/performance behavior problems in mares and stallion-like behavior in geldings.

Dr. Cade Torcivia
11:20am | "Equine Discomfort Ethogram"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Sue McDonnell & Dr. Cade Torcivia
1:20pm | "Behavior Cases I"
These interactive sessions will work through several examples of behavior cases, including systematic evaluation, treatment, behavior modification and/or management.

2:20pm | "Behavior Cases II"
These interactive sessions will work through several examples of behavior cases, including systematic evaluation, treatment, behavior modification and/or management.

Dr. Sophie Bogers
Sponsored by: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
3:20pm | "Standing Surgeries Simplified"
Does the thought of performing standing surgery on-farm give you goose-bumps? This session is to give you confidence in safe methods of patient restraint for standing surgery, as well as tips and tricks for surgery that could be performed in the field including enucleation, standing castration, sinus trephination and flaps for exploration or tooth removal, skin mass and distal splint bone removal.

Dr. Amy Santonastaso
Sponsored by: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10-5:00pm | "Noteworthy News in Equine Research"
This talk will highlight some of the important research in the recent literature that is relevant to the practicing equine veterinarian. I will attempt to highlight a wide variety of topics that is relevant to all areas of equine practice.


Dr. Jordan Thomas

Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim
8:00am | "Pasture Management: Do's and Dont's for Beef Grazing Systems"
Forage management is an integral component for profitable beef cow-calf systems. According to recent surveys, high-return cow-calf producers invest in pasture management as compared to low- and middle-return producers. Veterinary practitioners are often consulted for their opinion on nutrition and forage management. In this session, we will review the basics of forage management as it relates to the overall production system. An introduction to different forage management systems will be discussed including management-intensive grazing. Finally, we will identify specific “Do's” and Dont's” for grazing systems involving native or improved pastures.

Dr. Dan Cummings
Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim
9:00am | "Evaluation of Refugia-Based Parasite Control Strategy"
Internal parasite control in beef cattle is an important management tool impacting herd health, productivity, and profitability. The development of antiparasitic resistance is an area of growing concern, which may become a significant threat to cattle health and performance. To reduce the development of resistance, veterinary parasitologists are recommending two strategies: refugia-based (leaving a percentage of the herd untreated) and/or combination treatment (2 anthelmintics from different drug classes). The focus of this session will be to review current literature and discuss a recently completed study designed to determine the impact of a refugia-based strategy on production parameters and fecal egg counts over a 131-day grazing season.

10:10am | "Strategic Communications for the Practicing Veterinarian"
On any given day veterinary practitioners encounter difficult medical cases, complicated surgeries, and a plethora of routine veterinary medical procedures. Amid the chaos and challenges of practicing veterinary medicine, veterinarians must also learn to become highly effective and efficient communicators. Implementing strategic communication within the daily grind of veterinary practice can enhance the overall experience for the veterinary team, clients, and ultimately, the practitioner. In this session we will review communication styles and identify many of the crucial conversations veterinary practitioners must master. Attendees will be exposed to general best practices and tips to become a strategic communicator.

Dr. Gil Patterson
11:00am | "Veterinary Telemedicine Background & Regulations"
Description coming soon!

1:30pm | "How to Successfully Implement Telemedicine in Food Animal Practice"
Description coming soon!

Dr. Phil Sponenberg
Sponsored by: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
2:20pm | "Management Solutions to Difficult Small Ruminant Diseases"
This session takes the basic pathogenesis of select diseases of small ruminants
(caseous lymphadenitis, Johne’s disease, foot rot, paraelephastrongylus) and outlines
treatment and management approaches to them. The emphasis is on understanding
disease progression to develop management approaches leading to control.

Dr. Jason Nickell
Sponsored by: Merck
3:30pm | "Limitations & Challenges of an Accurate BRD Diagnosis"
This session will focus on reviewing the challenges in arriving at an accurate BRD diagnosis. Additionally, this discussion will evolve into how untimely and missed diagnoses impact the overall performance of postweaned beef cattle.

4:20-5:10pm | "Improving BRD Health Outcomes with the SenseHub Feedlot Technology"
This session will focus on the introduction of this new technology. Attendees will be presented with an overview of the technology, field research data, and additional insights gleaned from real-world application.

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