Alleman

Rick Alleman, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP

CEO and Manager, Lighthouse Veterinary Consultants, Alachua, Florida

SPONSORED BY  IDEXX web

Cytology in Veterinary Practice: Sample Collection, Slide Preparation and Interpretation Guidelines
There are three critical steps in using cytology effectively in practice, sample collection, slide preparation and following the guidelines for a systematic interpretation. If any of these steps are deficient, the results are not optimal. This introductory presentation establishes the parameters for successful use of cytology in veterinary practice.

The Cytology of Neoplasms and the Criteria for Malignancy
There are important considerations when applying the guidelines for using cytology in veterinary practice. The classification of lesions is critical, but once a neoplasm has been diagnosed, not only the cytological appearance but also the location of the lesion and the tissue of origin will affect your interpretation and help predict the biological behavior of the tumor. This presentation describes how to effectively diagnose and predict the biological behavior of tumors.

The Cytological Evaluation of Lymph nodes and Lymphoid Tissues
Lymph nodes are one of the most frequently evaluated organs using tissue aspiration cytology. Guidelines for interpretation of samples are reviewed and in the dog, those rules are reliable in distinguishing neoplasia, from reactive hyperplasia and inflammation. However, in the cat, the rules are quite different. These guidelines will be detailed in the cytological evaluation of lymphoid tissue in the dog and cat.

Either Urine or Ur-Out: The Complete Urinalysis with Images from a Fully-Automated Analyzer
A urinalysis is a critical part of the minimum database in the practice of veterinary medicine. Many practices feel they do not have the time or trained personnel to perform in-house urinalysis so the send the out to reference labs. The problem is that for reliable results, urine sediments need to be evaluated within 2 hours of sample collection. This presentation reviews all of the common formed elements found in urine and discusses the significance of each using images generated by a new in-clinic urine analyzer that can perform a urinalysis and generate images of significant formed elements in 3 minutes.

Ticks, Tick-Borne Pathogens in People and Pets: The Role of the Veterinarian and other Veterinary Health Care Workers in One Health – Parts 1 & 2
Veterinarians and other Veterinary Health Care Workers are uniquely positioned to help prevent infection of people and their pets with tick-borne pathogens. These presentations discuss the various tick, species, the pathogens they carry and how we as a health professional can play a significant role in the protection of people and pets from ticks and tick-borne illnesses.


Beale 

Brady Beale, VMD, DACVO

Clinical Ophthalmologist, Chief Medical Communications Officer, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ocular Emergencies
Ocular emergencies can range from mild conjunctivitis to an acute globe perforation. This le

cture provides practical clinical information to diagnose and treat the most common eye conditions that present on an emergency basis. From corneal ulcers to glaucoma to sudden blindness, the material will include recent advancements in medical and surgical management options.

The Eye Matters!!! Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
When patients are systemically ill, the eye exam can be particularly valuable for uncovering the underlying disease process. The lecture will highlight some of the more common systemic diseases that lead to lesions in the eye. In many cases, the appearance of a lesion can help narrow a differential list and give indications for treatment plans and prognosis.

The Aging Eyes: We See it All
From cornea to lens to retina, every structure in the eye is affected by age. This lecture will review diseases of the eyes and help distinguish between pathology and normal aging changes. Examples of topics include corneal disease, cataracts, and retinal degeneration with emphasis on providing practical diagnostic tips and treatment options.

Ocular Neoplasia
From benign eyelid tumors to fulminant lymphosarcoma, we see cancer in all tissues of the eye. Treatment options vary not only with the disease, but with the needs of the individual patient. This lecture will review the most common forms of neoplasia seen in the eyes and offer a variety of practical treatment options.

Feline Focus
Cat eyes are not small dog eyes! Feline ophthalmology has many unique features that are often overlooked in teaching but can commonly present in your practice. From the fundamentals of Feline Herpes Virus to the nuances of Eosinophilic Keratitis or Corneal Sequestrum, the lectures aim to review common cat pathology and feline-friendly treatment options.

Making the Fundus Fun!
The fundic exam can be the most intimidating, and therefore the most often neglected, component of the ophthalmology exam. This lecture will provide practical tips to improve exam techniques. Abundant photos will be provided to review variations of normal and examples of common pathology.


Bushby 

Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi

Is There an Optimal Time to Spay/Neuter: An Analysis of Spay/Neuter
Recent veterinary literature related to spay neuter has caused veterinarians to question the traditional approaches to sterilization of dogs and cats. Some in the profession advocate delaying spay neuter later than the traditional age of 6 months, others advocate early age or pediatric spay neuter. Who is correct? Is there a single recommendation that can be made for all dogs and cats related to the age of ovariohysterectomy or castration? We will discuss several of the articles that have contributed to the confusion. Participants will leave with a better understanding of at what age to perform these surgeries and how to make spay neuter recommendations to their clients.

Efficient Spay Neuter Surgery
Veterinary surgeons in high-volume spay neuter clinics use many techniques that are fundamentally different from the techniques generally taught to students in veterinary school. Why is that? And, how are the techniques different? Through powerpoint and video presentations we will answer these questions. Participants will leave the presentation with a full understanding of the efficient surgical techniques used in high-volume spay neuter clinics and the ability to implement these techniques in the private practice setting.

Unusual Spay Neuter Surgery
How many times have you heard someone say, “It is just a spay” or “It is just a castration?” While ovariohysterectomy and castration are the most common surgical procedures performed in private small animal veterinary practice, not all spays or neuters are the same. Some animals presented for routine sterilization are not at all routine and may be challenging. Through powerpoint and video presentations we will discuss and demonstrate the surgical techniques used in the obese patient, the patient with pyometra, and the cryptorchid patient. Participants will learn about uterus unicornis and hermaphrodites and leave with a full understanding of how to perform flank spays and how to locate a testicle in an abdominal cryptorchid.

Preventing and Managing Spay Neuter Complications
We would like to think that surgical complications never occur, but they do, even for the most experienced surgeon in the most commonly performed procedures. We will explore techniques to minimize complications during ovariohysterectomy and castration and learn how to manage complications when they occur. Through powerpoint and video presentations participants will learn how to minimize and manage intraoperative and postoperative hemorrhage, dehiscence and ovarian remnant and will learn techniques to minimize tissue trauma thereby minimizing postoperative pain.

Pediatric Spay Neuter
Sterilizing puppies and kittens as young as 6 to 8 weeks of age is becoming very common in animal shelters and high-volume spay neuter clinics. Veterinarians who routinely perform pediatric spay neuter find that the procedures in the pediatric patient are much easier to perform and that the patients recover much faster and with few complications than when the surgeries are performed in the patient that is 6 months old or older. Through powerpoint and video presentations we will discuss and demonstrate the surgical techniques used to spay and neuter pediatric dogs and cats.

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Medical Care Guidelines for Spay Neuter Programs
In 2008, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians first published Medical Care Guidelines for spay/neuter programs. That document was updated during 2014 and 2015 and the revised guidelines were published in 2016. The 2016 version of the guidelines is intended to be appropriate in any environment that performs spays and neuters of dogs and cats. Through a powerpoint presentation, we will discuss those aspects of the guidelines that are most practical and relevant to be implemented in a private practice setting.


Byron 

Julie Byron, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

Associate Professor - Clinical, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Feline Ureteral Obstructions: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

True Incontinence or Detrusor Urethral Dyssynergia in the Male Dog: Are We Misdiagnosing Them?

Update on Urinary Incontinence in Female Dogs

Recurrent and Resistant Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Crystals, Stones, and Diets, Oh My!

Management of Proteinuria in Dogs: New Awareness, New options


Cole 

Stephen Cole, VMD, MS

Clinical Microbiology Fellow, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Short “Staph”ed: Dealing with Antibiotic Resistant Gram Positive Infections
This session will cover the clinical pathogenesis, epidemiology and therapeutic approach of two of the most frustrating “bugs” you will deal with in small animal practice: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and Enterococcus spp.

E(eeek) coli: Dealing with Antibiotic Resistant Gram Negative Infections
This session will cover the clinical pathogenesis, epidemiology and therapeutic approach of two of the most frustrating “bugs” you will deal with in small animal practice: Multi-drug resistant E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Immunosuppression and Infection: Two Peas in a Pred
As pets live longer, chemotherapy becomes more common and immune-mediated disease becomes easier to manage, we will have a much larger population of immunocompromised or immunosuppressed pets. Case examples will demonstrate approaches to diagnostics and therapy of unusual secondary infections.

No More Mr. Fungi: Mycotic Diseases in the Age of Travel and Climate Change
Dogs and cats aren’t staying home anymore... and neither are their infections! Fungal infections like blastomycosis, histoplasmosis and coccidiomycosis have been popping up in a variety of new places. Learn how to recognize, diagnose and treat these pathogens when they are not endemic to your region.

Queries and Quarantines: Emerging Respiratory Infections
Pneumovirus? Coronavirus? What are these new organisms on my lab report? This session will update you in the new pathogens associated with respiratory disease in dogs and cats.

The A-Z’s of Tick-Borne Disease
From Anaplasma to Zoonoses...Tick-borne disease can be an alphabet soup! We will go through the basics in a creative way while we learn what’s new in the study of these emerging pathogens.


Paek 

Matthew Paek, VMD, DACVR

Veterinary Radiologist, Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners, Clarksville, Maryland

SPONSORED BY  Synergy Vet Imaging Partners

Thoracic Radiography: Anatomy & Basic Concepts
This is a general overview of radiographic technique, thoracic radiographic anatomy, and the basics of thoracic radiographic interpretation. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.

Thoracic Radiography: Case-Based Approach
This is a case-based presentation of some common and uncommon thoracic radiographic findings. Audience participation is encouraged. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.

Abdominal Radiography: Anatomy & Basic Concepts
This is a general overview of radiographic technique, abdominal radiographic anatomy, and the basics of abdominal radiographic interpretation. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.

Abdominal Radiography: Case-Based Approach
This is a case-based presentation of some common and uncommon abdominal radiographic findings. Audience participation is encouraged. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.

Orthopedic Radiography
This is a case-based presentation of some common pediatric, uncommon skeletally-mature, and rare congenital radiographic findings. Audience participation is encouraged. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.

Advanced Imaging: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT)?
This presentation will discuss a basic overview of MRI and CT concepts as well as discuss which imaging modality is best for specific conditions. This is open to all clinicians as well as technicians.


Seim 

Howard Seim, III, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Small Animal Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Intestinal Anastomosis: Tips for Making it Easier!

Surgical Management of GDV

Surgical Management of Brachycephalic Syndrome and Wound Management Secrets

Surgical Management of Canine Cystic and Urethral Calculi

Anal Sacculectomy: A Novel Approach and the ‘4-Ligature’ Splenectomy

Canine Urethral Surgery and Feline Perineal Urethrostomy: A Novel Approach


Thomas 

Ursula Thomas, DVM, DrVetMed, DACVD, DECVD

Veterinary Services Specialist, Ceva Animal Health, Lenexa, Kansas

SPONSORED BY ceva

Canine Pemphigus Foliaceus
Canine pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common auto-immune skin disease of dogs. In this lecture we will discuss disease pathogenesis, diagnosis and differential diagnoses, as well as treatment options and prognosis.

Allergic Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs – Part 1
In this lecture we will discuss the prevalence, clinical signs and pathogenesis of various allergic dermatitis in cats and dogs. Additionally, we will explore diagnostic avenues and multiple treatment options, as well as ways to enhance owner compliance and owner satisfaction.

Allergic Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs – Part 2
In this lecture we will discuss the prevalence, clinical signs and pathogenesis of various allergic dermatitis in cats and dogs. Additionally, we will explore diagnostic avenues and multiple treatment options, as well as ways to enhance owner compliance and satisfaction.

Allergic Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs – Part 3
In this lecture we will discuss the prevalence, clinical signs and pathogenesis of various allergic dermatitis in cats and dogs. Additionally, we will explore diagnostic avenues and multiple treatment options, as well as ways to enhance owner compliance and satisfaction.

Diseases Associated with Parakeratosis – Including Necrolytic Migratory Erythema and Zinc Responsive Dermatoses
In this lecture we will discuss the clinical and histologic characteristics of parakeratosis and their diagnostic value when dealing with diseases such as necrolytic migratory erythema (NME) and zinc responsive dermatoses (ZRD). Furthermore, we will discuss the clinical approach to these diseases.

Ways Sharpen Our Diagnostic Skills in Dermatology
During this hour we will discuss tips and tricks on how to maximize history taking and physical and dermatological examinations to reach a clinical diagnosis. We will also review skin lesions that can give us hints about the underlying disease(s) and what diagnostic steps would be most efficient in arriving at a diagnosis.


Webb 

Craig Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM

Professor, Internal Medicine, and Head of Small Animal Medicine Section, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Diagnosing Feline GI Disease: Setting Yourself Up For Success
This presentation addresses the importance of signalment, presenting complaint, history, and physical examination with case examples. Positive predictive value will be used to illustrate the central role of clinical expertise in both choice and interpretation of diagnostic testing.

Getting Nutrition into a Cat
This presentation addresses the anorectic cat, starting with the cause and consequences. Therapeutic targets are highlighted, from attitude to the environment to the chemistry and physiology behind the cat’s refusal to eat – and how the clinician may best intervene.

Getting Crap Out of a Cat
This presentation addresses the common problem of feline constipation and the potential progression to obstipation and megacolon. Early recognition and effective intervention will be emphasized. Therapeutic considerations will include both anecdotal reports and evidence-based medicine.

Feline Triaditis
This presentation will briefly review the pathophysiology of feline IBD, pancreatitis, and cholangitis as it relates to clinically relevant causes and potential treatments of feline triaditis. Furthermore, both evidence-based and anecdotal recommendations and controversies regarding therapy will be discussed.

Fecal Transplantation: What’s Coming Down the Pipeline
The potential therapeutic benefit of FMT may extend beyond CDI in people, particularly in conditions of GI dysbiosis and immune disfunction. As of February 2018, searching PubMed for “fecal microbiota transplantation” AND “cat” or “feline” produced ONE publication on the Role of the GI Microbiota in Small Animal Health and Disease (Redfern et al. Vet Rec 2017). But that doesn’t mean we can’t start talking about it!

Failed GI Disease: Diagnostic Dilemmas and Failed Therapy
This presentation uses multiple cases to illustrate the differentials for therapy failures in small animal veterinary medicine. The “key” features to both standard and complicated cases will be highlighted to emphasize potential missteps and pitfalls in working up these patients.