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John Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director, VRC Specialty Hospital, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Dr. Anastasio hails from New York City, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the City University of New York. He then attended Ross University and completed his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. After a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, he was accepted into the Emergency/Critical Care Residency Training Program at Tufts University. Board certified, Dr. Anastasio is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and his interests include respiratory medicine, hemodynamic optimization and trauma. He serves as Medical Director at VRC.

Pain Management: What Do We Do Now?
Opioids have been the cornerstone of treatment for veterinary patients with acute pain. Unfortunately, with the opioid shortage we are forced to step back and examine our approach to patient care as it relates to pain management. This hour is dedicated to exploring techniques for managing post-operative pain in dogs and cats without the use of opioids.

Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation: Updates on the RECOVER Initiative

A firm grasp on the goals and techniques for CPCR is essential in maximizing the chance of a successful outcome. In this hour, we will explore an evidence-based approach to CPCR using guidelines set forth by the RECOVER initiative.

Diagnosis and Management of Bacterial Pneumonia

Prompt diagnosis and institution of appropriate antibiotics is essential for successful management of bacterial pneumonia. We will explore how bacterial pneumonia causes systemic illness, methods for diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia, and the relationship of community-acquired and hospital-acquired pathogens to appropriate choices of antibiotics.

Approach to the Acute Abdomen

Acute abdomen refers to the acute onset of abdominal pain. Rapid diagnosis, hemodynamic stabilization, and treatment of the underlying etiology can lead to improved patient outcomes. We will examine common reasons for acute abdomen and diagnostic tools to differentiate etiologies in an efficient manner. We will then utilize a case-based approach to highlight a goal-directed approach to treatment.

Blockin’ Clots: Prevention and Treatment of Thromboembolic Disease

Recent studies have identified several diseases associated with the risk of developing thromboembolic disease. While the treatment of active blood clots can be challenging, their prevention may be a bit more attainable goal. The objectives of this session are to discuss diseases associated with the risk of thrombosis, identification of thromboembolic disease, and minimizing the risk of these events from occurring.

Diagnosis and Management of Upper Airway Disease

Clinically, there is a significant difference in the way our patients present with upper airway disease versus parenchymal disease. Rapid diagnosis of upper airway disease starts with a thorough assessment and physical examination of patients with labored breathing. This hour will be dedicated to discussion of methods to diagnose and treat upper airway disease in dogs and cats.


Brady Beale, VMD, DACVO

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

Dr. Brady Beale is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with special interests in corneal disease, cataract surgery and glaucoma. Dr. Beale is a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the Chief Medical Communications Officer for the hospital. She also works in private practice at PETS in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Beale received her veterinary diploma from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed a year-long internship in medicine and surgery. She then completed a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at North Carolina State University. Prior to pursuing her veterinary studies, Dr. Beale obtained her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, and she has interned at numerous animal care locations including The New England Aquarium and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She is currently the consulting veterinary ophthalmologist for the Philadelphia zoo, where she recently surgically removed cataracts restored vision to a 62-year-old Andean condor.   Recently the Chair of the Public Relations committee for ACVO, Dr. Beale has a passion for communication and outreach. She was recently featured in Animal Planet’s docu-series, Life at Vet U, filmed at Penn Vet in 2016. Her website,, is used in clinics throughout the country to share inspiring stories of blind animals when restoration of vision is not possible.   She is also active in youth STEM programs and recently gave a TEDx talk to help young students explore their interests.

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


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

Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Phil is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. Although he recently retired from Miss State he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time. His primary focus has been spay/neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years. The service significantly increases the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes the students to the plight of animals in shelters. His program was honored in 2013 to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington DC. Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City. He states that his primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing the problem. Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of Mississippi Spay / Neuter and previously served on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc. and the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He was a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015. A strong advocate of spay / neuter including pediatric spay neuter, Dr. Bushby speaks extensively nationally and internationally on the importance of spay / neuter, efficient spay / neuter techniques and pediatric spay / neuter.

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.


Julie Byron, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

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

Dr. Byron is an Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. She received her DVM from OSU in 1998, completed a rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at OSU in 2004. She was a faculty member at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 6 years and joined OSU’s faculty in 2011. Her Master’s research involved diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, and she continues to be active in the field of urology and nephrology today. She has received a number of teaching honors, including the Norden/Pfizer Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.  

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


Stephen Cole, VMD, MS

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

Prior to becoming a proud PennWe, Dr. Cole earned his Master's Degree in Microbiology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2011 while researching emerging fish pathogens.  He went on to earn his VMD from PennVet in 2015 and stayed on in Dr. Shelley Rankin's lab as the first-ever post-doctoral fellow in clinical and molecular microbiology. He is currently in his third year of the fellowship.  Dr. Cole's current research aims to better diagnose and treat companion animal skin (particularly the atypical ones) and urinary tract infections.  He is passionate about the judicious use of antibiotics and preventing the spread of zoonotic disease.  In 2016, Dr. Cole was named a One Health Scholar by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges.  Dr. Cole's favorite thing to do is discuss antimicrobial options with practitioners

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.

Goldstein Richard 

Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA

Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, US Diagnostics, Zoetis



Dr. Goldstein currently is the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of US Diagnostics at Zoetis. Prior to taking this position in February 2018, Dr. Goldstein was Chief of the Division of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City 2011 through January 2018 and a faculty member at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences from 2001 through 2011. He earned his veterinary degree at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 1993 and competed an internship at the same institution.  He also completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1998.  He is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Companion Animals. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Dr. Goldstein spent two years in a private specialty practice in Southern California.  Dr. Goldstein currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for multiple veterinary journals and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Society Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. 

A respected researcher author, lecturer and teacher, Dr. Goldstein has published over 60 research papers and textbook chapters to date.  He is internationally recognized for his expertise in infectious diseases in dogs and cats, especially those that affect kidneys, such as Lyme disease and Leptospirosis. 

Canine Lyme disease: Optimizing Your Prevention Strategy in 2018
This interactive lecture will focus on the latest updates on canine Lyme disease including updates from the 2018 ACVIM consensus statement. Topics will include: screening “non-clinical” dogs for tick borne diseases – why it’s the right thing to do and how it should be done; testing – what’s out there and how to interpret the results; treatment of non-clinical dogs – should we and what’s the evidence; Lyme prevention – how to choose your tick control protocol; and what’s new in Lyme vaccination.

Canine Leptospirosis: Update on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
This interactive lecture will focus on the latest updates on canine Leptospirosis including the use of a new test launched in 2017. Topics will include: prevalence - where and how common is it and how are we missing it; what does Leptospirosis look like today and why is it so different than what we were taught in school; diagnosing the disease today - No more MAT! Rapid yes or no testing is the way to go - A practical fast and inexpensive algorithm will be described; treating canine Leptospirosis; and preventing leptospirosis - how every dog in your hospital can and should be safely protected against this deadly disease.

Other Tick Borne Diseases every Pennsylvania Veterinarian Needs to Know All About
This interactive lecture will focus on the latest updates on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of additional tick borne diseases common in our area in 2018. Topics will include ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis – Did you know there are 2 of each we need to worry about and cats can get them too?


Meryl P. Littman, VMD, DACVIM

Professor Emerita of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Dr. Meryl Littman, Professor Emerita of Medicine, trained at the University of Pennsylvania and stayed on as a Clinician-Educator for almost 40 years. Her interests include tickborne diseases, leptospirosis, protein-losing diseases, hypertension, and genetic kidney diseases. She chaired the 2006 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Statement and the 2018 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Update. She served on the IRIS Canine Glomerulonephritis Study Group and the PA Board of Health Task Force for Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases. She is also interested in genetic diseases of Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers (SCWT), e.g., protein-losing nephropathy (PLN), protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Addison’s disease (typical and atypical), and renal dysplasia, aka, juvenile renal disease. Dr. Littman, along with geneticist Dr. Paula Henthorn, identified the first podocytopathy discovered in dogs, making available a DNA test for the PLN-associated variant alleles in SCWT and Airedale Terriers.

Proteinuria Update – The Diagnostic Work-Up
Proteinuria on the dipstick? Is the amount significant? What if the MA is normal but the UPC is not (or vice versa)? What do you discuss next with the owner? Here is how to prioritize the diagnostic work-up, step-by-step, to differentiate pre-renal, renal, and post-renal proteinuria, and glomerular vs. tubular proteinuria. This talk will also include guidelines from the IRIS Canine Glomerulonephritis Study Group.

Counseling for Inherited Kidney and Lower Urinary Tract Diseases

Breeders as well as owners will need counseling regarding such diseases. Screening for congenital kidney and urinary tract diseases may include diagnosis and monitoring of blood and urine testing, imaging, blood pressure measurements, perhaps renal biopsy, or maybe testing the mineral composition of urinary calculi. Find out which defects have DNA testing available and which kinds of stones, and in which breeds, are preventable by neutering! 

Changing Paradigms Regarding UTI in Man and Beast

Maybe you’ve had bacterial cystitis and wondered why people are treated for UTI so differently than dogs are treated. Here’s a review of current recommendations and how guidelines are changing, including what to do when ‘nasty’ resistant organisms are found in the urine of dogs which have no clinical signs of UTI.    

Is it Lyme Nephritis or Leptospirosis? – Parts 1 & 2

Just because the dog is a retriever with a positive Lyme test, proteinuria, and hypoalbuminemia doesn’t mean it has Lyme nephritis. We will discuss the many ways that Lyme nephritis and leptospirosis can mimic each other, and how we might try to sort things out. We will also discuss why recent vaccinations for these spirochetes may make diagnosis more difficult. In addition, duration of immunity may be inconsistent and less than ideal, so up-to-date vaccinations may not rule out a diagnosis. Should we give booster vaccines every 6 months?

The 2018 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Statement:  Controversies Revisited, My Perspective

How have the 2018 guidelines changed (or not) from those of the original 2006 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Statement? We will revisit the controversial topics (screening non-clinical dogs, treating non-clinical dogs, Lyme vaccinations) as well as present the updates regarding new diagnostic tests, new treatment guidelines for Lyme nephritis, new tick control products, and new vaccines.


Elizabeth Lutz, DVM, MS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Cloudy With a Chance of Cataracts

Glaucoma: Stop the Blindness

CSI: Corneal Ulcers








Matthew Paek, VMD, DACVR

Veterinary Radiologist, Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners, Clarksville, Maryland

SPONSORED BY  Synergy Vet Imaging Partners

Dr. Matthew Paek, originally from the Philadelphia, PA area, graduated the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After completing a 1-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery at a large private practice in New Jersey, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania for residency and completed his board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2014.  He currently works in the Washington DC area for Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners, the only veterinary radiology specific company in the region, performing ultrasounds and reading teleradiology cases. Dr. Paek enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging including radiology, contrast studies, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His clinical areas of interest are advanced imaging of musculoskeletal injuries, central nervous system disorders, and oncological conditions. He has authored scientific articles, a textbook chapter, and has presented at multiple regional and national continuing educational conferences.  In his spare time, Dr. Paek enjoys spending time with his family including wife, two young sons, and Yorkshire Terrier, as well as traveling, and watching Philadelphia sports teams.

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.

Rossi Michael 

Michael Rossi, DVM, MNS, DACVD

Veterinary Services Specialist, Ceva Animal Health, Lenexa, Kansas


Dr. Michael Rossi was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from the Southeastern Louisiana University before performing research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region to head the beginning of Coastal Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) and is one of approximately 250 board certified veterinary dermatologists in North America.  Dr. Rossi is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, coat, ear and nail diseases in animals, including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, allergies, immune-mediated skin diseases, endocrine (hormonal) disorders, inherited skin diseases, and certain skin cancers, to name a few. He has a special interest in allergic skin diseases, fungal diseases, ectoparasites, dermatopathology, and autoimmune diseases. In addition to small animals, Dr. Rossi also enjoys working with horses and zoo animals. Dr. Rossi currently is “dad” to four chihuahuas named Keona, Kilee, Yoshi, and Piccola and a Caviler King Charles Spaniel named Martin. He is an avid traveler and has been to Europe on several occasions. Dr. Rossi is fluent in the Italian language. His other interests include the culinary arts, fine arts, camping, fishing, and military history.

Cutaneous Adverse Food Reactions in the Canine Patient
Adverse food reactions can often go undiagnosed in patients for several months to years. This presentation will include a discussion regarding the current understandings of the canine diet and its role in allergic disease. Pathogenesis, cutaneous signs, and clinical management will be addressed. 

Feline Hypersensitivity Dermatitis:  Understanding Cause and Therapy
Feline allergies can be frustrating for both the veterinarian and the owner. Good client communication is a key factor in having an improved rate of success. This lecture will focus on what we know about allergies in cats, including clinical signs and the various treatment options. Focus will be made on communicating the issues to clients. 

Managing Otitis Externa 
Otitis externa is often a chronic, relapsing condition that causes significant patient discomfort and owner frustration. This discussion will focus on underlying causes and perpetuating factors for ear disease. Emphasis on management of otitis will be a key point. 

Update on Immune-mediated Dermatoses: Lupus Erythematosus 
New information is being complied on several immune-mediated diseases in veterinary patients. This lecture will focus on the expanding field of the chronic, cutaneous lupus diseases, including the pathogenesis, aide in diagnosing them, and clinical management of the skin disease.

Bacterial Biofilm: A Major Contributor to Resilient Infections
In many cases, the resistance of bacteria to antimicrobials can be attributed to the bacterial production of a biofilm. This can also lead to a perceived methicillin-resistance of the bacterial infection to various medications. The discussion will address new scientific information regarding biofilms, including the clinical management of difficult infections. 

A Round Table on Topical Therapy in Veterinary Dermatology 
This interactive session will address the expanding field of topical options in veterinary medicine. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenging cases for an open discussion

Rozanski Elizabeth 

Elizabeth Rozanksi, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts

Growing up outside of Chicago, near the Brookfield Zoo, Dr. ElizabethLiz Rozanski developed a love for veterinary medicine from age five. As a member of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals' Emergency and Critical Care team, she treats animals at one of the nation's busiest academic emergency rooms. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and emergency and critical care.  Dr. Rozanski graduated from the University of Illinois with her DVM degree. After completing an internship at the University of Minnesota and then a residency at the University of Pennsylvania, she was drawn to Tufts by the position's combination of research, teaching, and service. She teaches toxicology and respiratory medicine throughout the four-year Cummings School DVM curriculum, and lectures in others. I love the students, she says. They are a continued source of inspiration and enthusiasm.  She has also been involved in student efforts to provide free rabies vaccinations in low-income housing in the City of Worcester, serves as a faculty mentor for summer student research projects, has raised funds for the American Heart Association (with her dog, Brie, named after one of her favorite cases at the Foster Hospital) through the Central Massachusetts Heart Walk, and lectures often at continuing education and community events. She is also the past president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society.  Dr. Rozanski's primary research interest is in respiratory function in small animals, and she recently co-authored, with the help of fellow faculty member Dr. John Rush, A Color Handbook of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (Manson, 2007). She lives near the school's Grafton campus with a menagerie of pets—all rescues.

Pleural Space Problems
This session will focus on diagnosis and treatment of dogs and cats with pleural effusion and/or pneumothorax. We will cover clinical signs, potential underlying cause, and treatment options.

Fluid Therapy: What is New in the Last 25 years!
This session will focus on the changing goals of fluid therapy from the 1990s to the present time, including the rise and fall of colloids, the concept of maintenance fluids, and how to make decisions that will help your patients benefit!

Procedures YOU Can Do!
While referral medicine is useful, there are many procedures that you can do in your hospital to help your patients recover from critical injury or illness. We will cover vascular access, feeding tubes, chest tubes, wiring mandibular fractures and more!

The Geriatric Pet in the ER
This session will focus on common problems in older patients including progression of chronic disease as well as new onset of potentially life-threatening conditions will be covered. Additionally, the concept of the living will and advance directives for pets will be discussed.

Brachycephalics and Beyond!
This session will focus on breed-specific respiratory disease, with a focus on bulldogs! Understanding anatomy as well as therapeutic options can help us care for each dog to the best of our ability. Additionally, other unique breed conditions such as Norwich terriers, Westies, and Irish Wolfhounds will be addressed.

The Coughing Pet
This session will cover common causes of cough, and how to palliate coughs that we are not able to specifically cure! Chronic bronchitis and tracheal collapse in particular will be highlighted.


Howard Seim, III, DVM, DACVS

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

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series.

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


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

Dr. Craig Webb is a Professor in the Clinical Sciences Department at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he is Head of the Small Animal Medicine Section.  Dr. Webb received his PhD in Neuroscience prior to completing his DVM degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Webb did his internship at Alameda East in Denver Colorado, spent a year in private practice, and then went on to complete his Small Animal Residency at CSU, where he has been ever since. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and specializes in Clinical Gastroenterology.  Dr. Webb presents annually at the ACVIM Convention and lectures throughout the United States and in Europe on current topics in Small Animal veterinary medicine.  Dr. Webb’s research interests include stem cell therapy in GI disease, and the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in small animal diseases.  Dr. Webb is most famous for having married way above himself to the beautiful and super-smart Dr. Tracy Webb, and as the father of future Olympians, Collette and Domonique Webb. 

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.