Rick Alleman, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP

CEO and Manager, Lighthouse Veterinary Consultants, Alachua, Florida


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.

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John Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director, VRC Specialty Hospital, Malvern, Pennsylvania

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

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

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

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

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


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


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.    

The 2018 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Statement

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.

Is it Lyme Nephritis or Leptospirosis? – Part 1

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?

Is it Lyme Nephritis or Leptospirosis? – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part I (see above).


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.

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Elizabeth Rozanksi, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

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

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

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