Learn more about the 2018 PRVC presentation topics below. This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers. 

Friday, October 26

Small Animal

Dr. Holly Roberts
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
8:00am
| "Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy-Hocus Pocus or Legitimate Therapy"
Atopic dermatitis pathogenesis and diagnosis will be briefly reviewed followed by discussion of allergen-specific immunotherapy as a primary treatment modality. This will include allergy testing to formulate allergy vaccines as well as immunotherapy types, mechanism of action, efficacy, and potential side effects of therapy.

9:15am | "What’s on the Menu? Food Trial 101"
Diagnosis of cutaneous adverse food reaction will be detailed by reviewing the basics of performing food trials. This will cover diet selection, length of trials, and troubleshooting problems along the way.

10:10am | "Ear Nightmares: Management of Recurrent Otic Disease"
For those ear cases that just won’t resolve, we’ll review the primary causes of otitis in veterinary medicine as well as how to manage our chronic cases. We will discuss diagnostic modalities including cytology, culture, video otoscopy, and advanced imaging. Treatment including topical, systemic, and surgical options will be examined.

11:15am | "It’s Not All Allergies: Immune-Mediated Diseases in Veterinary Dermatology"
The most common immune-mediated skin diseases in veterinary medicine will be reviewed. First line therapy as well as how to manage refractory cases will also be discussed.

Dr. Noah Pavlisko
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm
| "Cognitive Aids and Anesthesia, Why Bother?"

2:30pm | "Adverse Event Surveillance in Small Animal Anesthesia: What Can We Learn?"

3:30pm | "Pulse Oximetry, a Standard of Careor a False Sense of Security?"

Equine

Dr. Earl Gaughan
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
8:00am & 9:00am
 | "
Foot Trauma: Punctures to Avulsions"

Dr. James Brown
Sponsored by VT Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center
10:15am
| "Use of CT to Diagnose Dental & Sinus Conditions"

11:25am | "Challenging CT Head Cases"

Dr. Cooper Williams
1:30pm
| "The Purchase Exam of the Sport Horse"

2:40pm | "How to Implement Rehabilitation Strategies in a Sport Horse Practice"

Dr. Torri Maxwell
Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products
3:30pm | "
Navicular Syndrome and Bisphosphonates in Equine Practice"
Bisphosphonates are a relatively new class of drug introducted in 2014 with the FDA approval of Tildren and Osphos. Navicular syndrome remains an elusive and frustrating disease for the veterinarian and the horse owner. This talk will address the label indication of Navicular Syndrome and the application and proper use of bisphosphonates in the equine patient.

Public Practice

Dr. Jarlath Nally

8:00am | "Animal Leptospirosis"

Speaker TBD
9:00am | "Breaking Topics"

Drs. Caitlin Cossaboom & Valerie Ragan
10:15am | "The Growing Trend of Raw Milk Related Zoonoses"

Dr. Gail Hansen
11:25am | "Responsible Antibiotic Use-- Toolkit for Institutional Purchases of Meat and Poultry"
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can result from any use of antibiotics, so good stewardship everywhere and a One Health perspective is essential. Dr. Hansen will discuss an approach to antibiotic stewardship developed and used for hospital procurement of meat and poultry, emphasizing the veterinarian's role in responsible antibiotic use in food animal production

Drs. Jennifer Jones & David Rotstein
1:30pm | "FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Pet Food Investigations"

Dr. Mike Murphy
2:40pm | "Fostering Antimicrobial Stewardship in Animals" 
The presentation will be a summary of the presentation “Fostering Antimicrobial Stewardship in Animals” posted on CVM’s Website here:
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/UCM572948.pdf. It will provide a brief historical perspective, the changes that took place as of January of 2017, some impacts since then, and a few next steps.

Dr. Marie Severyn
2:40pm | "Death of Antibiotics and the Rise of Natural Products"



Saturday, October 27

Small Animal I

Dr. Edward Cooper
8:00am | "A Treatise on Shock"

9:15am | "
A Practical Guide to Fluid Therapy"

10:10am | "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation"

11:15am | "Feline Urethral Obstruction"

Dr. John Rossmeisl
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm | "
Defining Moments- Is it a Seizure, Syncope or Something Else?"
Although epileptic seizures are among the most frequently recognized causes of paroxysmal episodes, there are numerous other causes. The proper classification of paroxysmal disorders remains one of the most significant challenges faced by pet owners and veterinarians. The objective of this presentation is to review the cardinal clinical features associated with the most common paroxysmal disorders encountered in small animal practice with emphasis placed on those features that are helpful in discriminating the etiology of the event.

2:30pm | "Cerebrovascular Disease in Dogs & Cats"
This session will review the etiologies of, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and prognostic factors associated with stroke in dogs and cats. After attending this lecture, the clinician should recognize the disorders that predispose animal to cerebrovascular disease, and be able to formulate a comprehensive management plan for a patient with presumed or confirmed stroke. 

3:25pm | "Where Are We with Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Etiology (MUE)"
MUE is the most commonly etiology of inflammatory intracranial disease syndrome in the dog, and can have extremely diverse clinical manifestations. The objective of this lecture is to provide an update on our current understanding of the different variants of MUE, and subsequently how this effects treatment approaches and patient outcome.


Small Animal II

Dr. Rich Burgess
Sponsored by Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

8:00am | "Taking the Tension Out of Skin Closure"
Closing surgical wounds is common practice for most veterinarians but not all wounds want to close easily. Skin tension at the time of surgical closure causes increased pain, compromised circulation (with a potential for delayed healing and/or dehiscence) and increased scar formation. This lecture will review the factors which contribute to tension and methods to reduce or eliminate them. Topics covered with include basic undermining and “walking” skills to more complex flap and reconstruction techniques.

Dr. Michelle Samuel
Sponsored by Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia

9:15am | "Eye Emergencies"
In this hour, we will focus on commonly encountered ocular emergencies, relevant diagnostics, treatments, and related literature. We will also discuss how to advise clients and case management when referral is not an option. Audience participation is encouraged

Dr. David Herring
Sponsored by Radiocat

10:10am & 11:15am | "Feline Hyperthyroidism: 23 Years, Over 75,000 Cases and Still Learning!"

Dr. Julia Shih
Sponsored by CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

1:20pm | "Atrial Fibrillation - How to Make Order Out of Chaos"
Atrial fibrillation is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia in small animals. If often develops in patients with advanced cardiac disease and accurate diagnosis and management of this arrhythmia is a vital component to management of heart disease in these patients. This lecture will focus on the diagnosis of this arrhythmia as well as review medical management of atrial fibrillation and touch about both electrical and pharmacological cardioversion.

Dr. Julie Wentzel
Sponsored by Veterinary Surgical Centers

2:30pm | "Rehabilitation: The Who, The Why, The When, The What, and The How"

Dr. Gideon Daniel
Sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals

2:30pm | "Introduction to Minimally Invasive Procedures"

Equine

Dr. Torri Maxwell
Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products
8:00am | "
Regenerative Medicine- IRAP and PRP in the Equine Athlete"
Regenerative Therapies in equine medicine has several applications from intra-articular to soft tissue lesions. Interlukin receptor antagonist protein- IRAP and platlet rich plasma- PRP are two corner stones in equine medicine. We will review the mechanism of action and proper application.

Dr. Sophie Bogers
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
9:00am | "
Update on Pathophysiology & Management of Osteochondrosis"

10:15am | "Update on Septic Arthritis"

Dr. Sierra Burrell
11:25am | USDA Module 21: Animals' Fitness to Travel
This module discusses the role of the veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of livestock for movement. Veterinarians will learn about various assessments (visual, ambulation, body condition, etc.) to perform on bovine, small ruminant, swine, equine, and deer to determine whether the animal is healthy enough to transport. Finally, steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable for the animal and safer for the handlers are reviewed.

1:30pm | USDA Module 8: International Movement of Horses 
This module illustrates the scope of international horse travel and the economic factors associated with its growth, including examples of disease outbreaks that have occurred throughout the world. Proper completion of health certificates for temporary or permanent movement is included. An interactive scenario that demonstrates the process for permanently exporting a horse internationally is presented. Emphasis is placed on the role of the accredited veterinarian, isolation procedures, the required laboratory tests, and accurately completing an international health certificate.

Dr. Sophie Bogers
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
2:40pm | "
Surgery vs. Regenerative Medicine for Joint Disease"

3:35pm | "Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Case Discussion"

Dr. Peter Radue
4:05pm | Maryland Horse Council- The Unwanted Horse

Public Practice
Dr. Kevin Pelzer
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
8:00am | "
Zoonotic Disease Concern from Sheep & Goats"

Speaker TBD
9:00am | "One Health Implications of Small Ruminant Diseases
"

Dr. Melinda McCall
10:15am | "
Urolithiasis and Other Common Diseases of Small Ruminants"

Dr. Sierra Burrell
11:25am | USDA Module 21: Animals' Fitness to Travel
This module discusses the role of the veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of livestock for movement. Veterinarians will learn about various assessments (visual, ambulation, body condition, etc.) to perform on bovine, small ruminant, swine, equine, and deer to determine whether the animal is healthy enough to transport. Finally, steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable for the animal and safer for the handlers are reviewed.

1:30pm | USDA Module 8: International Movement of Horses 
This module illustrates the scope of international horse travel and the economic factors associated with its growth, including examples of disease outbreaks that have occurred throughout the world. Proper completion of health certificates for temporary or permanent movement is included. An interactive scenario that demonstrates the process for permanently exporting a horse internationally is presented. Emphasis is placed on the role of the accredited veterinarian, isolation procedures, the required laboratory tests, and accurately completing an international health certificate.

2:40pm | USDA Module 9: Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category I Animals
This module highlights the importance of health certificates for traveling pets and discusses the potential for disease spread associated with travel. The planning steps and regulation resources for properly completing a companion animal health certificate are presented through a variety of interactive animations and a scenario. Since errors can lead to travel delays or entry refusals, mistakes commonly made when completing health certificates are highlighted to help minimize these problems in real-life situations.

3:35pm | USDA Module 7: Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category I Animals
This module addresses the important role companion animal practitioners play as it relates to detecting foreign animal diseases (FADs) in Category I animals. Each disease also has a one-page reference source (Disease Briefs) as a resource for practitioners. FAD incursions in the United States that were detected by private sector veterinarians are described. Finally, a scenario culminates what was taught in this module regarding how a veterinarian should appropriately handle a suspected FAD in a patient at their clinic.



Technician

Dr. David Herring
Sponsored by Radiocat

8:00am | "Feline Hyperthyroidism: Radiation Safety & Overview of the Disease"

Dr. Dayna Middlestead
Sponsored by Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

9:00am | "The Ins and Outs of Tubes and Drains"
Learn the various types of tubes and drains, and at which point they would be indicated. Once the decision is made to use a tube or drain, it is important to know the maintenance, complications and trouble shooting. 

Dr. Julia Shih
Sponsored by CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

10:15am | "Practical Approach to Arrhythmias"
This lecture will review the cardiac conduction system and the components of the ECG tracing. We will discuss the approach to reading an ECG and focus on the diagnosis of common arrhythmias in small animals. Lastly we will touch upon the medial management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias.

Dr. Michelle Samuel
Sponsored by Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia

11:25am | "Practical Ophthalmology"
In this hour, we will focus on the importance of history, basic ophthalmic examinations, diagnostics and their significance, and go through common cases encountered in general and emergency practices.

Dr. Gideon Daniel
Sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals
1:30pm | "Assessing and Treating Toxicities"

Dr. Melinda McCall
2:40pm | "Farm Animal Pet Diseases"

Kirsten Oliver, VN, DipAVN (Surgical), CVT, CCRP, CVPP
Sponsored by Veterinary Surgical Centers

3:35pm | "Rehabilitation"

Sunday, October 28

Small Animal, Equine & Public Practice joint session

Adrian Hochstadt, JD, CAE
8:00am | "Telehealth and You- What's the Latest in the Veterinary Profession"
Telehealth is an approach to delivering veterinary services that can offer benefits for animal owners, animal patients, and veterinarians by facilitating communication, diagnostics, treatments and client education, while expanding access for veterinary consumers. This session will explore how veterinarians in small animal and food animal practices incorporate appropriate and effective use of telehealth to deliver veterinary medical services, the latest guidance on legal and regulatory considerations, and AVMA resources for veterinarians interested in integrating telehealth in their practices.

Bruce Coston, DVM
9:00am | "Update on State and National Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Legal Implications of Cannabis Use in Pets"
The first part of this session will summarize the current status of local and national Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and the AVMA’s and VVMA’s advocacy for the profession on this issue. We will highlight some of the unique aspects of veterinary practice that make veterinary participation in PDMPs challenging. The impact on veterinarians of recent state legislation in Virginia will be discussed.

The second part of this session will discuss the legal implications of cannabis use in pets, the veterinarian’s approach to these products, and the AVMA’s work in this area. Legal definitions of cannabis and hemp and how those definitions impact our ability to endorse and discuss these products with our clients will be covered.

April Doherty & Rhonda Smetana
10:05am | "Veterinary Forensics: A Practical Guide for Veterinarians"
An introduction to veterinary forensics and categories of animal abuse. We will be focusing on common forms of non-accidental injury and how to differentiate accidental vs. non-accidental injury. Lastly, we will cover basic evidence collection and documentation.

10:55am | "When the Victim Barks & Purrs: The Veterinarian's Role in Reporting Abuse & Neglect "
The focus will be on how to prepare your hospital to handle a possible abuse or neglect case. It will also cover basic tenants of state laws governing veterinary reporting of abuse (including Maryland’s recent veterinary mandatory reporting law passed in Oct.2017)                       





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