Friday, February 25th 

Key Note Presentation

Dr. Cyndie Courtney
Sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital

8:00am | "The Inefficiency of Overwork-The Science of Doing More with Rest"

Should we be so proud of pushing ourselves to the limit for our patients? The science suggests that past a certain point, we not only become less efficient, but may actually cause harm. See how other health professions - including medical fields - are challenging the traditional tradeoff between personal and professional obligations.


Small Animal I

Dr. Michael Lappin
Joint session with Small Animal II
Sponsored by: Purina
9:50am | "Update on the use of Probiotics and the Management of Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats"


Dr. Howard B. Seim
Joint session with Small Animal II
Sponsored by: Veterinary Innovative Partners

11:10am | "Intestinal Anastomosis-Tips to Make it Easier"
When performing an intestinal resection and anastomosis by yourself (i.e., no assistant to help!) there are several ‘tips’ that may make life easier for you. I will suggest a number of alternative techniques that you can consider incorporating into your current technique to make this common procedure easier and safer. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate these techniques.

Dr. Michael Lappin
Joint session with Small Animal II

Sponsored by: Purina
12:05pm | "Update on the Medical Management of Feline Interstitial Cystitis and Radiodense Cystoliths"

Dr. Howard B. Seim
2:00pm
 
| "Surgical Management of Brachycephalic Syndrome"
Sponsored by: Veterinary Innovative Partners
This session will discuss the management of upper airway obstruction in brachycephalic breeds. Emphasis will be placed on an update of the nasoplasty technique and soft palate resection. This seminar will focus on hand suturing techniques. Videotape of clinical cases will be used to illustrate surgical techniques.

Dr. Michael Lappin
Sponsored by: Purina

2:50pm | "Update on the Management of Upper Respiratory Tract Disease in Cats"

Dr. Howard B. Seim
Sponsored by: Veterinary Innovative Partners

4:10pm
 
| "Surgical Management of Cystic and Urethral Calculi-Canine"
A ‘never fail’ technique for retropulsion of calculi lodged in the urethra of male dogs will be presented. Surgical management of cystic calculi will be discussed and a new protocol will be demonstrated that will eliminate the possibility of leaving a stone behind whilst performing a cystotomy. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate all techniques.


Small Animal II

Dr. Heather Brookshire

2:00pm | "Cats are not Small Dogs!"

In this talk, we will discuss some of the most common ocular conditions in cats. Specifically, we will cover feline herpesvirus and all of its secondary manifestations in the feline eye, as well as feline uveitis, glaucoma, retinal disease and common intraocular neoplasms.

2:50pm | "Monitoring Ocular Problems in you Chronic Endocrine Patients"

We will look at the ocular manifestations of endocrine disease in dogs and cats. This discussion will cover the various ocular manifestations of diabetes mellitus, disorders of the adrenal-pituitary axis (hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, pheochromocytoma), thyroid hormone production (hypo- and hyperthyroidism) and calcium homeostasis.

4:10pm | "Common Ophthalmic Emergencies"
Are you prepared for the most common ocular emergencies that could walk through your door? We will cover in-depth management of infiltrated and melting corneal ulcers, glaucoma, lens luxation, traumatic proptosis and orbital cellulitis/abscess. With a plan in place, you will never fear the ophthalmic emergency!

Equine

Dr. Julie Settlage
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health

9:50am | "Advances in Equine Asthma"

Dr. Virginia Buechner-Maxwell
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
10:50am | "Application of Innovative Inhaled Medication in the Treatment of Equine Asthma"


Dr. Elaine Claffey
1:00pm | "Abnormal Respiratory Noises in the Horse: Diagnosis and Some Surgical Solutions"
'A review of some common and few less common causes of upper respiratory noise in the horse, as well as appropriate diagnostic steps to follow once an issue has been recognized. This presentation will then review recent updates in treatments as well as novel treatments for common equine upper respiratory obstructions.


1:50pm | "Murphy's Law: Tips for Management of Common Complications in the Field"
This presentation will discuss tips and tricks for management of complications common in the field. Focus is on never ending epistaxis following nasogastric tube placement, castration complications (excessive hemorrhage, surgical complications), and lameness/joint flare following intra-articular injection. Emphasis on practical advice that is useful in an ambulatory setting


3:00pm | "Infection and Dehiscence: Dealing with the Aftermath of Complicated Wounds and Lacerations"
Surgical techniques for successful treatment of large/complex wounds in the equine patient will be discussed, followed by follow up treatment and management of complications during the healing process. The focus will be on dealing with wounds that aren't healing well - including dehiscence, infection, and sequestrum formation.


Dr. Julie Settlage
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health

4:10pm | "Communication Sounds Pretty Easy, Right?
This course covers 5 communication principles in the context of the veterinary organizational framework. We will discuss communication clarity, self-awareness and management in the communication space, receiving and giving feedback, the importance of listening, and the power of vulnerability. Communication is a complex process; this conversation will present simple, easy to remember, phrases to help the practitioner to improve their communication. The phrases will be discussed using expert literature and veterinary examples.

Public Practice

Dr. Charles Broaddus and Dr. Jessica Walters
Joint Session with Food Animal

9:50
am -11:50am | "An Overview of Virginia's Animal Health Laboratory System"
These two sessions will provide of an overview of Virginia’s Animal Health Laboratory System. Discussion will include changes and plans for the system with overviews of new test methodologies, staffing, test consolidation, and financial data. In addition, the session will provide a brief overview of test submissions and disease prevalence throughout the Commonwealth. In the second hour, a 30-minute discussion period will be open for comments and suggestions.

Dr. Karen Becker
1:00p
m | "African Swine Fever in Western Hemisphere"

Dr. Wanda Wilson Egbe
1:50pm | "The National Veterinary Response Team & USPHS Commissioned Corps Veterinarians Protect the Health and Safety of the Nation "

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

3:00pm | "News Hour Panel"
Updates from state agencies/organizations

Dr. Sarah Firebaugh
4:10pm |"USDA NVAP Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program and Reportable Diseases"
USDA APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) Module 3: Overview: FAD, USDA Animal Health Program, Reportable Diseases. This module will: discuss Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) and reportable diseases; describe the safeguards that help prevent FADs from entering the United States; outline the steps in a FAD investigation; and review USDA programs for controlling or eradicating diseases in livestock and poultry. This lecture will count as one module for USDA NVAP Accreditation renewal.

Food Animal

Dr. Charles Broaddus and Dr. Jessica Walters
Joint Session with Public Practice

9:50
am -11:50am | "An Overview of Virginia's Animal Health Laboratory System"
These two sessions will provide of an overview of Virginia’s Animal Health Laboratory System. Discussion will include changes and plans for the system with overviews of new test methodologies, staffing, test consolidation, and financial data. In addition, the session will provide a brief overview of test submissions and disease prevalence throughout the Commonwealth. In the second hour, a 30-minute discussion period will be open for comments and suggestions.

Dr. Sandra Godden
1:00pm
| "Management and Capturing the Benefits of Full Potential Milk Feeding Programs"
There are several short- and long-term benefits from feeding a high plane of nutrition from milk in preweaned dairy calves, including enhanced growth rate, health, and future lifetime performance. Despite these benefits, many producers are reluctant to adopt a full potential milk feeding program due to perceived challenges such as 'milk scours', post-weaning slumps, or increased cost. In this session, we'll review the benefits of feeding more milk, as well as discuss successful weaning strategies and other management considerations.

1:50pm | "Pasteurizing Milk and Colostrum-Capturing the Benefits and Avoiding the Pitfalls"
The adoption of on-farm pasteurization systems can significantly reduce pathogen exposure that can come from feeding raw colostrum or milk, resulting in tremendous benefits including improved growth and health. In this session we'll review these benefits, as well as requirements for successful management and monitoring of pasteurized milk or colostrum feeding systems

3:00pm | "Pros, Cons, and Best Management Practices for Group Housing Preweaned Dairy Calves"
Pair-housing studies have repeatedly demonstrated benefits when preweaned calves have a buddy. However, the adoption of larger group housing can introduce significant drawbacks including increased morbidity and mortality. In this session we'll discuss the pros and cons of group housing, plus best management practices to mitigate disease risk in group-housed preweaned dairy calves.

Dr. Sherrie Clark
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm |"Common conditions is show pigs/small sow operations"
The session will cover some commonly seen disorders in small swine operations like those used for exhibition or niche markets.

 




 

Saturday, February 26th 

Small Animal I

Dr.  Kendall Taney
Sponsored by Antech

8:00am | "Alternatives to Extraction"
Extraction isn't the only option for treatment of fractured and diseased teeth. Teeth can be "triaged" to determine the urgency of treatment, the function of the tooth, and whether preservation is possible and indicated. Endodontics, periodontics, and when to refer will be the focus of this lecture.

9:15am | "Feline Tooth Extraction"
Feline teeth are delicate and often have diseases such as tooth resorption which make extractions challenging.  Learn tips and tricks for improving your extraction technique and using radiographs to help determine the best method of treatment.  

10:10am | "Dental Radiography Interpretation"
Dental radiographs are essential for any dental treatment, especially when treating tooth resorption in dogs and cats. Appropriate radiographic positioning will improve interpretation of dental radiographs. Positioning techniques will briefly be discussed followed by radiographic examples of dental abnormalities.·

Dr. Joli Jarboe
Sponsored by Bush Veterinary Neurology Service
11:20am | "Your clients are using, should you? A review of positive pet responses to hemp supplementation."

  • We will briefly discuss industrial hemp vs cannabis derived "CBD" supplementations and legalities surrounding them as well as what makes a quality supplement.
  • We will explore possible applications in the animal health care space.
  • We will look at several cases.

1:20pm | “Welcome to the Masquerade Ball: Common “Neuro” Imposters.”
We will look at several non-neurological conditions mimicking neurological conditions and provide some tips in helping to differentiate them.

2:20pm |  “Oui, oui! The French Bulldog, a neurological wonderland.”

  • With the increasing popularity of this breed, we are seeing a myriad of health issues with many being neurologic.
  • We will explore 5 common neurologic problems plaguing this breed and possible treatments.

Dr. Roger Ramirez-Barrios
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

3:20pm | "E. Multilocularis in the Eastern US: An Emerging Diseased"
Echinococcus multilocularis, the causal agent of alveolar echinococcosis (AE), is a zoonotic parasite widely distributed within the Northern Hemisphere. Although the presence of the parasite in the US has been known for a while, it had never been reported in the eastern US. In 2019, a case of AE was reported in an 8-year-old dog in northern Virginia that had no history of travel outside the state. Results from our lab at Virginia Tech has demonstrated E. multilocularis infection in foxes in northern Virginia (not published). Recently, a human case of AE has been reported in Vermont. With a molecular approach, we have found that dog and foxes cases are connected. These findings strongly suggest that active transmission of the parasite is occurring in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US. This is a veterinary and public health concern, and veterinarians should be aware of this situation.

4:10pm | "Anthelmintic Resistance in Hookwarms"
For the last few years, it has been suggested that some canine hookworm strains were persistent after anthelmintic treatment. Dealing with recurrent cases of canine hookworm infections after treatment is nothing new, especially because of the well-documented phenomenon of “larval leak” of Ancylostoma caninum. However, currently there is a real problem with multi-drug resistant (MDR) hookworms, that apparently originated in greyhound breeding farms and in racing kennels. The extent of the problem in dogs is unknown so far, but it has been suggested that MDR hookworms could be spreading faster than once thought because many cases have now been diagnosed in breeds other than greyhounds. Practical approaches are needed to deal with this problem.

Small Animal II

Dr.  Michael S. Leib
Sponsored by IDEXX

8:00am | "Acute Diarrhea in Dogs: Is there a Role for Metronidazole"

Acute diarrhea is a common problem in dogs and metronidazole is often used for treatment. Metronidazole causes major changes in the GI microbiome. Recent studies have evaluated the clinical effects of metronidazole in normal dogs and those with diarrhea.

9:15am | "Gastric Acid Suppression: When, Why and How"

H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are commonly utilized in small animal practice to treat a variety of GI signs and disorders such as vomiting, gastritis, gastric ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux. New research suggests that PPI are more effective gastric acid inhibitors than H2 blockers in dogs and cats. Appropriate use of these drugs and the evidence supporting their efficacy will be discussed.


10:10am | "Dietary Management of Chromic Enteropathy in Dogs and Cats"
Chronic enteropathy is a relatively new term in Veterinary Medicine. What is chronic enteropathy, how does it relate to chronic diarrhea, and what do we know about dietary management of dogs and cats with chronic enteropathy?

Dr. Tyler Carmack
Sponsored by Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice & Integrative Medicine
11:20am | "Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care" 
An introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care- explore how practices can elevate patient and family care for geriatric and terminally ill patients. We will discuss the key elements to a true hospice/palliative care program and career opportunities within a fast-growing part of the veterinary industry.

1:20pm | "Multimodal Approaches to Pain Management in Palliative Care" 
As goals of care change, pain management becomes a critical factor in improving and maintaining quality of life for end-of-life patients. We will discuss the common progression of pain management tools and medications as well as communication techniques for discussing pain recognition and treatment with families

Dr. Rebecca Stepien
Sponsored by VRCC

2:20pm | "The ABCDs of Canine Mitral Value Disease" 
This presentation will cover the latest recommendations from the ACVIM mitral valve consensus group for staging and therapy of myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs, including details of use of pimobendan in preclinical and clinical disease.

3:20pm | "The ABCDs of Feline Cardiomyopathy"
This presentation will cover the latest recommendations from the ACVIM feline cardiomyopathy consensus group for staging and therapy of feline cardiomyopathy, including the (still controversial) use of pimobendan in cats.

4:20pm | "Feline Systemic Hypertension: Diagnosis and Therapy:" 
This presentation will include common causes, diagnosis and therapy of feline systemic hypertension with the most commonly recommended medications (amlodipine and telmisartan).


Equine

Dr. Catherine Nunnery
8:00am | "Equine Periocular Disease"
We will discuss diseases of the equine eyelids, conjunctiva and orbit. Clinical signs, examination findings, diagnostics, treatment and prognosis will be discussed. The focus will be on neoplastic diseases and treatment options for the equine eye.

9:15am | "Equine Corneal Disease"
We will discuss painful and non-painful corneal conditions in the horse. Clinical signs, examination findings, diagnostics, treatments and prognosis will be discussed. The focus will be on proper diagnosis and treatment options.

10:10am | "Equine Uveal Disease"
We will discuss equine recurrent uveitis and non-recurrent uveitis. Clinical signs, examination findings, diagnostics, treatments and prognosis will be discussed. The focus will be on proper diagnosis, short term and long term treatment options, as well as the secondary conditions caused by recurrent uveitis.

11:20am | "Equine Standing Ophthalmic Surgery
We will discuss sedation, positioning, regional and retrobulbar blocks. Surgical and non-surgical procedures will be covered for periocular neoplasia, eyelid lacerations, third eyelid neoplasia, corneal ulcerations, equine recurrent uveitis, and glaucoma. Standing enucleation will be discussed in depth.

Dr. Jennifer Davis
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm | "Antimicrobial Decision Making, Part 1"
This session will use a case-based approach to discuss appropriate choices and use of antimicrobials in horses in the field setting. Part one will focus on empiric use for common microbial infections in the horse. Discussion will also center on ancillary treatments to enhance the chance for successful treatment of equine infectious diseases.

2:20pm | "Antimicrobial Decision Making, Part II"
This session will use a case-based approach to discuss appropriate choices and use of antimicrobials in horses based on culture and susceptibility testing. Part two will focus on less common diseases and those with complicating disease factors that may influence antimicrobial choices.

Dr. Abby Sage
3:20pm | "How to Run a Voluntary Quarantine"
Running a voluntary quarantine at a boarding facility can be a daunting task. This presentation will discuss biosecurity principles, tools available to the practitioner and strategies to get cooperation.

Trish Haak, VSW, LCSW
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
4:10pm | "
Shared Stories Heal: A Debriefing Space for the Triad of Care"

Different types of stress reactions will be reviewed as well as strategies for self-care based on a Caregivers Bill of Rights, David Kessler's work on grief, and Bessel van der Kolk's research on trauma. Attendees will be given prompts for self-reflection and inspiration for planning strategically given personal values. A brief discussion will be facilitated to allow for sharing perspectives.


Food Animal

Dr. Dan Thomson
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
8:00am | "Cattle Handling and Facilities for Veterinarians"
We will discuss facilities for safe and effective cattle handling. The discussion will focus on cattle behavior and the human-animal interaction. Whether on a farm or in your clinic, this effects our clients and staff every day.

9:00am | "Weaning Calf Nutrition and Health I"
This session will focus on animal husbandry of starting calves on feed. Also, we will discuss vaccines, sick animal identification and therapy responses for common ailments of newly received calves.

10:10am | "Weaning Calf Nutrition and Health II"
This session will discuss how to feed newly weaned calves. We will discuss dietary requirements, bunk reading, feed mixing and stepping cattle up on rations for growth.

11:00am | "Future Technology for Beef Cattle Production"
Technology in the beef cattle industry is ramping up. We will discuss technology that helps with individual animal management, shelter, immunology, diagnostics and much more. Staying abreast of technology advancements is key to every bovine veterinarian.

Dr. Andrea Lear
1:30pm | "Common Disorders in Camelids"
The purpose of this presentation is to describe current understanding of common disorders found in camelid herds in the US. The speaker will review recent research regarding these relevant diseases including scientific discoveries for parasite control and medication delivery specifically for camelid patients. Overall, this talk will encourage practitioners to approach common cases with a new perspective.

2:20pm | "Managing the Camelid Neonate"
This presentation will discuss field-based evaluation differentiating healthy versus high risk neonatal crias. Stall side diagnostics including diagnostic ultrasound will be discussed along with therapeutic management plans that can performed in an ambulatory setting.

Dr. Pat Comyn
3:10pm | "Genomics, How Does This Work? How Are Genomic Predictions Changing the Dairy and Beef Industries"
Description coming soon!

4:20pm | "Practice Tips"

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