Thursday, February 21st

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, Keynote Speaker
7:00-9:00 pm | "Training for the Marathon of a Career"

When planning to undertake a marathon, the logical approach would be to train and prepare for the goal of finishing the 26.2 miles successfully and without injury. This training would include both a physical training plan, along with developing the mental development to withstand the stress of hours of running. In taking a look at the life style we call a career, finding that path to our individual authentic sustainable career really requires planning and training as well. Although there is never an “end” to the marathon, thinking we can just go out and jump in and withstand the damages both physically and mentally is dangerous. This career, as a marathoner, requires both physical and mental training. We have much support for the scientific approach to the medicine we practice, but not much to our well-being as we run this marathon of a career. This lectures walks through the 5 key steps needed in everyone’s approach to their training to be a veterinary professional marathoner.


Friday, February 22nd

Small Animal I

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson

8:00 am | "Finding Sustainability Within Veterinary Medicine"
The objective of this workshop is to take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of their specific struggle within the veterinary industry. Then allow them to each begin the path to finding career contentment. Through this very interactive self reflection workshop, each individual will begin to identify the key sinkers within their career that drive them deep into their ocean of shame.That place of where they feel unworthy of acceptance and belonging. While also helping them to define their 4 well-being balloons, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that lift them up and keep them from sinking into the ocean.

Dr. Paul Mitchell

9:50 am | "Intraoral Radiographic Interpretation"

The need for dental radiography will be emphasized along with a systematic approach to the interpretation of radiographs. Attendees will be able to compare the clinical view of some of the most common oral pathology and the accompanying dental radiograph. Not only will attendees gain more confidence in recognition of the radiographic signs of dental disease, but they will also become more comfortable with options for treatment.

11:10 am | "Introduction to Periodontal Therapy and Surgery" 

Attendees will be introduced to periodontal disease scenarios commonly encountered in small animal practice. Applied periodontal anatomy will reviewed along with current understanding of disease progression. Basic principles of disease recognition and treatment options will be discussed. Techniques for saving important teeth will be discussed in a case-based approach.

12:05 pm | "Oral Surgery Complications: Treating and Preventing" 

Attendees will be exposed to various instruments and techniques to make the complicated job of extraction easier to perform. Essential instruments will be discussed along with their advantage in regards to better surgical outcomes. Multiple flap technique and tips for extraction technique will be discussed using slides as well as video to demonstrate principles. Complications of oral surgery, such as root fracture, root displacement, oronasal fistula, and jaw fracture will be discussed.

Dr. Roxanne Rodriguez Galarza
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

2:00 pm | "Cyclosporine for All Dry Eyes?" 
Clinical presentation and diagnosis of quantitative and qualitative tear film disorders along with a review of specific causes and treatments for KCS. 

2:50 pm | "Confronting Non-Straightforward Superficial Ulcers in Dogs" 
This presentation will review common underlying causes that delay healing for superficial un-complicated ulcers and superficial chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCEDs) and treatment options.

Leslie Knachel, MPH

4:10 pm | "Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine: Overview of Recent Regulatory Actions" 
The Executive Director for the Board of Veterinary Medicine will be providing a recap of 2018 legislative and regulatory changes to include information on the Prescription Monitoring Program and regulations for prescribing opioids.

Small Animal II

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson

8:00 am | "Finding Sustainability Within Veterinary Medicine"
The objective of this workshop is to take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of their specific struggle within the veterinary industry. Then allow them to each begin the path to finding career contentment. Through this very interactive self reflection workshop, each individual will begin to identify the key sinkers within their career that drive them deep into their ocean of shame.That place of where they feel unworthy of acceptance and belonging. While also helping them to define their 4 well-being balloons, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that lift them up and keep them from sinking into the ocean.

Dr. Valerie Ragan, DVM
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

9:50 am | "Finding a Good Career Fit: Veterinary Careers and Pathways" 
In this presentation, recent data about the motivations for veterinarians to change career paths will be presented. In addition, we will explore an overview of opportunities in veterinary medicine, with a focus on pathways towards determining and pursuing a successful and personally fulfilling career choice.

Dr. Jennifer Barrett

Sponsored by Virginia Tech Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center

11:10 am | "Regenerative Medicine: A Primer on Stem cells and Blood-Based Biologics

12:05 pm | "Regenerative Medicine: Clinical Evidence for Orthopedic Injuries and Beyond

Dr. Nicole Luensman

Sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals

2:00 pm | "The Other Opioid Crisis: Opioid Sparing Anesthesia" 

2:50 pm | "New Tricks for Old Dogs: Chronic Pain Management in Canine Patients" 

4:10 pm | "Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Chronic Pain Management in Feline Patients" 

Equine

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson

8:00 am | "Finding Sustainability Within Veterinary Medicine"
The objective of this workshop is to take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of their specific struggle within the veterinary industry. Then allow them to each begin the path to finding career contentment. Through this very interactive self reflection workshop, each individual will begin to identify the key sinkers within their career that drive them deep into their ocean of shame.That place of where they feel unworthy of acceptance and belonging. While also helping them to define their 4 well-being balloons, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that lift them up and keep them from sinking into the ocean. 

Dr. Roxanne Rodriguez Galarza

Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

9:50 am | "Equine Corneal Diseases and Its Common Causes" 
Clinical presentations and diagnosis of infectious keratitis, such as: viral, bacterial, fungal keratitis, clinical presentations and diagnosis of non-infectious keratitis: eosinophilic, IMMK, SCC, etc. (will further divulge in 2nd lecture), and therapeutic options for infectious keratitis will be discussed. 

10:50 am | "Equine Immune-Mediated Keratitis" 
Clinical presentations and diagnosis of IMMK and traditional treatment and use of photodynamic therapy with indocyanine green as novel treatment for IMMK will be discussed. 

Dr. Amy Polkes

Sponsored by Antech Diagnostics

1:00 pm | "Diagnostic Testing for Equine Infectious Diseases" 
This session will review the most current recommendations on testing for common equine infectious diseases including sampling technique, sample handling and appropriate sample type for accurate diagnosis.

1:50 pm | "Diagnostic Testing for Equine Non-Infectious Diseases" 
This session will review the most current recommendations on testing for common equine  diseases such as endocrine disease, respiratory disease and other. The lecture will include sampling technique, sample handling and appropriate sample type for accurate diagnosis. 

Dr. Harold McKenzie

Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Medicine

3:00 pm | "Equine Hepatic Disease: Diagnosis and Management" 

This session will provide a review of the diagnostic evaluation of cases of equine hepatic disease, focusing on interpretation of laboratory data and options for more specific diagnostics.Medical management of both routine and challenging cases of hepatic disease will also be discussed.

4:10 pm | "What's New in Equine Internal Medicine: the Latest from the Literature"

This session will provide brief reviews of the cutting edge papers published in the last year on equine medical topics. 

Public Practice

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson

8:00 am | "Finding Sustainability Within Veterinary Medicine"
The objective of this workshop is to take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of their specific struggle within the veterinary industry. Then allow them to each begin the path to finding career contentment. Through this very interactive self reflection workshop, each individual will begin to identify the key sinkers within their career that drive them deep into their ocean of shame.That place of where they feel unworthy of acceptance and belonging. While also helping them to define their 4 well-being balloons, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that lift them up and keep them from sinking into the ocean. 

Dr. Valerie Ragan, DVM
Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

9:50 am | "Finding a Good Career Fit: Veterinary Careers and Pathways" 
In this presentation, recent data about the motivations for veterinarians to change career paths will be presented. In addition, we will explore an overview of opportunities in veterinary medicine, with a focus on pathways towards determining and pursuing a successful and personally fulfilling career choice.

Dr. Sarah Firebaugh

10:50 am | "NVAP Module 9: Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category 1 Animals" 
This module will provide information specific to the movement of dogs and cats between States and to other countries.  

Dr. Bruce Bowman & Dr. Kevin Lahmers

Sponsored by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

1:00 pm | "Haemophylisis Longicornis & Theileria Orientalis in Virginia-Who Knew?" 
In late fall of 2017, an Albemarle Co. beef producer experienced a 10% death loss in his herd. Theileria orientalis Ikeda was diagnosed as a possible cause of the unexplained deaths. In winter 2018, the exotic tick Haemophylisis Longicornis (the Longhorn Tick) was identified on the same premises. Theileria has now been diagnosed in 18 counties in VA and the longhorn tick has been identified in 9 states and 18 counties in Virginia.

Dr. Julia Murphy

1:50 pm | "Select Topics in Zoonotic Disease"


Dr. Charlie Broaddus (VDACS), Dr. Megan Kirchgessner (DGIF), Leslie Knachel (BoVM), Dr. Julia Murphy (VDH), Dr. Mark Remick (USDA), Dr. Terry Swecker (VMCVM)
3:00 pm | "News Hour Panel" 
In this lecture, each presenter will give an overview of their organization and important updates. Speakers include representatives from the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Board of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Megan Kirchgessner 
4:10 pm | "Chronic Wasting Disease In Virginia: Surveillance and Monitoring Update"

Food Animal

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson

8:00 am | "Finding Sustainability Within Veterinary Medicine"
The objective of this workshop is to take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of their specific struggle within the veterinary industry. Then allow them to each begin the path to finding career contentment. Through this very interactive self reflection workshop, each individual will begin to identify the key sinkers within their career that drive them deep into their ocean of shame.That place of where they feel unworthy of acceptance and belonging. While also helping them to define their 4 well-being balloons, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that lift them up and keep them from sinking into the ocean. 

Dr. Katie Simpson
9:50 am | "Urolithiasis in Small Ruminants: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches Part 1" 
Obstructive urolithiasis is a challenging and potentially fatal disease that veterinarians who work on ruminants and camelids face with some frequency. Methods of diagnosing and treating this disease will be discussed, with an emphasis on new information that has become available in the last five years. Particular emphasis will be placed on newly described treatment modalities..

10:50 am | "Urolithiasis in Small Ruminants: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches Part 2" 
Obstructive urolithiasis is a challenging and potentially fatal disease that veterinarians who work on ruminants and camelids face with some frequency. Methods of diagnosing and treating this disease will be discussed, with an emphasis on new information that has become available in the last five years. Particular emphasis will be placed on newly described treatment modalities.

1:00 pm | "Bovine Neurologic Disease: Demystifying the Workup" 
After this discussion, attendees will be able to perform an efficient neurologic exam that allows for neuroanatomic localization of the lesion(s). For each of the major regions of localization, attendees will be able to discuss the primary differential diagnoses that are most often responsible for causing disease in that location.

Dr. Victor Cortese

Sponsored By Zoetis

1:50 pm | "New Concepts in Applied Immunology" 

New research on both the neonate and the local immune system will be covered with emphasis on emerging areas of research in prime boost, antigen interference, perinatal programming and immune system shifting and how this information is changing how we can maximize health and performance in production medicine.

3:00 pm | "Changing the Paradigms on Stress in Production Medicine"

Dr. Mark Hardesty

4:10 pm | "What A Cow Veterinarian Does: Becoming Indispensable" 
Our role in the dairy industry is evolving faster than ever. This discussion leads us into that role that may not involve sleeves, stethoscopes or thermometers. It does involve meetings, protocols, and computers. How do we make the cut when it’s time to cut costs?


Saturday, February 23rd

Small Animal I

Dr. Lauren Dodd
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine


8:00 am 
| "Pet Food Quality: What Matters"
Regulation is an important aspect of pet food quality. Governmental and non-governmental organizations such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), etc. aid in regulating and providing guidelines for pet food. The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine is a regulatory body that regulates animal feeds by enforcing labeling, processing standards, and oversees reporting and recalls for pet foods. AAFCO's develops standards and definitions for regulating the manufacturing, labeling of pet foods, and sale of pet foods. The USDA's National Organic Program oversees the use of the organic seal via USDA accredited certifying agents. Pet food manufacturers also play an important role in quality control by vetting their vendors/suppliers, inspecting ingredients, and analytical testing. Furthermore, consumers can help in the regulatory process by reporting adverse events to help prevent future problems.

Dr. Megan Shepherd
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine

9:15 am | "When Pet Food Quality Control is Inadequate"

Pet food manufacturing is complex and mostly produces safe and nutritious food. This talk will review situations associated with pet food quality control break down.

Dr. Megan Shepherd & Bill Tyrrell
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine & CVCA Cardiac Care For Pets

10:10 am | "Q&A Regarding Diet-Associated DCM"

The Grain-Free Diet Debate and DCM: This Q&A session will provide the most current thinking on why some atypical canine breeds are being affected with dilated cardiomyopathy and how this may be associated with certain grain free diets.

Dr. Bill Tyrrell
Sponsored by CVCA Cardiac Care For Pets

11:20 am | "Clinical Use of NT-ProBNP in Your Practice"

This lecture will discuss the clinical applicability of the cardiac biomarker, NT-proBNP, and overall recommendations to incorporate this diagnostic test into your daily practice. The applicability in the feline will be focused on primarily, however, the canine test will also be discussed.The Grain Free Diet Debate and DCM.


1:20 pm | "What's New in the Treatment of CHF in the Dog & Cat"

This lecture will discuss the use of Pimobendan in both the canine and feline in the treatment of congestive heart failure. It will further discuss some off-label uses of this medication in both pre-clinical heart disease, emergency heart failure and advanced CHF. The lecture will touch on concurrent use of spironolactone as well as the use of torsemide in end stage heart failure.

Dr. Holly Roberts
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

2:20 pm | "The Itch That Can't Be Scratched: Feline Allergic Disease"

Diagnosis and current treatment options for feline allergic skin disease will be discussed

3:20 pm | "The Bug Stops Here: Treating Resistant Staph Infections"

This presentation will review how to identify and diagnose Staphylococcal skin infections in veterinary patients as well as discuss how to interpret a bacterial culture and choose the best course of treatment for resistant infections


4:10 pm | "Treating from the Outside In: Topical Therapy"

Various topical modalities will be outlined as well as their use in treatment of dermatologic diseases in veterinary medicine

Small Animal II

Dr. Joli Jarboe

8:00 am | "Understanding the Hemp Landscape, Part 1"

9:15 am | "Understanding the Hemp Landscape Part 2" 

Dr. Kara Kolster
Sponsored by Springfield Veterinary Center

10:10 am | "The Great Spay/Neuter Debate" 
Discussion of current literature, client education, and practical decision-making on optimum age for sterilization as well as surgical and non-surgical options. 

11:20 am | "Reproductive Cases for General Practice" 
Sooner or later you will be faced with a reproductive case in general practice. How do you handle breeder clients? How do you manage the most common reproductive and urogenital cases you are likely to see? 

Dr. Kevin Benjamino

1:20 pm | "Laryngeal Paralysis: A Noisy Condition" 
This lecture will provide an overview of clinical signs, necessary diagnostics, and basic surgical techniques to be performed in cases with laryngeal paralysis.

2:20 pm | "Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome" 
This lecture provides the veterinarian the confidence to properly diagnose and treat this potentially complicated syndrome, as well as, provide the owner the proper information to make an informed decision.

3:20 pm | "Current Therapies in Wound Management
This lecture will update the clinician on new techniques for wound management and review the principles for surgical skin reconstruction.

4:10 pm | "Common Injuries Associated with the Shoulder Joint
This lecture will evaluate the common musculoskeletal injuries associated with the shoulder. An emphasis will be given to improving our physical examination and achieving a correct diagnosis of these conditions, which can be difficult. Surgical and non-surgical management will be reviewed.

Equine

Dr. Elizabeth Davidson
8:00 am | "Kissing Spines"
Kissing spines is a common radiographic finding in performance horses. Their clinical significance and treatment options will be discussed

9:15 am | "Lameness Evaluation: When Things Get Complicated" 

Lameness evaluation in the athletic horse can be challenging especially when clinical signs are subtle or complicated. Pitfalls and tips in the lameness examination will be discussed.

Dr. Jennifer LaPlume, Dr. Anna Russau, & Dr. Abby Sage
10:10 am | "Equine Welfare Initiatives in Virginia" 
A history and description of VVEWR and how it can help both vets and ACO's, tour of the new VAEP Welfare website including SOP forms with case examples.

Dr. Elizabeth Davidson 

11:20 am | "Ridden Gait Assessment" 

Despite its inherent value, the horse’s gait in-hand may not accurately represent the gait in the ridden horse. Therefore, the ridden lameness evaluation becomes an important diagnostic tool for the lameness detective.

1:20 pm | "Sports Medicine and Imaging: What's New" 

Today’s equine athletic must compete at peak performance. Current concepts and imaging options will be discussed.

Dr. Elizabeth Davis

Sponsored by Zoetis

2:20 pm | "The Coughing Horse: Non-Infectious Respiratory Disease" 

This presentation will involve the approach to the equine patient that presents for exercise intolerance and/or primary cough. Clinical presentation, diagnostic approach and clinical management will be discussed. Although many cases may appear straightforward, routine and challenging case presentations will be discussed with a particular focus for field assessment of patients with non-infectious respiratory disease.

3:20 pm | "Update on Infectious Respiratory Disease in Horses" 

This discussion will focus on the clinical 

presentation and management of routine and challenging cases of infectious respiratory 

disease. Recent advances in diagnostic testing have provided clinicians with the opportunity to 

make a rapid and accurate diagnosis which enhances management and effectiveness of 

biosecurity protocols. Contemporary preventative strategies will also be discussed.

4:10 pm | "Immune-Mediated Disease in Horses"
Although effective immune responses are important for maintenance of equine health, when alterations in immune function occur it can create challenges with clinical management of patients. Case-based immune-mediated diseases among equine patients will be the focus of this discussion.

Food Animal

Dr. Mark Hardesty

8:00 am | "Cow Comfort"
Maximizing the comfort of cows is central to dairy farm profitability. This discussion covers the basics of getting dairies to a better comfort level. Watching this subject for 25 years says there is no cow comfort destination, only a journey. We’d best keep moving.

9:00 am | "Cow Cooling"
Cooling cows takes out the production, reproduction, and health swings that costs dairies productivity.  This discussion brings case results of what can be improved.  We are now seeing effects in the offspring of cooled cows.

10:10 am | "Emergencies: Our Opportunity to Help and Educate our Clients"
It interrupts our life, but they have a need for us to fill. Our efforts are appreciated and the opportunity is opened to prevent this emergency in the future. Often, once the immediate emergency is resolved, there is time to talk that doesn’t happen during the day.  

Dr. Amelia Woolums

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

11:00 am | "Pneumonia in Preweaning Beef Calves: Risk Factors & Control"
While veterinarians usually have a good idea of the causes of pneumonia, or bovine respiratory disease (BRD), in dairy calves or feedlot cattle, it’s not always clear why beef calves on pasture with their dams should develop pneumonia.  This presentation will review the findings of recent research addressing this question, with a summary of risk factors and rational approaches to control. 

1:30 pm | "Effective Vaccination of Beef Calves"
 Veterinarians and producers often use vaccination to control disease in calves, but what do we know about the efficacy of the practice?  This presentation will review the evidence that vaccination can improve immunity in calves, with case examples for discussion.

2:20 pm | "Health & Immunity in Stocker Cattle"
Recently weaned lightweight beef calves, or stocker cattle, are particularly susceptible to bovine respiratory disease (BRD), and other challenges.  This presentation will summarize current information regarding the factors that impact health and immunity in this class of cattle. 

Dr. Jennifer Walker

3:30 pm | "Animal Welfare & the Supply Chain"
This session will lay the ground work. Discussing animal welfare, what it does and doesn’t mean, why it is so important yet confusing, and where the supply chain is headed and why.

4:20 pm | "The Veterinarian's Role in Meeting Supply Chain Expectations" 
This session will explore the many opportunities veterinarians have to build and grow a practice by focusing on what the end customer needs. If you think animal welfare is not a practice builder, THINK AGAIN!




 

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