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Session Information:  What You Will Learn

General Session

  • Dr. Tillery - "Veterinary Team Wellbeing Research: Creating a Happier, More Energized Veterinary Team

    1. Understand veterinary career satisfaction rate among peers.

    2. Understand veterinary job satisfaction rate among veterinary team members.

    3. Define Burnout, Wellbeing, and Mental Health

    4. Identify contributing factors for veterinary team segments flourishing and veterinary segments at-risk.

    5. Understand Organizational and personal remedies or interventions that lead to decreased burnout, improved wellbeing and reduced distress.

  • Dr. Jones - "Medical Decision Making and Bias"

    1. Attendees will learn to recognize times of bias as they go throughout their practice days

    2. Attendees will be able to work with their staff to develop mechanisms in their practice to prevent medical errors

    3. Attendees will be able to identify triggers for them that may result in bias and mistakes (exhaustion, hunger, etc.) and develop simple plans to minimize the effect of these.

    4. Attendees will be able to identify times when a case may require an additional person to provide insight.

    5. Attendees will appreciate the impact of distraction and task switching has on their day and create times and places for focused work.




Companion Animal

  • Paul Demars - "New Oral Medications for Feline Diabetes"

    1.  Understand the mechanism of action of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 drugs for feline diabetes.

    2.  Understand the indications and potential complications of these new drugs.

  • Julianne McCready - "Avain Emergency and Critical Care" 

    1. Understand signs of illness in birds and what clinical signs constitute an emergency.

    2. Understand how to perform a brief, triage exam in a bird to assess stability, as well as full comprehensive physical exam.

    3. Be aware of common respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, neurologic, musculoskeletal, and toxin-associated emergencies in birds.

    4. Understand what diagnostics can be considered in birds on an emergency basis.

    5. Understand how to perform basic supportive care and stabilization of bird patients.

  • Dr. Biddick - "Taking the Headache out of the Small Animal Head Trauma Patient"

    1. Describe the 3 types of primary traumatic brain injuries (laceration, contusion, concussion).

    2. Identify clinical signs associated with brain injury.

    3. Recognize the mechanism and clinical signs associated with the Cushing's reflex.

    4. List 3 types of secondary brain injury (that can potentially be avoided if patient is hospitalized/monitored appropriately).

    5. Know how the Modified Glasgow Coma Score is used to serially evaluate small animal patients with traumatic brain injury.

  • Dr. Bini - "Oral Blocks Made Easy" 

    1. Attendees will become familiar with the anatomy of the oral cavity innervation.

    2. Attendees will become familiar with the different possible approaches for mandibular blocks.

    3. Attendees will become familiar with the different possible approaches for maxillary blocks.

    4. Attendees will become familiar with the pharmacology and method of action of local anesthetics.

    5. Attendees will understand the relevance of correct drug selection for oral locoregional.

  • Dr. Fadel - "Advanced Life Support"

    1. Review some aspects of CPA pathophysiology.

    2. Discussion of mechanisms of action of vasopressors.

    3. Discussion of mechanisms of action of inotrope that can be used in CPR.

    4. Defibrillation in CPA.

    5. Post-resuscitation shock.

  • Dr. Ford - "Cancer, Contagion, or Cruelty? A Collection of Small Animal Forensic Cases" 

    Learning outcomes to come

  • Dr. Lyon - "Managing Tracheal Collapse"

    1. Learners will be able to describe the anatomical structure of the trachea, the pathophysiological changes associated with tracheal collapse, and differentiate between traditional tracheal collapse (TCC) and tracheal malformation (MTC).

    2. Learners will be able to recognize the common clinical signs associated with tracheal collapse, such as characteristic goose-honk, exercise intolerance, and respiratory distress.

    3. Learners will be able to identify strengths and limitations of diagnostic testing for tracheal collapse including radiography, fluoroscopy, and bronchoscopy and categorize disease based on staging (I-IV).

    4. Learners will be able to formulate individualized medial management strategies for dogs with tracheal collapse, incorporating environmental and lifestyle modifications, medical therapy (anti-tussives, anti-inflammatories, sedatives, and antibiotic therapy as appropriate).

    5. Learners will recognize the indications for, be able to discuss the benefits and potential complications of, tracheal stent placement and extraluminal tracheal prosthetics. 

  • Dr. Lyon - "Veterinary Graduates of Today: A Generational Perspective" 

    1. Learners will be able to identify and describe the defining features and core values of the five generations of currently present in the United States (Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, Generation Y, and Generation Z) and analyze how these characteristics influence motivations, behaviors, and expectations within the veterinary profession. 
    2. Learners will examine the significant changes in the veterinary profession over the past half-century, including shifts in gender demographics, diversity, urbanization, and career goals of new graduates. 
    3. Learners will assess how generational perspectives on work, life balance, loyalty, communication preferences, and feedback impact interpersonal and professional dynamics in veterinary settings.
    4. Learners will critically evaluate the evolution of veterinary education, including the expansion of knowledge, the lengthening of education requirements, and the increasing emphasis on post-graduate training.
    5. Learners will develop strategies for effective mentorship that acknowledge and bridge generational differences, focusing on communication styles, work-life balance preferences, and feedback mechanisms.


Equine/Food Animal

  • Dr. Schoonover - "Equine IV Regional Limb Perfusion" 

    1. Discuss the indications for IVRLP.

    2. Recall the basic steps to perform IVRLP.

    3. Discuss IVRLP technique variations relative to tourniquet type.

    4. Discuss IVRLP technique variations relative to tourniquet duration.

    5. Discuss IVRLP technique variations relative to perfusate volume.

  • Dr. Schoonover - "Equine Lameness Examination"

    1. Recognize that lameness is not a disease but rather a clinical sign of disease.

    2. Discuss the differences in subjective and objective lameness assessment modalities.

    3. Compare and contrast the grades of AAEP lameness examination.

    4. Describe the importance of diagnostic local anesthesia in the equine lameness examination.

    5. Apply the steps of an equine lameness to a clinical lameness scenario.

  • Dr. Abanto - "Malabsorption Syndrome for the Summer in Horses"

    1. Introduction to Malabsorption
    2. Causes of Malabsorption syndromes
    3. Clinical assessment
    4. Therapy of Malabsorption syndrome
    5. Management & Prognosis Malabsorption syndrome

  • Dr. Sayler - "Heat Stress in Horses" 

    1. Heat Stress Definition and Importance.

    2. Types of Thermoregulation in Horses.

    3. Neuroendocrine Responses to Heat Stress.

    4. What Happens as Heat Stress Develops.

    5. How is Heat Stress Identified.

    6. Methods for Mitigating Severe Heat Stress.

    7. How to Prevent Heat Stress.

    8. Heat Stress - Related Illnesses.

  • Dr. Walker - "Introduction to Honey Bee Medicine"

    1. Honey bees are livestock and are required to comply with regulations similar to other livestock species.

    2. Knowledgeable veterinarians have a place within the apiary beyond writing VFDs.

    3. Honey bees are susceptible to a variety of both infectious and non-infectious diseases.

    4. American and European foulbrood are potentially devastating bacterial diseases of honey bees that require antimicrobials to treat.

    5. The most important disease currently affecting honey bees in the United States is Parasitic Mite Syndrome.

  • Dr. Righi - "Colic in the Bovine"

    Learning outcomes to come

  • Dr. Jimenez - "Small Ruminant Dermatology"
    1. Diagnosing what are the most common dermatology problems in sheep and goats and their treatment

      1. External parasites

      2. Migratory intermittent parasites

      3. Fungal –ringworm; club lamb

      4. Viral –ORF

      5. Bacterial

      6. Nutritional

    2. What causes fly strike and how to treat it

    3. Use the resources around you

  • Dr. Kennedy - "BVDV in Heterologous Species"

    1. Review of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

    2. What species can be infected by BVDV

    3. Implications of BVDV in heterologous hosts

    4. Validity of testing in heterologous BVDV infections

    5. Cell mediated immunity associated with BVDV pregnancy


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