American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum And Exhibition Denver is a 4 day event being held from 8th June to the 11th June 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, USA. This event showcases products like Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine, surgical equipments, pharmaceuticals, medical services, pet insurance services, etc etc. in the Medical & Pharmaceutical industry. The 2016 ACVIM Forum provides a unique opportunity for veterinary industry organizations to promote and showcase products and services that contribute to the continuous development of animal health.
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Candidate and Diplomate Reception SPONSORED BY BlackwellKing - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates, ACVIM Candidates and Invited Guests Only
8:00 am - 4:50 pm Cardiology Specialty Symposium Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, ECVIM Diplomates and Candidates, RCVS Diplomate and Candidates, Cardiology Technicians, and Invited Guests Only
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Neurology Specialty Symposium SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, and ECVN Diplomates Only
8:00 am - 5:10 pm Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Symposium Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, ECEIM Diplomates, and ECBHM Diplomates Only
8:00 am - 5:15 pm Oncology Specialty Symposium Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only
8:00 am - 5:20 pm Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Symposium Limited to ACVIM Diplomates & Candidates, Specialists of other Veterinary Colleges Only
8:10 am - 8:55 am SOTA: Molecular Profiling in Neuro-Oncology: A Prelude to Precision Medicine for Brain Tumors Neurology Specialty Symposium SOTA - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - There have been some recent seminal findings using molecular profiling that have important predictive (treatment determining) as well as prognostic significance. These studies will be presented as an overview of the future of research and therapy for brain tumors. There is a relevant connection to similar strategies for canine gliomas.
8:10 am - 9:00 am Cardiac CT and MRI: Visualizing the Heart in 3 Dimensions Cardiology Specialty Symposium - Cardiac imaging has relied on 2D methods; however, the heart is a complex 3-dimensional structure. New cross-sectional imaging allows us to see cardiac defects in novel ways. Clinical examples of cardiac CT and cardiac MR in dogs will be shown, with discussion of techniques to optimize image quality.
8:10 am - 9:40 am Methods in Teaching Clinical Reasoning LAIM Specialty Symposium - A talk of interest to both mentors and mentees.
8:15 am - 8:40 am Improving the Residency Training Program: Physiology Redux SAIM Specialty Symposium - The ACVIM Improved Oversight of Credentials and Residency Training (IOCART) Taskforce has expressed concern about the growing number of residency-trained individuals who fail to achieve board certification. The Taskforce has identified the certification exam and the publication requirement as significant barriers to board?certification. Post-Forum listserve discussion has focused primarily on the merits and demerits of the publication requirement. This session will address alternatives to the publication requirement. The presentation will outline the development and implementation of a physiology course designed (1) to improve understanding of anatomic strategies adopted by different animal species to achieve same/similar function, and for (2) understanding processes used by different organ systems to accomplish the same biologic effect.
8:15 am - 9:05 am Companion Animals in Comparative Oncology: One Medicine in Action Oncology Specialty Symposium Interventional Endoscopy: Just Because We Can Does That Mean We Should? SAIM Specialty Symposium - This talk will go through some of the more recent advances in veterinary interventional endoscopy and go through the literature on the outcomes and complications associated with some of these procedures focusing on the idea of when we can do a procedure does not always mean we should do a procedure. Understanding Sepsis: When Is it Time for a Paradigm Shift SAIM Specialty Symposium - This lecture will review the key features of the management of sepsis: initial resuscitation, alleviating the inciting cause and aggressive supportive care.
8:40 am - 9:05 am Alternative Residency Training Programs: Competency-Based Resident Education SAIM Specialty Symposium - Veterinary residents play a vital role in veterinary teaching hospitals. They act as both clinicians and teachers. During this session, we will discuss some of the current challenges facing residents while focusing on their role in teaching students and communicating with clients.
9:00 am - 9:50 am 3D Modeling from CT Angiography in Congenital Heart Disease Cardiology Specialty Symposium - Complex 3-dimensional models of the heart and great vessels can be created from computed tomography angiographic studies in dogs with congenital heart disease. Models have applications for surgical procedural planning, to enhance visuospatial understanding of anatomy at all levels of training, and for educating owners. Specific applications will be presented.
9:05 am - 9:50 am SOTA: Collaborative Research for Rare Cancers: The Ependymoma Story Neurology Specialty Symposium SOTA - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - I will describe the development of the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network as an example of how to approach rare or uncommon diseases. This is a multidisciplinary, multifaceted approach that would potentially have relevance in veterinary research. From Theory to Therapeutic: Drug Development Basics for the Clinical Scientist Oncology Specialty Symposium - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - The clinical availability of advanced therapeutics for dogs and cats is rapidly expanding. This session reviews the drug development process from discovery to marketplace for the clinical scientist. Discussion will highlight the impact a clear understanding of this process has on your clinical research and daily practice.
9:05 am - 9:55 am Interventional Radiology: Lessons Learned in the Last 15 Years of Discovery SAIM Specialty Symposium Current Concepts and Future Directions in Sepsis Management SAIM Specialty Symposium - The use of common, easy to obtain clinical data for the early identification of sepsis in dogs and cats presented to the emergency room will be discussed. Career Opportunities and Considerations Post-residency: Panel Discussion SAIM Specialty Symposium - This session mainly focusing on careers in Academia, especially FTE's - what are they and how to determine what you want to do: seminar preparation, teaching philosophy/teaching portfolio preparation, and committee work. Private practive will be briefly discussed followed by an open forum at the end for the Residents to ask specific questions.
9:50 am - 10:05 am Neurology Specialty Symposium Morning Break SPONSORED BY AnimalScan
9:50 am - 10:10 am Cardiology Specialty Symposium Morning Break SPONSORED BY IDEXX LABORATORIES and BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC.
10:00 am - 10:50 am Evaluation of Interventions to Improve the Health of Working and Food Animals LAIM Specialty Symposium - Improving the health of working and food animals in low-income countries has a positive impact on the owner’s socio-economic circumstances. Achieving this change can be accomplished by several strategies, including direct veterinary interventions or community engagement programs. This review will discuss the design, efficacy and impact of these different interventions.
10:00 am - 10:55 am SOTA: Short and Long-Term Chemotherapy Toxicities and Associated Follow-Up Oncology Specialty Symposium SOTA - With increased cure rates, it is important for the practitioner to be aware of potential toxicities of cancer therapy and monitor the patient appropriately for short and longer-term side effects. Here we will discuss broad-ranged management strategies based on the type and dose of chemotherapy delivered.
10:05 am - 12:00 pm Roundtable: Diagnosis and Treatment of Lumbosacral Stenosis Neurology Specialty Symposium - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - A few case scenarios of dogs with lumbosacral stenosis will be given to the panelists with questions about diagnosis and treatment and this will be discussed among the panelists with active participation by the audience.
10:10 am - 11:00 am Advanced Imaging for Congenital Heart Disease Cardiology Specialty Symposium - The panelists will summarize and discuss the utility of advanced cardiac imaging for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease and for the planning/guidance of transcatheter therapies (e.g., CT, MRI, angiography, 3D echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography).
10:15 am - 10:40 am Scientific Publishing 101 SAIM Specialty Symposium - A discussion of the why's and how's of publishing your scientific manuscript, with emphasis on techniques to increase the chances of having your manuscript accepted for publication.
10:15 am - 11:05 am SOTA: Endourology: Past, Present and Future: The Translation of Animals to Humans SAIM Specialty Symposium SOTA Vasopressor Use in Small Animal Critical Care Medicine SAIM Specialty Symposium - This session will present both the theory and practice of vasopressor use in small animal critical care medicine. Specifically we will discuss mechanisms of action, indications, initiation, concurrent support, and discontinuation of catecholamine and non-catecholamine pressors. This talk will be geared towards specialty-level understanding of pressor therapy, but will also aim to demystify the topic and make pressors a practical tool to use in your hospital.
10:40 am - 11:05 am Case Series vs. Population Cohort Studies SAIM Specialty Symposium
10:55 am - 11:45 am SOTA: Navigating Shared Decision-Making: Perspectives from Pediatric Oncology and Palliative Care Oncology Specialty Symposium SOTA - As in children with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, pet owners have to balance their desire to keep their animal alive with the reality of an illness that may no longer be curable. Here we discuss how the provider can best help guide this journey through appropriate shared decision-making.
11:00 am - 11:50 am SOTA: The Heart of the Matter: Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Human Congenital Heart Disease and Parallels in Veterinary Patients Cardiology Specialty Symposium SOTA Insights Gained for Large Animal Referral Veterinarians from an Evidence-Based Study of Equine Practitioner Expectations LAIM Specialty Symposium - How do the relationships that you, as a veterinarian, have with your colleagues and clients impact the outcomes of patient care? Focus group and survey research investigating interpersonal relationships (veterinarian-client and referring veterinarian-specialist) in equine practice suggest important connections between the quality of these relationships and the outcomes of care.
11:05 am - 11:30 am Understanding the Case Control Study Design SAIM Specialty Symposium - The case control study is a common design in clinical research. The design offers many advantages, including the ability to study factors associated with rare diseases rapidly and with little cost. However the case control design is often mislabeled and the results misinterpreted. This presentation will review the case control design and discuss how this design can be used correctly and effectively to conduct meaningful clinical research.
11:05 am - 11:55 am Complications: Lessions in Humility SAIM Specialty Symposium - This lecture will be a discussion of some of the speakers' worst cases, biggest mistakes, and ultimate solutions/outcomes. Fluid Therapy in Critical Illness SAIM Specialty Symposium - The use of colloid fluids has precipitously declined in human medicine primarily due to an increased risk of acute kidney injury, while hypotensive resuscitation strategies have been advocated in some human trauma centers. This series of lectures will review traditional and new approaches to cardiovascular monitoring including whether we should consider discontinuing the use of colloid fluid therapy or utilizing hypotensive resuscitation in our veterinary patients.
11:30 am - 11:55 am Panel Discussion: Scientific Study Design and Publication SAIM Specialty Symposium
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm Cardiology Specialty Luncheon/Diplomate Certificate Ceremony Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, ECVIM Diplomates, RCVS Diplomates, Invited Guests Only $0.00 Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Luncheon/Diplomate Certificate Ceremony Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, ECEIM Diplomates, and ECBHM Diplomates Only
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Neurology Specialty Luncheon/Diplomate Certificate Ceremony Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, and ECVN Diplomates Only Oncology Candidate/Diplomate Luncheon/Business Meeting Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only
1:30 pm - 3:15 am ACVIM Candidate Function: Exploring Options for Post Residency Careers: Opportunities for Resident to Become Clinician Scientists: NIH Does Support Large Animal Research Fellows! LAIM Specialty Symposium
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Results of 2015 Neurology Diplomate Survey: Terminology Neurology Specialty Symposium - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - Results of a survey study conducted at the 2015 ACVIM Forum to assess board-certified neurologists working definitions of gait abnormalities (Ataxia, Paresis, Hypermetria, and Lameness) will be presented. Participants included over 70 board-certified specialists in attendance. Finally, a consensus set of definitions based on these results will be offered. What Would the Human Doctor Do Now? Bad Cases and our Best and Worst Decision SAIM Specialty Symposium - This session will be a presentation of cases that were ethical dilemmas in decision making for the patient for the best procedure to be done. Similar decisions from a human-patient standpoint will be presented. Audience participation and questions about their own patients will be recommended. GI Tract in Critical Illness SAIM Specialty Symposium - Gastrointestinal health is of critical importance for maintenance of overall health. In critical illness, multiple factors can impact on GI tract function, which can have severe secondary effects on recovery. In this lecture, we will discuss the evidence in the human medical field regarding gastrointestinal function in critically ill patients as well as review available studies in the small animal veterinary field. Humor as a Teaching Tool/Self-Directed Learning SAIM Specialty Symposium - Discussion will explore the use of humor in a learning environment. Studies indicate the use of humor by educators can increase attention, motivation, immediacy, and learning outcomes. Conversely, humor may also cause deleterious effects on learning. We will discuss concepts to successfully integrate humor in the classroom to increase learning.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm ACVIM Candidate Function: Cardiomyopathy Update Cardiology Specialty Symposium
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm ACVIM Candidate Function: Exploring Options for Post Residency Careers: Opportunities for Resident to Become Clinician Scientists: What the NIH is Looking for in Veterinary Trained Clinician Scientists LAIM Specialty Symposium ACVIM Candidate Function: Exploring Options for Post Residency Careers: Opportunities for Resident to Become Clinician Scientists: Panel Discussion on Current Opportunities for Fellowship Support LAIM Specialty Symposium
1:45 pm - 2:35 pm Chemotherapy for Lymphoma: Have we Become Complacent? Oncology Specialty Symposium - The median survival of dogs with lymphoma after treatment with chemotherapy, has not changed in the last 20 years. This lecture will discuss current protocols and new ideas for dose-intensity chemotherapy. The discussion will enforce that dose-intensity can be achieved without a significant decrease in quality of life.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Exploiting Proteases and their Inhibitors as Targets for the Treatment of Canine Intracranial Tumors Neurology Specialty Symposium - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - This session will review the expression and activity of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) in canine brain tumors, and present preliminary results of a Phase I clinical trial using a uPA-targeted oncolytic virus for the treatment of canine intracranial meningiomas.
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm ACVIM Candidate Function: GI Endoscopy: 100 Years of Experience in 75 Minutes SAIM Specialty Symposium - This is a panel discussion on lessons on flexible and rigid GI endoscopy that were learned the hard way. Four clinicians who have over a hundred years of endoscopy experience between them will be presenting, discussing, and maybe arguing. Tips on doing various endoscopic procedures, problems to avoid, short cuts, ways to help ensure success and new techniques/procedures/equipment will be covered.
2:35 pm - 3:15 pm Just Because We Can Doesn't Mean We Should Oncology Specialty Symposium
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Changes in Certification Manual for Residents, Mentors, and Training Programs Cardiology Specialty Symposium
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Neurology Specialty Symposium Afternoon Break SPONSORED BY AnimalScan
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm ACVIM Candidate Function: MRI Principles and Pulse Sequence Selection for Neuroimaging Neurology Specialty Symposium - SPONSORED BY HALLMARQ - A brief overview of the physical principles underlying magnetic resonance image formation will be introduced. The relationship of basic MRI principles to pulse sequence selection and the appearance of healthy and diseased tissues will then be presented in the context of neuroimaging.
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Fundamental and Clinical Applications of Chemotherapy Oncology Specialty Symposium - This lecture will review fundamental principles of chemotherapy, including dose intensity, dose-response curve, and normal tissue toxicity. We will also discuss individual anti-neoplastic agents in order to understand mechanisms of action, concepts of resistance, and clinical applications.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Cardiology Specialty Symposium Afternoon Break SPONSORED BY IDEXX LABORATORIES and BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, Inc.
3:45 pm - 4:25 pm SOTA: Overview of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Pain LAIM Specialty Symposium SOTA - It is recognized that pain is an inevitable consequence of many routine animal husbandry procedures in farm animals. However there are currently no pharmaceutical compounds specifically approved by FDA to provide analgesia in production animals. In this session we will examine novel approaches to measuring pain and analgesic drug efficacy in large animals and the potential for these measurements to be used to support analgesic drug approval and patient management.
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm ACVIM Candidate Function: Laparoscopy for Internists SAIM Specialty Symposium - Laparoscopy has improved our ability to diagnose many conditions. The tricks of the trade will be presented covering various techniques and biopsy methods used.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Cardiac Cancer Panel Discussion Cardiology Specialty Symposium - This panel discussion will focus on new strategies for the treatment of cardiac tumors. Topics include advances in thoracoscopy, targeted radiation therapy, new surgical techniques and the role of chemotherapy. The role of the multimodality team for the optimal treatment will be emphasized.
4:25 pm - 5:10 pm SOTA: Cross-species Techniques in Large Animal Pain Assessment for Clinical and Research Activities LAIM Specialty Symposium SOTA - It is recognized that pain is an inevitable consequence of many routine animal husbandry procedures in farm animals. However there are currently no pharmaceutical compounds specifically approved by FDA to provide analgesia in production animals. In this session we will examine novel approaches to measuring pain and analgesic drug efficacy in large animals and the potential for these measurements to be used to support analgesic drug approval and patient management.
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialty New Diplomate Certificate Ceremony and Reception SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates & Candidates, Specialists of other Veterinary Colleges Only
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Specialty Symposium Reception
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm SIG: ISCAID Discussion: Canine Influenza Virus Surveillance, Mapping, and Diagnostic Testing Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC
7:15 pm - 11:00 pm Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Reception SPONSORED BY BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC. - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates, ECEIM Diplomates, and ECBHM Diplomates Only Oncology Specialty Dinner & Diplomate Certificate Ceremony SPONSORED BY ELIAS ANIMAL HEALTH and BEST PET Rx - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only
6:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast With the Experts: Diagnostic and Medical Management of Equine Asthma (IAD/RAO) Interactive Session - Attendance Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only $30.00 Breakfast With the Experts: Current Concepts in Seizure Management of Dogs and Cats: A Case-Based Discussion Interactive Session - Attendance Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only $30.00 Breakfast With the Experts: Progress and Pitfalls: Differentiating IBD vs Lymphoma in Cats Interactive Session - Attendance Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only $30.00 Breakfast With the Experts: Case-Based Approach to Canine Chronic Bronchitis Interactive Session - Attendance Limited to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates Only $30.00
8:00 am - 8:50 am A Review of Chagas Disease for Veterinary Technicians Technician Program CR - Although not endemic to the United States, Chagas disease/infection with Trypanosoma cruzi is a serious vectorborne infection that is diagnosed in southern US. This disease infects human, dogs and cats, as well as rats and opossum. Chagas is not directly transmissible between pets and their owners, but veterinary technicians may see cases of Chagas in addition to being at risk of the infection. As the organism becomes more prevalent in the US, it is prudent to be aware of its transmission and diagnosis.
8:00 am - 10:00 am Case Discussion: Emergency Room EKGs in the Small Animal: Interpretation and Management Interactive Session Technician Workshop: Achieving VTS-Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology or Nutrition Technician Workshop
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop: Tracheal and Urethral Stenting: From Theory to Clinical Practice Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY INFINITI MEDICAL $350.00 Workshop: A Workshop on Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis for Clinicians Interactive Session
8:00 am - 8:50 pm Technician’s Role in Equine Sports Medicine Technician Program CR - Equine sports medicine is a discipline of its own. The aim of the game is to follow working athletes during a competitive season, throughout their career and insure they maintain their health but also reach and maintain peak performance.
9:00 am - 9:50 am EPIC Trial Results Cardiology Scientific Session CR - This session is a presentation of the results of the EPIC study. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Humans: Indications, Methodologies, Mechanisms and Outlook AASIG CGS - The evidence supporting the efficacy/safety of FMT for treatment of C. difficile infection will be reviewed. FMT methods, donor selection, preparation of material, and administration will be discussed. Data supporting the use of FMT for other disorders including inflammatory bowel disease and the metabolic syndrome will be evaluated. WALTHAM Collaborative Research Into Equine Laminitis and Obesity Equine Scientific Session CR - This talk will provide an overview of the collaborative research that WALTHAM has carried out into equine laminitis and obesity over the last few years, in particular with members of the WALTHAM International Obesity and Laminitis consortia. It will highlight our work looking at how to predict which animals may be at increased risk of developing laminitis. Current Recommendations for Effective and Sustainable Control of Parasites in Cattle FAIM Scientific Session CR - Traditional strategies for the control of parasites in cattle has led to the development of drug resistance in multiple species of important nematodes. Consequently, such approaches often provide suboptimal or even poor levels of parasite control, necessitating the implementation of new evidence-based approaches. In this talk effective and sustainable strategies for parasite control in cattle will be discussed. The Strong Ion and Total Electrolyte (Stewart) Approach to Acid Base FAIM Scientific Session CR - The Stewart approach to acid base is a comprehensive way of determining the acid base status but is not widely used yet. This lecture aims to review the theory of the Stewart approach to acid base and demonstrate is usefulness using clinical examples of acid base abnormalities in large animals. Perspective on Drug Development on the Comparative Oncology Clinical Trials Consortium Oncology Scientific Session CR - To inform veterinary oncologists on the current paradigm and challenges in human drug development and to suggest what information is needed from the veterinary oncology research and clinical fields to make comparative oncology a useful tool to help enable drug development. Cachexia and Sarcopenia in Small Animals SAIM Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - Muscle loss is a common syndrome in dogs and cats with chronic disease and aging, and contributes independently to morbidity and mortality. New information is available on mechanisms and treatments are becoming available. Diagnostic Approach to the Asymptomatic Cat with a Heart Murmur Technician Program CR - As feline longevity and our awareness of feline heart disease increase, we more commonly see asymptomatic cats with heart murmurs. These murmurs can result from a wide variety of primary cardiac and non-cardiac conditions and the best diagnostic course is not always clear. This talk provides a logical and effective diagnostic approach to this common clinical scenario. Update on Equine Endocrine Disease Technician Program CR - The goal of this presentation is to discuss the endocrine disorders that can be encountered in equine athletes. The problems attendant with over-supplementation of thyroid hormone will be discussed in depth. Also covered will be prolonged corticosteroid administration and the challenges of maintaining athletic performance in horses with PPID. Gene Therapy in Lung Disease AASIG VCRS - This session will explore the basics of gene therapy. Potential pulmonary gene therapy veterinary and human disease targets will be discussed and the challenges of lung gene therapy will be outlined.
10:30 am - 11:20 am The Genus Rickettsia: Review and Update AASIG CAPC - These two genera of arthropod-transmitted organisms contain species with disease implications for both pets and people. Specific diagnoses are difficult and in-clinic tests are not available. Lectures will provide a current summary of the state of diagnosis, diseases, treatment, and control. Evaluation of PImobendan in Dogs with Cardiomegaly Caused by Preclinical Mitral Valve Disease: EPIC Trial Discussion Cardiology Scientific Session CR - This session is a presentation of the results of the EPIC study with a 50 min question and answer session directly following the results. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Veterinary Medicine: From Bench to Cage Side AASIG CGS - Fecal microbiota transplantation is attracting much attention as a potentially safe, economical and effective treatment for various disorders. However, much remains to be understood about this therapeutic approach that uses a relatively undefined (stool) treatment for complex conditions. This presentation will provide an overview of in vitro and in vivo evidence, and outline the clinical approach. A Role for Somatostatin in Insulin Dysregulation? Equine Scientific Session CR - Somatostatin is secreted by delta cells within the Islets of Langerhans and regulates insulin and glucagon secretion. The role of somatostatin in controlling insulin secretion requires further investigation as we strive to understand the development of hyperinsulinemia in horses. Somatostatin analogs such as octreotide might be used to diagnose or manage insulin dysregulation in the future. Current Status of Anthelmintic Resistance in Gastrointestinal Nematodes of Cattle FAIM Scientific Session CR - Anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes of cattle is a common but generally under appreciated problem in the US. In this talk data will be presented on the current spectrum and prevalence of resistance, factors that lead to resistance and strategies for reducing the risk of resistance. Update on Fluid Resuscitation in Calves with Diarrhea FAIM Scientific Session CR New Therapeutics Impacting Oncology Practice Oncology Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - The clinical availability of advanced oncology therapeutics for dogs and cats is rapidly expanding. This session reviews the science and clinical use of several new therapeutics for common canine and feline cancers. Discussion will highlight the potential impact these therapies may have on your patients in daily practice. Abolishing Anorexia: the Physiology of Appetite Regulation and Use of Ghrelin Receptor Agonists SAIM Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - Appetite regulation and the factors that influence food intake are complex, but new options are emerging for the management of hyporexia in dogs and cats. This lecture will review our current understanding of the neurohormonal regulation of food intake and innovative approaches for appetite stimulation in small animal patients. Challenging Canine and Feline ECGs: An Advanced Course for Veterinary Technicians Technician Program CR - Building upon the systematic approach to the ECG we discussed in the last hour, we will apply that method to a series of common but critical arrhythmic cases. These cases will be presented as unknowns in order to challenge and sharpen your clinical deductive skills. Guidelines for when to treat or not to treat arrhythmias will be discussed, as will the spectrum of anti-arrhythmic medications. Technical Tips for Treadmill Training of Horses Technician Program CR - This session will cover the details and equipment required to perform detailed treadmill examination of horses, for both upper airway and cardiac anomalies, presented in a manner appropriate for technicians. Aeroallergens Involved in RAO Pathogenesis AASIG VCRS - Recurrent airway obstruction is believed to result from an allergic reaction to inhaled molds from hay, however, only a handful of molds have been implicated. We developed an immunoblotting technique to identify aeroallergens in hay associated with RAO exacerbation and compared immunogenicity of individual fungi isolated from inhaled dust.
10:30 am - 12:30 pm SIG: Equine/Cardiology: Equine Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign/Novel Medical Treatment Options of Atrial Fibrillation in Horses/Electrophysiological Background of Cardiac Repolarization and Development of Fatal Arrhythmias in Horses Interactive Session
11:30 am - 11:55 am Presence of Streptococcus in the Lower Airways AASIG VCRS - Many different bacterial types could be responsible for the high incidence of equine lower airway diseases. However, Streptococcus zooepidemicus is the bacterium most frequently isolated from cases of equine pneumonia and pleuropneumonia. Persistence of streptococci could go on to cause further problems to horses, including poor performance and inflammatory airway disease.
11:30 am - 12:20 pm The Genus Bartonella: Review and Update AASIG CAPC - These two genera of arthropod-transmitted organisms contain species with disease implications for both pets and people. Specific diagnoses are difficult and in-clinic tests are not available. Lectures will provide a current summary of the state of diagnosis, diseases, treatment, and control. Computed Tomography to Assess the Brachycephalic Airway Cardiology Scientific Session CR - Evaluation of the canine brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) is subjective with variable surgical approaches/outcome. CT techniques to evaluate BAS in sedated dogs without intubation will be shown and the complex 3D morphology of BAS discussed, including advanced techniques to quantitate airflow resistance allowing for objective assessment of surgical outcome. Changing Concepts of Hyperglycemia, Hyperlactatemia and Hypertriglyceridemia Equine Scientific Session CR - Benefits of strict glycemic control and suitability of blood glucose as an independent prognostic marker have been challenged. The strict association between hyperlactatemia and poor perfusion has been questioned and other etiologies should be considered in some equine diseases. Successful treatment of hypertriglyceridemia might require early detection and etiologic considerations. The Science Behind Alternative Endoparasite Control Strategies For Small Ruminants FAIM Scientific Session CR - Multi-anthelmintic resistant parasites, combined with the limited development of new anthelmintics, has created a critical need for worm control in sheep, goats and camelids in many parts of the world. Strategies are under investigation to help producers manage parasites and focus is being placed on genetic selection for parasite resistance and resilience, particularly in small ruminants. This session will review recent studies, and the feasibility of implementing these novel methods on farms. Fluid Therapy in Adult Cattle FAIM Scientific Session CR The Delivery of Precision Medicine in Veterinary Oncology Oncology Scientific Session CR - Precision medicine, refers to molecular analyses, to identify drivers of a disease, and to then use this knowledge to recommend therapy. Precision medicine will be reviewed with a focus on gaps that need to be addressed before the full value of this approach can be delivered to veterinary oncology. Feeding the Finicky Feline SAIM Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - This presentation will review options for medical and assisted feeding management of cats with poor appetite, highlighting new research on appetite stimulation and anti-emetics in cats. Pacemakers in Small Animal Medicine Technician Program CR - Symptomatic bradycardia is often treated in dogs with pacemaker therapy. It is more likely than ever that a veterinary technician will see a patient with a pacemaker during their career. This presentation will cover the indication for pacemaker therapy, basic operation of pacemakers, the types of pacemaker systems, and some information on trouble shooting the pacemaker system. Nutritional Support for Hospitalized Horses Technician Program CR - Nutritional support plays an important role in stabilizing patients and providing the body with a means of recovery from illness. This talk will discuss the role that careful and early attention to providing appropriate nutritional support can play in a horse’s recovery. Case examples will highlight specific points.
11:55 am - 12:20 pm How to Get the Most from your BAL Samples AASIG VCRS - Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is an invaluable tool for equine lower airway diagnostics. A standardized procedure for preforming BAL is crucial but the results can be interpreted in different ways. It is therefore important to get as many results out of the sample so it can be used diagnostically.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm ACVIM Membership Luncheon Limited to ACVIM Diplomates Only Thursday Technician Luncheon SPONSORED BY HILL'S PET NUTRITION
2:10 pm - 2:35 pm What is the Role of Protein Restriction in Feline CKD? Perspective: Internist AASIG ASVNU - Feeding a renal diet has been standard therapy for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats for many decades. However, recently some have questioned the effectiveness and nutritional effects of feeding renal diets to cats. This presentation will review the current evidence on use of renal diets in cats with CKD. Transfusion of Aged Packed RBCs: The Negatives of Old Blood AASIG AVHTM - The session will focus on the adverse consequences associated with transfusion of pRBC's that have undergone prolonged storage. Surgery and Vaccine-Based Immunotherapy for Canine Glioma Research Report-Neurology
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm The Science of Microbiomics AASIG AAVN/ACVN - The primary objective is to give an overview of the microbiome in health and disease with a focus in small animal medicine. We will discuss the state-of-the-art for studying the microbiome and the potential for the discipline to inform veterinary diagnostics and therapeutics in the future. We will consider the challenges in elucidating relationships of the enteric microbiome to diarrheal illness and highlight progress in veterinary medicine. Choosing the Best Antiepileptic Drug AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - Patient-based decision making is critical for successful long-term seizure management. Considerations such as type of seizure, seizure pattern, concurrent metabolic diseases, patient age, breed and owner capabilities must all be considered when choosing antiepileptic therapy. We will focus on the most common antiepileptic drugs with brief discussion of newer medications. How Flow Cytometry is Expanding our Understanding of Leukemia AASIG ASVCP - This session will describe how recent advances utilizing Flow Cytometry allow us to better classify both acute and chronic leukemias of dogs and cats. Case examples as well as larger population-based studies will be discussed emphasizing the utility of this technology. Leading Through Adversity: Connecting With Your Team AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Leading with joy and authenticity is challenging and when things get touchy it can seem impossible. We will discuss strategies to get connected to your team, maintain each other’s respect and serve each other even through the most difficult times. Pulmonary Hypertension: Review and Update Cardiology Scientific Session CR - Pulmonary hypertension is a relatively common diagnosis in canine patients living at high altitude. Many respond well to sildenafil and with better long-term prognosis than is reported in the literature. This presentation will cover clinical management of these cases as well as report short and long-term response to treatment. Skin Tumors: Standard Treatments and Emerging Therapies Equine Scientific Session CR - This presentation will include a literature review addressing standard treatment and emerging therapies for common skin tumors including melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, lymphoma, and sarcoids, in addition to less common tumors including myxosarcoma, angiosarcoma, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Difficult cases, their presentation, and outcome will be discussed. What Do We Know About the Microbiome and Resistome in Cattle Production Systems? FAIM Scientific Session CR - There is significant interest and concern about how modern production practices influence microbial ecology, and its impact on public health and environmental safety. Recently, state-of-the-art genetic sequencing has provided an unprecedented view of microbial ecology, and this presentation will summarize current understanding of this issue and areas of ongoing and future research. Electroporation in Oncology: Clinical Applications and Future Perspectives Oncology Scientific Session CR - Electroporation is a drug delivery stragegy that is rapidly expanding in terms of instrumentation, understanding of tumor electrical properties, noval protocols and development of new drugs tailored for pulse mediated cell uptake. This presentation reviews basic principles with case examples and summary of current electroporation research. SOTA: The Promise of -omic Technologies SAIM Scientific Session SOTA - The alphabet soup of -omic technologies can confuse anyone. This talk will explain both the relevance of and the potential integration of the fields of pharmacogenomics proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and epigenetics into medical practice. Cancer Cachexia: Pathophysiology and Treatment in Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Despite recent advances in cancer therapy in cat and dogs, cancer-associated malnutrition still occurs because of an imbalance between the nutritional needs of the patient, the demands of the tumor and the availability of nutrients in the body. Cachexia is a specific form of malnutrition characterized by loss of lean body mass, muscle wasting, and impaired immune, physical and mental function. The healthcare team must be able to identify cachexia and begin nutritional therapy as early as possible. Quality of Life in Dogs and Cats: How to Measure it and Why it Matters Technician Program CR - Quality of life is important in dogs and cats because it has important implications for an animal's comfort and may affect survival time. It also can be an important endpoint in clinical trials. However, measuring quality of life is not always easy. This talk will focus on the importance of quality of life assessment and methods to accurately measure it in companion animals. 2:35 pm - 3:00 pm Should Protein Always be Restricted in Feline CKD? AASIG ASVNU - Controversy exists when discussing recommendations for feeding cats with kidney diseases. As obligate carnivores with different nutritional requirements than those of the omnivorous canine, understanding more about feline nutrition is valuable in caring for cats. It is critical to feed cats not just enough calories, but enough calories from protein. Storage of Packed RBCs: Best Use of Available Resources AASIG AVTHM - The session will focus on the adverse consequences associated with transfusion of pRBC's that have undergone prolonged storage. 3:10 pm - 3:35 pm What is the Role of Protein Restriction in Feline CKD? Perspective: Nutritionist AASIG ASVNU - This session will be a discussion of the controversy about if and when protein should be restricted in patients with chronic kidney disease.It will include al review of the pros and cons of protein restriction and discuss the evidence behind these recommendations from the point of view of a nutritionist. Leukoreduction: Potential Advantages for the Transfusion Recipient AASIG AVTHM - This session will include evidence supporting the use of leukoreduction as part of standard blood banking practice in veterinary medicine. This will be the pro-portion of the session on leukoreduction. 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Microbiomics in Veterinary Medicine AASIG AAVN/ACVN - The primary objective is to give an overview of the microbiome in health and disease with a focus in small animal medicine. We will discuss the state-of-the-art for studying the microbiome and the potential for the discipline to inform veterinary diagnostics and therapeutics in the future. We will consider the challenges in elucidating relationships of the enteric microbiome to diarrheal illness and highlight progress in veterinary medicine. Choosing Appropriate Acid Suppressant Therapy AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - This presentation will review the pathogenesis of gastric and intestinal ulceration in dogs and cats with an emphasis on the rational use of acid suppressants and antacids. The adverse consequences of long-term acid suppressant therapy and the proper implementation and cessation of acid suppressant drugs will also be discussed. Common Conundrums in Cytologic Analysis AASIG ASVCP - Understand the pitfalls of common cytologic diagnoses, and the variation in the cytologic appearance of individual tumors. Battling Burnout: Keeping the Flame Alive AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Struggling with burnout and compassion fatigue is a part of all of our lives. We will discuss strategies for rekindling our passion, appreciating each other and motivating not only our team but ourselves. Pulmonary Thromboembolism Cardiology Scientific Session CR Treatment of Equine Neoplasia: What are the Options, and What is the Evidence? Equine Scientific Session CR - Horse owners are increasingly expecting to be given treatment options for horses with neoplasia. This talk will review treatment options for commonly encountered neoplasms (including lymphoma, melanoma and sarcoids); will discuss the evidence on which these protocols are based; and will highlight the need for future studies evaluating therapeutic efficacy. Advances in Salmonella Prophylaxis FAIM Scientific Session CR - Salmonellosis continues to be a significant cause of disease and mortality in livestock production systems and an important foodborne zoonotic disease. Over recent years there has been a number of advances in the understanding of the epidemiology of the disease and in the development of vaccines that provide protection from homologous and heterologous challenge. Electrochemotherapy for Private Practice Oncology Scientific Session CR - Electrochemotherapy is a treatment for superficial tumors that couples local administration of chemotherapy drugs and delivery of electric pulses. These patients pose a unique opportunity in private practice, require brief anesthesia and sometimes wound management. What every technician shoud know about working with these patients. SOTA: Pharmacogenomics SAIM Scientific Session SOTA - Genetic information on patients is now readily and rapidly available. The importance and application of this information is a subject of much debate. This talk will focus on the utilization of genetic information to help predetermine human patient responses to drugs. Using Nuclear Medicine to Diagnose and Treat Cancer in Cats and Dogs Technician Program CR - Electrochemotherapy is a treatment for superficial tumors that couples local administration of chemotherapy drugs and delivery of electric pulses. These patients pose a unique opportunity in private practice, require brief anesthesia and sometimes wound management. This session discussed what every technician should know about working with these patients. Beating the Bugs: How Veterinary Technicians Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections Technician Program CR - Hospital acquired infections (HAI's) are increasingly prevalent and problematic in human and veterinary medicine. These infections are increasingly associated with resistant and potentially dangerous bacteria. Early identification of at risk patients and sound management strategies require team based staff approach. This lecture will equip veterinary technicians with knowlege and tools to take the lead in prevention of HAI's. 3:35 pm - 4:00 pm Panel Discussion: What is the Role of Protein Restriction in Feline CKD? Panel Discussion AASIG ASVNU - This will be a panel discussion regarding the protein controversy in feline CKD diets. It will be a 25-minute segment with other speakers and a Q&A panel. Leukoreduction: Disadvantages from the Perspective of the Blood Bank AASIG AVTHM - The presenter will describe the evidence supporting the use of leukoreduction as part of standard blood banking practice in veterinary medicine. This will be the pro-portion of the session on leukoreduction. 4:25 pm - 4:50 pm Utilization of Feeding Tubes in the Management of CKD AASIG ASVNU - The long-term use of esophagostomy feeding tubes provides means to maintain hydration, nutrition, and facilitate medication administration in patients with chronic kidney disease. This talk will present clinical outcomes and complications of patients with IRIS stages 2-4 CKD that have had esophagostomy tubes as part of their management protocol. The Case for Anticoagulant Therapy in Canine IMHA AASIG AVHTM - The session will include a discussion of the evidence supporting the use of anticoagulant therapy for thromboprophylaxis in canine IMHA. Does a Th17 Skewed Immune Response in Steroid-Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis Exist? Research Report-Neurology 4:25 pm - 5:15 pm The Premiumization of Dog Foods: What’s Real and What’s Not? AASIG AAVN/ACVN - Sales of pet food in the United States exceeded $20 billion in 2013 and are still growing, especially in the premium pet food category. Some of these premium foods offer true nutrition innovation, while others are little more than slick marketing. This lecture will review both sides of the industry. Evidence-Based Approach to Insulin Therapy in Dogs and Cats AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - Evidence-based review of insulin choices available for dogs and cats, with discussion of relevant literature regarding efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic aspects of each. Application and Utility of Multiplex Immunocytochemistry for Diagnostic Cytology AASIG ASVCP - Specificity of cytologic interpretations can decrease from confounding overlap among microscopic appearances of certain cells/tumors. Immunocytochemistry (ICC) can conclusively identify/diagnose cells that are otherwise ambiguous using routine stains. This presentation will discuss novel multiplex ICC protocols that can be used for differentiating tumor types, particularly for samples with limited material. The Profitability of Co-Managed Care: Partnering with the Primary Care Team AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - We will discuss the myths and reality of primary care DVM (ppcDVM) and specialty DVMs competing for cases. We will share strategies for partnering more closely with pcDVMs as well as findings from our study evaluating profitability and patient longevity when comparing co-managed cases of those managed pcDVMs alone. The Importance of Body Size and Composition in Small Animal Heart Disease Cardiology Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - Research is now identifying the important role of body composition (detrimental effects of muscle loss, pros and cons of being overweight) on the progression of heart disease. However, body size and early growth also may play a role in determining the phenotypic expression of disease in genetically predisposed individuals. Equine Lymphoproliferative Disease Equine Scientific Session CR - Equine lymphoma is common, and the clinical presentation and course of disease are variable. A wide range of clinical presentations, tumor subtypes, and outcomes have been described. Leukemias however have been rarely reported in the published literature. This lecture will review the literature on both diseases and anecdotal experiences. Multiomic Approaches to Study Host Pathogen Interactions FAIM Scientific Session CR Chemotherapy Safety and Administration Oncology Scientific Session CR - Cytotoxic drugs take special handling from start to finish and this lecture will give you the tools you need to handle them safely. Individualized Medicine: The Canine Patient SAIM Scientific Session CR - Individualized medicine uses pharmacogenomics to identify gene variants that affect response to pharmacological therapy. Using a dog's genetic profile, a drug's safety and efficacy can be predicted. Genetic variants involving drug transporters, drug metabolizing enzymes, plasma binding proteins and drug receptors and their impact on drug response will be presented. Top Tips for Managing Canine and Feline Cancer Patients in your Practice Technician Program CR - We will discuss the most common oncology mistakes, including diagnostics, surgery, and chemotherapy, and tips to avoid them in your patients. Tricks of the Trade: How to be an Exceptional Technician Technician Program CR - We'll be discussing different ways of doing what we do, such as blood collection, catheter placement, and general husbandry. You could learn a variety of ways to excel and be the best you can be! 4:50 pm - 5:15 pm Understanding the Limitations of Phosphate Binders AASIG ASVNU - The focus of this lecture is the physiology of phosphorus absorption from the intestines and how we can better control blood phosphate concentrations in patients with chronic kidney disease. The Case for Antiplatelet Agents in Canine IMHA AASIG AVHTM - The session will include a discussion of the evidence supporting the use of anticoagulant therapy for thromboprophylaxis in canine IMHA. Imepitoin - Studies with a New Medication Research Report-Neurology 5:25 pm - 5:50 pm Microanatomy of Feline Nephrolithiasis AASIG ASVNU - Calcium oxalate formation is often considered a passive process resulting from supersaturation of urine. This seminar questions the validity of this premise through microscopic evaluation of the kidneys and uroliths. Antifibrinolytic Agents as Treatment for Bleeding AASIG AVHTM - The program will present the evidence supporting the use of antifibrinolytic agents in the prevention and treatment of hemorrhage. Does a Panel of CSF Biomarkers Enhance the Prognostic Value in Canine Spinal Cord Injury? Research Report-Neurology 5:25 pm - 6:15 pm Handling Nontraditional Dietary Requests AASIG AAVN/ACVN - As caregivers become savvier about their own diets they often want to apply the same nutrition philosophies to the diets of their companion animals. Veterinarians need to be aware of the risks and benefits of all feeding modalities to best counsel pet owners and optimally care for their patients. Choosing Among Available NSAIDs AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - The question of choosing between NSAIDs for the control of long term pain in the dog and cat will be discussed. Real Time Cytology Evaluation: Consultations with a Pathologist AASIG ASVCP - This presentation will offer “real time” evaluations of cytology samples using digitally scanned cytology samples. It will be a two way presentation and discussion, and will offer a self assessment of cytologic skills. Veterinary Referral Dynamics and Behaviors: Findings of the VetSOAP White Paper AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - We will review the referral dynamics and professional trends discovered in the VetSOAP white paper. We will include lessons learned from the dental profession as well as discuss behaviors of both specialists and primary care veterinarians that either foster or destroy the collaborative care model. Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Cats with Heart Disease Cardiology Scientific Session CR - Optimal treatment for cats with cardiac disease requires careful attention to diet. However, the unique nutritional needs of cats and their behaviors can make their nutritional management challenging. This talk will provide clinical tips for optimizing the diet for cats with this common disease. Electroporation in Oncology: Clinical Applications and Future Perspectives in Equine Medicine Equine Scientific Session CR - Electroporation is a drug delivery strategy that is rapidly expanding in terms of instrumentation, understanding of tumor electrical properties, novel protocols and development of new drugs tailored for pulse mediated cell uptake. This presentation reviews basic principles with case examples and summary of current electroporation research, including my initiatives. Beyond the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology in Bacterial Pathogens FAIM Scientific Session CR Cancer Virotherapy: Review of Literature for Companion Animals Oncology Scientific Session CR - This session will be a review of the current literature relating to virotherapy for common cancers of dogs and cats. Individualized Medicine: The Feline Patient SAIM Scientific Session CR - Individualized medicine uses pharmacogenomics to identify gene variants that affect response to pharmacological therapy. Using a cat's genetic profile, a drug's safety and efficacy can be predicted. Genetic variants involving drug transporters, drug metabolizing enzymes and drug receptors and their impact on drug response will be presented. Electrochemotherapy in Horses, Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - The use of radioisotopes in veterinary medicine has centered primarily on radioiodine therapy for hyperthyroid cats, and technetium scans for bone pathology. Newer imaging techniques such as PET scans, and novel radioisotopes for cancer treatment such as samarium offer promising new tools for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Commonly Encountered Errors in Collecting and Reporting Laboratory Tests Technician Program CR - This talk will focus on some of the frequently encountered errors and misconceptions associated with commonly performed laboratory tests. 5:50 pm - 6:15 pm Treatment of Feline Ureteral Obstruction: Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypasses vs Stents AASIG ASVNU - This talk will focus on the treatment of ureteral obstructions in veterinary patients using interventional options like the Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass (SUB) or ureteral stents. Risk, benefits, complications and outcomes will be addressed. The Adverse Effects of Antifibrinolytic Therapy AASIG AVHTM - The program will present the evidence supporting the use of antifibrinolytic agents in the prevention and treatment of hemorrhage. Title TBD Research Report-Neurology 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception SPONSORED BY PURINA 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Case Discussion: Calcium Disorders in the Dog and Cat: A Case-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment Interactive Session Case Discussion: Glomerular Disease: Clinical and Pathologic Insights Interactive Session 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Case Discussion: Opening the Cell Membrane-Insertion of Cancer Vaccines, Chemotherapy to help Domestic Animals and Chemotherapy Safety in the Clinic? Interactive Session SIG: Immunotherapy of Osteosarcoma Interactive Session Workshop: Is Training Veterinary Students Still Feasible in Today's Tertiary Care Veterinary Teaching Hospitals? Interactive Session 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Workshop: Introduction to Small Animal Laparoscopy: Lecture and Dry Lab Interactive Session Workshop: Indications and Techniques for Upper/Lower GI Endoscopy in the Dog and Cat Interactive Session Workshop: Neuropathology Online Tutorial for Neurology Residents: How Far Can I Go? Interactive Session Workshop: I Have Patience for My Patients but my Clients are Driving Me Crazy: Core Communication Skills to the Rescue Interactive Session Workshop: ACVIM LAIM Credentials and Case Report Session Interactive Session Case Discussion: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Weight Loss: This Patient is Driving Me Crazy Interactive Session Case Discussion: Antibody Therapy: The Next Horizon in Canine Atopic Dermatitis Interactive Session Case Discussion: Tox Talk! Treatment Options for Common Household Toxicities Interactive Session SIG: FAIM Interactive Session SIG: Equine Endocrinology Interactive Session SIG: Updates in Critical Care Interactive Session Technician Workshop: The ABCs of Diabetes and DKA: Treatment, Management, Nutrition Technician Workshop 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Cardiology Specialty Reception SPONSORED BY IDEXX LABORATORIES and BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC. - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates, ECVIM Diplomates, and RCVS Diplomates, and Invited Guests Only
6:00 am - 7:50 am Commercial Presentation: Paradigm Shift for Cobalamin Supplementation: Are We Done With Injections?/Use of Nutraceutical & Botanical Therapies to Modify Behaviors Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY NUTRAMAX - Breakfast Included 6:30 am - 8:30 am Commercial Presentation: GI Bleeding and Newer Technology Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY INFINITI MEDICAL - Breakfast Included 8:00 am - 8:25 am The Transcriptome of Sarcocystis neurona Infected Horses Demonstrates T-cell Mediated Immunopathogenesis with Cytokine Dysregulation Research Report-Equine Misoprostol is Superior to Combined Omeprazole and Sucralfate for Healing Glandular Gastric Lesions in Horses Research Report-Equine Overweight/Obesity in Golden Retrievers as a Function of Neuter, Age, Activity Level, and US Region Research Report-SAIM 8:00 am - 8:50 am Review of Cardiac Surgery in Dogs Cardiology Scientific Session CR - Review of cardiac surgery in dogs. Highlights of the 8th European College of Equine Internal Medicine Congress, Utrecht 2015 Equine Scientific Session CR Europe - The European College of Equine Internal Medicine has had College-wide associate status with the ACVIM (LAIM) since 2014. To foster the relationship, this talk will update highlights from the November Congress in Utrecht with a summary of the latest research from Europe, focussing on endocrine and metabolic disease. Treadmill Examination of Horses Equine Scientific Session CR - This session will cover the details and equipment required to perform detailed treadmill examination of horses, for both upper airway and cardiac anomalies, presented in a manner appropriate for technicians. SOTA: Phosphorus Balance Disorders in Cattle: What We Know and What We Don't FAIM Scientific Session SOTA ISCAID Consensus Statement: Antimicrobial Guidelines for the Treatment of Respiratory Infections in Dogs and Cats AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - The antimicrobial guidelines for the treatment of respiratory infections in dogs and cats will be discussed using case examples. SOTA Brain Tumor Therapy and Neuroimaging: Overcoming the Therapeutic Challenge of the Blood-brain Barrier Neuro Scientific Session SOTA - This session will be a discussion about brain tumors and selective permeability in the blood-brain barrier. Chemoprotective methods will also be mentioned. SOTA: Brain Tumor Therapy and Neuroimaging: Overcoming the Therapeutic Challenge of the Blood Brain Barrier Neuro Scientific Session SOTA - This session will be a discussion about brain tumors and selective permeability in the blood-brain barrier. Chemoprotective methods will also be mentioned. Why HGE is an Outdated Name: New Insights in the Pathogenesis of Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome SAIM Scientific Session CR Europe - Presentation of new data about AHDS in dogs. Mechanical Ventilation: Set-Up and Strategies SAIM Scientific Session CR - This session will apply theory to practice in the initiation of ventilation, drug protocols, and tips for managing patients with different respiratory pathologies. We will focus specifically on the hows and whys of particular ventilator settings. How to Get the Most Value Out of Serial Blood Glucose Curves SAIM Scientific Session CR - Blood glucose curves performed in the clinic or by owners at home have limitations and there is considerable day-to-day variation in results, especially in animals with poor glycemic control. An international team will provide tips on how to get the most value out of blood glucose curves. SDMA and BAIB as Biomarkers for Kidney Stones in Cats SAIM Scientific Session CR - Increased symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) allows earlier detection of chronic kidney disease in dogs and cats compared with serum creatinine. SDMA and ? amino isobutyric acid (BAIB), an amine donor for an enzyme present in glomerular epithelial cells, were evaluated as renal biomarkers to detect underlying oxalate stones in dogs and cats. A brief description of physiology/ biochemistry will be followed with data on the prognostic value of serum biomarkers for detecting kidney stones. The Importance of a Balanced Gut Microbiome for Intestinal Health of Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - The gut microbiome has important implications for intestinal health. This talk will discuss new insights into the various bacteria present in the gut and will discuss how therapeutics affect the gut microbiome. Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions in Dogs Technician Program CR - What can be done when a transfusion reaction occurs? From a meticulous blood donor selection to the blood product administration itself, every step is important to offer safe and effective transfusion therapy. This session will offer practical recommendations on how to recognize, prevent and investigate transfusion reactions, emphasizing on in-house blood compatibility testing and appropriate blood bank management. 8:00 am - 10:00 am Workshop: Infectious Disease Diagnostics: Selection, Interpretation, and Quality Control Interactive Session 8:00 am - 12:00 pm SIG: Veterinary Clinical Immunology: A New Sub-Specialty of Internal Medicine? Interactive Session - LUNCH SPONSORED BY BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC. - Open to ACVIM Diplomates and ACVIM Candidates Only Workshop: Canine and Feline Nutrition Hands-On Lab Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY ROYAL CANIN 8:25 am - 8:50 am Evaluation of Triaxial Accelerometers for Detection of Gait Deficits in Horses with Neurologic Disease Research Report-Equine Experimental Model of Duodenitis Proximal-Jejunitis in Horses Inoculated with Clostridium difficile Research Report-Equine Evaluation of Body Weight, Body Condition, and Muscle Condition in Cats with Hyperthyroidism Research Report-SAIM 9:00 am - 9:25 am Immunogenicity and Efficacy of a Novel Vaccine Against Rhodococcus equi Pneumonia in Foals Research Report-Equine Transforming Growth Factor Beta at the Hoof Lamellar Interface in Equine Laminitis Research Report-Equine Response to Sildenafil Citrate in Dogs with Pulmonary Hypertension and PDE5A:E90K Polymorphism Research Report-SAIM 9:00 am - 9:50 am SOTA: Mitral Valve Repair: Human and Canine - The Same but Different Cardiology Scientific Session SOTA Dietary Management of Equine Metabolic Syndrome Equine Scientific Session CR Europe - Dietary management is the mainstay of prevention and management of Equine metabolic syndrome. This talk will focus on the research from the University of Liverpool in management of obesity. In particular the effects of different forage sources including soaked hay as well as the application in a clinical setting. Endocrine Problems in the Equine Athlete Equine Scientific Session CR - The goal of this presentation is to discuss the endocrine disorders that can be encountered in equine athletes. The problems attendant with over-supplementation of thyroid hormone will be discussed in depth. Also covered will be prolonged corticosteroid administration and the challenges of maintaining athletic performance in horses with PPID. SOTA: Strategies for Prevention of Hypocalcemia Revisited: Is There a New Perspective to an Old Problem? FAIM Scientific Session SOTA ISCAID Consensus Statement: Antimicrobial Guidelines for the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - This session will provide an outline of revised ISCAID guidelines for management of urinary tract infections in dogs and cats. SOTA: Minimizing Chemo-induced Toxicity in the Treatment of Brain Tumors Neuro Scientific Session SOTA - Dr. Neuwelt will be speaking about brain tumors and selective permeability in the blood-brain barrier. He will also touch base on chemoprotective methods. SOTA: Minimizing Chemo-induced Toxicity in the Treatment of Brain Tumors Oncology Scientific Session SOTA - Dr. Neuwelt will be speaking about brain tumors and selective permeability in the blood-brain barrier. He will also touch base on chemoprotective methods. Current Concepts in the Treatment of Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome: A Shift Away From Antibiotics SAIM Scientific Session CR Europe - A presentation of new data about AHDS in dogs gathered from years of research. Mechanical Ventilation: Management and Weaning SAIM Scientific Session CR - This session will focus on optimizing patient care during ventilation, how to manage complications, ventilator associated pneumonia, and when and how to wean. Advances in Diabetes and Obesity Therapy: GLP-1 Based Drugs in Veterinary Medicine SAIM Scientific Session CR - GLP-1 analogs are revolutionizing the field of human diabetes. In this session we will briefly discuss background physiology of the incretin system (GLP-1 and GIP) and the pharmacology and use of GLP-1 analogs in people. We will then review up-to-date research data on GLP-1 analogs in veterinary medicine. Novel Options for Refractory Incontinence: Stem Cells to Silicone SAIM Scientific Session CR - Refractory urinary incontinence is a serious problem that can disrupt the bond between pet and owner and lead to pet relinquishment. During this presentation, we will discuss available methods to manage the pet that has not responded to traditional therapeutic approaches. Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats: It’s More Than Just Fluids Technician Program CR - Attendees will learn how to help diagnose and stage renal disease in their feline patients. They will also learn about common medications used to treat kidney disease and side effects of kidney disease. They will learn the importance of selecting a kidney-friendly diet, what diets have to offer our feline patients with CKD, as well as how to work and communicate with owners about treating their pet. Alternative Transfusion Methods in Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Blood products are always short in supply, and at times, creative methods in providing blood transfusion resources are necessary. Dog to cat transfusions and autotransfusions have been discussed a source of red blood cells in the time of need. We will discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and risks associated with these alternative transfusion methods. 9:25 am - 9:50 am Tracheobronchoscopic Assessment of Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) and Airway Inflammation in Barrel Racing Horses Research Report-Equine Are Horses Subject to Long-QT Syndrome? Preliminary Data From Horses Castrated Under General Anesthesia Research Report-Equine Response to Sildenafil Differs in Dogs with Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Cardiac and Respiratory Etiologies Research Report-SAIM 10:30 am - 11:20 am Keynote Address: The Killer Defence Keynote Speaker - SPONSORED BY HILL'S PET NUTRITION - The Keynote speaker will focus on the role and nature of CD8 T cell mediated immunity in virus infections (and a little about cancer), and some personal story about the Nobel Prize and being the first veterinarian to be recognised in this way. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Technician Workshop: Let's Get Our Hands Into Oncology Safety Technician Workshop 11:30 am - 12:10 pm Consensus Statement: Q Fever Consensus Statement LAIM/Paul Plummer, Panel Chair Consensus Statement: Support for Rational Administration of Gastric Protectants to Dogs and Cats Consensus Statement SAIM/Stanley Marks, Panel Chair 11:30 am - 12:20 pm Management of Canine Lower Urinary Tract Disease Technician Program CR - There are many different canine uroliths that can inflect dogs. We will discuss the two most common canine uroliths that we see in dogs today, magnesium ammonium phosphate and calcium oxalates. We will discuss diagnostics, prevalence, key nutritional options and nutritional management of canine uroliths. Update on Blood Banking for Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Veterinary blood banking is an expanding field in response to the advances in veterinary medicine and surgery. Currently there are no official guidelines nor governing bodies overseeing the quality of veterinary blood products. This presentation will be an overview of veterinary blood banking with application in both small and large-scale hospitals. 12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Consensus Statement: Lyme Disease in Dogs Consensus Statement SAIM/Meryl Littman, Panel Chair 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm SIG: Equine Emerging Issues Luncheon Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH Lunch and Learn: Building a Win-Win-Win: Clients, pcDVM’s and Specialists Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY CareCredit Friday Technician Luncheon: Diagnostic Testing of the Adrenal Gland SPONSORED BY DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Technician Workshop: Neurology for the VTS: An Interactive Workshop Technician Workshop 2:10 pm - 2:35 pm Expression of Myocardial Remodeling Markers: Gender, Age and Cardiac Disease Associated Variations in Cats Research Report-Cardiology Characterization of the Fecal Bacterial Microbiota of Healthy and Diarrheic Calves Research Report-Food Animal Echinococcus Multilocularis: An Emerging Zoonotic Disease AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - Prior to 2009, Echinococcus multilocularis infections in dogs had not been described in North America outside Alaska. However, since that time multiple cases of alveolar echinococcosis have occurred in dogs across Canada. This presentation will provide a clinical summary of these cases and the associated public health concerns. Gene Expression Analysis in Canine Tumors Research Report-Oncology 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - The speaker will discuss the advantages and challenges of performing Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century. The impact of new technologies on drug testing and consequently on the practice of veterinary medicine will be discussed. The information required to estimate a withdrawal time will be outlined with examples Laboratory Diagnosis and Classification of Anemia AASIG ASVCP - This hour will focus on laboratory diagnosis of anemia. Different classification schemes of anemia will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of laboratory methodology. Particular attention will be paid to diagnostically useful information that is commonly overlooked. Financial Discussion: Differing Perspectives AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Veterinarian and client perceptions differ about the costs of veterinary care. Finances are a personal subject with potential for making judgments on what others are willing to do or spend. Getting on the same page is critical to moving forward with a mutual plan to care for the animal. SOTA: New Percutaneous Valve Therapy Cardiology Scientific Session SOTA Leptospirosis: An Important Infectious Disease in Horses Equine Scientific Session CR - Leptospirosis is an emerging disease in horses with increasing acknowledgement of its role in many equine uveitis case (ERU). Abortion, renal failure and ERU are now well documented clinical syndromes in the horse. Means of diagnosis, treatments and prevention of Leptospirosis in the horse are rapidly evolving with newer information. SOTA: Pathophysiology of Seizures and Epilepsy Equine Scientific Session SOTA - You will learn about the diverse types of epileptic seizures that occur in humans, horses and dogs, including focal and idiopathic generalized (genetic) seizures. Dr. Rogawski will discuss the basic mechanisms from viewpoint of circuit abnormalities and neuropathology and will also consider specific epilepsy syndromes. An Update on the Influence of Husbandry and Management on Calf Health FAIM Scientific Session CR - This session reflects on scientific progress in the area of calf health that has been made in recent years, and on the difficulties that can arise while translating the science into practice. Examples on how farmer acceptance can be improved during implementation of calf health programs are given. Clinical Trials on Canine Degenerative Myelopathy Neuro Scientific Session CR - An update will be provided on principles and challenges of longitudinal monitoring of canine DM, results and update on clinical trial therapy approaches. Feline Injection-Site Sarcomas: An Evidence-Based Critical Review Oncology Scientific Session CR - The pathogenesis of feline injection site sarcomas is a divisive and emotive topic, but this balanced presentation provides a critical review of practical, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information from published epidemiologic studies. The typical history, pathogenesis, risk factors will be discussed, as well as incidence studies, and case management and prognosis. Characterization of Bronchinterstitial Disease in Cats: Spontaneous Disease & Exp Models SAIM Scientific Session CR - A bronchial interstitial radiographic pattern in client cats and shelter cats has been associated with interstitial lung disease. CT analysis demonstrates a restrictive lung, myofibrocyte infiltration. Eosinophilic BALF is documented in T. cati larvae migration even with preventative medication, adult D. immitis, HARD and pre-cardiac stages, and other parasites and is not predictive of airway reactivity. Endoscopic Intervention and Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Human Perspective SAIM Scientific Session PG - SPONSORED BY INFINITI MEDICAL - Technical and procedural innovations often occur in human medicine in advance of its veterinary counterpart. Because humans and companion animals often share many similarities in anatomy and disease states, an examination of human medicine often provides a glimpse into the future of veterinary medicine. This talk will draw upon the experience of one of the most innovative human gastroenterologists to explore the latest endoscopic-based therapies concerning the management of GI disease. Genetics of Endocrine Disease in Dogs and Cats AASIG SCE - SPONSORED BY DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS - This lecture will discuss our current knowledge of the genetic basis of endocrine diseases such as diabetes mellitus, thryoid disease and hypoadrenocorticism in dogs and cats. Current and future research directions and techniques will be covered, with reference to the state-of-the-art in human endocrine genetics. Clinical Use of Neuroimaging in Small Animals: CT and MRI Technician Program CR - This will be a discussion on the use of CT and MRI in imaging neurologic cases. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of CT and MRI in different cases, MRI imaging sequences, and give some case examples. Canine Osteosarcoma Technician Program CR - Osteosarcoma is a very common cancer in large breed dogs, but does not have to be a death sentence. This session will cover both curative intent therapy and palliative care for the patient with bone cancer. Venous Function in Critical Illness AASIG VECCS - Quantitative analysis of electrolyte and acid-base status provides a diagnostic and monitoring tool for comprehensive assessment of patient metabolic status during critical illness. In this hour I’ll demonstrate a spreadsheet-based calculator that automates application of physical chemistry principles to determine the relative contribution of ventilation and strong and weak ions to acid-base balance. 2:35 pm - 3:00 pm Echocardiographic Assessment of the Right Ventricle in Cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Research Report-Cardiology High Pressure Processing of Bovine Colostrum: Impact on Quality, Pathogens, and Transfer of Passive Immunity Research Report-Food Animal H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus: What Clinicians Need to Know AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - The H3N2 canine influenza virus is an emerging novel pathogen that caused nationwide epidemics in the U.S. in 2015. This presentation focuses on new information about diagnostic testing, clinical signs, treatment options, and intervention strategies to reduce virus transmission in populations. Investigating Multiple In Vitro Pathways Affected by Metformin in Feline Cancer Cells Research Report-Oncology 3:10 pm - 3:35 pm Antimicrobial Drug Use and Risk Factors for Increased Treatment Incidence and Mortality in Veal Calves Research Report-Food Animal Use of the Novel Oxygen Carrier Protein, ZOX, in Dogs with Intracranial Masses Research Report-Oncology 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Impact of Disease on Drug Pharmacokinetics in Food Animals AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - Regulatory approval of drugs is predicated on pharmacokinetic studies in healthy animals. However these compounds are indicated for use in diseased animals. In this presentation we will investigate the impact of disease on drug pharmacokinetics in food animals and the impact this may have on drug efficacy and tissue residues. Non-Regenerative Anemia: Mechanisms of Decreased or Ineffective Erythropoiesis AASIG ASVCP - Mechanisms of decreased and ineffective erythropoiesis will be the focus of this hour. Known mechanisms of non-regenerative anemia in veterinary patients will be discussed, with a focus on recent developments. Mechanisms of non-regenerative anemia in humans that may have applications to veterinary patients will also be explored. Financial Discussion: Bridging Differences AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - This session provides communication techniques (i.e. offering partnership, expressing empathy, checking in with the client and eliciting the client’s perspective) to bridge financial gaps, negotiate options and gain mutual agreement on and compliance with a plan of care. Emerging Interventions for Canine Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation Cardiology Scientific Session Borrelia Burgdorferi Infection in the Horse: What Do We Actually Know? Equine Scientific Session CR - There is limited evidence-based information available on equine Lyme disease. Sixteen years of clinical and experimental research have provided some documentation of clinical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. This information will be presented to help guide practitioners in their decisions regarding B. burgdorferi infection in horses. SOTA: New Molecular Targets and Treatments for Epilepsy: Will They be Useful for Horses and Dogs? Equine Scientific Session SOTA - Dr. Rogawski will discuss treatment approaches. He will consider the molecular targets of antiseizure drugs and the way drugs that interact with these targets act to protect against seizures. The talk will consider new agents of interest in veterinary practice that have become available in recent years. He will discuss research from his own laboratory on neurosteroids and AMPA receptor antagonists. Neonatal Calf Diarrhea: Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Systemic Health FAIM Scientific Session CR Resistant Gram Negative Infections AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - This session will focus on multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections in dogs and cats including recognition of key pathogens and the impact on outcome for the individual animal and risk to in-contact human and animals. Thoracolumbar Anulus Fibrosus Protrusions in Dogs Neuro Scientific Session CR - Thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease occurs commonly in dogs. In contrast to nucleus pulposus extrusions, the clinical characteristics of anulus fibrosus protrusions are not commonly reported. The authors are finalising several studies about the diagnosis, medical management and surgical management of thoracolumbar anulus fibrosus protrusions in dogs. Current Options for Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary and Metastatic Lung Cancer in Dogs and Cats Oncology Scientific Session CR - Cancer patients often die of metastatic neoplasia, most commonly to the lungs. Primary lung tumors can have unpredictable behavior and response to therapy, and can limit life for the same reasons as metastatic cancer. Newer information about diagnostic methods and treatment options will be discussed. An Update on Tracheal Collapse Syndrome SAIM Scientific Session CR - Much has changed over the recent years about our understanding of the tracheal collapse syndrome, a collection of respiratory problems presenting similarly. Recognizing the different spectrums of this disease helps determine the appropriate treatment and further management of complications and comorbidities. This lecture will address the new information available. How to Modulate the GI Microbiome: Effect of Diet, Antibiotics and Probiotics SAIM Scientific Session PG - The GI microbiome has been shown to be crucial for intestinal health, and an abnormal microbiota contributes to GI disease. This lecture will summarize evidence from recent literature and published studies from the author's laboratory how antibiotics, various dietary formats, and probiotics can be used to modulate the intestinal microbiome. Environmental Factors in the Development of Thyroid Disease AASIG SCE - Feline hyperthyroidism is extremely common but the underlying mechanisms for disease development remain poorly understood. This lecture will review risk factors for disease development and consider what insight that may provide into disease etiology. Neurologic Manifestations of Endocrine Diseases in Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Endocrine diseases can manifest in many different ways in veterinary patients. Neurologic diseases are seen with fair frequency as a consequence of endocrine diseases including hyperadrenocorticism, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus among others. This will be a case based discussion of neurologic manifestations of endocrine diseases including videos and images to illustrate these clinical conditions. Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Lymphoma? Nebulous Cat Cases Technician Program CR - This is a case-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of feline IBD and lymphoma with case presentation, clinical signs, diagnostic steps and treatment options to discuss with clients. IBD and lymphoma are discussed from the perspective of an Internist and an Oncologist. Arterial Function in Critical Illness AASIG VECCS - Preservation of adequate vital organ and tissue perfusion is essential in the optimization of critically ill patient care. The use of vasoactive agents to promote perfusion will be reviewed in the context of an altered hemodynamic state. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm SIG: GI Endoscopy: What's Your Diagnosis? Interactive Session 4:25 pm - 4:50 pm Comparison of Fibrinolysis in Peripartum and Non-pregnant Mares Using Modified Thromboelastography Research Report-Equine Adverse Event Reporting in Companion Animal Clinical Trials Evaluating Cancer Therapy: A Systematic Review Research Report-Oncology 4:25 pm - 5:15 pm Residues Following Organic Therapies in Livestock AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - There is increasing demanding that livestock be raised without antibiotics to be certified as organic food. This presentation will focus on our recent studies that demonstrated meat and milk residues in dairy and used pharmacometrics to estimate withdrawal times for several widely used organic products. Hereditary Erythrocyte Defects Causing Anemia in Dogs AASIG ASVCP - While animals with hemolytic anemia are assumed to have infectious, toxic or immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, patients with recurrent or chronic anemia without identifiable causes and a negative Coombs' test should be evaluated for hereditary red cell defects. Diagnostic approach and management will be discussed and illustrated with case examples. Disclosing Medical Errors: Delivering the News AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - In disclosing medical errors the stakes are high for the veterinarian and client, due to the nature of the conversation, level of stress, and the degree of emotional involvement. It is critical to pay attention to manner of delivering the news (i.e warning shot and manageable chunks and checking in). Research Update on MVD in Dogs Cardiology Scientific Session CR - The lecture will summarize new research within myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Recent studies suggest that serotonin plays a major role in the pathogenesis of MMVD, and changes in advanced echocardiography parameters are associated with disease severity. Effects of breeding schemes aimed reducing the prevalence of MMVD is reported. EHV-1 Latency: The Best Kept Secret Equine Scientific Session CR - A state-of-the-art review of molecular and epidemiological aspects of EHV-1 Latency and Recrudescence will be presented. Antimicrobial Use in Calves with Diarrhea: Considerations for Clinical Decision Making FAIM Scientific Session CR New Methods of Testing for Infectious Agents AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - This lecture describes new methods for detection of infectious agents, with a focus on matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, which is being widely introduced in veterinary diagnostic laboratories worldwide. How this influences clinical decision making and impacts patient care will be described. Beyond Axonal and Demyelinating: Reclassification of Dysimmune Neuropathies Neuro Scientific Session CR - Immune-mediated polyradiculoneuropathies (IMPN) are sorted into axonal and demyelinating types using electrodiagnostic algorithms. Implementation of advanced biopsy studies however offers more specific insights into primarily affected fiber subunits. This lecture reviews the most recent developments in human and veterinary IMPN research and their impact on diagnostics, pathobiology and treatment. Chemotherapy Resistance: Mechanisms and Impact Oncology Scientific Session CR - Despite advances in treatment options, chemotherapy resistance remains a limiting factor leading to clinical progression and euthanasia. This comprehensive review will compare molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance across drug classes, with a focus on clinical impact. We will review the human literature regarding the future of potential methods to mediate resistance. Diagnosing Canine Leptospirosis in 2016: Moving Away from the MAT SAIM Scientific Session CR - This lecture will review the current status of diagnosing leptospirosis including new data from a large prevalence study . The talk will also focus on the currently available diagnostics including the new Lepto ELISA or SNAP test and what the current recomendation should be for achieving a definitive diagnosis with all the currently available tests. Cytokines and Inflammatory Mediators in IBD SAIM Scientific Session PG - This session will review the latest research on inflammatory mediators and cytokines in canine IBD, with emphasis on biomarker application and novel treatment modalities for the future. Etiopathogenesis of Feline Hyperthyroidism AASIG SCE - SPONSORED BY DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS Urinary System Care and Maintenance in Neurologically Impaired Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Patients with neurologic disease may have problems urinating. This lecture reviews the basics of micturation as well as upper and lower motor neuron bladder disease. Treatments including pharmaceutical management, bladder expression, and urinary catheterization will be discussed. Tumor or Fungus? Diagnosis and Treatment of Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - This is a case-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of fungal disease versus cancer, covering presentation, clinical signs, diagnostic steps and treatment options to discuss with clients. Specific diseases covered are osteomyelitis, osteosarcoma, nasal infection, and nasal tumors from the perspective of an Internist and an Oncologist. Vascular Access AASIG VECCS - SPONSORED BY DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS - The session will concentrate on options for gaining vascular access in critically ill and injured animals, including vein choices, catheter types and uses, including IO catheters. 4:50 pm - 5:15 pm Development and Validation of the Canine Owner-Reported Quality of Life Scale in Dogs with Cancer Research Report-Oncology 5:25 pm - 5:50 pm A Dysbiosis Index to Assess Microbial Changes in Fecal Samples of Dogs with Chronic Enteropathy Research Report-SAIM 5:25 pm - 6:15 pm Treatment of Lameness in Cattle: Evidence and Residue Considerations AASIG ACVCP/AAVPT - There are no FDA-approved treatments for the common causes of lameness in dairy cows. Prior to instituting extralabel drug therapy, the practitioner must seek evidence of efficacy, and special care must be taken to establish appropriate withholding times. Evidence about lameness treatments and information about drug residues will be presented. Blood Typing and Blood Compatibility Testing in Dogs AASIG ASVCP - New information on the DEA 1, Dal and additional blood group systems has recently emerged that is clinically important. Practical aspects and recommendations regarding blood typing and crossmatching of donors and patients will be presented and thereby blood type incompatibility reactions can be avoided. Disclosing Medical Errors: Rebuilding Trust AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - This session provides communication techniques (i.e. apology, expressing remorse, offering partnership and working towards solution) to rebuild trust, maintain relationships and prevent litigation when informing clients that you have made a mistake. MicroRNAs: Novel Biomarkers and Therapueitic Targets in MVD Cardiology Scientific Session CR - MicroRNAs (miR) are small non-coding segments of DNA that are fundamental in the control of gene function. They have major potential to act both as biomarkers of disease and novel therapeutic targets. This lecture will review miR biology, their cardiovascular applications, and the technological challenges and opportunities for their use in canine MMVD. Characterization of Pulmonary Disease in Neonatal Foals with Computed Tomography Equine Scientific Session CR - The goals of this session are to review the current use of computed tomography for characterization of pulmonary disease in neonatal foals. Specific cases where CT provided diagnostic benefits over standard radiography will be discussed and approaches for quantitative evaluation of images will be reviewed. Managing Dairy Calves for a Good Start FAIM Scientific Session CR Emerging Resistance to Anti-Fungal Drugs AASIG ISCAID - SPONSORED BY BAYER HealthCare LLC - Fungal infections are neglected worldwide yet are being increasingly recognised in humans and animals. Although the armoury of antifungal drugs has been strengthened since the development of second generation azoles, echinocandins and lipid formulations of amphotericin B, antifungal resistance is an emerging problem worldwide due to innate and acquired mechanisms. Types and Topography of Epileptogenic Brain Lesions Neuro Scientific Session CR - In absence of EEG mapping and functional imaging, search for an epileptogenic focus requires semiological and symptomatogenic approaches. This lecture explains the pattern of epileptogenic, ictogenic and postictal changes and provides a guideline for dissection of the epileptic brain as proposed by the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force. The Impact of Minimum Residual Disease (MRD) in Canine Lymphoma Oncology Scientific Session CR - Minimal residual disease (MRD) is the quantification of residual malignant cells following therapy. Several molecular and immunologic methods have been proposed in canine oncology. MRD detection and quantification are used for evaluation of treatment efficiency and prognosis of long-term outcome in human hematologic malignancies. This review will focus on clinical application in veterinary medicine as well as a comparison with MRD use in human oncology. Canine Lyme Vaccination: Past, Present and Future SAIM Scientific Session CR - SPONSORED BY ZOETIS - This session will be a review of the data regarding the historical human Lyme vaccine as well as the past and current canine Lyme vaccines. Critical data on efficacy and safety will be presented. The talk will also focus on the search for better Lyme vaccines for humans and dogs. Will mainly center on the use of Osp C and the challenges associated with the biodiversity of Osp C. ANCA and Other Autoimmune Antibodies in Dogs: When and How to Use Them SAIM Scientific Session PG - This lecture will give an overview over studies on the use of ANCA for diagnostic purposes in immune-mediated and other disease in dogs, with particular emphasis on IBD in dogs. In addition, new research in the area will be presented highlighting aspects of the antigens involved in ANCA in dogs. Dietary Links to Feline Hyperthyroidism AASIG SCE - This session gives an overview and interpretation of the hypothesized role of diet in the etiology of feline hyperthyroidism, and outlines where diet can contribute during treatment. Physical Rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Disease in Dogs and Cats Technician Program CR - Many neurologic conditions may benefit from a rehabilitation program. We will discuss exercises and modalities that may aid in the recovery of commonly seen neurologic disease processes. This will include thermal modalities, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular stimulation and aquatic therapy. New Therapeutics Impacting Small Animal Oncology Practice Technician Program CR - The clinical availability of advanced oncology therapeutics for dogs and cats is rapidly expanding. This session reviews the science and clinical use of several new therapeutics for common canine and feline cancers. Discussion will highlight the potential impact these therapies may have on your patients in daily practice. Early Goal-Directed Therapy: Updates and Practices AASIG VECCS - This lecture will review key concepts of early goal directed therapy and how those concepts can be applied to emergency/critical care patients. Case examples will be used to illustrate EDGT concepts. This lecture will also review recent literature that supports or refutes current EGDT recommendations. 5:50 pm - 6:15 pm Utility of Parr Analysis for Improved Detection of Lymphoma in Feline Endoscopic Duodenal Biopsies Research Report-SAIM 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Case Discussion: Benefits and Challenges of Advanced Technology (IMRT and SRT) in Veterinary Radiation Oncology Interactive Session 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm The Big Bash SPONSORED BY HILL'S PET NUTRITION 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Neurology Specialty Reception SPONSORED BY AnimalScan - Limited to ACVIM Diplomates, and ECVN Diplomates Only 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Case Discussion: Diabetic Dilemmas: How Our Practice Approaches the Complicated Diabetic Patient Interactive Session Case Discussion: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Monitor Hypothyroidism in Cats: Everything is Different than in Dogs! Interactive Session 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Case Discussion: Compounding Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Embracing a Team Approach To Veterinary Compounding Interactive Session Case Discussion: Equine Neurological Cases: Perspective of the Clinician and the Pathologist Interactive Session Case Discussion: ECG Rounds Interactive Session SIG: Liver Study Group Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY NUTRAMAX LABORATORIES SIG: Society of Comparative Endocrinology (SCE) Interactive Session - SPONSORED BY MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH Workshop: Cancer Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Ethics: An Interactive Workshop Interactive Session Workshop: Practical Tips for Transitioning from Academia to Private Practice Interactive Session Workshop: What to Say and When: Making for a Better Euthanasia Experience Interactive Session Workshop: Practical Cross-Species Approach to Interpretation of Blood Gas Using Conventional, Stewart and Fencl-Stewart Approaches Interactive Session Case Discussion: Advanced Techniques for Equine Echocardiography Interactive Session 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ACVIM Foundation Live Auction
8:00 am - 8:25 am Retropharyngeal Lymph Node Evaluation in Canine Head and Neck Tumors Foundation Scientific Session RR Frameless Stereotactic Radiotherapy Alone and Combined with Temozolomide in Canine Gliomas Research Report-Neurology Three Diverse Mutations Underlying Canine Xanthine Urolithiasis Research Report-SAIM 8:00 am - 8:50 am Climate Change: A Veterinary Problem? AASIG 1Med - Climate change raises significant veterinary issues, including domestic and wild animal welfare, infectious disease, food security, agricultural practice, and more. Veterinarians not only need to be aware of these, but should have an understanding of the science around climate change and potential solutions. This session will discuss these concepts. Systems that Ensure Consistency of Care AASIG Business Mgmt -SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Clients want a consistent and predictable experience. Patients NEED a consistent experience to minimize risk. Focusing on Systems, Processes and Checklists will create a predictable outcome. Calcium: The Master Regulator Cardiology Scientific Session CW - Regulation of calcium handling within the cardiac myocyte is central to normal heart function. Derangements to excitation-contraction coupling have been implicated in both heart failure and arrhythmogenesis. This session will review this physiologic process in both health and disease and discuss recent developments with regards to novel therapeutic targets. Sleep Disorders in Horses: A Review and Classification of 420 Cases Equine Scientific Session CW - This presentation will review normal sleep behavior in horses. A summary and analysis of 420 cases of sleep deprivation behavior will be presented. This information is used to identify 6 categories of sleep deprivation syndrome identified by clinical presentation and response to management and environmental changes. It's not narcolepsy. Methods of Measuring Antibiotic Concentrations in the Airways FAIM Scientific Session PG Hepatic Encephalopathy in Humans: A Clinical Perspective AASIG LSG - The etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical management of hepatic encephalopathy will be presented as it relates to human medicine. The Tumor Microenvironment: Friend or Foe in Cancer Therapy? Oncology Scientific Session CR - This presentation will aim to inform, educate and capture the imagination of the audience, putting into clinical perspective the importance of the tumor microenvironment, both cellular and molecular. It will integrate clinical practice and fundamental immunology. Chronic Hypertonicity and its Possible Consequences for Diabetic Dogs and Cats SAIM Scientific Session CR - Serum hypertonicity is a common consequence of diabetes in dogs and cats. This session will review the pathophysiologic basis for hypertonicity and review recent studies that have examined hypertonicity in veterinary patients. The possible consequences of persistent hypertonicity for management of diabetic dogs and cats will be considered. Renal Markers in AKI SAIM Scientific Session CW - The discovery and validation of specific blood or urinary biomarkers with the ability to predict the timely onset and persistence of active injury to the kidney has potential to revolutionize the rapid detection of acute kidney injury, its therapeutic management, and ultimate clinical outcomes. This presentation will summarize recent progress in this exciting area. IBD: Diagnosis and Management SAIM Scientific Session PG - This is a 4-part series on diagnosis and management, complications and comorbidities, nutritional role in pathogenesis and management, and integrative management of dogs and cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Gastrointestinal Parasites of Ruminants: Treatments, Management Techniques, and Resistance Technician Program CR - Parasites affect farm animals worldwide. This is a frustrating and potentially devastating disease to deal with, especially as resistance to drugs develops quickly. Common parasites of farm animals will be presented, as well as current drug therapies and management techniques to avoid drug resistance. Relevant cases will be presented. Cannabinoids and Small Animal Neurology Technician Program CR - Is there a place for medicinal marijuana, or cannabiniods, in veterinary medicine? I will discuss the compounds within cannabinods, their physiological effects, and their potential benefits to canine patients with different neurological disorders; including seizures and pain. We will also review real cases to exemplify the benefits to individual patients. Air Quality and Indoor Exposures: Clinical Impacts AASIG VCRS - This session will review possible health outcomes in pets that may be associated with exposure to environmental agents -- ranging from ambient air pollutants to chemicals in found in house dust. Approaches to minimize exposure and to improve air quality will be discussed in brief. 8:00 am - 9:00 am Case Discussion: The 411 on DKA Interactive Session 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop: Resiliency in Veterinary Medicine: Self Care of Body, Mind, Spirit, and Team for Optimal Performance Interactive Session 8:25 am - 8:50 am Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells: Targets to Improve CNS Function and Repair in Ageing and Disease Research Report-Neurology Urinary Microbiota in Healthy Dogs Research Report-SAIM 9:00 am - 9:25 am Feline Anti-Nerve Growth Factor Antibody Improves Mobility in Cats with Degenerative Joint Disease-Associated Pain Research Report-Neurology Vitamin D Metabolites, Parathyroid Hormone and Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 in Canine Chronic Kidney Disease Research Report-SAIM 9:00 am - 9:50 am One Health View of Veterinary Disaster Management AASIG 1Med - Veterinarians have supported the response to natural and technological disasters as an extension of their practice and have effectively supported the response to disease outbreak by setting policy and enforcing regulations. Future opportunities for veterinarians in disasters lie in using scientific principles to continue to shape how we, as a society, want to live with animals. Creating Checklists to Ensure Consistent Patient Care AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Clients want a consistent and predictable experience. Patients NEED a consistent experience to minimize risk. Focusing on Systems, Processes and Checklists will create a predictable outcome. Seizures and Abnormal Behavior: Panel Discussion Equine Scientific Session CW Antibiotic Concentrations in the Airways of Cattle FAIM Scientific Session PG - Determining the concentration of active antibiotic at the site of action is critical to predict clinical efficacy. Previous measurements of lung concentrations are biased due to inclusion of the whole tissue and protein-bound drug. This presentation will summarize recent research describing the antibiotic concentrations in the airways of cattle. Management of Complications in Chronic Liver Disease AASIG LSG - There are a number of metabolic complications of chronic liver disease. This presentation will cover the common complications in humans suffering from chronic liver failure and the medical management of these conditions. Utilizing Inflammation to Overcome Immune Tolerance in Osteosarcoma Oncology Scientific Session CR - We will discuss our documentation that dogs, people and mice that have infected surgical sites experience prolonged survival times and less metastatic disease in OSA (and other sarcomas) compared to those patients with uninfected surgical sites. This phenomenon seems to be mediated by the immune system overcoming tumor-induced immune dysfunction. Advances in Insulin Therapy: Rapid-acting Insulin Analogs in Cats SAIM Scientific Session CR - Rapid-acting insulin analogs are quickly replacing regular insulin in the management of diabetic people. Their rapid onset of action, short duration of effect, and more predictable effect on blood glucose makRapid-acting insulin analogs are quickly replacing regular insulin in the management of diabetic people and their more predictable effect on blood glucose make them an attractive option for the management of DKA in cats. Pharmacodynamic data and clinical application will be discussed. Renal Markers in LUT SAIM Scientific Session CW - Lower urinary tract disease biomarkers can be any objectively measureable indicator of a disease process that can be detected in urine, blood, or tissues. Identification and validation of specific noninvasive biomarkers for canine and feline lower urinary tract disorders could substantially improve clinical assessment and management of affected patients. IBD: Complications & Comorbidities SAIM Scientific Session PG - This is a 4-part series on diagnosis and management, complications and comorbidities, nutritional role in pathogenesis and management, and integrative management of dogs and cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Keeping Calves Healthy, Keeping Calves Alive. What Can the Technician Do? Technician Program CR - This session reflects on scientific progress in the area of calf health that has been made in recent years, and on the difficulties that can arise while translating the science into practice. Examples on how farmer acceptance can be improved during implementation of calf health programmes are given. Small Animal Neuro-Oncology and the Veterinary Technician Technician Program CR - Neuro-Oncology is ultra specialized discipline that requires high competence from both the neurologist that the veterinary technician who assists the patient journey from diagnosis to therapy. The presentation deals with these issues in relation to diseases of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves in the dog and cat. Tracheal and Bronchomalacia: Where We Are in 2016 - Diagnostic Advances AASIG VCRS - This presentation will focus on recent advances in the diagnostic methods used for the diagnosis and exclusion of tracheal and airway collapse. 9:25 am - 9:50 am The Pharmacokinetics and Safety of Glial Growth Factor 2 in Dogs Research Report-Neurology Association Between Vitamin D Metabolites and Proteinuria in Dogs Research Report-SAIM 10:30 am - 10:55 am Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of IV Diazepam and IV Topiramate in Dogs With and Without Epilepsy Research Report-Neurology Short Telomeres are Associated with Feline Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension Research Report-SAIM 10:30 am - 11:20 am Biosecurity: A One Health Perspective AASIG 1Med - In human and veterinary medicine, the pathogenic microorganism – environment – patient interaction plays a key role in disease transmission. Understanding this complex interrelationship is paramount in limiting or preventing the spread of costly infectious diseases in man and animals. Teamwork: It Makes the Dreamwork AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Veterinary medicine is a team sport. The selection, on-boarding, training, and maintaining of a healthcare team will ensure a happy team and a more profitable practice. Differentiating Between Equine Botulism and Equine Dysautonomia Equine Scientific Session CW - Botulism and grass sickness are serious conditions affecting the equine nervous system. This review will discuss current thinking on epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of both diseases and proposed aetiology of grass sickness (including Clostridium botulinum). Includes case videos and speaker’s research and clinical experience on both diseases. Antibiotic Concentrations in the Gastrointestinal Tract of Cattle FAIM Scientific Session PG - Determining the concentration of active antibiotic at the site of action is critical to predict clinical efficacy. Previous assessments of selection for resistant gastrointestinal bacteria have rarely assessed this aspect. This presentation will summarize recent research describing the antibiotic concentrations in the gastrointestinal tract of cattle. The Role of Inflammation in Hepatic Encephalopathy AASIG LSG - Although ammonia is key, development of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is multifactorial. It is recognized in human medicine that inflammation is an important driver of HE. This, and the evidence for this in companion animals will be discussed. Targeting inflammation opens up new therapeutic strategies in addition to traditional ammonia-lowering therapy. Demystifying the ABCs of SRS, SRT, IMRT and IGRT Oncology Scientific Session CR - Technological advancement in radiotherapy has allowed for more effective and compassionate cancer treatment. State-of-the-art equipment is popping up in veterinary radiation facilities all over the world. We’ll discuss what’s here, how it works, and what it can do for your patient. This will be a critical, up-to-date overview of these applications in veterinary medicine. Canine Pituitary Dependent Hyperadrenocoticism: Other Treatment Options SAIM Scientific Session CR - This lecture will review treatment options, other than trilostane and mitotane for canine pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism. The lecture will include a literature review and evidence-based recommendations for alternate treatment options, and will also include the authors data regarding direct treatment of pituitary tumors with radiation therapy. Renal Markers in CKD SAIM Scientific Session CW - This lecture will focus on both the currently available and future novel biomarkers for the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease. It will evaluate how such biomarkers may in the future enhance our abilities to make an early diagnosis of CKD and influence the progression of disease. IBD: Nutrition in Pathogenesis & Management SAIM Scientific Session PG - SPONSORED BY IDEXX LABORATORIES - This is a 4-part series on diagnosis and management, complications and comorbidities, nutritional role in pathogenesis and management, and integrative management of dogs and cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Sick Crias in the Neonatal Period Technician Program CR - Crias are extremely rewarding to treat as large animal patients: treat them like foals and they respond like calves! This presentation will discuss the differences of camelids as neonatal patients, including recognition of some Camelid-specific congenital conditions, prevention of FPT and how to deal with the crashing neonate. Canine Degenerative Myelopathy: Perspectives on Therapeutic Approaches Technician Program CR - Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is an adult-onset fatal neurodegenerative disease that occurs in many breeds. Recently, a mutation in the superoxide dismutase 1 gene (SOD1) was found to be a risk factor for DM. Mutations in the SOD1 gene are also an underlying cause for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig’s disease). This presentation will review the current knowledge of DM with regard to clinical disease spectrum, diagnostic approach and management. Tracheal and Bronchomalacia: Where We Are in 2016 - Management Strategies AASIG VCRS - This lecture will emphasize the management of patients with tracheal and airway collapse. The discussion will include the roles of underlying pathophysiology and individual case variation in treatment decisions, review of evidence from the veterinary and human literature, and an update on considerations for stenting. 10:55 am - 11:20 am Correlating Head and Neck Pain with Intracranial Disease Research Report-Neurology Regenerative Medicine Approach to the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Female Dogs Research Report-SAIM 11:30 am - 11:55 am Title TBD Research Report-Neurology 11:30 am - 12:20 pm Interprofessional Education and One Health Initiatives: What is the Difference and Why Should We Recognize This? AASIG 1Med - This talk will discuss why putting veterinary and other health related professional students together at the beginning of their curriculum to work together as an interprofessional team at the human, animal, and environmental interface is a critical first step to successfully achieving the full potential benefits of IPE and One Health curriculum. Retention Marketing for Specialty Practices AASIG Business Mgmt - SPONSORED BY CareCredit - Getting the first referral from a practice isn't hard. It is making sure you get the second and subsequent referrals that can be challenging. What do you do to ensure a long term relationship with your primary care veterinarians and their clients? Myofibrillar Myopathy: A Newly Discoverd Cause of Exertional Myopathy in Arabian and Warmblood Horses Equine Scientific Session CW - The Z disc is a multiprotein complex and a hot spot for muscle diseases. We have recently identified Z-disc degeneration in a subset of Arabian and Warmblood horses with exertional myopathy. Histopathologic findings bear a strong resemblance to a myofibrillar myopathy. While many of these horses were previously diagnosed with type 2 PSSM, pools of glycogen forming within disrupted myofibrils appeared to give the false appearance of a glycogen storage disorder. Impact of Gastrointestinal Antibiotic Concentrations on Antimicrobial Resistance FAIM Scientific Session PG - Determining the concentration of active antibiotic at the site of action is critical to predict clinical efficacy. Previous measurements of lung concentrations are biased due to inclusion of the whole tissue and protein-bound drug. This presentation will summarize recent research describing the antibiotic concentrations in the airways of cattle. Treatment of Acute and Chronic Hepatic Encephalopathy in Dogs and Cats AASIG LSG - Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a major cause of morbidity in animals with hepatic insufficiency. Core treatment of HE is based on ammonia-lowering strategies, however other pre-disposing factors should be considered. Severe cases requiring intensive treatment and monitoring. Chronic mild cases may be easily overlooked but contribute to morbidity. Update on Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications for Radioisotopes in Veterinary Oncology Oncology Scientific Session CR - Radioisotopes offer minimally invasive methods for diagnosis and treatment of cancer in companion animals as in people. PET scans can identify tissue with areas of increased metabolism, hypoxia, or proliferation. Radioisotopes can be used to deliver high doses of radiation to tumor tissue with near complete sparing of surrounding normal tissues. Clinical Approach to Adrenal Incidenaloma SAIM Scientific Session CR - With abdominal ultrasound being commonplace, unexpected adrenal tumors, i.e. adrenal “incidentalomas” are an increasingly frequent issue. The diagnostic and therapeutic approach will be discussed. Renal Markers: Panel SAIM Scientific Session CW - Dr. Quimby will moderate an open discussion panel with Drs. Cowgill, Kruger, Jepson and Nabity regarding biomarkers for acute kidney injury, lower urinary tract disease and chronic kidney disease. Advantages and disadvantages of currently identified biomarkers and their potential clinical utility will be discussed. IBD: Complementary and Integrative Therapies SAIM Scientific Session PG - This is a 4-part series on diagnosis and management, complications and comorbidities, nutritional role in pathogenesis and management, and integrative management of dogs and cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Emergency Medical Management of Camelids This lecture will cover emergency disorders of camelids, including sepsis, colic, hypoglycemia, acute recumbency, severe anemia and others, describing the presenting clinical appearance, and the initial steps for admission, assessment and provision of immediate lifesaving medical care focused on the technician's role and necessary equipment. Canine Nutrition and Neuro Cognitive Dysfunction Technician Program CR The Respiratory Microbiome in Dogs and Cats AASIG VCRS 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm SIG: Equine Internal Medicine Specialists in Private Practice Interactive Session 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Micronutrient Nutrition in Fetal Health and Development AASIG AAVN/ACVN (FAIM) - This presentation will discuss the role of vitamins and trace minerals in fetal development and subsequent neonatal health. Findings from a recent survey of stillborn calves relative to potential nutritional factors will be highlighted. Problems and Pitfalls in Equine Exercising ECG Cardiology Scientific Session CW - The aims of this session will be to discuss how to record the best quality electrocardiograms with the current technology available as well as options for the future. In addition, problems and pitfalls of exercising electrocardiogram interpretation will be addressed. Metabologenomics in the Horse Equine Scientific Session PG Camelid Medical Emergencies This lecture will cover emergency disorders of camelids, including sepsis, colic, hypoglycemia, acute recumbency, severe anemia and others, describing the presenting clinical appearance, and the initial steps for admission, assessment and provision of immediate lifesaving medical care focused on the technician's role and necessary equipment. Canine Focal and Absence Epileptic Syndromes Neuro Scientific Session CR - Recent advances in electroencephalography have allowed the electroclinical characterization of epileptic syndromes. This review of these newly described syndromes will examine their clinical impact and the questions raised by their discovery. Neurologic Examination Made Easy Neuro Scientific Session CW - Do I have to do all those tests? No, you don’t!!! The goal of the neurologic examination is to allow us to properly localize the lesion and design an appropriate diagnostic investigation. In this session, we will focus on showing the tests that REALLY make a difference! Hematologic Complications in Malignancy Oncology Scientific Session PG - SPONSORED BY ARATANA THERAPEUTICS - Hematologic abnormalities are a fact of life in veterinary oncology. The impact of primary and metastatic cancer, paraneoplastic diseases, and myelosuppressive therapy must be considered in the treatment plan. This comprehensive review will cover the pathophysiology of common hematologic abnormalities in veterinary oncology patients including anemia, thrombocytopenia, and neutropenia. The focus will include impact on treatment and prognosis as well as management, including the potential incorporation of myelostimulatory agents. Epigenetics and Micro-MRNAs ModulateT-Cell Dysfunction in the FIV Model SAIM Scientific Session CR - The FIV model for lentiviral persistence has offered many insights into T cell immune dysfunction during the course of chronic viral infection. This presentation will discuss Treg cell induced CD8+ T cell dysfunction and the epigenetic and micro-RNA changes associated with dysfunctional CD8+ T cells and how these relate to clinical veterinary medicine. Infection Control in Veterinary & Human Hospitals SAIM Scientific Session CW - Infection control (IC) is integral to healthcare, with wide-scale uptake and success in human hospitals. Veterinary medicine is comparatively lagging in IC uptake and frequently models IC practices from human hospital success. This talk provides a comparison between human and veterinary IC practices, including differences in needs and future directions. IMHA 101: An Update on Pathophysiology and Diagnosis SAIM Scientific Session PG - SPONSORED BY IDEXX LABORATORIES - This presentation will aim to inform, entertain and enlighten participants on the pathomechanisms of IMHA - all that immunology you thought you'd forgotten! - and then relate these back to prevailing and new treatment options for this devastating disease. Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Practice Technician Program CR - Compassion fatigue affects your colleagues, associates, and staff. Classified as a secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue raises the risk of injury, poor morale, and can result in departure from the field. Learn what compassion fatigue is and what you can do about it - both for yourself and your staff. Influenza in Dogs and Cats: Role of the Veterinary Technician Technician Program CR Disorders of Osmolality: Hypo/Hypernatremia AASIG VECCS - Plasma sodium disorders or the results of inappropriate treatment can translate to increased mortality rates among dogs and cats. This talk will integrate many of the idiosyncrasies behind a successful diagnosis and offer a guide to management strategies of hyponatremia and hypernatremia in clinical practice. 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Manganese Deficiency in Cattle AASIG AAVN/ACVM (FAIM) - The clinical manifestations of nutritional deficiencies of manganese will be reviewed in relationship to potential means of assessment of manganese nutriture. The potential role of current agronomic practices in crop production to manganese nutrition of cattle will be discussed. Exercising Arrhythmias and Sudden Death During Sports in Horses Cardiology Scientific Session CW - Many studies describing exercising arrhythmias in normal horses have been recently published. Unexplained deaths during sports are reported by media and scientific reviews with a higher incidence than the reported in human athletes. The presentation will cover publications, comparative aspects and our own research and clinical experience in these topics. Use of Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies to Study Disease Equine Scientific Session PG - Next-generation sequencing, including whole-genome sequencing and RNA-seq, has revolutionized our ability to rapidly interrogate the genome or transcriptome for association with specific diseases. A brief overview of the technology, followed by examples in equine clinical medicine, will be presented. Managing Colic in Camelids A comprehensive review of medical and surgical disorders of the camelid gastrointestinal tract, covering clinical signs, diagnostic techniques including advanced imaging, and medical and surgical management. Canine Post-Traumatic Seizures, Advanced Imaging Prognostic Factors and Future Perspective Neuro Scientific Session CR - Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in dogs has been associated with significant risk of developing posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE). Dogs that have suffered TBI have a 5- to 18- fold increased risk of developing epilepsy compared to the general hospital population. The prevention and clinical management of canine PTE are far from having standardized protocols. Video-Based Lesion Localization Neuro Scientific Session CW - An MRI is only useful if one can localize the lesion! A down dog can have a lesion in the spinal cord, nerves, muscle, neuromuscular junction, and even in the brainstem. A simple, richly illustrated approach will guide the audience in the process of lesion localization, the basis of neurology! Diagnostic Imaging in the Oncology Patient: Moving Beyond the Met Check Oncology Scientific Session PG - Diagnostic imaging is a crucial aspect of diagnosis and prognosis in the veterinary oncologic patient. This comprehensive review will compare the utility of conventional radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, metabolic imaging, and MRI. The focus will be on clinical application of conventional imaging as well as the potential role of advanced imaging modalities. Role of Canine Herpes Virus in Disease SAIM Scientific Session CR - I will talk about the role of canine herpesvirus in canine diseases. I have been studying the role of CHV in puppy mortality and adult dog diseases for the last 4 years. Emerging & Endemic MDR Pathogens in the Veterinary Hospital SAIM Scientific Session CW - Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose significant challenges in veterinary medicine, and the nature of this threat continues to evolve. This presentation will provide an overview of important endemic, epidemic and emerging multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens that are cause for concern. Immunosuppressive Therapy in Dogs and Cats: Rational Use of Established Drugs SAIM Scientific Session PG - Pharmacodynamic monitoring uses biological parameters as surrogate markers of drug effects. Individual patient responses to immunosuppressive drugs vary markedly despite comparable dosages and blood drug concentrations. Pharmacodynamic monitoring of the immunologic effects of drugs such as cyclosporine, azathioprine, mycophenolate and leflunomide is used to precisely calibrate doses in individual patients. Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Patient in Congestive Heart Failure Although caring for and treating patients hospitalized in congestive heart failure can seem daunting, understanding more about their disease and how they are best treated can take some of the anxiety out of giving them a high standard of care. Canine Leptospirosis: More Common Than We Think Technician Program CR - Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is becoming more prevelent and present in the United States. In this lecture we will discuss clincial signs, diagnosis, treatment and client education. We will also discuss the importance of prevention and client education and staff satefy. Fluid Overload in the Critically Ill: Consequences and Strategies for Prevention AASIG VECCS - SPONSORED BY DECHRA VETERINARY PRODUCTS - Fluid therapy is essential during both initial stabilization and ongoing hospitalization of critically ill patients. These patients may also present the unique challenge of impaired water excretion and/or inability to maintain water within the intravascular space, leading to fluid overload. This lecture will review the physiology associated with fluid overload, expected consequences and strategies for prevention. 4:25 pm - 5:15 pm Adipose Tissue Metabolism in Relation to Transition Cow Disease AASIG AAVN/ACVN (FAIM) - Adipose tissue lipolysis is the main physiological response to negative energy balance. In dairy cattle, excessive rates of lipolysis increase disease susceptibility especially in over-conditioned transition cows. However, the mechanisms by which lipolysis predisposes to disease are poorly understood. This session will elaborate on the concept of adipose tissue remodeling during lipolysis and its effects on metabolic and immune function around parturition. High Intensity Exercising ECG Interpretation Cardiology Scientific Session CW - Several factors affect the ability to interpret equine high intensity exercising ECGs including motion artifacts, loss of discernable P waves and limited options for electrode placement (and therefore limited lead systems). QRS morphology, compensatory pauses and non-compensatory pauses cannot always be relied upon to distinguish supraventricular from ventricular ectopy. Use of Molecular Diagnostics for Infectious Equine Pathogens Equine Scientific Session PG - Rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases of horses has in the last decade shifted from the conventional lab techniques of antigen detection, microscopy and culture to molecular diagnostics. Practitioners must be able to interpret the use, limitations and results of molecular diagnostic techniques. The diagnostic PCR applications most relevant for equine practice will be presented along with their advantages and potential pitfalls. Herd Health Planning for Camelids: A Valuable Opportunity FAIM Scientific Session CW - Herd health planning is considered a standard practice for traditional livestock farms. Camelid owners follow often untraditional pathways to livestock farming and have varied levels of husbandry knowledge. This offers opportunities for large animal vets to interact with their clients, providing tools for prevention of disease and offering improved animal welfare. Seizures and other Involuntary Movements in Cats Neuro Scientific Session CR - Recent advances in feline neurology have generated new approaches for the investigation and treatment of seizures and other types of feline involuntary movements. In this case-based presentation, clinical features and videos of complex partial seizures with orofacial involvement, REM sleep behaviour disorder, feline hyperaesthesia syndrome and permethrin toxicosis in cats will be reviewed. Differential Diagnosis of Spinal Diseases Neuro Scientific Session CW - How can we approach a down dog effectively? What are the top differentials to consider? What are the key aspects of signalment, history and neurologic examination that make a difference? Which differentials can we see on plain radiographs? These and many other questions will be answered in this session. Oncologic Pathology: Interpreting the Data Oncology Scientific Session PG - This session will cover basic oncologic cytology as well as interpreting the CBC for a cancer patient. Current Status of Canine Parvovirus: 2 Genetic Variants in the USA SAIM Scientific Session CR - I will cover the current status of CPV-2 genetic variants in the USA. CPV-2c is the major genetic variant in some parts of the USA. Talk will also cover the current CPV-2 vaccines in USA. Creating a Culture of Infection Control Within the Teaching Hospital and Private Practice Settin SAIM Scientific Session CW - Infection control is not just another thing on your to-do list; it is part of practicing high-quality patient care and is an integral component of the patient management plan. This session will provide a forum to discuss program implementation, compliance, and development of an infection control culture in practice. Immunosuppressive Therapy in Dogs and Cats: Recent Drug Development SAIM Scientific Session PG - Pharmacodynamic monitoring uses biological parameters as surrogate markers of drug effects. Individual patient responses to immunosuppressive drugs vary markedly despite comparable dosages and blood drug concentrations. Pharmacodynamic monitoring of the immunologic effects of drugs such as cyclosporine, azathioprine, mycophenolate and leflunomide is used to precisely calibrate doses in individual patients. The Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder: For the Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus Technician Program CR - The Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder (ACDO) is a nitinol wire mesh device used to occlude patent ductus arteriosus in dogs. I am going to discuss the history of the ACDO, when it's the best choice for the patient, some potential complications and the procedure for placement. Canine Fanconi Syndrome: Treatment, Management & Possible Prevention Technician Program CR - Fanconi’s Syndrome has become a very relevant and deadly syndrome in veterinary medicine. This lecture will discuss the ways we can spread awareness and education about Fanconi’s Syndrome as well as biochemical markers, physiological factors, nutritional support and nursing management. Quantitative Acid-Base Assessment AASIG VECCS - Quantitative analysis of electrolyte and acid-base status provides a diagnostic and monitoring tool for comprehensive assessment of patient metabolic status during critical illness. In this hour I’ll demonstrate a spreadsheet-based calculator that automates application of physical chemistry principles to determine the relative contribution of ventilation and strong and weak ions to acid-base balance. 5:25 pm - 6:15 pm Clinical Effects of Subclinical Hypocalcaemia in Peripartum Dairy Cows AASIG AAVN/ACVN (FAIM) - Subclinical hypocalcemia (SCH) is prevalent in North American dairy herds and may affect 25% to 54% of transition cows in the 1st through 6th lactations leading to negative health outcomes and poor production performance. Review of recent literature and insights into future directions for management of SCH will be discussed. Neutrophil Extracellular Traps, Activated Endothelium and Immunothrombosis Equine Scientific Session - The concepts of the immune response to critical illness has long progressed beyond a leukocyte-focused view. The importance of other cell types and protein systems is now acknowledged, including endothelial cells, platelets and the intestinal epithelium. In addition, a newly described form of thrombosis, immunothrombosis, is implicated in multi-organ failure. Bovine TB in Camelids FAIM Scientific Session CW - Camelids were previously thought to be resistant to bovine TB. This presentation will discuss the recent emergence of bovine TB as an important infectious disease affecting Camelid species in the United Kingdom. Recent advances in diagnostic testing for bovine TB in camelids will be presented. Diagnosing Seizure-Like Events: Startling Results of EEG Videocase Studies Neuro Scientific Session CR - In our clinic we use EEG to differentiate true epileptic seizure from movement disorders, metabolic disease, and psychogenic events. Additionally we use EEG to detect non-convulsive seizure. This videocase presentation will address the pivotal question in any seizure work-up: Is the event actually a seizure? Top 4 Spinal Diseases Neuro Scientific Session CW - What else should we consider besides disc disease? What are the main clinical features of the top spinal diseases causing acute and chronic signs? How can we diagnose and treat them? A practical and up-to-date presentation will highlight these key features with several video examples. Osteosarcoma: Living the Legless Life Oncology Scientific Session PG - Osteosarcoma is a very common cancer in large breed dogs, but does not have to be a death sentence. This session will cover both curative intent therapy and palliative care for the patient with bone cancer. Recent Advances in Antiviral Therapy for Dogs and Cats SAIM Scientific Session CR - I will discuss the current literature and State of the Art of applications of antiviral compounds for treatment of common viral diseases of cats and dogs. Hospital Infections and Control: Panel Discussion SAIM Scientific Session CW - Hospital acquired infections are a serious threat to humans who are hospitalized or receive long term care. The incidence in veterinary medicine is uncertain but likely similar as are the pathogens. In this lecture we will examine strategies for prevention and what data is available to support those principles of infection control. Immunosuppressive Therapy and Hypercoagulability SAIM Scientific Session PG - IMHA is a common canine condition with a high incidence thromboembolism. Immunosuppressive therapy, although the cornerstone of treatment, may enhance the formation of life-threatening thromboembolism in IMHA patients. Based on our ongoing research, this session will discuss the effects of immunosuppressive therapy on the formation of thromboembolism in IMHA patients. Technician’s Role in Equine ECG: Resting & Exercising Technician Program CR - The purpose of this session will be to discuss how to record the best quality electrocardiograms with the current technology available as well as options for the future. In addition, problems and pitfalls of exercising electrocardiogram interpretation will be addressed. The Five Key Questions in Diagnostic Testing Technician Program CR - Clinicians (particularly internists) are often asking their technicians to send out weird, wacky tests. This lecture will hopefully provide useful information on where and what to send for some of the less commonly utilized diagnostic tests. Tests discussed will include urine metanephrine levels, serum eyrthropoeitin, anti-neutrophil antibody, inhibin, flow cytometry/PARR etc. The indications and interpretation of each test will also be discussed. The Chronic Medicine Patient in the ER AASIG VECCS
Peter Doherty was born in 1940 in Brisbane. He attended veterinary school at the University of Queensland, and went on to complete his PhD at Edinburgh University. He took up a post-doctoral position with the John Curtin School of Medicine Research, where he researched how the body’s immune cells protect against viruses. He made a breakthrough in discovering the role of T cells in the immune system, for which, he received the Novel Prize in Medicine in 1996, and was named Australian of the Year in 1997. Doherty currently splits his time between researching at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee and working in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.