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Program for Friday, September 29

Small Animal

Feline Medicine

Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP Feline Practice
catsINK / Vancouver, BC Canada

Keeping cats indoors is considered to be the responsible way to keep a cat safe. An indoor cat won’t be hit by a car, killed by a predator, get into fights and is at a lower risk for some infectious diseases. Right? But what if there are dangers associated with this lifestyle? What if we are, inadvertently causing illness and distress? What preventive health and behavioral needs do these individuals have? Dr. Scherk’s presentation will look at both sides and how to optimize the indoor life for all cats.

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Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
Animal Behavior Clinic / Portland, OR

Dr. Pachel’s first presentation will provide information about how to incorporate behavior specific strategies and principles into your daily practice routines. The afternoon presentations will cover information about how to navigate patient assessment and treatment in a way that accounts for the influence of the caregivers, understanding intercat relationships for the purpose of identifying warning signs and implementing targeted recommendations for addressing conflicts, and working through factors that should be considering when performing a risk assessment for a patient that is showing aggressive behavior of any type.

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Large Animal

Cattle Immunology

Victor Cortese, DVM, DABVP
Zoetis /

The area of cattle immunology is rapidly changing as more long term studies examining what factors can impact performance are completed. We will look at all the new research and the ramifications on vaccination protocols and on an animal achieve his or her full genomic potential.

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Nutritional Management of the Dairy Calf

Robert James, BS, MS, PhD
Professor Emeritus – Dairy Science at Virginia Tech / Blacksburg, VA

Let’s approach dairy calf nutrition from a biological perspective. Calves less than 3 – 4 weeks of age consume minimal starter grain. Therefore it is imperative to supply sufficient milk solids to meet their nutrient requirements for maintenance and gain to enable them to double their birth weight by 56 days of age. New systems of group feeding calves have been implemented on farms which encourage improved animal behavior and welfare plus support desired growth targets. However, critical protocols must be adopted to assure success. Finally we will review the second edition of the Gold Standards developed by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association with input from veterinarians, calf nutritionists as well as calf and heifer growers.

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Cattle Stockmanship

Fred Muller, DVM
Merck Animal Health / Sunnyside, WA

Dr. Muller’s presentation will focus on settling weaned calves in new environments and training them to respond to pressure applied by their handler. The presentation will demonstrate how good handling will improve calf health and performance as well as improve labor efficiency of the farm. Common mistakes in cattle handling will be spotlighted to improve cattle movement.

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Equine Surgery

Kelly Farnsworth, DVM, MS, DACVS
Washington State University / Garfield, WA

Dr. Farnsworth will cover practical guidelines for dealing with complicated lacerations covering both short and long term management issues. He will then discuss the challenges of equine castration highlighting the associated anatomy and techniques. Finally he will cover current knowledge for management of cancer in horses.

Equine Behavior

Gemma Pearson, BVMS, ACP, MScR
PhD Student / Scottich Boarders, UK

These presentations will explain how horses really learn and how this knowledge can be applied by the equine practitioner, there will be a strong practical emphasis. Included will be evidence based techniques for dealing with common unwanted behaviors such as the needle shy horse, how to undertake nerve blocks without getting kicked, or give oral medication to the to a reluctant patient.

Equine Dentistry

Jon Gieche, DVM, DAVDC
Kettle Moraine Equine Hospital & Regional Equine Dental Center / Whitewater, WI

Equine Oral Examination: Comprehensive coverage of the core concept including: extra oral examination, intra oral examination including Masticatory function tests, frequency, instrumentation required, age related changes, and methodology.

Charting Equine Oral Examination Findings and Treatments: Introduction to current AVDC EQ terminology, examples of different dental record charts to use or modify for their personal use, coverage of the common malocclusions they will see in every day practice and how to chart them, end with a brief audience participation charting exercise.

Considerations for Equine Dental Equipment Purchases: Examples of currently available hand and power equine dentistry equipment, Considerations when making equipment purchase decisions including; cost, ergonomics, form factor, safety of both patient and practitioner, weight distribution as it relates to repetitive motion injury.

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Employee Handbook & Drug Testing

Kim Kamel, JD
Witherspoon Kelley / Spokane, WA

How to craft an employee handbook and things to think about: At-will disclaimers, leave law rules, social media policies, etc. In her second session. How to Create a Washington State Drug Testing Policy: Creating and implementing procedures for a drug testing policy: The standards for pre-employment testing, reasonable suspicion, random and post-accident testing.

Effective Communication & Advocating for the Patient

Diane Marshall, DVM, MBA
Hill’s Pet Nutrition / Bellevue, WA

Five Steps to Effective Communication
Effective communication is essential for a well-run veterinary practice. Learn simple, practical ways to improve communication within your team, and with your clients.

Advocating for the Patient: Making Recommendations & Handling Objections
Too many clients saying “no”? Practical tools for the veterinary health care team when making treatment recommendations and addressing client objections. Improve patient care by really connecting with the pet owner.

Communication Skills

Andy Roark, DVM
DrAndyRoark.com / Greenville, SC

Dr Roark’s topics cover communication skills to help everyone in the hospital rise to every occasion. Got an angry client on line 2, a potential new client on line 3, a current client who isn’t compliant with prevention recommendations in a room, and a client at the desk who can’t pay? Learn to handle each situation with easy to gain back the time and resources you need to be successful.

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One Health

Backyard Flock

Leah Tingley, DVM
USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services / Tumwater, WA

Learn about the demand for backyard poultry medicine and build your confidence enough to add it to your practice. Topics will include basic skills (physical exam, restraint, and venipuncture), husbandry practices, major poultry diseases, drug withdrawal requirements, biosecurity, and resources for private practitioners.

The Truth About Service Animals

Mary Margaret Callahan
Beth Lipton, DVM, MPH
Roxanne Vierra, MSW
Nathan Deen, J.D.
Heather Fowler, PhD, VMD, MPH, DACVPM
Plus Panel Discussion

Have you ever been asked to treat a service turkey or to sign a form certifying a pet as a service animal? Do you have questions about how these animals are trained and/or certified? Are you curious about what your role is as a veterinarian in providing care to these animals? Join us for an informative session where we will clarify definitions surrounding service and other working animals, describe the legal issues and public health implications of animals in public settings, and discuss ways human and veterinary healthcare professionals can work together to ensure the health and safety of both humans and animals alike. Using the One Health framework we aim to provide a holistic view of the service animal debate by identifying and addressing questions and concerns across the sectors of human, animal, and environmental health.

Hot Topics

Wolf Management & Classic Signs of Predator Caused Injury and Mortality

Ben Maletzke, MS, PhD
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / Olympia, WA

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) presentation will review the current status of wolves in Washington and provide general reference material for domestic pet and livestock injuries caused by wolves and other large carnivores. Included will be the “classic” characteristic signs of predator caused injury and mortality.

Elk Disease

Kristin Mansfield, DVM, MPVM
State Wildlife Veterinarian / Spokane Valley, WA

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is mandated to manage wildlife resources in Washington. Wolf management is a cooperative effort by State, Federal, Tribal, and other collaborators. In December 2011, the WDFW Commission formally adopted the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to guide recovery and management of gray wolves as they naturally recolonize the State of Washington. Since 2011 WDFW has implemented several programs and employed skilled researchers and managers to effectively manage the recovery of wolves in Washington.

Veterinary Board of Governors:
The Complaint Process

Sara Kirschenman, JD
Suzan Seelye, DVM, CVA, CVTP
Kirk Breuninger, VMD, MPH, DACVPM
Department of Health / Veterinary Board of Governors

Sara Kirschenman will provide a presentation on the board’s disciplinary process, from complaint to investigation to enforcement. Suzan Seelye, 5-year board member, and Kirk Breuninger, new board member, will share their perspectives on the board’s mission, history, and plans looking forward. Please come with questions for an interactive discussion.

Veterinary Feed Directive

Minden Buswell, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Washington State Department of Agriculture / Olympia, WA

This presentation is for the small animal vet that inevitably sees the occasional (or not so occasional) chicken, goat, sheep, cow or other production animal. We will cover the basics of the FDA Veterinary Feed Directive and explain your role as a practitioner.

Startup or Buy
Your Veterinary Practice

Rod Johnston
Jim Vander Mey
Jeff Clark,
Steve Kikikis
Joe Coury

Thinking about starting or buying a veterinary practice? You have come to the right session. Join these experts in their fields and learn nearly everything you need to know to buy or startup a practice. Everything from valuing and analyzing an existing practice, financing a startup or acquisition, find a location and negotiating a lease, designing an efficient and attractive veterinary practice and more! Be ready to drink from the fire hose of information as we put a 4 hour course into a 2 hour session.

Financial Morbidity

Darby Affeldt, DVM
Richard DeBowes, DVM, DACVS

Are you making too much money? Are you having too much fun? Are you so well prepared for your future that you have absolutely no concerns about your retirement? If so, move along…there’s nothing to see here. If however, you are like most veterinary practitioners, there’s plenty of things each of us could do to set the stage for increased joy at work and security in our future. Come join in a lively presentation/discussion with Drs. Affeldt and DeBowes as they touch on a series of key topics that are central to having an enjoyable profitable practice that could lead to a satisfying and better retirement picture. Rick will take a look at some key actions that make your work place culture more enjoyable and the hospital business more profitable. Once you have your business going in the right direction, then you will most definitely want to hear Darby’s thoughts on how best to protect and grow the fruits of your labor. It’s your chance to stack the odds of a happy ending in your favor…Hope to see you there!

Technicians & Assistants

Emergency & Critical Care Nursing

David Liss, RVT, VTS, CVPM
VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley / Woodland Hills, CA

What to Do in the First 5 Minutes! – Triage & Initial Stabilization for Technicians
Knowing what to do when a patient walks in the door is essential in emergency medicine. Triage, assessment, shock signs and initial treatment are all parts of the requirements of being an ER vet tech. This lecture will discuss triage basics, pathophysiology of shock, and what to do in the first 5 minutes of critical care!

Nursing Stat! – Critical Care Patient Nursing 101 & 102
After a patient has been stabilized, the veterinary technician must provide excellent high-quality nursing care to the patient. This lecture will cover no beeping things, but just hands-on patient care to provide critical care nursing to patients with a variety of diseases.

Gasp! – Respiratory Emergencies
The respiratory system represents some of the most life-threatening diseases and situations in veterinary emergency medicine. Because patients can expire very quickly, time is of the essence when treating these patients. This lecture will cover issues such as airway disease, pneumonia, pleural space disease and common treatments the vet tech should be ready to perform or assist with when these patients present.

Garbage Gut – Acute Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is a commonly misunderstood, and often very serious, condition. It is seen commonly in the veterinary ER and can be extremely serious and painful. It is not a disease to be trifled with- this lecture will cover the condition’s pathophysiology, treatment, and nursing care.

The Electricity of ECGs
Interpreting ECG’s isn’t easy, but this lecture will make it just that! A little easier! Electrophysiology, anatomy, conduction anatomy, lead system, and basic arrhythmia analysis will all be covered in this easy to understand lecture given by someone who loves ECG’s!

Sepsis, SIRS, DIC Oh My! – Critical Care Syndromes
Critical care often involves taking care of very sick patients. Not only do these patients have a disease, but they end up suffering from complications from syndromes associated with being severely ill. Sepsis, DIC are some examples. This lecture will cover the pathophysiology and treatment of these syndromes, and make sure the veterinary technician keeps a sharp eye out for the development of them-as they are associated with increased mortality!

Blood Gases – Demystify the numbers
Blood gases are a common emergency room diagnostic run on a blood gas machine. They can be difficult to interpret but actually represent a very important diagnostic and can tell you much about what is going wrong with your patient, sometimes even diagnose them! This lecture will present a case-based format about blood gases