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Small Animal

Small Animal Pain

Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACSMR
Canine Rehabilitation Institute / Wellington, FL

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of forelimb, rear limb, or spinal pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to find many of the commonly seen but missed diagnoses. Once the diagnosis is uncovered, many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized to treat it. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

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Large Animal

New World Screw Worm

Leonard Eldridge, DVM
USDA / Tumwater, WA

New World Screwworm (NWS) is a pest that infests livestock and other mammals, including humans, pets, and less frequently birds, with fly larvae and can be fatal. In October of 2016, APHIS’ National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed NWS in samples sent from Florida. A reproducing population of NWS had established itself in Key deer, an endangered species in Big Pine Key, Florida. This was the first local infestation in the United States in more than 30 years. Since then, USDA, Florida State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have undertaken an aggressive eradication effort against the pest to protect livestock and humans, as well as save the Key deer population.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Brad LeaMaster, DVM, MS, PhD
Oregon Department of Agriculture / Dallas, OR

A detection of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the U.S. would be economically crippling for our livestock industries. The realities of disease spread, response and containment challenges, paradigm changes and novel continuity of business concepts will be discussed.

Importance of Small Ruminants in Developing Countries

Brian Joseph, DVM, DDCAVM, WAVMA
Department of Agriculture Washington / Olympia, WA

Small ruminants are a cornerstone of many developing countries economy and food security. Functioning as “living bank accounts,” small ruminant losses due to trans boundary disease can be devastating to the indigenous people.


Emerging Diseases & Equine Disease Traceability

Ben Smith, DVM
Amber Itle, DVM

Diseases that State Veterinary offices are seeing with more frequency. To include mitigation methods used across the country. Will also explore emerging Equine Diseases Equine Herpes Virus 1 and Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, Equine Infectious Anemia, Equine Piroplasmosis, West Niles; Epidemiology of Equine Diseases and Biosecurity practices; Traceability of Equine Reportable Diseases.

Starting or Expanding an Equine Ambulatory Practice

Chantal Rothschild, DVM, DACVIM
Red Rock Equine Veterinary Inc PS / Fall City, WA

The important and necessary aspects when starting up a new equine ambulatory practice from Finances, Loan options, Equipment, Inventory, Vehicle, Software, Website, Staff, Support services, Apps, to make you more efficient, profitable and spend less hours doing paperwork.


Human Animal Bond

Joshua Schulz, BVSc
Zoetis / Olympia, WA

The human-animal bond is the keystone bond in the veterinary practice. We will review the neuroscience behind the attachment we have with our pets as well as the factors that help consistently outperforming clinics provide optimal client experiences.


Nancy Kasmar, MS, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP
Compensation Connections, LLC / Snoqualmie, WA

For many organizations, mentorship has become an essential tool in developing a more effective, cohesive and service-oriented workforce. Successful companies – large and small – use mentoring to tackle complex human resource challenges, such as increasing employee retention and improving workforce productivity.

Technicians & Assistants

Toxins Around the House

Liz Hughston, RVT, CVT, VTS
Vet Tech Xpert / San Jose, CA

Top 5 Kitchen Toxins: This presentation will discuss chocolate, grapes/raisins, tremorgenic mycotoxins, xylitol, and raw bread dough/ethanol. Presenting signs, decontamination, and treatment of these toxicities will be covered.

Top 5 Bathroom Toxins: This presentation will discuss NSAIDs, vitamins/minerals, acetominophen, antidepressants, and human prescription medication. Presenting signs, decontamination, and treatment of these toxicities will be covered.

Top 5 Garage and Garden Toxins: This presentation will discuss rodenticides, gopher bait, metaldehyde, lily toxicity, and cleaning products. Presenting signs, decontamination, and treatment of these toxicities will be covered