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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Microbiology: A New Culture

January 6, 2023

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 at 12pm for our webinar – Microbiology: A New Culture with Dr. Sandy Willis. Microbiology testing and interpretation can be confusing. The focus on testing should be the diagnosis of infectious disease and the appropriate treatment of that agent. In this session we will discuss the purpose of microbiology testing, specimen submission, microbiology testing: what is done and why, how to interpret antimicrobial susceptibility testing including a discussion of Kirby Bauer and Mean Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) testing and Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Guidelines, and antimicrobial stewardship. We will discuss urine, skin, ear, fungal, fecal and blood cultures.

Dr. Willis is a small animal internal medicine consultant at Zoetis Reference Laboratories (ZRL) and serves on the ZRL Medical Team as an Interdepartmental Liaison. Sandy graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She completed a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, practiced for a year in a companion animal practice in Redlands, California, then moved to Saskatoon to complete a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1991. After working in private practice and at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Sandy joined Phoenix Central Lab in 1994 becoming their first small animal internal medicine consultant. Phoenix was acquired by Zoetis in late 2019 to become part of ZRL. Sandy is the Interdepartmental liaison on the Medical Team, providing experience at the crossroads of laboratory diagnostic testing and internal medicine. Sandy currently serves on the AVMA Board of Directors and is Board President of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in Lynnwood, WA.

All monthly webinars are free for members. They’re recorded and made available on-demand, accessible through the WSVMA website under CE Events/DVM Masterclass. Recorded webinars provide a link to take an exam at the end so that credit can be received for non-live CE.

Note: Gov. Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency order and the temporary allowance for unlimited non-interactive CE ended Oct. 31. However, VBOG will allow veterinarians and veterinary technicians until Jan. 31 to make the shift back to predominantly live, interactive CE. As a reminder, only ten out of thirty CE hours may be “preprogrammed” or non-interactive.

Whether you can join us live or later, don’t miss this important webinar. Register online at the WSVMA website. See the full Masterclass calendar here. We’re bringing timely topics in a convenient format meant to benefit you and your practice.


Posted January 6, 2023