Spring Conference


Agenda

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

4:00pm

Bustad Distinguished Lecture Series (Virtual)
Speaker: Lynette A. Hart - Professor of Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Behavior at the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Title: Leo Bustad’s Legacy Today: Anthrozoology

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Ag Animal Track

6:00pm

Zoonotic Disease Prevention Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior of Agritourism Operations and How Veterinarians Can Help Operators Reduce Zoonotic Disease Risk
Kerry Rood, MS, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM  (Guest Speaker) 
Level: Beginner
Zoonoses can infect visitors to farms and fairs. This lecture will promote ways veterinarians can help clients reduce risks to the public.

7:00pm

Occupational Health Risks and Precaution Awareness of Clinical Veterinarians
Kerry Rood, MS, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM (Guest Speaker)
Level: Beginner
Veterinary practice comes with inherent risks to the practitioner. This lecture will cover some of those risks and focus on prevention.

Equine Track

6:00pm

Pigeon Fever-What's the Scoop?
Jenifer Gold, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ACVECC
Level: Intermediate
We will start with a case, and then discuss diagnostic, treatments and preventive measures for Corynebacterium in horses.

7:00pm

Use of Oral and Transrectal Fluid Therapy in Horses
Macarena Sanz, DVM, MS, DACVIM, PhD
Level: Intermediate
This session will discuss the implementation of oral and transrectal fluids for equine patients using different case scenarios.

Small Animal Track

 6:00pm-8:00pm

A Case-based Approach to Canine Hepatopathy 
Sarah Guess, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
Level: Intermediate
In this case-based presentation, Dr. Guess will provide up-to-date and practical information on the clinical and laboratory findings, diagnosis, and management of canine hepatopathy. Participants can expect to gain confidence in assessment of liver values, diagnostics, differentials, and various management strategies for the large and seemingly nebulous array of diseases involving the liver in dogs.

Technician Track

6:00pmNursing Management of the CHF Patient
Jeff Backus CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
In this lecture, we’ll compare and contrast canine and feline congestive heart failure and discuss the difference in causes and symptoms of both right and left sided congestive heart failure.  We’ll investigate the differences in heart murmurs and discuss current therapies, including both inpatient and outpatient management.  We’ll also discuss triage and a step by step process to initial treatments and diagnostics.  
7:00pmTShock
Jeff Backus CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
In this lecture, we’ll explore the pathophysiology of shock, the stages and types of shock, and current treatment modalities.  There is an emphasis placed on the role the veterinary technician plays in the successful outcome of treating shock.  We’ll talk about shock doses of fluids, medications used, and the importance of vital signs monitoring in the shock patient.  

Friday, March 26, 2021

Ag Animal Track

6:00pm

The Future of Reproductive Technologies in Livestock Animals
Michela Ciccarelli, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT
Level: Intermediate
In this presentation I am going to describe how the use of CRISPR/Cas9 can improve the efficiency of food production. Particularly, I am going to talk about animals genetically modified and the ‘Next Gen Sires’ which was developed at WSU and could soon have an important impact in veterinary practice. My goal is to inform the practitioners about the future of reproductive technologies and underline the need for their involvement.

7:00pmMaking Money for Your Cow Calf Clients 
Dale Grotelueschen, DVM, MS (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Increasing economic impact of services provided by veterinary practitioners is an important topic for future success. This can be a very complex topic, due in part to differences in client attitudes and goals for their businesses as well working with existing mental models. Achieving leverage for significant change is often challenging.

Equine Track

6:00pm

Diagnostic Challenge: Horses with Multiple Limb Lameness 
Marco Lopes, MS, DVM, PhD
Level: Any
Using multiple videos, we will discuss the following:  1) The challenges of evaluating a horse exhibiting lameness in more than one limb, 2) The basic principles of lameness evaluation based on assessment of the vertical oscillation of the head and pelvis, and the vertical oscillation of the coxal tuberosities, 3) Important definitions: primary lameness, compensatory lameness and secondary lameness, 4) The steps of the workup of a horse exhibiting lameness in more than one limb.

7:00pm

Attitudes and Practices of Horse Owners Related to Pain Management in Horses
Debra C. Sellon, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Level: Any
Survey results from more than 500 horse owners illuminate the challenges that veterinarians face in communicating and managing pain in their equine patients. Horse owners’ confidence in their ability to recognize pain, assessment of their personal compliance with veterinary instructions, and perceived ability to administer medications will be discussed. The various sources of drug acquisition and availability of analgesic drugs on horse premises will be explored. 

Small Animal Track

6:00pm-8:00pm

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: A Practical Overview with Case Discussions 
Claire Burbick, DVM, PhD, DACVM
Level: Intermediate
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is routinely recommended but interpretation of the data can be complex and confusing.  We will review common methods for susceptibility testing and dive into the meaning behind the numbers and letters.  Clinical cases will also be presented to highlight use of AST data in practice.

Technician Track

6:00pm

Set Yourself for Success
Kelly Cronin, MBA,PHR, CVT, VTS (ECC) (Guest Speaker)
Level: Beginner
In this talk we will review best practices for getting the job of your dreams.  We will discuss what to ask and how to know more before you sign.  We will deep dive into employment offers and discuss how to best compare them.  We will talk about ownership opportunities and different compensation types (such as pro-salary).  We will spend time discussing how to translate your first position (and each after that) into setting yourself up financially for your best future.    

7:00pm

Learn to Lead in your Clinic
Kelly Cronin, MBA,PHR, CVT, VTS (ECC) (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
I will be covering requirements, advantages and disadvantages of the job.  I will be discussing how to gain a position in leadership.  We will be discussing individual situations faced by those in leadership in the audience.  I will be covering appropriate behavior of a leader.  We will discuss job descriptions of a lead technician.  We will discuss the creation and implementation of a job description.  I will cover working with difficult personalities and influencing team culture.  

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Ag Animal Track

8:00am

Getting Paid for Making Evidence-based Recommendations for Clients
David R. Smith, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, Dipl. Epidemiology  (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
The objective of this presentation is to help veterinarians apply systems thinking as they evaluate problems of impaired health or productivity in their client’s herds, and to encourage the use of records analysis by veterinary practitioners interested in helping their clients make better long and short-term decisions. Veterinarians can find a unique practice opportunity by helping clients understand systems thinking and encouraging cattle producers to keep and use records more effectively. Attend this presentation to gain new ideas for how to get paid for helping your clients achieve their goals.    

9:00amTopics in Population Thinking: Herd Immunity
David R. Smith, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, Dipl. Epidemiology  (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Herd immunity is an important concept of epidemic theory regarding the population-level effect of individual immunity to prevent transmission of pathogens. This lecture will cover how herd immunity works including consideration of infection dynamics, modes of transmission, as well as the acquisition of immunity by individuals in the population and what can happen when herd immunity is lost.
10:30amProtozoan Parasites in Practice
Laura Williams, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Level: Beginner
This lecture will focus on economically and clinically important protozoal diseases of agricultural animals. We will briefly review the biology of these protozoan parasites, the clinical and pathological consequences of infection, and the ideal ways to diagnose and control these diseases. The emphasis of this talk will focus on the local relevance of protozoan disease in ruminants within the Pacific Northwest. All of these discussions will be in light of the most recent data, research, publications, and information available to the scientific and veterinary community.
11:30amBovine Calfhood Respiratory Disease: Current Diagnostics
Gary Haldorson, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Level: Intermediate
In this presentation, Dr. Haldorson will cover suggested diagnostic tests for the more common bovine respiratory diseases in beef and dairy cattle. Included will be diseases of interest in both calves and adult animals.  The presentation will cover the more common respiratory diseases, the available diagnostic tests, and any suggested protocols in making diagnoses.  It is hoped that this presentation will prove useful as a refresher regarding newer tests and diagnostic protocols for new veterinarians and the experienced practitioner alike.

Equine Track

8:00am

Chronic Colic Work Up a Pain in the Gut? Abdominal Ultrasound May Have the Answer.
Betsy Vaughan, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
This lecture will review abdominal ultrasound technique and describe common sonographic abnormalities, treatment and outcome found in horses presenting with vague clinical signs of abdominal disease such chronic colic, lethargy and anorexia.  

9:00am

Turns Out It’s Not the Foot.  How Diagnostic Ultrasound Can Augment Your Work Up of Upper Limb Lameness.
Betsy Vaughan, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
This lecture will cover the approach to investigating less commonly imaged musculoskeletal injuries causing upper limb lameness with diagnostic ultrasound.  Both technique and abnormal findings will be discussed.

10:30am

The Equine GI Microbiota:  Why Should I Care?
Diana M Hassel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC (Guest Speaker)
Level: Any
In this lecture, we will provide an overview of published and new research on the equine gastrointestinal microbiota and its correlation with various disease states.  We will further discuss methods to positively impact diversity of the GI microbiota and potentially improve treatment and prevention of a multitude of disease states in horses.

 11:30am

Neuromuscular Disease
Ann Kemper, DVM
Level: Case-based discussion of neuromuscular disease diagnosis and treatment in equine.

Small Animal Track

8:00am

Imaging of the Hepatobiliary System 
Ashley Hanna, DVM, MS, DACVR
Level: Any
This lecture block will be delivered by Drs. Hanna and Wilkinson and will be split into four sections, including imaging of the hepatobiliary, gastrointestinal, urinary systems, with the final hour dedicated to review. The discussion will be centered on radiography and ultrasonography, with specific emphasis on the benefits and limitations of each modality. Ultrasound content will range from practical suggestions on how to get started using the machine in your practice to more detailed evaluation of these organ systems. 

9:00amImaging of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Ashley Hanna, DVM, MS, DACVR
Level: Any
*See description above
10:30amImaging of the Urinary System
Tom Wilkinson Jr., DVM, DACVR
Level: Any
*See description above
11:30amA Review of Abdominal Imaging
Tom Wilkinson Jr., DVM, DACVR
Level: Any
*See description above

Technician Track

8:00am

Who Needs an Anesthetic Plan?  YOU DO!  
Heidi  Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), ( Surgery), FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Every dog and cat that enters your hospital is a unique biologic unit.  Do you know how to develop an anesthetic plan that ensures their safe passage throughout the anesthetic episode?  Careful pre-anesthetic assessments are essential to identify physiological, pathological or drug-related factors that may complicate a patient’s anesthetic management. Learn the components of developing an anesthetic plan and the steps necessary to optimize the surgical procedure and expected outcome for each and every patient.

9:00am

Anesthesia Mistakes Awareness 
Heidi  Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), ( Surgery), FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level:
The pressures facing anesthetists today are great; the anesthetist must fully understand physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, anesthesia equipment, and monitoring devices as well as recognize their limitations.  Although the goal is to assure a successful surgical or procedural outcome while ensuring the patient receives the finest possible anesthetic care, mistakes can and do happen.  During this 1-hour session, discover the most common causes of anesthesia-related errors as well as some insight on how to prevent them. 

10:30amKeys to High Level Disinfections & Sterilization
Heidi  Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), ( Surgery), FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate

High level disinfection (HLD) and sterilization processes are performed routinely in veterinary hospitals around the world, as one of many strategies to prevent hospital acquired infections. The responsibility of carrying out these procedures is often thrust upon veterinary technicians. In this course you will learn the science behind and importance of proper surgical instrument cleaning and processing.  We'll explore how to verify the efficacy of each step in the disinfection and/or sterilization process, the role of ultrasonic cleaning devices and appropriate use of chemical and steam sterilization units. We will also discuss some of the tools and products used to assure cleanliness and sterility in the human market, as well as the importance of following the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

 11:30am

Perioperative Surgical Patient Care: Honoring the Bond 
Heidi  Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), ( Surgery), FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
A veterinary patient’s perioperative experience is based on so much more than the surgeon’s skill. Veterinary technicians play a vital role in the care of perioperative patients and educating pet owners.   Strategies for supporting patient comfort and emotional wellbeing while assuring successful surgical outcomes will be discussed, such as the importance of fear-free handling techniques, perioperative analgesia, and nutrition tactics for the veterinary team.  Join this lecture for practical ideas that elevate the perioperative experience by nurturing the human-animal bond and exceeding client expectations.