Spring Conference


Agenda

Friday, March 25, 202

4:00pm

Bustad Distinguished Lecture Series 
Speaker: Dr. Megan Mueller is the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and is the Associate Director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction.
Title: The Human-Animal Bond and Developmental Science
Location: ADBF 1002 or via Zoom, Meeting ID: 979 4437 2560 , Passcode: 757974

 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Large Animal Track (VTH 1410/1408)

8:00am

Bovine Field Disease Investigation Cases 
Andy Allen, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Level: Intermediate
A variety of cases presentations on a variety of agricultural animals from the Field Disease Investigation Unit at WSU Vet med. Lessons learned and some helpful techniques. 

9:00am

Small Ruminant Field Disease Investigation Cases
Andy Allen, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Level: Intermediate
A variety of cases presentations on a variety of agricultural animals from the Field Disease Investigation Unit at WSU Vet med. Lessons learned and some helpful techniques. 

10:10am - NoonCut to Close: Managing Lacerations in the Field
Ashley Cameron, DVM, MS
Level: Beginner
Discussion of important features of laceration management in the field including triage, diagnostic imaging, external coaptation, debridement and suturing, antimicrobial use, synovial structure lavage, and IV regional limb perfusion.
1:00pmStallion Fertility, Subfertility, and Infertility – What’s New?
Eduardo Arroyo, DVM, LV
Level: Intermediate
Although horse breeding has evolved considerably in the last 50 years, reproductive research has not approached the levels that already exist in other species. Many factors have been reported to affect a stallion’s fertility, including a variety of diseases. Reproductive problems, most of the times are underdiagnosed. Clinicians may not have a great deal of exposure or experience with stallions. There is a need to be familiar with the parameters, measurements and expectations for average fertility in stallions. The development of new AI techniques alongside with relevant advances made in cryoprotection of cooled and frozen semen have improved the reproductive efficiency of these affected horses. In recent years a number of nutritional supplements have been used in attempt to improve stallion fertility by optimizing the use of nutrients in different metabolic pathways. A better understanding and prevention rather than treatments should be the way to manage a breeding Stallion. 
2:00pmImpact of Heat Stress on Cow Reproduction and Fertility
Michela Ciccarelli, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT
Level: Intermediate
Currently the world is facing the impact of global warming on livestock production. Heat stress is a major cause of infertility in cattle. Several are the reproductive processes that are altered by the hyperthermia, including hormones production, ovarian follicular growth, ovulation and formation of a competent corpus luteum, oocytes quality, embryo development and uterine environment. All of this leads to increased number of days open, reduced conception rate, and larger number of cows suffering different types of anestrus. On the bull side the scenario is similar with impaired spermatogenesis. Treatments combining evaporative cooling methods and estrous synchronization protocols may improve the fertility. Timed AI and embryo transfer may also be used with the same purpose. Nutritional manipulations should also be considered. However, a better understanding of the basic mechanisms behind the impact of heat stress on fertility is the key to develop efficient approaches to alleviate these effects.
3:10pm

Those Pesky no-see-ums and Epizootic Fever and Blue Tongue Virus
Jenifer R Gold, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ACVECC    
Level: Any
We will discuss the two different orbiviruses, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

4:10pm

Sheep Production/Lambing Clinical Cases
Denise Konetchy DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Level: Beginner
Overview of clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and management/prevention strategies of common clinical diseases/disorders of ovine production medicine.

Small Animal Track (Bustad 145)

 8:00am-11:00am

Decision Making and Techniques in Gastrointestinal Surgery
Bonnie Campbell
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Using clinical case examples, perioperative decision making for patients with surgical gastrointestinal conditions will be discussed. Topics include how to decide if surgery is indicated, whether to perform a gastrotomy/enterotomy or resection, ways to improve healing, antibiotic regimens, and surgical techniques. Conditions to be discussed include gastrointestinal obstruction, volvulus, intussusception, and neoplasia.

11:10amThe Amazing Omentum: Applications Within the Abdomen and Beyond!
Bonnie Campbell
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

The omentum stimulates healing, aids in hemostasis, serves as a physiological drain, and more! Techniques for harvesting the power of the omentum for conditions within and outside the abdomen will be discussed.  

1:00pmApproach to the Septic Patient

Sabrina N. Hoehne, Dr. med. vet., DACVECC, DECVECC
Level: Intermediate
Similar to outcomes in people, sepsis and septic shock carry a guarded prognosis in veterinary medicine and early recognition and therapeutic intervention in dogs and cats suffering from sepsis or septic shock is of utmost importance to improve patient outcomes. In this lecture, we will review definitions and outcomes associated with sepsis and septic shock in small animal patients. Furthermore, the lecture will provide information on how to recognize septic patients early and important treatment considerations and cardiovascular stabilization measures will be discussed. 

2:00pmSmall Animal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Sabrina N. Hoehne, Dr. med. vet., DACVECC, DECVECC
Level: Beginner
Small animal cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be a stressful situation for the whole veterinary team and for a long time, practice guidelines on how to conduct CPR in dogs and cats were not available. In 2012, the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative published the first evidence-based guidelines on small animal CPR and it has since been shown that a systematic approach to CPR efforts improves patient outcomes. In this lecture, the key recommendations on small animal CPR will be reviewed to give your patients the best possible chance at a successful outcome in the event of cardiopulmonary arrest. 
3:10pmRespiratory Emergencies
Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC
Level: Intermediate
This case-based presentation will cover common respiratory emergencies in dogs and cats and how to approach them.  We’ll discuss rapid diagnosis in unstable patients and stabilization procedures that can be done in any practice.  
4:10pmRational Use of Antibiotics in the Emergency Room
Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC
Level: Intermediate
Antibiotics are crucial for some disease processes but can lead to resistance and side effects when used inappropriately.  In this case- based presentation, we will discuss how to choose antibiotics for common emergencies and when antibiotics can be safely avoided.

Technician Track (ADBF 1002)

8:00amNot Your Grandfather's Chemo
Danielle D. DeCormier, LVT, VTS (Oncology)  (Guest Speaker)
Level: Beginner
Chemotherapy is often thought of in terms of its effects on human beings. This lecture aims to educate on the differences between treatment goals and side effects of chemotherapy on people and those of cats and dogs. Common chemotherapies discussed are carboplatin, doxorubicin, l-asparaginase, mechlorethamine, mitoxantrone, vinblastine, vincristine, chlorambucil, cyclophosphamide, lomustine, and toceranib. Administration, toxicities, and monitoring for each drug is reviewed, as well as chemotherapy safety for patients, staff, and clients.
9:00amChemotherapy Induced Sepsis
Danielle D. DeCormier, LVT, VTS (Oncology)  (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Sepsis is often thought to be synonymous with infection. This lecture goes into detail about sepsis brought on from chemotherapy. It delves into how chemotherapy works on the cells of the body, specifically the white blood cells, and how nadir periods work. Side effects from chemotherapy and how they differ from symptoms of neutropenia are discussed. A brief overview of general sepsis is presented and then compared to what we see with chemotherapy induced sepsis. The treatment depends on the severity of the neutropenia and symptoms. Finally, we discuss how to prevent this with future chemotherapy treatments.
10:10amTechnician or Therapist: Communication Through Grief
Danielle D. DeCormier, LVT, VTS (Oncology)  (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Veterinary medicine is filled with ups and downs. While many of us are trained on how to performs skills and discuss cases, it is only recently that communication skills have been looked at. With compassion fatigue and burn out plaguing the industry, it is important to know what they are, and how they change our interactions. It is also important to recognize grief and the way it impacts understanding. This session delves into defining grief, as well as anticipatory grief, and how to work through it. It also goes through various types of communication and how to get your message through.
11:10amWhen Cancer is an Emergency
Danielle D. DeCormier, LVT, VTS (Oncology) (Guest Speaker)
Level: Beginner
Cancer is not often an emergency. It is generally diagnosed or discovered during routine veterinary visits or when a pet parent notices something not quite right. There are several neoplastic processes than can bring a patient in through emergency prior to a diagnosis of cancer. 5 of the most commonly seen are: hemoabdomen, pathological fracture, lymphoma variations, hematuria or stranguria, and epistaxis. This lecture will go through presentation, differentials, diagnostics, and immediate treatments.
1:00pmDiarrhea - The Mystery Within
Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (Nutrition), Elite FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Everyone knows what diarrhea is; learn what is happening in the intestines and elsewhere to cause it.  More importantly, learn how to address the various causes of diarrhea to make our patients feel better using medication, nutrition, and alternate therapies.
2:00pmInflammatory Bowel Disease
Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (Nutrition), Elite FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
Inflammatory bowel disease is just one of many causes of diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats.  How does this differ from ordinary enteritis, how can we diagnose it, and how can we treat it?  Learn how IBD differs and what options we can offer our clients and patients.
3:10pmFeeding Tube Management and Complications
Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (Nutrition), Elite FFCP(Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
We’ve finally gotten a feeding tube in that anorexic patient.  What challenges are yet in store for you?  We’ll cover typical management issues as well as common complications.  Learn how to treat and more importantly how to avoid many of these issues encountered in feeding tube use.  
4:10pmLyme Disease in Dogs
Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (Nutrition), Elite FFCP (Guest Speaker)
Level: Intermediate
As the tick that causes Lyme’s disease continues to spread throughout the US and Canada, this disease is seen in areas not previously affected.  We’ll look at the causative organism, transmission, and clinical signs.  Included will be diagnostic testing, treatment recommendations, and prognosis.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Large Animal Track (ADBF 1002)

8:00am

Prove it! Rethinking Your Approach to Disease Investigations in Youngstock Programs
Craig McConnel, DVM, PhD
Level: Beginner
This session will cover general approaches to outbreak investigations and insights gained from specific occurrences of GI and respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves. The importance of case definitions and the utility of necropsies will be discussed. Methods to facilitate necropsy use on farms will be described as a means to clarify antemortem diagnoses and treatment successes and failures.  

9:00am-NoonLAB: Large Animal Necropsy Introduction & Laboratory (LIMIT 15 - Vet & Tech)
Location: WADDL Building

Laura White, DVM, Dipl. ACVP
Level: Beginner
This program will include a short introductory lecture, followed by a hands-on laboratory session in our necropsy facility. The lecture portion will include tips for approaching a field necropsy and best submission practices. The laboratory session will include practical tips for efficient necropsy techniques and will provide flexibility to tailor instruction to the experience level of individual attendees. 

Small Animal & Technician Track (Bustad 145)

8:00am

Raw Diets: What is the Evidence
Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (Nutrition) ACVM (Guest Speaker)
Level: Advance
Raw pet foods are popular choices by some consumers. There are many claimed benefits, as well as several documented risks. This lecture will cover the scientific and practical aspects of raw pet foods, and provide guidance for navigating these conversations with clients. 

8:00am-NoonThoracic and Abdominal Point of Care Ultrasound Lab (LIMIT 20 - Vet only) 
Location: McCoy 201 & 202

Emilia Terradas Crespo, LV & Sabrina N. Hoehne, Dr. med. vet., DACVECC, DECVECC
Level: Beginner
Join us for the first Thoracic and Abdominal Point of Care Ultrasound Lab offered at WSU! We will first have a one-hour lecture going over normal and abnormal findings followed by a 3-hour lab. We will work with both live dogs and cadavers, representing normal and pathological conditions to be found on ultrasound. It will be a very hands-on experience allowing you to learn the basics of emergency ultrasound.
9:00amPet Food Marketing and Myths: What Clinicians Need to Know
Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (Nutrition) ACVM (Guest Speaker)
Level: Advance
Pet food labels encompass a variety of legal requirements as well as marketing terminology and claims. Understanding what is marketing and what is based on science, and how various claims are make, is critical to navigating the many options. This lecture will cover some of the key regulatory requirements as well as marketing strategies for pet foods, to help you make confident recommendations. 
10:10amNutritional Management of Obesity
Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (Nutrition) ACVM (Guest Speaker)
Level: Advance
Obesity is a common disease in companion animals, and it has important implications for health and longevity. Prevention and reversal of obesity is central to the management of pets in wellness and to manage a variety of diseases. This lecture will discuss the importance of obesity management and provide practical guidance for tackling this problem in clinical practice.
11:10amNutritional Management of Orthopedic Disease
Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (Nutrition) ACVM (Guest Speaker)
Level: Advance
Orthopedic diseases are common in senior dogs and cats but can be present at any age due to trauma or developmental conditions. Nutritional management strategies to prevent and treat orthopedic conditions can be effective complementary modalities to rehabilitation exercises, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, and other medical therapies. Weight management, maintenance of muscle mass, and certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids will be discussed in the context of their roles as part of a comprehensive patient management plan.