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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Rounds

 Saturday, February 3
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R1: Adrenal Function Testing: Clearing the Confusion


Adrenal gland disorders are commonly identified in small animal practice, but many clinicians struggle when faced with interpreting adrenal function test results. In this small group session, we will review the fundamentals regarding adrenal function tests (both for hypo and hyper-adrenocorticism) and use case examples to highlight key concepts. We will talk about common reasons for error and factors that may impact test results in patients with both adrenal and non-adrenal illnesses.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to confidently interpret ACTH stim tests, Low-dose dexamethasone suppression tests and measurements of endogenous ACTH concentrations.

 Saturday, February 3
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R2: Avoiding Complications following Tumor Removal


Complications can arise following tumor excision due to many different factors. This session will focus on identification of these factors and how to plan surgery to avoid common and uncommon complications.

 Saturday, February 3
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R3: Wildlife Medicine Revealed: Case Files of the Walking Wounded


The focus would be trauma, wounds, things that look like wounds, and other horrible gross conditions that often plague wildlife……

 Saturday, February 3
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R4: Create Systems that Drive Practice Success


When you are caught up in the day-to- day operations, you rarely stop to think about where your practice is headed. This Master Class gives you a foundational discussion on taking a 35,000- foot overview of your practice and how to start making the changes needed to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

 Sunday, February 4
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R5: The Senior Cat: Balancing Multiple Disorders


This rounds session will focus on the most common problems seen in senior cats, including hyperthyroidism, diabetes, IBD, cardiac disease, and CKD. We will not be discussing the basics of these disorders. Instead, we will focus on how having multiple of these conditions at the same time can affect testing/results. We will also discuss treatment strategies of how to make management of these conditions easier for the veterinarian and the cat owner.

 Sunday, February 4
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R6: Hips or Knees? Tips for Diagnosis of Hind Limb Lameness


Want to be more accurate and efficient at differentiating cruciate disease from hip dysplasia? Or perhaps the dog has both!

Small group discussion focused on practical tips in differentiating common orthopedic diseases involving the canine stifle and hip joints. Many clues from the history, gait evaluation and orthopedic exam can help with efficient localization. Tips for taking and interpreting good stifle and hip radiographs will also be discussed. 

 Sunday, February 4
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R7: Super Boost Dental Growth for Great Results


One of the biggest opportunities for growth in a practice is in the area of dentistry. This masterclass is for clinics that want to go from being good at dentistry to being great. Great dentistry is when the best dental medicine meets great service – what you see when pet parents and patients leave with a smile. Super boost your dental profit center by looking at 10 things veterinary practices do to create stellar dental departments, including ergonomics, efficiency, workflow, compliance, new dental KPIs and pet insurance.

 Sunday, February 4
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R8: Dermatology Emergencies: How to Recognize and Treat Them

 Sunday, February 4
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R9: Atopy, Allergy and Anaphylaxis: Mechanisms and Treatments

 Sunday, February 4
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R10: Extracapsular Stifle Stabilization: A Refresher Class with Video


There is an old saying amongst pilot that "it is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground". This adage could certainly be modified to reflect how veterinarians may be feel about being in the operating room (OR) from time to time! The purpose of this MasterClass is to have fun while learning some case selection, surgical technique and postoperative care tips for ExCap Suture Stifle Stabilization so that we need fear the OR no more!  We will make liberal use of video demonstrations to show stifle arthrotomy, meniscal visualization, ExCap suture placement and more. 

 Sunday, February 4
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R11: Reading a Reference Laboratory Contract - Avoiding the Litigation Pickle


No contract should be entered into without a thorough understanding of the implications and consequences. This is especially true for equipment and laboratory reference contracts which typically are positioned to favor the vendor and have hefty penalties. During this class, we will walk through the salient provisions and have discussions on what they mean for your practice.

 Sunday, February 4
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R12: Fluid Resuscitation - Every Patient is Different

 Monday, February 5
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R13: Hypertonics, Isotonics, Colloids, Oh My! A Case Based Discussion of Fluid Choices

 Monday, February 5
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R14: Polytrauma in Small Animals: Challenges and Decision Making

 Monday, February 5
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R15: Financial Fitness Exam - How to Make Sure You Pass the Test


You are always cognizant of your business finances – examining reports, tracking KPIs, and assessing the financial fitness of the business. But what about your personal financial fitness?
Take some time to examine your financial picture and prepare for one of your most important tests – your financial reality. In this Master Class, you will have the opportunity meet with professionals to discuss your financial vision and map out the steps to achieve your goals.

 Monday, February 5
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R16: Radiology Film Reading (Thorax I)

 Monday, February 5
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R17: Feline Oncology: Diagnostic and Treatment Advances


Although exact numbers are difficult to track, cancer is a leading cause of death for cats. Some estimates place the number of cats diagnosed with cancer annually at nearly six million. Remaining up-to-date on the latest information and approaches to diagnosing and treating feline cancer is important to your daily practice. This session will highlight key updates on advanced feline cancer diagnostics, including PARR (PCR for receptor rearrangement) and flow cytometry, and treatments, including chemotherapy (oral and injectable), immunotherapy and supportive/quality of life enhancements. Focus areas will include lymphoma, oral squamous cell carcinoma, injection site sarcoma and mast cell neoplasia. Particular emphasis will be placed on a practical approach to feline oncology with integrative case examples.

 Monday, February 5
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R18: What Can I Do with IM Pins, Cerciage Wire and Casts or Splints?


Okay...maybe you do like orthopedics or maybe you don't, but you DO like helping injured pets.  While there is nothing more gratifying than the nearly instant gratification of fracture stabilization, there is little that is more demoralizing than the chronic lameness and discomfort that can result from complications. We get it!  You find your fracture treatment options limited to casts/splints, IM pins and cerclage and you just want to know "What CAN and what CAN'T I do with these options?". So relax, let's have some fun in this "refresher class" where we use clinical cases to discuss the principles of these common fixation modalities. 

 Monday, February 5
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R19: Advance Your Marketing Efforts with Strategic Budgeting & Planning


Stop throwing money away on haphazard marketing efforts. Plan your marketing topics, establish and stick to a budget, assess the effects of the marketing and enjoy the feeling of success. This master class will show you the steps, provide hints and tips, and enable you to experience marketing  success.

 Monday, February 5
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R20: Radiology Film Reading (Abdomen I)

 Tuesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R21: Systemic Fungal Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment


Common clinical presentations of systemic fungal diseases in dogs and cats are reviewed. A diagnostic plan for patients with suspected systemic fungal disease is discussed using clinical cases. Therapies for systemic fungal diseases are reviewed.

 Tuesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R22: Taking and Interpreting Orthopedic Radiographs: Avoid the "Dogagram"


Small group discussion on how to get the most out of your orthopedic radiographs from a clinician's perspective. The focus will be on practical tips in patient positioning and beam centering. Key points in interpretation of common joints such as the stifle, hip and elbow will also be discussed. 

 Tuesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R23: My Top 10 Pearls for Diagnosing and Managing GI Disease - A Case-Based Approach

 Tuesday, February 6
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R24: Radiology Film Reading (Thorax II)

 Tuesday, February 6
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R25: Canine Pattern Recognition


Part 1: Do you think all skin diseases look the same? Is everything "dermatitis" in your mind? Perhaps you are missing the forest for the trees. Come take part in this session where you will begin to recognize common "patterns" of dermatological disease in the dog—What are the infections? If you are feeling a bit rusty, this is sure to be a good basic overview on the pattern approach to dermatology.

Part 2: Do you think all skin diseases look the same? Is everything "dermatitis" in your mind? Perhaps you are missing the forest for the trees. Come take part in this series of sessions where you will begin to recognize common "patterns" of dermatological disease in the dog—Why are the infections there? If you are feeling a bit rusty, this is sure to be a good basic overview on the pattern approach to dermatology.

 Tuesday, February 6
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R26: Patella Luxation in Small Breeds: A Refresher with Video Demo


Ever get the impression that the textbooks aren't telling you all of the tricks? Ever wish that you could have a surgeon show you all those little diagnostic and surgical treatment tips that you never learned or have long since forgotten?  Wish no more!  Dr. Palmer will bring his friendly and fun demeanor to class as he uses clinical photos and videos to show you all the tricks and tips that you've been waiting for. Ever heard of the "door stopper" needle?  How about the "Danish twist"?  Well come on to class and see the tricks that you've been missing!

 Tuesday, February 6
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R27: The Forgotten Management Task - How Ignoring Human Resources Threatens Business Success


Many of us entered the veterinary profession because we wanted to work with animals. We live and breathe veterinary medical care and animal welfare. However, this profession also involves interacting with people, a lot of people. Ignoring management duties in the area of human resources is putting you and your team’s ability to do what they love at risk. This Master Class will help you effectively and efficiently handle many HR duties such as talent acquisition and management, compensation, driving the culture you want, performance management, training, and regulatory compliance.

 Tuesday, February 6
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R28: Radiology Film Reading (Abdomen II)

 Wednesday, February 7
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R29: Anemia: Key Patient-Side Diagnostics


Anemia is a common issue in companion animal practice. In this interactive session, we will review a logical approach to the anemic patient, with an emphasis on simple patient-side tests that can provide key information in a timely manner. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to formulate an appropriate list of differential diagnoses for an anemic animal, and establish a broad hypothesis regarding the most likely cause(s) of the problem. This will direct additional testing and guide decisions about emergent treatment.

 Wednesday, February 7
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R30: Placement and Management of Enteral Feeding Tubes

 Wednesday, February 7
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R31: Exotic Companion Mammal Radiology Rounds


ECM diagnostic imaging is essential to many disease diagnoses yet interpreting these images can be confusing.  We will discuss cases, both common and uncommon, in ECM.  If you have images you want to share, bring those, too!  This is two hours of rounds where you don't need to sweat the grades like 4th year!

 Wednesday, February 7
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

R32: Hematology: Tough Cases, Easy Answers

 Wednesday, February 7
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R33: The "Down Dog": Managing Myelopathy Cases


We will review recent cases seen through a Neurology Service for being "down". Discussion will include videos of animal gait, neurologic examination results, differential lists and diagnostic results (including MRI review). 

 Wednesday, February 7
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R34: Surgical Management of Portosystemic Shunts


Come to this session to learn more about the latest on pathophysiology, methods of diagnosis, and surgical treatment of portosystemic shunts!

 Wednesday, February 7
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R35: Exotic Companion Mammal Dental Techniques You Can Do in Your Practice

 Wednesday, February 7
2:40 PM - 4:40 PM

R36: Feline Anemia and Transfusion Therapy

Hands-On Lab

 Saturday, February 3
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Fracture Repair in Toy Breed Dogs and Cats Laboratory


Toy Breed Dogs and Cats often requires special consideration when planning and implementing repair of fractures or joint disorders. This course will show you how to perform the perfect surgical approach, tips on successful fracture reduction and repair of simple and challenging comminuted fractures using simple and reliable techniques. Participants will use the latest technology -micro locking plates to repair fractures of very small bones in these small patients. The implant systems used in this course are very easy to use, great for the general practitioner and affordable.

 Saturday, February 3
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lameness Examination (Canine) Laboratory


In this prelude to the Orthopedic Splinting, Casting and Joint Tap/Injections Lab, master the basics of a canine lameness examination including evaluation of various gaits, identifying lameness, differentiation between cranial and caudal-cruciate ligament rupture, recognizing hip luxation, distinguishing between dorsal and ventral hip luxation, and detection of joint effusion. Registrants will be shown how to use smartphone apps to strengthen their conclusions after a lameness exam.

 Saturday, February 3
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Canine Stifle Stabilization Course for General Practitioners Laboratory


This full day lecture/laboratory experience provides in-depth training for stabilization of the cranial cruciate deficient stifle in all dog breeds, large and small, and also in cats. The diagnosis of cranial cruciate ligament injury, meniscal injury, hands-on application of novel stabilization systems at the isometric sites will be covered.
Note: Registrants for this course will receive $300 off a subsequent Arthrex 2 day cadaver lab and can bring a surgical technician to that Arthrex lab at no additional cost.

 Saturday, February 3
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Beyond Restraint: No Fear, No Distress, Low-Stress Patient Examination and Handling Laboratory (Technicians)


Do everyday fights and bites disrupt the flow of your practice? End the time-consuming, and physically and mentally exhausting struggle with patients for routine procedures such as vaccinations, venipuncture, ear cleaning, radiographs/ultrasound and hip examinations, as well as potential injury to staff, clients and patients. Cats can offer veins for blood draw and dogs can offer paws for nail trimming. Leaders in this field, working with live animals and using the best equipment, will teach you how to apply theory to practical, everyday veterinary situations and perform routine veterinary procedures so that cats and dogs cooperate with your staff. This lab is ideal for staff who want to make their practices more cost-efficient and less stressful.

In addition to an all-star lineup of instructors, this lab will feature Pat Miller, the prolific author of dog-training columns, articles and books, including The Power of Positive Dog Training, one of Amazon’s top 10 training books.

 Saturday, February 3
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Orthopedic Splinting, Casting & Joint Tap/Injections Laboratory


In this accompaniment to the Lameness Examination (Canine) Lab, master the basics of coaptation, including the Robert Jones bandage, distal limb splintage, improved Ehmer Sling application and casting. Learn anatomical landmarks for the major joints and perform joint taps for diagnostic synovial fluid analysis and intra-articular therapy. 

 Saturday, February 3
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Ultrasound for Technicians Laboratory


Learn practical fundamentals of clinical diagnostic ultrasound, taking advantage of hands- on, mentored teaching that is geared to serve technicians. Under the personalized guidance of expert veterinary sonographers and using live dogs and cats, participants will gain knowledge about basic machine settings for optimal imaging performance, and scanning techniques to identify major abdominal organs. Attendees will gain an appreciation of normal sonographic anatomy and will learn insights from board certified radiologists.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Abdominal Ultrasound for the Progressive Practitioner Laboratory - Basic - Group A


Learn practical fundamentals of clinical diagnostic ultrasound, taking advantage of hands- on, mentored teaching that is geared to serve beginners at the introductory level. Under the personalized guidance of expert veterinary sonographers and using live dogs and cats, participants will gain knowledge about basic machine settings for optimal imaging performance, and scanning techniques to identify major abdominal organs. Attendees will gain an appreciation of normal sonographic anatomy and will learn insights from board certified radiologists.
 

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Canine Common Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures Laboratory


Many canine soft-tissue surgical procedures can be successfully performed in private practice. Learn how to perform urethrotomy/urethrostomy, salivary gland resection, total ear canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy, anal sacculectomy, chest drain placement, splenectomy, and incisional gastropexy for the treatment of GDV. Participants will first view a video of each procedure performed on a clinical case and then immediately perform it themselves on a cadaver under the guidance of highly skilled surgeons.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dental Radiography Laboratory (Veterinarians)


Learn how to obtain diagnostic dental radiographs in your canine and feline patients! Learn about the newest equipment and techniques, including direct and indirect digital systems, generators, indications for radiography and patient positioning. This extremely practical lab will provide the information you need to get started with confidence in this profitable aspect of veterinary dentistry.
Note: Attendance at the Saturday & Sunday orientation lectures is highly recommended.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Laparoscopy Techniques: Spay/Gastropexy Laboratory (Veterinarians)


Bring innovation to your practice by acquiring a new surgical technique - the laparoscopic spay/gastropexy combination surgical technique in dogs!  After an introductory discussion, you'll perform the procedures in "practice boxes" before scrubbing in to perform a laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy/ovariectomy/gastropexy combination and laparoscopic exploratory on a live dog.  All procedures are performed on patients as part of their preparation for adoption.

NOTE: This is an off-site laboratory.  Transportation will be provided from the OCCC - South Concourse. 

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Ophthalmic Surgery Eyelids and "Cherry Eye" Laboratory


After a brief introductory lecture, this hands-on lab will focus on the surgical approach to a range of eyelid diseases, including entropion, ectropion, medial canthal entropion, eyelid neoplasia, and the most popular methods to surgically treat “Cherry Eye” in the dog. The different types of eyelid and “Cherry Eye” surgeries will be compared with respect to advantages, limitations, difficulty and long-term results.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Practice Management Workshop (Veterinarians)


Practice Management Workshop - add description -The veterinary profession is at an important crossroads. It’s time to question some of the long accepted workplace best practices that no longer serve us. Discover better ways to work together and explore evolving leadership and design principles of "next-stage" organizations. In this workshop, a diverse team of VetPartners members discuss the mindset required to redefine leadership in your practice including an overview of several key principles involved in redesigning organizations and revitalizing workplaces that will equip you to prepare your practice for a future of rapid change and uncertainty. The afternoon will be spent in small groups, working on issues specific to your practice, and helping you to create implementation plans for you and your clinic.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Practice Management Workshop (Practice Managers)


The veterinary profession is at an important crossroads. It’s time to question some of the long accepted workplace best practices that no longer serve us. Discover better ways to work together and explore evolving leadership and design principles of "next-stage" organizations.  In this workshop, a diverse team of VetPartners members discuss the mindset required to redefine leadership in your practice including an overview of several key principles involved in redesigning organizations and revitalizing workplaces that will equip you to prepare your practice for a future of rapid change and uncertainty.  The afternoon will be spent in small groups, working on issues specific to your practice, and helping you to create implementation plans for you and your clinic.

 Sunday, February 4
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dental Radiography Laboratory (Technicians)


Learn how to obtain diagnostic dental radiographs in your canine and feline patients! Learn about the newest equipment and techniques, including direct and indirect digital systems, generators, indications for radiography and patient positioning. This extremely practical lab will provide the information you need to get started with confidence in this profitable aspect of veterinary dentistry.
Note: Attendance at the Saturday & Sunday orientation lectures is highly recommended.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Abdominal Ultrasound for the Progressive Practitioner Laboratory - Advanced - Group A


Building on the basic abdominal ultrasound lab, hone your skills on identifying major abdominal organs while proceeding to more advanced concepts such as the identification and interrogation of small parts (pancreas, adrenal glands, vascular structures, etc.). Under the personalized guidance of expert veterinary sonographers and using live dogs and cats, participants will further explore image optimization, and use other tools such as color, power and pulsed-wave Doppler. Attendees will build on their understanding of normal anatomic variation and will continue to learn insights from board certified radiologists.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Avian Emergency Procedures: Keeping Them Alive! Laboratory (Veterinarians)

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Canine GI Endoscopy Laboratory


Only three veterinarians per station guarantees plenty of “scope time” for every participant.  Learn and practice on live dogs proper techniques for GI flexible endoscopy, including esophagoscopy, gastroscopy and duodenoscopy.  Participants will also practice handling of the endoscope and maneuvering skills for traversing and examining the upper GI tract and see retrieval of a simple foreign body (e.g., cotton ball) from the stomach. 

Note: Attendance at the Saturday morning orientation lectures is highly recommended. 

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Feline Perineal Urethrostomy Laboratory


This hands-on lab is totally focused on one of the most commonly indicated surgeries in small animal practice. Following a comprehensive review of patient presentation, preoperative workup, patient stabilization and indications, required equipment/instruments and complications associated with perineal urethrostomy surgery, a detailed, step-by-step description of surgical technique will be presented. Participants will then perform a perineal urethrostomy on a cat cadaver with the help and guidance of skilled, experienced surgeons.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Ophthalmic Surgery: Conjunctiva and Cornea Laboratory


After a brief introductory lecture, this hands-on lab will focus on the surgical therapy of corneal ulceration and the proper use of conjunctival grafts or flaps. Different types of corneal ulcers will be compared and those requiring surgical procedures indicated. Also, the different types of conjunctival grafts, their indications and limitations will be presented and then performed by registrants under the guidance of expert instructors. Corneal surgeries will include superficial keratectomy and establishment of conjunctival and corneoconjunctival grafts.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ultrasound Interpretation Workshop: Abdominal Radiographs vs. Ultrasound - What is Best?


Abdominal radiography and ultrasonography are complementary, but do we always need both? Explore imaging cases and engage in group discussions in this interactive, small group session focused on interpretation skills, including identification of abnormalities, organizing findings, prioritizing differential diagnoses, and interpretation tips. Build your diagnostic imaging interpretation skill set!

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Urethral Catheterization Laboratory (Veterinarians)


Does your practice grind to a halt when a patient requires urethral catheterization? In under four hours, master a proven technique to place urinary catheters in female dogs. A practical introduction to the indications and complications of urinary catheterization, types of urinary catheters, and demonstration of urinary catheter placement will be followed by hands-on experience in numerous cadavers under the guidance of experienced instructors.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Avian Emergency Procedures: Keeping Them Alive! Laboratory (Technicians)


Learn emergency stabilization procedures for birds, including intramuscular sedation, intravenous and intraosseous catheterization, subcutaneous fluid administration, fluid management, intubation, gavage feeding, abdominal air sac placement, cloacal prolapse reduction and suturing, venipuncture, and blood pressure measurement.
Note: This is a terminal lab using chickens as models for psittacines.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Dentistry for Technicians: Advanced Proficiency Level Laboratory


This interactive learning experience will cover advanced oral examination, occlusal evaluation, full mouth charting, and documentation using American Veterinary Dental College abbreviations, full mouth dental radiography, regional dental anesthesia techniques and perioceutical/sealant applications.

 Sunday, February 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Urethral Catheterization Laboratory (Technicians)


Does your practice grind to a halt when a patient requires urethral catheterization? In under four hours, master a proven technique to place urinary catheters in female dogs. A practical introduction to the indications and complications of urinary catheterization, types of urinary catheters, and demonstration of urinary catheter placement will be followed by hands-on experience in numerous cadavers under the guidance of experienced instructors.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Abdominal Ultrasound for the Progressive Practitioner Laboratory- Basic - Group B


Learn practical fundamentals of clinical diagnostic ultrasound, taking advantage of hands- on, mentored teaching that is geared to serve beginners at the introductory level. Under the personalized guidance of expert veterinary sonographers and using live dogs and cats, participants will gain knowledge about basic machine settings for optimal imaging performance, and scanning techniques to identify major abdominal organs. Attendees will gain an appreciation of normal sonographic anatomy and will learn insights from board certified radiologists.
 

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dentistry for Veterinarians: Extractions in the Dog Laboratory


Become proficient at the most common surgical extraction procedures in veterinary dentistry and learn how to approach extraction complications efficiently with proper techniques. Practitioners from all skill levels will benefit from this extraction/extraction complication lab. Working with a dog specimen, learn how to create a mucoperiosteal flap, remove buccal bone, section teeth and perform oral surgery to remove the maxillary canine tooth and maxillary fourth premolar tooth. In addition, registrants will receive instruction in root retrieval techniques.
Note: Attendance at the Saturday & Sunday orientation lectures is highly recommended.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Emergency and Critical Care Procedures Laboratory


Save the lives of critically ill and injured patients! This outstanding all-day wet lab will provide demonstration and hands-on training of numerous emergency and critical care procedures, including multiple vascular access procedures, intraosseous catheter placement, measurement of central venous pressure, transtracheal catheter placement, tracheotomy, chest tube placement, closed chest CPR, rapid thoracotomy for open chest CPR, aortic cross clamp, nasal tube placement (nasal, nasotracheal, nasoesophageal and nasogastric), esophagostomy, and epidural catheter placement. Practical and effective techniques that require equipment normally found in most veterinary hospitals will be emphasized. The last 30 minutes of the lab will include a demonstration of emergency abdominal surgical techniques.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Potbelly Pig Handling, Restraint and Procedures Laboratory - Group A (Veterinarians)


This essential primer for working with these common exotic pets will cover restraint and handling, tusk and hoof trimming, anesthetic induction and endotracheal tube placement.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Simple Fracture Repair Laboratory


Even if you are not an orthopedic surgeon, learn to manage fractures that can be stabilized easily and effectively in general practice using external coaptation and intramedullary Steinmann pins coupled with ancillary stabilization devices such as cerclage wire and Kirschner wire. Apply these techniques/systems to each long bone, to make decisions based on reduction technique and biologic and clinical factors, and to avoid common complications.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Potbelly Pig Handling, Restraint and Procedures Laboratory - Group A (Technicians)


This essential primer for working with these common exotic pets will cover restraint and handling, tusk and hoof trimming, anesthetic induction and endotracheal tube placement.

 Monday, February 5
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Ultrasound Interpretation Workshop: Digestive Disorders - The Utility of Ultrasound


Using specific clinical scenarios, explore the sonographic interrogation of major categories of digestive disorders. In this interactive, case-based workshop, learn to apply a more systematic approach to the sonographic examination of patients and interpretation of findings that will assist the practitioner in developing an accurate, succinct, prioritized list of differential diagnoses and next steps.

 Monday, February 5
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Abdominal Ultrasound for the Progressive Practitioner Laboratory - Advanced - Group B


Building on the basic abdominal ultrasound lab, hone your skills on identifying major abdominal organs while proceeding to more advanced concepts such as the identification and interrogation of small parts (pancreas, adrenal glands, vascular structures, etc.). Under the personalized guidance of expert veterinary sonographers and using live dogs and cats, participants will further explore image optimization, and use other tools such as color, power and pulsed-wave Doppler. Attendees will build on their understanding of normal anatomic variation and will continue to learn insights from board certified radiologists.

 Monday, February 5
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Dentistry for Veterinarians: Extractions in the Cat Laboratory


Become proficient at the most common surgical extraction procedures in veterinary dentistry and learn how to approach extraction complications efficiently with proper techniques. Practitioners from all skill levels will benefit from this extraction/extraction complication lab. Working with your own feline specimen, learn how to create a mucoperiosteal flap, remove buccal bone, section teeth and perform oral surgery to remove the maxillary and mandibular canine teeth, quadrant extractions, and crown amputation with intentional root retention. In addition, registrants will receive instruction in root retrieval techniques.
Note: Attendance at the Saturday & Sunday orientation lectures is highly recommended.

 Monday, February 5
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Feline Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures Laboratory


With cats now the most popular companion animal in North America, grow your feline practice with skills in the most useful feline-specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Under the guidance of a board-certified feline specialist, learn techniques such as the placement and use of different types of feeding tubes, the secrets of urethral catheterization, and an easy technique for bronchoalveolar lavage.

 Monday, February 5
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Potbelly Pig Handling, Restraint, and Procedures Laboratory - Group B (Veterinarians)


This essential primer for working with these common exotic pets will cover restraint and handling, tusk and hoof trimming, anesthetic induction and endotracheal tube placement.

 Monday, February 5
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Potbelly Pig Handling, Restraint and Procedures Laboratory -Group B (Technicians)

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Cytology Workshop (Veterinarians)

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Echocardiography Laboratory (Group A)


At the end of this laboratory, participants will have learned how to apply the fundamentals of echocardiography to acquire, recognize, and interpret right and left-sided thoracic sonographic images. They will also learn pathologic echocardiographic features associated with pleural and pericardial effusion as well as common cardiac and non-cardiac diseases, and understand how to measure echo images to obtain basic clinical information.
 

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Feline Common Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures Laboratory


Many feline soft tissue procedures can be successfully performed in private practice. Master soft tissue surgical procedures, including perineal urethrostomy (a new approach), nasal planum resection, esophagostomy tube placement, chest drain placement using a feeding tube, chest drain placement using a trocar, diaphragmatic hernia repair and ventral bulla osteotomy. Participants will first view a video of each procedure being performed on a clinical case and then immediately perform it themselves on a cadaver under the guidance of highly skilled surgeons.

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Introduction to Advanced Fracture Management: Bone Plates and Screws Laboratory


This introduction to concepts and techniques of fracture management using bone plates and screws will address and emphasize recent advances in technique that make bone plating useful and practical for the general practitioner. Direct and indirect reduction, locking technology, and techniques for different fracture configurations will be covered, including post-operative management, and prevention and management of complications. Ample laboratory time with cadaver specimens will facilitate familiarity with instrumentation and application.

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Cytology Workshop (Technicians)

 Tuesday, February 6
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Echocardiography Laboratory (Group B)


At the end of this laboratory, participants will have learned how to apply the fundamentals of echocardiography to acquire, recognize, and interpret right and left-sided thoracic sonographic images. They will also learn pathologic echocardiographic features associated with pleural and pericardial effusion as well as common cardiac and non-cardiac diseases, and understand how to measure echo images to obtain basic clinical information.

 Tuesday, February 6
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Wound Management Laboratory (Technicians)


Moisture-retentive dressings, skin stretching and stenting, active suction drains, diffusion catheters, negative pressure wound therapy, maggot therapy, honey and more will be addressed. In this hands-on lab participants will gain experience with a number of useful tools and techniques for wound management, all presented within the context of clinical cases. Participants will also expand their ability to design effective wound care plans for patients.

 Tuesday, February 6
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Wound Management Laboratory (Veterinarians)


Moisture-retentive dressings, skin stretching and stenting, active suction drains, diffusion catheters, negative pressure wound therapy, maggot therapy, honey and more will be addressed. In this hands-on lab participants will gain experience with a number of useful tools and techniques for wound management, all presented within the context of clinical cases. Participants will also expand their ability to design effective wound care plans for patients.

 Wednesday, February 7
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Patella Luxation Repair Laboratory


In a comprehensive lab covering the diagnosis and treatment of patellar luxation in small and large-breed dogs and cats, master the diagnosis of medial and lateral patellar luxation using signalment, orthopedic exam findings and radiographic findings. With hands-on training, orthopedic surgeons will cover surgical techniques for patellar luxation correction, including stifle arthrotomy, trochlear wedge and block recession, tibial tuberosity transposition, lateral imbrication, medial release and patellar groove replacement.

 Wednesday, February 7
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Laboratory


Master the skills required to diagnose and manage one of the most frequent reasons for presentation of exotic companion mammals to your practice. Learn proper oral examination with the best equipment and perform common procedures such as occlusal equilibration and incisor and cheek teeth extraction.
Note: Attendance at the Tuesday Evening Session is highly recommended.
 

 Wednesday, February 7
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Radiosurgery for the General Practitioner Laboratory


Learn the technology behind radiosurgery and why it is an effective alternative to other incisional modalities.  Great attention will be given on how to create the ideal skin incision using Radiosurgery. Other topics in the presentation include: Techniques for utilizing Radiosurgery to provide the best surgical results, best practices for surgical procedures and how Radiosurgery will enhance your practice. The hands-on experience will cover tumor removal, oral surgery procedures, entropion, spay/ neuter, vasectomy, splenectomy, anal sacculectomy, eyelash epilation, total ear canal ablation, soft palate resection, stenotic nares resection and feline declawing. New surgical techniques using radiosurgery will also be presented.

Meet the Professor Luncheon

 Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL1: Thoracic Radiography: A Case-Based Review


This lecture will provide an overview of the principles used in radiographic evaluation of the canine and feline thorax. Clinical cases will provide the basis for decision making and will highlight species differences.

 Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL2: Minimally Invasive Surgery: Video Case Discussions

 Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL3: Reptile Sedation, Anesthesia, and Analgesia


This interactive session will provide an indepth overview on effective sedation, anesthesia and analgesic  techniques in reptiles. Clinically important anatomy and physiology will be reviewed and commonly used drugs and equipment discussed. 

 Saturday, February 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL4: Complicated Extractions/Extraction Complications

 Sunday, February 4
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL5: Uveitis in Dogs and Cats: A Diagnostic Approach


The attendee will learn how to identify common clinical signs associated with uveitis. The attendee will also be able to formulate appropriate differentials, diagnostic tests, and treatment plans for dogs and cats with uveitis.

 Sunday, February 4
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL6: Fracture Management for the General Practitioner

 Sunday, February 4
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL7: Avian Sedation


This interactive session will review our current knowledge on sedation techniques in a variety of avian species. Indications, drugs used, and side effects will be discussed. The information provided will be readily applicable to clinical practice.

 Sunday, February 4
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL8: Dental Emergencies: Fractured Teeth, Fractured Bone: How to Respond!


This Meet The Professor Lunch will discuss everything related to oral and maxillofacial emergencies!  We will discuss what is a true dental emergency, what you can do to stabilize and treat the patient suffering a dental emergency, as well as review new cutting edge techniques for various forms of jaw fracture repair.  By the end of this lunch discussion, participants should be able to identify and triage dental emegrencies and possess a basic-to-advanced appreciation for various jaw fracture repair techniques. 

 Monday, February 5
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL10: Conservative Management of Orthopedic Disease: Exposing the Myths

 Monday, February 5
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL11: How to Save the Limb: Options for Tumors on Distal Extremities


Many different tumors can arise on the distal limb that have different biologic behavior and options for treatment. During this session, we will discuss cases with different tumor types in distal limb locations and how we can plan effective tumor treatment and execute surgery to save the limb.

 Monday, February 5
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL12: Show Me the Money: Fighting the Compensation Battle

 Tuesday, February 6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL13: CHOP Talk: What Clients Want to Know About Lymphoma Treatments


Lymphoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed and treated cancers in both dogs and cats. Effectively and efficiently providing clients with valuable, current information on available treatment options and outcomes is critical in their decision to treat or not. This session will highlight key updates and available resources regarding canine and feline lymphoma treatments (chemotherapy, immunotherapy), outcomes, costs and supportive care/quality of life enhancements. Particular emphasis will be placed on a practical approach to succinctly communicating relevant lymphoma information to your clients.

 

 

 Tuesday, February 6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL14: Stifle and Hip Radiographic Interpretation 101


Small group discussion on how to get the most out of your stifle and hip radiographs. Practical tips on patient positioning and beam centering. Case-based stifle and hip joint radiographic interpretation. How to measure a tibial plateau angle and why it may be useful. 

 Tuesday, February 6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL15: Update on Laryngeal Paralysis


Laryngeal Paralysis is being diagnosed with an increased frequency in small animal practice. Come to this session to learn more about the latest on this disease. Current thoughts on pathophysiology, diagnosis and surgical treatment will be discussed.

 Wednesday, February 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL17: Systemic Hypertension: A Step-Wise Treatment Approach


This session will describe the diagnostic work-up related to systemic hypertension including recent updates to the ACVIM Consensus statement.  Case-based descriptions of treatment options will be discussed.

 Wednesday, February 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL18: Urinary Bladder Surgery: No Stone Left Behind!

 Wednesday, February 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL19: Laparoscopy 101


Laparoscopy has gained tremendous popularity in veterinary medicine and is commonly performed for ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy, prophylactic gastropexy, cryptorchidectomy and abdominal organ biopsy. If you are interested in learning more about laparoscopy and how to set this up in your practice, please come to this session!

 Wednesday, February 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MTPL20: Clinical Transfusion Therapy in Dogs

Tour

 Sunday, February 4
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM

BTS: Manatee Encounter & Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park (Sunday) - Tour


Swim all morning with the "gentle giants" of Florida in a once-in-a-lifetime manatee encounter, enjoy a bayside lunch on beautiful Kings Bay at a favorite local restaurant and take a leisurely walk in the afternoon at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.  You may encounter endangered and declining species such as the whooping crane and wood stork, red wolf and Florida panther, as well as the more abundant wildlife; birds of prey, shorebirds and wading birds, black bear and alligators.  The tour includes wet suits, snorkels, masks, transportation, lunch and instruction. Children ages 9-17 must be accompanied by an adult.  Children under age 9 are not permitted on this tour.  Buses depart from the OCCC South at 5:00 AM and return at 5:00 PM.  Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.

 Monday, February 5
12:30 PM - 5:45 PM

BTS: SeaWorld Orlando (Monday) Tour


Experience a side of SeaWorld that few others ever can - observe first-hand the veterinary care, husbandry, training and study of the resident animals of this world-famous park!  You will also have the chance to enjoy the athletic performances of dolphins and other marine animals.  You're sure to get splashed!   Buses depart from the OCCC South at 12:30 PM and return at 5:45 PM.  Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.

 Tuesday, February 6
7:45 AM - 6:00 PM

BTS: Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Tuesday) - Tour


Enjoy a Wild Africa Trek (3 hours) and behind-the-scenes tour of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park Hospital and Animal Nutrition (1 hour).  You'll encounter exotic animals and interact with the Animal Health team, including a Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park veterinarian, Trek guides and animal keepers.  Spend the rest of the day enjoying full-day admission to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world and home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species.  Explore 6 enthralling lands: The Oasis Exhibits, Discovery Island Trails, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand U.S.A. areas, reflecting Walt Disney's dedication to conservation and commitment to animal care, education and research. 

*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 7:45 AM and return at 6:00 PM.  Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC South Concourse the day of the tour.

 Tuesday, February 6
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

BTS: Caring for Giants at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Tuesday) - Tour


Delve into the wondrous world of our park's largest inhabitants. During this 60-minute experience, you’ll meet with dedicated animal specialists who provide for the care and wellness of our African elephant herd. They’ll give you a glimpse into their day-to-day responsibilities as they provide fascinating facts about the elephants. African cultural representatives will also be on hand to share stories of Disney’s conservation efforts dedicated to the preservation of wild populations throughout their homeland. Throughout this experience, you’ll be able to observe the elephants from approximately 80 to 100 feet away—so you’ll enjoy a closer encounter with the elephants than you would during other in-park experiences. Note: A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Disney Conservation Fund.

 

*Buses depart from the OCCC South Concourse at 8:30 AM and return at 6:00 PM.  Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC South Concourse the day of the tour.

 Wednesday, February 7
12:30 PM - 5:45 PM

BTS: SeaWorld Orlando (Wednesday) Tour


Experience a side of SeaWorld that few others ever can - observe first-hand the veterinary care, husbandry, training and study of the resident animals of this world-famous park!  You will also have the chance to enjoy the athletic performances of dolphins and other marine animals.  You're sure to get splashed!  Buses depart from the OCCC South at 12:30 PM and return at 5:45 PM.  Registrants are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the OCCC the day of the tour.




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