Small Animal

Friday, October 4

Small Animal Toxicology 
Donna Mensching, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT
Patricia Talcott, DVM, MS, PhD, DABVT

Dr. Mensching will present case reports on the top five Rx and OTC medication toxicities as well as the top five household hazard toxicities. Each presentation will be case-based and will review the levels of concern, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, clinical course, and treatment.

Dr. Talcott will use case reports to highlight food items in and around the home that can be problematic to small animals with emphasis on exposure sources, clinical signs, and diagnostic/treatment options. Common and uncommon items that can be problematic for free roaming pets will be highlighted with emphasis on exposure sources, clinical signs, and diagnostic/treatment options. Dr. Talcott will review diagnostic approaches that can be taken when working with cases of malicious poisonings in pets. Finally, information on the benefits and risks associated with commonly employed decontamination procedures in the acutely poisoned pet will be provided.

Saturday, October 5

Small Animal Infectious and Immune-Mediated Diseases 
Jane Sykes, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Sykes’ presentations will provide practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, using case examples to illustrate key principles. Attendees will gain knowledge on the best use of antimicrobial drugs, when to use serology as opposed to PCR-based tests for infectious diseases, and which immunosuppressive drugs to select and how to use them effectively.


Sunday, October 6

Small Animal Abdominal Surgery 
Becky Murray, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Murray’s presentation will better your skills for common abdominal procedures. The goal is to use cost-effective equipment and techniques to enhance your comfort level and obtain better results. The lecture will utilize intra-operative pictures and videos from the Summit Veterinary Referral Center Surgery Team.

Sponsored by Summit Veterinary Referral Center 

Small Animal Medical and Surgical Oncology 
Jim Perry, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Perry’s presentation will cover diagnostic and therapeutic challenges associated with adrenal tumors in the small animal patient. Emphasis will be placed on perioperative management and decision-making in potential surgical cases as well as palliative options for non-surgical patients.

Sponsored by Seattle Veterinary Specialists 

Small Animal Wound Management 
Tamara Walker, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Walker will review wound healing and discuss current management concepts that enhance the wound healing environment. The use of antimicrobials in wound management as well as new wound care products and techniques including negative pressure wound therapy will also be discussed.

Sponsored by Animal Critical Care & Emergency Services 

Large Animal

Friday, October 4

Small Ruminant Medicine 

Dr. Pugh’s presentations will provide in-depth information on the recognition of common small ruminant parasites, how to control them with traditional and herbal deworming products and how to control them with nutrition and other management applications. In addition to covering clinical nutrition of the breeding, pregnant, and lactating female small ruminant, Dr. Pugh will also address clinical nutrition of the neonate, prevention of urolithiasis, pregnancy toxemia, and heat stress. An overview of herd health management in small ruminants will conclude the day.

Saturday, October 5

Dairy Herd Reproductive Management 
John Lee, DVM

There may be no bigger profit opportunity on many dairy farms than to improve reproductive performance due to its impact on milk sales and replacement options. Reproductive success is dependent on so many factors. Producers need advisors who understand the big picture and can help their operations continuously improve. Dr. Lee will present practical information which can improve your ability to fill this role. Attendees will discover the things that affect cows most and have the greatest impact on herd reproductive performance, the best gauges to monitor transition cow performance and measure the impact of changes, and decreasing losses from raising heifers to first calving.

Sposored by Zoetis 


Beef Production Medicine 
Mark Hilton, DVM, DABVP

These interactive sessions will cover common concerns and situations you will face when dealing with your more progressive beef cow-calf clients. Topics on Saturday include economic drivers of beef cow-calf production, nutrition and herd profitability.

Sposored by Merck Animal Health

Sunday, October 6

Beef Production Medicine 
Mark Hilton, DVM, DABVP

Sunday’s session covers dystocia, reproductive efficiency and keys to preconditioning success. You will be able to go back to your practice next week and help your most progressive beef producers achieve even greater success in their herds. By attending Dr. Hilton’s sessions, your practice will benefit from increased income from production medicine services.

Sposored by Merck Animal Health

Equine Animal

Friday, October 4

Equine Dentistry 
Lynn Caldwell, DVM

Dr. Caldwell will cover the basic science and terms of Functional Occlusion in horses so that you may judge the results of your routine dental maintenance procedures. She will also cover how to handle major malocclusions, recognition and treatment of periodontal disease, how to perform equine dental radiography, how to handle an accidental or traumatic pulp exposure in the field and will attempt to make the participant more comfortable with basic intraoral extraction techniques for the field practitioner.

Saturday, October 5

Equine Lameness 
Kevin Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Keegan’s presentation will primarily cover evaluating lameness in the horse. Using years of collected objective lameness evaluation data and videos, lameness evaluation will be broken down in a scientific, evidence-based approach. How to most efficiently observe a horse for lameness while trotting in a straight line, lunging, under saddle, and after blocking will be presented and discussed.


Sunday, October 6

Equine Theriogenology 
Lisa Pearson, DVM, MS, DACT

Dr. Pearson will discuss options for hormone therapy in the mare. Discussion will include current techniques for estrus synchronization, new options for estrus suppression as well as discussion of techniques which are ineffective. Field emergencies of the stallion will be covered. The final session will address care of the postpartum mare and complications of the postpartum period. Specific postpatrum disorders will be discussed, as well as a discussion of when to manage the mare in the field and when to seek referral.



Friday, October 4

Class IV Laser Therapy 
John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM

Learn why Class IV therapy lasers offer the latest, most powerful, non-invasive technique for addressing acute and chronic pain, inflammation, and wound healing. Using a practical, practitioner-friendly approach, Dr. Godbold will explore the science behind Class IV laser therapy and its application in veterinary practice. The presentation includes many case studies and everyday uses, as well as a discussion of economics and incorporation of the technology into practice.

Sponsored by Therapy Laser Systems



Veterinary Acupuncture 
Michelle Schraeder, DVM, MEd

The lecture begins with the basis of acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a synopsis of current scientific explanation, and location and indications of ten useful points. This will be followed by a presentation of cases that exceeded preconceived expectations on their response that will be an exploration of treatment possibilities using acupuncture and TCM.


Hot Topics

Friday, October 4

Hazardous Drugs Veterinary Model Program 
Lisa Parshley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Parshley will provide an overview on the impending hazardous drug regulations and how veterinary practices can prepare for compliance.

Carrier Animals and How To Assure Good Population Immunity 
James Evermann, MS, PhD

The discipline of clinical ecology has emerged over the past few years as a result of more sensitive diagnostic assays that allow clinicians to answer the tough questions regarding carrier animals. This session will cover how these populations contribute to the spread of infection, and disease “hot spots,” and why it is vital to assess population more frequently. Examples of infections that will be discussed include Feline Leukemia virus, canine parvovirus, canine leptospirosis, as well as newly emerging infections.

The Disciplinary Process & Recordkeeping 
Dave Magby & Ethan Nelson, DVM

You’ve managed to escape so far in your career without having a complaint lodged against you. But it doesn’t stop you from wondering what happens when the Department of Health (DOH) comes calling. Mr. Dave Magby from the DOH’s investigation division will provide an overview on the disciplinary process. Did you know many complaints result in sanctions for poor recordkeeping? Dr. Ethan Nelson will also be on hand to provide an overview of good recordkeeping.


Pharmacy Best Practices 
Chris Humberson, RPh

Mr. Humberson, the Executive Director Board of Pharmacy will review the relationship between the pharmacist and veterinarian, opportunities for collaboration and animal patient care, and prescribing challenges for veterinarians.

What Every Veterinarian Wants to Know About DEA Licenses But Is Afraid to Ask 
Estevan Sanchez

Investigator Sanchez will cover everything you need to know about DEA laws for veterinarians. Bring your questions and leave your fear at the door.

Practice Fees, Patient Counts and Fair Market Practice Value
Karl Salzsieder, DVM, JD

The first session will give practitioners calculation methods to determine if practice fees are properly set to cover overhead and reasonable cash flow earnings. Discussion will review pharmacy pricing strategies with increased over the counter and discounted third party pharmacy competition and whether wellness plans are needed or not to supplement increasing veterinary fees. The second session will give practitioners calculations and benchmarks to confirm the practice is generating adequate revenue and excess earnings (cash basis) to allow for a fair market sale price attractive to buyers, banks and sellers. 


Friday, October 4

Yoga Retreat 
Jeni Martinez, Suzy Green-Cindrich and Karen Schisow

The owners of Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Federal Way will present yoga and meditation classes throughout the day. All levels are welcome. No experience is necessary. Doing yoga and meditation during your conference day will help you stay more focused, energized and balanced. Attendees will learn about relaxation, increased focus and reduced stress.



Vet Economics

Saturday, October 5

Veterinary Economics 
Darren Osborne, MA

Using real data from actual practices, Darren Osborne will show veterinarians how to take their practice back. For several years now, many veterinarians have been experiencing a headwind that has prevented real economic progress in their practice. These lectures will help you break through that headwind and start making real progress again. Darren knows that a lecture on economics can be the best prescription for insomnia but he promises to keep you awake with a healthy dose of humor and lots of fodder for debate.



Animal Cruelty

Friday, October 4

Animal Cruelty, Investigations, Forensics, Laws and Legal Trends 
Randall Lockwood, PhD
Rachel Touroo, DVM
Charlie Powell
Sylvia Glover, JD

This full day program will offer a comprehensive look into animal cruelty, investigations and forensics, laws and legal trends. Dr. Randall Lockwood will begin the day by reviewing the origins of various forms of animal abuse and neglect with emphasis on animal cruelty in the dynamics of dysfunctional families. The role of veterinarians in recognizing and responding to instances of non-accidental injury and the various professional and legal mandates and protections that apply will be explored.

Animal neglect and cruelty investigations may involve veterinary forensic examinations of animal victims. Dr. Touroo will discuss the considerations and steps involved in appropriate evidence collection. Information will include the equipment, personnel, and forms required to perform forensics evaluations; the step by step process of a forensic necropsy; understanding how to appropriately document and photograph; and the collection of evidence and chain of custody.


Afternoon sessions will cover legal trends, laws and the role of veterinarians in animal cruelty cases. Mr. Powell will discuss recent court cases involving the increasing intrinsic/emotional value of pets. He’ll also discuss the impact of mandated animal abuse offender registration on society and the veterinary field. A summary of legislation in Washington State will be offered. Ms. Glover will share her knowledge of the court system and veterinarians’ roles in prosecution concerning animal cruelty - including reporting of animal cruelty to authorities, involvement in animal cruelty investigations and appearances in prosecutions as fact and/or expert witnesses. She will also provide information on opportunities for early response to animal cruelty, domestic violence and other crimes you may see in your practice. 

This program was coordinated by the Puget Sound Veterinary Medical Association Anti-Cruelty Education Committee.

Practice Managers

Saturday, October 5

Hiring, Building Client Loyalty and Strategic Planning 
Brian Conrad, CVPM

Join Brian as he covers a range of tools that can immediately be put into practice. Brian will cover employment trends and how to create a cohesive team. How to make it easy for the client to use your services along with how to put the client in control of the decision making process. Finally, attendees will be guided in the development of goals and strategy for the practice.


Sunday, October 6

Looking Forward and Preparing 
Brian Conrad, CVPM

The morning session will be a hands-on workshop to look at some of the challenges and roadblocks the future holds for veterinary practices. We will look at what history has taught us and also learn from other industries outside ours. This unique interactive session will be fast paced and have you ready to adjust your strategy when you arrive for work on Monday.


Saturday, October 5

Zoonotic Causes of Abortion in Large Animals 
Shirley Sandoval, LVT, VTS

Ms. Sandoval will discuss the disease processes and zoonotic potentials, biosecurity measures for the client and veterinary personnel, containment and treatment options.

Small Animal Behavior 
Monique Feyrecilde, BA, LVT, VTS

Ms. Feyrecilde will show you how to incorporate behavior awareness and services into every client visit. Attendees will learn how to minimize stress and maximize positive learning in the veterinary hospital. Learn strategies to help pet owners choose the best humane methods for training and interacting with their pets. Ms. Feyrecilde will show attendees how to collect the clues to solve the case for every unwanted behavior.

Principles of Surgical Asepsis 
Michael Mison, DVM, DACVS

Preventing surgical site infection in the operating room is the primary goal of the surgical team. However, operating room activities pertaining to asepsis and aseptic practices have the greatest direct impact in helping to reduce the patient’s risk to surgical site infection. The principles of aseptic technique play a vital role in accomplishing the goal of asepsis in the operating room environment. Dr. Mison will teach surgical staff members to understand the meaning of these principles and to incorporate them into their everyday practice. 


Sunday, October 6

Leveraging the Technician’s Role in Client Communication 
Rachel Jensen, BS, LVT

This workshop will incorporate technician experience and collective knowledge with evidence-based skills to enhance client communication via brainstorming and integrated practice. Participants will develop specific skills to address primary challenge areas they identify to improve medical care and client compliance as well as practice efficiency, effectiveness and profitability.

Canine and Feline Hematology
Saundra Willis, DVM, DACVIM

If your clinic has a hematology analyzer, you need to know the basics of slide review. Analyzers will not detect toxic change, bands, atypical cells, spherocytes, platelet clumping, and hemoparasites. Topics include sample collection, slide preparation, staining techniques, and basic cell identification. Attendees will review CBC slides from fifteen known cases and then perform a differential and slide review on a mystery case. Note: this is a wet lab and pre-registration is required.

Because being a veterinarian is more than just a profession.

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