Learn more about the 2018 PRVC presentation topics below. This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers. 

Friday, October 26

Small Animal

Dr. Holly Roberts
Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
8:00am
| "Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy-Hocus Pocus or Legitimate Therapy"
Atopic dermatitis pathogenesis and diagnosis will be briefly reviewed followed by discussion of allergen-specific immunotherapy as a primary treatment modality. This will include allergy testing to formulate allergy vaccines as well as immunotherapy types, mechanism of action, efficacy, and potential side effects of therapy.

9:15am | "What’s on the Menu? Food Trial 101"
Diagnosis of cutaneous adverse food reaction will be detailed by reviewing the basics of performing food trials. This will cover diet selection, length of trials, and troubleshooting problems along the way.

10:10am | "Ear Nightmares: Management of Recurrent Otic Disease"
For those ear cases that just won’t resolve, we’ll review the primary causes of otitis in veterinary medicine as well as how to manage our chronic cases. We will discuss diagnostic modalities including cytology, culture, video otoscopy, and advanced imaging. Treatment including topical, systemic, and surgical options will be examined.

11:15am | "It’s Not All Allergies: Immune-Mediated Diseases in Veterinary Dermatology"
The most common immune-mediated skin diseases in veterinary medicine will be reviewed. First line therapy as well as how to manage refractory cases will also be discussed.

Dr. Noah Pavlisko
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm
| "Cognitive Aids and Anesthesia, Why Bother?"

2:30pm | "Adverse Event Surveillance in Small Animal Anesthesia: What Can We Learn?"

3:30pm | "Pulse Oximetry, a Standard of Care or a False Sense of Security?"

Equine

Dr. Earl Gaughan
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
8:00am & 9:00am
 | "
Foot Trauma: Punctures to Avulsions"                                                                                                                                           Timely and accurate diagnosis of wounded tissues of the foot are vital to best treatment plans and outcomes. Aggressively addressing synovial and osseous involvement at appropriate times are also keys to success. Patience and sound wound management can often lead to good results.

Dr. James Brown
Sponsored by VT Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center
10:15am
| "Use of CT to Diagnose Dental & Sinus Conditions"                                                                                                                                                           Dental & sinus disease in the horse can be challenging to diagnose. Radiographs of the skull are often poor at identifying lesions because of superimposition of structures. Standing computed tomography (CT) allows three-dimensional visualization of the skull that allowing more accurate definition of pathology. This lecture will demonstrate the utility of CT in dental and sinus conditions of the horse. 

11:25am | "Challenging CT Head Cases"                                                                                                                                                                                                    The use of standing CT has greatly improved the accuracy of diagnosing conditions affecting the equine head. This lecture focuses on cases with diagnoses only made possible because of CT.

Dr. Cooper Williams
1:30pm
| "The Purchase Exam of the Sport Horse"                                                                                                                                                                                    
Dr. Williams approach to examination of the “whole horse” toward purchase decision and knowing how to manage this potential future patient.

2:40pm | "How to Implement Rehabilitation Strategies in a Sport Horse Practice"                                                                                                                             From controlled exercise regimens through the various modalities used to augment physical therapy and “return to function”. Sports medicine case studies are used to illustrate specific examples.

Dr. Torri Maxwell
Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products
3:30pm | "
Navicular Syndrome and Bisphosphonates in Equine Practice"
Bisphosphonates are a relatively new class of drug introducted in 2014 with the FDA approval of Tildren and Osphos. Navicular syndrome remains an elusive and frustrating disease for the veterinarian and the horse owner. This talk will address the label indication of Navicular Syndrome and the application and proper use of bisphosphonates in the equine patient.

Public Practice

Dr. Jarlath Nally

8:00am | "Animal Leptospirosis"                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leptospirosis; Endemic, emerging or re-emerging? Research highlights will be used to illustrate our understanding of persistent renal carriage by leptospires, disease transmission, and the road to developing more efficacious vaccines.

Speaker TBD
9:00am | "Breaking Topics"

Drs. Caitlin Cossaboom & Valerie Ragan
10:15am | "The Growing Trend of Raw Milk Related Zoonoses"                                                                                                                                                             This session will explore the growing trend of raw milk consumption and its implications on public health. A case study will be presented on the first case of human brucellosis caused by cattle vaccine Brucella abortus strain RB51 through the consumption of raw milk acquired in the United States.

Dr. Gail Hansen
11:25am | "Responsible Antibiotic Use-- Toolkit for Institutional Purchases of Meat and Poultry"
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can result from any use of antibiotics, so good stewardship everywhere and a One Health perspective is essential. Dr. Hansen will discuss an approach to antibiotic stewardship developed and used for hospital procurement of meat and poultry, emphasizing the veterinarian's role in responsible antibiotic use in food animal production

Drs. Jennifer Jones & David Rotstein
1:30pm | "FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Pet Food Investigations"

Dr. Mike Murphy
2:40pm | "Fostering Antimicrobial Stewardship in Animals" 
The presentation will be a summary of the presentation “Fostering Antimicrobial Stewardship in Animals” posted on CVM’s Website here:
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/UCM572948.pdf. It will provide a brief historical perspective, the changes that took place as of January of 2017, some impacts since then, and a few next steps.

Dr. Marie Severyn
2:40pm | "Death of Antibiotics and the Rise of Natural Products"                                                                                                                                                    Federal regulations and consumer demands have shifted food animal husbandry away from conventional towards “antibiotic-free” production. As a result, multitudes of natural products have flooded the market hoping to be alternatives to antibiotics. This session will cover pros and cons of the recent shift away from antibiotics, as well as how veterinarians can separate effective natural products from snake oil.


Saturday, October 27

Small Animal I

Dr. Edward Cooper
8:00am | "A Treatise on Shock"                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Shock is a complex and dynamic process with potential for dire consequences. As it can be caused by a number of different mechanisms, early recognition and directed intervention is key to shock reversal and minimizing systemic impact. This session will explore the assessment, categorization and staging of shock, as well as provide an overview of both shock-specific and general supportive measures for these patients.

9:15am | "A Practical Guide to Fluid Therapy"                                                                                                                                                                                         Fluid therapy is a common, and sometimes daunting component of emergency and hospitalized patient care. This session will review different types of intravenous fluids and how they can be applied to fluid resuscitation, replacement, and maintenance. Some clinical scenarios and common fluid therapy pitfalls will also be discussed.

10:10a| "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation"
Prevention and preparation are the keys for responding to cardiopulmonary arrest, particularly in settings where arrest occurs uncommonly. This session will review a systemic approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation, based on the current consensus recommendations in veterinary emergency and critical.

11:15am | "Feline Urethral Obstruction"                                                                                                                                                                                                  While a fairly common emergency disease of male cats, there are many approaches and potential disagreements regarding how to optimize their care. This session will explore acute stabilization of severely ill blocked cats, as well the current evidence and controversies regarding management of these patients, from presentation to discharge. Potential alternative management options for patients with limited financial resources will also be discussed.

Dr. John Rossmeisl
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20pm | "
Defining Moments- Is it a Seizure, Syncope or Something Else?"
Although epileptic seizures are among the most frequently recognized causes of paroxysmal episodes, there are numerous other causes. The proper classification of paroxysmal disorders remains one of the most significant challenges faced by pet owners and veterinarians. The objective of this presentation is to review the cardinal clinical features associated with the most common paroxysmal disorders encountered in small animal practice with emphasis placed on those features that are helpful in discriminating the etiology of the event.

2:30pm | "Cerebrovascular Disease in Dogs & Cats"
This session will review the etiologies of, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and prognostic factors associated with stroke in dogs and cats. After attending this lecture, the clinician should recognize the disorders that predispose animal to cerebrovascular disease, and be able to formulate a comprehensive management plan for a patient with presumed or confirmed stroke. 

3:25pm | "Where Are We with Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Etiology (MUE)"
MUE is the most commonly etiology of inflammatory intracranial disease syndrome in the dog, and can have extremely diverse clinical manifestations. The objective of this lecture is to provide an update on our current understanding of the different variants of MUE, and subsequently how this effects treatment approaches and patient outcome.


Small Animal II

Dr. Rich Burgess
Sponsored by Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

8:00am | "Taking the Tension Out of Skin Closure"
Closing surgical wounds is common practice for most veterinarians but not all wounds want to close easily. Skin tension at the time of surgical closure causes increased pain, compromised circulation (with a potential for delayed healing and/or dehiscence) and increased scar formation. This lecture will review the factors which contribute to tension and methods to reduce or eliminate them. Topics covered with include basic undermining and “walking” skills to more complex flap and reconstruction techniques.

Dr. Michelle Samuel
Sponsored by Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia

9:15am | "Eye Emergencies"
In this hour, we will focus on commonly encountered ocular emergencies, relevant diagnostics, treatments, and related literature. We will also discuss how to advise clients and case management when referral is not an option. Audience participation is encouraged

Dr. David Herring
Sponsored by Radiocat

10:10am & 11:15am | "Feline Hyperthyroidism: 23 Years, Over 75,000 Cases and Still Learning!"                                                           
Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disease in cats. We will discuss the most common clinical presentations of this fatal disease and the philosophy of CURE VS management.

Dr. Julia Shih
Sponsored by CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

1:20pm | "Atrial Fibrillation - How to Make Order Out of Chaos"
Atrial fibrillation is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia in small animals. If often develops in patients with advanced cardiac disease and accurate diagnosis and management of this arrhythmia is a vital component to management of heart disease in these patients. This lecture will focus on the diagnosis of this arrhythmia as well as review medical management of atrial fibrillation and touch about both electrical and pharmacological cardioversion.

Dr. Julie Wentzel
Sponsored by Veterinary Surgical Centers

2:30pm | "Rehabilitation: The Who, The Why, The When, The What, and The How"                                                                                           
Identify which of your patients may benefit from a rehabilitation program, how to prepare your client, and what to expect from that program. We will discuss a variety of modalities commonly utilized in rehabilitation practices. Finally- is rehabilitation something you want to incorporate into your practice?

Dr. Gideon Daniel
Sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals

2:30pm | "Introduction to Minimally Invasive Procedures"                                                                                                                                         The focus will be on procedures involving the urinary tract (upper and lower). We will discuss case selection and highlight the differences between traditional and minimally invasive intervention.

Equine

Dr. Torri Maxwell
Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products
8:00am | "
Regenerative Medicine- IRAP and PRP in the Equine Athlete"
Regenerative Therapies in equine medicine has several applications from intra-articular to soft tissue lesions. Interlukin receptor antagonist protein- IRAP and platlet rich plasma- PRP are two corner stones in equine medicine. We will review the mechanism of action and proper application.

Dr. Sophie Bogers
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
9:00am | "
Update on Pathophysiology & Management of Osteochondrosis"                                                                                                                           Osteochondrosis is one of the juvenile osteochondral conditions that is the main-stay of many equine veterinary and surgical practices. This session will update you on the current pathophysiology of osteochondrosis and how we can use this knowledge to make the best decisions about prevention and treatment of our patients. We will also cover the current surgical and non-surgical treatment strategies for osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts.

10:15am | "Update on Septic Arthritis"                                                                                                                                                                                                   Septic arthritis threatens the lives and athletic future of foals and adult horses alike. This session will discuss the diagnosis and treatment decision making of these cases and the evidence behind new and future therapeutic options.

Dr. Sierra Burrell
11:25am | USDA Module 21: Animals' Fitness to Travel
This module discusses the role of the veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of livestock for movement. Veterinarians will learn about various assessments (visual, ambulation, body condition, etc.) to perform on bovine, small ruminant, swine, equine, and deer to determine whether the animal is healthy enough to transport. Finally, steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable for the animal and safer for the handlers are reviewed.

1:30pm | USDA Module 8: International Movement of Horses 
This module illustrates the scope of international horse travel and the economic factors associated with its growth, including examples of disease outbreaks that have occurred throughout the world. Proper completion of health certificates for temporary or permanent movement is included. An interactive scenario that demonstrates the process for permanently exporting a horse internationally is presented. Emphasis is placed on the role of the accredited veterinarian, isolation procedures, the required laboratory tests, and accurately completing an international health certificate.

Dr. Sophie Bogers
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
2:40pm | "
Surgery vs. Regenerative Medicine for Joint Disease"                                                                                                                                                            
The world of regenerative medicine is widely expanding, and with it so are questions about what treatments will actually work. This seminar investigates the difference between regenerative medicine products currently used by practitioners for the treatment of joint disease, and discusses essential considerations when choosing to use a product at the individual patient level, or when acquiring a new system for your practice.

3:35pm | "Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Case Discussion"                                                                                                                                                               This brief case discussion will highlight diagnostic and treatment decisions that either made or broke the case and why. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged, if you have a case that you would like discussed please email to sbogers@vt.edu with PRVC in the subject line. Cases for presentation will be randomly selected and anonymous.

Dr. Peter Radue
4:05pm | Maryland Horse Council- The Unwanted Horse

Public Practice
Dr. Kevin Pelzer
Sponsored by VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
8:00am | "
Zoonotic Disease Concern from Sheep & Goats"                                                                                                                                                                    This module discusses the relevant zoonotic diseases of sheep. Discussion will focus on transmission and the means in which that transmission cycle can be altered to reduce the risk of human disease. Since some zoonotic diseases are associated with different aspects of production, management of the herd or flock will be discussed.

Speaker TBD
9:00am | "One Health Implications of Small Ruminant Diseases
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Dr. Melinda McCall
10:15am | "
Urolithiasis and Other Common Diseases of Small Ruminants"
This session will cover urinary blockages in small ruminants, including symptoms, treatment, surgical options and prevention. We will also discuss several other common diseases that you may see in small ruminants.

Dr. Sierra Burrell
11:25am | USDA Module 21: Animals' Fitness to Travel
This module discusses the role of the veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of livestock for movement. Veterinarians will learn about various assessments (visual, ambulation, body condition, etc.) to perform on bovine, small ruminant, swine, equine, and deer to determine whether the animal is healthy enough to transport. Finally, steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable for the animal and safer for the handlers are reviewed.

1:30pm | USDA Module 8: International Movement of Horses 
This module illustrates the scope of international horse travel and the economic factors associated with its growth, including examples of disease outbreaks that have occurred throughout the world. Proper completion of health certificates for temporary or permanent movement is included. An interactive scenario that demonstrates the process for permanently exporting a horse internationally is presented. Emphasis is placed on the role of the accredited veterinarian, isolation procedures, the required laboratory tests, and accurately completing an international health certificate.

2:40pm | USDA Module 9: Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category I Animals
This module highlights the importance of health certificates for traveling pets and discusses the potential for disease spread associated with travel. The planning steps and regulation resources for properly completing a companion animal health certificate are presented through a variety of interactive animations and a scenario. Since errors can lead to travel delays or entry refusals, mistakes commonly made when completing health certificates are highlighted to help minimize these problems in real-life situations.

3:35pm | USDA Module 7: Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category I Animals
This module addresses the important role companion animal practitioners play as it relates to detecting foreign animal diseases (FADs) in Category I animals. Each disease also has a one-page reference source (Disease Briefs) as a resource for practitioners. FAD incursions in the United States that were detected by private sector veterinarians are described. Finally, a scenario culminates what was taught in this module regarding how a veterinarian should appropriately handle a suspected FAD in a patient at their clinic.


Technician

Dr. David Herring
Sponsored by Radiocat

8:00am | "Feline Hyperthyroidism: Radiation Safety & Overview of the Disease"                                                                                           Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disease in cats. We will discuss the most common clinical presentations of this fatal disease and the philosophy of CURE VS management.

Dr. Dayna Middlestead
Sponsored by Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

9:00am | "The Ins and Outs of Tubes and Drains"
Learn the various types of tubes and drains, and at which point they would be indicated. Once the decision is made to use a tube or drain, it is important to know the maintenance, complications and trouble shooting. 

Dr. Julia Shih
Sponsored by CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

10:15am | "Practical Approach to Arrhythmias"
This lecture will review the cardiac conduction system and the components of the ECG tracing. We will discuss the approach to reading an ECG and focus on the diagnosis of common arrhythmias in small animals. Lastly we will touch upon the medial management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias.

Dr. Michelle Samuel
Sponsored by Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia

11:25am | "Practical Ophthalmology"
In this hour, we will focus on the importance of history, basic ophthalmic examinations, diagnostics and their significance, and go through common cases encountered in general and emergency practices.

Dr. Gideon Daniel
Sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals
1:30pm | "Assessing and Treating Toxicities"                                                                                                                                                             The lecture will highlight common toxicities in small animal medicine.  First line therapies such as decontamination, antidotes, and lipid therapy will be discussed. In addition, we will go through the role of extracorporeal therapies with toxicities. 

Dr. Melinda McCall
2:40pm | "Farm Animal Pet Diseases"
This will be a discussion on common diseases seen in pet pigs, goats and lambs.

Kirsten Oliver, VN, DipAVN (Surgical), CVT, CCRP, CVPP
Sponsored by Veterinary Surgical Centers

3:35pm | "Rehabilitation"

Sunday, October 28

Small Animal, Equine & Public Practice joint session

Adrian Hochstadt, JD, CAE
8:00am | "Telehealth and You- What's the Latest in the Veterinary Profession"
Telehealth is an approach to delivering veterinary services that can offer benefits for animal owners, animal patients, and veterinarians by facilitating communication, diagnostics, treatments and client education, while expanding access for veterinary consumers. This session will explore how veterinarians in small animal and food animal practices incorporate appropriate and effective use of telehealth to deliver veterinary medical services, the latest guidance on legal and regulatory considerations, and AVMA resources for veterinarians interested in integrating telehealth in their practices.

Bruce Coston, DVM
9:00am | "Update on State and National Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Legal Implications of Cannabis Use in Pets"
The first part of this session will summarize the current status of local and national Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and the AVMA’s and VVMA’s advocacy for the profession on this issue. We will highlight some of the unique aspects of veterinary practice that make veterinary participation in PDMPs challenging. The impact on veterinarians of recent state legislation in Virginia will be discussed.

The second part of this session will discuss the legal implications of cannabis use in pets, the veterinarian’s approach to these products, and the AVMA’s work in this area. Legal definitions of cannabis and hemp and how those definitions impact our ability to endorse and discuss these products with our clients will be covered.

April Doherty & Rhonda Smetana
10:05am | "Veterinary Forensics: A Practical Guide for Veterinarians"
An introduction to veterinary forensics and categories of animal abuse. We will be focusing on common forms of non-accidental injury and how to differentiate accidental vs. non-accidental injury. Lastly, we will cover basic evidence collection and documentation.

10:55am | "When the Victim Barks & Purrs: The Veterinarian's Role in Reporting Abuse & Neglect "
The focus will be on how to prepare your hospital to handle a possible abuse or neglect case. It will also cover basic tenants of state laws governing veterinary reporting of abuse (including Maryland’s recent veterinary mandatory reporting law passed in Oct.2017)                       





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