Southern
Veterinary
Conference

Live & In-Person
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Birmingham, AL
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Aug. 3-6
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100+ CE Hours
Fred Metzger
DVM, MRCVS, DABVP
Friday, Aug. 5
Clinical Pathology
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Hematology 101-What Every Veterinarian and Technician needs to Know!

The CBC is not a single test but rather a panel of over 20 parameters that provide tremendous information. Learn how to properly interpret this amazing “panel” and save more patients!

Hematology 102-Using Histograms and Cytograms and Preventing Mistakes

Histograms and cytograms are generated by most hematology analyzers and are extremely helpful. Learn how to quickly recognize common patterns and become a better diagnostician!

Hematology 2022-Acute Phase Proteins (CRP, SAA) will change the way you diagnose inflammation

Acute phase proteins are incredibly helpful in the evaluation of systemic inflammation. Learn how to use these tools and help many more dogs and cats!

The Anemic Patient Case Challenge

Challenge yourself using laboratory data including hematology, biochemical profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis and other tests. This session presents several anemic patients for your evaluation.

Inflammatory Disease Case Challenge

Inflammatory disease is commonly encountered in practice and frequently missed. Learn how to properly interpret leukogram changes and learn about using acute phase proteins to detect inflammation. Don’t miss this important lecture!

Mystery Canine Case Challenge

Solve an array of canine cases using everything we learned in earlier lectures. Have fun and be a hero!

Mystery Feline Case Challenge

Clinical pathology of cats is much different than canines so you better attend this seminar if you work on cats!

Timothy Hackett
DVM, DACVECC
Friday, Aug. 5
Critical Care
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Emergency Triage

This lecture takes practitioners through a logical workup for all emergency and critical patients. We will review history-taking skills, the complete physical exam, and criteria to help identify problems as critical or non-critical. Treatments of life-threatening problems as they are identified will be covered using case examples. I stress training the entire hospital team in managing emergencies.

Treating shock: Dehydration, GI virus to abdominal bleeds

This lecture will use a variety of small animal cases to cover fluid therapy in shock. We’ll start with a viral enteritis case as an example of dehydration and hypovolemic shock then cover hydrated hemorrhagic shock in a dog with an acute intraabdominal bleed

Respiratory Emergencies

 A video/case-based discussion covering the emergency approach to the dyspneic pet. We will cover common causes of dyspnea in cats (bronchial asthma, pulmonary edema, and pleural effusion) and dogs (laryngeal paralysis pneumonia, bronchitis, pulmonary edema, and pulmonary thromboembolism).

Small Animal Trauma

This lecture takes practitioners through a logical workup for all trauma patients. I stress evaluation of the Airway, Breathing, Cardiovascular system, and neurologic trauma. I give case examples for upper airway trauma, penetrating chest wounds, pulmonary contusions, broken backs, head trauma, myocardial contusions, and urinary bladder rupture. I have video clips for each case.

Spiders and Snakes

This talk will focus on the diagnosis and management of common envenomation. The discussion includes all manner of snakebite, insects, spiders, toads, and some surprises.

Managing intoxications

This talk will focus on triage and supportive care of the intoxicated animal. Securing an airway, limiting drug absorption, hastening drug elimination, and supporting vital organ function. Remaining time will be spent on common toxins (ethylene glycol, metaldehyde, chocolate, warfarin, and illicit drugs).

Urogenital Emergencies

Using case examples and video, I discuss the management of renal failure stressing closed collection catheterization, monitoring, and fluid planning. I use an example of ethylene glycol poisoning to introduce peritoneal dialysis. I also discuss managing urinary tract obstructions in dogs and cats, pyometra, prostatic abscess, and dystocia.

Mandy L. Wallace
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Friday, Aug. 5
Surgery
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Initial Triage and Emergency Management of Wounds

In this hour, we will discuss various presentations of animals with wounds and how to triage those patients appropriately. We will also discuss initial wound management and bandaging of those wounds.

Management of Difficult Wounds: Non-Healing Wounds and Wounds in High Motion Areas

In this hour, we will discuss diagnostics and treatment for non-healing wounds in dogs and cats. We will also discuss reasons for surgical site infections and dehiscence and treatment of these conditions.

Medical and Surgical Management of Anal Sac Disease

In this hour, we will discuss anal sac disease diagnosis, management, and treatment, including anal sacculitis and anal sac neoplasia. We will discuss decision making for anal sacculitis cases and staging for anal sacculitis, as well as surgical management for both conditions.

The Great Spay Debate: Updates on Recent Literature and Discussion of Ovariectomy vs. Ovariohysterectomy

In this hour, we will discuss the recent literature on timing of spay and neuter in dogs and cats. We will also discuss the differences in surgical procedure and patient outcome with ovariectomy as compared to ovariohysterectomy.

Randolph Winter
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Friday, Aug. 5
Cardiology
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Collapsing dogs: differentiating syncope from seizure

This presentation is intended to describe how syncope and seizure activity are both similar and different, which will help the practitioner better differentiate between the two diagnoses using history and physical examination. At the conclusion of this session, audience members will have a thorough understanding of the diagnostic approach to cases of collapsing dogs. Additionally, case-related information including images and videos will be utilized throughout the presentation.

Cardiac emergencies: how you and your patient can survive using practical advice

This presentation is intended to describe the typical presentation of several different types of cardiac emergencies in dogs and cats, and materials used will include case information such as ECGs, thoracic radiographics, and echocardiography. Diagnosis and therapeutic intervention will be reviewed, focusing on a practical way to approach these cases.

Endocarditis in dogs and cats: this topic is infectious

This presentation is intended to help practitioners understand the most common physical exam findings, historical findings, and diagnostic imaging findings in dogs and cats with endocarditis. A review of which diseases are commonly found as predisposing factors in the development of endocarditis will also be discussed. At the end of the presentation, audience members will have a better understanding of the diagnostic approach to these cases.

Andrew Mackin
BSc, BVMS, MVS, DVSc, FANZCVSc, DACVIM
Friday, Aug. 5
Small Animal
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Fine Needle Aspirates and Fluids

This session will be a case-based lecture, shared between an internist and a clinical pathologist, describing sample collection techniques and cytologic interpretation, with an emphasis on lymph node aspirates and on body cavity fluids.

Respiratory Sample Collection and Analysis

This session will be a case-based lecture, shared between an internist and a clinical pathologist, describing respiratory sample collection techniques and cytologic interpretation, with a discussion of fine needle lung aspirates, transtracheal washes, endotracheal washes, and bronchoalveolar lavages.

Michael H. Jaffe
DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRP
Friday, Aug. 5
Small Animal
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Multimodal Management of Canine Osteoarthritis

This session discusses the diagnosis and non-surgical management of canine osteoarthritis. Multimodal management and treatment options are discussed. Feline osteoarthritis treatment is also briefly discussed.

Feline Orthopedic Exam

This session covers tips for performing a good orthopedic exam on cats. Included is a discussion of the most common orthopedic injuries seen in cats. The session includes a discussion of both fear-free handling and sedation for performing the exam when needed.

Matthew Williams
DVM DACVP
Friday, Aug. 5
Small Animal
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Cytology for the General Practitioner Session 1

The lectures will consist of sample collection, preparation and identifying various neoplastic lesions, inflammatory patterns and infectious agents.

Cytology for the General Practitioner Session 2

The lectures will consist of sample collection, preparation and identifying various neoplastic lesions, inflammatory patterns and infectious agents.

Jane Quandt
DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC
Friday, Aug. 5
Anesthesiology
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Opiods: Safe Management in your hospital

This first hour will be a discussion on the use of opioids in the hospital, how to manage them, dispose of them, and safety features of their use. The goal is to better understand how to safely maintain opioids in your practice.

Analgesia, What are your options beyond Opiods

The goal is utilize agents other than opioids to provide analgesia during surgery and post-operatively.

Anesthesia and sedation for use in brachycephalic breeds

The goal of this presentation is to discuss ways to manage the unique requirements of the brachycephalic dog or cat that needs anesthesia.

Anesthesia for the dog undergoing a c-section. Options…

The goal of this talk is to discuss anesthetic techniques for the c-section in the dog and resuscitation for the newborn.

Joseph Taboada
DVM, DACVIM
Friday, Aug. 5
Small Animal
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A case-based approach to the dog with chronic liver disease

A case-based approach to the canine patient that presents with increased liver enzymes and evidence of liver disease will be reviewed. The presentation will focus on the significance of the clinical pathologic findings, the likely differential diagnoses, and the diagnostic and treatment plans. Chronic liver disease will be emphasized with the ACVIM consensus statement on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic hepatitis in dogs and the current knowledge on the use of nutraceuticals being reviewed. The first part will focus on diagnosis while the second part will focus more on treatment.

A case-based approach to the dog with acute toxic hepatopathy

A case-based approach to the canine patient that presents with acute increased liver enzymes and a history of potential ingestion of hepatic toxins. The presentation will focus on the significance of the clinical pathologic findings, the likely differential diagnoses, and the diagnostic and treatment plans. Acute hepatopathies such as sago palm or xylitol hepatotoxicity will be emphasized.

Susan Nelms
DVM, DACVO
Friday, Aug. 5
Technicians
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Cataracts in dogs. Mangement options

The common causes, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts in dogs will be discussed. Complications of cataracts and how to manage in private practice will be discussed.

Glaucoma: How to Diagnose and Manage in Private Practice

Diagnostic and treatment plans for private practice will be presented. Tips for obtaining an accurate intraocular pressure will be demonstrated. Prognosis and outcomes will be discussed with clinical case examples.

Amelia White
DVM, MS, DACVD
Friday, Aug. 5
Technicians
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Dermatology 101 - recognizing and sampling skin lesions
  • To recognize common primary and secondary dermatological lesions
  • To associate common dermatological lesions with common disease conditions
  • To perform and interpret common diagnostic procedures in veterinary dermatology (e.g. cytology)
Implementing topical therapies in dermatology cases
  • To understand the implications of topical therapy in dermatological diseases
  • To understand how to select topical formulations in various species and diseases
  • To understand the common active ingredients and their properties/indications
  • To perform topical therapy treatments accurately
Jane Quandt
DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC
Friday, Aug. 5
Technicians
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Anesthetic considerations for the trauma patient

The goal will include the initial assessment of the trauma patient, how to stabilize this patient, how some of the trauma may affect the patient, and what are some safe sedation/analgesic techniques.

Case examples of anesthesia for patients with trauma

We will discuss case examples of trauma cases, how they were stabilized, what was the anesthetic protocols, and how can we improve our outcomes.

Sheryl Gamble
DVM, MS
Friday, Aug. 5
Technicians
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Tick, tock, time for an update on ticks and speed of kill

TBD

Mark Pelham
DVM
Friday, Aug. 5
Technicians
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Tick, tock, time for an update on ticks and speed of kill

TBD

Amanda L. Donnelly
DVM, MBA
Friday, Aug. 5
Practice Management
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Building Better Teams: Critical Leadership Roles that Improve Teamwork and Operational Efficiency

Are you frustrated with team members who lack initiative or don’t work well together? Do you wish your team was more efficient and productive? Do you face challenges with onboarding and training of employees? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, this presentation is for you. In this interactive session, attendees will discover how to determine the answer to the questions, “Do I have a systems problem or a people problem, or both?” and “Why don’t team members take more initiative?” Dr. Donnelly outlines critical actions steps every leader needs to take to create a high-performance team and achieve hospital goals. She shares how to leverage the talent of your team and make sure the practice has systems in place that improve operational efficiency. Participants will leave knowing how to improve teamwork, employee onboarding and training programs so the entire team can contribute fully to the success of the organization.

Building Better Teams: Communication Solutions to Increase Accountability, Eliminate Problem Behaviors and Enhance Self-Leadership

Some of the greatest frustrations for practice leaders are inconsistent or inferior team performance as well as having to deal with problem behaviors of some employees. In this session, you will learn how to communicate better to improve job performance and retain the best team members. Dr. Donnelly teaches communication solutions to create a values-based culture and eliminate drama in the workplace. She uses real-world examples to show how to lead and manage by core values. Attendees will learn how to identify reasons for lack of accountability, levels of motivation and whether employees have a sense of learned helplessness. Participants will walk away knowing action steps to take to increase accountability, improve engagement, effectively handle difficult behaviors, and unlock the problem-solving capabilities of the team. You will also leave knowing communication strategies to promote self-leadership and help staff embrace change.