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Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Conference Lecture Schedule

Thursday, September 11, and Friday, September 12, 2014

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Pre-Conference Sessions
National Veterinary Accreditation Program Spartans Room

1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category 1 Animals
Suzett K. Hexum
This session will teach you how to report a suspected foreign animal diseases (FAD) and recognize clinical signs of key FADs in Category I animals. This session will describe the important role of accredited veterinarians in surveillance and detection of FADs and discuss the potential impact an FAD in a Category I animal could have on food animal populations, public health, and the economy. (1.0 CE)
2:00-2:50 p.m. Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category 1 Animals
Suzett K. Hexum
This session will provide information specific to the movement of dogs and cats between states and to other countries. You will learn of the various agencies and steps involved in the certification process for Category I animals and be able to find current import/export information for Category I animals traveling interstate or internationally. This session will also discuss how to apply proper completion principles when completing health certificates for Category I animals and avoid making common errors. You will also learn how to explain your roles and responsibilities as an accredited veterinarian as they relate to Category I animal health certificates. (1.0 CE)
2:50-3:10 p.m.
Break
3:10-
4:00 p.m.
Aquatic Animal Health Regulations and Health Certification
Suzett K. Hexum
This session will provide information on the various agencies involved in regulating aquatic animal health and trade, with an emphasis on USDA and the role of accredited veterinarians. It will also address the proper completion of health certificates for aquatic animals and provide resources for obtaining current regulations. You will learn your roles and responsibilities as an accredited veterinarian as they relate to aquatic animal health and how to accurately complete health certificates for aquatic animals. You will also learn of the regulatory agencies involved in aquatic animal health and trade and how to find current health regulations for the international export and interstate movement of aquatic animals. (1.0 CE)
4:10-
5:00 p.m.
Collecting and Shipping Swine Diagnostic Samples
Suzett K. Hexum
This module provides information on collection techniques for swine diagnostic specimens and the necessary steps for collecting, labeling, packaging, and shipping diagnostic samples. It will also emphasize occasions when collecting samples is not appropriate, as in the case of suspected foreign animal diseases. Lastly, this module addresses regulations related to shipping samples. You will learn how to follow proper procedures when a foreign animal disease is suspected and how to incorporate the diagnostic samples collection techniques presented in this session to your daily routine. (1.0 CE)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Companion Animal Medicine I
Little Chief Room

8:30-
8:50 a.m.
Meet the Dean
Peter Constable
Come meet our new Dean, Peter Constable, as he shares his vision for the College of Veterinary Medicine.
9:00-
9:50 a.m.
Pediatric Sterilization
Robert Weedon
Pediatric sterilization techniques have become more sophisticated and more popular in recent years.  Learn the advantages to pediatric sterilization and some of the techniques necessary to perform it. Attendance at lecture is mandatory for the lab. (1.0 CE)
10:00-
10:50 a.m.
Antibiotic Stewardship 101 (For Small Animal Veterinarians)
Sidonie Lavergne
This presentation will define what antibiotic stewardship is and what are the main principles behind this important concept of modern medicine. The lecture will also present some of the human and veterinary health issues that led to the development of antibiotic stewardship. It will also discuss some very practical aspects of antibiotics stewardship that can easily be integrated into daily private practice. Finally, the speaker will mention what the future of veterinary antibiotic stewardship will look like.(1.0 CE)
11:00-
11:50 a.m.
Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Oh My!
Anisha Jambhekar
Progress in the fields of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics have significantly expanded the understanding of many biological and pathological processes and their relationship to the genetics of the individual and hold significant promise for advances in human and veterinary medicine. However, few outside these areas of study have had the opportunity to learn what these fields are about and how they apply to the practice of medicine, a foundation which will become important to understanding medical implications and applications in diagnosing, treating and monitoring disease as they continue to emerge.  This session will provide definitions and general overview of these fields, clinical significance, recent advances in human medicine, and what these fields may offer you and your practice now and in the future. (1.0 CE)
11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Getting the 'Scoop' on Feline Diarrhea I: Infectious Diarrheas
Marcella Ridgway
This presentation will cover general concepts in understanding diarrhea in cats followed by a focused discussion of infectious etiologies of acute and chronic diarrheas. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Getting the 'Scoop' on Feline Diarrhea II: Noninfectious Diarrheas
Marcella Ridgway
This presentation will cover noninfectious acute and chronic diarrheas in cats. Diagnostic evaluation, treatment, monitoring and prognosis will be discussed for diarrheas associated with chronic inflammatory and endocrine diseases as well as general ancillary therapy for managing feline diarrhea patients. (1.0 CE)
2:50-
3:10 p.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
3:10-4:00 p.m. GI Ulceration I: Is It Happening to My Patients?
Marcella Ridgway
GI ulceration can occur in association with a number of disease conditions but the signs can be subtle. Appropriate recognition and management depends on having an index of suspicion based on an understanding of the predisposing conditions and the mechanisms involved in ulcer formation, which will be discussed in this session. (1.0 CE)
4:10-
5:00 p.m.
GI Ulceration II: What Do I Do About It?
Marcella Ridgway
GI ulceration can contribute significantly to patient morbidity associated with a number of underlying diseases and effective ulcer management is important for optimal patient outcomes. This session will address the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of treating GI ulcers in dogs and cats. (1.0 CE)

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Equine
Boilermaker/Wildcats/Nittany Lions Room

9:00-
10:50 a.m.
Differential Diagnosis of Equine Neurological Disease
Scott Austin
This presentation will discuss the common differential diagnoses of equine neurological disease.  The neurological examination, clinical presentation of various neurological diseases, and available diagnostic testing will be discussed. (2.0 CE)
11:00-11:50 a.m. Diagnosis and Management of Weight Loss in the Horse
Scott Austin
This presentation will discuss the diagnosis and management of weight loss in the horse. (1.0)
11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Recent Advances in Surgical and Medical Treatment Options of Equine Foot Injuries
Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro
This lecture will provide an update on recent medical and surgical treatment options for foot injuries frequently seen in equine practice. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Advances in the Use of Local Anesthetics for Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia in Horses
Berit Fischer
This lecture will provide an in-depth look at the use of local anesthetics in the equine patient.  Different uses with supporting literature will be covered in addition to a review of the physiochemical properties that make these agents unique.(1.0 CE)
2:50-
3:10 p.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
3:10-
4:00 p.m.
Current Review of Equine Myopathies
Kara Lascola
This lecture will provide a concise review of common equine myopathies. Current information regarding treatment and diagnosis will be provided. Myopathies covered will include those of metabolic and nutritional origin as well as relevant myopathies due to other causes. (1.0 CE)
4:10-
5:00 p.m.
Botulism in Adult Horses and Foals
Pamela Wilkins
Botulism is a relatively uncommon problem in horses but rapid recognition is needed for appropriate treatment particularly in herd outbreaks. This lecture covers the pathogenesis, clinical signs and management of botulism in adult horses and foals. (1.0 CE)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
One Health
Spartans Room

9:00-
10:20 a.m.
Doobie or Don't We? An Update on Marijuana Legislation and Effects on Man and Beast
John Herrmann
Dr. Herrmann will present an update on medical marijuana legislation in Illinois as well as the policy challenges faced by states that have legalized cannabis for recreational use. The effects of expanding use on people and animals will also be discussed. (1.5 CE)
10:30-
11:50 a.m.
The Raw Facts: Food Fads, Fears, Fables and Safety
John Herrmann
Dr. Herrmann will present the latest research and policy aspects of a growing consumer interest in raw foods for humans and animals. He will discuss, among other topics, organic versus conventionally produced foods, GMOs, raw meat based diets for pets and raw dairy products for humans. (1.5 CE)
11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
An Update From the State Public Health Veterinarian
Connie Austin
Dr. Austin will give a review of the state of public health from the perspective of the public health veterinarian. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Health Risk or Hype: Emerging Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance
Yvette Johnson-Walker
Dr. Johnson-Walker will provide an update on emerging diseases occurring both globally and domestically. She will also discuss antimicrobial resistance and the challenges associated with trying to formulate policy measures to address it. (1.0 CE)
2:50-
3:10 p.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
3:10-
5:00 p.m.
Of Pugs, Pigs and Pandas: Animal Welfare at Home, Farm, Lab and Zoo
Yvette Johnson-Walker and John Herrmann
Dr. Johnson-Walker and other speakers (to be named) will present current thinking on welfare issues regarding pets, livestock, lab animals and zoo collections. (2.0 CE)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ophthalmology
Alumni Ballroom

9:00-
9:50 a.m.
News Update: A Review of Recent Ophthalmic Publications and Their Clinical Applications
Amber Labelle
This lecture will review peer-reviewed scientific publications relevant to the small animal practitioner, with an emphasis on clinically-relevant novel material. (1.0 CE)
10:00-
10:50 a.m.
Acute Blindness: How to Lead the Way Through the Darkness
Amber Labelle
This lecture will review the differential diagnoses for acute blindness using real case examples to work through the diagnosis of acute blindness. (1.0 CE)
11:00-
11:50 a.m.
Enucleation and its Alternatives: When the Eye Has to Go
Amber Labelle
This lecture will discuss the indications, surgical technique and post-operative management for enucleation as well as alternatives to enucleation. (1.0 CE)
11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Tonometry: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
Sean Collins
This lecture will discuss tonometry in the clinical setting, including available instruments, interpretation of results and practical tips for incorporating tonometry into your practice. (1.0 CE)
2:00-2:50 p.m. Non-Healing Corneal Ulcers: How to Diagnose Them and Fix Them
Daniel Dorbandt
This lecture will review the pathologies underlying non-healing corneal ulcers and treatment strategies for managing these frustrating cases. (1.0 CE)
2:50-
3:10 p.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
3:10-
4:00 p.m.
Diseases of the Lens: Seeing the Disease More Clearly
Ralph Hamor
This lecture will review the most clinically relevant diseases of the canine and feline lens, including medical and surgical management. (1.0 CE)
4:10-
5:00 p.m.
The Cat’s Pajamas: Diseases of the Cat Eye
Ralph Hamor
This lecture will review the common diseases of the feline eye as well as medical and surgical management of feline ocular disease. (1.0 CE)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Business Management, Fighting Illini

9:00-
9:50 a.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session I
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
10:00-
10:50 a.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session II
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
11:00-
11:50 a.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session III
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session IV
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session V
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
2:50-
3:10 p.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
3:10-
4:00 p.m.
Leader of the Pack, Session VI
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0 CE)
4:10-5:00 p.m. Leader of the Pack, Session VII
Amanda Donnelly
Dr. Donnelly shares techniques that lead to improved accountability, job satisfaction, productivity and a dynamic team that can take your practice to the next level. Determine what’s holding your practice back and the actions to take to turn your desires into attainable goals that you successfully achieve. Learn how to develop your power team and lead with confidence. (1.0)

Dr. Amanda Donnelly's lectures are sponsorsed by Elanco.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Companion Animal Medicine II, Little Chief Room

8:00-
9:50 a.m.
Recent Advances in Understanding and Managing Atopic Dermatitis
Karen Campbell
Ten to 20 percent of dogs suffer from allergies. Many new treatments are now available to help in the management of dogs with atopic dermatitis. This session will review new options including those focused on barrier repair, modulation of inflammatory mediators and oral allergen-specific immunotherapy. (2.0 CE)
9:50-
10:10 a.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
10:10- 11:00 a.m. Gems From the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum
Karen Campbell
Dermatologists from around the world meet at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) to share new insights on the practice of veterinary dermatology. Gems of practical information from the 2014 NAVDF will be presented. (1.0 CE)
11:10 a.m.- Noon Update on Management of Urinary Incontinence in the Dog
Stanley Rubin
An update on the management of urinary incontinence in the dog.  Emphasis on pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy. (1.0 CE)
Noon-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
2:50 p.m.
Diagnosis and Management of Prostatic Disease
Stanley Rubin
A case-oriented update on the diagnosis and management of prostatic disease in the dog.  Includes benign prostatic hyperplasia, acute and chronic prostatitis, prostatic cysts and prostatic neoplasia. (2.0 CE)

Friday, September 12, 2014
Food Animal, Boilermakers/Wildcats/Nittany LionsRoom

8:00-
8:50 a.m.
Update from the State Veterinarian
Mark Ernst
This lecture will provide a current overview of the Illinois animal health programs administered by the Department of Agriculture, as well as recent disease activity that will be of interest to those attending.  The focus will be on those programs and diseases generating current activity within and outside of Illinois. (1.0 CE)
9:00-
9:50 a.m.
PED--Progression of Disease and Current Status
Joseph Connor
Dr. Connor has been involved from the very first cases of PED as it was identified and spread through our US and Canadian swine population.  His extensive global experience was valuable in understanding the disease and strategies for containment, control, and elimination of PED.   He is on the NPB Strategic Task Force that has been instrumental in identifying gaps in our knowledge at all levels.  He has been involved in prioritizing research and in developing a Rapid Response Team for emerging pathogens.  (1.0 CE)
9:50-
10:10 a.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
10:10-
11:00 a.m.
What Lessons Can We Learn From PED for ONE HEALTH and Brand Protection
Joseph Connor
US exports 25% of our pork.  Fortunately PED is not a Foreign Animal Disease but when one occurs our market will be devastated.   It may be time to rethink our pork business model.  At the same time our parent organization in driving to a ONE HEALTH MODEL.  Dr. Connor will discuss how we fit into that model for the benefit of society and how PED links to it. (1.0 CE)
11:10 a.m.- Noon Rational Approach to Gastroenteric and Respiratory Problems in Food Animals
Brian Aldridge, Dennis French, James Lowe, and Chelsey Ramirez
A practical approach to diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic and prophylactic decision making will be discussed, in preparation for interactive, problem-solving sessions in the afternoon sessions. (1.0 CE)
Noon-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Solving Gastroenteric Problems in Food Animals: Interactive Case-Based Session
Brian Aldridge, Dennis French, James Lowe, and Chelsey Ramirez
Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the principles discussed in the morning's session, by working through real-world, food animal, gastroenteric system clinical cases  (individual and population-based). (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Solving Respiratory Problems in Food Animals: Interactive, Case-Based Session
Brian Aldridge, Dennis French, James Lowe, and Chelsey Ramirez
Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the principles discussed in the morning's session, by working through real-world, food animal, respiratory system cases (individual and population-based).  (1.0 CE)

Friday, September 12, 2014
Imaging and Cancer Treatments, Spartans

8:00-
8:50 a.m.
Radiographic Approach to the Thorax
Steve Joslyn
This will be both a refresher and an update on existing and recent developments in thoracic radiographic technique and radiological interpretation. Case-based examples will be presented. (1.0 CE)
9:00-9:50 a.m. Radiographic Approach to the Abdomen
Steve Joslyn
This will be both a refresher and an update on existing and recent developments in abdominal radiographic technique and radiological interpretation. Case-based examples will be on the acute presentation. (1.0 CE)
9:50-
10:10 a.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
10:10- 11:00 a.m. Rescue Protocols for Canine Lymphoma
Jacqueline Wypij
This case-based presentation will review the science and practical application of rescue chemotherapy protocols for canine multicentric lymphoma, including response rates and prognosis, decision-making, cost estimates, and adverse effect monitoring. (1.0 CE)
11:10 a.m.- Noon Bang for Your Buck: Maximizing Laboratory Testing for Cancer Patients
Jacqueline Wypij
Maximize the diagnostic tools you use every day:  improve your interpretation of key aspects of the complete blood count, serum chemistry profile, cytology, and histopathology report in the setting of cancer.  Emphasis will be placed on in-house application of cutting edge diagnostics in therapeutic management. (1.0 CE)
Noon-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
Stuck on the Receiving End: Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
Jacqueline Wypij
Whether you administer chemotherapy or refer your cancer patients, you are likely the first person called when your client has concerns.  What treatments do you prescribe for a patient’s side effects?  We will review current recommendations for medical care of chemotherapy side effects, including gastrointestinal upset, organ toxicity, myelosuppression and sepsis. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Saying Goodbye is Never Easy: A Toolkit For the Empathetic Veterinarian
Jacqueline Wypij
Cancer and other terminal diseases are difficult for clients to deal with medically, financially, and emotionally.  This discussion will be an open format covering key aspects of grief counseling such as communication techniques, quality of life assessment and special situations such as helping children and staff members.  Participant interaction and personal stories are encouraged. (1.0 CE)

Friday, September 12, 2014
Vaccines (AM) and Heart and Lung Disease (PM) , Alumni Ballroom

8:00-
9:50 a.m.
Part I: The Vaccination Protocol--Just the Facts
Rich Ford
This section outlines key vaccination recommendations and provides examples of protocols currently used by practices in North America that follow the Canine (AAHA) and Feline (AAFP) Vaccination Guidelines. (2.0 CE)
9:50-
10:10 a.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
10:10 a.m.- Noon Part II: Vaccine Adverse Reactions--Reducing the Risk
Rich Ford
While the occurrence of adverse reactions following vaccination is generally considered to be low, serious injury, even death, does occur. Given the continued proliferation of companion animal vaccines, this section addresses critical issues concerning the prevention and management of vaccine adverse events. (2.0 CE)
Noon-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
1:50 p.m.
The Heart of the Matter: Managing Mitral Valve Disease
Anisha Jambhekar
Mitral valve disease (MVD) is the most common heart disease encountered in small animal practice. The condition is progressive and management of MVD should also be progressive, being tailored to the individual patient and modified over time as the patient’s status changes. This session will include a review of basic pathophysiology as it relates to clinical manifestations of disease and recommended treatment, recent advances in diagnosis and therapy, and challenges in managing affected small animal patients. (1.0 CE)
2:00-
2:50 p.m.
Pharmacological Modulation of Bronchopulmonary Defense
Kevin Le Boedec
Bronchopulmonary defense will be reviewed as well as the situations where they need to be modulated. The drugs that can be used to modify the bronchopulmonary defense will be presented and discussed. (1.0 CE)

Dr. Rich Ford's lectures are sponsored by Merial. Dr. Anisha Jambhekar and Dr. Kevin Le Boedec's lectures are sponsored by BI.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Surgery, Fighting Illini Room

8:00-
8:50 a.m.
Non-Surgical Neutering is Here: Are You Ready?
Robert Weedon
Zeuterin (Zinc gluconate neutralized with arginine) is the only FDA-Approved non-surgical sterilant for use in male dogs.  Learn how the product works and how to properly administer it in this lecture/lab.  Certification is required in order to administer Zeuterin.  Get certified in Zeuterin administration with this lecture/lab. (1.0 CE)
9:00-9:50 a.m. It Couldn't Be in a Worse Spot: Approach to Tumors in Tough Locations
Laura Selmic
This lecture will provide guidance on how to determine and execute successful surgical treatment for dogs with tumors in difficult anatomic locations like the limbs, perineum and face. (1.0 CE)
9:50-
10:10 a.m.
Break in Illini Ballroom
10:10-11:00 a.m. Big, Bad, and Ugly: Approach and Treatment Options for Oral Tumors
Laura Selmic
This lecture will focus on the clinical approach for diagnosis and treatment of oral tumors in dogs and cats. New concepts in staging and treatment will be discussed. (1.0 CE)
11:10 a.m.-Noon Bandages and Drains
Karanvir Aulakh
This lecture will focus on bandages and drains. (1.0 CE)
Noon-
1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Illini Ballroom
1:00-
2:50 p.m.
Oh My Aching Joints! Non-Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis in Pets
Tisha Harper
Degenerative joint disease is very commonly seen in general practice and sometimes owners and practitioners can become frustrated trying to manage pets with chronic joint pain and dysfunction.  There are many non-surgical options that practitioners can choose from to tailor-make protocols for individual pets. This talk will cover a number of different ways to manage these patients, including controlled exercise, disease modifying osteoarthritis drugs, laser therapy, environmental modification and the use of orthotics. (2.0 CE)