Continuing Education

Fall Conference for Veterinarians

September 22-23, 2016

iHotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First St.
Champaign, IL

Online Registration is Closed

Online registration is now closed. Please call our office at 217-333-2907 to register.

Future dates:

October 26-27, 2017



    1:00-1:50 p.m.Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable DiseasesSuzett K. HexumThis module introduces readers to a variety of foreign animal, USDA Program and reportable diseases and contains a list of which diseases are applicable to Category I and Category II accredited veterinarians. Information about reporting diseases and the steps in a foreign animal disease investigation are provided. Details about additional training opportunities for accredited veterinarians are also included along with a multitude of resources and learning opportunities to stay informed about these diseases.1.0USDA APHIS, VS.
     2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
     3:10-4:00 p.m. Avian Influenza (AI) and Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) Suzett K. HexumThis module helps veterinarians understand the economic and public health impact of an exotic avian disease outbreak and to better recognize the clinical signs associated with AI and END. Details relating to collecting and submitting samples for the surveillance as well as reporting positive results for AI or END are addressed. Understanding the investigative and clean-up process and implementing biosecurity measures specific for each disease are key roles of poultry veterinarians are emphasized. Finally, veterinarians will be able to explain the OIE’s role in preventing disease spread via exports. 1.0 USDA APHIS, VS.
     4:10-5:00 p.m.Animal Health Emergency Response Suzett K. HexumThis module describes how practicing veterinarians can play a role in an animal health emergency response. The various “teams” (NAHERC, VMAT, NVRT, State response) are reviewed to demonstrate their similarities and differences. Understanding the structure of a response and how it is coordinated is key to its success, thus the various components related to NIMS, ICS, NRF and the ESF are reviewed. Finally, the components of FAD PReP/NAHEMS Guidelines are described so veterinarians can comprehend what types of duties they will perform in an actual event. 1.0 USDA APHIS, VS.
    2:00-2:50 p.m.Sheep and Goats: Disease Awareness and Health CertificatesSuzett K. HexumThis module begins with an overview of the sheep and goat industries and a review of eight diseases that impact the industry. Veterinarians should be aware of these important conditions, especially when inspecting animals prior to interstate or international movement. The National Scrapie Eradication and the Scrapie Flock Certification programs are reviewed highlighting the genetic components and identification requirements. Finally, examples of properly completed health certificates for sheep and goats are provided to help veterinarians avoid common errors that can lead to delays or refusal of entry for their client’s animals.1.0USDA APHIS, VS.
    TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor

    The preconference session is presented by the USDA.

    The mission of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program is to provide private veterinary practitioners with the information they need to ensure the health of the Nations’ livestock and animal population and to protect the public health and well-being.

    How do I renew my accreditation?

    1. You will receive a reminder of your renewal along with instructions.
      1. If you have a valid e-mail address on record-you will be sent e-mail reminders at six (6), three (3), and one (1) month intervals before your renewal.
      2. If you have an invalid or no e-mail address on record, we will send you a   reminder notice via USPS three (3) months before your renewal.
    2. You must complete your required APHIS-approved supplemental training (AAST) Six (6) AAST modules for Category II or three (3) AAST modules for Category I.
      1. AAST is available, free, on the NVAP Website
      2. AAST is also available by ordering the CD or paper versions for the cost of production and mailing. Contact your local VS NVAP Coordinator.
      3. AAST is available as lectures at veterinary meetings and conventions
    3. Submit VS Form 1-36A
      1. Paper form; submit to your local VS NVAP Coordinator.
      2. On-line

    The APHIS Approved Supplemental Training modules presented at the University of Illinois Fall Conference may be used to satisfy your veterinary accreditation renewal. The modules are also accepted by the Illinois veterinary licensing board as CE for your veterinary license.

    The USDA sessions have been added to the program for your convenience. The University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine does not have information about the specifics of veterinary accreditation nor the modules presented. Please contact Dr. Susie Hexum for this information.

    If you have any questions, in regards to veterinary accreditation or USDA APHIS please contact Dr. Susie Hexum by email or phone.
    (217) 246-2950

    • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

      Track: Business Management
      Room: Technology

      9:00-9:50 a.m.Modern StorytellingBill SchroederEach practice should understand that they have a story to share.  Today’s most productive opportunities to share come the way of digital technologies.  During this lecture we will explore how social media and other digital channels allow practices to tell their story and how a practice’s message should be positioned to reach as many current and prospective clients as possible.1.0Zoetis
      10:00-10:50 a.m.Developing Content that Encourages InteractionBill SchroederConsumers are inundated with messages.  Cell phones buzz, facebook feeds are more congested, and Google search results have become extremely competitive.  This session will help practices understand what they can do to develop content that positions their practice to be relevant, discoverable, and the local pet expert.  If you want to control the local online pet health conversation, this lecture is for you!1.0Zoetis
      11:00-11:50 a.m.Online Reviews (enter sigh).Bill SchroederThe rapid acceptance of social media, mobile devices, and review sites like Yelp, City Search, and Google Reviews have many practices talking.  This session will help you understand how a modern reviewer thinks, what causes reviews to show online, and techniques your practice can implement to use reviews to your advantage.   This highly interactive session is a must for any practice interested in being successful in today’s digital space.1.0Zoetis
      11:50-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Marketing You and Your Practice, Part IJan SlaterThis session will address the importance of understanding marketing and the market while you learn how to establish your brand, advertise your brand and steward your brand.  A key takeaway from the time you spend with Dr. Slater will be the development of your personal Promise Brand and the key to its implementation.1.0Zoetis
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Marketing You and Your Practice, Part IIJan SlaterThis session will address the importance of understanding marketing and the market while you learn how to establish your brand, advertise your brand and steward your brand.  A key takeaway from the time you spend with Dr. Slater will be the development of your personal Promise Brand and the key to its implementation.1.0Zoetis
      2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-4:00 p.m.What is the Life Cycle and Value Proposition of Your Veterinary Practice?Anna Lea FengerThis session will review major veterinary business trends and how to navigate them in your practice. You’ll also discuss value propositions and how to leverage your strengths to stay competitive and relevant in the current market.1.0Zoetis
      4:10-5:00 p.m.Attributes of High Performing Veterinary PracticesAnna Lea FengerA continuation of part I, this session will review major veterinary business trends and how to navigate them in your practice. You’ll also discuss value propositions and how to leverage your strengths to stay competitive and relevant in the current market.1.0Zoetis
      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor


      Track: Equine
      Room: Humanities

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      9:00-11:50 a.m.Case Studies in Equine MedicineScott Austin, Kara Lascola, Breanna SheahanCase presentations will be used to present challenging topics in the area of equine medicine and will be used as the basis for an interactive discussion of diagnostic test selection, interpretation of laboratory results, and case management.  The selection and administration of appropriate antimicrobial therapy will also be incorporated.3.0 IDEXX
      11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Stallion ManagementIgor CanissoStallion Management will cover the current practice of semen collection and stallion management in combination with clinical experiences of the instructor.1.0 IDEXX
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Current Treatment Options for Refractory Osteoarthritis of Low-Motion JointsSantiago D. Gutierrez-NibeyroRefractory osteoarthritis is a common disease in equine practice, particularly in the distal tarsal and proximal interphalangeal joints. The lecture will provide an overview of the current surgical and non-surgical treatment options for horses with unresponsive osteoarthritis of low-motion joints with a goal of assisting the practitioner in determining if and when their use may result in an acceptable treatment outcome. Clinical cases will be presented to illustrate the main points.1.0 IDEXX
      2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-5:00 p.m.Osteochondrosis in the Horse: Review and Research UpdateMcCoy Ostoechondrosis is one of the most commonly diagnosed developmental orthopedic diseases in the horse. This session will review the pathogenesis and risk factors, currently recommended treatment, and expected outcomes for this disease. Recent research in the field will be presented, including new diagnostic techniques and the investigation of genetic risk factors.1.0 IDEXX


      Track: Small Animal I
      Room: Lincoln

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      9:00-9:50 a.m.What’s New in Anesthesia and AnalgesiaStuart Clark-PriceThis lecture will discuss the use of newer and future anesthetic drugs on the veterinary market and how they may be used in small animal practice. 1.0 Elanco
      10:00-10:50 a.m.Pain Management Strategies for Chronic Osteoarthritis in DogsStuart Clark-PriceThis lecture will discuss pharmacologic and physical medicine modalities for treating degenerative joint disease in canine patients.1.0Elanco
      11:00-11:50 a.m.Anesthesia of the Acute Trauma PatientStuart Clark-PriceThis lecture will cover issues and anesthetic management of small animal acute trauma patients.1.0Elanco
      11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.When the Insulin Isn’t Working I: Insulin Resistance in the Dog and CatMarcella RidgwayInadequate response to insulin, or insulin resistance, has many potential causes and may lead to diabetes mellitus or complicate diabetic management. This presentation addresses clinical identification of the presence of insulin resistance in dogs and cats. 1.0
      2:00-2:50 p.m.When the Insulin Isn’t Working II: Management of the Insulin-Resistant PatientMarcella RidgwayInadequate response to insulin, or insulin resistance, has many potential causes and may lead to diabetes mellitus or complicate diabetic management. This presentation addresses management of the insulin-resistant diabetic patient. 1.0
      2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-4:00 p.m.Update on Feline Tularemia in Central IllinoisMarcella RidgwayAn unusually high incidence of tularemia has been identified in cats in Champaign County, Illinois. A frequently unsuspected differential, delay in diagnosis of feline tularemia may negatively impact patient outcome and also increases the risk associated with human exposure to this zoonotic and potentially fatal disease. This presentation will outline the clinical manifestations of tularemia in cats, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes we have observed in cats treated at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 1.0
      4:10-5:00 p.m.Feline CytauxzoonosisMarcella RidgwayFeline cytauxzoonosis, also known as ‘bobcat fever’, is a highly-fatal tick-borne protozoal disease of cats. Known for some time in Southern Illinois cats, there is concern that the regional distribution of the agent is expanding northward. This presentation will review what we know about the disease and what we should be watching for in pet cat populations at risk. 1.0


      Track: Small Animal II
      Room: Quad

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Zeuterin: The Non-Surgical Alternative to NeuteringRobert WeedonZeuterin is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical sterilant for use in male dogs.  Learn about this revolutionary product, how it works, and how to administer it in this lecture/wet lab combination.  Attendance at the lecture is required for the wet lab.  Wet lab limited to four attendees.1.0
      10:00-11:50 a.m.Small Animal DentistryAmy SomrakThis lecture will review dental anatomy, periodontal disease, endodontic disease and other dental diseases commonly encountered in the small animal practice. Recognition and recommended treatment of these conditions will be discussed. A review of regional nerve blocks for dental procedures will also be provided.2.0
      11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Interpretation of Small Animal Dental RadiographsAmy SomrakThis interactive lecture will present clinical dental radiographic cases and will discuss recognition of dental pathology, including periodontal disease, endodontic disease, tooth resorption, neoplasia, and other conditions.1.0
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Skinny Old Cats: Why Some Senior Cats Lose Weight. What’s Going On?David WilliamsWeight loss (and not obesity) is common in many cats older than 10 -12 years of age, and many such patients die within 2 years. In many cases there are no obvious signs of illness and routine diagnostic approaches fail to reveal evidence of an underlying problem. In this presentation I will review what is known about common age-related changes and what may be done to halt or reverse the decline in body weight that is apparently a predictable prelude to death.1.0
      2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-5:00 p.m.Management of Heart Failure and Cardiology Clinical CasesRyan FriesThe first portion of this lecture will cover the management of acute and chronic heart failure in dogs and cats. The second portion will be an interactive session covering several cardiology clinical cases and asking for audience participation regarding how the cases should be managed—diagnostic tests, treatments, and procedures. Cases will cover a wide range of cardiology topics including syncope, pericardial disease, congenital disease, and arrhythmias.2.0


      Track: Ophthalmology
      Room: Chancellor Ballroom

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESpeaker
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Red Eye–What Part is Red and What Does that Mean?Bianca Martins This lecture will review the differential diagnoses for the most common causes of “red eye.1.0IDEXX
      10:00-10:50 a.m.Retinal Disease in Dogs and CatsDaniel Dorbandt TBD1.0IDEXX
      11:00-11:50 a.m.Ocular EmergenciesJames Herrmann TBD1.0IDEXX
      11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.iLid Diseases-How Important Is An Eyelid?Bianca MartinsThis lecture will discuss the importance of the eyelid, its most common diseases and treatment for those diseases.1.0IDEXX
      2:00-2:50p.m.Bumps In, On, and Behind the Eye – Ocular Neoplasia Daniel Dorbandt This one hour lecture will focus on ocular and periocular neoplasia.  After attending this lecture, you will feel more comfortable diagnosing ocular neoplasia and discussing treatment strategies with your clients.1.0
      2:50 -3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-5:00 p.m.Eye Challenge You! Clinical Cases in Veterinary OphthalmologyDaniel Dorbandt and Bianca Martins This one hour interactive discussion will keep you on your toes.  Real clinical cases will be presented for group discussion and debate.  Let’s learn from each other!2.0Class of 1962


      Track: Small Animal III
      Room: Alma Mater

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Gems  from the North American Veterinary Dermatology ForumKaren CampbellNew information and other highlights from the 2015 North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum that will impact the diagnosis and treatment of skin and ear disorders will be presented. 1.0
      10:00-11:50 a.m.Cutaneous Scaling DisordersKaren CampbellExcessive scaling is a common problem in dogs and cats. This session will review the causes, diagnostic approaches and management options for dogs and cats with excessive scaling (seborrhea). 2.0
      11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Hot Topics in Canine and Feline Infectious Disease Prevention, Part IMike LappinThe objective of this 4 hour course is to provide attendees with an update on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common infectious diseases in the dog and cat.  Emphasis will be placed on the vaccine preventable diseases and infectious diseases of the feline upper respiratory system. 1.0Boehringer Ingelheim
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Hot Topics in Canine and Feline Infectious Disease Prevention, Part IIMike LappinThe objective of this 4 hour course is to provide attendees with an update on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common infectious diseases in the dog and cat.  Emphasis will be placed on the vaccine preventable diseases and infectious diseases of the feline upper respiratory system.1.0Boehringer Ingelheim
      2:50-3:10 p.m.Break
      3:10-4:00 p.m.Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Cats, Part IMike LappinThe objective of this 4 hour course is to provide attendees with an update on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common infectious diseases in the dog and cat.  Emphasis will be placed on the vaccine preventable diseases and infectious diseases of the feline upper respiratory system. 1.0Boehringer Ingelheim
      4:10-5:00 p.m.Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Cats, Part IIMike LappinThe objective of this 4 hour course is to provide attendees with an update on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common infectious diseases in the dog and cat.  Emphasis will be placed on the vaccine preventable diseases and infectious diseases of the feline upper respiratory system.1.0Boehringer Ingelheim
    • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

      Track: Food Animal
      Room: Technology

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Update from the State VeterinarianMark ErnstThis 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
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Veterinarians and Antibiotic UseChristine HoangLearn about how veterinarians use antibiotics to safeguard our nation’s food supply.  Changes in antibiotic use for animal agriculture are occurring to ensure veterinary oversight and appropriate uses of these drugs.  Prepare for the regulatory changes and better understand the principles behind the judicious use of antibiotics in food animals.1.0
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Sustainable Livestock Production and the Use of AntibioticsJames LoweStrategies will be covered including using data to make better decisions as well as understanding what the root cause is and how it can be identified.  An update of the Illinois Swine Health Network will be presented to illustrate the impact of engaging producers and veterinarians across the state.1.0
      11:10 a.m.-NoonAdvanced Reproductive Techniques in Sheep and GoatCliff ShipleyThis lecture will explore techniques used for semen collection, artificial insemination and laparoscopic insemination of sheep and goats.1.0
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Cattle in IllinoisEdgar GarrettEpizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) affects deer with a high case fatality rate. Clinical disease associated with EHD infection in cattle is uncommon; however, an outbreak of clinical disease associated with EHD occurred in herds of cattle in Illinois in the autumn of 2013.  Background information on EHD and a description of the outbreak will be presented.1.0
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Strategies to Improve Reproductive Performance in CattleFabio LimaA streamlined compilation of tools and concepts of reproductive physiology and management that can be implemented to overcome fertility issues and to improve overall reproductive performance of cows and heifers will be presented.  The overall goal of this lecture is to empower veterinarians with critical thinking skills to improve fertility of cattle in a series of different scenarios.1.0


      Track: Exotics
      Room: Humanities

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Health Assessments of Reptiles: How do you Know What is Normal?Matt AllenderIt is often difficult to determine if a reptile is sick. Commonly used diagnostic tests, such as hematology and plasma biochemistries are utilized, but often times these are influenced by season, temperature, sex, and age class. Interpreting these results is subsequently more difficult than in mammals or birds. This lecture will focus on the diagnostic work-up, limitations, and applications in reptiles.1.0
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Upper Respiratory Pathogens in Chelonians: A Snotty TurtleMatt AllenderPathogens of the upper respiratory system are common in captive and free-ranging chelonians. Infectious and non-infectious diseases are commonly implicated, but their role in a disease state is often complex. This lecture will review the major pathogens of the upper respiratory system and their clinical significance.1.0
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.What’s Your Diagnosis? Interactive Reptile CasesMark MitchellBecause reptiles are stoic animals, they can present clinicians with a real challenge. The best way to manage these cases is to be thorough with your examination and diagnostic methods. The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with real-life cases and the methods to best manage them using an interactive forum.1.0
      11:10 a.m.-NoonBiology and Medicine of Bearded DragonsMark MitchellBearded dragons are one of the most popular pet reptiles in captivity. An understanding of their biology and common disease presentations is important to have success with them. The purpose of this lecture is to provide a review of the husbandry needs of these animals and the common diseases encountered in captivity.1.0
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Anesthesia and Analgesia in ReptilesJen LanganReptiles and Amphibians are commonly kept as pets, displayed in zoological institutions and used in research settings. Safe and effective anesthesia is a very important part of providing appropriate veterinary care to these species. New information from ongoing research has continued to advance the field of reptile and amphibian anesthesia, improving our ability to minimize stress and discomfort, while maximizing benefits from surgical and diagnostic procedures. Clinical application of anesthetics and analgesics in reptiles and amphibians is more challenging due to the wide diversity of species, size, anatomy and physiology. It is important for clinicians to be aware of these differences to become skilled in developing appropriate anesthetic and analgesic protocols for commonly maintained reptile and amphibian species. Each lecture reviews key differences in anatomy and physiology related to these taxa including: thermoregulation, vascular anatomy, and the respiratory system.  Preanesthestic assessment and supportive care for these taxa is discussed.  Focus is on review of commonly and recommended practices for anesthesia (premedication, induction, maintenance, recovery), analgesia and monitoring in reptiles and amphibians respectively. 4-5 page handout of lecture notes are provided for each presentation.1.0
      2:00-2:50 p.m.Monitoring Health of Dolphins in Sarasota Bay/Intro to Marine MammalsJen LanganThis talk summarizes work associated with the longest running study of free-ranging dolphins in the world.  The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, has been monitoring the health of wild dolphins for over four decades, throughout the seasons and throughout their lives. The findings from this ongoing research have made a significant impact in protecting this species locally and provides the most complete data set of health parameters on cetaceans in the world.  Pioneering use of systematic long-term dolphin surveys has revealed important information about dolphin social behavior and habitat needs. Health assessments have also helped to identify the impact on pollution on dolphins by comparison with other sites and was instrumental at documenting the effects of the BP oil spill on populations of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.  These efforts have especially helped advance veterinary knowledge of how to treat and care for sick dolphins, in the wild and in human care.  Communication and acoustic research related to this work has expanded our understanding of dolphin hearing, ecology and conservation needs. Additional efforts have also included evaluation of satellite-linked transmitters to observe the movements of dolphins. This allows us to study behavior, dive patterns, and test new tag designs to make them safer and more effective.1.0


      Track: Surgery
      Room: Lincoln

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Surgery Not Required: Current and Future Options in Fertility Control of Dogs and CatsRobert Weedon, Amy FischerWe’ll present an overview of recent advancements in non-surgical sterilization and its potential applications, the concerns regarding the health and behavioral aspects of non-surgical sterilization, and a discussion of Zeuterin, the only FDA-approved sterilant for use in male dogs.1.0
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Wide Tumor Excision Made EasyLaura SelmicThis lecture will discuss techniques to improve ease of wide tumor excision. There will be discussion of how to minimize tension, to relieve tension and decrease the risk of complications like incisional dehiscence.1.0
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Surgical Complications in Cancer Patients: How to Deal with the ConsequencesLaura SelmicWhether you are pushing the limits of wide surgical resection or removing a lipoma, at some point you will experience complications following surgery. Complications may result in owner unhappiness or emotional stress due to guilt about cancer treatment, or delay in other recommended cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. There are many ways we can try to prevent complications arise and treat patients to speed resolution of complications.1.0
      11:10 a.m.-NoonPortosystemic ShuntsKaren TobiasThis lecture will review the diagnosis, medical management, surgical options, and prognosis of small animals with congenital portosystemic shunts and associated liver diseases.1.0
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Unusual Soft Tissue Surgery CasesKaren TobiasCase-based presentations of animals presenting for surgical treatment of head and neck conditions.1.0
      2:00-2:50 p.m.What’s New With You? How Techniques Have Changed Over the YearsLorrie Hale MitchellA brief explanation of why our graduates might be performing techniques differently since 1995 (or even 2005) when they start working for you. Changes that have occurred in aseptic techniques and intubation, as well as an overview of some of the new teaching models we are using in the Clinical Skills Learning Center.1.0


      Track: Small Animal IV
      Room: Quad

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Interventional Urologic Procedures: Laser Ablation of Ectopic Ureters and Laser-LithotripsyGerhard OechteringUreteral ectopia is the most important cause for urinary incontinence in the young female dog. The minimally invasive approach uses interventional transurethral cystoscopy for laser-assisted ablation of the ectopic ureter. Cystoliths can be treated transurethrally by an interventional endoscopic approach using laser energy for intracorporeal fragmentation. Among the various types of laser energy the holmium:YAG laser has proven best for lithotripsy.1.0
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Endoscopic Approach to Middle Ear ProblemsGerhard OechteringInterventional otoscopy allows new specific diagnostic and treatment options and a reduction of invasive conventional surgical procedures. Advanced diagnostic imaging like computed tomography in combination with modern videoscopic equipment expands the field of indications for minimal invasive procedures in the ear.1.0
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Brachycephalic Surgery: Why Surgery of Palate and Nares is Often Not EnoughGerhard OechteringThe Brachycephalic Syndrome (BS) is a well-described combination of hereditary malformations in certain dog and cat breeds. Upper airway disorders dominate the broad spectrum of problems. There are important pathophysiological aspects of this man-made disease. The almost complete loss of the nose in brachycephalic animals impedes thermoregulation as a vital function of the canine nose. Ongoing exaggerated selective breeding for a short head conformation curtailed the size of the upper airway so much, that well-tried and proven surgical methods seem to fail in more and more brachycephalic dogs.1.0
      11:10 a.m.-NoonDiagnostic and Therapeutic Approach to Upper Airway ObstructionsGerhard OechteringObstructions of the upper airways can be challenging because these passageways are neither accessible for the naked eye nor accessible for palpation. Even radiologic or sonographic examinations are seldom helpful diagnostic tools. However, a well performed anterior and posterior endoscopy can provide essential information and allows simultaneous specimen collection. Main issues will be the essential equipment and examination techniques, common obstructions and stenoses and possible interventional treatment procedures.1.0
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-2:50 p.m.Poison Control Center CasesMichael Biehl &  Tina WismerInteresting and informative cases from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center will be presented and discussed in an interactive format.  Participants will self-select diagnostic and treatment options in a group manner followed by a discussion regarding those choices.2.0


      Track: Small Animal V
      Room: Chancellor Ballroom

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-9:50 a.m.Clinical Cases Clarified by CytologyLaura Garrett and Anne BargerCytology is a powerful diagnostic tool in veterinary small animal patients.  There are a very large number of sites that can be sampled with aspiration, and disease processes that can be elucidated via this technique.  The tremendous utility of cytology and the varied diagnoses it can provide will be highlighted by case examples and discussion, including diseases ranging from neoplasia to infectious diseases and from sites including bone aspirates to sublumbar lymph nodes.2.0 IDEXX
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Getting the Most out of Lymph Node CytologyAnne BargerThis lecture will describe the cytologic findings of normal lymph nodes and compare to findings of enlarged lymph nodes. Common causes of lymphadenomegaly such as lymphoma, reactive hyperplasia and lymphadenitis will be discussed.1.0 IDEXX
      11:10 a.m.-NoonA Review and What’s New in Canine OsteosarcomaLaura GarrettOsteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in the dog, and as it is a good model for the human osteosarcoma counterpart it is a well-studied tumor. This case-based talk will briefly cover new diagnostic techniques and prognostic markers for this tumor and then will move on to therapeutic options, including both curative-intent and palliative therapies. Ongoing studies with innovative treatments will be emphasized.1.0 IDEXX
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Common Cutaneous MassesAnne BargerAspiration of dermal and subcutaneous masses are the most common cytologies performed in clinical practice. The cytologic findings for the most common lumps and bumps will be reviewed.1.0 IDEXX
      2:00-2:50 p.m.What You and Your Staff Need to Know About Staph!Jason PieperUpdated information on Staphylococcus pertaining to diagnosis, methicillin resistance, transmission, treatment, environmental concerns and zoonosis.1.0


      Track: Oncology
      Room: Alma Mater

      TimeLecture TitleSpeakerLecture DescriptionCESponsor
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Developing Bereavement Practices and Procedures Into Your ClinicJackie WypijGrief counseling is an important part of companion animal practice.  This lecture will focus on developing grief counseling practices and procedures to help all staff members assist clients.1.0
      9:00-9:50 a.m.Grief Counseling for Special SituationsJackie WypijAssisting grieving clients is often challenging.  This lecture will focus on special situations such as children, gender differences, and cultural beliefs.1.0
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Update on Paraneoplastic SyndromesJackie WypijWhen dealing with cancer patients, paraneoplastic syndromes are an important part of treatment planning. This lecture will provide an overview of common and uncommon paraneoplastic syndromes in companion animals.1.0
      11:10 a.m.-NoonCats vs. Dogs: Cancer EditionJackie WypijCats are not small dogs, especially in cancer medicine.  This lecture will focus on significant species variations for major tumor types in terms of treatment and prognosis.1.0
      Noon-1:00 p.m.Lunch
      1:00-1:50 p.m.Curing Cancer is the Easy Part: Communication Tools for Dealing with High Maintenance OwnersLaura GarrettSpeaking with pet owners is something veterinarians do constantly, making it the most common ‘procedure’ performed in veterinary medicine. Yet very few vets receive any guidance in this critical area during school or after. Being a good communicator is NOT just a personality trait; there are very specific communication tools that can be used by everyone, even in stressful or emotional situations. In this discussion-based lecture, learn about concrete techniques applicable to all communication situations, which will not only help with difficult clients but can keep them from becoming difficult!2.0



      Laboratories and workshops require an additional registration fee and are not subject to refunds. Should a program not meet minimum registration requirements by Monday, August 31, 2015, it may be cancelled. If the program is cancelled, registrants will be notified and all registration fees associated with the program will be refunded in full.

      Respiratory Endoscopy Workshop

      Date:             Thursday, September 17, 2015
      Time:             9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
      Location:      Clinical Skills Learning Center
      Instructor:   Gerhard Oechtering
      Brendan McKiernan
      Fee:               $695 Early/$750 late
      CE:                  6.0
      Limit:             24

      More Information

      This is a limited enrollment endoscopy lab focused on rigid and flexible respiratory endoscopic techniques including both anterior and posterior rhinoscopy, laryngoscopy, and bronchoscopy.  Utilizing live dogs, participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of rigid and flexible endoscopes with the new Karl Storz full HD SPIES camera system.

      Endoscopic landmarks in the nose, nasopharynx, larynx, and tracheobronchial tree will be stressed.  The approach to the paranasal sinuses and all six lung lobes will be explained with time to practice these procedures. Practical training will include taking biopsies, removal of foreign bodies in the upper and lower airways, as well as techniques for obtaining bronchoalveolar lavage.

      Stallion Management

      Date:             Friday, September 18, 2015
      Time:             8:30-11:30 a.m.
      Location:      Large Animal Hospital
      Instructor:   Igor Canisso
      Fee:               $200
      CE:                  3.0
      Limit:             10

      In this lab, best practices for semen collection and processing will be covered; as well as testicular and sex accessory gland ultrasound techniques.

      Attendance at the 1:00 p.m. lecture on Thursday in the Humanities room is mandatory for the lab.

      Non-Surgical Neutering

      Date:             Thursday, September 17, 2015
      Time:             1:30-4:00 p.m.
      Location:      Champaign County Humane Society
      Instructor:   G. Robert Weedon
      Fee:               $75
      CE:                  2.5
      Limit:             6

      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.  Attendance at the lecture is mandatory for the lab.


      Alumni Celebration & Awards Dinner
      Thursday, September 17, 5:00 p.m.
      iHotel and Conference Center

      University of Illinois CVM Alumni and Fall Conference attendees are invited to join us for the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Celebration & Awards Dinner. At this event, you can reconnect with your classmates and colleagues and celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow DVMs.

      The College, along with the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, will present the 2015 Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award and the Special Service Award. Recipient names will be announced at a later date.

      Tickets to the dinner are included with full conference and Thursday-only registrations. Additional registration is not necessary for conference registrants, but an RSVP is required by Monday, August 31, 2015. Guests and alumni not attending Fall Conference are encouraged to attend this fun event! Tickets for those not attending the conference are $40 each.

      Class Reunion Kick-Off
      Friday, September 18, 3:30 p.m.
      iHotel and Conference Center

      Did you graduate in a year that ends in 0 or 5? If so, then your class is celebrating its reunion this year! Join the College for the annual Class Reunion Kick-Off after the conference sessions end on Friday. Each attendee receives two drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. Class photos will be taken during this time.

      Not having a reunion year? That’s okay! We invite all of our alumni to join us for this reception.

      One ticket to this event is included with full conference and Friday-only registrations. Additional registration is not necessary for conference registrants, but an RSVP is required by Monday, August 31, 2015. Individual tickets may also be purchases for spouses or guests for $10 per ticket.

      To learn more about your specific reunion plans or to share yours, visit

      Golf Outing
      Saturday, September 19, 9:00 a.m.
      Lake of the Woods Golf Course, Mahomet

      Tee off for a good cause! The College’s alumni association is sponsoring its eighth annual golf outing. Gather your classmates, family and friends and create a foursome for the event! The outing is being hosted at Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet. Following the outing, join golfers for lunch and the presentation of the golf outing awards. A portion of each registration fee is tax-deductible and benefits the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association and the student programs it supports throughout the year.

      The $125 golfer registration fee includes:

      • Greens fees with cart
      • Unlimited range balls 1½ hours prior to play
      • A golf cart for each group
      • Bagels and coffee before the outing
      • 3 drink tickets during the outing
      • A barbecue lunch following the outing

      Registration is available at



      iHotel and Conference Center
      1900 South First Street
      Champaign, IL

      Hands-on opportunities and tours will be offered at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Champaign County Humane Society. Shuttles will be available to transport conference registrants during these scheduled times. The shuttle to the College will depart from the main conference center entrance.

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      The early registration deadline is Monday, August 31, 2015. Registrations faxed or postmarked after this date will be charged the on-site registration fee. Printed copies of the proceedings will be available to those who order them on or before August 31, 2015.

      The full conference registration for veterinarians includes the following:

      • Admission to all conference lectures
      • One digital copy of conference proceedings
      • Access to proceedings online for viewing and printing two weeks prior to the conference
      • Refreshment breaks
      • Continental breakfasts
      • Lunches
      • Ticket to class reunion kick-off
      • Ticket to Thursday evening dinner with alumni association awards

      Attendance and participation in hands-on opportunities requires an additional registration fee.

      One-Day Registration

      One-day conference registration for veterinarians is available. Registration includes the following:

      • Admission to all conference lectures
      • One digital copy of conference proceedings
      • Access to proceedings online for viewing and printing two weeks prior to the conference
      • Refreshment break
      • Continental breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Ticket to class reunion kick-off for Friday-only registrants
      • Ticket to Thursday evening dinner with alumni association awards for Thursday-only registrants

      Attendance and participation in hands-on opportunities requires an additional fee.

      Spouses and Guests

      Spouse and guest registration includes continental breakfasts, all refreshment breaks, and lunches (and the Thursday evening dinner for those with Thursday registration). Please include spouses and guests on the registrant’s form.

      Practice Passes

      A practice pass can be purchased for the two-day conference and used by one veterinarian per day. One digital copy of the proceedings will be given to the first person who attends to be shared between the registrants within that practice. Each person attending the conference should be indicated on the registration form.

      Conference Fees

      Payment must be provided at the time of registration to guarantee enrollment. Conference fees are payable by check or money order to the University of Illinois by Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express and are due at the time of registration. Early registration is recommended.

      Early RegistrationLate Registration
      Full Conference$355$405
      Thursday Only$290$340
      Friday Only$230$280
      Spouse & Guest Full Conference$120$140
      Spouse & Guest Thursday Only$90$110
      Spouse & Guest Friday Only$75$95
      Practice Pass$355$405
      Pre-Conference Session$50N/A

      Refund and Cancellation Policy

      Full refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee will be given if written notification is received by Monday, August 31, 2015. Registrations are transferable. After Monday, August 31, 2015, refunds will not be made. Refunds will not be made for hands-on opportunities. We reserve the right to cancel programs and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of a conference cancellation, all registrants will receive a full refund. The University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.


      Conference registrants will have online access to proceedings by September 3, 2015. With their registration confirmation, registrants will receive a user name and password for accessing, viewing, and printing notes. Before arriving at the conference, registrants are encouraged to print the proceedings for the lectures they plan on attending.

      Every paid conference registrant will receive a digital copy of the proceedings (on CD or otherwise), which is included in the registration fee.

      Printed copies of the proceedings are available if pre-ordered on or before Monday, August 31, 2015 ($90). This preference should be indicated on the registration form. Recent printed conference proceedings contained approximately 700 pages of notes.

      Continuing Education

      Continuing education credit is available for veterinarians. Conference attendees are responsible for completing the Continuing Education Record of Participation form and having it signed by a conference representative prior to leaving the conference. Conference attendees are then responsible for submitting the record to their respective licensing agency and maintaining a record of participation. Continuing Education Record of Participation forms will be included with the materials to be picked up at conference registration. Designated areas for obtaining signatures will be provided at the conference. Continuing education certificates will not be generated as in past years.

      Registration and Information Desk

      Registration packets, including your name badge, meal tickets, and Continuing Education Record of Participation forms, may be picked up at the registration desk located in the lobby of the conference center. This desk will be staffed during the following times:

      Wednesday, September 16     11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      Thursday, September 17             7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
      Friday, September 18                   7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


      The University of Illinois is located near Interstates 57, 72, and 74. The community is also accessible by train via Amtrak and airplane through Willard Airport (CMI) at Savoy. Maps and directions to the College are available online at

      Registrants with Disabilities

      If you need an accommodation to attend this conference, please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or

      Mark Your Calendar

      The 2016 Fall Conference dates are Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23.


      Parking is available around the iHotel and Conference Center.  Additional parking is also available across the street at State Farm Center (formerly known as the Assembly Hall) parking lot.

      When visiting the College and not utilizing the conference shuttle, special conference parking will be available in the grassy area north of the Basic Sciences Building, just south of St. Mary’s Rd. Signs will be posted. Please do not park in any of the posted rental parking lots; you will receive a parking ticket and your automobile may be towed. The College of Veterinary Medicine is not responsible for costs incurred as a result of a parking ticket or an automobile tow.

      Special Accommodations

      If you need a special accommodation to attend this conference, please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or


      The 2015 Fall Conference is sponsored in part by:

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      Boehringer Ingelheim _logo


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      • Class of 1962 Endowment Fund
      • Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund
      • Sidney Krock Radiology Lectureship Fund

      Conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. All hotel blocks will be held through August 22, 2016. Mention “Vet Med Fall Conference” to receive the group rate. The conference will be held at the iHotel and Conference Center. It is recommended that you book your reservations early. The prices listed below do not include taxes.

      Comfort Suites

      Country Inn and Suites

      Hawthorn Suites

      iHotel and Conference Center

      Holiday Inn Express

      Home2Suites by Hilton


    Please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or