(3.5 CE credits per session)
Everyone Benefits from Reducing Fear, Anxiety, Aggression, and Stress in Perioperative Car, A Revolution in Anesthetic Techniques: More Reliance on Locals and Less on Opioids and Inhalants, Partnering in Perioperative Care – Education and Empowerment Bring Success, Senior Pet Anesthesia & Peri-Operative Management: Not Too Old!
Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA
Practical strategies move our practices and profession toward a more fear-free and stress-free experience. The benefits go far beyond the individual patient, bringing value and quality to our lives. This session will help you recognize approaches that add safety and efficiency as well as reduce stress. Learn how to encourage all members of our practices to play a role in changing the environment through better medicine and common-sense behaviors. The opioid shortages, and other contemporary factors, have increased our emphasis on dramatically revised anesthetic care. They have led us to less suffering. Newly available medications, novel methods, and better use of local anesthetics have significantly expanded our options. This can change your practice, adding substantial economy and building value. We’ll summarize essential details that influence the best techniques like how balanced or multi-modal analgesia adds safety, success, convenience, and economy. Learn how easily local anesthetics can be incorporated and how they will become valuable in every surgery. None of us can succeed if we attempt to face significant challenges alone. Veterinarians and veterinary staff members partner with clients as engaged team members in recognizing, assessing, and managing animal pain. Compassionate education plays a vital role in partnering with our clients.  We have many new resources to apply and share to help us build client engagement and optimize pain management. We also partner closely with our colleagues and organizations in veterinary medicine, helping all achieve shared success. Learn how clients play an essential role in recognizing and quantifying pain and response to therapy. We can share validated evaluation tools and metrics with clients to achieve these goals. This client partnership improves patient outcomes and bonds the clients to our practice. Although age is not a disease, we see increased co-morbidities and limited resilience in our older patients. Best practices for these animals include using readily available agents and techniques. Increased attention to detail and respect for fragile homeostasis brings clinical success and client appreciation. This session will provide valuable information on how out-patient anesthesia and robust adaptability in our approach are essential. Develop goals for these patients to include avoiding stress and maintenance of the patient’s daily routine.

The Nose Knows: Clinical Approach to Nasal Disease, Take a Deep Breath: Clinical Approach to Respiratory Distress, Bronchoalveolar Lavage: When, Why, How and What, Interpreting Respiratory Sounds and Patterns: A Case-Based Discussion
Tekla Lee Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Dr. Fowler’s opening presentation will cover clinical presentation of nasal disease, diagnostic approach to nasal disease, and treatment of common nasal conditions in dogs and cats. The following presentation will address clinical presentation, assessment, and initial stabilization of patients in respiratory distress. This presentation will focus on the indications (when and why) for bronchoalveolar lavage, how the procedure is performed (how), and interpretation of results (what). Dr. Fowler will close with a presentation that covers common history, clinical signs, and physical exam features of respiratory conditions and how to utilize those findings to quickly localize the source of respiratory disease. This information will then be applied in an interactive fashion to work through several case examples.

Lyme Updates: Where Are We Headed? Vector-borne Infections & IMHA: What is the Evidence? The Latest on Ehrlichia
Adam Birkenheuer, DVM, DACVIM
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Birkenheuer’s presentation.



(3.5 CE credits per session)
New and Emerging Diseases in Exotic Animals
Sue Chen, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian)
The busy general and exotic animal practitioner will find this unique session packed with useful, practical information on new and emerging diseases. Most of the lecture will cover the bacterial and viral diseases in pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, amphibians, fish, and small mammals.


(3.5 CE credits per session)
Potpourri for 200: Case studies in Beef Cattle Medicine and Surgery, Examination and Diagnosis of Neurologic Disease in Cattle
Dusty Nagy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This session will focus on the art and science of veterinary practice in the context of clinical cases. Case history, exam findings, and relevant lab work will be presented, and the cases will be “worked-up” throughout the discussion. In the second session, Dr. Nagy will cover a farm friendly neurologic examination and approach to evaluating cattle with neurologic disease. Video’s will be heavily utilized to illustrate clinical signs and interpretation.

Latest Update on Equine Ophthalmology, Considerations for Breeding the Problem Mare
Kelli Beavers, DVM, DABVP, DACT (Tentative)
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Beaver’s presentation.


(3.5 CE credits per session)
Essential Skills for the Patient Nutritional Advocate (Part 1 & 2), Approaches to Feeding the Finicky Patient, Managing CKD in Cats, Nutrition is the Key
Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Attendees will learn a variety of important skills which are necessary to educate clients, answer client questions about pet food, and make nutritional recommendations. The session begins by explaining the agencies and organizations that regulate pet food, pet food label requirements, and terminology. Next, we will discuss how to read and understand pet food labels how to determine the daily caloric requirement of a variety of patient life stages, How to calculate the dry matter basis of pet foods in order to compare a canned food to a dry food is covered, How to determine the amount of carbohydrates in a pet food. Multiple sample calculations will be solved in an interactive forum allowing attendees to practice the skills learned. How to take a nutritional history, making a nutritional recommendation, and educating clients on nutrition will also be covered. The last presentation will help answer the following questions. Do your clients complain that their pets are finicky eaters? Do you have poor compliance rates when you recommend a diet change or prescribe a veterinary therapeutic diet?  Do you have trouble getting hospitalized patients to eat or do clients complain their pet is not eating well after discharge? This session will cover these questions, food aversions, behavioral issues and more. Pharmaceutical intervention, nutritional history taking, and client education techniques will also be discussed.

Changing Perspective: Fear Free, A Kind Approach, It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Recognizing Chronic Pain in Cats, No More Cat Wrangling: No More Cat Wrangling! Techniques For Feline Friendly Handling
Tabitha Kucera, RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP (Certified Cat Consultant/Behavior)

Changing Perspective: Fear Free, A Kind Approach
Many animals feel fear, anxiety, and stress at their veterinary visits. Fear Free techniques help to limit that fear, anxiety, and stress. With patients less fearful and stressed, they are easier to handle, we can obtain more accurate readings of vital signs, they recover more quickly, and clients, animals, and you are happier. Fear Free techniques such as considerate approach, gentle control, and a touch gradient can be used to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients. In this session I will discuss what is Fear Free. This will include understanding fear, anxiety, and stress in our cat and dog patients and tools to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress.

It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Recognizing Chronic Pain in Cats
As a certified cat behavior consultant and veterinary technician, I am lucky to bring a clinical eye to the home environment. Many behavior concerns have medical roots that would otherwise go unnoticed. Cats are unique in that they are both predator and prey animals. Due to this, assessing their pain is challenging not only for pet owners, but also for veterinary professionals. As veterinary technicians, it is crucial that we can identify pain in cats and communicate its significance to our clients. Through lecture and video demonstration, this session will hone your pain assessment skills and provide you with the resources that you need to administer effective client and in-clinic questionnaires.

No more cat wrangling: No more cat wrangling! Techniques for feline friendly handling.
Many cats feel fear, anxiety, and stress when being handled and/or approached. The effects of feeling this way can lead to reduced quality of life for the patient and animal care teams, an increase in injury to staff, and make owners less likely to bring their cats in for veterinary visits. Fear, anxiety, and stress can also make veterinary visits more difficult and lead to lower quality care, fewer diagnostics, and ultimately poorer medical outcomes. Lastly, it can lead to cats being surrendered due to broken bonds between pets and their owners. Therefore, it is vital for us to do what we can to limit fear, anxiety, and stress in the cats we are working with and provide consistent, positive human to cat social interactions. In this session, we will discuss the effects and how to identify the signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in our cats. We will also discuss tools and handling techniques that can help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats thus making the shelter, veterinarian, and home an overall less stressful and happier place for cats, visitors, employees, and volunteers. When a cat’s fear and anxiety is reduced, animals will be more adoptable and more likely to stay in long-term, loving homes.

What is Nasopharyngeal Cicatrix & Why Should You Care? Equine Asthma in Texas, Pleuropneumonia-In for the Long Haul, Trans-Tracheal Wash, Bronchoalveolar Lavage, or Both?
Stephanie Wertman, LVT, VTS (Equine Nursing)
What is Nasopharyngeal Cicatrix & Why Should You Care: This session will look at nasopharyngeal cicatrix syndrome and what it means to our clients and patients along with an overview of diagnosis and treatment options. Equine Asthma in Texas: Stephanie will provide a better understanding of equine asthma in Texas as compared to other geographical areas. She will also review proper diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management at home. Understanding Pleuropneumonia-In for the long haul can be managed with thorough history, physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Stephanie will cover various aspects of this life-threatening disease. The last topic Stephanie will cover is the difference between a trans-tracheal wash (TTW) and a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Why to use one over the other, or why use both diagnostic procedures. This lecture will include techniques for both procedures.


(3.5 CE credits per session)
Conscious Conversations in an Emergency, Speaking the Right Words, Diffusing Reactive Responses.
Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, JD
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Hamilton’s presentation.

 Solving The Staffing Puzzle.  How To Be Attract and Retain the Team Members That Will Help You Win! Finding And Reaching Today’s Most Beneficial Audience.  How Modern Technologies can Easily be Leveraged to Connect Your Practice with the Right Clients!  Effective Client Engagement.  How to Create and Manage a System that Excites Clients to be Loyal and Compliant. 
Bill Shroeder
Veterinary medicine is a people business. The challenges of today’s market require that practices understand and leverage the techniques and systems that reach the right people (pet owners and employees) and clearly communicate the practice’s culture, offerings, and goals.  This series of sessions will explore how your practice can build systems around these concepts and develop an environment that supports your goals.  Join Bill Schroeder as he taps into real world experiences, shares the techniques that his agency uses to further its client practices, and delivers a series of sessions in an interactive, entertaining manner!


(3.5 CE credits per session)
Panel Discussion: Expectations on Contracts, Mentorship, How a Veterinarian's Pay is Calculated, Expectations by Hireree on Work Life Balance, Benefits and Workload Expectations
Brought to you by the TVMA Recent Grad/Veterinary Student Committee - Panel Participants TBA