SATURDAY, MARCH 4

COMPANION ANIMAL

(3.5 CE credits per session)
Getting Complicated Wounds to Heal, A Wound Neglected is a Wound Infected: Understanding the Healing Process
Charles Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Schmiedt’s presentation.

An Update on Feline CKD, The Leaky Dog; What to Do When Proin Doesn’t Work, Advancements in Veterinary Endourology
Tanner Slead, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
An Update on Feline CKD - This update will review unique aspects of feline CKD pathophysiology, discuss current recommendations and new advancements in diagnosis (e.g., FGF-23) and monitoring as well as introduce new therapeutic strategies including iron supplementation, EPO stimulators, ARBs, and intestinal adsorbents. When you have a leaky dog, what do you do when Proin doesn’t work. This session will review known and newly emerging causes of or contributors to female urinary incontinence along with differences between female and male incontinence and differing diagnostic approaches. There will also be a discussion on Proin usage and specifics regarding dose and duration. You’ll be introduced alternative medical interventions (e.g., estrogens, diet), possible contributors to female urinary incontinence as well as learn when to refer or pursue other advanced diagnostics. The last track will cover the advancements in veterinary endourology like when to recommend cystoscopy and interventional techniques including urethral bulking, artificial occludes along with atypical presentations of ectopic ureters and current treatment recommendations and strategies. Important interface between urinary incontinence and recurrent UTIs and what are the causes that may require diagnosis via cystoscopy, and minimally invasive interventions will be included in the discussion. Dr. Slead will outline various congenital anatomic abnormalities that may contribute to female urinary incontinence and/or UTIs and how they can be addressed endoscopically. The session will conclude with an overview on how to approach to male and female canine urolithiasis and when to pursue medical vs. minimally invasive vs. surgical management, diagnosis of and minimally invasive treatments for canine lower urinary tract neoplasia as well as stenting recommendations for benign or malignant urinary tract obstructions

Tracking Down the Source of Pruritus in Your Canine Patients, The Allergic Dog: What Am I Missing? The Atopic Dog: Long-Term Relief is Within Reach
Karin Beale, DVM, DACVD
Treating a pruritic pet can be frustrating, stressful, and concerning and is a common reason for clients to seek veterinary care. Dogs with itchy (pruritic) skin are seen on a daily basis and may present to emergency facilities due to the impact that itching, licking, and chewing have on their quality of life. There are many causes of pruritus; any inflammatory dermatitis or differential that has the high potential for secondary skin infections can lead to pruritic skin. For a successful outcome to be achieved, it is important that the pruritus be treated, an underlying cause identified, and secondary infections controlled. Getting to a diagnosis range from being simple in some cases or extremely challenging and time-consuming, requiring additional diagnostics such as elimination diet trials, cultures, blood work, and histopathology. Dr. Beale will help you identify sources and treat skin issues from the easy to the most difficult.

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Tackling a Challenging Mystery Case from Beginning to End!
Back by Popular Demand…. Four specialists from the Houston area will dissect a difficult case from the initial presentation when the client arrives to final diagnosis. Check back here for updates on this interactive panel and the specialists who will be participating.

EXOTIC MEDICINE

(3.5 CE credits per session)
Head Tilt to Paresis; Neurologic Disease in the Domestic Rabbit, what to do about that Wobbly Rabbit, Rabbit Dental Disease: From Malocclusion to Dental Abscess, Rabbit GI Stasis Syndrome and GI Obstruction; Diagnosis and Update of Treatments 
Todd Riggan, DVM, DABVP (Exotic/Companion Animal)
The first track will consist of an overview of the neuro anatomy of the rabbit and discussion of the more common and some of the less common neurologic diseases in the domestic rabbit. Objectives of this first session are to recognize neurologic disease in rabbits with an emphasis on torticollis (head tilt), performing a neurologic examination, review the diagnostic steps and treatment protocols for otitis and E. cuniculi. Following the rabbit neurology session, attendees will review domestic rabbit dental anatomy and the various dental conditions frequently seen in private practice. Dr. Riggan will cover how to recognize normal and abnormal dental conditions in the rabbit, and proper care and treatment of these conditions, including incisor malocclusion, cheek teeth spurs, and dental abscesses. Discussion of the domestic rabbit GI tract anatomy and the conditions involved with gastro-intestinal stasis and obstruction. Discussion of causes, diagnosis, and treatment. Objectives of the last session is to become comfortable with the anorectic rabbit and understand the proper handling and diagnostic workup to achieve the best treatment outcomes for these cases.  You will learn a step wise approach to the anorectic rabbit patient using items available in most small animal clinical practices through physical examination, diagnostic imaging, and serum biochemical testing.

LARGE ANIMAL MEDICINE

(3.5 CE credits per session)
Identification and Life History Characteristics of Ticks, Host Inspection Practices, Tick Removal and Preservation, Factors Affecting Geographic Range and Population Dynamics of Ticks, Endemic and Emerging Tickborne Diseases
Pete Teel, DVM
This session will help attendees recognize morphological characteristics of common tick species and characteristics for identification of emerging/invasive species. Dr. Teel will explain life history elements that differentiate tick biology and their relevance to animal health. Attendees will learn to identify primary body areas of infestation and best practices for tick removal and explain why this is important. Dr. Teel will define ecological interactions that affect tick range expansion as well as those that affect tick population dynamics. The final lecture will name and describe endemic tickborne diseases of cattle in Texas and the transboundary area and the primary tick vectors associated with each. Dr. Teel will detail an emerging tickborne disease of cattle in the US, its invasive tick vector, and describe the current geographic range of this tick. Finally, Dr. Teel will name three tickborne foreign animal diseases of concern to livestock species in Texas and describe the relevance of each FAD to state and national concerns

Equine Podiatry, Metabolic Disease and Latest Update in Immunology
Britt Conklin, DVM
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Conklin’s presentation.

HOSPITAL STAFF

(3.5 CE credits per session)
Reducing Stress for Cats in a Hospital Setting, When to Refer for Endoscopy: Case Examples, Nursing Tools and Tips of an Internal Medicine Technician
Michelle Hervey, BS, LVT
Stay tuned for more details on Michelle’s presentation.

The Art of the Chart: What is Important to Record, How to Record It and What Humane Medicine Parallels We Can Learn from When It Comes to Legal Issues, Medication Delivery in ICU
Leslie Wereszczak, MS, LVMT, VTS-ECC               
The Art of the Chart - When it comes to medical records, there is a saying that if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.  This lecture discusses the importance of keeping accurate medical records. Discussion of what is important to record, how to record it and what human medicine parallels we can learn from when it comes to legal issues. Conversation about the nursing process will also be discussed and how following it can enhance proper chart documentation. Special Delivery: Medication Administration in the ICU - Medications are an essential tool for the successful treatment of our ECC patients.  Drug efficacy can be greatly affected by improper storage, handling, and dilution.  Interactions with other drugs can be harmful or even deadly.  This lecture will discuss the common pharmaceuticals administered to our ICU patients and the evidence behind how to properly handle and administer them.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

(3.5 CE credits per session)
How to Provide Quality Customer Service and Client Communication Everyday
Nan Boss, DVM
Stay tuned for more details on Dr. Boss’s presentation.

Hunt for the Good Stuff: Prioritizing Positive Emotions in Vet Med, Don’t Believe Everything You Think (Avoiding Mental Landmines in Practice), Proof Positive: Successful Teams Seek Psych Safety, Conquering Incivility and Taming Toxicity
Philip Richmond, DVM, CAPP, CRT, CHC-BCS, CCFP
The session entitled “Hunt for the Good” kicks off with an explanation of the PERMAH theory of wellbeing which is the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, one of the co-founders of positive psychology. The P in the acronym stands for positive emotions. Happiness, optimism, and gratitude are included in this category. The induction of positive emotion has a demonstrable, proven benefit to an individual’s overall subjective wellbeing. In the case of practicing clinicians, positive emotion has been shown to induce faster and more accurate diagnoses. Attendees will be instructed on optimism as a learned skill of resiliency—one that has to do with our explanatory style regarding events and the world around us. Gratitude practices and interventions will be covered with an opportunity to engage. In Dr. Richmond’s second session, he will cover how overgeneralizing, mind reading, jumping to conclusions, and assumptions are thinking traps that impede performance.  Successful communication and wellbeing are dependent on the ability to focus, challenge and reframe automated behaviors. Learn to stay solution-focused rather than problem-focused. Understand how becoming self-aware of the processes allows you to understand clients and co-workers more effectively. Learn more about how psychological safety is the most important aspect of successful teams. Our ability to feel safe to share ideas, to grow from failure, and to be honest with empathy allows our team to bypass the “interpersonal mush” that can exist otherwise. A sense of belonging, ability to be vulnerable, and strong interpersonal relationships are the initial ingredients to create this environment. We can assess psychological safety in a team using different tools. If psychological safety is lacking, we can help foster it using specific interventions, including civility and growth mindset work. Civility research in medicine demonstrates the power of encouraging, engaging behaviors on patient care, performance, job satisfaction and retention. The lack of civility, manifested in different ways, increases the likelihood of burnout, medical errors and poor wellbeing. How do we know if our workplace is civil? How do we improve civility and rapport at our practices?

ULTRASOUND WET LABS

(4 CE credits per lab)
Saturday A.M. (4 hours) – DVM and Veterinary Staff Ultrasound Lecture and Lab for Beginners
Ultrasound for the General Practitioner “Implementing POCUS in Your Practice”
Includes how to operate knob less ultrasound machine, intro to Butterfly App, defining types of scans and their practical uses, thoracic and abdominal FAST, integration of ultrasound into everyday practice. Lab time will include scanning live pets.

Saturday P.M. (4 hours) – DVM Ultrasound Lecture and Lab Advanced
Ultrasound for the General Practitioner “Implementing POCUS in Your Practice”
Goes more in-depth on cardiac scans and KSU Studies
Lab time will include scanning live pets.

To register for a lab, you must be registered for a minimum of one-day of the conference (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). The lab has an additional fee of $250 for DVMs or veterinary clinic staff. The fee includes refreshments and a roundtrip shuttle from the Marriott Waterway Hotel in the Woodlands to Lonestar College in Tomball (a 20-minute bus ride one way) and back.

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Butterfly iQ+ Vet