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CVMA Fall Seminar Speakers & Topics

This seminar is being held at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, California. Veterinarians will receive 12 top-notch CE units and RVTs and CVMA CVAs will receive 8 CE units, a conference syllabus, a certificate of attendance, daily continental breakfast, and fond remembrances of a fun and productive weekend vacation.


Veterinarian Track


Kristin MacDonald, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM (Cardiology)

General Topic: Cardiology

Dr. MacDonald earned her DVM in 1998 from Auburn University, and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University in 1999. She is the clinical cardiologist at the VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County in Rohnert Park, CA, where she continues to have a busy cardiology practice. Dr. MacDonald is the author of several book chapters, published a multitude of original research articles, and is coauthor of “The Textbook of Feline Cardiology”.

 

 

Sessions:

Friday, October 4, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Get with the Beat! Analysis and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
The prospect of analyzing an electrocardiogram (ECG) is often met with intimidation and fear, but is actually a simple and straightforward process! This lecture will begin with a methodical approach to basic ECG interpretation, and will be followed by step-by-step analysis of the most common and important cardiac arrhythmias. The clinical relevance and potential clinical sequelae of specific arrhythmias will be discussed, as well as choices in anti-arrhythmic therapy. Audience participation is encouraged in this interactive lecture.

Essentials of Echocardiography
Attendees will see a plethora of echocardiogram movies of normal and abnormal animals, which will help guide clinicians with the techniques and basic principles of echocardiography. Normal movies will be contrasted with movies of classic cardiac abnormalities (myxomatous valve degeneration, infective endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, subaortic stenosis, pulmonic stenosis), and will include the echocardiographic modalities of two-dimensional echocardiography, color flow Doppler, pulsed wave Doppler, continuous wave Doppler, and an assessment of diastolic function including tissue Doppler imaging.

Letting the Cat out of the Bag on Feline Cardiomyopathy
Feline heart disease is common and often elusive to diagnose. The diagnosis of heart disease can be challenging since cats are often asymptomatic and may not show significant abnormalities on routine diagnostic tests. Likewise, diagnosis of congestive heart failure can be very challenging in cats, since they may develop atypical pulmonary patterns and may not have overt auscultation abnormalities. This lecture will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of the various feline cardiomyopathies as well as feline congestive heart failure.

Myth Busters of Feline Heartworm Disease: The Truth Revealed
The many misnomers of feline heart disease will be exposed. The lecture is structured as a series of myth buster questions, with the potential for audience participation, followed by the truth and discussion. Given the familiarity of clinicians with canine heartworm disease, we are often confronted with the temptation to cross-species interpolate the clinical features and treatment from canine heartworm disease to cats, who develop a very distinctive and different disease entity from their canine counterpart.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

New Perspectives on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Congestive Heart Failure
Canine congestive heart failure is frequently encountered in veterinary practice and represents a clinical syndrome caused by severe heart disease. The most common causes of heart failure in dogs are myxomatous valve degeneration and dilated cardiomyopathy. This lecture will discuss the different tools for diagnosis of heart failure in dogs, including cardiac biomarkers, radiography, and echocardiography. An in-depth, comprehensive discussion of medical treatments for acute, chronic, and refractory heart failure will be provided, including data from recent clinical trials.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Faint or Fit? Assessment of Seizure versus Syncope
(Presented by both Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Lavely)
Episodes of loss of postural tone or altered mentation can be a diagnostic dilemma for veterinarians. Seizures and syncopal episodes are often mischaracterized by the owner and can be difficult to differentiate clinically even by astute veterinarians. This talk will combine perspectives from a neurologist and cardiologist on differentiation and the pathophysiology of seizures and syncope. Case examples will be provided, and a brief discussion of treatments will be included.


Jim Lavely, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

General topic: Neurology

Dr. Lavely received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1999. He completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and a neurology and neurosurgery residency at UC Davis. Dr. Lavely is a board certified neurologist and leads a team of neurologists at VCA Animal Care Center in Sonoma, CA. He has published several articles on the topics of CNS infections, pediatric neurology, and seizures, and has spoken nationally and internationally.

 

Sessions:

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Faint or Fit? Assessment of Seizure versus Syncope
(Presented by both Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Lavely)
Episodes of loss of postural tone or altered mentation can be a diagnostic dilemma for veterinarians. Seizures and syncopal episodes are often mischaracterized by the owner and can be difficult to differentiate clinically even by astute veterinarians. This talk will combine perspectives from a neurologist and cardiologist on differentiation and the pathophysiology of seizures and syncope. Case examples will be provided, and a brief discussion of treatments will be included.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

No Fear Neuro Exam and Localization
The neurological examination and neuro-anatomic localization will be discussed. Videos will be utilized to help demonstrate the examination and help attendees recognize various abnormalities. Attendees will be able to distinguish among spinal, brain, and neuromuscular disorders.

Sparky’s Shaking Again! Seizure Disorders in the Young Dog
Seizure disorders are common in dogs. However, the common causes for seizures in puppies are quite different for adult dogs. Congenital brain malformations, portosystemic shunts, and infectious causes are more likely in puppies. Idiopathic epilepsy and non-infectious inflammatory brain diseases, such as Pug dog encephalitis, often affect young adult dogs. Therapeutic considerations are different for puppies and young dogs compared to mature adult dogs. The diagnosis, clinical implications, and therapy of these disorders will be discussed.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Need a Fix For That Fit? An Anticonvulsant Update
Seizure therapy can be challenging. Each anticonvulsant has advantages and disadvantages. This session will address the indications for anticonvulsant therapy and review the various anticonvulsants available. Attendees will be exposed to anticonvulsant options beyond phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Attendees will gain a further understanding of the benefits and risks of anticonvulsants, allowing them to tailor anticonvulsant therapy and optimize their patients’ quality of life.

I’ll Take Neurology for 300!
Vestibular disease, feline neurological diseases, myasthenia gravis, and tetanus…but wait, there is more! A wide range of neurological diseases will be discussed in this neurological potpourri. Videos and pictures will be utilized to help with disease recognition and the development of appropriate differential diagnoses. Topics will be introduced in a Jeopardy-style format with discussion of pertinent points to follow.

I’ll Take Neurology for 500!
This session is a sequel to, I’ll Take Neurology for 300! A wide variety of topics will be presented including seizure therapy, thoracic limb lameness, neuromuscular disease, discospondylitis, pituitary macroadenoma, and more.


Technician Track


Monique Feyrecilde, BA, LVT, VTS (Behavior)

 

General Topic: Behavior

Ms. Feyrecilde is a veterinary technician specialist with a specialty in behavior. She works full time in a small animal practice near Seattle, WA. Ms. Feyrecilde strives to provide pragmatic solutions for groups of every size, from individual clients and clinics, to large veterinary conferences. In addition to authoring online courses, magazines, and journals, she released her first book, “Cooperative Veterinary Care”, in April 2018.

 

 

 

Sessions:

Saturday, October 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Behavior Essentials: Preventive Care for Puppies and Kittens
You do not have to offer behavior services to be behavior-centric. Learn how to incorporate these simple suggestions to benefit every puppy, kitten, and family in your practice.

Behavior as Simple as A, B, C! The Applied Behavior Analysis Model
Changing and modifying behavior starts with identifying the current behavior and goal, and making a realistic and effective plan. Learn the applied behavior analysis model to identify behaviors and promote positive change.

Cats in Boxes: Feline House Soiling
House soiling is the number one unwanted behavior given by pet owners who surrender cats to shelters. Learn how to classify and prevent common causes of house soiling and determine when to refer.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cooperative Veterinary Care: Setting the Stage
Cooperative veterinary care sets up the environment and the team for success. Learn how to prepare for the patient, assess the patient consistently from practitioner to practitioner, and choose an appropriate training plan.

Cooperative Veterinary Care: Consent Points and Skills Training
As a continuation of the previous session, this session will discuss the three different types of training plans and give examples of how to implement each of them. Distraction, desensitization/counterconditioning, and operant conditioning will be discussed.

Getting Started with Fear Freesm in Five Easy Steps!
Change is always a challenge. Learn five ways you can introduce your practice to the Fear Freesm initiative starting tomorrow.

It Takes Too Long and It Costs Too Much: Successfully Implementing Change in your Practice
So you went to the conference, picked up a bunch of amazing ideas, and when you got home your boss wasn’t enthusiastic? The most frequent obstacles described by teams when implementing low-stress techniques and addressing the behavioral well-being of patients are perceptions among team members and doctors that these ideas are expensive or time consuming. Learn how to implement a change of mind and change of ways when you get home from CE effectively!

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