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CVMA Fall Seminar Speakers & Topics

DVMs can earn up to 12 CEUs and technicians can earn up to eight CEUs.


Veterinarian Track


Andrea Cannon, DVM, DACVD

General topic: Dermatology

Dr. Cannon received her DVM from UC Davis in 1993 and completed a residency in veterinary dermatology in 1996. She owns Animal Dermatology and Allergy, Inc. Dr. Cannon is a full member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. She has co-authored several articles and has spoken at many lectures, presentations, and conferences throughout the US and abroad. 



Friday, October 9, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Approach to the Pruritic Dog – A Practical Approach to Itchy Dogs
A practical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic dogs.  In this lecture we will take a practical approach to diagnosing allergic dermatitis to help alleviate veterinarian and client frustrations. Arriving at the correct diagnosis is essential in formulating an effective long-term management plan. Since we are not able to cure allergies, we will discuss the long-term management plans to keep patients controlled and clients happy.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Reason for the Lesion – Or What is that Pustule Telling Us?
The skin is the one organ where we can actually see lesions. But what does a papule, pustule, collarette, or macule tell you? This session will discuss how to get more information from your dermatologic examination.

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Otitis Externa/Media
Treating acute otitis externa and media is frustrating. This session will discuss how to best diagnose and treat otitis externa and media. More importantly, we will discuss measures for successful long-term management of otitis externa and media to prevent recurrence.

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Recent Advances in Veterinary Dermatology – What’s New in Therapeutics
What should we know about the new medications and therapies for dermatology? This session will discuss what is coming down the pipeline and where the research is heading.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Bacterial Resistance
With the increase in antibiotic resistance, especially methicillin resistant staphylococcus in both humans and animals, we need to be better stewards of antibiotics and still treat pyodermas. We will discuss when to perform cultures and sensitivities, appropriate antibiotic usage, and alternatives to oral antibiotics to treat resistant infections.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Topical Therapies
The use of topical therapeutics is essential in treating infections and preventing reinfection. We will discuss how to get the most from your topical products. Most clinics have a plethora of topical products on their shelves and some rarely get used. We will discuss which products you should have on your shelves.


Trisha Oura, DVM, DACVR

General topic: Radiology

Dr. Oura received her DVM from Tufts University in 2008. She completed her rotating small animal internship, diagnostic imaging residency, and a post-doc teaching position at North Carolina State University, and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2012. Since then, she has worked in telemedicine, private practice, and academia, most recently joining Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. Although she loves all imaging modalities, she especially enjoys CT and radiography.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Case-Based Canine Thoracic Radiograph Interpretation
This heavily case-based session will feature how to localize radiographic evidence of respiratory disease to airway versus non-airway using either a traditional pattern-based approach or a streamlined approach; list of differentials for airway and non-airway pulmonary patterns; determine if the cause of the clinical signs is pulmonary versus non-pulmonary in origin; and suggest an appropriate diagnostic and/or therapeutic plan for a respiratory patient based on radiographs and the primary differentials.

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Case-Based Brachycephalic Radiographic Interpretation: Yes, They Are a Different Species!
This heavily case-based seminar will show how to identify anatomic differences in brachycephalic breeds that complicate thoracic radiograph interpretation; identify several thoracic pathologies that are commonly seen in brachycephalic breeds; determine if the cause of clinical signs is pulmonary versus non-pulmonary in origin; and suggest additional diagnostic/therapeutic plans based on radiographic findings.

Sunday, October 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Case-Based Feline Thoracic Radiograph Interpretation
This heavily case-based seminar will show attendees how to localize radiographic evidence of respiratory disease to airway versus non-airway using either a traditional pattern-based approach or a streamlined approach; list differentials for airway and non-airway pulmonary patterns; determine if the cause of clinical signs is pulmonary versus non-pulmonary in origin; and suggest an appropriate diagnostic and/or therapeutic plan for a respiratory patient based on radiographs and the primary differentials.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

When Thoracic Radiographs Are Not Enough
By the end of this heavily case-based session, attendees should be able to critically evaluate radiographs for artifacts that complicate interpretation of respiratory disease; critically evaluate the trachea, carina, and principal bronchi for evidence of dynamic airway disease in radiographs; suggest a diagnostic imaging plan for coughing patients based on available radiographs and primary differentials; and suggest a diagnostic imaging plan for tachypneic/dyspneic patients based on primary differentials.

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Radiographs Versus Ultrasound for Small Animal GI Disease
By the end of this case-based session, attendees should be able to identify clinical scenarios when radiographs are the preferred initial diagnostic imaging modality; identify clinical scenarios when ultrasound is the preferred initial diagnostic imaging or is complementary to radiographs; and identify gastrointestinal abnormalities on radiographs and ultrasound with a prioritized differential diagnosis list based on imaging features.

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Why Good Positioning Matters
This session will show attendees how to understand the basic physics that dictate why some lesions look better in one view versus another; choose the ideal patient positions for thoracic studies given a clinical case scenario; choose the ideal patient positions for abdominal studies given a clinical case scenario; and be able to suggest additional views or procedures that might complement a basic abdominal radiographic study.


Technician Track


Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCC, CVPP, VTS-LAM (Res. Anesthesia)

General Topic: Pain Management and Anesthesia

Mr. Cital is a registered veterinary technician and executive director of the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. While he specializes in anesthesia and pain management, he is also a veterinary cannabis counselor, one of a handful in the country, and is an independent researcher on the topic. He serves on advisory boards for local veterinary technician colleges and is on the Aratana/Elanco Technician Council of Pain Experts. 


Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Small Animal Anesthesia: Doing Things Right (Part I)
This lecture covers the anesthesia process from the pre-operative period, pre-medicating, induction, monitoring, and maintenance and recovery. We will discuss what to look out for and how to treat complications.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Small Animal Anesthesia: Doing Things Right (Part II)
This is a continuation of the previous session. It covers the anesthesia process from the pre-operative period, pre-medicating, induction, monitoring, and maintenance and recovery. We will discuss what to look out for and how to treat complications.

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Common Myths in Pain Management
There are several misconceptions on how pain medications work and interact with each other, as well as outdated practices still being executed in many hospitals. This lecture will cover many of these and address them with scientific evidence.

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exotic Animal Pain Management (Avian, Small Mammal, and Reptile/Amphibian)
Different pain pathways and perception vary among exotic species. This lecture will discuss the anatomical and physiological evolution of pain and perception across a variety of species. The lecture will then focus on common modalities to treat acute and chronic pain in exotic species.

Sunday, October 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Medical Cannabinoids: A Review
In this lecture, we will look at its potential benefits in many different diseases and inflammatory states. This lecture will discuss our current understating of cannabis products in companion animals based on science. This lecture will also cover the ongoing research with hemp-derived products for small animal patients.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Block the Box: Getting Away From Mask and Box Induction Techniques
This lecture will provide practitioners with injectable sedation and induction cocktails to avoid using gas induction for exotic and/or small animal species. Gas induction is stressful and can lead to increase mortality rates while also hazardous to staff. We will discuss the physiological impacts this outdated practice produces.

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pain Medications and How They Work
As veterinary professionals we are constantly utilizing different regiments of pain medications on our patients, but do you know how they work or what you could be doing better? This lecture will cover common medications used in small animal practice, while touching on new pain-alleviating medications coming down the line. Participants will leave knowing the basics and some helpful tricks when using multimodal approaches to pain medication selection.

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Who said NSAIDs are all the same?
This lecture will briefly discuss the pharmacology of NSAIDS and choosing a medication on its COX selectivity, or lack thereof, and how this should always be considered for each patient. We will also discuss other anti-inflammatory molecules, such as CBD that compliment traditional NSAID therapy.

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