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CVMA Spring Seminar Program & Speakers

March 13-15, 2020

This seminar is being held at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will receive a maximum of 12 hours of top-notch lectures, a conference syllabus, a certificate of attendance, daily continental breakfast, and fond remembrances of a fun and productive weekend vacation.

 


Program At a Glance

Friday, March 13th

7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 12:30 PMDr. Susan Little - Parasitology
  • Heartworm 2020: Updating Protocols to Meet Current Challenges in Diagnosis,
    Prevention, and Treatment of Dirofilaria Immitis
  • Emerging Vector-Borne Infections: What's a Veterinarian to Do?
  • Parks, Pets, and Parasites: Managing Infection Risks for the Modern Dog
  • Zoonotic or Not? An Overview of Current Data on the Zoonotic Risk Posed by
    Companion Animal Parasites
  • Saturday, March 14th

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
    8:00 AM - 9:30 AMDr. Susan Little - Parasitology
  • The Secret Life of Ticks: Biology, Habitat, and Control of Ticks in California
  • Flea Style: Understanding the Biology of Fleas to Achieve Effective Control
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PMDr. Craig Clifford - Oncology
  • Controversies in Oncology: Mast Cell Tumors
  • Controversies in Oncology: Canine Lymphoma
  • Sunday, March 15th

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
    8:00 AM - 11:30 AMDr. Craig Clifford - Oncology
  • Canine Hemangiosarcoma
  • Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  • Feline Lymphoma: What You Need to Know
  • Recent Advances in Oncology

  • Speakers & Topics

     

    Susan Little, DVM, Ph.D., DACVM (Parasitology)

    Dr. Little is a regents professor and the Krull-Ewing professor in veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University’s veterinary college. She has authored more than 150 publications on veterinary and human parasites and tick-borne disease agents, and has been recognized twice for excellence in teaching by the national SAVMA organization. In 2017, Dr. Little received the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.

     

     

    Sessions:

    Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Heartworm 2020: Updating Protocols to Meet Current Challenges in Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Dirofilaria Immitis
    This presentation will update attendees on current management recommendations for heartworm in dogs and cats, including new data about diagnostic test performance, changing prevalence in highly endemic areas, performance of preventives, and best strategies for treatment.

    Emerging Vector-Borne Infections: What’s a Veterinarian to Do?
    This session will include a review of recently identified mosquito- and tick-borne infections in the United States along with answers to common questions posed by pet owners.

    Parks, Pets, and Parasites: Managing Infection Risks for the Modern Dog
    Dogs and owners love dog parks, but so do the parasites! We will go over the risks of parasite infection in dog parks in the U.S. with a focus on how transmission occurs and what protocols can be put into place by parks and owners to support the safe use of these hubs of canine social activity.

    Zoonotic or Not? An Overview of Current Data on the Zoonotic Risk Posed by Companion Animal Parasites
    This presentation will review current data on human infection with parasites from dogs and cats, including ascarids, hookworms, heartworm, tapeworms, Giardia, and Toxoplasma, and discuss recommended strategies to minimize the risk.

    Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    The Secret Life of Ticks: Biology, Habitat, and Control of Ticks in California
    This presentation will go over the habits of the most common ticks found on dogs and cats in the western U.S. and describe effective control strategies.

    Flea Style: Understanding the Biology of Fleas to Achieve Effective Control
    Overlooked challenges in flea biology creates an ongoing risk of re-infestation, but effective, long-lasting flea control is within the reach of every pet owner. This session will talk through challenges using specific examples and will discuss approaches likely to be effective.


    Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

    Dr. Clifford is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS degree in animal science/virology from the University of Delaware. Dr. Clifford is a medical oncologist and Director of Clinical Studies at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern, PA. He is active in clinical research within a referral setting, has authored/co-authored over 60 papers and book chapters, and serves as an advisory board member with both industry and non-profit foundations.

     

     

    Sessions:

    Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Controversies in Oncology: Mast Cell Tumors
    This session will include discussion of some of the controversies we see with mast cell tumors (MCT) including staging, How much is needed, Dogs with multiple MCTs, and what to do. Can we prevent new MCTs? Prednisone to shrink MCTs and MCT grading of MCTs via both cytology and histopathology.

    Controversies in Oncology: Canine Lymphoma
    Topics discussed in this session will include staging—how much and how little? Also, phenotyping to create a tailored chemotherapy protocol, and indolent lymphoma—to treat or not?

    Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Canine Hemangiosarcoma
    Canine hemangiosarcoma is still one of the toughest cancers. We will discuss the new genetic understanding of the disease and current treatment protocols.

    Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma
    Transitional cell carcinoma is the most common bladder tumor. This session will include discussion regarding novel testing for this cancer, where it fits, and why this test should be part of routine wellness exams in certain breeds. Staging and treatment options for the disease will also be discussed.

    Feline Lymphoma: What You Need to Know
    This lecture will discuss the major forms of lymphoma, how to diagnose each, and associated treatment protocols. This session will touch on the new nomenclature for the disease and what this means when reading histopathology reports.

    Recent Advances in Oncology
    This lecture will discuss the latest and greatest coming from oncology: Tigilanol tiglate for MCT, canine vaccines for osteosarcoma and lymphoma, digital cytology and its role in referral practice, and use of supportive medications (Entyce and Mirataz).

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