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What to Do When Fluids Don’t Work
June 12, 2017, 8pm ET: Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: Have you ever had that case that had persistent hypotension, tachycardia, decreased level of consciousness despite adequate fluid resuscitation? What tells you when more fluids won’t work?  Let’s explore those questions and review the interventions to consider when fluids are not enough

Speaker Info: Dr. Rudloff is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed her residency training at the Animal Emergency Center and achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1995.  She has mentored 28 ACVECC Diplomates and is currently a clinical instructor at the Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin.  She serves as the IVECCS Program Coordinator.  She is the 2008 recipient of the Ira Zaslow Award for distinguished service in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care and is an internationally recognized educator in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.  Her special interests include fluid resuscitation, emergency surgery, and trauma management, topics on which she has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Top Emergency and Critical Care Journal Articles in 2016
July 17, 2017, 8pm ET: Adesola Odunayo, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: This hour-long session will focus on the top peer reviewed articles from 2016 pertaining to the practice of emergency and critical care medicine. Practical take home information from these articles will be reviewed.

Speaker Info: Adesola Odunayo is a clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care at the University of Tennessee. She completed a residency in emergency and critical care in 2010 and worked as a clinical instructor at Auburn University between 2010 and 2012, until she joined the faculty at Tennessee. Her clinical interests include transfusion medicine, management of septic and post-operative patients, and mechanical ventilation. When she is not working, Desola enjoys spending time outside accompanied by her special Australian shepherd dogs (Gracie and Zoey), running, hiking in beautiful east Tennessee and traveling the world.

The Critically Ill Kidney: Intensive Care Management of AKI
August 14, 2017, 8pm ET – Alessio Vigani, DVM, DACVECC, DACVAA

Session Info: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a syndrome that in recent years has become the subject of significant investigation in human and veterinary medicine. There is now awareness of the detrimental consequences on patient outcome of even the mildest degree of renal dysfunction. Early recognition of AKI is critical for the optimization of therapy. AKI is currently defined by 2 functional renal markers: creatinine and urine output. Both have intrinsically specific flaws in their validity as markers of injury, especially in critically ill patients. The diagnostic approach and specific recommendations on therapeutic interventions in the intensive care management of AKI of will be discussed in this course.

Speaker Info: Alessio Vigani is currently on faculty at North Carolina State University teaching small animal emergency and critical care and extracorporeal therapies. Alessio received his DVM degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Milan in 2006 and then obtained his PhD degree in clinical sciences. He completed a small animal rotating internship at The Ohio State University in 2009. He subsequently pursued two consecutive residency programs in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and emergency and critical care at the University of Florida. He has been an ACVAA Diplomate since 2012 and an ACVECC Diplomate since 2014. Dr. Vigani has published several journal articles and book chapters, and he has lectured nationally and internationally. His special interests include regional anesthesia, critical care medicine, and hemodialysis. Alessio shares a tiny apartment with his dogs Scimmietta, Macchietta and Anacleto. Alessio is a devoted runner and yogi.

Vasopressors in Small Animals:  What, When, How?  
October 23, 2017, 8pm ET: Medora Pashmakova, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: Vasopressors are an integral part of early goal-directed therapy, but can be an intimidating step for many clinicians. For numerous reasons, vasopressor therapy is often delayed until patients are very compromised and morbidity or mortality are imminent. This lecture will demystify the use of adrenergic and non-adrenergic vasopressors and help identify what patients may benefit from pressors (as early as the emergency department), current recommendations from the human field, and how to be practical in pressor use and patient monitoring.

Speaker Info: Dr. Medora Pashmakova is a 2009 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She completed her internship and residency at Texas A&M University and is board certified in emergency and critical care. Dr. Pashmakova was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University for 4 years before moving to North Houston Veterinary Specialists. Since 2015, Dr. Pashmakova has participated as a volunteer veterinarian for the Iditarod and looks forward to many more opportunities in sled dog medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Pashmakova enjoys chasing after her 2 stubborn terriers and soap making.

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