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Brachycephalic Sedation and Anesthesia
September 23, 2019, 8pm EST: Molly Allen, DVM, DACVAA
Session Info: Brachycephalic patients are one of the most challenging to manage with sedation and anesthesia because of their airway conformation. This course will discuss the specific anatomical challenges and how to anticipate, mitigate or overcome airway obstruction during sedation and anesthesia of these patients
Speaker Info: Dr. Molly Allen obtained her DVM degree from Tufts University in 2012, then completed an equine internship in surgery and anesthesia at a specialty hospital in Australia. She practiced as an equine veterinarian and anesthetist in Australia for an additional two years before commencing her residency in anesthesia and pain management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Allen enjoys all aspects of anesthesia and pain management but is especially passionate about local and regional anesthesia to minimize systemic opioid use, as well as anesthesia for high-risk patients.
Management of Severe Trauma
October 21, 2019, 8pm EST: Lisa Powell, DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: To describe presentation, emergent therapy, diagnostics, and ICU care for dogs and cats presenting with severe trauma. Specific cases will be presented to highlight definitive diagnostics and treatment.
Speaker Info: Lisa Powell graduated veterinary school from Texas A&M in 1995, completed a small animal rotating internship at the AMC in NYC in 1996, then went on to a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts University, finishing in 1999. She became board certified in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care in 2000. Dr. Powell joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she worked as a clinical professor for 15 years. She developed the Emergency and Critical Care Residency at the University of MN, which continues to be a strong program. She is an author of more than 30 veterinary publications, and authored a book entitled “Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality”. She is currently an associate emergency and critical care clinician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Minnesota and is a national and international speaker on all things Emergency and Critical Care! Her clinical interests include cardiopulmonary disease, colloid and fluid therapy, and SIRS/sepsis. She shares her home with 2 cats, 3 dogs (one of which is perfect), and four teenagers (two sets of twins)!
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Blunt Thoracic Trauma
July 16, 2018, 8pm EST: Kate Hopper BVSc, PhD, DACVECC
Session Info: Blunt thoracic trauma can cause numerous, life threatening injuries and these patients can present a significant clinical challenge to stabilize. This discussion outlines an approach to the evaluation and management of the blunt thoracic trauma patient with a particular emphasis on the therapeutic considerations of respiratory compromise. The aim of this presentation is to help clinicians with the decision making process in these complex cases.
Speaker Info: Kate is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of California, Davis. She graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed residencies in emergency and critical care at both the University of Melbourne and UC Davis. Kate also completed a PhD in acid base physiology at UC Davis. Her current research interests include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, clinical acid base and electrolyte disorders and mechanical ventilation. Kate is also the co-editor of the textbook entitled Small Animal Critical Care Medicine.
Blood film essentials for the ER/ICU patient
August 20, 2018, 8pm EST: Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Clinical Pathologist, Metzger Animal Hospital
Session Info: The importance of blood film review in critical patients will be emphasized, highlighting significant findings in IMHA, importance of manual WBC differentials in recognizing inflammation and toxic change, proper evaluation of reported thrombocytopenias, and identification of common hemoparasites.
Speaker Info: Dr. Brown received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2001 and worked in small animal private practice in Colorado. Her interest and proclivity for diagnostic laboratory testing drove Dr. Brown to return to the University of Georgia to receive specialty training as a veterinary clinical pathologist. Additionally, Dr. Brown obtained her doctorate degree in pathology studying Cytauxzoon felis, a tickborne blood parasite in cats. Dr. Brown served as a faculty member at UGA until moving to Pennsylvania in 2014, where she now contributes her clinical pathology expertise patient-side at Metzger Animal Hospital.
Neuroanatomic localization and the top 5 mistakes to avoid with neurology cases in the ER
September 10, 2018, 8pm EST: Allison C. Haley, DVM, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Session Info: The neurologic examination and associated neuroanatomic localization will be reviewed, including animated videos and case examples with videos. We will then discuss 5 areas (case presentation, examination evaluation, and even treatment) where the emergency clinician could make a misstep that may affect differential diagnoses and patient care..
Speaker Info: Following completion of her Neurology/Neurosurgery residency Dr. Haley moved to Scotland where she was a lecturer in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Haley returned to Athens, Georgia in 2012 after accepting a faculty neurology position at UGA. Through training veterinary students, rotating interns, neurology interns and neurology residents, Dr. Haley has gained a wide breadth of clinical and leadership experience. Dr. Haley left academia for private practice in 2015 finding herself first in New Mexico, Arizona, and now Wisconsin.
While originally from the Northeast, Dr. Haley is excited for the opportunity to explore all that Wisconsin has to offer. Outside of work she enjoys running, ice hockey, surfing, and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with Maddigan, her Golden Retriever, and Thumbs, her polydactyl cat; both of whom have happily followed her all over the world!
High Rise Syndrome in Dogs and Cats: Pathophysiology and Therapy
October 15, 2018, 8pm EST: Yekaterina Buriko, DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: This lecture is intended to familiarize the clinician with pathophysiology and specifics of common injuries incurred by dogs and cats after falling from a height. The presentation will outline the species differences in how the injuries are sustained. In addition, it will focus on emergency management and therapeutics in a patient who sustained injury from falling from a height.
Speaker Info: Dr. Buriko obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University. She subsequently completed a rotating internship and a residency in Veterinary Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a faculty member in the Section of Critical Care at UPenn.
Renal Failure in the Endocrine Patient
November 19, 2018, 8pm EST: Marie E. Kerl, DVM, MPH, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVECC
Session Info: Many endocrine diseases can lead to renal failure, and the kidneys also have an endocrine function that can become disrupted when kidney disease develops. This lecture will review various endocrine diseases that are associated with kidney injury and failure, as well as highlighting endocrine functions of the kidneys.
Speaker Info: Marie Kerl obtained her DVM from Auburn University and Masters of Public Health from the University of Missouri, and completed specialty training at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She is a diplomate of ACVIM and ACVECC. Dr. Kerl is currently Regional Medical Director with VCA. Her duties include teaching and mentoring veterinarians and technicians to achieve the highest quality veterinary care through education and teambuilding. Dr. Kerl is also an adjunct professor with the University of Missouri for online education. Dr. Kerl has received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award.
Beyond Thoracic FAST. Point of Care Pleural and Lung Ultrasound: Asking binary questions to get rapid accurate answers!
December 10, 2018, 8pm EST: Soren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC and Serge Chalhou, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Session Info: Recent evidence suggests traditional small animal thoracic FAST examination protocols have only moderate to poor agreement compared to CT for the identifion of pleural effusion and pneumothorax, respectively. This is much lower than what is reported in the human literature, where many training programs emphasize the value of using binary questions (vs. simply placing the ultrasound probe on the patient) when first learning point of care ultrasound (POCUS). This session will take a similar approach and will review key sonographic structures of the pleural space and lung in light of patient positioning, then apply a binary approach to ruling in/out pneumothorax, pleural effusion and simple interstitial alveolar diseases. Multiple cineloops and case examples will be used to re-inforce concepts and test attendee knowledge.
Speaker Info: Dr. Søren Boysen obtained his veterinary degree in 1996 (WCVM), completed a small animal internship in 1998 (UPEI), and a residency in 2003 (Tufts University, Massachusetts) becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) that same year. He is the former Chief of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Montreal, and currently a Full Professor at the University of Calgary, where he continues to be very active in various ECVECC, ACVECC and VetCOT committees. Extensively published, and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. His particular passions are hemorrhage, coagulation, perfusion and the advancement of point of care ultrasound. In collaboration with his colleagues at Tufts he developed the original Focused Assessment of Sonography for Trauma (FAST) exam (2004), and in conjunction with international colleagues has adapted point of care abdominal and thoracic ultrasound protocols for use in non-trauma patients. He is actively involved in point of care ultrasound research assessing intravascular volume status and response to fluid therapy. He continues to work on enhancement of learning and hands on training workshops targeted at improving emergency point of care ultrasound for non-specialist practitioners.
Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub graduated from the DVM program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the University of Montreal in 2004. He then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at the same institution. After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian at the DMV Centre in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once completed in 2009 he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow. During this time, he was also trained in interventional radiology/endoscopy. Dr. Chalhoub is currently a senior instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2017 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award. He is the coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic for disadvantaged Calgarians. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on renal and urinary medicine, and he is a co-author on the International Society of Feline Medicine’s 2016 consensus guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of feline chronic kidney disease. His recent passion is the use of ultrasound as a focused tool in triage setting and is now involved in research in its use in this setting.
Small Animal Fire Related Injuries
January 14, 2019, 8pm EST: Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: This course will cover the basics of caring for small animals that have been injured in either a house fire, or sustained wildfire related injuries covering the lessons learned from treating animals in the California wildfires over the past few summers.
Objectives: Review the pathophysiology and treatment of smoke inhalation; Review the body systems that can be injured in a fire; Provide treatment options for burn induced wounds and expected course of recovery
Speaker Info: Dr. Steven Epstein attended University of California at Davis for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and did his residency there becoming board certified in 2010. Dr. Epstein is now an Associate Professor of Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care and chief of that service at UC Davis. His research interests are in CPR, diagnostic testing in the emergency room, and antimicrobial resistance patterns as well as chairing the disaster response committee which was engaged in the California wildfires of 2015 and 2017.
Clinical Pearls in Feline Emergency Medicine
February 18, 2019, 8pm EST: Gretchen Schoeffler DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: This session is designed with 3 qualities of veterinary-learners in mind. First, veterinarians enjoy learning from cases. Second, we like concise, practical points that we can apply to practice. Finally, we take pleasure in problem solving. Using an interactive format, short, emergency cases will be used to illustrate practical tips and teaching points.
Speaker Info: Gretchen Lee Schoeffler is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is currently the Chief of Emergency and Critical Care at the Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital. She obtained her DVM at Texas A&M University and then went on to compete a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. She then moved to New England and completed her residency at Tufts University. After her residency, she worked for 3 years in specialty referral practice before being invited to help establish the current Emergency and Critical Care program at Cornell University. She has published a mixture of scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters and frequently lectures at local, national, and international events. After nearly 15 years at Cornell, she remains invested in building and adapting an ever-growing Service and enjoys teaching the next generation of veterinarians and specialists
When the Worst Happens: Responding to Adverse Events and Medical Errors
March 11, 2019, 8pm EST: Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: Medical errors are a reality and can be one of the most challenging situations to address. This presentation will discuss a six-step framework to address the patient, client, staff and systems in your hospital when an error occurs. We’ll discuss patient care, disclosure, staff impacts, and investigation. We’ll also discuss prevention strategies to make catastrophic errors less likely.
To understand the six steps of response recommended in an adverse event or medical error
To discuss the research on the impact of errors on staff and teams
To introduce the human experience with early disclosure in medical error cases
Speaker Info: Dr. Beth Davidow is a 1995 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She did her residency at Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital in Portland obtaining diplomate status in 2002. She helped co-found and run two – 24/7 multi-specialty hospitals and the ACCES blood bank for dogs and cats in Seattle. She has a certificate in patient safety and quality from the institute for healthcare improvement and served as the first director of medical quality for BluePearl. She is currently the vice president of ACVECC, a consultant on the VIN emergency board, and blogs at the http://vetidealist.com.
Battling Burnout Among Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Providers
April 29, 2019, 8pm EST: Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT
Session Info: Burnout is high among emergency and ICU workers in the human medical field, but little is known about the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary emergency and critical care providers. This session will review the statistics regarding mental health and burnout among human and veterinary medical teams, as well as tools being used to improve wellbeing. The responses to a 2018 survey to assess burnout among veterinary emergency and critical care providers and employees’ perceptions of workplace qualities that contribute to engagement or burnout will also be shared.
Speaker Info: Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a specialist in small animal emergency and critical care living in Calgary. She travels worldwide to work as a speaker, consultant, and locum. Marie grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a year-long rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University, followed by a 3-year small animal emergency and critical care residency at North Carolina State University. After becoming board certified in 2008, she accepted a faculty position at the Ontario Veterinary College, where she was Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine until 2013.
Dr. Holowaychuk has been primary or co-author of more than 30 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has spoken at conferences across Canada and the USA, in addition to various general practitioner and veterinary technician continuing education programs. She helped train ten emergency and critical care residents and mentored interns, graduate students, and veterinary students in clinical research, facilitating their co-authorship on veterinary publications. She is also co-editor of the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking.
Dr. Holowaychuk has a vested interest in the health and wellness of veterinary professionals after witnessing colleagues and friends leave the profession due to compassion fatigue or burnout.
Dr. Holowaychuk is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She leads yoga practices for veterinary students in Calgary and facilitates Veterinary Wellness Workshops and Retreats for veterinary care providers. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, as well as Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention. Marie writes a bi-weekly blog and monthly newsletter on pertinent issues related to veterinary wellness.
Suga Suga How’d You Get So High: Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Veterinary Medicine
May 13, 2019, 8pm EST: Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC
Session Info: Changes in management of patients with diabetes mellitus are occurring rapidly. Although advances have originated in human medicine, the veterinary field has a great opportunity to take advantage of this progress for our patients as well. Concerns regarding multiple blood draws, patient discomfort, and inaccuracies of in-hospital glucose curves have been virtually eliminated with the application of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This technology has advanced dramatically in the last 5 years, allowing a substantially increased amount of information to be gained with minimal patient discomfort. A brief review of available continuous glucose monitors and the more recent literature will also be discussed
Speaker Info: Dr. Linklater grew up in Canada and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He completed a rotating internship in Los Angeles before completing his residency at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2009. He currently works at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Wisconsin where he oversees the emergency and critical care department and directs their advanced training programs. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal and textbook chapter publications, been the senior editor of two textbooks, and lectured at many national and international conferences.
Dr. Linklater’s professional interests include trauma, surgical emergencies, mechanical ventilation, and transfusion medicine. On a personal note, he has run several marathons and half marathons, enjoys curling, traveling, and spending quality time with his wife and their pets.
Keeping the Dam and the Newborn Safe: Perioperative Management of the Cesarean Section Patient
June 10, 2019, 8pm EST: Cassie Lux, DVM, DACVS-SA
Session Info: This webinar focusing on the perioperative management of dogs and cats presenting for cesarean section, either planned or emergent. The information covered will help the practitioner decide when to perform surgery on a dystocia patient, the appropriate use of anesthetics and analgesics to keep the dam and the newborns safe, which steps to take in surgery, and the most appropriate postoperative care.
Speaker Info: Cassie Lux is a native of Indiana, though she now calls Tennessee home. She attended Purdue University for her undergraduate and veterinary school education. She completed a rotating internship at Mississippi State University, and then completed a residency in small animal surgery at the University of California-Davis. She has been an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee since 2013, and specializes in soft tissue surgery. In 2014, she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She has published numerous scientific articles, and authored book chapters on various topics. Her areas of interest included minimally invasive procedures, including interventional radiology and surgical oncology.
An Update on Trauma: Lessons Learned from the Battlefield
July 22, 2019, 8pm EST: LTC Thomas Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Session Info: Since September 11, 2001, the field of traumatology has advanced substantially due to the need to treat severely injured servicemen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The purpose of this presentation is to review the most significant advancements that have been made from knowledge gained in treating wounded servicemen on the battlefield, a review of the veterinary experiences in these areas and an examination of how these advancements can potentially be adapted to veterinary medicine. Advances to be discussed include stopping the bleed: use of extremity, junctional and endovascular tourniquets, the use of antifibrinolytics in trauma and advances in hemostatic dressings. Transfusion advances to include limiting crystalloid and synthetic colloids in trauma in favor of plasma (including freeze dried plasma), 1:1:1 component transfusions and the importance of platelet transfusions as well as the use of chilled whole blood for resuscitation in trauma. In addition, the presentation will cover other areas that have led to decreased mortality and morbidity on the battlefield including the development and application of clinical practice guidelines. The presenter will discuss research his lab is performing in these areas for the benefit of military working dogs.
Speaker Info: LTC Edwards completed ROTC and earned his baccalaureate from at the University of Illinois. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the infantry and assigned to the 3rd Infantry division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served in a number of assignments and deployed with the division to Kuwait in support of Operation Intrinsic Action. He later transferred to the Signal Corps where he commanded a tactical satellite company. Upon completion of this assignment, he attended the University of Georgia where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then completed a one year rotating internship at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center at Lackland AFB, TX. He went on to serve in a number of assignments in Arizona and Georgia as well as a deployment with the 10th Mountain Division to Iraq as the Division’s Agricultural advisor and Veterinarian. He returned to the University of Georgia to complete a combined masters’ degree and a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. Upon completion of his training he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and subsequently led the busiest Veterinary Treatment Facility in the Department of Defense based in Okinawa, Japan. He currently serves at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research as both the Veterinary Support Branch Chief as well as the Research Support Division Chief. Additionally, LTC Edwards also conducts research into areas vital to Military Working Dogs including coagulation abnormalities, transfusion medicine, shock, trauma and resuscitation.
Current Transfusion Practice in Canine Sepsis
August 19, 2019, 8pm EST: Lynel Tocci, DVM, DACVECC MT(ASCP)SBB
Session Info: The objective of this lecture will be to review the current literature recommendations for transfusion of red blood cells and blood components in the septic patient and discuss current transfusion medicine therapies for canine septic patients
Speaker Info: Dr Tocci completed her undergraduate education at Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. She then completed a fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine through the American Red Cross and then worked for 15 years in the area of human Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts. She subsequently went to Veterinary school and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving her degree she completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, were she stayed on to pursue a residency. She completed her residency in Emergency Critical Care in July of 2008 and received her board certification from the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care. Until recently she worked as the Department Head, Intern director and staff criticalist at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She is now a full time relief veterinarian in emergency & critical care and hold veterinary licenses is 5 of the United States. She has lectured extensively, authored a number of journal articles and is one of the authors of a book chapter for the first veterinary transfusion medicine textbook. Her professional interests include veterinary hematology & transfusion medicine, fluid resuscitation and intraoperative cell salvage, as well as management of polytrauma. She has also had many years of volunteer experience and has helped animals around the world. She has been on 2 of the United States humanitarian missions, a vaccination campaign in Goa India with Mission Rabies, numerous spay/neuter missions with World Vets International Aid for Animals as well as the Iditarod every year in Alaska. She is a board member for the Bibevski Foundation and looks forward to bringing high level veterinary care to the Prespa-Pelagonia region of Macedonia and working with local citizens and government to establish long standing programs to improve the quality of life for all animals in the region.