Join us in a safe space where you can talk, share, brainstorm and commiserate over various clinical topics with fellow VECCS members! Topic: : Coping With Euthanasia in the Emergency and
Join us in a safe space where you can talk, share, brainstorm and commiserate over various clinical topics with fellow VECCS members!
Topic: : Coping With Euthanasia in the Emergency and Critical Care Setting
Moderator: Dr. Sheila Robertson
Description: Euthanasia is an important part of our duty as veterinarians and there are many reasons for ending an animal’s life. In emergency and critical care settings the scenarios are different from those encountered in general practice. In one case you can find yourself able to save a patient, but the owners cannot afford to treat and in other situations, euthanasia is clearly warranted but the owners won’t let go even when further treatment is likely to be futile. Performing euthanasia is one of many stressors in the daily work of emergency and critical care teams. It is important to recognize that these stressors are cumulative and recognizing them in yourself or other team members is essential. More work is needed to teach all members of the team coping mechanisms and self-care and this should begin during training. One proven tool in human medicine is learning how to have difficult conversations around death and dying.
(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central
New members and long-time members alike, join us via Zoom, for this informative and fun orientation covering the following VECCS info: Discover all VECCS Member Benefits Confirm you are receiving our member
New members and long-time members alike, join us via Zoom, for this informative and fun orientation covering the following VECCS info:
- Discover all VECCS Member Benefits
- Confirm you are receiving our member communications
- Learn how to access the monthly CE webinars we offer
- Find us on social media
- Learn about all upcoming events
- Hear from a VECCS Ambassador
- Have a chance to win a pair of VECCS Scrubs!
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 10:00 am Central
By: Katherine Smith, DVM Description: This lecture will introduce “Guidelines for the Prevention of Pain, Agitation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in ICU” from our human medicine counterparts
By: Katherine Smith, DVM
Description: This lecture will introduce “Guidelines for the Prevention of Pain, Agitation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in ICU” from our human medicine counterparts and use this as a basis for our discussion on how we can improve the ICU experience for the veterinary patient. It will focus mainly on anxiety/agitation and sleep deprivation, with a goal of understanding the science of their deleterious effects and real solutions on how to mitigate their occurrence. This lecture is designed for all levels.
- PADIS guidelines in human medicine – what are they and how can we use them when thinking about veterinary ICU patients
- Anxiety and agitation – recognition, physiological side effects, and what can we do to address it
- Sleep – physiology of sleep and sleep deprivation, how sleep disruption may affect outcomes, strategies to maximize better sleep in our patients.
- Immobility and other forms of suffering that we can better address in our patients.
Speaker Info: Dr. Katherine Smith received her DVM from Louisiana State University (2009), a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia (2010), and an ECC residency at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists (2013), receiving her board certification in emergency and critical care in 2014. She was in private practice in specialty hospitals until 2020 when she transitioned to doing only locum work, allowing her to practice across the nation spanning from Hawaii to Massachusetts. She loves teaching, infectious diseases, and feline medicine (to be honest, she loves anything to do with cats in general). Dr Smith also has a special interest in improving our patients’ ICU experience by more thoroughly addressing anxiety and sleep needs.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
By: Bobbi Conner, DVM, DACVECC Description:Fluid therapy is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for sick veterinary patients. Its ubiquity does not, however, mean that we know all we need
By: Bobbi Conner, DVM, DACVECC
Description:Fluid therapy is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for sick veterinary patients. Its ubiquity does not, however, mean that we know all we need to know about the benefits and dangers of fluid therapy. In recent years, some new research has put a spotlight on trends in fluid therapy in medicine and as a result, some long-held recommendations have been questioned. In this discussion, we will review current recommendations for fluid therapy. Whenever possible, veterinary-specific literature will be cited and discussed; when necessary, recommendations that have been extrapolated from human medicine research and guidelines will be clearly presented. We will focus on practical application of the available research, identify and highlight the remaining gaps in our collective knowledge, and we’ll attack some of the most persistent controversies and myths involving fluid therapy. The session will be interactive and case-based.
By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:
- list the benefits and risks of intravenous fluid therapy in any patient.
- list the indications for fluid therapy and as well as the indications for discontinuation of fluid therapy.
- choose the most appropriate fluid type for their patient’s needs.
- describe the earliest signs of potential fluid overload in a small animal patient.
- identify at least two resources to aid in complex fluid therapy administration cases.
Speaker Info: Dr. Conner obtained her DVM from Michigan State University in 2007, after which she completed a rotating internship at University of Illinois in 2008, followed by her residency in Emergency & Critical Care at NC State in 2011, when she became a diplomate of ACVECC. She worked at the vet school at University of Pretoria in South Africa for a short while in 2011-2012, then joined the faculty at University of Florida from 2012-2020. Since the summer of 2020, she has been developing the emergency & critical care program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about teaching and learning and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Psychology. Most of her current research involves identifying best practices in education and communication.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST