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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.


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Biomakers in Sepsis
January 9, 2017, 8pm ET: Robert Goggs, BVSc, PhD, DACVECC

Session Info: Sepsis is a leading cause of death in critically ill dogs and cats. Numerous pharmacologic interventions have been evaluated for management of human sepsis, but almost universally these interventions have failed to produce consistent outcome benefits. The dysregulated host response to infection is extremely complex, which may explain this lack of efficacy in heterogenous groups of septic patients. Accurate diagnosis of sepsis, evaluation of severity and assessment of the host response is complicated, but would be of great value in enabling early, patient-specific treatment and could improve targeting of pharmacologic interventions. Biomarkers have an important role to play in this process, by helping to identify sepsis, differentiate non-septic SIRS from sepsis and bacterial from viral or fungal infection. Biomarkers can identify secondary organ dysfunction, aid prognostication, guide antibiotics and evaluate response to therapy. In this webinar, we will review the available biomarkers, offer guidance on how these may be optimally used and identify what biomarkers may offer additional insights in the future.

Speaker Info: Dr. Robert Goggs qualified from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He then undertook a rotating internship and a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the RVC, London and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2008. After board certification, he worked at the RVC as a clinician in the small animal hospital for 2 years. In 2010, Dr. Goggs moved to the University of Bristol to undertake a PhD investigating the roles of small G-proteins in the regulation of platelet shape change and secretion. Between 2011-13, Dr. Goggs co-chaired an effort to standardize viscoelastic testing in veterinary medicine, resulting in assay guidelines published in JVECC in 2014. Dr. Goggs joined the ECC team at Cornell University in October 2013 where he is currently a Lecturer. His research interests include hemostatic and thrombotic disorders, sepsis, biomarkers and canine IMHA and IMTP. Dr. Goggs is currently Chair of the ACVECC Examination Committee and is Associate Editor (ECC) for the Journal Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Crisis Management Skills for the ER Team
February 20, 2017, 8pm ET: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

Session Info: While there is rarely a shortage of emotional emergencies in veterinary emergency practice, shortages of time, energy and skill sometimes prevent effective and efficient crisis de-escalation.  This webinar will review the role of emotions generally, and de-mystify the “crisis cascade” in particular, to help veterinary practitioners identify high risk situations.  Next, this webinar will introduce seven steps to crisis de-escalation, as well as review critical skills for reducing risk to the veterinary team (and veterinary clients) when emotions boil over.  Finally, the self-management techniques most useful for diffusing the emotional contagion of crises will be reviewed.

Speaker Info: Jeannine is a licensed clinical social worker, educator, and program consultant practicing at the intersection of human and animal issues to support animal people, create sound organizational/social policies, and develop evidence-based animal-assisted programs. She has served as the Founding Director of both Veterinary Social Services at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center (2004-2012) and, more recently, Family & Community Services at North Carolina State University’s Veterinary Hospital (2012-present). Her work includes crisis intervention, medical case consultation, and counseling for animal owners, as well as skills training, debriefing, and psychosocial support for veterinary professionals. Jeannine provides consultation and training to social services, veterinary medical, and animal welfare professionals across the country. Her focal interests include traumatic grief, medical futility, and occupational risk and resilience in animal care professions.

The Critical Bird: Approach and Decision Making
March 13, 2017, 8pm ET: Jennifer Graham, DVM, DACVP (Avian)

Session Info: This presentation will begin with an overview on how to approach the critical avian patient with a review of pertinent points to note regarding physical examination findings. Diagnostic approach will be reviewed followed by discussion of avian stabilization techniques. The last half of the discussion will be on common avian emergency presentations.

Speaker Info: Dr. Graham graduated with her DVM from Auburn University in 1999. She completed an avian/exotic internship at the University of Georgia followed by a 3-year residency in avian/exotic animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following her residency, she started an exotics practice in a specialty referral hospital located in Seattle from 2003-2006. Dr. Graham worked at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston from 2006-2012. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and holds an adjunct faculty position with the University of Washington. Dr. Graham became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Avian medicine in 2002 and has recently recertified in this practice category. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2008. She was also on the organizing committee for the ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal practice category and became certified in this practice category in 2009. Dr. Graham is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Graham’s professional interests include NSAIDs/inflammation, oncology in exotic animal species, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, and evaluation of gastrointestinal activity patterns in rabbits. She served as the ABVP Residency Chair from 2009-2013 and holds positions on several veterinary committees. Dr. Graham is committed to wellness in the veterinary profession and helps lead the Healer’s Art training program for first and second year veterinary students. In her spare time, Dr. Graham enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and fly fishing (although she never catches anything!).

The Septic Abdomen: Small steps to make a big difference 
April 17, 2017, 8pm ET: Paul Aldridge, BVSc, Cert SAS, MRCVS

Session Info: The most common cause of septic peritonitis in our patients is perforation of the gastrointestinal tract. This webinar will look at steps we can take to maximize the patients chances of survival after the source of contamination has been controlled, and before recovery from anesthesia. Options for reinforcement of the intestinal suture line will be discussed (omentalisation and serosal patching), and current guidelines for abdominal lavage presented. The placement of a surgical feeding tube now will only add a few minutes to the procedure, but could be vital in post-op recovery and management; gastronomy, enterostomy and combined tubes will be discussed.  Ongoing abdominal drainage may be indicated; a practical guide to the use of abdominal drains to achieve closed drainage will be outlined.

Speaker Info: Paul graduated from University of Liverpool; as well as working as a referral and emergency surgeon in the north of England for Vets Now, Paul is widely involved in continuing education for both veterinarians and nurses, and is in demand as a speaker in the UK and the rest of Europe. He is also co-author of ‘Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing’ (Wiley 2013). His areas of interest include all aspects of trauma surgery, wound management, and managing ‘the acute abdomen’.

Sedation in the ER: “Landshark in Room 3 for Triage!” 
May 15, 2017, 8pm ET: Ben Brainard, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC

Session Info: A trip to the ER is stressful for animals and owners.  In animals that manifest this stress as aggressive behavior, it can be difficult for the practitioner to perform a thorough exam without sedation.   But sedation in an animal with an unknown medical history and cardiorespiratory status can be difficult.  This course will discuss options for the approach to and sedation of aggressive animals in an ER setting to alleviate pain and distress, and to provide safe handling for veterinarians and technicians.  Specific areas will focus on non-sedative approaches to safe animal handling and on sedative medications that can be used safely in patients with unknown cardiorespiratory status.

Speaker Info: Benjamin Brainard is the Edward H. Gunst professor of small animal critical care, in the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia.  He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and VMD from the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed dual residencies at the University of Pennsylvania and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  His clinical interests are critical care medicine, pain management in the ICU, long term ventilation, and coagulation disorders. His research interests focus on platelet biology and thrombosis in many species, in addition to coagulation assessment and antithrombotic and antifibrinolytic drugs.  Dr. Brainard is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary.

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.

Geriatric Critical Care: Crucial Differences in Older Pets
September 18, 2017, 8pm ET: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DAVECC

Session Info: Geriatric pets have increased considerably, and pet parents are more likely to seek care for long term members of their pet family. There are some crucial differences that occur in senior and geriatric pets including changes in complete blood counts, biochemical panels, and coagulation panels (e.g., thrombotic potential). There are also important differences in pulmonary function, fluid needs, nutritional changes, and pharmacological differences.  Diagnostic imaging (radiographs, CT, etc.) is unique in this age group and it is essential to know the expected changes with age in dogs and cats. This talk will discuss the important differences and will end with practical steps (including dosage calculations) that you can take to keep your geriatric patients in optimal health. Methylcobalamin, arginine, Lactobacillus & Bifiobacterium, dietary considerations, and ubiquinol will be discussed.

Speaker Info: Dr. Maureen McMichael is an associate professor in veterinary clinical medicine. She has research interests in oxidative stress, reperfusion injury, and probiotics.

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.

Rational Approach to Antimicrobial Therapy
November 20, 2017, 8pm ET: Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: This presentation will use real case examples to explore several topics related to antimicrobial therapy including: strategies to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance; developing hospital-specific empiric antimicrobial algorithms; indications for escalation and de-escalation of antimicrobial therapy; clinical use of antimicrobial susceptibility test results.

Speaker Info: Originally from South Texas, Dr. Pigott holds a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and DVM from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a rotating internship in Southern California followed by Emergency and Critical Care residency at Animal Emergency Center/Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Milwaukee, WI. After a short stint practicing in California he returned to Milwaukee where he is currently a Criticalist and Clinical Instructor for Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. He spends his spare time filling craters dug in the yard by his 3 beagles and losing fishing tackle in the lake.

On the Frontline!
December 18, 2017, 8pm ET: Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC and Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Session Info: Two emergency and critical care specialists bring their best and/or worst cases to you! What do they do? What would they do? What would YOU do? This webinar will highlight some of the paradigms in emergency and critical care that are shifting how we approach patient care On The Frontlines.

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 27 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. She is available at

Dr. Rozanski is a 1992 graduate of University of Illinois. She did her residency at University of Pennsylvania following internship at the University of Minnesota. She has worked at Tufts University for 20 years in the ECC department. She is available at

Respiratory Distress in Heart Failure: Cause or Effect?
January 22, 2018, 8pm ET: Noah Jones, BSRT, RRT-ACCS, RCP, RVT, VTS (LAM)

Session Info: In this session, we will review the hemodynamics of congestive heart failure, respiratory distress and its effects on hemodynamics and discuss the treatment options for respiratory distress in heart failure.

Speaker Info: Noah Jones started his career as a Registered Veterinary Technician while living in California. Since then, Noah has worked primarily in emergency and critical care, and developed a passion for pulmonary critical care. Noah currently works as the Veterinary Nursing Manager at REACH Veterinary Specialists, which provides top-quality veterinary care to Western North Carolina. Noah obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a board-certified Registered Respiratory Therapist and Adult Critical Care Specialist. He works in human medicine at Western North Carolina’s regional trauma and chest pain center, Mission Memorial Hospital. Noah is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Laboratory Animal Medicine and a Research Anesthetist, engaged in both bench-top and animal subject research. He also serves on the Examination Committee for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.

Outpatient management of paroviral enteritis: A reasonable alternative?
February 12, 2018, 8pm ET: Lauren Sullivan, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Session Info: Finances often dictate whether owners pursue hospitalization for puppies affected with canine parvovirus (CPV); high cost of care may deter owners from seeking veterinary care or prompt owners to devise their own CPV protocol. Outpatient management of CPV, using established criteria for case selection and a modifiable protocol that can be performed at home, can be a feasible for committed owners who lack the financial resources to pursue hospitalization. This lecture will explore a modified outpatient protocol used at the author’s institution, while including important considerations and limitations to outpatient CPV care.

Speaker Info: Dr. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Colorado State University. She enjoys clinical research that helps reduce cost of care in the E/CC setting; this includes work in canine parvovirus, point-of-care testing, and hospital-acquired infection.

Outpatient management of paroviral enteritis: A reasonable alternative?
March 12, 2018, 8pm ET: Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: Feline transfusion administration is a critical and potentially dangerous process. Recognizing the indications for transfusion, and understanding how complications can be prevented, mitigates the risks of transfusion administration. This interactive webinar will review transfusion triggers, feline blood typing, the process of cross matching, transfusion reactions and treatment, as well as identifying resources when transfusion availability is limited.

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 manage two – 24/7 multi-specialty hospitals and the ACCES blood bank for dogs and cats in Seattle. She is currently a consultant on the VIN emergency board and blogs at the

Ethical Dilemmas in the ER
April 23, 2018, 8pm ET: Charlotte Lacroix DVM, JD (Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc.)

Session Info: If practicing veterinary medicine was only about providing quality medical care, life would be easy.  Too often medical decisions are complicated by “doing the right thing”.  For example, 1) a client brings in a “stray” cat he has been caring for and you realize the cat is microchipped and belongs to someone else; 2) a dog is presented to the ER several times with suspicious injuries and you suspect abuse 3) a college age person brings a pet in who has ingested marijuana.  Ethical decision making is often challenging, and this presentation will present some tools to facilitate the process.

Speaker Info: Dr. Charlotte Lacroix owns and manages Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., a national consulting firm which advises veterinarians and attorneys on veterinary business and legal issues, with a focus on veterinary business transactions. With over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry, she assists veterinarians in all quadrants of the profession, including, small animal and large animal practices, as well as, single and multi-specialty practices. Dr. Lacroix lectures extensively and provides continuing education seminars to the industry on veterinary business and legal topics nationwide and overseas, including, contracts, malpractice issues, medical records/informed consents, veterinary ethics, animal law and welfare, drugs and biologics; human resources and public health. Dr. Lacroix also volunteers her time and expertise to veterinary and other organizations, including AVMA, AAHA, AAEP, NJVMA, PVMA and is Past President of the NAVC. She was the 2014-2015 President of NAVC, Past President of the NAVC and currently Board of Directors & Chair of the Board on the Veterinary Innovation Council. Dr. Lacroix was recognized and awarded by Lawyer Monthly “2016 Women in Law”.

Neonatal Resuscitation following Emergency Cesarean Section: Improving the Outcome
May 14, 2018, 8pm ET: Autumn P. Davidson DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVIM

Session Info: This lecture will outline the optimal current methods of veterinary canine and feline neonatal resuscitation which will improve the outcome: live births and neonatal survival during the first 2 weeks of life. Neonatal resuscitation is necessary following Cesarean section and can be needed when a dam is too weak or is disinterested in her offspring to provide it. The contents of a neonatal resuscitation kit will be described.

Speaker Info: Dr. Davidson obtained her BS and MS at the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in wildlife ecology and management.  Dr. Davidson is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.  She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University, and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.  She became board certified in internal medicine in 1992.

Dr. Davidson is a clinical professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, in the department of medicine and epidemiology.  She specializes in small animal reproduction and pediatrics. Additionally, Dr. Davidson practices at Lone Oak Veterinary Hospital in Three Rivers CA, where she receives both internal medicine and reproduction cases.

From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Davidson served as the Director of the San Rafael veterinary clinic at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., overseeing the health care of 1000 puppies whelped annually, as well as a breeding colony of 350 and approximately 400 dogs in training.

Dr. Davidson served on the board of directors for the Society for Theriogenology from 1996-1999, and the Institute for Genetic Disease Control from 1990-2002.  Dr. Davidson consults with the Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. concerning theriogenology and internal medicine.  She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and is a well known international speaker on the topics of small animal theriogenology and infectious disease.  She has traveled the world working with cheetahs, ring tailed lemurs, and giant pandas in the field. Dr. Davidson was the 2003 recipient of the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award, which recognizes an individual who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education and understanding.

Dr. Davidson has been a breeder and exhibitor of Labrador Retrievers since 1972; she enjoys competing in conformation events and hunts tests. She also owns and enjoys working with Border Collies at home.

Emergency cases you hate to see come through the door

June 11, 2018, 8pm EST: Elisa M. Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC

Session Info: Emergencies unfortunately happen at all times of the day, not just when it is convenient for staff, schedule or the pet’s owner. This presentation will discuss the general approach to triage and emergency therapy, as well as case discussion of common types of emergencies including approach to the traumatized patient, toxins, need for pain management, and those with respiratory difficulty.

Speaker Info: Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro was the Director of Emergency Services at a multispecialty practice in Colorado for 10 years before joining Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in 2012, where she is a Staff Criticalist. She also is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care for Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is the immediate Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She is also a prolific publisher, having authored four books as well as numerous book chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given lectures in more than 29 of the United States and 10 countries.

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.


  1. Understand the potential significance of a total protein < 6.0 g/dL, in the acutely ill patient.
  2. Realize that hyperkalemic patients will not always exhibit the classic electrocardiogram changes.
  3. Be able to use temperature, jugular vein distension, blood pressure, and NT-proBNP, to better differentiate feline asthma from congestive heart failure.
  4. Recognize that cat’s must be cross-matched or at a minimum blood typed prior to receiving any, (even a first time), RBC transfusion.
  5. Understand the importance of ruling sepsis in or out in cats that are “flat” and hypodynamic on presentation.

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