Companion Animal Track

Stephen Mehler, DVM, DACVS – Staff Surgeon, Hope Veterinary Specialists and Chief Medical Officer, Veterinarian Recommended Solutions, Malvern, Pennsylvania

GDV Surgical Challenges: Don’t Flip Out! – This presentation will cover the surgical concepts and techniques for GDV, focusing on practical surgical tips and an update on gastropexy techniques.

Open or Closed: Making the Right Call with Traumatic Wounds– The presentation will cover the basic tenants of open wound management, the principles of wound closure, and the use and abuse of surgical drains.

Adam Rudinsky, DVM, MS, DACVIM – Instructor, Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


Pitfalls of the Pancreas: The Battle of Pancreatitis – This lecture hours discusses the challenges and potential mishaps that may occur while trying to establish a clinical diagnosis of the pancreatitis. The second half of the lecture will be aimed at providing clinic floor ready treatment recommendations for managing pancreatitis.

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: The Story of the Lone Liver Enzyme – What do you do when an incidental increase in liver enzymes is noted on laboratory results? This session aims to provide a framework for the practicing clinician to better understand how to address this problem and ensure each individual patient is managed appropriately.

Veterinary Technology Track

Brandy Helewa, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) – Adjunct Instructor, Penn Foster College, Phoenix, Arizona


Decontamination and Antidotes for Toxicities – A discussion the different decontamination methods for toxicity patients including emesis, gastric lavage and the use of cathartics as well as the benefits and contraindications to each method will be presented. In addition, available antidotes for specific toxins, including naloxone, anti-venom, and intravenous lipid emulsion therapy will be discussed.

Renal 911: Nephrotoxins – During this presentation, the most common toxic substances to the kidneys will be covered. These include household items, plants, medications, and foods. Pathophysiology, nursing care, and treatment will be discussed, with a focus on the pharmacodynamics of each individual toxin and how they exert their toxic effects.

Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) – Owner and Head Technician, VetTechXpert, San Jose, California

Troubleshooting Anesthetic Complications – In the practice of anesthesia, no matter the procedure, there is always the possibility for complications to arise. The mark of a critical thinking anesthetist is how to react to those complications. In this session, we will cover some of the most common anesthetic complications, how to approach them, and when we should be really worried. In addition, we will talk about what your monitors are actually telling you about what’s going on with your patient and what they’re NOT telling you. Join us as we discuss approaches to: decreased pulse oximetry readings; increased or decreased end tidal carbon dioxide readings; and hypo/hypertension.

Play Nice! Drug Interactions Every Veterinary Technician Should Know – The number of medications we use every day in practice is astounding and increasing. Technicians are instrumental in both administering medications and ensuring the safety of patients receiving them so it’s important to know how drugs interact with each other. We will cover common medications used in practice and how they interact with each other – both positively and negatively as well as basic pharmacokinetics.

Large Animal/Equine Track

Amy Biddle, PhD – Assistant Professor, Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Feeding the Gut Microbiome of the Horse – This lecture will focus on what the role is of the equine gut microbiome in providing nutrients and energy to the horse, and how this community is impacted by diet.

Equine Microbiome Dysfunction – During this session, participants will learn how equine gut communities are correlated with health and disease and what is known about probiotic and/or prebiotic strategies to maintain or reestablish gut health.


Steve Trostle , DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR – Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Earlysville, Virginia

Is this Horse Lame or Ataxic? – During this lecture, Dr. Trostle will provide information on how to determine if horses are neurologic versus lame.

Regenerative (Biological) Therapies in Horses – This session will provide a review of regenerative therapies used in horses.

Sports Medicine New Hours – Many brief discussions on various and somewhat controversial topics in equine sports medicine ( i.e. kinesiotaping, therapeutic lasers, etc) will be presented.



8:00-9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm Morning Sessions (3 hours CE)

12:00-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-5:00pm Afternoon Sessions (3 hours CE)


Overnight Accommodations

A limited block of discounted rooms is available at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for Winter Conference attendees.  To make your reservation, please contact the hotel direclty at 1.800.711.5882 and mention group code GVDM17.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until November 14, 2017, after which rooms may be reserved on a space and rate availability basis only.  The discounted group rate is $129 per room per night based on single or double occupancy and includes complimentary self-parking and WiFi.


Please contact Christine Gacono, CMP, at


Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, November 22.  Onsite registration is also available.  Register now!