2018 Winter Conference


DVMA is pleased to announce it’s return to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino for its 2018 Winter Conference on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.


  • 8:00am- 9:00am – Registration, Continental Breakfast & Visit Exhibits
  • 9:00am -12:00pm – Morning Sessions
  • 12:00pm- 2:00pm – Lunch, Annual Membership Meeting & Visit Exhibits
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Afternoon Sessions



To register online, please click HERE.

To download a registration form to register by mail with a check payment (and avoid credit card processing fees) click HERE.


A limited block of discounted rooms is available at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino for Winter Conference attendees. To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly at 800.711.5882 and mention that you are attending the DVMA Winter Conference.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until October 28, 2018, after which rooms may be reserved on a space and rate availability basis only.

The discounted group rate is $139 per room, per night based on single or double occupancy and includes complimentary self-parking and Wi-Fi.



6.0 hours of approved continuing education credit will be provided through the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association.


Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA
Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, US Diagnostics, Zoetis

Generously Sponsored by

Dr. Goldstein currently is the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of US Diagnostics at Zoetis. Prior to taking this position in February 2018, Dr. Goldstein was Chief of the Division of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City 2011 through January 2018 and a faculty member at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences from 2001 through 2011. He earned his veterinary degree at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 1993 and competed an internship at the same institution.  He also completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1998.  He is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Companion Animals. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Dr. Goldstein spent two years in a private specialty practice in Southern California.  Dr. Goldstein currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for multiple veterinary journals and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Society Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award.  A respected researcher author, lecturer and teacher, Dr. Goldstein has published over 60 research papers and textbook chapters to date.  He is internationally recognized for his expertise in infectious diseases in dogs and cats, especially those that affect kidneys, such as Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.

Canine Lyme Disease: Updates on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention for 2018
This talk will include a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis of Lyme disease in dogs and then will discuss in detail – screening for Lyme and other tick borne diseases, the use of different tests for screening non clinical and clinical dogs suspected of suffering from Lyme disease, treatment recommendations and finally a detailed discussion on prevention including tick control and vaccination.

Ehrlichia, Anaplasma and other Tick Borne Diseases We Should All Be Concerned About
This talk will include a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis of different sub species of anaplasma and ehrlichia in dogs and then will discuss in detail – screening for these and other tick borne diseases, the use of different tests for screening non clinical and clinical dogs suspected of suffering from these conditions treatment recommendations and finally a detailed discussion on prevention.

Canine Leptospirosis Diagnosis and Prevention
This talk will include a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis of Leptospirosis in dogs and then will discuss in detail – the clinical presentation for this diseases the use of different tests for clinical dogs suspected of suffering from Leptospirosis, treatment recommendations and finally a detailed discussion on prevention including and vaccination.

Canine Influenza and CIRD: Why Should Every Veterinarian Be Worried and What Can We Do
This talk will include a comprehensive overview of the pathogenesis of influenza and other CIRD agents in dogs and then will discuss in detail – the clinical presentation for this diseases the use of different tests for clinical dogs suspected of suffering from influenza, treatment recommendations and finally a detailed discussion on prevention including and vaccination of the entire population to try and prevent outbreaks vs at risk only vaccination.



Justin Chandlr, AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Head Veterinary Technician, Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services, Staten Island, New York

Justin started out in the veterinary field in 1998, first learning on the job as a veterinary assistant and progressing to veterinary technician in a private clinical practice setting. He decided to pursue formal education to better understand the “how’s and why’s” of veterinary medicine, graduating in 2007 from San Juan College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. Justin joined Garden State Veterinary Specialists in May 2007 to pursue his interest in emergency and critical care. He earned a position as an overnight shift supervisor overseeing the technical staff and helping to mentor new veterinary interns. After years of advanced training and intense learning, he applied for and passed the certification exam for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) earning his Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) certification in Emergency and Critical Care in 2014. In 2016, he became the Head Veterinary Technician for Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services. Justin’s special interests include trauma, shock, cardiovascular and ophthalmic emergencies, and more. Justin has a passion for teaching and has enjoyed the opportunity to mentor and teach both veterinary technicians and veterinarians in topics/procedures related to emergency and critical care. He regularly attends continuing education events, such as IVECCS, to stay on the cutting edge of medicine and technology to enable him to provide the best nursing care possible to his patients.

You Don’t Look So Good…Are You Feeling OK?
Veterinary technicians are at the forefront of patient evaluation. Whether you are assessing a patient post-operatively in the wards, taking vitals during a wellness exam, or triaging an incoming emergency, your ability to quickly assess the situation and make decisions contributes to the level of care your patients receive. Whether you are a new student or a seasoned graduate, whether you work in emergency medicine, general clinical or specialty practice, it is paramount to be hands on with your patients. The veterinary technician is at the center of nursing care, and obtaining and interpreting vital parameters of your patients should be at the forefront. The ability to understand and evaluate your patient makes a huge impact on your ability to be a patient advocate and the best caregiver possible.

Someone Help Me! I Can’t Breathe
Respiratory emergencies can result in an accelerated decompensation with life threatening results.  In this session, we will review some of the common respiratory emergencies that you may encounter in your veterinary clinic. We will discuss the clinical signs of each condition to improve recognition and speed stabilization efforts. Treatment strategies will be explored with an emphasis placed on how the veterinary technician can contribute to positive outcomes.

Did Someone Say Math? …Run!!
This session is geared toward veterinary technicians in primary clinical practice, emergency, and specialty, as calculating drug dosages is a common task that can/should be designated to veterinary technicians.  Justin will provide a basic review of dimensional analysis as a method for calculations in a veterinary setting as well as percentage solutions and dilutions and calculating and practicing some CRI’s.

Liza Wysong Rudolph, CVT, VTS (CP-Canine/Feline, SAIM), Veterinary Technology Specialist, East Coast Veterinary Services, Staten Island, NY


Liza Wysong Rudolph has been in practice for over 15 years and is a graduate of the Bachelor’s program in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. As a double boarded VTS in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and Small Animal Internal Medicine, her primary clinical experience has been focused on internal medicine and emergency/critical care patients especially regarding inpatient care and patient advocacy. Liza currently practices as a relief veterinary technician, provides education and training to veterinary technicians, and serves on committees and boards of multiple veterinary organizations. She likes to spend her spare time gardening, reading, or watching films. Liza also has Australian Cattle Dogs to keep her busy at home.

Tick-Borne Diseases
It’s not all about Lyme Disease anymore. This lecture will focus on common tick-borne diseases in the small animal patient and how the ever-changing tick population affects our patients.

Understanding the Numbers: A Technicians Guide to Bloodwork Interpretation
As technicians, we perform laboratory analyses every day. Learn about what those lab values mean and how sample acquisition and handling can affect results.


Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM
Equine Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Generously Sponsored by

Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM serves as an Equine Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim.  She received her BS in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University, followed by a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. After an internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala, she next completed a residency at Texas A&M University becoming a Board Certified Large Animal Internal Medicine specialist. Dr. Reuss then practiced general and specialty medicine at McKinlay and Peters Equine Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Pursuing her love of teaching, she joined the faculty at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of the Large Animal Medicine Service. Dr. Reuss transitioned to industry in 2016, first with Merial which was then acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim. Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, neurology, endocrine disease, and infectious diseases of the horse and foal.

How to Perform and Interpret a Complete Equine Neurologic Exam
Using videos and pictures, we will review how to perform a complete equine neurologic exam from brain through peripheral nerves, how to differentiate lame versus neurologic abnormalities, and how to localize lesions to guide further diagnostics.

Updates on Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis
After a brief overview of EPM, we will focus on updated research presented at the EPM Society Meeting in 2017. This will include information on life cycle, diagnosis, and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Wobblers
Review of the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the equine neck including cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy and cervical articular facet degenerative joint disease. We will include practical review of how to perform and interpret plain standing radiographs and how to inject articular facets in the field.

Updates on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy
With increasing reports of EHM cases and the associated drama, we will focus on appropriate diagnosis, outbreak management, and prevention including new research on early treatment interventions.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Large Animal Surgery, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania





Topics to be determined.






Bash Halow, CVPM, LVT
Partner, Halow Consulting, New York, New York

Bash Halow is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and of the Veterinary Management Institute series at Purdue University. A veterinary professional for 18 years, he managed a practice in New York City before advancing to a regional manager position for Healthy Pet Corporation (later VCA) and finally the Administrator for the Princeton Animal Hospital and Carnegie Cat Clinic in Princeton, New Jersey.  He is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and a Licensed Veterinary Technician. His strengths are client service, team building, morale, practice finances, new client acquisition, and digital marketing.



Best Practices In America
The best human hospitals and the most productive veterinary clinics in the U.S. share these common management practices that keep them number one.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces
Let’s address culture issues, conflict, and burnout head on. This lecture looks at what we can do for our team and for ourselves so that all of us can be happier and more productive at work.

Fix This Practice
You and your tablemates will work through a series of reports from a real veterinary practice. Together you’ll learn how to best interpret the data, where to go for more information, and how to act on any opportunities that you might find. This is an excellent class for leaders who are insecure about their business acumen or want to confirm that they are measuring their practice optimally.

Fire Power
Should I terminate her? Give her another break? So many of us agonize over marginal employees. A case study starts a discussion on what to do when you are torn between terminating and keeping an employee. We’ll look at labor law and review successful coaching tactics that will make the situation easier for everyone regardless of whether she stays or goes.