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2019 DVMA Winter Conference
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino - Dover, Delaware




Companion Animal Track
Michael Willard, DVM, MS, DACVIM-SA
Senior Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Dr. Willard is a 1975 graduate of the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  He did his internship and Masters degree at Kansas State University and his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University.  After that, Dr. Willard held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University.  He is currently Senior Professor and Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy (flexible and rigid).  Dr. Willard has extensive experience with protein-losing enteropathies and gastrointestinal problems of racing Alaskan sled dogs.  He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Willard has given over 3,500 hours of invited post-graduate continuing education lectures (nationally and internationally), has over 80 refereed publications, and has over 150 book chapters in print.



Regurgitation: Much, Much More Than Just Megaesophagus
A case-based discussion of common esophageal diseases that are often missed (e.g. esophagitis, segmental esophageal weakness, occult esophageal weakness causing only respiratory disease, partial esophageal strictures, hiatal hernias).


Chronic Small Bowel Diarrheas: IBD is NOT the Most Common Cause
A case-based discussion of dietary-responsive and antibiotic-responsive diarrheas, which are much more common than diarrheas that require steroids.  A discussion of when biopsy is necessary and when biopsy is a waste of time and money.


Protein-Losing Enteropathies:  Hypoalbuminemia is NOT Always a Death Sentence
Lymphangiectasia is much more common than people realize, but it can be difficult to diagnose unless you know what you are looking for.  In particular, you need to know how to make ultrasound and biopsy more likely to be diagnostic, and what to do when people cannot afford biopsy.


Chronic Large Bowel Diarrheas in Dogs

These are very common, and rarely need biopsies.  Good therapeutic trials usually work.  However, you need to know the “signals” that tell you when you should biopsy.


Large Animal Track

J. Barry David, DVM, DACVIM
Associate Veterinarian, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, Kentucky

A Colorado native, Dr. Barry David received both his BS and DVM from Colorado State University. Dr. David was an intern here at Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Hospital and remained at Hagyard’s as an associate ambulatory veterinarian for three years.  After practicing in Virginia and Dubai, Barry completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at Texas A&M University and then accepted a position as internal medicine specialist here at Hagyard Davidson McGee.  Dr. David then practiced in both Virginia and Florida before rejoining the staff at the McGee Medical Center.  Dr. David has written several book chapters and journal articles in addition to speaking at a number of state veterinary meetings.


Periparturient Problems with the Mare and Neonates (Part 1)
Periparturient Problems with the Mare and Neonates (Part 2)
Evaluation and Treatment of a Chronic Cough / Inflammatory Airway Disease
Case Discussions:  Selected Equine Diseases


Veterinary Technology Track

Stephen Cital, RVT, SRA, RLAT, VTS (LAM)

Executive Director, Academy of Laboratory Animal Technicians and Nurses, San Jose, California

Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. He is also seeking recognition as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner credential, administered the IVAPM. His regular daytime position is most recently at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations. Stephen also holds positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, is a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals, blogs for VetBloom and lecturing internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, helps run the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages and is on multiple speaker bureaus. Stephen has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.  Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia.


One COX Does Not Fit All: Choosing the right NSAID   

This lecture will briefly discuss the pharmacology of NSAIDS and choosing a medication on its COX selectivity, or lack thereof, and how this should always be considered for each patient. Finally, we will touch on new trends in pain medications.


An Appropriate Approach to Medical Cannabis  

This lecture will focus on the anxiety and pain-relieving effects of cannabis derived products for small animal patients. We will discuss the formulas and dosing, along with the legalities of using these products. We will delve into the pro and con evidence of cannabis in animal models. This lecture will discuss our current understating of cannabis products in veterinary species


Common Myths in Pain Management  

There are several misconceptions on how pain medications work and interact with each other, as well as outdated practices still being practiced in many hospitals. This lecture will cover many of these and address them with scientific evidence.


Q&A with the Anesthesia Nerds Tasha and Stephen

We will be taking whatever anesthesia or pain management questions the audience has.

Tasha McNerney, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia)
Inpatient Veterinary Technician Supervisor, Rau Animal Hospital, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Tasha is a Certified Veterinary Technician form Glenside, PA. She is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and works closely with the IVAPM to educate the public about animal pain awareness. She became a board member for the IVAPM in 2019.  Tasha became a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia in 2015. Tasha loves to lecture on various anesthesia and pain management topics around the globe. Tasha is the creator and co-administrator of the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds which has over 36,000 members around the globe and helps to facilitate discussions on providing the best anesthesia and pain management practices. Tasha is also a contributor to many publications including dvm360, Today’s Veterinarian, Clinicians Team Brief, and In her spare time Tasha enjoys reading, spending time with her son, and waiting patiently for that petition for a GOT season 8 rewrite to catch fire.

Breed Specific Anesthesia
This lecture will explore the various nuances associated with brachycephalic breeds, sighthounds, Dobermans, Boxers, and other special breeds and how they specifically relate to anesthesia.  Topics will include pre-medication selection, induction, maintenance, and recovery of all these special patients.


Anesthesia for the Dentistry Patient
This lecture will cover all of the anesthetic considerations a technician may encounter when dealing with the patient that presents for dentistry.  We will cover proper drug selection, regional nerve blocks for the dentistry patient, and anesthesia monitoring parameters.


Q&A with the Anesthesia Nerds Tasha and Stephen

We will be taking whatever anesthesia or pain management questions the audience has.



Wellbeing Track
Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM-Neurology
Founding Board Member, Not One More Vet, and Veterinary Neurologist, Jurney Veterinary Neurology, San Francisco, California
Carrie likes to refer to herself as a "tragic extrovert." She brings enthusiasm  to anything that she takes on. As a passionate speaker about mental health, she brings this energy and humor to what otherwise can be a rather challenging and somber topic. Because of her work as the Director of Forum Moderators for the board of NOMV, she's sought extensive continuing education in crisis counseling and suicide prevention. She brings this knowledge, and her experience doing peer to peer interventions with members of our group, to her lectures.  When she's not managing the day to day activities of the NOMV forum, she is a practicing veterinary neurologist, wife to Chris and zoo keeper of three rambunctious cats.


An Introduction to Mindfulness
If you’ve ever wondered what all the mindfulness hype is about, this lecture is for you.  In this workshop, Dr. Jurney of Not One More Vet will break down some of the science behind mindfulness and discuss its benefit.  We’ll also be trying some of the more approachable exercises to level up our mindfulness skills.  Learn to silence your inner critic and feed your inner observer.  We promise no yoga poses or incense will be required!

Emotional Intelligence Boot Camp (Part 1)
Studies have shown that training your emotional intelligence decreases burnout amongst physicians.  Managers with high emotional intelligence have happier employees.  People with high emotional intelligence get higher test scores, better performance reviews, and even make more money.  In part 1 of this workshop, we’re going to do some of the hard work of getting to know ourselves.  What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What are your core values? How do others perceive you? Come find out!


Emotional Intelligence Boot Camp (Part 2)

In part 2 of this boot camp, we’ll be putting our new skills to work in our interpersonal relationships.  These are techniques battle-tested in veterinary clinics.  Do you know how to practice empathy with emotional safety?  How can we talk to that screaming client without letting it ruin our whole day?  How can you process that nasty yelp review so you can pen a professional response?  Come work on these skills with Dr. Jurney of Not One More Vet.


Failure, mistakes, anything but absolute perfection can be a hard pill to swallow in medicine.  But the reality is medicine is practiced by human beings, and human beings make mistakes.  We fail.  We fumble.  Sometimes we royally screw up.  The good news is nothing teaches us better than failure, but we have to be able to hear the lessons.  In this workshop, Dr. Jurney will lead you through some exercises so you can learn from your failures and bounce back faster.



8:00-9:00 am           Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibits
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Sessions (3 hours CE credit)
12:00-1:30 pm         Lunch
1:30-2:00 pm           Visit Exhibits
2:00-5:00 pm           Afternoon Sessions (3 hours CE credit)



6 hours of approved continuing education credit is offered through the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association.



A limited block of discounted rooms is available at Dover Downs on Tuesday, November 19 for Winter Conference attendees.  To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly at 800.711.5882 and mention that you need a room in the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association block.  The discounted room rate is $139/night and includes parking.  Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until 5:00 pm on October 20, 2019, after which reservations may be made on a space and rate availability basis only.



Please contact Christine Gacono, CMP


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