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

If you would like to attend Winter Conference but did not pre-register, please come to Dover Downs at 8:00 am on Wednesday, November 20 and register onsite. 



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.


Small Animal Anesthesia: Doing Things Right (Parts 1 & 2)
This lecture covers the anesthesia process from the pre-operative period, pre-medicating, induction, monitoring, and maintenance and recovery.   We will discuss the things to look out for and how to treat complications.

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
Kimberly Pope Robinson, DVM, CCFP
CEO & Founder, 1 Life Connected, Ellicott City, Maryland
Dr. Pope has been in veterinary medicine for over 20 years, practicing in both the large and small animal sectors. Her broad career experience has provided her a unique understanding of the stresses involved with maintaining a career in this industry.  She now dedicates her time to a movement she developed called 1 Life Connected.  Which provides wellbeing support for the profession, through 1 on 1 coaching, developing customized team events, author to “The Unspoken Life” and “The Unspoken Life Coloring Book”, and as a dynamic international speaker. 


Finding the Path To Honor Ourselves As We Live the Veterinary Oath
We each come into this profession following and honoring the veterinary oath in our unique way.  Practicing and supporting the human animal bond in various aspects of veterinary medicine.  Along the way we often lose ourselves from the challenges and struggles of the space that is veterinary medicine. In this process many lose their drive to stay within the profession.  The goal to career sustainability is to provide a space that allows each individual to find their unique path to honor themselves while they honor the veterinary oath. To not be told what to do, more follow a framework to find longevity within the veterinary industry.  When we uniquely honor the veterinary oath and also commit to ourselves, we find excel as veterinary professionals and find longevity within the profession.  With this lecture, attendees will come away with an understanding on how to begin to find the path to honor themselves.   Allowing each individual to start the journey to live once again connected to the passion they hold close to their heart and then in doing so find their sustainability within the veterinary industry.

Finding Resilience in Creativity
Veterinary professionals are looking for that place of sustainability and resilience within the profession.  The pieces that bring the struggle to the industry are not black and white, therefore the path to our own sustainability will not be clear cut.  There is a culture and status quo we are working against and it is going to take a unique approach and perspective to help us each find that path.  This path works to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, or relationships, which by definition is to be creative.   Therefore, if being creative is the path to sustainability, let’s take that first step in helping us move forward.  
Opening the understanding of where we currently stand through creative expression, while also building with the creative mind at heart in finding where it takes us towards our personal resiliency. A path that allows us to find our authentic journey into sustainability within the veterinary profession.  Fun and interactive, yet soul searching and healing, that is what creativity brings to our wellbeing.

How to Manage Personal Emotions in Tough Conversations
There are multiple factors that need to be determined and shared during a conversation with a client when their pet is suffering with a difficult or complex medical situation.  These conversations can elicit a number of emotions from the veterinarian and their staff when attempting to support the client through a decision.  This presentation covers the traps that a team can fall into due to the emotions within themselves not being recognized and addressed during these conversations.  It will provide direction on how to partner with the client and shares ideas and tools with the audience to help manage the emotions related to these conversations.  While there is no right answer on how to have these conversations, this presentation helps to define the situation and allows the audience to recognize that we are all normal in our struggle and that true connection and acceptance of our own emotions is in fact the answer.

When the Fearful Animal is You: How to Differentiate Perceived Threats from Real Danger
Fear is imaginary, whereas danger is a reality.  Somewhere along the way we start to switch in seeing fear as the reality, when in fact it is something our mind produces.  Perceived threats are something common in the profession, and can feel as real as a true threat.  We enter this profession with a passion that drives us to sustain many sacrifices and struggles, and at some point, the resiliency to move forward becomes extremely challenging.  The fear of not doing enough, not being enough, not knowing enough, not working enough, Not caring enough becomes our reality of appearing to be no longer our fear of failing, but replaced with our danger of failing.  This lecture takes a look at fear and danger and how it presents in the profession and teaches the audience how to recognize the difference and direct our minds towards the reality of fear versus danger.


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.


Veterinarians: $125 (DVMA Members)  $295 (Non-Members)
Veterinary Technicians:  $65 (DVMA Members)   $90 (Non-Members)
Support Staff:  $65 (DVMA Members)   $90 (Non-Members)
Students: $25


Please contact Christine Gacono, CMP


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