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Conservation Trade-Offs: White Ibis adapt to Urbanization

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with Sonia M. Hernandez, BA, DVM, PhD, DACZM

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In this talk, Dr. Hernandez will discuss her work on The White Ibis Project, how urbanization affects the health of these birds, and how the birds in turn affect the communities of South Florida.

Dr. Hernandez is a Professor who has been in a joint position at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine--at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study since 2008. She holds a DVM from LSU and PhD in Ecology from UGA. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. She teaches various courses to undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students, including Wildlife Disease Investigation for graduate students and a study abroad Conservation Medicine & Biology course in Costa Rica. Her lab is dedicated to investigating wildlife diseases, and specifically how human activities affect the ecology, health/diseases of wildlife. She is widely published in the field of wildlife diseases. In 2013 she received Warnell’s Outstanding Teaching Award, in 2017 she was awarded the University-wide Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2018, Professor of the Year at Warnell. She is the proud mom of Paxton, and twins, Ashton and Maya.

Basic Dairy Cattle Nutrition

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with Emmanuel Rollin, DVM MFAM

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Dr Rollin will discuss the basics of formulating and delivering rations that meet the nutritional requirements of groups of lactating cattle, with emphasis on managing the feeding system as a whole.

Dr. Rollin is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, a position he has held for five years. Dr Rollin received his DVM from UGA in 2007 and followed that with a Masters in Food Animal Medicine at UGA with an emphasis in Dairy Production Medicine in 2008. He joined a dairy practice in central Georgia in 2009, and spent four years helping dairies stay profitable through the worst and best milk prices. In his teaching role at UGA, Dr Rollin spends most of his time teaching senior veterinary students how to be effective practitioners by understanding dairy systems as a whole. His professional interests include milk quality, milking equipment, and transition cow health. He is a member of AABP, NMC, and the Morgan County Dairy Association, and currently resides in Greensboro Ga with his wife and son.

Nutrition and the Performance Horse

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with Kylee Jo Duberstein, Ph.D.

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The performance horse has some very specific considerations regarding nutrition. To further understand those considerations subjects such as equine GI anatomy, nutrient digestion, forage analysis, and supplement use in performance horses will be discussed in this lecture.

Dr. Duberstein has a Ph.D. in equine nutrition from the University of Florida. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Animal and Dairy Science department at the University of Georgia, teaching primarily equine science courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to coming to UGA, she rode horses professionally and competed on the show jumping Grand Prix circuit for about 10 years. Areas of research interest include applied animal biomechanics and nutrition of the performance horse.

Rehab is for the Birds!... and Pigs, Goats, Sheep, Rabbits, and of course Dogs and Cats!

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with Jodi Seidel, RVT, CCRP

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Examples of rehab techniques used (and why they worked!) on exotics and farm animals plus some unique cases with our common companion animals - dogs and cats.

Jodi Seidel became a registered veterinary technician in 2005 and has been working in rehabilitation since 2008. After graduating tech school in Iowa, her home state, she moved to Columbia, Missouri working as the small animal orthopedic technician for 5 years at the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During that time she completed her rehab certification from the University of Tennessee and helped develop the small animal physical rehabilitation service in 2008. In 2010, Jodi moved to North Atlanta to work in private surgery and rehabilitation facility before finally returning to academia in January of 2015. Since then she has helped build the small animal rehab service here at the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Center. When she's not working with rehab patients Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs and has a passion for traveling and enjoys sitting outside with a good glass of wine.

Veterinary Job Search and Interview Seminar, Part I

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with Tim Loonam, DVM

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This two part evidence based presentation is the result of a multi-year project at the U. of Georgia. It begins with an overview of the state of our veterinary industry and an excellent discussion on whether or not to pursue an internship. Then we'll cover resumes, CVs, cover letters, how to conduct an accurate job search and an exceptional method to prepare for interviews known as 'The Drill'. The presentation comes with a 41 page handbook which is the only one of its kind in the veterinary profession.

Dr. Loonam is the owner of Grace Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited, mixed-animal practice in Lexington, SC. Dr. Loonam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and served as an Army officer with assignments throughout the Pacific Rim as an Airborne Ranger. After a successful company command, Dr. Loonam, left the Army to complete his pre-vet requirements and at the same time managed a successful high-tech medical sales territory for Baxter Healthcare. Upon acceptance to veterinary school, the Army awarded Dr. Loonam a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine were he graduated with several clinical awards. As an Army Veterinary Corps officer, he was assigned to FT Jackson in South Carolina, and in 2003, deployed to Iraq with an Airborne Veterinary Detachment. Dr. Loonam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service throughout Iraq with military working dog teams and public health missions. Besides his award-winning private practice, Dr. Loonam is active with the local and state veterinary medical associations, serves on a veterinary and animal health committee with the state legislature and is a frequent guest lecturer veterinary colleges throughout the country and overseas. Dr. Loonam and his three associates, and their experienced staff, host veterinary and veterinary technician externs and are known for their interactive, hands-on clinical training, and are respected for their compassionate care and well-managed business practices. Dr. Loonam’s speaking style is up-beat, real-world, and humorous with lots of opportunity for Q&A.

Medical Error

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with Erik Hofmeister, DVM, MA, DACVAA, DECVAA

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Why do very competent individuals make mistakes? How can you decrease your risk of making an error? Once one happens, how do you learn from the situation? These topics and others will be covered to give a basic understanding of the etiology and management of error.

Dr. Hofmeister is a Professor of Anaesthesia with nearly 20 year's experience in academia. He has served on and chaired countless intern/resident selection committees, has helped innumerable undergrads, vet students, residents and junior faculty get to their next step, and has published in peer-review journals about internships. He owns and writes The Veducator blog, whose tagline is "Help for every stage of your veterinary career."

Embrace Fear Free and you'll a) Practice Better Medicine, b) Make more money, c) Suffer fewer injuries, and d) Practice like you've always dreamed of

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with Natalie Marks, DVM

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This lecture will focus on the four above listed goals and specificallydemonstrate how incorporating Fear Free strategies into individual practice and the hospital team. Case examples will be used and there will be time after the lecture for individual questions.

Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor's degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006 and a co-owner since 2012. Prior to 2006, Dr. Marks worked at a small animal practice just north of Atlanta, GA. Her media experience began in print when she created several monthly veterinary columns in multiple community magazines and was a frequent guest speaker for the German Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog clubs of Atlanta. Since her return to Chicago, Dr. Marks became very active in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the executive board. She was also a past board member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and she is an active volunteer to the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Marks recently received the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a veterinarian that has contributed the most to organized veterinary medicine in his or her first decade of practice. In 2012, Dr. Marks was awarded Petplan's nationally-recognized Veterinarian of the Year. Additionally, she was awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2015.

Using video and virtual reality to localize the lesion in neurology

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with Simon R Platt BVM&S , FRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN

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Localizing the area of the nervous system responsible for the clinical signs seen in dogs and cat can be a daunting challenge. Using video and an introduction to the virtual reality neurological examination we will explore how it can be made very simple!

Dr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992, following which he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a 2 year period in private practice in the England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida and afterwards spent 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006, from which time he has been at the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where is currently a Professor. Dr. Platt received the AAVC National resident of the year award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010, the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012 and 2017, College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award in 2013 and 2018 and the University of Georgia Creative Teaching award 2018. Dr. Platt was made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, Simon serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice.

Hot Topics in Swine Industry

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with Brett O'Brien, DVM

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As a food animal veterinarian it is important to stay current on hot topics facing your industry because your voice matters. We will review hot topics within the swine (and food animal) industry so you are armed with the most current information to help you stay active in these conversations. Areas we will review include disease, diagnostics, production practices, consumer concerns, welfare, regulations, etc.

Dr. O’Brien is currently a technical services veterinarian on the swine team with Merck Animal Health located in Mankato, MN and was previously employed with Zoetis (2012-2016) and PFFJ/Hormel (2006-2012). Dr. O’ Brien holds an undergraduate degree (A.B) from Princeton University, has a double masters (nutrition and animal science) from NCSU, and received a DVM degree from UPenn. Passions include disease prevention programs, field research, PRRS, and animal welfare.

Field anesthesia in the equine

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with Jane Quandt, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC

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Field anesthesia in the equine will discuss the commonly used agents; alpha 2 agonists, opioids, dissociatives, benzodiazepines, phenothiazines and muscle relaxants and how they can be safely used to provide short term anesthesia/analgesia to the horse in the field. Combinations of these agents and expected effects and duration will be discussed. Safe induction and recovery of the horse will also be discussed. Field anesthesia is a widely used for short procedures that can be done on the farm or stable.

Dr. Quandt received her DVM in 1987 from Iowa State University. She followed that with an Anesthesia residency and Masters in anesthesia from University of Minnesota. She received her board certification in Anesthesia in 1993. She then completed a critical care residency at the University of California at Davis and was boarded in small animal critical care in 2007. She is currently a Professor in comparative anesthesia at the University of Georgia.

Training Zoo Animals for Veterinary Procedures

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with Sam Rivera, DVM

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Dr. Rivera joined Zoo Atlanta as a full-time veterinarian in 2005 following work in a small animal and exotic animal practice. He completed preceptorships at the St. Louis Zoo and Bronx Zoo. He is board-certified in avian medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. Sam is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. A native of Puerto Rico, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, a Master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology and DVM from Kansas State University.

Veterinary Job Search and Interview Seminar, Part II

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with Tim Loonam, DVM

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This two-part evidence-based presentation is the result of a multi-year project at the U. of Georgia. It begins with an overview of the state of our veterinary industry and an excellent discussion on whether or not to pursue an internship. Then we'll cover resumes, CVs, cover letters, how to conduct an accurate job search and an exceptional method to prepare for interviews known as 'The Drill'. The presentation comes with a 41 page handbook which is the only one of its kind in the veterinary profession.

Dr. Loonam is the owner of Grace Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited, mixed-animal practice in Lexington, SC. Dr. Loonam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and served as an Army officer with assignments throughout the Pacific Rim as an Airborne Ranger. After a successful company command, Dr. Loonam, left the Army to complete his pre-vet requirements and at the same time managed a successful high-tech medical sales territory for Baxter Healthcare. Upon acceptance to veterinary school, the Army awarded Dr. Loonam a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine were he graduated with several clinical awards. As an Army Veterinary Corps officer, he was assigned to FT Jackson in South Carolina, and in 2003, deployed to Iraq with an Airborne Veterinary Detachment. Dr. Loonam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service throughout Iraq with military working dog teams and public health missions. Besides his award-winning private practice, Dr. Loonam is active with the local and state veterinary medical associations, serves on a veterinary and animal health committee with the state legislature and is a frequent guest lecturer veterinary colleges throughout the country and overseas. Dr. Loonam and his three associates, and their experienced staff, host veterinary and veterinary technician externs and are known for their interactive, hands-on clinical training, and are respected for their compassionate care and well-managed business practices. Dr. Loonam’s speaking style is up-beat, real-world, and humorous with lots of opportunity for Q&A.

Succeeding at School: Information Overload Study Strategies

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with Steven I McLaughlin DVM, MPH, DACVPM

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We will cover effective study strategies for time-stressed people and how new research on adult learning can help you cope better in vet school (hint: its not cramming...). We'll also review useful techniques to get information to STICK, and talk about things you can do outside of school that improve performance. We'll practice test-taking routines that build confidence and show you how to answer effectively even when you don't know the answer. In an ocean of information, this is your life jacket. 

Dr. Mclaughlin is a popular speaker at vet schools throughout North America, co-creator of the VIN NAVLE Prep course and founder of the Zuku Review.

The Top 10 Tips For Having Both Pets & Pet Owners Eating Out Of Your Hand

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with Natalie Marks, DVM

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This lecture, with format similar to David Letterman's "Top Ten List", will focus on tips, many Fear Free related, that will increase compliance, strengthen the human animal bond, and improve work/life satisfaction in the veterinary profession, decreasing risks for compassion fatigue and burnout.

Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor's degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006 and a co-owner since 2012. Prior to 2006, Dr. Marks worked at a small animal practice just north of Atlanta, GA. Her media experience began in print when she created several monthly veterinary columns in multiple community magazines and was a frequent guest speaker for the German Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog clubs of Atlanta. Since her return to Chicago, Dr. Marks became very active in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the executive board. She was also a past board member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and she is an active volunteer to the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Marks recently received the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a veterinarian that has contributed the most to organized veterinary medicine in his or her first decade of practice. In 2012, Dr. Marks was awarded Petplan's nationally-recognized Veterinarian of the Year. Additionally, she was awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2015.

Evidence-Based Wellness Strategies: Navigating Resilience in a Small Animal Practice

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with Jo Smith, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM

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This lecture will provide an evidence-based focus on factors that affect the wellbeing of small animal clinicians. We will also discuss strategies that senior students and graduate veterinarians can adopt to promote resilience while working in a small animal clinic.

Dr. Smith received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in 1997. After a year in private practice she returned to Cambridge for a PhD in immunology. She completed internships at a UK private practice and Purdue University, a residency in SA internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She joined the University of Georgia in 2008. Her research interests include the teaching and assessment of professional skills, and veterinary wellbeing.

Self-Awareness, Wellness, and Meaningful Living

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Becky Kim, MS, LAPC; Katy Janousek, MS, CHES

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These two mental health professionals will speak about imposter syndrome, functioning with anxiety and depression, and how to look toward your personal values to direct meaningful behavior.

Becky Kim is an LAPC (Licensed Associate Professional Counselor) and works with individuals, couples and small groups. Becky graduated from Brenau University with her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology (2018) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia (2001). Between degree programs, Becky founded and co-owned a wedding flower business near Athens. Katy Janousek is a clinical counseling intern who works with individuals, couples, and families as well as small groups. Katy is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in Public Health Education from James Madison University. Additionally, Katy is nationally certified as a health education specialist (CHES) and is certified through the Georgia Department of Health as an HIV Counselor and Tester

Living the dream: How I (try to) find balance in large animal medicine

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with Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

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Dr. Hart will share her experiences and path to find balance with work, family and personal growth during and after vet school and as a working mom in large animal medicine.

Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She received her DVM from Cornell University in 2004. She completed an internship and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2008, and a PhD in Endocrinology at the University of Georgia in 2010. Dr. Hart’s clinical interests include large animal endocrinology, neonatology, and neurology, and her research focus centers on equine adrenal axis function and immune-endocrine interactions during illness in horses and foals.

Creating and Sustaining a Well-being or Wellness Program

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with Amy Thompson

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How is well-being being addressed at your school? Come and learn about the UGA Wellness Program and current well-being initiatives. We will also have an open discussion to share best practices, formulate effective strategies, and identify obstacles to promoting wellness at your school.

Amy Thompson has been the Program Coordinator for the UGA Academic Affairs Office since 2008. She coordinates wellness programs and initiatives for the DVM students at UGA. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs from Montana State University. She has spent the past 20 years as a Student Affairs professional promoting student success and supporting students both professionally and personally as the pursue their educational goals.

Stress & Anxiety Workshop

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with Stevie Stigler, LPC, NCC

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The goal of this workshop is to provide lifelong skills for understanding, managing, and lowering stress and anxiety. With practice and use, these skills can positively impact the quality of your life now and in the future.

Stevie Stigler joined the Univesity Health Center in 2013. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy/Atlanta. Her clinical interest are multiculturalism, stress management, depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, family/interpersonal problems and crisis intervention. She has been the embedded mental health clinician at UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine for 3 years. She has a strong passion for individual and professional wellness within the veterinary community.

Self-Care: Why you need it and how you can squeeze it into your busy vet student life

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with Kaori Sakamoto, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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This session will cover ways you can take care of your body and mind, to be the best that you can be, without a huge time commitment and without breaking the bank.

Dr. Sakamoto is an Associate Professor and anatomic pathologist in the Department of Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She did her DVM at North Carolina State University, her MS and pathology residency at Purdue University, and her PhD at Cornell University. Her research is in the field of tuberculosis immunology. She teaches immunology to the first year UGA DVM students and is Director of the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program, the college-wide graduate program at the UGA CVM. She devotes her "spare time" to the wellness mission at the UGA CVM, as coordinator of the Well-being Certificate Program, as well as the Bulldawg (peer) Support Network, and by running Hogwarts-themed health and fitness challenges on Facebook for the students, staff, and faculty.

Optimizing the Financial Health of Veterinary Medicine Students

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with Benjamin Jacobs, MS, CFP(R) EA; Joseph Goetz, PhD, MS, MA, CRC(R), AFC(R)

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This presentation will cover the key principles of financial wellness, with a focus on student loan management and making hte right moves early in one's career.

Ben Jacobs is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) Professional and Enrolled Agent. He obtained his Master's degree in Financial Planning from UGA and currently works as a Financial Planner at Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group based in Athens, GA. Dr. Joe Goetz is a professor of financial planning at The University of Georgia. He is also a co-founder of Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group, an independent, fee-only financial planning firm, and the ASPIRE Clinic, which provides pro-bono financial planning services to low-income families.

Interventional Radiology

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with Tracy Hill, DVM, DACVIM, PhD, DECVIM-CA

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Minimally invasive procedures are becoming more commonplace in specialist small animal veterinary medicine. This case-based discussion will present a variety of applications of these techniques, including treatment of tracheal collapse, urethral obstructions, ectopic ureters, cysto and urethroliths, and intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Whether you anticipate going into specialty practice or being a generalist in community practice, it is important for any future veterinarian to be familiar with these newer procedures available for your future patients.

Dr. Hill is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Department. She completed residency training at North Carolina State University in 2009 and received a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology in 2012, also from North Carolina State University. She completed fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2012. Prior to moving to UGA in 2016, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for 4 years.

Strategies to enhance protection elicited by vaccination against respiratory & reproductive disease in cattle

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with Roberto A. Palomares, DVM, MS, PhD, DipACT

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Dr Palomares will provide an overview of the factors that affect the immune response to vaccination against respiratory and reproductive viral pathogens in cattle. We will discuss different management tools to improve humoral and cell mediated immune response to MLV vaccines in dairy and beef cattle. The presentation will involve results from Dr. Palomares research program and clinical evidence from his professional expertise.

Dr. Palomares was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He got his DVM degree (Valedictorian) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zulia, Venezuela. Later, after practicing in cattle production farms in state of Zulia, he got a Master of Science degree with emphasis in bovine theriogenology at University of Zulia. Dr. Palomares has always combined both academic and professional activities. In the academic aspect, he became a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zulia. In conjunction with teaching, he practiced in commercial cattle farms across Zulia state. He gained valuable field experience about managing bovine health and reproductive programs. . In 2011, Dr. Palomares board-certified in the American College of Theriogenologists and completed his Food Animal Theriogenology Residency Program at Auburn University. In 2012, Dr. Palomares got his PhD at Auburn University focusing on the prevention of respiratory and reproductive disease caused by BVDV. He is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia. His research interest is focused on Immunopathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases that affect cattle production and reproduction. Additionally, his research program involves strategies to improve reproductive performance in dairy and beef cattle such as ovulation synchronization and TAI programs. Dr. Palomares also lends services on production medicine and theriogenology to beef and dairy farms across the state of Georgia and provides consulting to livestock and pharmaceutical industry in the USA and South America.

Equine Endocrine Disease

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with Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

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This lecture will be a review of current understanding of the pathophysiology of endocrinopathic laminitis in horses and ponies. It will offer an update on options for medical and podiatry interventions as well as some case discussions.

Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She received her DVM from Cornell University in 2004. She completed an internship and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2008, and a PhD in Endocrinology at the University of Georgia in 2010. Dr. Hart’s clinical interests include large animal endocrinology, neonatology, and neurology, and her research focus centers on equine adrenal axis function and immune-endocrine interactions during illness in horses and foals.

Zoo Med Careers and Example Cases

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with Sam Rivera, DVM

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Dr. Sam Rivera will be speaking about how to get into the field of zoo medicine and go through some example cases of what it is like to work as zoo vet.

Dr. Rivera joined Zoo Atlanta as a full-time veterinarian in 2005 following work in a small animal and exotic animal practice. He completed preceptorships at the St. Louis Zoo and Bronx Zoo. He is board-certified in avian medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. Sam is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. A native of Puerto Rico, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, a Master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology and DVM from Kansas State University.

Global Animal Health

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with Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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International trade in agricultural products, including live animals and animal-based products is a large component of global commerce, and a critical factor in the health of our own economy. Ensuring that our animal populations remain free of trade-limiting (transboundary) animal diseases is essential. Every veterinarian has a responsibility for surveillance for these diseases. The animal health systems, both national and global will be reviewed and explained. Also, potential negative impacts for not reporting, and/or for disease spread within our own borders will be highlighted.

Dr. Brown is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor and also a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, where she teaches in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She holds a DVM from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Comparative Pathology from the University of California at Davis. Brown has worked internationally in building animal health infrastructure and diagnostics for most of her career, conducting workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques in multiple countries. She has authored four books on transboundary animal diseases and field diagnostics in resource-poor settings. Dr. Brown has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health and has received numerous awards for her efforts, including the AVMA International Award, a Fulbright Award, and the Student AVMA National Teaching Award (twice!). She is happiest when working with the next generation of the veterinary profession.

Your Options for a Career in Canine Vet Sports Med and Rehab

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with Evelyn Orenbuch, AARV sponsor

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This lecture will explain the basics about what canine sports medicine and physical rehabilitation is and what types of cases we see. It is far more than the usual post-surgical. We will discuss who makes up the rehab team and what role each person plays from the veterinary assistant to the physical therapist to the veterinarian. We will explain what the options are for training and board certification in canine rehab and sports med, who should get it and why as well as additional training that will improve outcomes. Finally, we will talk about what you, as a veterinary student, can do now to learn more about rehab and sports med even if your college doesn’t offer it and the support offered to students by the AARV and ACVSMR.

Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State College of Vet Med. After working several years in general medicine at both mixed and small animal clinics, Dr. Orenbuch began her career in Veterinary Rehabilitation Medicine in 2003. First working with agility dogs in the Philadelphia area and then expanding her mobile practice to cover a 4 state area and a larger patient population. She moved to GA in 2009 and with business partner, Dr. Alan Cross, she opened GA Veterinary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Pain Management (GVR) in 2011. GVR is the largest and only stand-alone rehabilitation-only clinic in GA. Today GVR has 3 FT veterinarians, 3 FT therapists and a staff of 11. In Oct 2017, GVR became part of the Bluepearl Veterinary Partners Family and Dr. Orenbuch remains as the medical director at GVR as well as the in house Rehabilitation Business Consultant to the Bluepearl Veterinary family.

Climbing Mt. Debt: Understanding Your Student Loans and Navigating Your Repayment Options

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with Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA

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Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA, from the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and VIN Foundation, talks about how to understand your student loans and navigate your repayment options. Participants will learn how to identify various student loan types used to finance a veterinary education; match loan types to repayment options; match repayment options to family, employment and financial situation; integrate a student loan repayment plan into a financial wellness plan.

Tony Bartels graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and a VIN Foundation Board Member. He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Herbie and Addi.

Managing Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats

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with Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM

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We will work through cases of diabetic animals and discuss diagnosis, treatment, and management options. Audience discussion will be encouraged!

​Dr. Cynthia Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine, and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005, when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently a professor of small animal internal medicine. She has been Chief of the Small Animal In-patient Medicine section since 2007.

Avian Influenza - A Constant Threat

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with C. Stephen Roney DVM, MAM, ACPV

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A review of the etiology and pathogenesis of avian influenza in poultry and information on the last outbreak in the US. There will also be discussion on the movement of the virus worldwide and the resulting clade variations from recombination of the virus within waterfowl groups.

Dr. Steve Roney earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and a Master’s of Avian Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1987. During Dr. Roney’s 32 years in poultry medicine, he has worked in technical services with both vaccine and pharmaceutical allied companies. He has also worked more than nine years as a production veterinarian with two different broiler integrators where he was in charge of all aspects of poultry health programs for the companies. Dr. Roney is the former Senior Coordinator of the USDA’s National Poultry Improvement Plan in Conyers, Georgia, a cooperative Industry-State-Federal Program devoted to elimination and control of specific diseases of poultry breeders as well as administration of the Notifiable Avian Influenza program. He is now a Clinical Associate Professor of Avian Medicine at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roney has authored or co-authored twelve scientific articles and has given more than 75 scientific presentations at professional meetings throughout the world. He is Board Certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

The Equine Foot: Form and Function

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with Andrew Parks, MA, Vet MB DACVS.

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The essence of this lecture is to understand what goes wrong with a horse’s foot and how best to manage problems that arise, it is important to have a thorough understanding of both its normal structure and function.

Dr. Parks is a Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Georgia. His clinical interests are abdominal surgery and lameness of horses and cattle, with a particular interest in equine podiatry. He has published numerous review articles and book chapters on the equine foot and has lectured on the subject, both nationally and internationally.

Conservation Medicine

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with Sam Rivera, DVM

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In this lecture, Dr. Rivera will talk about the role that Zoos have in conservation medicine. This will include how breeding programs in zoos work.

Dr. Rivera joined Zoo Atlanta as a full-time veterinarian in 2005 following work in a small animal and exotic animal practice. He completed preceptorships at the St. Louis Zoo and Bronx Zoo. He is board-certified in avian medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. Sam is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. A native of Puerto Rico, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, a Master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology and DVM from Kansas State University.

Working Across Cultures

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with Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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Every culture has its own way of viewing the world around it. This “software of the mind” is how we are programmed, and establishes the deep norms of each society. We tend to view our own national culture as the “way things are done” which can sometimes get us into trouble when dealing with those from other cultures. Whether you are working across cultures here in the USA, or traveling abroad and interacting with colleagues in foreign lands, it is helpful to understand how your own culture operates. Understanding where your own culture lies on the continuum of various parameters such as orientation to group, attention to hierarchy, work ethic, approach to family, and then comparing it to a new culture can help a great deal to allow for effective communication and collaboration. Fortunately there are some excellent tools for this approach that will be reviewed and demonstrated.

Dr. Brown is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor and also a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, where she teaches in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She holds a DVM from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Comparative Pathology from the University of California at Davis. Brown has worked internationally in building animal health infrastructure and diagnostics for most of her career, conducting workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques in multiple countries. She has authored four books on transboundary animal diseases and field diagnostics in resource-poor settings. Dr. Brown has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health and has received numerous awards for her efforts, including the AVMA International Award, a Fulbright Award, and the Student AVMA National Teaching Award (twice!). She is happiest when working with the next generation of the veterinary profession.

Navigating your DVM Job Hunt & Contract Best Practices

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with Priscilla Cherry, MS

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The purpose of this lecture is to prepare veterinary students for the process of finding their first job after graduation. Setting students up for a positive introduction to their veterinary careers is a passion for Priscilla, and knowing what to look for and avoid in that first job is paramount to starting off your career on the right foot! Students will learn how to conduct a successful job search, prepare for different types of interview situations, and navigate and negotiate their first contracts and job offers. We will discuss the different types of compensation structures and potential benefits/drawbacks to each, as well as other things that comprise a compensation package besides just the salary.

Pricillia Cherry has been in the veterinary industry for the past 10 years. She received her BA in Sociology from Indiana University and her MS in Medical Sciences from Windsor University. Priscilla has worked at several veterinary practices in the greater Chicago area, ranging from walk-in to specialty and emergency care. With experience in the medical, managerial, and administrative aspects of veterinary practice, she has firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day challenges veterinarians encounter. She presents at VBMA chapters across the country to help students prepare for the transition to real-world practice, focusing on education in business finance and job search skills. During the past two years, Priscilla has transitioned to the business side of the veterinary field in her current role as Director of Operations and Talent Acquisition at Blue River PetCare. She works closely with the team of veterinarians and practice managers across a network of 75+ hospitals to collaboratively tackle issues such as regulatory compliance, recruiting and interviewing, and operational efficiency. In her personal time, Priscilla enjoys caring for her menagerie of disabled rescue animals, including a partially paralyzed cat named Potato.

One Health Approach to studying Baylisascaris procyonis (raccoon roundworm) - a parasite of wildlife, dogs, and people

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with Michael Yabsley MS, PhD

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This lecture is an overview of the work being done with Baylisascaris here at UGA. This will include both field work and experimental infection trials in dogs, raccoons, and rodents. Dr. Yabsley will also talk about Baylisascaris infection in wildlife rehabbers.

Dr. Michael Yabsley is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Diseases at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, where he is active in teaching parasitology, wildlife diseases, and wildlife techniques. He manages a diverse research program that focuses on the natural history of zoonotic parasites and wildlife diseases with primary interests in Baylisascaris procyonis, Trypanosoma cruzi, avian hemoparasites, and tick-borne pathogens. He earned his BS (Biology and Wildlife Ecology) and MS (Zoology-Parasitology) from Clemson University and a PhD (Veterinary Parasitology) from the University of Georgia

Genetic Health in Companion Animals - Using Available Tools to Select for Healthier Pets

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with Frances Smith, DVM, PhD, DACT

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This lecture will cover the resources available to veterinarian, breeders and pet owners to enable them to use these resource tools to select for health and against genetic disease which accounts for 25% of all the disease entities we see in companion animals.

Dr. Smith grew up in a military family that bred German Shepherd dogs. It was her early experience with a German Shepherd Dog afflicted with canine hip dysplasia that motivated her to become a veterinarian. She obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Normandale Community College and was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1978 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1980. At graduation she was offered a residency in Theriogenology under the tutelage of Dr. Ray Zemjanis and Dr. Shirley Johnston. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in 1983. Her original PhD research was on canine parvovirus but ultimately she researched canine semen freezing and developed the technique for surgical insemination of frozen semen. Her PhD is titled “Cryopreservation of Canine Semen Technique and Performance” and was completed in 1984. In 1986, she became a Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenology. She is one of the few board certified small animal reproduction specialists in private practice in the United States. Dr. Smith breeds Labrador Retrievers under the registered kennel name Danikk. She serves on the board of The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. as the Vice- President and also serves as the health committee chair. She is also the President of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Inc. – the foremost animal health genetic database in the world. Dr. Smith has published many book chapters and papers. She lectures within the USA and internationally on issues facing dog breeding and breeding ethics as well as topics in reproduction. She is a past President of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. Her practice today focuses on reproduction, genetics and pediatrics but remains a full service veterinary practice.

Small Ruminant Advanced Reproductive Technologies

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with Kyle Clymer, DVM

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Reproduction overview specific to small ruminants, synchronization and the manipulation of species seasonality, pregnancy diagnosis and advanced reproductive technologies including Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination (Lap AI), In-vitro Fertilization (IVF), Multiple Ovulation Embryo Transfer (MOET), and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (cloning).

Kyle Clymer, DVM is a Professional Services Veterinarian with Trans Ova Genetics at the company headquarters in Sioux Center, IA. A native of David City, NE, Kyle grew up farming with his family, growing corn and soybeans, backgrounding calves and showing club lambs. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska and received his DVM from Kansas State University. Prior to joining Trans Ova Genetics, he spent 3 years in private mixed animal practice in east central Nebraska serving cow/calf, feedlot, equine, small ruminant, camelid and companion animal clients. Kyle and his wife, Meredith, live in Sioux Center, IA where he loves anything Nebraska Cornhuskers, and woodworking. Since 1980, Trans Ova Genetics has been providing industry-leading reproductive technologies and expertise to breeders of cattle and small ruminants. Today, Trans Ova Genetics continues to offer industry-leading embryo transfer technologies, in addition to advanced reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and cloning. The commitment to a team approach ensures greater success with the embryo transfer processes and has become an industry standard-of-excellence. On-going research and applied science also allow Trans Ova Genetics to develop and implement new technologies that will help move the science of bovine genetic improvement forward rapidly.

Hoof Care for Equine Laminitis.

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with Andrew Parks, MA, Vet MB DACVS.

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Laminitis is a disease that culminates in displacement of the distal phalanx if the initial disease is severe enough, which can have devastating consequences for both future athletic performance and survival. Hoof care for horses with laminitis is aimed at stabilizing the distal phalanx within the hoof capsule and encouraging future healthy hoof growth and in the process make the horse more comfortable. To accomplish this, understand the structure and function of the digit to develop hoof care therapeutic strategies.

Dr. Parks is a Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Georgia. His clinical interests are abdominal surgery and lameness of horses and cattle, with a particular interest in equine podiatry. He has published numerous review articles and book chapters on the equine foot and has lectured on the subject, both nationally and internationally.

What's the deal with corn, by-products, grains and gluten in pet food?

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with Sherry Sanderson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

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There is no shortage of misinformation on the internet about commercial pet food, and commonly certain ingredients are inappropriately vilified. It is important for veterinarians to have the tools to address concerns pet owners have about certain diets based on misinformation they have read on the internet, and this lecture will provide the tools all small animal practitioners need to have to talk with their clients about their concerns.

Dr. Sanderson received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1986 and a DVM degree from the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1990. After graduating from vet school, she completed a 1 year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oklahoma State University-College of Veterinary Medicine. She then returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a combined graduate program and dual residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. She is a diplomate in both The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN). She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia-College of Veterinary Medicine where she received the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 2013 and honored as a Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Teaching Faculty from the University of Georgia in 2014. She has published over 70 manuscripts, book chapters and research abstracts. Her research interests include the use of nutritional management for the prevention and treatment of diseases in dogs and cats. Areas of particular interest include Urology and Nephrology, Obesity, Prebiotics, Probiotics and the interaction of Carnitine and Taurine in Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy and the Human Animal Bond.

Introduction to Practice Acquisition and Start-up

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with Tim Looman, DVM

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With the ever increasing burden of student loans, this presentation will show how practice ownership is the key to financial freedom for veterinarians. We'll cover an introduction to buy-ins, buy-outs, and practice start-ups as well as the financial steps you can begin doing now to make you most attractive to veterinary lenders down the road.

Dr. Loonam is the owner of Grace Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited, mixed-animal practice in Lexington, SC. Dr. Loonam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and served as an Army officer with assignments throughout the Pacific Rim as an Airborne Ranger. After a successful company command, Dr. Loonam, left the Army to complete his pre-vet requirements and at the same time managed a successful high-tech medical sales territory for Baxter Healthcare. Upon acceptance to veterinary school, the Army awarded Dr. Loonam a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine were he graduated with several clinical awards. As an Army Veterinary Corps officer, he was assigned to FT Jackson in South Carolina, and in 2003, deployed to Iraq with an Airborne Veterinary Detachment. Dr. Loonam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service throughout Iraq with military working dog teams and public health missions. Besides his award-winning private practice, Dr. Loonam is active with the local and state veterinary medical associations, serves on a veterinary and animal health committee with the state legislature and is a frequent guest lecturer veterinary colleges throughout the country and overseas. Dr. Loonam and his three associates, and their experienced staff, host veterinary and veterinary technician externs and are known for their interactive, hands-on clinical training, and are respected for their compassionate care and well-managed business practices. Dr. Loonam’s speaking style is up-beat, real-world, and humorous with lots of opportunity for Q&A.

Finding the evidence in school, research and practice

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with Robert Taylor

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What is meant by evidence based veterinary medicine? Where can you find high quality, relevant and current veterinary information? This talk will cover the information skills needed to base knowledge and practice on the best available evidence so that you get the best results from literature searches and from the library resources at your institution.

Robert Taylor is currently the Editorial Director at CAB International, based in the UK, and is responsible for CABI’s databases, and in particular the veterinary information resources including CAB Abstracts, VetMed Resource and the Animal Health & Production Compendium. CABI has been documenting the veterinary literature since 1918 and its information resources are used in veterinary schools and research institutions around the world. As well as working on databases and information resources he has contributed to CABI’s development work in Africa and is currently working on the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium on Animal Health, an EU Funded project to coordinate animal health research globally to advance the control of animal diseases.

Dental Extractions, Nerve Blocks, and Radiology

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with Richard Meadows, DVM, DABVP

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The purpose of this lecture will be to prepare participants for the very hands-on wet labs here at the SAVMA Symposium. It is also open to students that are not able to attend the lab.

Dr. Meadows grew up around veterinary medicine and has been involved in many aspects of veterinary medicine for over 50 years now. For the last 20 years he has been the section leader for small animal primary care (that also encompasses dentistry, dermatology and shelter medicine). He is the co-chair of the Veterinary Dental Educators committee of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (F4VD). For the last 10 years he has traveled to the SAVMA Symposiums to offer hands-on small animal dentistry wet labs.

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Intravenous Lipid Therapy: I thought fat was bad!

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with Benjamin Brainard VMD, Dipl ACVAA, ACVECC

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Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) has become a common treatment for diverse intoxications in veterinary medicine. This lecture presents a case, and discusses the theory behind the use of lipids in the emergency room. General treatment for toxicity (eg. decontamination) will also be discussed.

Dr. Brainard received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and became board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and anesthesia in 2006. He is currently the Edward H Gunst Professor of critical care at the University of Georgia, as well as an associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His research interests include thrombosis and hemostasis and platelet function in veterinary species.

Dairy Herd Health and Economics

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with Emmanuel Rollin, DVM MFAM

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Dr Rollin will discuss the impact of herd health on the economics of running a dairy operation, and how to use economic analysis to motivate positive change in animal health and production.

Dr Emmanuel Rollin is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, a position he has held for five years. Dr Rollin received his DVM from UGA in 2007 and followed that with a Masters in Food Animal Medicine at UGA with an emphasis in Dairy Production Medicine in 2008. He joined a dairy practice in central Georgia in 2009, and spent four years helping dairies stay profitable through the worst and best milk prices. In his teaching role at UGA, Dr Rollin spends most of his time teaching senior veterinary students how to be effective practitioners by understanding dairy systems as a whole. His professional interests include milk quality, milking equipment, and transition cow health. He is a member of AABP, NMC, and the Morgan County Dairy Association, and currently resides in Greensboro Ga with his wife and son.

Evaluation and Treatment of Colic: Case Studies

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with Kira Epstein, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC; Jared Williams MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVECC

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The round table will involve working through multiple colic cases as a group. Discussing relevant aspects of anatomy, diagnostics, and therapeutics related to the cases that are presented.

Dr. Kira Epstein received her DVM from University of California Davis. She completed a large animal medicine and surgery internship at Texas A&M University. Her large animal surgery residency was at University of Pennsylvania and her large animal emergency and critical care fellowship was at University of Georgia. She is a clinical professor of large animal emergency medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia where she spends most of her time on clinic duty managing emergency cases and teaching students, interns, and residents on clinical cases. Her research interests are clinically applicable studies in gastrointestinal disease, coagulation, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics.

Anesthesia in birds: What do I need to know?

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with Andre Escobar, DVM, MS, PhD

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This lecture will focus on the basics about anatomy, physiology, premedication, induction and maintenance of anesthesia, monitoring and balanced anesthesia techniques.

Dr. Escobar received his DVM from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil of 2005. He then went on to complete a Master's then PhD from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil. He is currently a third year resident pursuing Diplomacy from the Brazilian College of Veterinary Anesthesia.

Genomics and the veterinarian – from fish to feline and everything in between

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with Stewart Bauck DVM, MS

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This lecture will cover the applications of genomics in a variety of species, covering topics as diverse as companion animal, aquaculture, cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, yaks and bison – and other things in between. No matter what your interest, the emerging science of genomic technology will impact you and your clients in the years ahead, so get on board now

Dr. Bauck, a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, initially worked in mixed animal practice in central Alberta before returning to complete a Master of Science degree in Herd Health and Preventive Medicine. In 1986, he joined Merck Agvet in a Technical Services position and over the ensuing 18 years progressed through a variety of increasingly responsible roles, eventually serving as Country Manager for Merial Animal Health in Canada. It was in that capacity that he initiated the animal genomics Igenity business unit for Merial in 2004, leading the first commercial animal genomics business in a major mutli-national animal health company. In 2012, Dr. Bauck joined Neogen when it acquired Igenity from Merial, and assumed responsibility for the GeneSeek operation in 2013 which he now leads as General Manager. GeneSeek has grown to be the world’s largest commercial animal genomics company, employing more than 100 staff in Lincoln, NE and processing in excess of 1 million samples annually, for all commodity and companion animal species as well as the plant sector, for customers globally.

Towers to Trenches: A Practitioner and Parasitologist Discuss Heartworm

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with Steve Jones, DVM

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This set of lectures provides a comprehensive description of the latest information on heartworm treatment, diagnosis and pathology. This information will be presented by 2 presenters: a clinician and a parasitologist.

Dr. Jones received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1985. He is co-owner of Lakeside Animal Hospital, located in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, where he has practiced since 1985. He is married to Dawn and has two children, Stephen and Katherine. Dr. Jones has performed numerous clinical studies and has served in an advisory capacity for Pfizer, Elanco, Novartis, Merck, Virbac, Boehinger Ingleheim, Intervet-SP, and Merial. Dr. Jones has served the veterinary profession holding many board positions at the local, state and national level. He was named Veterinarian of the Year for the state of South Carolina in 2008 and presently serves as President of the American Heartworm Society. Dr. Jones has developed a strong interest in parasitology and a passion for veterinary medical photography

Navigating the VIRMP and Tips for Selecting a Good Program PANEL

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with Rita Hanel, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC; Elizabeth Halworth, Cindy Ward; Eric Mueller

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This panel-based discussion will focus on navigating the VIRMP match. A diverse panel of veterinary specialists from small animal medicine, large animal medicine, and pathology will give their perspective on the match as well as answer student questions in regards to this process.

"What to expect when you are expecting: management of the pregnant mare...and of the owner".

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with Robyn Ellerbrock, DVM

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A review of common diseases of equine pregnancy and parturition, as well as owner recommendations for mare care, vaccination, and foaling management."

Dr. Robyn Ellerbrock obtained her BS ('07) and DVM ('12) from Cornell University, and completed an equine internship at Peninsula Equine Medical Center in California in 2013. She then moved to the University of Illinois for a Theriogenology residency, becoming a diplomate fo the American College of Theriogenology in 2016, and for a PhD in equine endocrinology. She joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2018 as a comparative theriogenologist, although horses will always come first!

Blood Gas Interpretation

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with Amie Koenig, DVM, DACVIM(SAIM), DACVECC

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In this lecture we will use real clinical cases to learn how to interpret blood gas and acid base data and use it to help develop diagnostic and treatment plans for patients.

Dr. Koenig received her DVM from North Carolina State University, completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA, a small animal internal medicine residency at Texas A&M University, and critical care training at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Medicine) and American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in Internal Medicine in 2004 and then founded the new Emergency and Critical Care Program in 2006. Dr. Koenig’s clinical and research interests include shock and fluid therapy, electrolyte and acid base disorders, endocrine emergencies, and point of care monitoring.

How Might Genomics Impact My Practice?

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with Dan Weigel, MS, PhD

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Genomic testing of commercial dairy replacement females continues to gain wider use in the US, with adoption rates approaching 10% of the heifers being tested. Veterinarians are in a unique position to help producers unlock the true value of genomic testing by helping to develop an effective plan and monitoring compliance in executing that plan. Genetic predictions for health outcomes and the continued increase in producers leveraging advanced repro techniques should further the involvement or Veterinarians with genetic programs.

Dr. Weigel grew up in Iowa on the family farm (Weigeline Holsteins) and graduated from Iowa State University with a Degree in Dairy Science. He received both his M.S. and PhD from Virginia Tech, with his dissertation focusing on the prediction of genetic merit for lifetime profitability in Holsteins. Before joining the R&D group of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in 1995, Dr. Weigel served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph working on the implementation of Multiple AcrossCountry Evaluations (MACE) for conformation traits of Holstein sires. Dr. Weigel’s current role with Zoetis is as Director in Outcomes Research and he remains active as a breeder of dairy cattle.

Evaluation and Treatment of Colic: Case Studies, Part II

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with Kira Epstein, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC; Jared Williams MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DACVECC

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The round table will involve working through multiple colic cases as a group. Discussing relevant aspects of anatomy, diagnostics, and therapeutics related to the cases that are presented.

Dr. Epstein received her DVM from University of California Davis. She is a clinical professor of large animal emergency medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia where she spends most of her time on clinic duty managing emergency cases and teaching students, interns, and residents on clinical cases.

The gorilla in the room: anesthetic concerns in the great apes

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with Benjamin Brainard VMD, Dipl ACVAA, ACVECC

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Anesthesia in the great apes can be challenging and preparation is key to avoid disaster. Additionally, possible drug effects may alter measured physiologic parameters. A general approach to the anesthetic induction, maintenance, monitoring and recovery of the great apes will be discussed.

Dr. Brainard received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and became board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and anesthesia in 2006. He is currently the Edward H Gunst Professor of critical care at the University of Georgia, as well as an associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His research interests include thrombosis and hemostasis and platelet function in veterinary species.

Georgia’s Animal Bite Module: A One Health Approach to Rabies Exposure Management

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with Amanda Feldpausch, MPH

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In 2013, the state of Georgia implemented the Animal Bite Module, a novel surveillance system for animal bites and possibly rabies exposures statewide. This presentation will discuss the implementation of the system, challenges in coordinating across multiple agencies, and rabies surveillance trends in the state.

Amanda Feldpausch served as the Zika Epidemiology Team Lead and the Zoonotic and Vectorborne Disease (ZVBD) Epidemiologist for the Georgia Department of Public Health prior to matriculating to UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. As the ZVBD Epidemiologist, she managed disease surveillance at the state level for all ZVBDs under the State Public Health Veterinarian and the State Epidemiologist. Amanda also provided disease-specific subject matter support for district health departments, healthcare partners, and the general public for all ZVBDs including rabies exposure consultations. Amanda was funded by Public Health Emergency Preparedness and regularly responded to rule-outs for select agents, helped to plan preparedness exercises, contributed to state plans for emerging public health threats, and supported preparedness activities through epidemiology. Amanda served in the Peace Corps from 2008-2010 and completed a Master of Public Health in Global Epidemiology at Emory University in 2013 where she currently serves on the alumni board. Amanda is currently a second year doctor of veterinary medicine student at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine with plans to continue her career in public health upon graduation.

"Post-DVM training: What's in it for me"

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with Rita Hanel DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

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In the face of debt, is it even worth it? How to navigate the options and weigh the pros and cons of internships or an accelerated ER training program, like EmERge, using data from those who have been through the experience.

Rita graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, after which she completed a small animal internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists (FVS), now known as Blue Pearl in Tampa. She then completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida with a successive fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care at Blue Pearl in Tampa. She joined the faculty of the North Carolina State University (NSCU) College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, was Director of Emergency Services for 6 years, and during her 10 years as faculty at NCSU pursued her academic interests in the fields of traumatic and hemostatic disorders. In 2016, she left NCSU to assume the role of Senior Director of Clinical Programs for BluePearl Veterinary Partners, through which she plans to continue to help clinicians achieve the highest level of professional and personal accomplishment.

Towers to Trenches: A Practitioner and Parasitologist Discuss Heartworm

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with Steve Jones, DVM

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This set of lectures provides a comprehensive description of the latest information on heartworm treatment, diagnosis and pathology. This information will be presented by 2 presenters: a clinician and a parasitologist.

Dr. Jones received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1985. He is co-owner of Lakeside Animal Hospital, located in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, where he has practiced since 1985. He is married to Dawn and has two children, Stephen and Katherine. Dr. Jones has performed numerous clinical studies and has served in an advisory capacity for Pfizer, Elanco, Novartis, Merck, Virbac, Boehinger Ingleheim, Intervet-SP, and Merial. Dr. Jones has served the veterinary profession holding many board positions at the local, state and national level. He was named Veterinarian of the Year for the state of South Carolina in 2008 and presently serves as President of the American Heartworm Society. Dr. Jones has developed a strong interest in parasitology and a passion for veterinary medical photography

Knowing what you've signed up for

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with Jayne Kubat, DVM

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An interactive discussion about common challenges, mistakes, and successes during your first years as a veterinarian. The talk will be focused on actual cases seen as a recent grad: come prepared to ask questions about medicine, client communication, clinic management, and life/work balance. How do you do you tell the farmer whom you just met - and whom doesn't trust you - that his horse is a surgical colic? How do you respond to your boss when she asks you to do something you're incapable of? How do you manage the Great Dane who's been vomiting for 4 days... and she ate a blanket... and the client has no money?

Dr. Jayne Kubat is an instructor and clinical veterinarian in the Veterinary Technology program at Johnson College in Scranton, PA. Dr. Kubat's passion is educating through hands on learning and she enjoys walking her students through the "whys" and "hows" in the classroom, in the clinic, and on the farm. Prior to academia, Dr. Kubat worked in small animal, emergency, and mixed animal ambulatory practices. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Kubat provides relief work to local clinics, volunteers with organized veterinary medicine, jogs with the local running club, and is planning to start a masters program next fall in chemistry. Dr. Kubat received her BA in chemistry from Bucknell University in 2008 and her DVM from Cornell University in 2012.

Three Glasses: Communication Tips For Three Generations of Veterinarians

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with Shirin Modaresi, DVM, MS

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The Three Generations lecture discusses the complex communication needed to bridge the differences among the three generations working at and coming to vet practices: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. This seminar is meant to highlight the different preferences and communication styles among those three groups and how to bridge those gaps.

Dr. Modaresi, a native of Rock Hill, SC, is the Hill's Professional Consulting Veterinarian for the Carolinas. She received her BS in Biology from USC Honor's College in 2003, with a minor in Spanish, before getting a MS in Biology summa cum laude from Winthrop University in 2005. Shirin attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated cum laude in 2010 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, she practiced small animal medicine in private practice for four years in Georgia before moving to Charlotte, NC for her position with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. She still practices part-time in Rock Hill, SC as a relief veterinarian. She is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Professional Memberships include American Veterinary Medical Association, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Her special interests in veterinary medicine are nutrition, feline medicine, clinical pathology, and behavior. While in veterinary school, Shirin was a supervisor on the Wildlife Treatment Crew, traveled to rural Mexico to administer rabies vaccinations to at-risk populations of companion animals, volunteered at a spay-neuter clinic, worked with Campus Cats to socialize feral kittens, and founded the UGA CVM Animal Welfare Club. She has been lecturing on nutrition topics to vet tech students, veterinary students, licensed veterinary technicians, general practitioners, and specialists for Hill's Pet Nutrition since September 2014.

Women in Veterinary Leadership

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with Whitney L. Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM

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As the gender shift has taken our profession by storm in recent history, the representation of women in leadership in veterinary medicine has lagged behind. Motivated women in our profession refuse to continue to take a back seat waiting for current, male-dominated leadership to vacate their positions. They are stepping up and driving change. This lecture will focus on key gender differences in leadership styles, overcoming imposter syndrome, and prioritizing leadership with all the other demands life throws our way. Examples of successful female leaders in and outside of veterinary medicine will be highlighted. Ways to get involved as a student and as you start your journey post-graduation will be discussed.

Dr. Miller received her MBA and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2006 and 2008 respectively, both from Colorado State University. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2018, joining some of the most distinguished veterinary professionals in preventive medicine and public health at national and international levels. She also completed the AVMA Congressional Fellowship program, where she spent a year advising on science policy for a U.S. Senate Committee. Dr. Miller is a board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative and an active volunteer leader in the AVMA and Texas Veterinary Medical Association. She lives outside San Antonio, TX with her two young children, husband, chocolate lab and two guinea pigs.

Microaggression in the Work Place

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with Lauren Pucci, PhD

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This lecture will explore microaggressions commonly experienced by vet med professionals in work place settings. Participants will learn how to identify and respond to microaggressions related to aspects of one's identity (e.g. gender, race, socio-economic) and also have a space to share personal experiences.

Dr. Lauren Pucci joined the health center staff in 2017. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She completed a Pre-doctoral Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University's Counseling Services and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia (CAPS). Her areas of interest include interpersonal/relationship concerns, sexuality/sexual health, identify work, multiculturalism, trauma, and concerns related to alcohol and/or substance abuse. She is also passionate about training/supervision and group therapy. Safe Space Ally.

Seriously? What's Diversity & Inclusion Got To Do With Vet Med?

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with Dawn D. Bennet Alexander, JD

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Join Dr. Bennett-Alexander for a discussion of the importance of diversity and equity in the workplace. She will focus on how to identify and grow a diverse workplace as well as how the law comes into play with these issues.

Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, tenured associate professor of Legal Studies at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, and founder of Practical Diversity, a diversity consulting business, is a cum laudegraduate of the Howard University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), both in Washington, DC. She is licensed to practice law in DC and six federal jurisdictions. In addition, she was a 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar and conducted research on race and gender discrimination issues in Ghanaian employment and taught Industrial Law at the Ghana School of Law in Ghana, West Africa.

Promoting Wellbeing in LGBQT Veterinary Students and Professionals: Collaborations between Veterinary Medicine and Mental Health Professionals

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with K Paige Carmichael, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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This talk will present the results of a multi-Institute LGBTQ study promoting wellbeing amoung veterinary students.

Dr. Carmichael is a Professor of Veterinary Pathology in The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She served as the UGA CVM's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2015. Dr. Carmichael received her DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She earned a combined pathology residency/PhD at UGA in 1993, and became Board Certified in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology in 1995. She has been awarded numerous teaching awards including the Lilly Teaching Fellowship, the Norden-Pfizer Teaching Award, and the Tyler Award for Teaching Innovation. She was inducted into the University's Teaching Academy in 2005, and in 2006, she became the first African American professor at UGA to receive the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

We bloomed where we were planted

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with Sheba M.J. MohanKumar BVSc, MS, PhD; Puliyur Seshadri MohanKumar, BVSc, PhD

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The MohanKumars will talk about their experiences on coming to the US, the paths they chose, the hurdles they overcame and what made it special.

Drs. P.S. and Sheba MohanKumar grew up in India and came from very different backgrounds. They met in Veterinary school in India and moved to the US to work on their graduate degrees. They both received their PhDs from Kansas State University. After working as faculty for a few years there, they moved to Michigan State University and spent 15 years in the College of Vet Medicine. They moved to UGA in 2015 and have been teaching Anatomy and Histology respectively to freshmen at CVM-UGA.

Career Diversity

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with Jenifer Gustafson Hope, DVM

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Since graduation, I have worked as an Associate veterinarian, Mobile veterinarian, Relief veterinarian, Emergency veterinarian, Merial veterinarian, PetSmart veterinarian, Army veterinarian, And finally, a veterinary practice owner for almost 20 years. My experiences have taken me all over the world and I would like to share and contrast with you these experiences and answer any questions you may have about our wonderful diverse profession. My goal is to share her mistakes and achievements in hopes you won’t have to repeat the mistakes. Come join the fun!

Like many of us, Dr. Jenifer Hope wanted to be a veterinarian since she was seven years old. Her path to her dream career took a few side steps. She graduated from Dickinson College with a BS in geology and entered the Army in the Corps of Engineers. She left the military and moved to West Virginia where she was able to complete a BS in Animal Science and start her family. She was fortunate to be accepted into both the University of Georgia and The Ohio State University for veterinary medicine. After touring and seeing that the south is truly a very nice place to live, she chose UGA and hasn’t left.

Assessment and management canine osteoarthritis

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with Steven Budsberg, DVM, MS, DACVS

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This lecture will cover the basic pathiogenesis of osteoarthritis, how to objectively determine whether a patient has OA, and how to treat it.

Dr. Budsberg received his DVM from Washington State University in 1983. He completed an internship at Angell Memorial in Boston and then did his residency in Small Animal Surgery at Michigan State University in 1987. Dr. Budsberg spent time at Louisiana State University before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Budsberg is a Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is also jointly appointed to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

The Gory Details: Holding Discussions about parasites with clients

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with Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD

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In this session, we will discuss strategies for engaging clients about the non-glamorous, but important small animal parasites such as heartworm, fleas and ticks.

Dr. Andy Moorhead is a small animal parasitologist and Associate Research Scientist at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moorhead received the DVM degree from North Carolina State University, followed by a MS in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University, where he studied the raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis, under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Kazacos. He then received his Ph.D. degree in cellular microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Moorhead's main research interests are the role of host-specific cues in development of filarial worms, specifically Dirofilaria immitis and Brugia malayi. Dr. Moorhead is also the Director of the Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center. He is currently on the Board of the American Heartworm Society

The "Normal" Equine Neonate

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with Dr. Beasley

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Monoclonal Antibodies and Recombinant Proteins: Production, Use, Future Possibilities

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with Blaine Godley, DVM

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This lecture is designed to help veterinarians, and veterinary students, to understand the basics of biologic therapeutics. Most veterinarians have heard of monoclonal antibodies but may not know what they are, how they work, how they are made, or how they are used a therapeutic. Biologics are on the cutting edge of veterinary therapies and warrant understanding. Learning how they were discovered, how they are produced and used, and what some future possibilities for their use will enhance understanding of the subject.

Dr. Blaine Godley is a native of Birmingham, AL and currently resides outside of Atlanta, GA. His formal training includes a DVM degree from Auburn University of College of Veterinary Medicine and completion of an equine medicine internship at North Carolina State University. The majority of his private practice experience was small animal general practice. Dr. Godley has been in the industry side of animal health for over a decade, including Novartis Animal Health, Elanco, and Kindred Biosciences, Inc. He is currently a Professional Services Veterinarian supporting practitioners across the Southeastern US.

Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Animal Cruelty

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with Joan Prittie, JD

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This lecture explores the main types and dynamics of intimate partner violence, the ways that animal cruelty intersects with IPV, and ways that veterinary professionals can help victims of IPV.

Since 1999, Joan Prittie has served as the Executive Director of Project Safe, an Athens based non-profit organization that is working to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, systems change advocacy and prevention and educational programs. Joan is a graduate of Bradley University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Since 2010, Joan has served as editor of of the Georgia Domestic Violence Bench Book—a compendium of state and federal law and law-related information. She was the recipient of the 2015 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream award for social justice, and the 2014 ATHENA award for professional excellence, community service and leadership development. A board member of Books for Keeps and Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Joan also teaches classes in fundraising and grant proposal writing in the Masters of Non Profits program at UGA. She and her partner of 25 years enjoy traveling the world and spoiling their rescued pit bulls: Sweetie, Earl and Estelle.

Protecting You and Your Future Practice Part 1: What you need to know to prevent malpractice claims and board complaints

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with Nina Mouledous, DVM

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This discussion will focus on professional liability and regulatory complaints. Any veterinarian with a license is at risk of having a malpractice claim or board complaint. Veterinary medicine remains one of the most highly regarded professions. Yet, there are many challenges still facing veterinary medicine. At some point in your practice career, you may face an allegation of malpractice or a license complaint This discussion will give students tips on how to avoid malpractice claims and board complaints Additionally, information will be provided on the appropriate types of coverage needed for all future veterinarians to assure broad protection against professional liability claims and board complaints. Actual closed claims will be reviewed to illustrate the importance of implementing strong risk management tools into practices to lower the incidence of claims and complaints.

Dr. Mouledous joined the PLIT as a Trust Veterinarian in June of 2008. In her role, Dr. Mouledous speaks to AVMA members insured through the PLIT-sponsored programs, answering questions related to malpractice allegations and practice situations. She reviews professional liability claims, assists in the defense by identifying experts and appraisers, and advises the insurance broker and underwriters about new developments in veterinary medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mouledous visits several colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States annually, represents the PLIT at various veterinary conventions and speaking engagements each year, and contributes to PLIT publications. She is a 1985 graduate of Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in New Orleans, Dr. Mouledous secured her first job as an associate veterinarian at a unique small animal, exotic, and equine practice in the French Quarter. Four years later, she relocated to Chicago and started her equine practice in 1989. Dr. Mouledous was the owner and sole practitioner for nineteen years of Equine Veterinary Services, Ltd, a mobile practice that specialized in Thoroughbred race horses at Hawthorne Race Course (Chicago, Illinois) and Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, Illinois). During her career, she served as a consulting veterinarian for the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation as well as a board member for the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association.

How to Ask For, Receive and Give Feedback Effectively

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with Jennifer Brandt, LISW-S, PhD

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This session will cover feedback and how it plays a role in your wellbeing as a student and future veterinarian. At the end of this module, participants will: (1) List two questions for requesting feedback (2) Describe the impact of feedback on performance (3) Compare and contrast descriptive vs evaluative feedback (4) Apply the WWWEBY + SSBI feedback model

Dr. Jen Brandt is the AVMA Director of Member Wellbeing and Inclusion Initiatives, responsible for identifying, developing, implementing and coordinating activities and programs that enhance the wellbeing of its members, and advancing the association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession. Dr. Brandt received her Ph.D. in Social Work and her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Sociology with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Brandt has served as a mental health practitioner and educator for over 30 years. Prior to joining the AVMA, she held several roles at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, including Director of Individual and Organizational Development; Director of Health and Wellness; Director of Student Services and founder and coordinator of the Honoring the Bond Client Support Services Program.

Those OTHER Pain Drugs Part 1: Parenteral Medications Fact, Fiction, Applications

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with Mark Epstein, DVM, DAVBP(C/F)

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Beyond NSAID and opioids, there exists a vast formulary of adjunctive pain-modifying medications for use in dogs and cats. This session will explore the evidence re: injectable drugs with a focus on clinical applications (or not) of: dexmedetomidine, sub-anesthetic/dissociative ketamine CRI, systemic lidocaine CRI, maropitant, anti-Nerve Growth Factor monoclonal antibody

Dr. Epstein received his DVM from University of Georgia and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals and Carolinas Animal Pain Management, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in the Charlotte & Gastonia NC area that received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline) and is a past-president of ABVP. He is certified by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force. He, is published in journals* and textbooks**, is a national and international lecturer on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in the veterinary clinical setting. He was a nominee for WVC’s 2016 Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year, and locally, received the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Inspiration Award in 2018. * JAAHA; J Fel Med Surg; J Vet Int Med; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Israel J Vet Med; Topics in Comp Anim Med; Clinician’s Brief; DVM Newsmagazine; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Veterinaria (Italy); Vet Focus (UK) ** The Prevention and Management of Pain in Dogs, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Zink CM and van Dyke JB, Ed’s. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA; 2013. Opioids, in Gaynor/Muir: Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, 3rd Ed., pending

The potential added value of MRI in canine colorectal imaging

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with Michael Perlini, DVM

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This lecture is focused on discussing the current imaging modalities utilized in imaging colorectal tumors in dogs as well as possible future endeavors.

Michael Perlini graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015. He then completed a rotating equine internship at Louisiana State University. He has been at the University of Georgia for the past three years, completing a diagnostic imaging internship and now is in his second year of residency in diagnostic imaging. He plans to pursue a career in academia at the University of Georgia as a radiologist with a strong interest in equine imaging.

Design of Herd Health Programs for Cow-Calf Herd

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with Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

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Herd health programs are an essential part of the sustainability of cow-calf operations. The goal of this lecture is to review the considerations that go into rational design of these programs.

Dr. Credille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health in College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and currently serves as Service Chief of the Field Services section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He completed his DVM training at UGA, an internship in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State University, Large Animal internal medicine residency and PhD in physiology/pharmacology at UGA. The goal of Dr. Credille's research program is to better understand the epidemiology, mechanisms, and impact of antimicrobial resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica. Additionally, his research program is evaluating the differences in immune responses to viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens in beef calves at high and low risk of developing BRD. Long term, he hopes to use the information he obtains from his studies to develop antimicrobial use and management strategies that improve the health and welfare of beef cattle throughout North America.

My Horse Has a Wound...

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with Earl M. Gaughan, DVM, DACVS

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Equine wound management: basic diagnostic approach and practical management of equine wounds. Determining the straight forward from the complicated situations that a veterinarian encounters with wounded horses.

Dr. Earl Gaughan has extensive career experience in the field and classroom. Gaughan has worked for several equine practices, including Littleton Equine Medical Center where he was a clinical equine surgeon. His academic career started at Kansas State University where he spent 14 years including as the equine section head for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Earl also taught at Auburn University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech. Gaughan received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and his equine surgery residency at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. He joined the Merck Animal Health team as an equine technical services veterinarian in 2013.

Great Ape Heart Project: Clinicians and pathologists working together to understand and prevent great ape heart disease

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with Rita McManamon, DVM, DACVP; Haley Murphy, DVM

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been identified as a major cause of death in zoo great apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos). However, the underlying cause(s) remains elusive. Through collaboration between zoo clinicians, pathologists and cardiologists, the Great Ape Heart Project (GAHP), based at Zoo Atlanta, was established in 2010 to investigate ape CVD and to establish uniform, state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies. Through application of principles from both veterinary and human medicine and pathology, new standardized clinical and anesthetic protocols now help maximize ante-mortem cardiac evaluations, and revolutionary best-practice guidelines for post-mortem evaluation of hearts have been established. These protocols can also be applied to other mammalian species. The GAHP serves as a One Health model for national and international disease investigation.

Dr. Rita McManamon received her B.A in Biology/Physiology and Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University. She received her DVM degree from the University of California at Davis, with emphasis in zoo and wildlife medicine. She formerly served as senior (clinical) veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta, then completed a Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the University of Georgia. She is currently the Director of the UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service (ZEAPS). She is a co-Pathology advisor to the AZA Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) and assists the Great Ape Heart Project as one of the GAHP pathologists. Dr. Hayley Weston Murphy graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and is currently the Deputy Director of Zoo Atlanta. She is also founder and director of the Great Ape Heart Project, based at Zoo Atlanta and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Dr. Murphy is a veterinary advisor to the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) and chair of the Veterinary Advisory group for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Scientific Advisory Group.

The Economics of Veterinary Education, information to help you make smarter choices.

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with Bridgette Bain, PhD

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This talk assesses the state of the new veterinarian from the debt-to-income ratio upon graduation to starting salaries across various practice types. We will teach you how to use this information to ask the right questions and make better decisions that will propel you into a successful future. Learn about the mean level of compensation for your demographic and how to negotiate based on your worth. Also learn about your options in debt management. Information is power and we want to empower you!

Dr. Bridgette Bain was hired by the AVMA in July 2013. She maintains the statistical reliability of surveys and ensures the consistency of various data sets to be used in analysis. Dr. Bain contributes to the interpretation of data for publications, and assists in the development of both survey instruments and economic models. She holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Caroline Cantner joined the AVMA Student Initiatives team after three and a half years in companion animal general practice. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was both a SAVMA Delegate as well as VBMA President during her time as a student. Dr. Cantner is a second generation veterinarian and her parents own a family practice outside Philadelphia. Prior to veterinary school, she spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps member in rural Washington state and three years as a constituent services representative for Pennsylvania State Senator Connie Williams. Dr. Cantner is currently based out of Denver, Colorado.

Superbugs, Super Problems: Antibiotic Resistance and One Health

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with Gail Hansen, DVM, MPH

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Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat to global public health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Addressing this threat requires a One Health approach, because antibiotics used to in agriculture are often the same as those used for people. WHO, the Animal World Health Organization (OIE) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) are working together to minimize the emergence and spread of resistance. Animal uses of antibiotics, how those uses can be minimized without harming the health or welfare of animals, and the role of veterinarians in combating antimicrobial resistance will be explored. Concrete examples and results from the US, the EU, and low income countries will be presented.

Dr. Hansen is a public health veterinarian and owns Hansen Consulting. She received a bachelor’s of science in dairy science a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in public health/epidemiology from the University of Washington. She has over 25 years experience in infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance related to the connection between antibiotic use in agriculture and resistant human infections. She has worked nationally and internationally on antimicrobial resistance with government agencies, members of food animal production systems, the pharmaceutical industry, universities, non-governmental organizations, physicians, veterinarians, and others. Dr. Hansen is particularly interested in the “One Health” approach to antimicrobial resistance, examining at the linkages between human health, animal health, and the environment. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine’s One Health working group. She began her veterinary career in the Diagnostic Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University and spent 12 years in private veterinary practices in New York, North Carolina and Washington.

Trauma, Triage, and Tirades

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with Matt Ascuitto, DVM

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How communicating effectively in a fast paced and stressful environment can make clients more likely to follow your recommendations and make your support staff less likely to throw you into a well.

Dr. Asciutto spent many years performing improv, putting his master’s in chemistry to work, and teaching MCAT for Kaplan before pursuing an incredibly sensible and ever lucrative career in veterinary medicine. He now only does freelance relief work as an ER veterinarian across Tennessee and North Carolina. When he isn’t traveling for work he is off exploring the world - so, he is basically never home and always leaves his door open.

Those OTHER Pain Drugs Part 2: Oral Medications Fact, Fiction, Applications

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with Dr. Mark Epstein

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Beyond NSAID and opioids, there exists a vast formulary of adjunctive pain-modifying medications for use in dogs and cats. This session will explore the evidence re: injectable drugs with a focus on clinical applications (or not) of: tramadol, gabapentin, amantadine, amitriptyline, SS(N)RI, acetaminophen and others.

Dr. Epstein received his DVM from University of Georgia and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals and Carolinas Animal Pain Management, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in the Charlotte & Gastonia NC area that received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline) and is a past-president of ABVP. He is certified by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force. He, is published in journals* and textbooks**, is a national and international lecturer on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in the veterinary clinical setting. He was a nominee for WVC’s 2016 Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year, and locally, received the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Inspiration Award in 2018. * JAAHA; J Fel Med Surg; J Vet Int Med; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Israel J Vet Med; Topics in Comp Anim Med; Clinician’s Brief; DVM Newsmagazine; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Veterinaria (Italy); Vet Focus (UK) ** The Prevention and Management of Pain in Dogs, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Zink CM and van Dyke JB, Ed’s. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA; 2013. Opioids, in Gaynor/Muir: Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, 3rd Ed., pending

Feline renal transplantation

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with Chad Schmiedt DVM, DACVS

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This lecture is focused on discussing the current imaging modalities utilized in imaging colorectal tumors in dogs as well as possible future endeavors.

Dr. Chad Schmiedt received his DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a one year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee and then a one year surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Following his internships, Dr. Schmiedt completed a three year surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Schmiedt was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Wisconsin for two years following his residency. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Schmiedt returned to UGA to join the Faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a soft tissue surgeon. Dr. Schmiedt is currently a Professor in the College. Dr. Schmiedt is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Schmiedt’s research interests include renal transplantation, renal disease, and clinical research in soft tissue surgery including oncologic and minimally invasive surgery.

The Changing Role of Veterinarian’s in Cattle Production Medicine

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with Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

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The role of veterinarians in modern cattle production systems is changing at a rapid pace. The goal of this lecture is to provide an overview of how cattle production is evolving and the role that the modern production veterinarian will have in these systems.

Dr. Credille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health in College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and currently serves as Service Chief of the Field Services section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He completed his DVM training at UGA, an internship in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State University, Large Animal internal medicine residency and PhD in physiology/pharmacology at UGA. The goal of Dr. Credille's research program is to better understand the epidemiology, mechanisms, and impact of antimicrobial resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica. Additionally, his research program is evaluating the differences in immune responses to viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens in beef calves at high and low risk of developing BRD. Long term, he hopes to use the information he obtains from his studies to develop antimicrobial use and management strategies that improve the health and welfare of beef cattle throughout North America.

What I Wish I’d Known: The Early Years

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with Kristin Wuellner, DVM; Marci Kirk, DVM

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Join us for an interactive discussion where we share common experiences from the first years post-graduation. We will highlight what we learned from the challenges we and our colleagues have encountered throughout the early days of our career. We will highlight both clinical aspects and non-clinical aspects of our experiences and discuss how difficult situations and setbacks occurred. We will focus on what we learned and how we adapted moving forward. Learning from the experience of colleagues can go a long way to reducing your personal stress and improve how you respond to challenges in the future.

Dr. Kristin Wuellner (Auburn ’16, Clemson ’12) is a fun-loving veterinarian with interests that extend beyond the exam room- she’s passionate about how education, marketing, and scientific outreach can enable pet parents make the best decisions for their pets. Currently, she is the Veterinary Digital Education Specialist at Hill’s Pet Nutrition located in Topeka, KS. Prior to this role, she worked in small animal private practice and completed a one-year clinical internship with Nestle Purina. She's a proud alumnus of the National VBMA Executive Board ('15) and now volunteers for the AVMA's Early Career Development Committee. Her personal leadership philosophy is a commitment to self-awareness, servant leadership, and creativity. Outside of veterinary medicine, Kristin enjoys watching Clemson Tigers football, traveling, and spending time with her perfect Chocolate Labrador rescue, Andy. Dr. Marci Kirk is a 2011 graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced small animal medicine for five years before joining the staff at the AVMA where she is currently the Assistant Director for Recent Graduate Initiatives. Prior to transitioning out of private practice, Dr. Kirk was a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s inaugural Power of 10 class. This program sparked a passion for leadership and helping others achieve their goals. Through her work at the AVMA, Dr. Kirk provides staff support to the Early Career Development Committee and the Future Leaders Program. She also moderates the AVMA’s Early Career Online Community, which is a closed Facebook group for AVMA members just starting their career. Outside of work, Dr. Kirk is an avid runner and enjoys traveling with her husband, especially to Walt Disney World, usually for a race weekend. She also shares her home and most of her social media posts with her dog, Charlie.

The Horse with Colic – Building a Diagnostic Data Base and Making Decisions in the Field

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with Earl M. Gaughan, DVM, DACVS

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Managing a horse with colic from the field to referral. What information can be obtained and used to make good and timely decisions?

Dr. Earl Gaughan has extensive career experience in the field and classroom. Gaughan has worked for several equine practices, including Littleton Equine Medical Center where he was a clinical equine surgeon. His academic career started at Kansas State University where he spent 14 years including as the equine section head for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Earl also taught at Auburn University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech. Gaughan received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and his equine surgery residency at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. He joined the Merck Animal Health team as an equine technical services veterinarian in 2013.

Fantastic Beasts... and Their Bloodwork

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with Daniel Cutler, DVM, Zoological Medicine Resident

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Bloodwork interpretation of zoological species: This lecture will discuss unique difficulties in interpretation of zoological species' bloodwork, unique abnormalities to be aware of, and current research in best using blood work information.

Dr. Cutler earned his DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 2014 and did a small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University. He then accepted a 1 year specialty internship in zoological medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Cutler remained at UGA as a zoological medicine resident, spending a year each at Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Cutler is in his final year of his zoological medicine; his previous research includes macaws, giant pandas, bearded dragons, domestic rabbits, and crevalle jacks.

How to Recognize Potential Animal Abuse

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with Doris M. Miller, DVM, PhD , DACVP

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This lecture will define animal abuse, will describe what a veterinarian can look for in cases of abuse and non-accidental injury, who to report to, and will go over example cases of abuse and normal lesions.

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Associate Director of State Government Relations for the Athens and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia. Dr. Miller received her DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia. She has been a board- certified veterinary pathologist at the University since 1981. She served as Director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 1989 to 2007. At UGA she has taught various courses to undergraduate , veterinary, and graduate students. She began the Human/Animal Bond program at the University of Georgia in 1984, at a time when the idea was just beginning to gather an interest in the veterinary community. Miller’s interests include forensic pathology and reproductive pathology. Several years ago Dr. Miller helped initiate and teach an elective Veterinary Forensic Pathology course to sophomore veterinary students – only the second such course offered in the United States at the time. She also now teaches an undergraduate Freshmen Odyssey course – Forensic CSI. She has worked closely with local and state crime scene investigators, veterinarians, law enforcement agents, attorneys and animal cruelty investigators. Dr. Miller is a liaison between the College and other organizations such as the Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the CVM Alumni Association. She works closely with veterinarians and their legislators to improve communications and their relationship with the College and Diagnostic Laboratories to benefit their human and animal clients.

“The Life of an Item: The NAVLE Demystified”

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with Heather Case, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, CAE

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This presentation will cover the following areas in about 30 minutes: (1) Overview of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (2) Item writer criteria and training (3) Item review (4) NAVLE administration and breakdown (5) NAVLE item performance analysis

Dr. Heather Case is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment where she serves both a key strategic planning and day-to-day managerial role in the corporation. She is board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a Certified Association Executive. She has been involved in organized veterinary medicine for the majority of her career. Her current volunteer positions include serving as the Veterinary Medical Association Executive’s representative to the AVMA’s Early Career Development Committee and she is also a member of the AVMF Board of Directors. Dr. Case is a native of Minnesota. She received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota and completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada. After completing her internship, she entered private mixed animal practice in rural Minnesota focusing primarily on equine medicine and surgery. Following several years in practice she returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a veterinary public health residency, earning her Master of Public Health degree. While a resident, as a volunteer member of the AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT), Dr. Case deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina where she served in logistics and as Commander of Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Lamar Dixon Animal Shelter which housed over 10,000 animals during the 30-day operation. After completing her residency, she served as an AAAS/AVMA Congressional Fellow for a Member of Congress in Washington, DC. She went on to join the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) originally as the National Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Response and then as Director of the Scientific Activities Division. Dr. Case joined the ICVA staff in July of 2014. Dr. Case is an avid Morgan Horse and Schipperke dog enthusiast.

Opioid-Less: Dealing with The New Normal

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with Dr. Mark Epstein

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The ripple effects of the opioid epidemic have reached the veterinary field and are not going away. This session will address the shortage of full-mu agonist opioids (mainly morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl) and how our peri-operative protocols can adapt to this New Normal in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Epstein received his DVM from University of Georgia and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals and Carolinas Animal Pain Management, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in the Charlotte & Gastonia NC area that received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline) and is a past-president of ABVP. He is certified by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force. He, is published in journals* and textbooks**, is a national and international lecturer on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in the veterinary clinical setting. He was a nominee for WVC’s 2016 Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year, and locally, received the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Inspiration Award in 2018. * JAAHA; J Fel Med Surg; J Vet Int Med; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Israel J Vet Med; Topics in Comp Anim Med; Clinician’s Brief; DVM Newsmagazine; Today’s Veterinary Practice; Veterinaria (Italy); Vet Focus (UK) ** The Prevention and Management of Pain in Dogs, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Zink CM and van Dyke JB, Ed’s. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA; 2013. Opioids, in Gaynor/Muir: Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, 3rd Ed., pending

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Clinical Approach to the Syncopal Patient

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with Amanda E. Coleman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

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In both human and veterinary patients, transient loss of consciousness due to syncope may signal one of a wide range of conditions. Because differentiation from other causes of collapse can be difficult, and because treatment is nearly impossible without clear understanding of the underlying cause, careful and systematic consideration of the patient’s history and diagnostic findings is imperative. Following this discussion, the student will be able to define syncope and describe its distinguishing features. In addition, when presented with a syncopal patient, the student will be able to successfully develop a list of differential diagnoses and to design a rational diagnostic approach to the case.

Dr. Coleman is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed both her small animal rotating internship, and residency in cardiology, at North Carolina State University in 2011, and joined the faculty of the University of Georgia shortly thereafter.

"Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ET and IVF) in Cattle"

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with Lee Jones, DVM, MS

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What once was referred to as a passing fad in cattle production has now become essential in the genetic progress of beef and dairy production. Advanced Reproductive Technologies or ART (embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization) have become essential management tools for progressive herds. Veterinarians play key roles in the implementation and success of these technologies.

Dr. Jones received his Masters of Science in cattle reproduction from UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science in 1987. He worked as a Project Manager in Research and Development in an international livestock company until attending veterinary school at Colorado State University where he received his DVM in 1998. He worked as an associate veterinarian in Nebraska until starting his own reproductive veterinary services company serving equine and beef ranches in Nebraska. He joined the UGA CVM in 2010 where he teaches beef production and reproduction to veterinary students, serves as a case investigator for the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Extension Veterinarian for Georgia.

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with Michael Q. Lowder DVM, MS, Dipl. AVDC Equine, Cert. ZWD

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The equine dental lectures will give the student realistic techniques to perform an oral examination and see practical cases showing how a complete examination, along with the use of diagnostic aids, will enable them to manage difficult dental cases. Selected dental cases will demonstrate everything from the successful outcome to the cases where everything went wrong – and how not to repeat my mistakes!

Dr. Michael Q. Lowder is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at The University of Georgia. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University from 1992 - 1996. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1989 and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University in 1997 and Brigham Young University in 1985. A founding Diplomate of the AVDC Equine Specialty in 2014 and founding member for Certification in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry 2017. Dr. Lowder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. Dr. Lowder has authored many publications and book chapters, and has delivered numerous local, state, national and international presentations to veterinarians and horse owners. While mostly doing dental procedures on equine he also provides dental services for numerous zoo and conservation center on their collections of megavertebrates. In his spare time, he enjoys living on a farm with his family raising cattle and swine along with his bees.

2019 Veterinary Legislative Update and Future Forecast

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with Lauren Stump, DVM; Alex Sands

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This session will cover AVMA GRD advocacy efforts and current issues that face veterinary students and the veterinary profession

Dr. Lauren Stump is an Assistant Director in AVMA’s Government Relations Division. A 2015 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a native of the Bayou State, Dr. Stump received her B.S. in Animal Science from LSU and pursued a mixed-animal practice track in veterinary school. She is a former SCAVMA President and developed a passion for advocacy through her various roles at LSU SVM, where she revitalized student-faculty networking opportunities, planned and execute LSU SVM’s annual Open House, and was also an industry representative. After graduation she was selected as an AVMA Congressional Fellow and served as legislative staff in a U.S. Senator’s office in Washington, D.C. from 2015-2016, handling policy and legislation and learning the inner workings of the federal government. Alex Sands is an Assistant Director for Government Relations at AVMA working on higher education, health care, small business, tax, veterinary workforce, and federal budget and appropriations issues. Alex has served in a diverse set of policy roles and brings ten years of experience in policy and advocacy to AVMA. She joined AVMA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Alex served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, where she was responsible for all legislative matters related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and cross-cutting issue areas, such as the opioid epidemic and the Zika virus response.

Raptor Medicine and Management

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with Rodney Schnellbacher, DVM, DACZM

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Come learn all about raptor handling, examination, diseases!

Dr. Schnellbacher is the staff veterinarian at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri, where he has worked for the past 5 years. He is originally from Missouri and obtained his DVM from the University of Missouri. From there he completed both an Anesthesia and Zoological Medicine specialty internship at Louisiana State University. He then completed a Zoological Medicine internship at Kansas State University, followed by a Zoological residency at The University of Georgia/Georgia Aquarium. He became board certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2017.

Infection Control in the Field

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with Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM-LA, DACVPM

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Veterinary practitioners are continually faced with the potential for exposure to infectious agents that may be harmful to themselves and/or their patients. This lecture will focus on risk management strategies that may be employed by veterinary practitioners with a focus on unique challenges faced in the field.

Brandy A. Burgess is currently an assistant professor of epidemiology and infection control in the Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine; and the Director of Infection Control and Biosecurity at the Veterinary Medical Center, University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, followed by a Master of Science degree, internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She then completed a PhD in epidemiology and residency in infection control and biosecurity at Colorado State University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Burgess’ current research efforts focuses on four main themes: 1) Investigating the epidemiology and prevention of important potential pathogens in veterinary medicine and public health including the exploration of risk factors and rapid methods for detection; 2) Investigation of occupational risks associated with the training of veterinary personnel and with the practice of veterinary medicine; 3) Development of evidence-based risk management strategies for the prevention and control of important contagious and zoonotic pathogens in veterinary medicine; and 4) Creation of effective communications and learning tools for the education of veterinary personnel and the public.

Overview of Disaster Management

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with Joanna Davis, DVM

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1. Identify risks/vulnerabilities to disasters (natural, manmade, cyber). 2. Principles of preparedness and response for veterinarians, leadership during emergencies and roles of veterinarians. 3. Discuss basic organizational structure of how agencies, non-profits and other partners mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters, and how disaster declarations may determine the extent of aid available post-disaster. 4. Offer guidance for providing value added services to clients by helping them to prepare pets for disasters 5. Action items to begin preparing practice and community for disasters.

After graduating from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, Dr. Joanna Davis worked as a mixed animal practitioner in South Georgia for 11 years, owning a practice for six years. In 2001, she was a veterinary responder for the UK Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. From 2007-2015, she served as a field Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in South Georgia. Dr. Davis received a graduate certificate in Veterinary Homeland Security from Purdue University in 2012. She has also had the opportunity to travel to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Salem, India to participate in veterinary medical missions. In March, 2015, she became the Emergency Coordinator for Georgia and Florida. In 2015, she served as Deputy Operations Chief on the Avian Influenza outbreak in May 2015, and is the Liaison Officer for the 2016 New World Screwworm Outbreak in the Florida Keys. Each year, she coordinates and teaches the emergency preparedness course to second year veterinary students at UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She regularly works with both the Florida and Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Emergency Managers to prepare for and respond to disasters affecting animals. In September 2018, she traveled as a guest lecturer and facilitator for the APHIS FBI Criminology-epidemiology course delivered in Warsaw, Poland. 88 representatives from 7 countries attended the meeting. Dr. Davis is based out of the USDA APHIS office in Conyers, GA.

You Can't Spell Passion without Pass(ing the NAVLE)

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with Andrea Dover, DVM

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Join VetPrep’s Dr. Andrea Dover for a discussion on research-backed study habits and test-taking skills that will help you rock the The Big Exam!

Dr. Andrea Dover is a 1999 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her veterinary career spans a broad range of settings including ER/CC, home hospice care, industry and education. Dr. Dover is the Medical & Program Director for VetPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NAVLE.

Epidemiology for the Practicing Veterinarian

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with Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM-LA, DACVPM

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Epidemiology is the study of the determinants of health and disease in populations with the goal of prevention. This lecture will provide an epidemiologic foundation upon which practitioners can develop proficiencies that are integral to the successful practice of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Burgess is currently an assistant professor of epidemiology and infection control in the Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine; and the Director of Infection Control and Biosecurity at the Veterinary Medical Center, University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, followed by a Master of Science degree, internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She then completed a PhD in epidemiology and residency in infection control and biosecurity at Colorado State University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Burgess’ current research efforts focuses on four main themes: 1) Investigating the epidemiology and prevention of important potential pathogens in veterinary medicine and public health including the exploration of risk factors and rapid methods for detection; 2) Investigation of occupational risks associated with the training of veterinary personnel and with the practice of veterinary medicine; 3) Development of evidence-based risk management strategies for the prevention and control of important contagious and zoonotic pathogens in veterinary medicine; and 4) Creation of effective communications and learning tools for the education of veterinary personnel and the public.

Expression of mu and kappa opioid receptors in cockatiels and rock pigeons vary depending on tissue and avian species

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with Bryce Golson, BS

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This is the first study to examine relative gene expression of opioid receptors across avian species. The differential expression of opioid receptors between cockatiels and pigeons could have implications for avian variability in analgesic response.

Bryce Golsen is a year 2 veterinary medical student at the University of Georgia with an interest in exotics and research. Recently, Bryce was bitten by the academia bug and loves sharing his research findings in all formats: digitally, casually, on first dates, and in lecture form.

Equine Dentistry

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with Michael Q. Lowder DVM, MS, Dipl. AVDC Equine, Cert. ZWD

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The equine dental lectures will give the student realistic techniques to perform an oral examination and see practical cases showing how a complete examination, along with the use of diagnostic aids, will enable them to manage difficult dental cases. Selected dental cases will demonstrate everything from the successful outcome to the cases where everything went wrong – and how not to repeat my mistakes!

Dr. Michael Q. Lowder is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at The University of Georgia. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University from 1992 - 1996. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1989 and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University in 1997 and Brigham Young University in 1985. A founding Diplomate of the AVDC Equine Specialty in 2014 and founding member for Certification in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry 2017. Dr. Lowder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. Dr. Lowder has authored many publications and book chapters, and has delivered numerous local, state, national and international presentations to veterinarians and horse owners. While mostly doing dental procedures on equine he also provides dental services for numerous zoo and conservation center on their collections of megavertebrates. In his spare time, he enjoys living on a farm with his family raising cattle and swine along with his bees.

Veterinary Advocacy 101

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Lauren Stump, DVM; Alex Sands

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This session will cover how to get involved on the state and national level. Attendees will learn best practices for advocating and hear about the AVMA Political Action Committee.

Dr. Lauren Stump is an Assistant Director in AVMA’s Government Relations Division. A 2015 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a native of the Bayou State, Dr. Stump received her B.S. in Animal Science from LSU and pursued a mixed-animal practice track in veterinary school. She is a former SCAVMA President and developed a passion for advocacy through her various roles at LSU SVM, where she revitalized student-faculty networking opportunities, planned and execute LSU SVM’s annual Open House, and was also an industry representative. After graduation she was selected as an AVMA Congressional Fellow and served as legislative staff in a U.S. Senator’s office in Washington, D.C. from 2015-2016, handling policy and legislation and learning the inner workings of the federal government. Alex Sands is an Assistant Director for Government Relations at AVMA working on higher education, health care, small business, tax, veterinary workforce, and federal budget and appropriations issues. Alex has served in a diverse set of policy roles and brings ten years of experience in policy and advocacy to AVMA. She joined AVMA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Alex served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, where she was responsible for all legislative matters related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and cross-cutting issue areas, such as the opioid epidemic and the Zika virus response.

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Bioterrorism, Really.

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with Suzanne Burnham, DVM

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A 'NIMBY' is a person who doesn't think bad things will ever happen, as in 'Not In My Back Yard' and never prepares for it. Half the battle in convincing someone to be prepared for any scenario is to show them how plausible the scenario is. Right? What we understand about bioterrorism, we have learned from nation-state military-developed biological warfare systems. Let me tell you about it, then you, please, get ready.

Dr. Suzanne Burnham is a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, newly created Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Division in the BioWatch Program. She develops scenarios for the major metropolitan communities simulating biological attacks to test the nation's readiness. She also is serving on the BioWatch team at the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in Veterinary Pathobiology Department at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she delivers a bioterrorism awareness lecture each semester for the Great Diseases of the World Course. Dr. Burnham received her veterinary degree at Texas A&M and worked in her private practice for twelve years. She continued her education in Emergency Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction Response through graduate coursework at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, the FBI Forensic Epidemiology, the Office of Domestic Preparedness AgERT, FEMA, USDA FADD and the CDC Crim-Epi Training. Dr. Burnham left private practice to serve the state of Texas in veterinary public health where she directed the writing of the state's Bioterrorism Response Plan. She received the 2014 Texas Public Health Preparedness Leadership Award, 2013 Appreciation of Service Award from Federal Bureau of Investigation for her work with the Crim-Epi Training and Exercising, and the 2012 BioWatch National Award for Excellence Public Health Preparedness. Dr Burnham has presented talks on Bioterrorism at 83 conferences, university courses and government trainings. Dr. Burnham was most surprised when, 6 years ago, the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps asked her to come teach biological warfare history to the Army veterinarians and vet techs which she enjoys doing every spring. Surprised, because when she graduated she really only wanted to be a donkey doctor.

Medicating Honey Bees

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with Lee Jones, DVM, MS

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Confused about medicating Honey Bees? Don’t be! Even though the only entomology we get in vet school is how to protect our pets and livestock from pestering bugs or how to kill insects bothering our animals, controlling, preventing or treating diseases in bees isn’t that much different than other species. Dr. Jones provides a simple system to help veterinarians serve this important food producing industry. It can be a sweet part of your practice!

Dr. Lee Jones received his Masters of Science in cattle reproduction from UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science in 1987. He worked as a Project Manager in Research and Development in an international livestock company until attending veterinary school at Colorado State University where he received his DVM in 1998. He worked as an associate veterinarian in Nebraska until starting his own reproductive veterinary services company serving equine and beef ranches in Nebraska. He joined the UGA CVM in 2010 where he teaches beef production and reproduction to veterinary students, serves as a case investigator for the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Extension Veterinarian for Georgia.

Biosecurity and Infection Control in a Clinical Setting

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with Joanna Davis, DVM

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1. Consider risks of zoonotic and infectious diseases in veterinary clinics and how the risks can be mitigated to protect employees, patients and the public 2. Discuss levels of PPE (personal protective equipment) and how it can be practically utilized in a clinical setting 3. Explore biosecurity principles and how to incorporate principles into everyday practices

After graduating from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, Dr. Joanna Davis worked as a mixed animal practitioner in South Georgia for 11 years, owning a practice for six years. In 2001, she was a veterinary responder for the UK Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. From 2007-2015, she served as a field Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in South Georgia. Dr. Davis received a graduate certificate in Veterinary Homeland Security from Purdue University in 2012. She has also had the opportunity to travel to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Salem, India to participate in veterinary medical missions. In March, 2015, she became the Emergency Coordinator for Georgia and Florida. In 2015, she served as Deputy Operations Chief on the Avian Influenza outbreak in May 2015, and is the Liaison Officer for the 2016 New World Screwworm Outbreak in the Florida Keys. Each year, she coordinates and teaches the emergency preparedness course to second year veterinary students at UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She regularly works with both the Florida and Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Emergency Managers to prepare for and respond to disasters affecting animals. In September 2018, she traveled as a guest lecturer and facilitator for the APHIS FBI Criminology-epidemiology course delivered in Warsaw, Poland. 88 representatives from 7 countries attended the meeting. Dr. Davis is based out of the USDA APHIS office in Conyers, GA.

General Farm Medicine

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with Michael Q. Lowder DVM, MS, Dipl. AVDC Equine, Cert. ZWD

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This presentation will focus on the everyday life encounters a general practitioner will come across on rural farms. Clinical cases that an ambulatory veterinarian comes across, chances upon and bumps into will be covered. How to do the dental on the backyard pig, to getting the hay ring from around the bulls’ neck to trying to figure out when the bees will come back. Answering questions of what to vaccinate my show pig for, to how much milk to fed a baby cow, pig, etc. A selection of fun and enjoyable cases will be shown.

Dr. Michael Q. Lowder is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at The University of Georgia. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University from 1992 - 1996. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1989 and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University in 1997 and Brigham Young University in 1985. A founding Diplomate of the AVDC Equine Specialty in 2014 and founding member for Certification in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry 2017. Dr. Lowder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. Dr. Lowder has authored many publications and book chapters, and has delivered numerous local, state, national and international presentations to veterinarians and horse owners. While mostly doing dental procedures on equine he also provides dental services for numerous zoo and conservation center on their collections of megavertebrates. In his spare time, he enjoys living on a farm with his family raising cattle and swine along with his bees.

Neurological emergencies

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with Renee Barber, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

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Case-based approach to common neurological emergencies

Dr. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Barber graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. All of her further training has been at UGA, including a small animal rotating internship, PhD studying meningoencephalitis of unknown origin in dogs, neurology specialty internship, and neurology residency. Dr. Barber's research interests include translational multimodal brain tumor therapy and meningoencephalitis of unknown origin in dogs.

"Concomitant Deworming of Beef Cattle – Using Combination Dewormers to Gain Maximal Parasitic Control"

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with Harold Newcomb, DVM

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The use of two or more anthelmintic classes to help deal with and/or delay anthelmintic resistance.

Understanding Leptospirosis in Horses

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with Amy Poulin Braim VMD, DACVS-LA

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Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by spirochetes belonging to Leptospira spp. Leptospirainterrogans serovar Pomona, known as L. pomona, ismost often associated with leptospirosis infections in horses in North America. L. pomona can colonize in the kidneys, be shed in the urine and cause horses to become septicemic. The bacteria are then circulated in the blood and can cause uveitis, or moon blindness (the most common cause of blindness in horses), as well as abortions and kidney failure. Kidney failure, especially in yearlings, can occur with renal infection associated with leptospirosis. Horses can become infected with leptospires through contact with urine from wildlife, cattle and dogs. Standing water and rainfall can pose an increased risk. LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR® is the first and only equine vaccine to help prevent leptospirosis. LEPTO EQ INNOVATOR helps prevent leptospiremia caused by L. pomona.

Dr. Poulin graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Animal Science in 2000 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a multidisciplinary equine internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, followed by a three year equine surgical residency at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded diplomat status by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. Dr. Poulin returned to the east coast as an Emergency Surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Equine followed by a surgical research position within the Global Surgery Group of Johnson & Johnson at Ethicon, Inc. Most recently, she has been in clinical private practice as an Associate Equine Surgeon and Ambulatory Clinician at Running 'S' Equine Veterinary Services in New Jersey. Dr. Poulin's clinical interests include upper level performance horse sports medicine and rehabilitation, advanced lameness diagnostics and treatment, assessment of poor performance, laparoscopic, orthopedic, laser and upper respiratory surgery and colic surgery. She has published numerous research articles on a variety of topics in peer-reviewed journals and lay magazines and has presented her research in a variety of platforms at the local, state and national level. She is a member of the Membership Engagement Committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and prior Chair of the Public Outreach Committee within the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She has participated in several equitarian veterinary teams providing remote equine medical services to animals in Peru, Palau, Guam, Guatemala and the Navajo Nation. She also was part of the AAEP Veterinary Student Liaison team for WEG 2018. Horses have been a part of Dr. Poulin’s life from a very early age with her first lead line class at the age of 4. From the age of 6, she has leased, owned and showed hunters. She currently owns a 14 year old thoroughbred mare “Roxie”; a former racehorse and patient, who she rides and shows locally in the adult amateur hunter ring (when there is time, money & she’s not lame!). When not working or riding, Amy can be found with her husband & son hanging out with their four legged critters: dog “Cuddy” and cat “Marmolade”.

AVMA Former Congressional Fellow and GRD Extern Panel

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with Lauren Stump, DVM; Matthew Holland, DVM; Anna Reddish, DVM

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This interactive panel will cover the experiences of former AVMA Congressional Fellows and AVMA Government Relations Division externs. Come hear what is like to experience DC as a veterinary student and work on Capitol Hill as a Veterinarian!

Dr. Lauren Stump is an Assistant Director in AVMA’s Government Relations Division. A 2015 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a native of the Bayou State, Dr. Stump received her B.S. in Animal Science from LSU and pursued a mixed-animal practice track in veterinary school. She is a former SCAVMA President and developed a passion for advocacy through her various roles at LSU SVM, where she revitalized student-faculty networking opportunities, planned and execute LSU SVM’s annual Open House, and was also an industry representative. After graduation she was selected as an AVMA Congressional Fellow and served as legislative staff in a U.S. Senator’s office in Washington, D.C. from 2015-2016, handling policy and legislation and learning the inner workings of the federal government. Dr. Matt Holland graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in radio and television journalism in 2007, and was a freelance television producer for various media outlets in Chicago and New York City including Big Ten Network, Major League Baseball Network, and the Chicago Bears. He was drawn to spend his free time working with animals, and found that whereas television production felt like existing, working with animals felt like living. He decided this passion should not be a hobby, but a career. He attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and took an interest in policy. That interest led him to become SAVMA Delegate before serving as President during his last year of school. It is the second coolest thing he has done besides getting married.

Megavertebrate Dentistry

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with Michael Q. Lowder DVM, MS, Dipl. AVDC Equine, Cert. ZWD

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Performing routine oral exams to appropriately diagnose and treat dental disease is an important aspect of zoo medicine, as it is with domestic species. However, oral care and routine dental examinations can be challenging in some large exotic hoof stock due to size, temperament and anatomical considerations, the need for general anesthesia, and limitations of routine veterinary dental equipment. The presentation will discuss how to safely perform a dental examination in a megavertebrates, a very large vertebrate, such as a rhinoceros, hippopotamus, etc., with emphasis on clinical findings and equipment needed to perform the procedure.

Dr. Michael Q. Lowder is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at The University of Georgia. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University from 1992 - 1996. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1989 and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University in 1997 and Brigham Young University in 1985. A founding Diplomate of the AVDC Equine Specialty in 2014 and founding member for Certification in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry 2017. Dr. Lowder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians. Dr. Lowder has authored many publications and book chapters, and has delivered numerous local, state, national and international presentations to veterinarians and horse owners. While mostly doing dental procedures on equine he also provides dental services for numerous zoo and conservation center on their collections of megavertebrates. In his spare time, he enjoys living on a farm with his family raising cattle and swine along with his bees.

Epidemiology for the Practicing Veterinarian

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with Brandy Burgess

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Epidemiology is the study of the determinants of health and disease in populations with the goal of prevention. This lecture will provide an epidemiologic foundation upon which practitioners can develop proficiencies that are integral to the successful practice of veterinary medicine.

Brandy A. Burgess is currently an assistant professor of epidemiology and infection control in the Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine; and the Director of Infection Control and Biosecurity at the Veterinary Medical Center, University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, followed by a Master of Science degree, internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She then completed a PhD in epidemiology and residency in infection control and biosecurity at Colorado State University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Burgess’ current research efforts focuses on four main themes: 1) Investigating the epidemiology and prevention of important potential pathogens in veterinary medicine and public health including the exploration of risk factors and rapid methods for detection; 2) Investigation of occupational risks associated with the training of veterinary personnel and with the practice of veterinary medicine; 3) Development of evidence-based risk management strategies for the prevention and control of important contagious and zoonotic pathogens in veterinary medicine; and 4) Creation of effective communications and learning tools for the education of veterinary personnel and the public.

Tips & Tricks for ‘How to Survive Vet School’

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with Lisa Littlejohn, DVM

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For most of us, going to vet school has been a dream since we were little. You busted your butt to finally get in and then reality hits you. Vet school is actually HARD! Do you feel like you aren’t cut out for it? Do you feel like you aren’t smart enough to be a Vet? Then this is the session for YOU! This interactive and fun gathering will provide you with ten tips and tricks to not only help you survive vet school but help you THRIVE while in vet school. You will become 10x more successful and ultimately become truly happy while enjoying this amazing journey.

Lisa Littlejohn, DVM, is a veterinarian at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. She is a 2010 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she spent several years in General Practice through the Tampa Bay area before transitioning exclusively to end of life care. Dr. Lisa loves helping anyone she can and is passionate about educating pet owners and connecting with veterinary students to make their overall school experience the best it can be. In her spare time, she enjoys making insightful and empowering YouTube videos for pet parents. She lives in Brooksville, FL with her 2 dogs (Maui and Grady) and 2 cats (Abby and Finn).

Minimally Invasive Procedures in Dogs and Cats

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with Joe Bartges DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

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More and more owners expect less invasive treatments for their pets and more and more veterinarians are performing minimally invasive procedures. These procedures include laparoscopy, laser lithotripsy, laser correction of an ectopic ureter, placement of ureteral and urethral stents, subcutaneous bypass devices, urethral bulking injections, and coiling of intrahepatic shunts. This presentation will use case examples to illustrate the use and advantages of minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Joe Bartges is from West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University. After receiving his DVM in 1987 from the University of Georgia, he completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1993. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. At Tennessee, he was Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head. He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 2016 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board certified in small animal internal medicine and nutrition. He is a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology and is associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition. He has published over 350 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin. He has spoken at over 250 meetings including many international. He is a consultant for the Urinary and Nutrition boards with the Veterinary Information Network. He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

Clinical Cases in Oncology Part I

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with Corey Saba, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

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This lecture will focus on relevant clinical cases in oncology

Dr. Saba completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and her DVM at Louisiana State University. She then completed an Oncology residency at the University of Wisconsin. She has been on faculty at the University of Georgia since 2006. 

Nutritional strategies to prevent calving-related disorders

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with Pedro Melendez, DVM, MS, PhD

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The majority of diseases of dairy cows occur during the transition period which is defined as the last 3 weeks of gestation, parturition, initiation of lactation, and the early postpartum period up to 21 days in milk. Parturition and the onset of lactation depict tremendous physiological challenges that may predispose the dairy cow to metabolic and infectious disorders. These disorders include parturient paresis (hypocalcemia, milk fever), calving difficulty (dystocia), retained fetal membranes (RFM) (fetal membranes retained beyond 24 h postpartum), metritis (infection and inflammation of the uterus), fatty liver (pathological fat accumulation of the liver), ketosis (excessive ketone body production), and displacement of the abomasum (displacement of the abomasum to the left side of the abdominal cavity). New evidence has shown that dairy cattle, especially obese cows, may develop a state of insulin resistance during the transition period, which is also related to a higher release of nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA) from fat deposits. Insulin resistance may exacerbate the development of fatty liver. These disorders result in significant economic losses to dairy producers by reducing reproductive performance and milk yield during the subsequent lactation, cost of treatments, and culling. Nutritional management is a key factor for the prevention of these disorders.

Dr. Pedro Melendez received his DVM at the University of Chile. He worked as a bovine herd health private practitioner in Chile for a couple of years before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Production at the University of Chile. Dr. Melendez then went on to complete a Residency/MS and PhD in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida. Between 2004 and 2018, he held various teaching positions at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the University Santo Tomas, Chile, and the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine before joining us at the University of Georgia. Dr. Melendez is currently Clinical Associate Professor & Field Investigator at the Food Animal Health & Management Program, Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Georgia, in the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory. His responsibilities include clinical, and university service, extension, continuing education, teaching and research for which his interests include: 1) Dairy production medicine 2) Transition cow management 3) Epidemiology of periparturient diseases, and 4) Dairy cattle nutrition and its association with milk yield and fertility.

Management of Horses with Equine Asthma

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with Clare Ryan

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Horses with asthma can experience not only reduced performance, but reduced quality of life. Treatment of this disease is multi- faceted and requires not only medical management but also environmental management. After a brief discussion of pathophysiology, practical medical and environmental management strategies for treating equine asthma will be detailed.

Dr. Ryan joined the UGA as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine in May of 2016. A 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s veterinary school, Dr. Ryan then completed a residency in large animal internal medicine and PhD at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UGA, she was an associate in a large animal ambulatory practice for two years, followed by three years as the owner of EquiMed Consulting LLC, an equine internal medicine consulting practice in Wisconsin and Illinois. Her clinical interests include neonates, and respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. Her research is focused on development of the equine immune system and interactions between the equine immune system and bacterial microbiota.

Endoscopy for wildlife investigation and conservation

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with Steve Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS

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This 45 minute lecture describes some of the wildlife and conservation projects that have benefitted from endoscopy, including island restoration in the Galapagos, evaluation in endangered sturgeon, and sexing endangered turtles.

Dr. Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1994 and holds Certificate, Diploma, Specialist and Fellow titles in Zoological Medicine from Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS); Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine. Professor of Zoological Medicine at UGA, he has lectured at over 75 national or international conferences across the Americas, Europe and Australasia, and has twice received the Best Speaker Award at the North American Vet Conference. He has over 100 publications to his name including the recently published 3rd edition of Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery.

Antimicrobials in the Poultry Industry

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with Karen Burns Grogan, DVM, MAM, DACPV

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How the recent reduction or elimination of antimicrobials have affected the commercial poultry industry and some comments on what we might expect in the future resulting from these practices.

Dr. Grogan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She continues poultry research at the University of Georgia's Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center.

Career Development: From a Guy Who Couldn’t Keep a Job

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with Earl M. Gaughan, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

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A journey through practice, academia and the animal health industry – with ideas on how to look for a job, how to find out what’s out there, and how to (and not to) interview.

Dr. Earl Gaughan has extensive career experience in the field and classroom. Gaughan has worked for several equine practices, including Littleton Equine Medical Center where he was a clinical equine surgeon. His academic career started at Kansas State University where he spent 14 years including as the equine section head for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Earl also taught at Auburn University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech. Gaughan received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and his equine surgery residency at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. He joined the Merck Animal Health team as an equine technical services veterinarian in 2013

Exotic Animal Ophthomology for 400 - A grab bag of fun ophthalmic factoids for less frequently seen species

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with Kathleen Bedard, DVM

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The talk is a breif overview of common ophthalmic findings in a range of small animal exotics, exotic hoofstock and zoo species. It's basically a kind of potpourri of fun facts and helpful tidbits when approaching the most commonly diagnosed problems in these species.

Dr. Bedard is a 3rd year resident in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Georgia. She completed her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University and spent a year at Ohio State as a rotating intern in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, before coming to UGA for a specialty internship in comparative ophthalmology and then residency. While she loves eyes of all species, she has a special interest in exotics.

Clinical Cases in Oncology Part II

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with Corey Saba, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

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This lecture will focus on relevant clinical cases in oncology

Dr. Saba completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and her DVM at Louisiana State University. She then completed an Oncology residency at the University of Wisconsin. She has been on faculty at the University of Georgia since 2006. 

Anesthesia of Pigs

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with Daniel Sakai, MV, DACVAA

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Anesthesia is more difficult in pigs than dogs! This lecture will help you to overcome these challenges

Dr. Sakai is a diplomate from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. He was trained at Cornell University and Unesp-Jaboticabal (Brazil) and obtained his veterinary degree at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Common Neurological Disorders of Horses

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with Clare Ryan

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Neurological disorders in horses can present particular diagnostic and treatment challenges for practitioners. This talk will focus on disorders of the neurologic system that are commonly encountered. Cases examples will be used to illustrate clinical findings, a diagnostic approach, and treatments for a selection of commonly observed diseases.

Dr. Ryan joined the UGA as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine in May of 2016. A 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s veterinary school, Dr. Ryan then completed a residency in large animal internal medicine and PhD at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UGA, she was an associate in a large animal ambulatory practice for two years, followed by three years as the owner of EquiMed Consulting LLC, an equine internal medicine consulting practice in Wisconsin and Illinois. Her clinical interests include neonates, and respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. Her research is focused on development of the equine immune system and interactions between the equine immune system and bacterial microbiota.

Clinical Use of Advanced Imaging in Fish: Feasibility at 3T MRI, Technique and Inter-species Anatomic Differences

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with Jennifer Ruby, DVM; Jessica Comolli, DVM

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This presentation discusses preliminary results of a feasibility study of MRI of the normal brain of 3 different fish species with histopathology correlation.

Dr. Ruby is from Hopewell Junction, NY. She completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University in 2014, and then pursued a small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. After a second internship specializing in diagnostic imaging at the Veterinary Imaging Center in San Diego, she matriculated into her radiology residency at the University of Georgia, where she is currently a third year resident. Dr. Comolli is a second year Zoological Medicine Resident at the University of Georgia/Zoo Atlanta/Georgia Aquarium. She is originally from South Carolina and obtained her DVM at the University of Georgia. She completed a Zoological Medicine specialty internship at Iowa State University before returning back to UGA for her residency and master's degree.

Using Surveillance to Hit the Target During A Public Health Emergency

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with Cherie L. Drenzek, DVM, MS

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What do state and local health departments do (routinely)? What is a public health emergency? How do we use surveillance and epidemiology to respond to public health emergencies and emerging infectious diseases? Plus, a few (tiring!) years in the life of an Emerging Infectious Disease in Georgia: Pandemic H1N1 Influenza, Ebola Virus Disease, and Zika.

Dr. Cherie Drenzek grew up in Detroit, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her Master’s degree in Food Microbiology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 1995; the same year, she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service program at CDC and was stationed in the Rabies Section. Following EIS, Cherie was employed as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Cherie has been employed at the Georgia Department of Public Health since 1999 and has served in a variety of roles, including infectious disease medical epidemiologist and State Public Health Veterinarian. Cherie served as Director of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section and Deputy State Epidemiologist since October 2005 and was named State Epidemiologist and Director of the Epidemiology Program on August 1, 2011.

Careers in Academia

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with Kevin M. Clarke, DVM, DACVS; Joe Bartges DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

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This panel discussion will answer questions related to careers in academia. Questions will be prepared in additon to any questions from the audience.

Dr. Kevin M. Clarke is from Lexington, KY and earned his B.A. in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Transylvania University in 1984. After receiving his DVM in 1988 from Auburn University, he completed an internship at the University of Minnesota in 1988-89. He completed a residency in small animal surgery at Purdue University in 1993. He joined the faculty at Mississippi State University until 1988 when he then joined the faculty at Purdue University where he remained until 2005. He then joined a surgical specialty practice in Cary NC where he remained until joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2012. He has co-authored several articles and book chapters. He has been recognized with the Outstanding Clinical Teacher in 1992 and 1993, Carl A. Osborne Clinical Investigator Award in 1993, 1996 Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, 1997 Dean's Pegasus Award for Teaching Excellence, 2000 National AVMA Award for Teaching Excellence, 2002 Purdue Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, 2005 Purdue Award for Teaching Excellence, 2014 A.M Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, 2014 and 2015 UGA-CVM Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2015 Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Joe Bartges is from West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University. After receiving his DVM in 1987 from the University of Georgia, he completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1993. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. At Tennessee, he was Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head. He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 2016 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board certified in small animal internal medicine and nutrition. He is a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology and is associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition. He has published over 350 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin. He has spoken at over 250 meetings including many international. He is a consultant for the Urinary and Nutrition boards with the Veterinary Information Network. He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

Anesthesia and Analgesia in the Field: Keeping Patients Happy in a Bus Garage

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with Anne Marie McPartlin, LVT

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Veterinary field medicine can sometimes be correlated with diminished care due to limited resources. We’ll discuss considerations and reaching goals in anesthesia/analgesia protocols that provide high quality care to our small animal patients. We’ll examine drug effects, multimodal analgesia, and protocol design with case examples from the field.

Anne Marie McPartlin is a program coordinator and licensed veterinary technicianwith Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS). She graduated from a 3 year program in veterinary technology at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON in 1994 and completed a one year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York in 1995. She has worked in numerous teaching hospitals including the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Florida Small Animal Hospital, and Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. She discovered RAVS as a volunteer in 2010 which invigorated her career in the pursuit of veterinary field and shelter medicine. The travel of field clinics blended synergistically with her gypsy lifestyle and she joined RAVS full time in 2015. Her recent move to Georgia from New York marks her 34th moving experience.

"Illuminating the Black Box: Diagnosing Sudden Blindness in Dogs and Cats"

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with Kathern Myrna DVM, MS, DACVO

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Sudden blindness is a frightening event for pet owners and can present a diagnostic challenge for practitioners. In this session I will review the causes of sudden blindness. We will also discuss ways to differentiate emergency referrals from cases that can wait. Lastly we will review some clinical cases. The aim of this lecture will be to review the primary causes of acute blindness; to review simple diagnostics that can improve diagnosis in private practice; and to review the basics of pupillary light response, dazzle reflex and other neurodiagnostics.

Dr. Myrna has a BA from Vassar College and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to complete a 1-year specialty internship at Angell Animal Medical Center – Western New England. Dr. Myrna then completed a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and obtained a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Myrna has been teaching at the University of Georgia for the past eight years where she has been recognized for her teaching and engaging lecture style through the Zoetis Distinguished Teaching award, multiple student teaching awards and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Myrna’s research focuses on corneal wound healing as well as the role of tear cortisol levels on ocular health. She has authored or co-authored over 20 research abstracts and journal articles as well as multiple book chapters.

Anesthesis of Small Ruminants and Camelids

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Classic Center

with Dr. Rachel Reed, DVM, DACVAA

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Anesthesia of ruminants and pseudoruminants can be challenging for a variety of reasons. This lecture will address the challenges and complications associated with anesthesia of these species and provide some tips for successful anesthetic management.

Dr. Reed received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from North Carolina State University of College of Veterinary Medicine before entering mixed animal private practice for two years. She then pursued a residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Tennessee, finishing in 2016. Dr. Reed is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and has a special interest in large animal anesthesia and analgesia.

Common Opthalmic Disease in the Horse

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Classic Center

with Sarah Czerwinski DVM, Diplomate ACVO

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Ophthalmic disease is very common in the horse. This lecture will briefly review equine ophthalmic anatomy and physiology, and discuss diseases such as corneal ulceration, deep stromal abscess, squamous cell carcinoma, and equine recurrent uveitis.

Dr. Sarah Czerwinski graduated from veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2010. She completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery in Alberta, Canada, and an internal medicine fellowship in Lexington, KY. She then completed a residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Florida. Following 1.5 years in private practice, Dr. Czerwinski joined the ophthalmology team at the University of Georgia where she has continued to pursue her passion for equine ophthalmology. Her interests outside of work include horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her Jack Russell terrier, Basil.

Neoplasia of Exotic Species

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Classic Center

with Megan Caudill, CVM

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An overview of the most commonly documented neoplasms in exotic species with particular emphasis on the diagnosis of these conditions.

Dr. Megan Caudill is the current third-year clinical pathology resident at the University of Georgia. Dr. Caudill completed her BS in Biology at UGA in 2013 and graduated with her DVM from UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dr. Caudill loves all things related to pathology and hopes to become dual-certified in both clinical and anatomic pathology. Following the completion of her clinical pathology residency this summer, she plans to begin an abbreviated anatomic residency program at the University of Florida.

Vets 4 Pets and People

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Classic Center

with Katie Beckworth, BS; Rebecca Mears, BS

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Vets for Pets and People is a partnership between the UGA Vet School and a local Athens area domestic violence shelter. The goal of our organization is to foster and provide medical care to pets of those escaping situations of domestic violence and abuse. The link between domestic violence and animal abuse, the background of the organization, and how students can get involved within their own communities will be discussed by student members of the executive board.

Katie Beckworth and Rebecca Mears are third-year students at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and have been involved with Vets for Pets and People since beginning veterinary school in 2016. Katie has served as co-chair of the Foster Committee and Rebecca has focused on the area of fundraising during their time with the organization. Rebecca’s professional interests include equine medicine while Katie’s include acupuncture and pocket pets. Both are passionate about organized veterinary medicine and giving back to their community.

Preparing for and Securing an Internship

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Classic Center Room 6

Erik Hofmeister, DVM, D

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A 1-year internship is often persued by vet school graduates. With match rates between 8%(ambulatory) and 72%(small animal medicine and surgery), these positiosn are highly competitive. We will discuss ways to maximize your likelihood of success by strategizing each year of vet school. We will discuss what is important in internship applications, how to do interviews, and overall how to successfully get the internship you want.

Dr. Hofmeister is a Professor of Anaesthesia with nearly 20 year's experience in academia. He has served on and chaired countless intern/resident selection committees, has helped innumerable undergrads, vet students, residents and junior faculty get to their next step, and has published in peer-review journals about internships. He owns and writes The Veducator blog, whose tagline is "Help for every stage of your veterinary career."

Management and medicine for backyard chicken flocks

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Classic Center

with Karen Burns Grogan, DVM, MAM, DACPV

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Most veterinarians get minor exposure to poultry diseases during their veterinary education – enough to pass a national or state board question or two. With the rise in urban farming and backyard flocks, practicing veterinarians need to learn about the important medical issues in these species since their clients may present their fowl for veterinary care. This lecture will focus on basic management, biosecurity and common diseases in backyard flocks.

Dr. Grogan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She continues poultry research at the University of Georgia's Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center.

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