SATURDAY, March 1, 2014 • 8 a.m. – Noon

How to Use Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Infusions
Constant rate infusions of drugs can prevent the ups and downs of intermittent boluses and when used for pain management they can be titrated to effect and reduce breakthrough pain. Mistakes in calculating dose rates and dilutions of drugs for infusion are very com- mon. Standard operating procedures and a mechanism for checking calculations before administration must be in place to prevent accidents.

Short- and Long-Term Use of NSAIDs in Cats
NSAIDs can be very effective analgesics for both acute and long-term pain in cats. There are no NSAIDs approved for long-term use in the U.S.; however, prolonged use of some NSAIDs in cats with degenerative joint disease has been successful based on several prospective and retrospective studies. The key to avoiding adverse events with long-term use of NSAIDs includes careful patient selection, monitoring and client education.

New Anesthetic and Analgesic Drugs for Cats
Several new drugs, for both anesthesia and analgesia, have re- cently been launched. This talk will cover information on robenacoxib, PropofolTM 28 and alfaxalone use in cats.

 Sheilah Robertson, BVMS, PhD, CVA, DACVA 

‘Kneed to Know’: Decision-Making in Treatment of Patellar Luxation with Concurrent CrCL Rupture
We will review tips for identifying concurrent cranial cruci- ate ligament rupture and medial patellar luxation based on exam and imaging. In addition, we will discuss surgical strategies for correcting both conditions at once with a focus on avoiding pitfalls.

Orthopedic Disasters: How to Learn From Them and Avoid Your Own
Orthopedics is governed by the rules of physics, but politics and emotion have a role as well! Learning from mistakes (preferably others’ but yours too) is part of continuing to learn and grow as a surgeon. We will walk through some lesions in fracture decision-making during this session.

Speaker: Sharon Kerwin, DVM, DACVS (TAMU-CVM Faculty/Class of 1988)


SATURDAY, March 1, 2014 • 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Topics in Canine Ophthalmology
• Canine lens and cataract formation will be discussed along with lens anatomy, congenital abnormalities and cataract surgery
• This session covers the canine glaucomas, including the pathologic effects, diagnostics and treatment
• The afternoon session will send with a discussion onocular emergencies

Speaker: Julie Hempstead, DVM, DACVO (Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialist, Houston/OSU Class of 2009) 

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Surgery Success or Failure? You Predict: Multiple Case Panel Discussion
During this presentation, surgeons will present pictures of interesting soft tissue and orthopedic cases. Audience participation will be encouraged and a vote taken to see if the audience predicts surgical success or failure. Subsequent pictures will document the success of the surgical repair or its failure. Surgeons will then discuss key points about the results, tips and pointers and, believe it or not, may share what they did wrong.

Speakers: David Allman, DVM, DACVS (Austin), Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS (TAMU-CVM) and Kelly Might, DVM (Austin)
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SUNDAY, March 2, 2014 • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Topics in Feline Ophthalmology
• The session will begin with a discussion on the canine and feline eyelid and the third eyelid with a focus on congenital and developmental disorders, trauma, neoplasia and surgical correction.
• Following eyelids will be a review on the clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options for feline conjunctivitis and keratitis.
• Session attendees will then learn about feline anterior uveitis and diseases of the lens.
• Lastly, an evaluation of the small animal fundus with discussion on how to differentiate normal from abnormal and how to develop a list of differentials.

Speaker: Julie Hempstead, DVM, DACVO (Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston/OSU Class of 2009) 

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How Do We Know They Hurt? Assessing Acute Pain in Dogs and Cats
Heart rate, blood pressure and other physiologic variables alone are not good indicators of acute pain in dogs and cats. Accurate assessment of acute pain depends on observing behavior, postures and facial expressions. This presentation will use videos to demonstrate pain-related behaviors and review the latest pain-scoring tools.

Putting Together Acute Pain Management Protocols for Dogs and Cats: Successful pain management plans involve an understanding the concepts of pre-emptive or preventive analgesia and multimodal approaches, which include non-drug therapies. It is also important to plan for the correct duration of treatment to avoid failures. This lecture will use real-life examples to demonstrate these points.

Speaker: Sheilah Robertson, BVMS, PhD, CVA, DACVA 


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