1:30 to 5:30 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
The Veterinarian's Role in Reporting Suspected Abuse
Melinda Merck, DVM
This lecture will discuss suspicious indicators of animal cruelty and key steps for the veterinary team. Determination of non-accidental injury (cruelty) vs. accidental injury will be presented. Discussion will include considerations and actions regarding reporting suspected abuse including key aspects of history taking. Development of a practice standard operating procedure to handle potential cases including managing risk within the hospital setting will be presented. The lecture will include video examples of veterinarian-client communication and interaction in commonly encountered scenarios. The zone of owner discretion and how it can serve as a guide for reporting will be discussed. Documentation is the cornerstone of legal cases; there are additional rules and considerations for admissibility in court. Evidence collection and forensic testing will be presented. The legal requirements and expectations of the veterinarian are critical aspects of these cases. The lecture will include writing a forensic report and navigating the legal system.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
Leptospirosis at Large: A Contemporary Take on a Prevalent Disease; Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex: That Simple Cough; May Be More Complicated Than You Realize
Camille Heersche, DVM, Sheryl Gamble, DVM, MA, Diane McDonald, VMD

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8 a.m. to 12 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
Making Imaging Diagnosis: Common and challenging skeletal system disease features in Rx and CT; Radiography and CT of challenging thoracic diseases; Determining the source of hepatobiliary diseases with Rx, US, CT; Small intestinal infiltrative diseases using US
Lorrie Gaschen, DVM
During this session, you will learn how to diagnose common diseases and which imaging modality to use. These talks will focus on developing improved skills for the veterinarian in recognizing the imaging features of different modalities, which is the best modality (Rx, CT, US) to make the diagnosis and discuss the limitations of different modalities for common and challenging diseases in dogs and cats. The presentations will use numerous case examples, showing a normal next to an abnormal and giving the veterinarian new ideas and ways to assess the radiographs in their practice. The focus will be on key features of common and challenging diseases in dogs and cats.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Reading Intraoral Radiographs, Repair of Oral Fractures, Dentistry Is More Than Cleaning Teeth
Johnathon “Bert” Dodd, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
The first session will feature a collection of radiographs of different normal and abnormal conditions so the veterinarian can learn to distinguish normal anatomy and pathology. During the second presentation, “Repair of Oral Fractures,” attendees will engage in a discussion of various non-invasive mandibular and maxillary fracture repairs. Stick around for the closing session entitled “Dentistry Is More Than Cleaning Teeth.” This interactive session is designed to show several dental problems that can be treated by the general practitioner. Actual cases will be shown as well as an interactive discussion on treatment options.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
Experts Tackle a Challenging, Mystery Medical Case from Beginning to End!
Walt Burghardt, DVM, PhD, DACVB; Audrey Yu-Speight, DVM, DACVO; Sharon Kerwin, DVM, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology); and Zack Wright, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
This unique and interactive session has been brought back by popular demand by the TVMA CE/Conference Committee and the Specialty Practice Committee. We have four boarded specialists who take on a challenging medical case from the very beginning to final diagnosis. This session will demonstrate how each specialist approached the challenge through their observations, test results and the symptoms the patient displays. At the conclusion of the challenging case presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to sit with each specialist to ask questions about cases they’ve seen or that they’re currently dealing with. This is a great learning opportunity for everyone from the recent graduate to the seasoned practitioner.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
Challenge Accepted: Obtaining Diagnostic Samples from Small Exotic Mammals, Choice and Interpretation of Small Exotic Mammal Hematology Analytes, Choice and Interpretation of Small Exotic Mammal Biochemistry Analytes
J. Jill Heatley, DVM DABVP (Avian/Reptile/Amphibian), DACVM
Properly select, successfully obtain and efficiently interpret clinical pathology samples and analytes of small exotic mammals. Improve your ability to obtain samples and diagnose disease based on the preferred clinical pathology analytes of small exotic mammals. Learn the needed skills and equipment for obtaining and preserving that precious sample for best results at the lab. Venipuncture tips and tricks included! Learn to best assess the sample even before it leaves your practice and even if you only get a drop! Learn to understand the results forwarded from the lab.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Tailoring Nursing Care to Your Feline Patient; Esophageal Feeding Tube Placement and Nursing Care for the Feline Patient; Systemic Fungal Diseases in the Canine and Feline Patient
Paula Plummer, LVT (TAMU-CVM Teaching Hospital)

The feline patient requires different techniques in nursing care compared to their canine counterpart. Handling the feline patient properly is an important first step to master. Handling that patient in a low stress, nurturing manner will help build the technical skills of being able to accomplish other tasks with a patient. Reducing stress in the hospital environment, obtaining an accurate blood pressure and improving venipuncture skills will be important to fine tuning a feline technician’s nursing care skills. Esophagostomy feeding tubes are no longer viewed as hospice care aides for our feline patients. They provide valuable nutritional support for feline patients that are anorexic or for patients in need of medical support that cannot be medicated at home. Once the E-tube is in place, nursing care and nutritional calculations are valuable skills for a veterinary technician. This lecture will review, indications, placement, nursing care and nutritional calculations. Systemic fungal diseases such as Histoplasmosis, Blastomycosis, Aspergillosis and Cryptococcus are all fungal infections that can be seen if our patients are in the correct environment. Understanding clinical signs, new diagnostics, treatments, and nursing care techniques for patients experiencing these infectious diseases will make the technician a better patient advocate. Come to this session and figure out if the fungus is among us.

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Kirby's Rule of 20: Critical Care Nursing, Not So Cute: Acute Kidney Injury, Hypovolemic Shock
Marlaina Hrosch, RVT, VTS (ECC)
In the Kirby’s Rule of 20 presentation, Marlaina will dive into the 20 parameters that should be monitored in a critical patient. She will discuss each parameter and look at how you can use those in practice! Items to be covered are understanding the 20 parameters used to monitor critical patients, understanding how to use Kirby’s Rule of 20 in practice and, lastly, understanding exemplary nursing care.The second presentation will review the definition and phases of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). What causes AKI, what are the categories and types of azotemia, what diagnostic tools are utilized in diagnosing, and what are the treatment options based on the type of AKI that is being treated? By the end of this lecture, you will have all the answers! The last presentation will provide insight into hypovolemic shock. What is it? Why does it happen? What can we do to treat it? All of your questions will be answered here! You will come away with a better understanding of what shock is and oxygen delivery as well as be able to differentiate hypovolemic shock from other types of shock. Marlaina will breakdown the clinical signs associated with hypovolemic shock, which will include the six parameters of perfusion, and will review the different methods of fluid resuscitation.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Practical Tips on Common Legal Issues (After 25 Years in the Trenches!)
Trey Cutler, JD
This presentation will be a combination of lecture and interactive discussion covering the following topics: practice partnerships (including partnerships with non-DVMs), associate contracts, sexual harassment and embezzlement, with the following objectives: Partnerships – Attendees will come away with a better understanding of structuring implications in partnering with DVMs and non-DVMs as well as nuances of buy-sell provisions and other key components of partnering agreements. Learn mistakes that are common in veterinary partnerships. Associate Contracts – What are the fundamental components of a good associate contract? In this session, learn how some contract provisions can impact practice operations and how the presence or absence of certain contract provisions can have significant legal consequences. Attendees will gain a better appreciation for how to best manage the associate contract process. Risky Business – Hopefully, this situation will never happen in your clinic, but if it does, Trey will discuss what actions can give rise to sexual harassment claims and how to handle a sexual harassment claim when one arises. Trey will also go over embezzlement risks and how to best protect you and your clinic against both sexual harassment and embezzlement risks.

1:30 to 5:30 p.m.(3.5 CE credits)
HB 2850: What Does It Mean for Handling Online Reviews and Comments? Workshop: Making the Most of Your Online Reputation, Aiming for 5 Stars: Tips to Grow Your Practice’s Positive Reviews
Caitlyn DeWilde, DVM
Texas recently passed HB 2850, which provides some protections to veterinary team members regarding responses, comments and discussions made in online forums. This lecture will provide the latest update on this issue, as well as discuss the safeguards it entails and guidance for handling interactions with clients in online forums, social media sites and reputation platforms. The second session will be a live workshop in which we will walk through each of the online reputation sites—Google, Yelp, Nextdoor and Facebook—so bring your laptop to follow along. Have your practice’s “about us” description, your logo and a few photos handy, and we’ll make sure your practice is set up properly with an optimized profile, keeping your online reputation strong and protected. During the closing class, Dr. DeWilde will discuss if you and your veterinary team spend a lot of time worrying about negative online reviews. If you do, are you doing all that you can to combat them? A few bad reviews can certainly be detrimental to a practice, but in a sea of dozens (or hundreds) of good reviews, they barely make a dent if at all. Focus on the positive and adopt a proactive approach to getting those five-star reviews.

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8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Cow-Calf Production Medicine: Assessment and Impacts of Newborn Beef Calf Vigor; Cow-Calf Outbreak Investigation: When Minerals Go Bad!; Small Vet, Big Cow: Tips and Challenges of the Vertically Challenged
Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc, DABVP
The first session will reveal why modified APGAR scores fail to consistently identify acidotic calves, followed by a review of the Beef Calf Vigor Assessment that can be used to predict whether a calf will nurse by four hours after birth. You will not want to miss out on this interactive case-based talk that will review investigation strategies and lessons learned from several disease outbreaks resulting from improper nutrition and mineral consumption.The final session will offer practical suggestions to help make calvings, c-sections, pregnancy-checking, bull BSEs and other daily field duties a little easier for all involved.

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Profitability of Rural Mixed Animal Practices, Rural Mixed Animal Practice Challenges: Salaries, Inventory, Cost of Goods, Account Receivables and Collections
Glen Seller, MS, MBA
This session will discuss and review current profitability in rural mixed practices compared to national numbers. Glenn will examine some current challenges faced by mixed animal practice owners as they relate to profitability as well.
The second presentation will focus on inventory, cost of goods and accounts receivable. Glen will lead discussion on how to improve profitability in those areas. Glen will end with a salaries presentation that will review different salary models and discuss current salary data and salary industry market drivers.