FRIDAY, MARCH 5

COMPANION ANIMAL

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Treatment Options for Atopic Dermatitis, Isoxazolines: A Mite-y Solution
Holly Roberts, DVM, DACVD
This session will be a case-based discussion on common dermatological problems in day-to-day in veterinary clinics.
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1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Veterinary Dentistry
Johnathon ‘Bert’ Dodd, DVM, FAVD, DACVD
Reading Intraoral Radiographs: This will be a collection of radiographs of different normal and abnormal conditions so the veterinarian can learn to distinguish normal anatomy and pathology. Repair of Oral Fractures: Discussion of various non-invasive mandibular and maxillary fracture repairs Dentistry Is More Than Cleaning Teeth: This interactive session is designed to show a number of 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)
Specialists Short Talks and Round Table Discussions
Specialty Practitioners TBD
This unique and interactive session has been brought back by popular demand by the TVMA CE/Conference Committee and the Specialty Practice Committee. Four specialists (TBD) from the Houston area will give four mini presentations, and then attendees will have the opportunity to sit with each specialist to ask questions in a rotating pattern every 15 minutes. This is a great learning opportunity for the recent graduate to the seasoned practitioner.

LARGE ANIMAL

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Beef Cattle Medicine
Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc, DABVP
Assessment and Impacts of Newborn Beef Calf Vigor: Critical evaluation of modified APGAR scores and their ability to accurately identify acidotic calves followed by a review of the recently published Beef Calf Vigor Assessment used to predict whether or not a calf will consume colostrum by four hours after birth. This talk is research-based with data on clinical examination parameters associated with acid-base status and concludes with very practical implications for improving the health of high-risk newborn beef calves. Cow-Calf Outbreak Investigations: When Minerals Go Bad! Extremely interactive talk that reviews investigation strategies and lessons learned from a number of herd outbreaks related specifically to nutrition and mineral intake including: Congenital chondrodysplasia of unknown origin (dwarfism) in spring calving beef heifers; Sudden death in gestating beef cows (urea toxicity in free-choice mineral); Ill thrift and copper deficiency in cows and water deprivation in nursing beef calves managed on swaths (toxic levels of sulfates in water source) Concurrent goitre and disproportionate dwarfism in beef calves (iodine deficiency) Small Vet, Big Cow: Tips and Tricks for the Vertically Challenged: Practice tips to make calvings, c-sections, pregnancy-checking, semen testing and other daily duties a little easier for all involved.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Equine Rehab
Steve Adair, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CERP
Equine Rehabilitation Overview: This presentation provides an overview of the different techniques and modalities used in equine rehabilitation. The mechanism of action, effects on tissue and indications for each will be discussed. Objectives of this presentation are to acquaint the participant with the different therapeutic modalities commonly used in equine physical therapy, to aid the participant in the formulation of a physical therapy plan and to acquaint the participant with conditions that occur in the equine athlete that are amenable to physical therapy. Formulation of an Equine Rehabilitation Plan and Monitoring Progress: This presentation presents considerations when developing a rehabilitation plan. It also details the different ways to monitor responses to therapy so the practitioner can quantifiably evaluate changes in the patient and adjust their rehabilitation plan. Learning objectives include that the participant should be able to discuss therapeutic monitoring and should be familiar with the development of a therapeutic plan. Legalities of Equine Rehabilitation: This presentation discusses the current status of the practice of animal rehabilitation across the United States. It will present the AVMA’s position and will compare the spectrum of state practice acts across the United States. Information concerning the practice of equine rehabilitation in Texas will be provided. Learning objectives include that the participant will be acquainted with the status of equine rehabilitation across the United States and the participant will become acquainted with the status of equine rehabilitation in Texas. Regenerative Rehabilitation of Tendon and Ligament Injuries: This presentation details the progression of the treatment and rehabilitation of equine tendon and ligaments from the time of injury to the time the horse can return to work. The presentation provides an overview of treatments including biologic medicine but will be more detailed concerning rehabilitation. Learning objectives include the participant will know the basic biology of tendon and ligament healing, participant will know which regenerative therapies are most beneficial and the participant will become acquainted with specific rehabilitation techniques for tendon and ligament injuries.

HOSPITAL STAFF

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Client Care in the Time of COVID: Considerations, Customization and Conflict Management
Heidi Cooley, DVM
There has been a lot learned in 2020. Client care has always been important and a challenge. This last year, client care also required constant innovation and agility to keep ourselves and our clients safe. We have found many new learnings as well as a renewed focus on client experience must-haves. Our goal for this presentation is to review what we have learned this year and what we have always known. These can be categorized in buckets of considerations, customizations and conflict management skills. Team and client safety considerations should be evaluated and incorporated into your clinic operations. There are needs for customization of care for your clients based on their stress levels, pet behavior, personal preferences and community health concerns. There will be conflicts we will need to manage with or without COVID. We will go over the basics of conflict management as well as review the impact chronic stress (i.e., the pandemic) may have on our teams and clients.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Neurology
Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, MS, CCRP, VTS (Neurology) 
Evaluation of the Neurologic Patient: Learn what to look for in four primary areas when giving neurologic examination evaluation: (1) the head and cranial nerves; (2) the gait, or walk; (3) the neck and front legs; and (4) the torso, hind legs, anus and tail. A patient’s reflexes also should be tested to determine, if possible, the location of the injury in the brain, spinal cord or nerves in the peripheral nervous system. Degenerative Myelopathy Diagnosis and Management: The Technician’s Role: Learn the clinical signs, what breeds are most commonly affected and some of the causes of DM. The technician’s role in management of this disease also will be covered. Idiopathic Epilepsy: This session will review the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for this form of epilepsy.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Partnerships, Contracts, Liability
Trey Cutler, JD
Partnerships: DVM and Non-DVM: The Pits and the Pinnacles; Surprising Insights on Associate Contracts; Risky Business: Two Areas of Potential Significant Liability for a Veterinary Practice.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Everyday Efficiencies During COVID; Pharmacy and Technician Management
Wendy Myers, CVJ
What COVID-19 Taught Us That Will Become Everyday Efficiencies: Learn business efficiencies that will help you produce healthy practice profits while strengthening client relationships. Learning objectives include building a balanced schedule with the right mix of urgent care, sick patient and preventive exams, producing digital handouts, lab results and home-care instructions, implementing a contactless exam room checkout, elevating the number of medical services veterinary nurses and assistants may provide, using telemedicine to supplement hands-on exams and reducing pharmacy inventory with on-hand acute medications and shifting refills to your online store. Get Your Pharmacy Back: Veterinarians claim 74% of pet medication sales, and internet pharmacies will grab 20% market share within the next two years. Pharmacy sales represent 25% to 30% of revenue in most practices. You need savvy strategies to retain and grow your pharmacy income. Learning objectives include understanding what potential pharmacy income you could win back, how to set up proactive refill and reminder strategies, using texting to erase hours of time-sucking phone calls for refills, how Amazon changed pet owners’ demand for home delivery and ways to respond when clients want prescriptions filled by another pharmacy. Use Technicians as Physician Assistants and Multiply Your Revenue: Despite signing bonuses, student loan payoff assistance, shortened workweeks and enticing salaries, private and corporate practice owners are grappling to hire associate veterinarians. Just as physician assistants are fulfilling the gap in human healthcare, veterinarians should consider the same strategy. A survey found for every credentialed technician that a practice employed, the hospital generated $161,493 more in gross revenue. Learn how to leverage technicians and assistants to work at the top of their licenses and skillsets. Objectives include identifying the types of appointments technicians and assistants will see, understanding your state practice act guidelines on which duties staff may perform, learning how to charge for technician appointments and show value to clients, creating scheduling guidelines for nurse appointments (includes guidelines to get you started), what hours to offer nurse appointments and how to set staff schedules.
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SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

8 a.m. to 12 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 is a critical aspect of these cases. Tips on writing an effective forensic report and navigating the legal system will also be covered.