7:45 – 9 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Forelimb Lameness in Toy Breeds of Dogs: Diagnostic Imaging and Treatment
Forelimb lameness in Toy Breeds of dogs is a common problem and can be a diagnostic challenge. This lecture will address physical examination findings and imaging modalities to arrive at a proper diagnosis.  Conservative and surgical treatment options will be discussed as well as long term prognosis.

Learning objectives include:

  • at the end of the lecture, participants will be able to assess gait to correctly identify which forelimb is involved.
  • Properly examine the shoulder for stability and pain.
  • Properly examine the elbow for stability and pain.
  • Arrive at an appropriate treatment strategy.
  • Develop a post-operative recovery plan.
  • Identify and manage complications should they occur.

8 – 9:15 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Inadvertent Peri-Anesthetic Hypothermia:
The Chilling Facts
Stuart Clark-Price, DVM, DACVIM, DACVAA, CVA
This presentation will discuss the genesis, risk factors, consequences, and therapeutic options for peri-anesthetic hypothermia in anesthetized companion animal patients. Learning objectives for this presentation include:

  • Gain an understanding of the pathophysiology behind peri-anesthetic hypothermia in small animal patients
  • Gain an understanding of the consequences of peri-anesthetic hypothermia on patient well-being and outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of the current understanding of treatment options for combating peri-anesthetic hypothermia in companion animal patients

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Diagnostic Modalities and Surgical Methods for Carpal and Tarsal Arthrodesis
Carpal and tarsal injuries are a common occurrence in companion animals.  This lecture will address diagnostic modalities and surgical management of these inuries.
Learning objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to correctly identify the level of carpal hyperextension injuries.
  • Participants will be able to discuss appropriate treatment modalities for each level of injury.
  • Participants will be able to develop a post-operative recovery program.
  • Participants will be able to identify and manage complications should one occur.
  • Participants will be able to list conditions of the tarsal joint that may require tarsal arthrodesis.
  • Participants will be able guide clients through the surgical process for tarsal fusion and develop a recovery program.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (1.5 CE credits)
Top 5 Tips for Treating Your Poisoned Feline Patient
Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT)
Can’t get that poisoned cat to puke? Unable to get activated charcoal into that hissing cat? In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review treatment of the poisoned feline patient, including how to safely induce emesis, how to administer activated charcoal, and general treatment protocols.

Down with OPP: Outpatient Parvovirus – Does It Work?
Does each parvo case need to be hospitalized? What’s the survival with outpatient therapy? Surprisingly, it’s similar to in-hospital treatment. In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review canine parvovirus, including the etiology, clinical signs, and treatment. Learn what options we can provide to pet owners with financial limitations.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Local Anesthetic Drugs: How They Work and Why We Should Use Them
Mike Barletta, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA
The mechanism of action of local anesthetic drugs will be explained. Clinical doses used in dogs and cats and toxic effects will be discussed. Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the mechanism of action of local anesthetic drugs
  • How to recognize and treat toxic effects.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Local Anesthesia Blocks for Dental Procedures
Mike Barletta, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA
Several local anesthetic techniques used for dental procedures in dogs and cats will be shown using 3D animations and clinical use of these techniques will be discussed. Learning objectives include:

  • How to perform local blocks for dental procedures
  • Choosing the right block for specific dental procedures.

1:15 – 3:15 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Toxicology Tips for the Poisoned Pet
Should you reach for hydrogen peroxide in that poisoned patient? Or will apomorphine work better? Not sure how to gastric lavage? In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review toxicology tips for management of the poisoned pet, including obtaining an appropriate toxicology history, confirming the active ingredient, the indications and contraindications for decontamination, what appropriate emetic agents should be used, when activated charcoal is appropriate, how to gastric lavage, and more!

Emergency Management and Treatment of the Feline Urethral Obstruction
Hate seeing blocked cats? Learn some tips from the trade with Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT with the feline urethral obstruction patient. What sedatives should we consider and what fluid rate should I use?

1:15 – 3 p.m. (1.75 CE credits)
What Are Those Funky Cells Under the Microscope?
Kim Johnson, DVM, DACVIM
This discussion will include review of cytology slides, description, identifying and diagnosing various types of common tumor.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Updates for Common Canine and Feline Cancers
Timothy Stein, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

  • This presentation will provide updates on immunologic-based diagnostic tests, molecular-based diagnostics tests, immunologic-based therapies and molecular-based therapies. Case studies will be provided to demonstrate examples of these diagnostics and therapies in use. Learning objectives include: Attendees will have an improved understanding of new diagnostic tests and therapies available that they can incorporate into their practices.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Colors of the Cornea
Kathryn Diehl, DVM, DACVO
This lecture will cover practical general practice equipment and methods for evaluating the cornea.  It will also enable veterinarians to better identify and interpret corneal opacities that are observed, subsequently allowing most appropriate formulation of a differential diagnosis for corneal lesions/disease.

Questions one should be able to answer post lecture:

  • Which of the following does not contribute to normal corneal clarity? – avascularity, rich innervation, absence of pigment, relative dehydration.
  • Which of the following is likely to result in corneal edema? – corneal ulceration, uveitis with corneal endothelial damage, glaucoma with corneal endothelial damage, all of the above.
  • Which of the following is most likely to allow improved corneal examination and evaluation? – proparacaine topical anesthetic application, a slit light beam source, an indirect ophthalmoscopy condensing lens, a gonioscopy lens
  • Which of the following is the least likely ddx for a brown corneal opacity in a dog? – iris pigment associated with corneal perforation, plant material FB, corneal sequestrum, KCS.
  • Which of the following is the least likely ddx for a white corneal opacity in a cat? – EK, SCC, KPs associated with uveitis, dermoid.



7:45 – 9 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Anesthesia and Common Surgical Procedures in Small Ruminants
Misty A. Edmondson, DVM, DACVT
The objective of this presentation will be to provide a basic understanding of anesthetic risks and protocols for small ruminants. A review of some of the most common surgical procedures of small ruminants will also be covered. Upon completion of the lecture, each participant should be more comfortable with anesthetic protocols and procedures in small ruminants and the common surgeries performed in these species.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Common Metabolic Disorders in Small Ruminants
Misty A. Edmondson, DVM, DACVT
The objective of this presentation is to review the most common metabolic disorders in goats and will focus on pregnancy toxemia, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia and other disorders. Upon completion of the lecture, participants should be able to able to recognize the symptoms of each disorder, understand the diagnostic tools and treatments available, and be able to make recommendations to producers on the best methods to prevent these disorders.

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Common Problems Seen in Captive Deer Breeding Facilities
Scott Bugai, DVM
Common problems seen in captive deer breeding facilities will be discussed

1:30 – 3 p.m. (1.5 CE credits)
Sleep Disorders in Horses. It’s Not Narcolepsy
Joseph J. Bertone, DVM, DACVS
This presentation will present multiple forms of sleep disorders in horses and identify that narcolepsy is at best exceedingly rare and may not even exist. However, multiple other forms and presentation of sleep deprivation and effect on performance, function and attitude do exist. We might even get to your own sleep disorders and the speakers as well.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Diagnostic Approaches to the Equine Upper Airway, Poor Performance in Western Performance Horses and Racing Quarter Horses
Weston Warnock, DVM
This session will review common diagnostic approaches to the upper airway as well as common upper airway disorders in horses and surgical therapies that can be applied to the standing horse. Dr. Warnock will also breakdown the daunting task of sorting out poor performance in different disciplines of western performance horses and racing Quarter horses. He will include common presenting complaints and common pathologies for each discipline.



7:45 – 9 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Beyond Clinical Skills: How to Deal with Difficult Clients
Lori Kogan, PhD
This presentation offers insights into how to handle challenging conversations. We will begin by looking at what makes some interactions challenging including the ability to recognize subtle verbal attacks and confrontations. We will then discuss ways to defuse emotional situations, ignore verbal ‘bait’ and respond in ways that promote a positive outcome. Concrete relevant examples will be explored and opportunities to practice real life scenarios will be included. Learning objectives include:

  • Be able to identify verbal challenges (overt and subtle)
  • Recognize and manage reactive verbal responses
  • Select appropriate verbal responses
  • Feel more confident communicating in challenging scenarios

8 – 9:15 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Best Practices in Inventory Management
Nicole Clausen
This session will explore the changing landscape of inventory in the veterinary practice. We will discuss several critical inventory benchmarks for determining efficiency and health of your inventory and how they impact your hospital. In addition, we’ll discuss inventory best practices and how to implement those strategies in your hospital.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
RECOVER CPR for Veterinary Technicians
Courtney Waxman, CVT, RVT, VTS
This lecture is based on the RECOVER guidelines and will review and give focus to the RECOVER initiative. Courtney will briefly introduce/review the history of CPR and the RECOVER initiative. This session will cover how to be prepared for a cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) event (staff and hospital), types of CPA, and signs of impending CPA. The presentation reviews the aspects of basic life support (BLS) – discuss compressions (include rate, posture, and technique), airway (patient intubation), breathing rate, and importance of the 2-minute cycle as well as advanced life support (ALS) – drug access, drug administration, ECG rhythms, capnography, use of IV fluids, and defibrillation. The presentation goes through the team approach, the technician’s role in running a code (team positions), and the importance of communication and debriefing. Courtney will also detail when to stop CPR and post-resuscitative patient care. Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the signs of impending CPA
  • Understand the correct compression technique, posture, and rate
  • Understand the correct breath rate
  • Understand the essential monitoring tools used for ALS
  • Understand the use of drug administration
  • Understand the post-CPA patient concerns

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Finding Comfort in Caring: Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care
Jennifer Grady-Holmes, CVT, VTS
Along with the evolution of veterinary medicine, the list of options for care for our animal companions continues to grow.  As veterinary medicine continues to follow the path of human medicine, the concept of “end of life” care is a topic that often comes to light as we consider offering additional services of comfort care and relief to our patients.  This lecture will introduce the philosophy and concept of hospice care and identify the key components to integrating hospice care into veterinary practice.  Focus will include all aspects of patient care as well as ways to address anticipatory grief and the needs of the client.  Combating compassion fatigue will also be addressed.  Learning objectives include:

  • Learn philosophy and implementation of comfort care
  • Understand indications for hospice and palliative care
  • Learn components and structure for adding hospice services
  • Develop individualized inclusive care plan for patients

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Daily Nursing Assessment of the Critical Patient
Courtney Waxman, CVT, RVT, VTS
This lecture will discuss mastering the art of nursing following Kirby’s Rule of 20 and will review each parameter:

  • Fluid balance
  • Oxygenation & ventilation
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate/contractility/rhythm
  • Glucose
  • Body temperature
  • Albumin
  • Electrolytes/acid-base
  • Mentation
  • RBCs/hemoglobin
  • GI motility & integrity
  • Nutrition
  • Renal function
  • Coagulation
  • Immune status
  • Drug dosage & metabolism
  • Wound care & bandages
  • Pain control
  • Nursing care
  • Tender loving care

Learning Objectives include:

  • Understand each parameter and how it relates to the patient diseases
  • Understand how to think critically and how pathophysiology of disease can affect multiple parameters
  • Understand how to implement this nursing care in practice

1:30 – 3 p.m. (1.5 CE credits)
Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Patient Care with Communication
Jennifer Grady-Holmes, CVT, VTS
Failed communication is a top reason for medical errors.  Attention is generally focused on clinical aspects of the patient's care and the importance of staff interactions are often diminished.  Additionally, the Veterinary Technician's role regarding client communication in the emergency/critical care setting is not clearly defined.  Technicians do not receive much training in how to engage in difficult conversations during emotionally charged situations.  Fostering open and empathic dialogue with pet owners during difficult moments is a helpful way for the technician to build trust and improve the client's ability to understand their pet's condition.  This open communication also enables the technician to fully maintain their role as the patient's advocate.

The goals of this session include:

  • understanding the importance of effective communication between staff members in the emergency/critical care setting
  • learning to improve dialogue with clients who have pets in crisis.
  • Communication models for staff interaction and client communication will be introduced.  This session will provide a forum to empower technicians to communicate more effectively with clients and team members

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn to use various communication models
  • Attendees will learn to interpret and respond to nonverbal communication/cues
  • Attendees will learn the importance of active listening and closed loop communication

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Caring for the Caregiver: A Survival Guide
Jennifer Grady-Holmes, CVT, VTS
Unaddressed compassion fatigue - a frequent occurrence in the Veterinary Technician profession - can result in burnout, staff attrition, staff inefficiencies and reduced empathy. As medical professionals, we are trained to triage and recognize the early warning signs of illness and distress in our patients.  However, the impact of trauma, illness, failed communications and stressful daily routines may escape our notice until it reaches a personal/professional crisis. Raising awareness means learning how to both identify symptoms of compassion fatigue and the implementation of skills to decrease its effects and return each individual to optimal levels of functioning. Managing compassion fatigue is essential to increasing the longevity of the Veterinary Technician practice! Let's beat the odds by learning how to prevent compassion fatigue and/or recognize the warning signs in ourselves and our staff! Learning objective include:

  • Understand factors contributing to compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Recognize warning signs of compassion fatigue and burnout in self and colleagues
  • Learn ways to cope/manage symptoms and decrease incidence of burnout

Active discussion/debrief/open forum for questions and practicing



8 – 9:15 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Slow Their Scroll: Social Media Content Your Clients Will Value
Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
Learn the types of content that will resonate with your clients and the science behind it. Using data demonstrating the needs clients have when searching for information online or spending time on social media, we will discuss ways to meet each of these unique requirements while simultaneously enhancing loyalty with your clients, spreading trusted knowledge that keeps pets healthy, and driving business to your door.
In addition to content types and examples, we will also cover specifically how to create a content calendar- making it easier and more efficient to strategically vary your content, meeting your goals and never missing another National Hairball Awareness Day again! Learning objectives include:

  • Create next month’s content calendar DURING THE LECTURE!
  • Top resources for scheduling to improve efficiency
  • Best affordable tools to create original content
  • Where to find trusted veterinary content

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Crafting a Content Calendar
Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
Having a content calendar maximizes your efficiency when both brainstorming and scheduling. By creating a monthly calendar, you can plan out your practice’s social media strategy in a 30-day block-- making sure you hit all of your goals. Never forget that hairball awareness day or appointment-driving opportunity again. You’ll be able to provide your followers a variety of content and formats and be able to better utilize your time by scheduling in bulk. Learning objectives include:

  • Learning about go-to sources for calendar ideas and materials
  • Software/apps and websites to host blocks of content
  • Scheduling tips to maximize efficiency

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Veterinary Video 101
Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
Viewers will retain 95% of information after watching a video, compared to just 10% retention of reading written info. We also know that in 2020, up to 75% of mobile traffic will be consuming video. Veterinary teams not only NEED to provide their clients video, their clients WANT to see it! With just a smartphone and a few handy tips to edit and publish, your team can take advantage of video to connect with clients and promote the practice. Learning objectives include:

  • General overview of professional and amateur video used to connect with clients, educate pet owners and promote the practice
  • Using the video: distributing content through website, social media, digital marketing campaigns and in the clinic
  • Tips and tricks for getting good video in the exam room or clinic/farm call settings
  • Learn basic video editing skills using mobile and desktop programs
  • Basics of live video: using Facebook or Instagram LIVE, hosting Q&A’s or other video events, utilizing third party programs within social platforms
  • Discuss content suggestions and dozens of prompt topics for use in the practice
  • Best practices for posting, scheduling, captioning and branding video

1:30 – 3 p.m. (1.5 CE credits)
Improving Your Quality of Life by Utilizing Paraprofessionals
Panel Discussion: David Sessum, Jessica Colburn, DVM, and Elizabeth Choate, JD
A well-educated veterinary workforce is key in providing scientifically sound risk assessments, credible reporting of diseases, and effective delivery of services to consumers. The best veterinary practices are built on strong veterinary health care teams. To build an exceptional team, you start with a college-educated, credentialed veterinary technician or a driven and enthusiastic person who is willing to pursue education and credentialing. This session will detail how licensed veterinary technicians elevate the standard of patient care, build client satisfaction, and improve your bottom line as well as what they can legally do within your practice.


10 a.m.— 12 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Understanding the “Ins and Outs” of the Endocannabinoid System and Potential Cannabinoid Applications in Veterinary Medicine
Joli Jarboe, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Jarboe will cover the history and the difference between marijuana for medical and recreational use and industrial hemp. Learn about the legalities of the two. Dr. Jarboe will go into the endocannabinoid system and the possible clinical applications.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
The Veterinarian’s Role in Fighting the Opioid Crisis* (Earn 2 CE credits to meet license renewal requirement)
Michelle McGregor, TBVME Representative and Mike Tacker
* During the last Texas legislative session, lawmakers passed a requirement for veterinarians to obtain 2 hours of CE related to opioid abuse The requirement does not officially take effect until September 1, 2020. This means that veterinarians will have until their 2022 birthday license renewal to obtain this CE. This session meets the requirements for approved opioid abuse CE.


9:15 – 10:30 a.m. (1.25 CE credits)
Wellness at Work: Everyone Has a Role and Every Role Is Critical
Debbie Stoewen, DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD (LifeLearn, CANADA)
Contrary to popular belief, wellness is not just an individual, but also a collective responsibility. For better or worse, health behaviors spread from person-to-person, and just as employee health and wellbeing have a significant impact on the workplace, workplaces have a significant impact on employee health and wellbeing. No matter which way you look at it, it makes good business sense to foster work environments that support wellness. Do your hospital policies, procedures, and practices help people achieve their full potential, recognize and address the whole person (i.e. take a multi-dimensional approach), and affirm and mobilize people’s positive qualities and strengths? This session will champion why we need to be talking about wellness in the veterinary workplace, the components and benefits of a healthy workplace, and the ways in which we can make it healthier, concluding with a host of ideas for practice wellness programs and a challenge for change. To quote Brannick et al. (2015), “It is time to take stock and make strides toward true wellness in the veterinary workplace.” Learning objectives include:

  • To understand what workplace wellness is and the 4 dimensions of health workplaces.
  • To create a clear vision of, and set action steps towards, building healthier veterinary practices
  • To motivate to build a practice wellness program.