8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
How To Apply Recent Consensus Statement Guidelines: Feline Cardiomyopathy; How To Apply Recent Consensus Statement Guidelines: Canine Valve Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension
Ashley Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)‚Äč
These sessions will review recent consensus statement guidelines and focus on summarizing high points useful for clinical practice. Attendees will be able to recognize cardiomyopathy and causes of the HCM phenotype in cats, recognize and describe the risks associated with the presence of atrial enlargement in cats with cardiomyopathy, describe updates made in 2019 to the staging system for degenerative mitral valve disease originally published in 2009, develop strategies to diagnose and manage degenerative valve disease in dogs based on consensus statement guidelines, recognize the causes of pulmonary hypertension and how to determine probability that a patient has pulmonary hypertension and develop a management plan for pulmonary hypertension that includes identification of the underlying cause if possible, lowering pulmonary pressures when necessary and managing heart failure if present.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM
Treatment and Monitoring of Diabetes Mellitus: This session will cover current recommendations for treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus. There will also be an overview of different modalities for monitoring patients receiving insulin. Attendees will learn which insulins are being used to treat diabetic dogs and cats, current dietary recommendations, different monitoring modalities for diabetes (the pros/cons of each) and information about the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system, and how to use it. Monitoring Cushingoid Dogs on Trilostane: What’s New? This lecture will focus on the treatment of hyperadrenocorticism using trilostane as well as monitoring strategies for patients receiving trilostane. Attendees will be taught the primary goals of management of a patient with hyperadrenocorticism, how to choose a starting dose of trilostane, and know the benefits of SID versus BID dosing PLUS how to monitor a patient using clinical signs and cortisol testing.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Beef Cattle
Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Beef Cattle Herd Health Programs: Much More Than Vaccinations: Herd health programs in beef cattle are much more than just vaccination programs. This session will cover the following: The importance of stressors in health such as nutrition and handling; The importance of genetics in health; Internal Parasites in Beef Cattle: Finding Practical Solutions: Increasing anthelmintic resistance in cattle nematodes makes developing parasite control programs complicated. This session will include: The importance of refugia; How pasture management influences control programs; The current best management practices for using anthelmintics.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Salaries, Profitability, Inventory, COGs and A/R in the Mixed Practice
Glen Sellers, MS, MBA
Profitability of Rural Mixed Animal Practice: This session will discuss and review profitability in rural mixed animal practice and compare to national numbers. This presentation will examine some current challenges to mixed animal practice as it relates to profitability. Rural Mixed Animal Practice Challenges with Inventory, COGS and A/R: This practice challenges presentation will focus on inventory, cost of goods and account receivable issues and discuss ideas to improve profitability in those areas. Rural Mixed Animal Practice Salaries: During this salaries presentation, you will be introduced to different salary models and will discuss current salary data and salary industry market drivers.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Managing Shock/CPR
Ken Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC), VTS (SAIM)
Shock Has Many Faces: The Keys to Perfusion: Patients presenting in shock are one of the most common emergencies. Patients in a state of shock are unable to produce adequate cellular energy. Hemodynamic compromise and loss of proper perfusion leads to significant physiological consequences and requires immediate intervention for restoration. Guidance will be given in recognizing signs of circulatory shock through physical assessment parameters and accessible monitoring technology, along with treatment and nursing interventions. Shock Has Many Faces: The Keys to RBCs and Anemia: Blood has been known to be the essence of vitality from the ancient days. Red blood cells carrying oxygen to various body systems are essential for life. Anemia, a significant decrease in the level of these RBCs, can occur through many different causes, leading to hypoxemic shock. We will explore occurrences of anemia through loss, destruction and compromised production and discuss proper assessment and treatment options. Evidence-Based CPR: The RECOVER Guidelines: A patient is rushed into your practice, and you witness the patient stop breathing! Do you know what to do next? Cardiopulmonary arrest is the ultimate emergency facing our patients. Clear knowledge on the current methods in CPR is important in providing these patients the best chance of survival. The 2012 RECOVER CPR guideline is an evidence-based veterinary CPR guideline. The effect of implementation of such a guideline into practice and one hospital’s experience will be shared.

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Dentistry: Pathology
Thomas W. Koenig, LVT
The following lectures are open to all conference registrants, but it is mandatory for anyone who registers for the dental wet lab that will follow at Lone Star College in Tomball from 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. The wet lab is limited to 32 people, and there is an additional fee to participate in that lab. Transportation will be provided. Dental Charting and Terminology: Correct charting and terminology are very important to correctly identify normal and abnormal conditions in dental patients. Terminology is the language of our profession, so correct usage is essential. Digital Dental Radiology for the Dog and Cat: This lecture will cover the positioning for dental digital X-rays. It also will help identify normal and abnormal anatomy.

2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Technician Dental Wet Lab: Radiology
Thomas W. Koenig, LVT
Digital Dental X-Rays for the Dog and Cat Wet Lab: The goal of this lab is for participants to be comfortable taking full-mouth digital dental X-rays in the dog and cat. Identification of normal anatomy of the oral structures of the dog and cat will be a goal of this lab. The lab will take place at Lone Star College in Tomball. Transportation will be provided to and from the Marriott Waterway Hotel. Lab participants must be registered for the annual conference (at least a one-day registration) to qualify to register for this lab. There is a lab fee in addition to the overall conference registration. The lab is limited to the first 32 people to register. No spaces will be held unless paid in full. The lab fee is $170 per person.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Ethics and Nomenclature
David Sessum, LVT; Jessica Colborn, DVM; and Elizabeth Choate, JD
Case Studies on Ethics and Task Delineation for LVTs and Other Hospital Staff:
Even though LVTs have been licensed by the State of Texas for several years now, there still seems to be some uncertainty about what separates the LVT from other clinic staff. This panel will discuss the proper use of nomenclature in a veterinary practice, task delineation and required levels of supervision for hospital staff. Case studies of ethical dilemmas will be presented for discussion. Controlled drugs, social media and other issues encountered in veterinary medicine will be discussed.


1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Practice Standards, Team Building
Tracy Dowdy, CVPM 
Setting Standards for Your Practice: Your clients expect more than just exceptional care for their pets. They also expect exceptional customer service for themselves. As a practice, you want to have standards that allow you to meet and exceed these expectations because, in doing so, you can elevate your practice to the next level. This means your clients are more likely to become permanent clients, and your chances of drawing new clients increase dramatically due to word of mouth. Learning objectives include how to communicate, implement and reiterate internal standards; develop an image that represents the quality of service and patient care that your practice provides; create a consistent, exceptional client experiences that will boost loyalty and referrals; increase compliance through simple effective communication tools; and build collaborative and effective team meetings. Building a Self-Reliant Team: Your employees are your greatest asset. They are also the best high-return, low-risk investment you can make. However, finding and training the right employees is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practices. This session will prepare you to recruit and retain the best, brightest and most motivated employees, create a practice culture that empowers team members to deliver consistent, exceptional client service and healthcare through standards training, develop an ongoing training program for your team that starts on orientation day, create an environment helps team members view their positions as careers instead of jobs, delegate effectively, conduct productive meetings with a mission and implement a conflict resolution policy to enable team problem-solving.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3.5 CE credits)
Ownership Is Possible for Recent Graduates
Panelists include Mike Bass (TexCap Insurance), Alexandra Kohrs (Bank of America Practice Solutions) and Ben Buchanan, DVM (practice owner)
Recent graduates can own their own practices, and those that do make more money than associate veterinarians. This panel presentation is out to dispel the ownership myths and provide attendees with information about how practice ownership is possible.