8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (2 CE credits)
Canine Osteosarcoma: Diagnosis, staging and Treatments
Timothy Stein, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

  • This presentation will review and update diagnostic testing for bone lesions, surgical and radiation treatment options for osteosarcoma, systemic treatment (chemotherapy and immunotherapy) options for osteosarcoma and palliative treatment options for osteosarcoma. 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 for canine osteosarcoma.

10:30 a.m. –12:30 a.m. (2 CE credits)
The Art of Cataracts
Kathryn Diehl, DVM, DACVO
This lecture will briefly review clinically relevant lens anatomy and examination techniques to help identify and localize cataracts.  It will then cover in depth different classification schemes of cataracts including causes.  Finally, treatment of cataracts will be explained with discussion of a soon to be available promising medical treatment for diabetics, as well as surgery and indications for such.

Questions one should be able to answer post lecture:

  • What is the most common cause of cataracts in dogs? Cats? - genetic (inherited), senile, inflammation (uveitis), nutritional, metabolic (eg., DM), toxic
  • How does cataract affect resting pupil size? - it makes it smaller (constriction/miosis), it makes it bigger (dilation/mydriasis), it does not affect it (no change), it does not affect it but it expedites the pupillary light reflex with light stimulus
  • What is the current most appropriate therapy to restore vision to an eye functionally blinded by complete cataract? – topical lanosterol treatment, topical N acetyl carnosine containing ophthalmic solution treatment, cataract surgery (phacoemulsification), manual “couching” of the lens into the vitreous humor
  • Which may soon be a treatment option for diabetic dogs to prevent, delay, or slow progression of cataract formation? - ARI, Lanosterol, CAI, beta blocker
  • Which of the following is NOT a method to help differentiate cataract from nuclear sclerosis?  Patient visual function, IOP measurement (tonometry), tapetal reflex, fundic examination view
  • How does cataract cause glaucoma?

8 – 10 a.m. (2 CE credits)
Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Genetics & Beyond
Sara Beth Bordelon, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Dr. Bordelon will present the pathophysiology of Dilated Cardiomyopathy as well as review the known causes (nutritional, endocrine, infectious/inflammatory and genetics). She will also cover the stages and management of this disease along with case studies to help initiate discussion.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Anesthesia Machines and Breathing Systems: What Should I Know?
Mike Barletta, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA
The lecture will cover how the anesthesia machine works. Oxygen sources, oxygen flowmeters, vaporizers, CO2 absorbent, and scavenging systems will be discussed. A description of different breathing systems will be provided and how to choose the appropriate system for a specific patient will be discussed. Several videos will be used to show how to leak test the anesthesia machine. Learning ojectives include:

  • How the anesthesia machine works
  • How to choose the correct breathing system
  • How to troubleshoot the anesthesia machine.



8 – 10 a.m. (2 CE credits)
No More Horsing Around: Best Practices for Investigation and Prosecution of Equine Cruelty Cases
Kyle Held, Shannon Poindexter, JD and Rachel Touroo, DVM

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Equine Neurology Made Easy: EPM Diagnosis and Cervical Facet Disease and Dorsal Cervical Articular Process Injection: When and How?
Joseph J. Bertone, DVM, DACVS
Neurology Made Easy is a case study and a video-based presentation concerning the neurologic examination and side-winder syndrome. A short discussion of EPM treatment and diagnostic testing will also be included.



8 – 9 a.m. (1 CE credit)
House-Soiling Cats: Getting Clients to Implement YOUR Recommendations
Terry M. Curtis, DVM, DACVB
House Soiling – in one form or another is urinating/defecating outside of the litter box, urine spraying/marking – is still one of the most common behavior problems in cats.  And it’s a problem that can get a cat euthanized!!  Understanding basics when it comes to these all-too-common issues is paramount as is getting clients to comply with your recommendations.  Treatments – environmental, behavioral and pharmacological will be discussed.

9 – 10 a.m. (1 CE credit)
Alone and Afraid: Departure/Separation/Barrier Anxiety
Terry M. Curtis, DVM, DACVB
 It’s important that our clients – and YOU – understand WHY their dog is ripping up the carpet and chewing on the door frames.  Dogs may experience distress and engage in problem behaviors related to the absence of family members.  Common behaviors seen in dogs with Separation Anxiety are destruction, vocalization, and elimination, and tend to occur within the first 30 minutes after departure.  Dogs with Departure Anxiety are okay if they find themselves alone – but don’t see their human[s] leave!  Dogs with Barrier Anxiety can’t be crated.  Period.  A diagnosis is imperative for proper treatment – which typically involves behavioral modification, environmental modification, and often the use of anxiolytic medication.  Actual cases will be discussed.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Language and Learning: Why It’s So Important
Terry M. Curtis, DVM, DACVB
As pet owners and veterinarians, we are tasked with having to communicate – on a daily basis – with individuals that don’t speak our language.  Our dogs and cats are talking to us and it’s up to us to learn what they’re saying!  Dogs and cats learn using the same basics we do – classical conditioning [learning by association] and operant conditioning [goal-directed learning].  It’s important that we learn and know the fundamentals of dogs’ and cats’ language and how to implement the learning techniques that our pets actually understand and use to get the resultant behaviors that we’re all looking for.  

Bad Dog?! Understanding Why Dogs Are Aggressive to People and What to Do About It
The #1 cause for aggression directed at humans is FEAR – NOT DOMINANCE!  Numerous considerations are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of human-directed behavior in dogs such as the human-animal bond, public safety, and euthanasia.  Any dog may bite, whether they have done so previously or not.  Learning what dogs are “saying” long before they feel the need to “yell” is a large part of the treatment of human-directed aggression in dogs.  It is important to ensure the outcome for the dog so that it doesn’t feel the need to – with aggression…



8 – 10:00 a.m. (2 CE credits)
How to Stand Out in an Increasingly Competitive Marketplace
Eric Garcia
The veterinary industry is growing by leaps and bounds each year. The good news is that this means more business. The bad news? More competition. If you feel like you’re offering the same services as most other veterinary practices, that’s most likely because you are. Chances are you are also marketing yourself in the same way. Fully stocked in-house pharmacy. In-house laboratory? Unfortunately, this is now the standard and your competitors are showcasing these services in the same way too. If you’re looking to define your brand and market yourself more effectively, this is the session for you. We’ll be deep diving into these fundamental questions of branding and identity, so that you can enhance your practice and create an impact on social media, the web and locally. Spoiler alert: standing out in a saturated marketplace is actually easier than you think.

The Latest Tools and Apps to Help Transform Your Veterinary Practice
Eric Garcia
Although it takes years to successfully build your reputation (both online and off), it takes just moments for a negative online review to jeopardize it. With the tools and techniques provided in this session, you can gently encourage happy clients to spread their accolades for your practice through the power of online reviews. You can also learn to engage negative reviews with honest, timely and respectful responses to earn back respect and goodwill. This session will help you to discover the fundamentals of reputation management and navigate the increasingly important world of online reviews.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
3 Key Elements of a Successful Marketing Strategy
Eric Garcia
Three basic elements can help you outperform on marketing campaigns, time and time again. #1: Attract new clientele and measure success. #2: Measure client satisfaction and determine client bonding rates. #3: Implement targeted marketing and communication campaigns to ensure maximum client retention. Master these tips and watch your veterinary practice grow.

Digital Marketing: Analyzing Case Examples from Real Veterinary Practices
Eric Garcia
By focusing on case studies from real veterinary practices across the United States, we’re able to look at proven examples of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the digital marketing space. You’ll leave this session informed with some of the most prominent do’s and don’ts and specific tips to get you on the right track when it comes to effective digital marketing. SPONSORED BY: CareCredit



8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (2 CE credits)
TAMU Business School Presentation: The Business of Veterinary Medicine: Budgeting and Key Performance Indicators
Shannon Deer, PhD, CPA
Dr. Deer will facilitate an interactive workshop on budgeting and how to measure key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs can be critical in measuring a business’s ability to profitably meet customers’ needs. The session is designed to provide veterinarians with foundational knowledge of the business side of a practice. Insights will be applicable to practice owners and employees looking to improve their practice’s financial performance.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (2 CE credits)
Advances in Telemedicine
Lori Teller, DVM and Apryl Horbal, DVM