8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 CE credits)
Congenital Cardiac Disease and Cardiac Emergencies; Feline Cardiomyopathy and Syncope: How to Keep Them from Falling Over
Julie Andrie, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology) and Katie Meier, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology)
Dr. Meier will present an overview of the different types of heart disease in feline patients which will include prevalence, treatment options and prognosis. She will also define syncope, review its’ pathophysiology, the types of cardiogenic syncope and how to treat them.

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8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 CE credits)
Acute Abdomens; Gall Bladder Disease Through the Eyes of a Surgeon; GDV – A Twist on an Old Topic
Philip Allen, DVM, DACVS
Acute Abdomens - This talk will review indications to move forward with surgery for a variety of emergency abdominal pathologies. Pre-operative diagnostics, surgical technique and post-operative management with a review of clinically pertinent literature will supplement this talk that is geared toward the small animal clinician. Gall Bladder Disease Through the Eyes of a Surgeon - While the gall bladder often incites fear in most practitioners, we will discuss the work-up necessary to take a dog to surgery for gall bladder disease, tips when performing gall bladder surgery and post-operative management to increase prognosis to discharge. GDV: A Twist on an Old Topic - A disease that was talked about by James Herriot, we will review the current literature about prognosis and pre-operative treatment, describe how to improve success with these patients from front door to discharge and provide tips and tricks on performing various types of gastropexy, including procedural videos. Surgical Disease of the Spleen - The spleen is more than a ticking time-bomb for hemoabdomen, and we will discuss the various pathologies that can occur. We will discuss tips and tricks to improve surgical outcomes and the typical workup that the cases require.

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8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 CE credits)
Evaluation of the Neurologic Patient; Degenerative Myelopathy Diagnosis and Management: The Technician’s Role; Idiopathic Epilepsy
Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, MS, CCRP, VTS (Neurology)
Evaluation of the Neurologic Patient - The neurologic exam is an essential first step for any neurologic patient. The exam consists of five parts: observation, postural reactions, cranial nerve exam, spinal reflexes and hyperesthesia. The end goal is to neurolocalize based on exam findings. The goals of this presentation are to: (1) understand basic neuroanatomy, (2) become proficient in obtaining a complete neurologic history, (3) understand how to perform a neurologic examination, and (4) understand the basics of localizing a neurologic lesion. Degenerative Myelopathy - The goals of this presentation are to: (1) understand the pathophysiology of degenerative myelopathy, (2) understand how the disease is diagnosed, and (3) be familiar with the management strategies available for degenerative myelopathy. Idiopathic Epilepsy - Epilepsy is, by definition, recurring unpredictable seizures. Idiopathic epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders we see in small animals, and the veterinary assistant plays a vital role in their case management. The goals of this presentation are to: (1) understand the pathophysiology of idiopathic epilepsy, (2) understand how the disease is diagnosed, and (3) be familiar with current management strategies for idiopathic epilepsy.

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.(4 CE credits)
Decision Fatigue…It's a Thing and It's Likely Affecting You!; Finding the Clinic Culture That Supports You; Enhancing Soft Skills for Professional Development
Beckie Mossor, RVT
Decision Fatigue: It’s a Thing and It’s Likely Affecting You! - There is increasing understanding today about stress, stress fatigue and the causes of mental fatigue as well as the effects these all have on the body. Decision fatigue is a form of stress and mental fatigue that results from endless decision-making throughout the day and often the evening into the night that causes an overall response of stress on the body. Learn the techniques used by some of the world’s most successful businesspeople in combating decision fatigue and still successfully navigating difficult decisions throughout the day. Finding the Clinic Culture That Supports You - Veterinary support staff is made up of professional individuals, often highly educated in their area of the hospital and carrying additional certifications or educational background devoted to their area and enhancing their expertise in their respective areas. Veterinary practices are filled with more education, experience and professional dedication than ever before. How do you hire and keep these individuals and develop and maintain an outstanding work culture within your practice? This lecture outlines basic things management should be doing to ensure good work culture, happy employees and long-lasting professional relationships. Enhancing Soft Skills for Professional Development - Most veterinary professionals have no shortage of technical skills but not always soft skills. However, increasingly it is soft skills that can increase our ability to be successful in working in teams, increase the longevity of the staff, decrease turnover and increase successful communication within the practice. This lecture explores the question of what soft skills are and how to use them to advance communication, compliance and team-building within the veterinary practice.


8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 CE credits)
Texas Animal Health Commission Update and CWD/Trichomoniasis Certification Training
Carrie Koonce, DVM, Angela Lackie, DVM and Bud Dinges, DVM
ADT-RFID Technology and What Veterinarians Need to Know; eCVIs: Getting Started – Bud Dinges, DVM; Secure Food Supply Plans and the Role of the Veterinarian – Carrie Koonce, DVM; TAHC CWD Antemortem Certification – Angela Lackie, DVM; TAHC Trichomoniasis Certification – Bud Dinges, DVM


8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (4 CE credits)
The Era of Telemedicine Is Now
Lori Teller, DVM; Stephen Pittenger, DVM; and Audrey Yu Speight, DVM, DACVO
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, trends showed an increased interest in the use of telehealth services by veterinarians and their clients. However, recent policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced barriers to telemedicine access and have promoted the use of telemedicine as a way to deliver acute, chronic, primary and specialty care to patients. We have gathered a panel of experts to discuss what services are out there to use when utilizing telemedicine, what software is available to manage virtual appointments and best practices when using telemedicine in a specialty practice. You won’t want to miss this interactive and open discussion.