2018 TVMA Annual Conference & Expo


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Recognizing Kidney Disease and Managing Proteinuric Kidney Disease

David Polzin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

This presentation will discuss the interpretation of kidney tests (creatinine and SDMA, urine concentration, proteinuria and urine sediment) and current management of proteinuric kidney diseases. Learning objectives include understanding the application and interpretation (including value and pitfalls) of serum creatinine and SDMA, to be able to recognize the clinical and therapeutic implications of proteinuria, urine concentration and urine sediment and to be able to develop clinical plans for staging, treating and monitoring the various presentations of proteinuric kidney disease.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Infectious Diseases in Sheltered Animals: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outbreak Response

Amanda Dykstra, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Dykstra’s presentation will include a discussion of infectious diseases commonly seen in American animal shelters, how transport for adoption or following natural disaster effects the distribution of these diseases, how to prevent spread of disease in the population, and how to respond to an outbreak should one occur.

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Develop an understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common infectious diseases.
  • Define the proper steps to take when an outbreak of disease has been identified.
  • Discuss various types of transport programs and consider the benefits and consequences of transporting animals.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coaching and Small Group Facilitation Boot Camp

Jordan Tayce, DVM

Part of owning or managing a clinic means stepping into the role of a group leader. This session will serve as a mini-coaching session to teach you core communication skills when providing feedback to staff and colleagues. Make the most of your time with clinic staff by being a clear and effective communicator and leader. Attendees will take home activities to use in their own practices.

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WVLDI/TVMA Leadership Track: Taking the Leap of Faith—The Journey to the Next Opportunity • Career Planning and Advancement—Best Practices When Job Searching • Mentorship vs. Sponsorship—What’s the Difference and Why Is It Important to Have Both

Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM • Whitney Miller, DVM • Doug Aspros, DVM

Are you interested in seeking and achieving leadership and policy and decision-making positions within all areas of the professional veterinary community? The Woman’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative and TVMA are committed to providing meaningful programming to help develop future leaders. This track is two days of invaluable information on how you can step out of your comfort zone and into the role of a confident leader in your professional career and in your personal life.

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Professionalize the Animal Health Care Team with the CVA Program

Trisha Cope, CVA • Amy Podlewski, Agricultural Science Educator

This session will discuss the Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) program with a focus on equipping high school agriculture educators who are supervising CVA candidates through the certification process. Perspectives will be discussed regarding the role of the CVA in the veterinary practice setting, skills demonstrations, suggested classroom activities to facilitate learning of CVA objectives, preparing students for work experience, and discussion about integrating CVA training into the high school classroom. Veterinarians and LVTs are invited to participate to bring their own insight from the perspective of practical real-world application.

Lone Star College-Tomball

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

State and Federal Controlled Drug Regulations and How They Impact Your Practice

Heidi Carroll, Kevin Bigler, Liz Choate, JD, Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and Texas Board of Pharmacy Representatives 

State and federal drug regulations can be confusing, and it can be very difficult to find an expert to provide straight answers to your questions. This is why the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) is bringing the experts to you.This session is designed to provide an opportunity to receive practical guidance and also ask questions about controlled drug regulations so you can avoid problems in the future. Discussion also will include what might be on the horizon for the veterinary profession in the arena of controlled substances. Whether you would like to learn more or want to ensure you are using best practices, this session is for you.

Panelists include:

  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Division Group Supervisor Heidi Carroll
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Diversion Investigator Kevin Bigler
  • Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Director of Enforcement Matthew West
  • Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners General Counsel Michelle Griffin, JD
  • Texas Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Allison Vordenbaumen Benz, RPh, MS
  • Texas Veterinary Medical Association General Counsel Elizabeth Choate, JD
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Technician Dental Wet Lab: Taking Dentistry Skills to the Next Level

Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS-Dentistry, CVJ

This course is a combination of lecture and wet lab. As veterinary dentistry becomes a greater focus in practice, veterinary technicians find that they have a distinct role in the discipline. This experience is aimed at honing the existing skills and to introduce some new skills in efforts to promote greater healing and pain controls for our patients. Learning objectives include instructions on proper cleaning and charting methods, the use of perioceutics Doxirobe and Clindoral, how to use dental sealants and keys to delivering regional nerve blocks.

The dental lab will be held in the Veterinary Technology building at Lone Star College in Tomball. Attendees will be shuttled from the Marriott Waterway Hotel to the college, which is 22 miles away. There is an additional charge of $75 per person to participate in the lab. You must be registered for the conference to register for the lab.

Lone Star College-Tomball

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WVLDI/TVMA Leadership: Practice Ownership: How to Get There Successfully, Navigating Through Negotiating: Know Your Worth, Networking Event: Closing the Gender Gap

Bridget Heilsberg, DVM • Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM • Doug Aspros, DVM • Whitney Miller, DVM


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Equine Medicine 911; Horse Hot Zone: Care and Management of Equine Infectious Disease Cases; The Veterinarian’s Role in Cases of Equine Cruelty

Rebecca McConnico, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Equine Medicine 911 will be a cased-based presentation that will include the diagnosis, initial management and treatment of both common and uncommon medical emergencies such as acute neurologic disease, colitis and toxicities. The Horse Hot Zone presentation will review early recognition and intervention tactics of individual case and stable/herd management of equine infectious disease outbreaks such as equine herpes myelopathy, equine influenza and corona virus.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Respiratory Disease in Pre-Weaned Beef Calves; Pathogen, Environment and Cattle Factors Impacting BRD Risk in Feedlot Cattle; Vaccination at Ranch of Origin and at Feedlot Arrival for Control of BRD; Control and Treatment of BRD with Antimicrobials and Other Options

Robert Larson, DVM, PhD, ACT, ACVPM-Epi, ACAN

Respiratory Disease in Pre-Weaned Beef Calves: Respiratory disease in pre-weaned beef calves is one of the most important causes of calf death loss between birth and weaning. The causes of pre-weaning respiratory disease are not completely understood, but factors associated with the calf, the calf’s dam, the ranch’s management and several important pathogens all play a role. Veterinarians have a number of tools at their disposal to decrease the risk of respiratory disease in suckling calves and must work closely with the cow-calf producer to implement the most appropriate strategy for each herd.

Pathogen, Environment and Cattle Factors Impacting BRD Risk in Feedlot Cattle: Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is considered to be the most common and expensive disease affecting feedlot cattle. Known viral and bacterial pathogens interact with animal and environmental factors to impact the risk and severity of disease. Information about differences between specific pathogen strains and their interactions with components of the cattle-environment-pathogen triad is emerging, and improved understanding about how diverse factors act together to cause BRD will help veterinarians devise more effective BRD prevention strategies.

Vaccination at Ranch of Origin and at Feedlot Arrival for Control of BRD: Interventions such as vaccination, nutritional management and enhancing the environment are all tools available to decrease the overall impact of BRD. Vaccination strategies implemented at the ranch of origin as well as vaccines administered at feedlot arrival have the ability to reduce the risk and severity of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) to varying degrees based on antigen and animal factors.

Control and Treatment of BRD with Antimicrobials and Other Options: Effective control and treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is complicated by difficulty accurately identifying cattle with BRD early in the disease process and differentiating clinical signs of BRD from other diseases. New diagnostic strategies for evaluating populations to detect BRD at feedlot arrival or while cattle are in their pens, as well as confirmatory tests applied once individual cattle are confined to a squeeze chute, have the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy and treatment success. While antimicrobials have long been the primary treatment for BRD, other interventions that can complement or replace antimicrobials are being investigated and have the potential to enhance treatment success.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The 12-Step Plan to Grow Your Practice

Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD

This highly interactive presentation introduces participants to growth theory and business management techniques used extensively in other industries. Participants will learn to measure and track growth metrics with practical tools and key performance indicators. Motivation strategy and change management will be explored. Participants will be able to utilize a 12-step checklist to place their practice in growth mode. Further emphasis will be place on creating a culture of growth and development.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dental Charting: It is More Than Just X’s and O’s; Periodontal Disease: The Most Prevalent Disease in Veterinary Medicine; Feline Dentistry

Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), CVJ

Charting: This lecture is designed to help the technician to take their charting skills to the next level. We will discuss anatomy as it relates to dentistry. This will explore the need and technique for charting periodontal pocket depths, fracture classification, tooth resorptions, mobility and more. Objectives are to provide in-depth information that the technician can employ to chart more accurately, to teach technicians how to classify tooth resorptions and fractures and to show how the dental chart can be used as a plan for future case success.

Periodontal Disease: This session discusses the role of the bio-film, plaque and tartar as it relates to periodontal disease. Treatment options will be discussed as well as case management. Objectives are to provide an in-depth discussion on periodontal disease progression, to introduce the technician to proper periodontal probing and to discuss the products available for periodontal healing.

Feline Dentistry: This presentation will focus on the issues specifically related to our feline friends. The focus will range from their special handling needs to species-specific dental-related medical challenges. Objectives are to show the differences in the triadan numbering system as compared to the canine patient, to understand the importance of appropriate use of the dental explorer, to discuss current investigations in tooth resorptions, to outline the protocol for crown amputations with intentional root retention as a treatment for tooth resorptions and to provide the attendant with a deeper understanding of the critical need for intraoral radiographs especially in this species. This session is a precursor to a dental lab that will be held off-site at Lone Star College in Tomball. There is an additional fee to attend the hands-on lab. Please refer to lab information on page 20.

Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb. 15

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(800) 228-9290

Room Rate:
$159 for Standard King or 2 Doubles

Reservation Deadline:
Wednesday, February 7

Questions? Please contact Ellen Forsythe.

Email: eforsythe@tvma.org

Phone: 512/452-4224

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