TVMA Annual Conference and Expo


8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. • Hilton Hotel

Lucien Vallone, DVM (Faculty/TAMU-CVM) 

Canine and Feline Case Presentations of Corneal Disease, Uveitis and Glaucoma
This session is a review of basic ocular pathology, image recognition, in-house diagnostic and treatment suggestions and referral thresholds. Attendees will learn to identify canine indolent ulceration and differentiate these ulcers from infected ulcers, investigate the causes of uveitis in dogs and cats and develop familiarity with recognition of classic clinical signs, the presentation and treatment of feline hypertensive retinopathy and diagnosis and treatment options for canine and feline glaucoma.
CE Credits: 2.5

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Hilton Hotel

James Marshall, DVM (IDEXX) and Wade Burton, DVM (IDEXX)
SDMA in Practice: Cases and Strategies for Early Kidney Disease Intervention
Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a new kidney function test that helps detect kidney disease earlier and identifies progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) as dogs and cats lose weight. Two clinical cases illustrate the use of updated IRIS CKD staging and treatment guidelines and highlight the value of SDMA. In these two cases, investigating an increased SDMA led to treatment of kidney disease and practical management decisions that improved patient health.


1. What is SDMA and what are its three key attributes?

2. Review of International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) CKD Staging Guidelines and the IRIS CKD Treatment Recommendations.

3. What to do if CKD is diagnosed early.

4. What to do with an increased SDMA, as illustrated in clinical cases.

5. How does SDMA impact the diagnosis and management of kidney disease in the clinical cases?

Focus on Fecal Testing: Understanding the Best Methodologies for Protecting Pets and People from Parasitic and Zoonotic Disease
This presentation will educate veterinarians about appropriate use and interpretation of fecal antigen testing for nematodes in a veterinary practice.

1. The importance of accurate diagnosis
2. What is the prevalence of intestinal parasites in dogs, both well cared-for pets and dogs presenting to animal shelters?
3. What is the role of fecal antigen testing in parasitology diagnostics?

CE Credits: 3
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8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • TAMU-CVM


Mike Willard, DVM (Faculty/TAMU-CVM) 

Esophageal Disease: Much More than Megaesophagus, Chronic Large Bowel/Small Bowel Diarrheas

Dr. Willard plans a case-based presentation looking at important diseases that are often misdiagnosed or mistreated. He will cover common mistakes in diagnosis/treatment in detail. Diseases such as segmental esophageal weakness, esophagitis, esophageal foreign body, histiocytic ulcerative colitis, protothecosis, histoplasmosis, and antibiotic/dietary responsive enteropathy, as well as other diseases, will be considered in detail. Attendees will learn about common esophageal diseases that are often misdiagnosed, indications for contrast esophageal imaging (and the proper way to do them) as well as the indications of esophagoscopy, common large bowel and small bowel diseases that are best diagnosed with tests, including biopsy, plus the indications for intestinal biopsy and the best way to do it.
CE Credits: 3.5


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • TAMU-CVM
Renee Schmid, DVM (
Pet Poison HelplineBloomington, MN)

Toxicology Toolbox: The Pitfalls and Triumphs of Toxicology Management; All You Really Need to Know About Assessing and Treating the Poisoned Patient
Attendees will learn the top 10 most common toxins affecting dogs and cats to include the in-depth discussion on human and veterinary medications, dietary supplements, illicit drugs, xylitol, chocolate, rodenticides, insecticides, plant origin toxicities, household cleaners and much more! This session will provide the pitfalls and triumps of toxicology management providing important tips on assessing and treating the poisoned patient. Learn effective methods in assessments protocol, appropriate types of decontamination, successful decontamination techniques, stocking the most ideal drugs on your shelf, patient management, staff safety in handling the symptomatic patient and general follow-up needs.
CE Credits: 3.5



1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. • TAMU-CVM

Martha Cline, DVM, DACVN (Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ)

Home-Prepared Diets for Health and Disease: Home prepared diets (HPD) are useful when there is no commercial diet option available, a patient will no longer consume a commercial diet, or may be desired by a pet owner for a variety of reasons. There are however various limitation to HPDs including meeting nutrition requirements pending formulation or source of recipe, owner preparation and compliance, and patient factors including appetite. This lecture will cover the components of a complete and balanced HPD, utilization of HPDs, and assessment of the risks and benefits associated with their use. Learning objectives include identifying patients who would benefit from a HPD formulation, obtaining a reputable formulation, and monitoring of a patient on a HPD with owner follow-up to monitor compliance.

Choosing the 'Right' Commercial Diets: Interpreting Pet Food Labels 

Clients and veterinarians can become overwhelmed by the vast amount of pet foods and information about them available. This lecture will explain pet food label requirements, what information we can gather in-regards to quality from a pet food label, and discuss how we can help pet owners do a better job of assessing pet food quality. Learning objectives include recognizing required and non-required information on a pet food label, be able to interpret and explain the meaning of various aspects of a pet food label, and become familiarized with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s guidelines on selecting commercial pet foods.


Nutrition for the Hospitalized Patient: A Daily Approach

A daily nutrition assessment should be performed in every hospitalized patient daily. This lecture will discuss the aspects of a daily nutritional assessment including patient evaluation, feeding orders, and a nutritional plan to help clinicians ensure their patients are receiving appropriate nutritional support. Learning objectives include writing appropriate feeding orders for a hospitalized dogs or cat, familiarizing oneself with the various aspects of a complete nutrition assessment of a hospitalized patient, and recognizing a patient in need of nutritional intervention and selecting the best route for nutritional support.

CE Credits: 3.5


1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. • TAMU-CVM

Lynsey Wagner, DVM, DACVO (South Texas Veterinary Ophthalmology, San Antonio)
Practical Ophthalmology for Companion Animal Practitioners

Basic Diagnostic Testing & Practical Ophthalmology: How to treat eye cases that you will see next week

•    A review of ocular anatomy
•    What equipment might be useful in your practice
•    How to use ocular diagnostic equipment.
•    A variety of common ocular diseases will be reviewed
•    Diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up on each disease are discussed.

Feline Ocular Disease
•    Cats are one of a kind and come with their own specific eye conditions.
•    Eyelid agenesis, apocrine gland hidrocystomas, corneal sequestrum, eosinophilic keratitis, acute bullous keratopathy, persistent pupillary membranes ... come learn all about these unique conditions.

An Update on Ocular Pharmacology
•    What's new in ocular disease treatment?
•    Are you current on the best glaucoma medications?
•    Which anti-inflammatory medications should you reach for?
•    Worried about anti-viral medications? Learn how to appropriately treat feline herpes virus
•    Which antibiotic should you carry to treat eye disease?
•    What's new in the management of dry eye?
CE Credits: 3.5



8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sandy Merchant, DVM, DACVD (Faculty at College of Veterinary Medicine/LSU)
Dealing With the Itchy Dog – How to Stop Everyone From Pulling Their Hair Out! 
This presentation will focus on a practical approach to the work up and management of pruritus in the dog, discussing  diagnostic tools and medical management including the latest anti-itch therapy on the market in addition to highlighting the management of secondary infection complication of Malassezia dermatitis and Staphylococcal folliculitis.  At the end of the presentation, the participant should have a road map to help with the itchy and infected patient from a short term and long term management standpoint. 
CE Credits: 4



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