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Equine Topics

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Joints - A Technical Perspective

Speaker: Heidi Gaddis

This lecture will discuss a technician's role in the process of diagnosing lameness. A step by step explanation of materials used to prep for nerve and joint blocks. What blocks are most common and what diagnostics should be used. Additionally, things to consider when doing treatments.

9:00 - 9:50 | Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: A Real Pain in the Gut

Speaker: Dr. Sara Sammons

Gastric ulceration is a commonly diagnosed cause of colic, weight loss, and attitude change in horses. Often, the clinical signs associated with gastric ulcers go undiagnosed. The only way to definitively diagnose gastric ulceration in the horse is by gastroscopy and many veterinary hospitals don't have acc ess to endoscopy equipment required for this procedure. Treatment options for gastric ulceration in horses are limited and expensive. Prevention of gastric ulcers is a key component of good horse husbandry.

10:30 - 11:20 | Understanding the Equine Lameness Exam

Speaker: Dr. Sara Sammons

Lameness is the most common cause of poor performance in the equine athlete. Lameness diagnostics are becoming more advanced, but the basic musculoskeletal exam and lameness evaluation has not changed over the years. Palpation, hoof tester exam, and flexion tests are all integral parts of a thorough lameness evaluation. Diagnostic nerve blocks and/or intra - synovial blocks can help to further localize the lameness. Finally, imaging of the affected area can identify the cause.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch & Learn Vesicular Stomatitis Texas Animal Health Commission

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 1:50 | Pre-Purchase Exams for Horses

Speaker: Dr. Robin Dabareiner

This lecture will discuss the pre - purchase exam. It will go over what you need to look for in the horse, and what you need to ask the veterinarian to do. It will go over the steps of a pre - purchase exam and all that involves it.

2:00 - 2:50 | Nasopharyngeal Cicatrix Syndrome in Horses

Speaker: Dr. Michele Coleman

Nasopharyngeal Cicatrix Syndrome (NCS) is an upper respiratory disease that is commonly seen in some regions of Texas. This presentation will discuss the risk factors, clinical signs and diagnosis of NCS in horses.

3:30 - 4:20 | Antimicrobial Associated Diarrhea in Horses

Speaker: Dr. Michele Coleman

The use of antibiotics in horses is fraught with complications. Severe colitis associated with antibiotic use can be a life - threating complication. This presentation will discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this frustrating disease.

4:30 - 5:20 | Equine Anesthesia & Recovery

Speaker: Alec Green

This lecture will discuss the steps of anesthetizing a horse, from induction to recovery. It will discuss different types of recovery and problems that can occur.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Basics of Bloodwork - Basic Interpretation of CBC and Chemistry

Speaker: Dr. David Love

This lecture will briefly touch on the major components of a complete blood count and a blood chemistry panel, what each value means clinically, and common reasons for certain value abnormalities.

9:00 - 9:50 | Equine Respiratory Disease...Don't Hold Your Breath

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Shaw

This lecture will focus on common diseases of the lower equine respiratory tract, including pneumonia, inflammatory airway disease and recurrent airway obstruction. Clinical signs, diagnostic options, imaging of the thorax, and treatment approaches will be discussed.

10:30 - 11:20 | Equine Behavior in the Hospital: Recognizing the Colicky Horse... or Not

Speaker: Stephanie Wertman

This lecture will cover textbook colic behavior, as well as subtle and bizarre behaviors displayed by equine patients (which may or may not be GI related issues) that technicians may observe and provide valuable information to the veterinarian(s).

11:30 - 12:20 | The Everyday Colic

Speaker: Dr. Rachael Eckert

This lecture will discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of field colic. Topics will include information and management of horses that cannot be brought to the clinic.

Farm Animal Topics

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Bull Breeding Soundness Exams

Speaker: Dr. Juan Romano

Breeding Soundness examination in bulls, rams and bucks will be described. The indications, precautions and contraindications of BSE will be remarked. The importance of BSE in the productive system will be described. In addition a lab showing the different aspects of BSE will be demonstrated.

9:00 - 9:50 | ART in Cattle and Small Ruminants

Speaker: Dr. Juan Romano

Assisted Reproductive Technologies will be defined and described. The indications, precautions and contraindications of ART will be remarked. The different ARTs will mentioned from artificial insemination to somatic nuclear transfer. The use and importance of ART in clinic will be remark.

10:30 - 11:20 | This Little Pig Went to Market

Speaker: Dr. Brandon Dominguez

Technicians will be introduced to roles and information they can use to assist the practice they are in with swine patients that are destined for the food industry. Topics will include stages of swine production, basic management, handling pigs, sample collection, Pork Quality Assurance principles, and other issues involved with getting pigs to pork chops.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch and Learn TARVT Meeting

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 1:50 | Management of the Recumbent Camelid

Speaker: Dr. Phillippa Gibbons

Causes of recombency in camelids (alpacas and llamas) will be reviewed including metabolic, neurologic and other causes. Management of downed camelids will be discussed.

2:00 - 2:50 | Trichomoniasis in Cattle

Speaker: Dr. Phillippa Gibbons

A review of the disease Trichomoniasis in cattle will be presented. The current regulations regarding tricho moniasis testing in Texas and other states will be discussed.

3:30 - 4:20 | Routine Farm Animal Vaccinations

Speaker: Jordan Baker

In this lecture we will discuss which regular vaccinations common farm animals should receive; at what age and other common considerations. Topics will include cattle, sheep, goats, and camelids.

4:30 - 5:20 | Dehorning Cattle & Goats

Speaker: Jordan Baker

In this lecture I will discuss a technician's role when dehorning cattle and goats. I will elaborate on the procedures as well as what supplies and instruments you will want to have ready. I will also be talking about disbudding goat kids.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | "Help Me, I Really Need to Go" - The Blocked Goat, Assessing & Assisting in Relieving the Urethral Blockage

Speaker: Sheila Gibler

This lecture will discuss the causes of urethral blockages in goats; diagnostics to determine the type of blockage and medical and/or surgical intervention options.

9:00 - 9:50 | Pregnancy Toxemia: To Kid or Not to Kid

Speaker: Stephanie Wertman

This is an overview of a potentially fatal metabolic disease in pregnant goats. T echnicians will learn the importance of prevention, nutrition, early diagnosis, treatment options and possible outcomes of this disease and therefore, help clients better understand pregnancy toxemia.

10:30 - 11:20 | Dystocia in Ruminants

Speaker: Dr. Sara Howard

This lecture will discuss common problems with parturition and techniques to correct and facilitate delivery in dystocia. It will also cover basics of C - sections (prepping the patient as well as treatment pre and post op).

11:30 - 12:20 | Cattle Foot Trimming

Speaker: Dr. Sara Howard

A review of routine foot trimming in cattle, as well as corrective trimming and other treatments for common issues and diseases of the foot.

Small Animal Advanced Anesthesia

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Anesthesia in the Cardiac Patient

Speaker: Caleb Coursey (proceedings)

In this lecture we will have a very basic review of cardiac physiology, followed by an open discussion of anesthetic plans and protocols. We will discuss pre-anesthetic evaluation, case planning, drug selection, and things to watch for to minimize complications.

9:00 - 9:50 | Anesthesia for the Neonatal & Pediatric Patient

Speaker: Tina Brunnet

This lecture will detail the information that an anesthetist needs when providing general anesthesia to small animal patients less than 5 months of age. We will discuss the pre-anesthetic, anesthetic and recovery stages as well as the functional differences of the still developing body systems of these high risk patients.

10:30 - 11:20 | Anesthesia Case Discussion

Speaker: Caleb Coursey and Tina Brunnet (proceedings)

In this lecture we will have an open forum to discuss recent challenging cases that you present. We will discuss drug selection, dose ranges, multi modal therapy, and monitoring techniques. We will have cases to present, but please feel free to bring your own to discuss. This lecture will bring a round table style discussion to a lecture hall atmosphere.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch & Learn Zoetis

Lunch Provided

Exotics General

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Reptile Nutrition: What Every Technician Needs to Know

Speaker: Teresa Shisk-Saling (proceedings)

An overview of common pocket pet emergencies will be presented. Topics to be discussed include basic triage and patient stabilization in rabbits, rodents, sugar gliders, and guinea pigs. A review of known normal physiological values, venous access sites and fluid therapy will be discussed for each species. Case based discussion will focus on practical application of established emergency protocols in these unique species for the veterinary technician.

9:00 - 9:50 | Warm Fuzzies: An Overview of the Case of Pocket Pet

Speaker: Teresa Shisk-Saling (proceedings)

A presentation on the importance of proper nutrition for the reptile pet. Do you have questions about what to tell clients about feeding their reptile? Can’t Beardies live on crickets? What does that iguana REALLY need to be eating? Pinkies? Fuzzies? Hoppers? Live? Frozen? Gut load? Does it REALLY matter? Come find out.

10:30 - 11:20 | Pocket Pet Emergencies

Speaker: Jennifer Perkins (proceedings)

What type of house should my rabbit be in? Can I litter train my rat? Why won’t my Guinea Pig run in her wheel? I can just feed my Sugar Glider fruit, right? This presentation will cover basic care, feeding, housing and common medical issues of Rabbits, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Sugar Glider and Mice.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch & Learn Hills

Lunch Provided

Professional Development

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Avenues for Becoming an LVT – Traditional vs. On-Line & Veterinary Technology Education: The Traditional Classroom Approach

Speaker: Amanda Friedeck | Liz Kelley (proceedings) (proceedings)

First section of this lecture will cover the process of a distance learning associates degree in Veterinary Technology and how it prepares you for taking both the VTNE and the State Board Exam. The instructor’s personal experience is with San Juan College in New Mexico and what it takes to be successful in their program. The second section of this lecture will discuss the instructor’s choice to study veterinary technology in a traditional classroom. The Veterinary Technology program at Blinn College, Bryan Campus will also be review.

9:00 - 9:50 | How to Become a Small Animal Veterinary Technician Specialist

Speaker: Katy Waddell - Anesthesia; Tommy Koenig - Dentistry; Paula Plummer - Internal Medicine; Cheryl Coartney - ECC (proceedings) (proceedings) (proceedings)

Come to this hour presentation and learn how to become a veterinary technician specialist in emergency and critical care, anesthesia, dentistry and small animal internal medicine. Experience level, case log requirements, case reports, continuing education and general information about the academies will be reviewed.

10:30 - 11:20 | A Technicians Role in AAHA Accreditation

Speaker: Lisa Lopshire (proceedings)

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only exclusive companion animal veterinary association that accredits small animal practices in North America. Over 3,500 accredited practices adhere to the highest standards in the industry and veterinary technicians play an integral role in the accreditation process. This session will describe the process for becoming an accredited practice, the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, and benefits for your practice.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch Provided

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 1:50 | What Else is Out There? Another Option for an LVT and Advanced Imaging in Large Animal Medicine: Obtaining Radiology Certification

Speaker: Teresa Shisk-Saling | Holye Callis (proceedings)

Looking for something different? Have a knack for beakers and graduated cylinders? Have you ever thought about working in a diagnostic lab? Come see how using your clinical experience can work to your advantage in securing a truly unique job. If the laboratory setting is not your cup of tea, maybe obtaining a radiology certification in advanced imaging is. The certification program and the benefits of the program will wrap up the vet tech alternatives in the lecture.

2:00 - 2:50 | A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician in Research and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners Course

Speaker: Mary Saunders | Abby Rafferty (proceedings) (proceedings)

The first part of this session will discuss the life of a research technician, how to become a research technician and the many different avenues this technician. The second part, will discuss how to become a rehabilitation technician and how to become certified. The instructor will discuss her time at the University of Tennessee taking their Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner course.

3:00 - 5:20 | Veterinary Technician Specialty Workshop

Speaker: Katy Waddell; Tommy Koenig; Paula Plummer; Cheryl Coartney

Come one, come all, to this free workshop for veterinary technician specialty applicants and interested technicians!! Technician specialists who are members of a variety of academies, will answer questions about the different specialties, application, and anything related to the exam process. This will be a two-hour casual workshop.

Small Animal Labs

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 12:00 | Large & Small Animal Parasitology (limit 32)

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Craig

Laboratory techniques can vary from the identification of an arthropod, evaluation of fecal samples, to the separation of microfilariae and evaluation of blood smears. The ability to do any of these techniques depends a great deal upon the previous experience and education of the person involved. Depending on the clientele of the veterinary practice, different tests will be used more commonly in different practices. This lab will familiarize technicians with a variety of techniques designed to aid in the detection of parasites.

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch Provided

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 2:50 | Perianesthetic ECG Workshop (limit 24)

Speaker: Dr. Bruno Boutet

This workshop will look at common arrhythmias during the perianesthetic period of canine and feline patients. After reviewing basic cardiac electrophysiology and heart rate calculation, technicians will learn about brady and tachyarrhythmias associated with typical veterinary anesthetics, when to alert your veterinarian to problems, and drugs to have available if treatment is initiated. This workshop will be set up as a hands-on learning environment, and questions will be encouraged.

3:30 - 5:20 | Small Mammal and Avian Handling (limit 15)

Speaker: Jennifer Perkins | Teresa Shisk-Saling

This lab is an overview of safe handling techniques for the veterinary technician. Basic avian handling will be demonstrated for physical exams, venipuncture, grooming procedures, and tube feeding. Utilizing Columba Livia, domestic pigeon, as a model for avian handling, technicians will learn or review their skills and technique. The lab will provide participants to practice their handling skills on rabbits for physical exams, venipuncture, and oral exam as well. Handling of other species of mammals will be demonstrated.

Large Animal Labs

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 - 10:50 | Equine Basics (limit 15)

Speaker: Tina Lilly | Sheila Gibler

11:20 - 1:00 | Lunch Provided

Lunch Provided

1:25 - 3:15 | Understanding the Equine Lameness Exam (limit 12)

Speaker: Dr. Sara Sammons | Heidi Gaddis

Lameness is the most common cause of poor performance in the equine athlete. Lameness diagnostics are becoming more advanced, but the basic musculoskeletal exam and lameness evaluation has not changed over the years. Palpation, hoof tester exam, and flexion tests are all integral parts of a thorough lameness evaluation. Diagnostic nerve blocks and/or intra-synovial blocks can help to further localize the lameness. Finally, imaging of the affected area can identify the cause.

3:30 - 5:20 | Bull Breeding Soundness Exams (limit 10)

Speaker: Dr. Juan Romano and M. Hervey

Breeding Soundness examination in bulls, rams and bucks will be described. The indications, precautions and contraindications of BSE will be remarked. The importance of BSE in the productive system will be described. In addition a lab showing the different aspects of BSE will be demonstrated.

8:00 - 9:50 | Equine Anesthesia Recovery (limit 10)

Speaker: Alec Green | Stephanie Hon

This lecture will discuss the steps of anesthetizing a horse, from induction to recovery. It will discuss different types of recovery and problems that can occur.

Small Animal General OR

Saturday, March 7, 2015

1:00 - 1:50 | Superficial Thermal Therapies, Passive Range of Motion and Basic Nursing Care of the Rehabilitation Patient

Speaker: Abby Rafferty (proceedings)

Superficial thermal therapies, Passive range of motion and modalities for the rehabilitation patient. This lecture will discuss the how-to, why and when of using superficial thermal therapy, the benefits of passive range of motion and to properly accomplish this and we will also talk about the different modalities that are available for the rehabilitation patient (at home and in hospital) such as the aquatic treadmill and hands-on exercises.

2:00 - 2:50 | Creating and Maintaining and OR in Any Critical Setting: Pearls of Wisdom from Years of Experience

Speaker: Elizabeth Scanlin (proceedings)

This is an interactive presentation where the lecturer and the audience, working together as a team, will think critically about the actions that should be taken when setting up and running an operating room. The goal is to identify best practices in order to provide the best medical/surgical care for your patient no matter if you work in a small private practice or a specialty referral clinic.

3:30 - 4:20 | Preventing & Responding to Multiple Drug Resistant Organism’s in Your Hospital

Speaker: Dana Whitaker (proceedings)

This class will discuss why Veterinary Clinics are seeing more frequent cases of MDRO’s, ways you can plan ahead to prevent MDRO’s, and how to respond when you have confirmed cases of MDRO in your clinic.

4:30 - 5:20 | Field Management of Wounds & Fractures

Speaker: Wendy Greathouse (proceedings)

This lecture will give appropriate treatment options for fractures and wounds in the clinic and field.

Small Animal Advanced Canine

Saturday, March 7, 2015

1:00 - 1:50 | Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach to Acute Liver Failure

Speaker: Dr. Romy Heilmann(proceedings)

Lecture description: In this lecture (50 min) we will discuss the approach to patients (mostly dogs) that present in acute liver failure. We will cover triage of patients that present in acute liver failure, differential diagnoses for acute liver failure in dogs, minimum database and further diagnostic tests that should be performed in acute liver failure patients, initial stabilization of patients in acute liver failure, further diagnostics (such as liver biopsy) to determine cause and prognosis, and treatment of acute liver failure in dogs. This will be followed by the presentation of a canine case of acute liver failure seen at the Texas A&M University Small Animal Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and a 5-10 minute discussion of questions that the conference attendants may have.

2:00 - 2:50 | Canine Chronic Kidney Disease

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Bolton

Chronic kidney disease is a syndrome characterized by an irreversible, progressive loss of kidney function that results in the retention of nitrogenous waste products (BUN and creatinine e), acid-base disturbances, anemia, and high blood pressure . In many cases, no specific under lying or inciting cause

Is identified. Early recognition of this syndrome is important, as early treatment intervention and monitoring can slow progression of this disease. This lecture will focus primarily on "progression" pushers of chronic kidney disease and the specific treatment for these in order to slow progression . It will also briefly touch on pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease as w ell as known diseases that can cause it.

3:30 - 4:20 | Cushing’s in the Canine and It’s Conformation by Endocrine Diagnostic Testing

Speaker: Dr. Scott Jaques (proceedings)

Cushing’s disease is a clinical disease. The discussion will include a small portion of the history of Cushing’s. The majority of the discussion will center on the different tests to confirm Cushing’s and what to expect on the different tests for confirmation. Topics that relate to Cushing’s as far as other influences Cushing’s may have on other endocrine functions will also be addressed. Treatment of Cushing’s will be covered and what test(s) appear to be the best for monitoring therapy. Sample handling of differential testing between adrenal dependent and pituitary dependent Cushing’s will be touched upon as to what is best. To end the discussion, some note-worthycases will be presented with interesting outcomes.

4:30 - 5:20 | The Diagnosis of Infectious Disease in Texas at TVMDL

Speaker: Dr. Amy Swinford (proceedings)

The rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases in the canine is often challenging yet imperative for the appropriate management of the patient. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) offers a wide variety of diagnostic testing options that aid veterinarians and clinic staff in making correct diagnoses, leading to successful therapeutic strategies and preventive care. Learn about some of the tests for infectious diseases and tips for using the services offered at TVMDL to improve the care of the canine patient.

Small Animal General - Feline

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Dysuria: Dealing With the Blocked Cat

Speaker: Katy Waddell (proceedings)

In this lecture we will cover some of the predisposing conditions that may lead to a urethral blockage in the feline patient. A case presentation will follow the patient from owner recognition of the emergent situation thru the triage and management phases.

9:00 - 9:50 | What Every Technician Should Know About Feline Hyperthyroidism

Speaker: Paula Plummer (proceedings)

Occurrence of Hyperthyroidism in our feline patients is common. Every technician should understand basic physiology, clinical signs, different diagnostic methods, treatment options and client education. This session will also include how to find that enlarged thyroid gland and how to understand our feline hyperthyroid patients so we, as technicians, can be better patient advocates.

10:30 - 12:20 | Feline Case Vinettes

Speaker: John August

A series of short case studies will be presented, illustrating important concepts in feline endocrine, gastrointestinal, infectious, and degenerative diseases. Using their cell phones or tablets, audience members will have the opportunity to submit their own opinions and recommendations anonymously about case management decisions.

Small Animal Advanced ECC

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8:00 - 8:50 | Patient Triage: Who Goes First?

Speaker: Lori Atkins

This lecture will focus upon patient assessment with specific emphasis on prioritization. Suppose an HBC presents with multiple traumatic injuries including hemorrhage, head injury, open fractures, and dyspnea. Which concern should be addressed first? When you are presented with multiple patients, which should be seen first? This lecture is an interactive format designed to help improve your triage skills.

9:00 - 9:50 | Advanced Patient Monitoring: Putting the Puzzle Together

Speaker: Lori Atkins

You have been caring for a critically ill patient and diligently recording vital signs, SpO2, blood pressure, ETCO2, and arterial pressures. Your treatment sheet reflects columns of numbers, but what do they mean? This lecture will focus on patient monitoring and what the findings mean for your patient. We will cover proper use, expected findings, and recognition of changes/trends for your patient. How do you see the big picture from all the small puzzle pieces?

10:30 - 11:20 | I Love to Hate the Coagulation Cascade

Speaker: Katy Waddell (proceedings)

This lecture will provide the normal hemostasis process and will include diagnostic testing for some coagulopathies affecting both primary and secondary hemostasis. The coagulopathies will be broken down into diseases that affect primary and secondary hemostasis. The ability to recognize and understand the physiological process involved in coagulation will enhance the technician’s ability to provide patient care in the emergent or critical care area.

11:30 - 12:20 | Interpretation of Arterial Blood Gases

Speaker: Paula Plummer (proceedings)

How many of you have studied, read articles or listened to lectures about how to read an arterial blood gas and still don’t completely understand? After this lecture you will be able to say, “I understand now!” Basic physiology, as well as understanding the disturbances and interpretation the blood gas will be discussed in this lecture. It will be wrapped up by practicing on cases seen in the past.