Keynote Session by Dr. BJ Miller
BJ is a hospice & palliative medicine physician and educator who has worked in all settings of care: hospital, clinic, residential facility, and home. His career has been dedicated to moving healthcare towards a human-centered approach and he advocates for this on the policy as well as personal level. He has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design and his 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 10 million times. BJ's work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss, and the TED Radio Hour. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, written with co-author Shoshana Berger, was released in July of 2019.
BJ's latest project, The Center for Dying & Living, aims to create a publicly accessible resource library on the themes of living with serious illness, disability and loss and includes an online consultation service for individuals dealing with those same issues or caring for those who are.
Dr. Susan Little
Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn
No More Stones! Conquering Bladder Uroliths in Cats
Uroliths in the lower urinary tract are common in cats worldwide. This presentation will review our understanding of the risk factors for stone formation, diagnostic methods for urolith detection and estimation of composition, as well as advances in the least invasive methods for treatment. Finally, strategies for urolith prevention will be discussed.
What Did You Eat? Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies in Cats
Gastrointestinal foreign bodies are relatively common, especially in young cats. Clinical signs tend to be nonspecific (e.g., vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, drooling, lethargy) and mimic other diseases. A thorough and systematic approach to the medical history, physical examination, and initial diagnostics is key to early identification of a foreign body. Surgical management is often indicated, especially for linear foreign bodies, and good outcomes depend on early diagnosis and intervention.
From Sour to Sweet: Management of Diabetic Cats
Diabetes mellitus is one of the top two endocrinopathies in cats. Successful management of diabetic cats involves insulin and dietary therapy, treatment of complications such as ketoacidosis and regular monitoring and client education. This presentation will review current knowledge on diagnosis and management of diabetes in cats, with tips and advice to help the veterinary team treat these patients with success.
It's a New World: The 2020 AAFP Retrovirus Testing & Management
This presentation will highlight the updated information in the 2020 AAFP Retrovirus Testing & Management Guidelines as much has changed since the last guidelines were published in 2008. Information on practical testing strategies, FeLV staging using new tools, and management of infected cats in home and shelter settings will be presented.
Dr. Sue Ettinger
Simple reconstruction techniques that make you wounds vanish with ease
Wounds are common in dogs and cats and a myriad of closure techniques are available. Sometimes it is really difficult to know the right closure technique and simple tools will be offered during these two exciting lectures on how you can make a well- balanced decision. The first part will focus on easy closure techniques using releasing techniques and local subdermal flaps. Excellent color illustrations will be provided to explain the step-by-step operation technique.
Go for the gold! Major reconstruction techniques that make you smile
Wounds are common in dogs and cats and a myriad of closure techniques are available. Sometimes it is really difficult to know the right closure technique and simple tools will be offered during these two exciting lectures on how you can make a well- balanced decision. The second lecture will deal with more complicated techniques including axial pattern flaps and mesh grafts. Excellent color illustrations will be provided to explain the step-by-step operation technique.
Dr. Mary Gardner
Dog Lymphoma Cliff Notes 2020: What You Need to Know
The diagnosis of lymphoma can be overwhelming for both clinician and the pet owner. There are a confusing number of diagnostic tests, prognostics factors, and treatment protocols. This presentation will highlight the essential information you need to know in practice. We will cover what you need to tell owners, how to say it, and the necessary (and not necessary) diagnostics, prognosis, treatment options, survival times with and without treatment, and supportive care options including steroids when treatment is declined.
Lecture Title: Dog Mast Cell Tumor Cliff Notes 2020: What You Need to Know
Mast cell tumors (MCT), the most common skin malignancy in dogs, can pose challenges for several reasons. There is a wide range in biologic behavior and outcomes, and there are a confusing number of diagnostic tests, prognostics factors, and treatment protocols. This presentation will highlight the essential information you need to know in practice. We will cover what you need to tell owners, how to say it, and the necessary (and not necessary) diagnostics, treatment options, survival times with and without treatment, supportive care options, and prognosis. This lecture will also update with new MCT therapies available.
Hemangiosarcoma Cliff Notes 2020: What You Need to Know
The dog with the dreaded splenic mass. Now what? The splenic mass often results in a presumed poor prognosis and client panic, because it’s assumed it is hemangiosarcoma. In this lecture we will cover what to tell owners before the diagnosis is confirmed, and then review of hemangiosarcoma. We will discuss tips for diagnostics, surgery, chemotherapy and supportive care when chemotherapy is declined after surgery. We will cover what statistics you need to know and how best to say it. This lecture will also update with new therapies available, updates on current chemotherapy protocols and supplements, and recently published studies.
Aging well – Senior vs Geriatric Pets
The geriatrics are the largest demographic of pets yet a shocking amount do not come into the clinic for over a year before they are euthanized. Learn about aging, fragility, geriatrics and how you can focus on the care of these very special pets.
Generating Income from Geriatric Pets
Lecture description: There is a huge opportunity to market, attract and treat geriatric pets. However, they are not coming into your clinic. Learns ways to get them to come in and not only generate income, but increase the bond with the family - and simply - do what is best for the pet!
Top Age Related Ailments and Home Hacks for the family
If you have ever had a geriatric or terminally ill pet of your own - then you can empathize with how hard it is to keep those pets safe, clean and cared for while also maintaining your sanity! This lecture will go into the top ailments families manage and what we can do to support them.
The Art of a Good Death
The worst appointment the family will ever have with you is the euthanasia. Explore the path for this appointment from phone call to saying goodbye and discover ways to make it better for everyone involved.
What Else Can You Expect?!
We have a personal trainer Tex Time that will be giving you live tips to get you out of your computer chair (though you'll be laughing a lot and to Eric Garcia that's considered an ab exercise).
Our speakers will make you laugh and keep you entertaining! There is a reason we have this specific line up. If that isn’t enough for you, we have a comedy hour with comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald!
Speaker Q&A Happy Hour at the end of each day!