Medicine Weekend

November 7-8, 2020 | 17 Hours of RACE APPROVED CE

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Linking Positive Brains to Performance

Most business is done under the guideline that: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. What over a decade of research shows is that training your brain to be positive first actually leads to greater success at work. In fact, only 25% of job success is predicted by intelligence, the rest is determined by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. Based on Shawn’s book,The Happiness Advantage (2010) and research studying top performers at Harvard, the world’s largest banks and Fortune 500 companies, Shawn explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications and strategies for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

Dr. Susan Little

Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn

Everyone Loves Cats With Chronic Diarrhea - Not!

Chronic diarrhea is a common presenting complaint in feline medicine. These cases can be very frustrating! This presentation will focus on a simple and practical approach that will help you keep your sanity while pursuing a diagnosis.

Getting Out of a Bind With Constipated Cats

The key to successful management of constipation in cats is identifying and addressing contributing factors and I'll illustrate this with a case-based approach. As a bonus, you will learn a technique to replace enemas and manual disimpaction as well as the most effective long term management strategies. 

 

Lumps and Bumps

An interactive session where Dr. Susan and Dr. Jolle (purrpodcast.net) will discuss common bumps and lumps in cats. Did You know that most  tumors in cats are malignant?  We want an aggressive approach to bad tumors but not without a great work up. Get ready for some cool tumor action!

What's New Pussycat?

Do you struggle to keep up with advances in feline medicine? Is that stack of journals threatening to fall over and crush someone? Information overload is real for busy veterinarians, let alone during a pandemic. Worry no longer - we will take you through some useful updates from the journals.

Dr. Sue Ettinger

Cat Lymphoma Cliff Notes 2020: What You Need to Know

This lecture will focus on high-grade lymphoma in cats, specifically the gastrointestinal form, and recent updates. This lecture will give a practical overview of diagnostics, staging diagnostics, (including which ones to skip when on a budget), treatment options, and statistics you need to know when you talk to the owner. We will also discuss steroids when treatment is declined.

 

Inappetence: From Picky Patients to Pets that Won’t Eat

A pet that will not eat is so frustrating to manage for both pet owners and veterinary professionals.  For owners, appetite can be a crucial element for perceived quality-of-life evaluation of their pet.  Owners often recognize the poor appetite early indicating their pet is not well. Inappetence can be the first, and maybe the only sign, that a pet is ill. Often these pets  have some degree of inappetence or changes in appetite which can then lead to weight loss.

In recent years, more effective anti-emetics and inappetence medications have become available for both dogs and cats but identifying and treating inappetence remains a challenge veterinary medicine. This lecture will review the causes and consequences of inappetence and will distinguish it from nausea and vomiting. We will review the new and current medications, along with my tips and tricks for preventing inappetence, so we can get our patients eating again. Case examples will be presented. 

 

Mammary Tumor Cliff Notes 2020: Dog vs Cat

This lecture will give a practical overview of canine and feline mammary tumors, highlighting the similarities and differences and best practices for diagnostics, surgery approaches and chemotherapy.  We will cover what you need to tell owners, how to say it, and the necessary (and not necessary) diagnostics, treatment options, survival times, supportive care options, and prognosis.  We will also address the role of spay and mammary tumors with prevention and once tumors are diagnosed.

Dr. Sheilah A Robertson, MRCVS

Say No To Needles  – Alternative Routes for Pre-Euthanasia Sedation

The benefits of pre-euthanasia sedation for the animal and involved personnel are generally accepted to outweigh any negative effects. Traditionally, drugs are injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly; these routes may be disliked by the pet and owner as they remind them of previous veterinary procedures. Many older pets are hyperalgesic because of chronic pain and have an exaggerated response to noxious stimuli including vocalizing or protective behaviors. If sedation, tranquillization or anesthesia could be reliably achieved by other routes including the oral and transmucosal routes the euthanasia experience may be improved for all stakeholders. These routes of administration would also be suitable for aggressive and unsocialized animals when physical restraint is not possible. 

Lumps and Bumps with Susan Little, DVM

An interactive session where Dr. Susan and Dr. Jolle (purrpodcast.net) will discuss common bumps and lumps in cats. Did You know that most  tumors in cats are malignant?  We want an aggressive approach to bad tumors but not without a great work up. Get ready for some cool tumor action!

What's New Pussycat? with Susan Little, DVM

Do you struggle to keep up with advances in feline medicine? Is that stack of journals threatening to fall over and crush someone? Information overload is real for busy veterinarians, let alone during a pandemic. Worry no longer - we will take you through some useful updates from the journals.

Noodling Through the Small Intestine

This interactive lecture will discuss the basics of GI surgery and give you a stepwise approach to the removal of foreign bodies and tumors in the GI tract. After this you want to dive into the abdomen and do some cool GI surgery yourself.

When Stuck Means Really Stuck in the Large Bowel

When things get really stuck in the feline large bowel and all options of medical treatment have been tried without success, it is time for the surgeon to step in. Megacolon surgery is not easy for the cat, the owner and the surgeon. This interactive lecture will address all issues that you may want to consider during your journey to solve one of nature's most obstructive feline issues

Dr. Mary Gardner

“Doc – When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?”

Assessing the quality of life of a family pet is a delicate balance between managing client emotions, the progression of the disease, and the happiness of the pet. These key issues are not always in harmony and it is the job of the veterinary professional team to manage and balance each party's interests with the natural developments of biology. Understanding common trends in both people and their pets helps better identify their needs, address their concerns, and make a decision that does the "most good" for all involved.

 

How to Deal With Owners Dealing With Death

We can’t discuss the different ways clients face death without first understanding what grief is and how it can look.  An important part of ministering to the grief is knowing that grief can present in many ways.  There are many styles to grief, and it does not follow any particular timeline. Grief is often said to have different stages, however, they aren’t concrete. This talk will go over a number of different presentations of grief and tips on how to handle them!

 

What Would You Do? The Euthanasias That You Struggle With Emotionally!

Most euthanasias that veterinarians do are considered a ‘gift’ because it is stopping active suffering or preventing it from soon occurring. But there are some euthanasia request that can pull on our emotional, moral or ethical heartstrings. This discussion will cover a variety of real life situations and explore how we can approach each case, the family and how we can pillow our heads at night with the decision we make.

Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Assume Good Intent: How I Clawed My Way Back from the Brink

Too many of us are simply surviving veterinary medicine. Get through the week, the day, the case, the treatment - what happened to our love and enthusiasm for this profession? From the personal experiences of a 20 year veteran of specialty hospitals and management teams, this hour will talk through tips. tricks, and attitude adjustments to bring you back to thriving in your work.

Sponsored Speakers & Sessions

Michael T. Robbins, DVM

Nutritional Modulation of the GI Microbiome: What's the Evidence?

In this lecture we will define the gastrointestinal microbiome and why it is important to think about in sick patients. Further, we will discuss current nutritional management strategies to positively influence the microbiome and the current supporting evidence. The lecture will be
concluded with a case example as well as an overview of two recent studies evaluating a novel strategy for modulation of the GI microbiome.

Eric D. Garcia

How to Implement Telemedicine and Provide Continued Care

As many veterinary professionals have turned to telemedicine in one shape or another over the past year, you may have already started to become familiar with the ins and outs and ups and downs of telemedicine. Taking your practice and the services you have now and turning them virtual may sound a little complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session, I will give you the tips and tricks you need to more efficiently utilize these services within your practice, and market them successfully, too. This isn’t a brief phase in how we offer care. Telemedicine is and can be a really successful form of engaging with pet owners from all walks of life that need access to quality veterinary care. Increasing the number of telehealth appointments your clinic offers becomes an even more important priority. Adapting to something new always seems challenging, but with these tips, learning how to implement telemedicine in your practice will be much simpler than you initially thought. You’ll be reaping the benefits of an increase in revenue and in no time.

Elaine Blythe, PharmD

Speaking of Things that Can Kill You...Human

Health Hazards of Veterinary Medications

The goal of One Medicine is to facilitate the creation of beneficial relationships between human medicine and veterinary medicine for the benefit of public health. If you received a call from a human emergency department regarding the accidental or intentional exposure to certain veterinary drugs, what could you communicate to them to help save a human life? Join us for insight on the medical management of human patients who have been exposed to, or voluntarily ingested, hazardous veterinary drugs.

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