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Get ready to step into the '80s at NoodleU's virtual veterinary conference! It's like, totally tubular with lectures that will transport you back in time and an awesome '80s theme that'll have you grooving like never before! 🕺💫

Join us LIVE for this rad virtual event and earn a whopping 14 hours of RACE-Approved CE credits!

It's going to be a blast from the past you won't want to miss!

Download our righteous PDF schedule here and prepare to rock the veterinary world!


Cuts Like a Knife


This session will discuss the anesthetic and analgesic choices available for cats undergoing surgery. A case-based approach will be used to aid in making choices for each patient. We will discuss which drugs to combine for maximum effect and look at ways to ensure cats are comfortable after discharge. We will also look at how caregivers can assess their cat for pain.


1. To understand the pros and cons of anesthetic drugs used in cats.

2. To know how to combine analgesic drugs for maximum effect.

3. Be able to ensure continued analgesic therapy after discharge.

4. To understand which tools owners can use to score their cat’s pain in the home environment.

Every Breath You Take


Brachycephalic breeds are growing in popularity with the French Bulldog being ranked by the American kennel Club as the most popular breed in 2022. Brachycephalic breeds have multiple problems but the most challenging to deal with involve the upper airway. Many dogs require anesthesia to correct upper airway abnormalities or for unrelated procedures (e.g. neutering). Brachycephalic breeds are documented to have higher morbidity and mortality rates related to anesthesia. This session will discuss how to mitigate complications related to anesthesia including vomiting, regurgitation, esophageal reflux, aspiration, and airway obstruction.


1. To gain a good knowledge of the pathophysiology of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).

2. To know the statistical risks of anesthesia in brachycephalic breeds versus non-brachycephalic breeds.

3. To be knowledgeable on techniques that can be used to mitigate complications such as esophageal reflux and aspiration.

4. Be confident in creating a perioperative anesthetic and analgesic plan for brachycephalic patients.

How to Prevent Another Tooth Biting the Dust: Thwarting Dental Disease

Jan Bellows, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, ABVP

In order to change the paradigm of needing to extract Yorkie, Maltese, and miniature schnauzer teeth when they are three to five years old we need to start with a preventative program that works. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has accepted over 75 dog and 20 cat products that decrease plaque accumulation.  Daily use of dental wipes, water additives, dental diets, and toothpaste goes a long way in allowing dogs and cats to keep their teeth. 


1. Understand the current state of affairs where most general practitioners practice fire engine dentistry removing many teeth.

2. Understand how preventative products work.

3. Learn how to make prevention first and foremost.

Should it Stay or Should it Go?—How to Decide 

Jan Bellows, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, ABVP

One of the main sources of anxiety for veterinarians in small animal dentistry is determining whether a tooth should be extracted or not. This evidence-based lecture will provide an answer to this question and provide helpful tips and time-saving techniques to make the process more efficient.


1. Share the reasons why a tooth should be extracted.

2. Review extraction techniques.

3. Review actual cases.

Pulmonary Patterns: Some Trends Never Go Out of Style

Matthew Winter DVM, DAVCR

This session delves into the art and science of identifying pulmonary patterns on radiographs, unraveling their clinical significance and distribution. Discover the nuances of radiographic features, the pivotal role of pattern distribution in shaping differential diagnoses, and the delightful unpredictability of feline cases.



  1. List the different pulmonary patterns visible on radiographs.

  2. Describe the radiographic features of pulmonary patterns.

  3. Explain the utility of pulmonary patterns and their distribution.

  4. Explain how distribution affects differential diagnoses.

  5. Discuss how cats never follow any rules.

Terminator or Weird Science? AI in Veterinary Medicine

Matthew Winter DVM, DAVCR

Explore the role of artificial intelligence in transforming diagnostic imaging. We'll navigate through the intricacies of AI, from its foundational principles to the ethical considerations in its development and implementation, ensuring you're equipped to harness these advancements responsibly in your practice.



  1. Define Artificial Intelligence and its various incarnations

  2. Explain how AI is used in diagnostic imaging

  3. Identify other (present or future) uses of AI in Veterinary Medicine

  4. Discuss responsible development and evaluation of AI tools in Veterinary Medicine

  5. Discuss best practices in AI development and adoption strategies

Bee Gees and Bee Needs: What Vets Need to Know About Honey Bee Health

Jörg Mayer, DVM

Ever since the US FDA implemented its Veterinary Feed Directive rule, which dictates how certain antimicrobials can legally be administered in the feed or water of food-producing animals and made changes to its policy on the use of medically necessary antimicrobials on bees, honeybees have fallen under the direct purview of veterinarians, highlighting the need for greater literacy in honeybee health. The need for veterinarians to become familiar with basic bee diseases is important to help and be productive team members in the new discipline of apiary health. 


  1. Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): Gain a comprehensive understanding of what a VFD is, how it differs from a prescription, and its relevance in the context of apiary (beekeeping) medicine.

  2. Establishing Veterinary Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR): Learn the importance of establishing a VCPR before issuing a VFD, including the legal and practical aspects, and understand state-specific requirements for establishing a VCPR.

  3. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Develop an awareness of the legal responsibilities and ethical considerations involved in issuing a VFD, including the importance of following drug label instructions and avoiding extra-label drug use.

  4. Documentation and Compliance: Understand the necessary components of a lawful VFD order, including the requirements for medical records, which act as the main defense in civil and licensure actions.

  5. Client Education and Communication: Learn effective strategies for educating and communicating with beekeepers regarding the use of antibiotics and the need for veterinary involvement in the diagnosis and treatment process.

"Borderline?" How Madonna Deals with Diagnosing and Treating Cushing's Disease

Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ, CCFP, FFCP-Elite

In this lecture, "Madonna" will deliver to attendees a comprehensive but practical approach to identifying, diagnosing, and treating canine Cushing’s disease. Extra focus will be on high-risk breeds, subtle findings on physical exams and clinical pathology, testing nuances, and perfecting treatment as Madonna's top songs highlight tips and tricks to remember!


1. Attendees will learn through visual images early and/or subtle physical exam findings to help identify at-risk patients for a Cushing's workup.

2. Attendees will learn how to practically discern the different tests for Cushing's disease and how to pick the most appropriate test per patient.

3. Attendees will learn clear messaging to deliver to clients that communicate value and encourages a long journey of chronic medication and monitoring.

"Who's That Girl?" Madonna Discusses One of the Diseases Missed Most in 

Veterinary Medicine

Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ, CCFP, FFCP-Elite

"Madonna" will reinforce with attendees a comprehensive but very practical approach to identifying, diagnosing, and treating canine Addison's disease. Extra focus will be on high-risk breeds, subtle findings on physical exams and clinical pathology, screening tests, as well as the diseases that easily mimic Addison’s disease (why truly the “great pretender”), all while supported by some of Madonna's greatest hits!


1. Attendees will learn through visual images early and/or subtle physical exam findings to help identify at-risk patients for an Addison's workup.

2. Attendees will learn to practically discern lab abnormalities and top differentials that mimic this disease.

3. Attendees will learn clear messaging to deliver to clients that communicate value and

encourages a long chronic medication and monitoring journey.

The Golden Girls: Bromide and Blanche Are as Sexy as Ever

Fred Wininger VMD MS DACVIM (Neurology)

In the age of levetiracetam and CBD, some of our golden girls have been forgotten. Sure there are some young attractive options on the scene, but they actually work better with the support of their more experienced sisters. We will channel the curiosity of Rose, the skepticism of Dorothy, and the passion of Blanche as we discover when and how to reach for these "Oldies but goodies".


1. Understand the indications and management strategies of the anti-seizure drugs phenobarbital and potassium bromide.

2. Explore the interactions between these older anti-seizure medications and newer therapies such as levetiracetam, zonisamide, and CBD.

3. Explore the evidence for which anti-seizure medications are most effective. The attendees will become familiar with the contraindications and side effects of these medications.

The Neuro Mix Tape: A Love List of Greatest Gait Hits

Fred Wininger VMD MS DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Wininger is the nerd in the back of detention with you, convinced that a bodacious mixtape of his favorite videos is the way to your heart. Pass the time with offerings of gnarly gaits and radical realizations that neurolocalization is easier than you think. Terms like "Upper motor neuron" can take a chill pill with this totally tubular talk. Scary terminology and funny gaits will be no big whoop when we're



1. The attendee will become familiar with the three forms of sensory ataxia.

2. The attendees will recognize the 4 spinal segments that can be identified through gait.

3. The attendees will be able to distinguish orthopedic from neurologic gaits.

How to Not Screw Up Your Poisoning Cases in 10 Easy Steps

Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT

In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT reviews the most common errors veterinary professionals make with the poisoned veterinary patient. Learn which emetic agents to use in dogs versus cats, what the contraindications are for decontamination, how to give charcoal to a cat, and more!


1. To understand indications and contraindications for emesis induction in dogs andvcats.

2. To understand indications and contraindications for administration of activated charcoal in dogs and cats.

3. To understand which types of drugs should be used as emetic agents in different species.

Top 10 Feline Poisons

Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT

In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review the top 10 poisons that cats get into. Toxicants such as lilies (Lilium, Hemerocallis), acetaminophen, SSRI antidepressants, and more will be reviewed. The mechanism of action, clinical signs, and overall treatment will be reviewed.


  1. Identify the top 10 poisons for cats.

  2. Learn why and how cats respond differently to certain toxins compared to dogs.

  3. Recognize clinical signs of feline poisoning and understand appropriate treatment measures.

Leveraging E-Commerce to Enhance Client Experience and Practice Growth

Eric Garcia

As veterinary practices navigate the complexities of the digital marketplace, the key to outpacing online retailers lies in mastering e-commerce to enrich client relationships and loyalty. This session, crafted for every member of the veterinary hospital team, from practice owners to associate veterinarians, focuses on leveraging e-commerce not only as a tool for operational efficiency and client convenience but also as a strategic asset to build unwavering client loyalty. We'll explore the multifaceted benefits of integrating e-commerce platforms, from increasing compliance through easy access to prescriptions and diets to boosting practice efficiency and expanding your market reach. Discover practical strategies to implement e-commerce solutions that will grow your practice and enhance client satisfaction.



  1. Understand the Strategic Role of E-Commerce in Veterinary Practices


    Explore Practical Applications of E-Commerce to Boost Client Satisfaction and Practice Efficiency

    3. Develop a Roadmap for Integrating E-Commerce into Veterinary Practices

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