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Program for Friday, October 2

Small Animal

Emergency Critical Care

Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC
The Veterinary Idealist

Emergency medicine is both thrilling and intimidating. In this interactive session, we’ll use a case-based approach to discuss fluid therapy, antibiotic selection, anemia, transfusion medicine, CPR, and finally common toxicities. By the end of the day, you’ll be more comfortable when that next emergency case walks in your door!

Approach to the Anemic Patient: This lecture will review the pathophysiology of anemia and present a diagnostic framework. Case presentations will be used to demonstrate the use of history, physical exam, and appropriate diagnostics to make a quick and accurate assessment.

CPR: This lecture will be a practical approach to CPR in dogs and cats using the evidence and framework from the RECOVER guidelines. After the lecture, attendees will be able to prioritize resuscitation skills, medications, diagnostics, and other treatments during an arrest.

Top Ten Toxins – Part I: In this first lecture, we will discuss the general diagnostic and therapeutic approach to a pet who has gotten into a toxin. We will then review the presentation, pathophysiology, and treatment of marijuana ingestion, chocolate toxicity, NSAID overdose, and anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.

Top Ten Toxins – Part II: In this lecture, we will continue our review of common toxicities in dogs and cats. We will explain the presentation, pathophysiology, and treatment of xylitol, grape and raisin, metaldehyde, mushroom, vitamin D, and lily toxicity.

Feline Medicine

Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP

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Dr. Scherk’s presentations will review and update common feline gastroenteric issues including liver diseases, pancreatitis, diarrhea, and constipation. She will discuss an approach to the cat with chronic upper respiratory disease and provide a hopeful update on FIP.

Update in Feline Gastroentric Syndrome: Tips and tidbits to help the cat with matters pertaining to the gastrointestinal tract: feeding the vomiting cat, weight loss, ill-thrift, inappetence, Feline gastrointestinal eosinophilic sclerosing fibroplasia, gall bladder disease, cholecystocentesis, sarcopenia. Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of enteral nutrition in the cat
  • Consider gallbladder diseases as a differential
  • Come up with a strategy to best address the muscle and weight loss

Pancreatitis, Under or Over Diagnosed: Feline pancreatitis is a different group of disorders than in other species. What significance do changes in blood tests or even histology have? Learn what factors precipitate pancreatitis, what factors are indicators of pancreatitis, what diagnostics to pursue, and how to treat pancreatitis. Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the interplay between the small bowel, liver and pancreas
  • Look for and identify pancreatitis
  • Formulate a medical plan to target therapy appropriate for the category of pancreatitis present

Recurrent Diarrhea in the Cat: Localizing the problem is the first step to choosing the correct diagnostics. Different infectious and inflammatory causes of diarrhea will be discussed along with successful treatment for many causes of this group of conditions. Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Localize the pathology to the small or large bowel
  • Rule out differentials for that bowel segment
  • Understand which diagnostic test should be implemented


Lisa Parshley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center

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Transitional Cell Carcinoma:  Transitional cell carcinoma is the most common bladder cancer in both dogs and cats. Over the last two years, there has been movement in both diagnostics and therapeutics available to patients with this disease.  In this lecture, an overview on transitional cell carcinoma will be provided including a discussion on the newest genetic testing and available targeted genetic therapy.

Palliative Care in the Cancer Patient: COVID -19 has changed our world and will continue to impact our economy for many years to come.  In this lecture, we will discuss the possible options to provide comfort and care for those patients both receiving care from an oncologist and those patients who financially cannot refer to an oncologist.

Immunotherapy and Targeting Cancer Therapy – Cancer medicine is making many exciting advancements that are either arriving now or soon to be available to our patients. In this lecture, information will be presented to help educate your clients in what these therapies can provide their pet and what may be coming in the very near future.  Cancer medicine’s future is very exciting and some of these advancements are already arriving in veterinary oncology.

Large Animal

Cow-Calf Herd

Russell Daly, DVM, DACVPM
South Dakota State University

Dr. Daly will use case examples to highlight current issues in beef calf and cow health. Up-to-date knowledge regarding respiratory disease in calves will be featured, as well as investigations of beef cow illness and death losses – with a special look at the influence of feeds and nutrition.

Pre-Weaning Bovine Respiratory Disease in Cow-Calf Herds: Participants will be able to describe risk factors affecting the incidence of Bovine Respiratory Disease in pre-weaned beef calves, and list potential preventive measures. Additionally, participants will be able to identify other important conditions affecting beef calves along with the factors affecting their incidence, treatment, and prevention.

Beef Cow Death Loss and Illness – Nutrition and other Aspects: Case examples will be used to illustrate significant issues affecting death losses in beef cow herds during the grazing period. Participants will be able to identify important causes of mortality on pasture and list strategies to aid their diagnosis.


Chris Hostetler, MS, PhD
National Pork Board

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Practical Aspects of Swine Reproduction: Successful reproduction drives the downstream flow of pigs regardless if this is a single sow producing 4-H pigs, a genetic nucleus herd providing purebred animals or a 10,000-sow unit providing 250,000 pigs per year for commodity pork production. In this talk, we will cover the biology of pig reproduction, typical industry standards, benchmarks, and some common reproductive challenges.

Disruptive Technologies for Animal Agriculture – The term “disruption” is often thought to have negative connotations because “disruption” is equated to change, and we are resistant to change. However, technology is driving revolution in animal genetics, cell culture-based protein, big data, and monitoring. These technologies will drive the way meat, milk, and eggs are brought to the table for human consumption. This will be a facilitated discussion of these four technologies rather than a presentation as such come prepared to participate!

WSDA Update

Amber Itle, VMD, DACVPM
Washington State Department of Agriculture

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Come to this session for updates from the Washington State Veterinarian’s office including our new reportable disease platform for vets, emerging diseases in our state, new animal health requirements, animal disease traceability, options for electronic animal health records, your role in secure food supply plans, emergency management and MORE!


Laura Chen, DVM, MS

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Small Flock Poultry Cases: Dr. Chen’s presentation will cover common and unusual small poultry flock cases received over the past year at the Avian Health & Food Safety Lab, a branch lab of WADDL. Common diseases will be elaborated on further, including available ancillary testing, treatments, and management strategies.

Best Use of Poultry Diagnostics Testing at WADDL: Dr. Chen’s presentation will build on Session 6 and cover how the Avian Health & Food Safety Lab can assist practitioners in poultry health monitoring and disease diagnosis. AHFSL offers a comprehensive range of tests capable of evaluating for parasitic, bacterial, and viral causes of disease in avian species.


Equine Radiology

Sarah Puchalski, DVM, DACVR
Puchalski Equine Inc.

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Generating and Interpreting Radiographs of the Equine Spine: This presentation will cover basic principles of generating and interpreting radiographs of the equine spine in ambulatory practice. The discussion will include practical tips on taking radiographs, how to recognize a quality radiograph, radiographic anatomy, and interpretation of common and important abnormalities.

Fetlock Region Diagnostic Imaging in the Sport Horse: This presentation will discuss contemporary fetlock lameness problems in horses used for sport. The lecture will focus on the generation and interpretation of radiographs of the region but use other modalities (NM, MRI, CT, US) for illustration where relevant.

Metacarpus / Metatarsus Region Diagnostic Imaging: This presentation will discuss contemporary lameness problems, predominantly in horses used for sport. The lecture will discuss the generation and interpretation of radiographs with other modalities for illustration. Abnormalities of the regional soft tissues and osseous structures will be covered.

Radiograph Interpretation in the Pre-purchase Examination: This presentation will address common pitfalls in the interpretation of pre-purchase examination. This will include important image quality control parameters (acquisition, image transfer, image review), common radiographic abnormalities and their interpretation.

Equine Lameness – The PPE

JD Conway, DVM

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The pre-purchase presentation will cover the basics from signalment and history to physical/lameness exam fundamentals, drug testing considerations, and insurance coverage.

Practice Management

The Economic State of the Veterinary Profession

Charlotte Hansen, MS


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The profession is changing. The economy is changing. What does that mean for the future of the veterinary profession? Join us as we look at the current economic state of the veterinary profession, discussing areas such as graduating veterinarians and the student debt, veterinarian demographics and incomes, veterinary practice performance, and pet ownership trends.

Practice Performance

Jeff Sandford, MBA
University of GA, CVM

Growth Leadership Requires Acting and Adapting to Changes in the Marketplace

  • Using a SWOT framework, attendees will be able to assess their practices preparedness by investigating current market & COVID 19 trends, Corporate Practice and Supplier Offerings (Chewy), and new technology applications.
  • After learning how to research and identify trends, participants will be able to create an opportunity/decision map to grow their practices

10 Performance Markers Every Practice Should Know to Maintain Financial Health and to Identify Opportunities for Growth

  • After reviewing financial statements and practice management software reports, participants will be able to identify practice behaviors reflected in performance reports.
  • From lessons learned, participants will be able to use practice “markers” to identify problems, measure their effect and make corrective action Bad and counterproductive behaviors include discounting, poor leveraging of staff, and weak communications.
  • Understanding the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the future of the economy, participants will learn the importance of their break-even points are to a practice (daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly) and how to use the break-even model to determine cut back points if the market downturned for veterinarians.

Defining Your Practice’s Ideal Pathway to Care: Even though compliance has been an industry topic for over 20 years, most practices are still providing care that is less than ideal, often pursuing a path of least resistance from a client. Overall, we find patient and client care very dependent on practice culture and care measurements.

  • Since COVID-19, much more emphasis has been given to pet care. Television and social media are bombarding audiences with care messages. Participants will see examples of current care messaging and compare with their practices messaging, culture and beliefs.
  • Using practice management software, attendees will be shown how to extract patient and service/inventory data to determine current compliance and a 6 Sigma framework to define, measure, improve and grow.
  • During the presentation, common care barriers will be identified and success stories given including practices that have over 90% of patients receiving bloodwork and intestinal parasite exams, and others performing 15 COHATS a day. Using this information, participants will be able to “get out of their box” and map a growth plan to grow their practice.

Gearing Up for the New Normal: COVID-19’s aftermath will likely change how many practices do “business.” Client experiences, staff utilization and technology applications will drive future expectations for ideal client and patient care.

  • Interactive discussions/chats on lessons learned from the COVID-19 experience and the direction practices might change.
  • Participants will understand the importance of leadership in managing continuity, adapting to changing expectations and transitioning environments, and thriving toward an ever-changing “New Normal”
  • Overall COVID-19 has quickened change in all industries. Participants will learn that accessibility, flexibility, affordability, and a strong care-value proposition will most likely be the drivers for the New Normal.

Cultural Sensitivity

Carrie La Jeunesse, DVM
La Jeune Consulting

Across cultures, we are more alike than we are different. In these sessions, we will build on this understanding and learn skills to invite, recognize, and plumb the diversity of human experiences and backgrounds so we can improve outcomes in our work. We will draw on examples from the COVID-19 pandemic to illustrate content.

In this session participants will:

  • Learn fundamental concepts of culture, diversity, and inclusion
  • Learn the importance and benefit of culturally sensitive approaches in any work in the profession
  • Practice developing or honing these skills through active discussion of case examples 4-learn how to incorporate cultural agility into work
  • Find resources to assess one’s own “blind spots” to increase personal awareness…the first step to growth in knowledge and skill
  • Understand the concepts of review, refining and iterating current knowledge and skill sets as a formal, intentional and ongoing process.

Hot Topics

Zoonotic Disease Epidemiology

Hanna Oltean, MPH
Washington State Department of Health

Overview of zoonotic and vector-borne disease in WA.

Public Health Surveillance

Beth Lipton, DVM, MPH
Public Health – Seattle & King County

Overview of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in WA and in King County, including recent outbreak and case investigations. This presentation will include updates on SARS-CoV-2 epidemiology and disease in animals from a public health perspective.


Kody Russell, MSW
Kitsap Strong

Learn the science behind human behavior, explore the impacts of trauma & toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behavior, & choices. Develop ideas and strategies for supporting ALL individuals by helping them develop their skills and giving them the opportunities they need to flourish.

Technicians & Assistants

Nursing Best Practices

Liza W Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)
East Coast Veterinary Education

Small Animal Immunology & Vaccination: This lecture will cover the immunological foundation of vaccination and how it relates to small animal medicine. Current vaccine recommendations from AAHA, AAFP, and WASAVA will be discussed as well as the practical use of titers.

Ins and Outs of Blood Pressure Measurement: Blood pressure measurement is an important vital parameter in small animal patients. Invasive vs non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) measurement will be discussed. Doppler vs oscillometric devices, their use, limitations, and recommendations for obtaining consistent and accurate values will be stressed.

Leptospirosis in Small Animals: The presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of leptospirosis will be discussed.

Challenging Nursing Cases – Concepts of veterinary nursing plans: The nursing process is an organizational tool that has been used in human medicine for a number of years to guide human nursing students and promote patient care. Utilization of the nursing process in veterinary medicine allows veterinary technicians to function in a similar capacity to that of human nurses. In order to correctly use the nursing process, the veterinary technician must be able to apply critical thinking and veterinary nursing knowledge to institute a high standard of care and enhance patient.

Interpretation of Blood Work, Diagnostic Testing, and Treatment of Disease in Small Animals

Saundra Willis, DVM, DACVIM
Phoenix Lab (now a part of Zoetis)

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Microbiology: This session will cover basic topics in microbiology to include: sample submission, from urinalysis to tissues; sample preparation in the microbiology lab with a description of how samples are cultured, and how sensitivity to antibiotics is determined, Kirby Bauer vs. Mean Inhibitory Concentration (MIC); basics of interpretation of culture and sensitivity results for appropriate antimicrobial therapy. We will also discuss antimicrobial resistance, scope of the problem, and efforts being made to limit resistance.

Endocrine Disease: Diagnostic Testing: This session will cover some of the basics of endocrine testing in the dog and cat to include: diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthryoidism, hyperadrenocortisim, hypoadrenocorticism, parathyroid disease, acromegaly and hyperaldosteronism.

Communicating Diagnostics to Pet Owners: Advances in veterinary medicine have brought us better diagnostic tests so that we can more quickly and accurately diagnose the pet’s problem, treat appropriately and relieve the pet’s distress as quickly as possible. But sometimes our owners get frustrated, put up their hands and say “Enough tests already, just treat”.  In this workshop, we will discuss communicating diagnostic tests so that attendees have knowledge to answer clients’ questions including reason the test was run, its interpretation, and next steps. Numerous case examples will be presented but staff is encouraged to bring their own.