Early-Bird ticket prices until August 25, 2019

Program for Friday, September 27

Small Animal


Christine Thomson, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM
University of Alaska Fairbanks

The core of any neurological case is the neurological examination, and from that, the neuroanatomical localization. This day’s talks aim to make a basic map of the core functions of the nervous system and optimize your neurological examination techniques to assess neural function. We’ll use the NeuroMap to help work out where the lesion is located. Clinical cases will be used to illustrate the core concepts. We’ll leave the complex neuroanatomical terminology at the door and practise neuroanatomical localization with case studies. These talks aim to help you get to the DDx stage of neuro cases, rather than discuss specific details of diagnostics and treatment.

Complimentary Medicine

Robert Silver, DVM
RX Vitamins

In today’s presentation, Dr. Silver will explain and explore the topic of nutraceuticals in veterinary medicine using specific examples of nutraceuticals such as cannabis, turmeric, and medical mushrooms, and finishing this four hour lecture series with the application of nutraceuticals and other complementary therapies to establish quality of life in the pet hospice patient. Lectures will describe evidence-based studies supporting the use of nutraceuticals in veterinary medicine.

Bronze Level Sponsor: RX Vitmains

Internal Medicine GI Disease

Laura, Riordan, DVM, DACVIM
Summit Veterinary Referral Center

In the first lecture, Dr. Riordan will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of protein losing enteropathies in dogs. Her second lecture focuses on choosing immunosuppressive and corticosteroid therapy for immune mediated diseases. Finally, her third lecture focuses on problems in which the physical exam is a crucial part of making the diagnosis.

Bronze Level Sponsor: Summit Veterinary Referral Center

Small Animal Wet Lab

Introduction to Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound (Pre-registration required)

John Mattoon, DVM, DACVR
Washington State University

Participants will be provided with the necessary fundamental skill set for basic abdominal scanning techniques. The first part of the course will focus on an interactive hands-on introductory “lecture” during which participants will learn basic transducer movements, machine adjustments and major organ identification. These skills will be reinforced and practiced in small groups under the mentorship of experienced instructors.

Silver Level Sponsor: SonoSite/FujiFilm

Intermediate Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound (Pre-registration required)

John Mattoon, DVM, DACVR
Washington State University

The first part of the course will be an introductory lecture. The lecture will involve a short review of the normal abdominal ultrasound with a limited review on knobology. The focus of this lecture and lab will be on scanning techniques to identify routine abdominal pathology. These skills will be reinforced and practiced in small groups under the mentorship of experienced instructors.

Silver Level Sponsor: SonoSite/FujiFilm

Large Animal

Animal Welfare and Small Ruminant Medicine

Kelly Still Brooks, DVM, DACVPM
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Session 1: Dr. Still Brooks’ presentation covers a review of practical, evidence-based techniques for minimizing pain associated with common small ruminant husbandry procedures and an introduction of emerging industry solutions. Included will be a discussion of her recent experience with alternative methods of goat kid disbudding, including complications associated with clove oil injection. 

Session 2: Dr. Still Brooks’ presentation covers a review of key requirements for writing VFDs in food animal practice. She will clarify legality, constraints, and methods for writing VFSs for small ruminant operations. Included will be a discussion of the current evidence concerning use of oral CTC for common small ruminant complaints, including abortion and respiratory disease. 

Session 3: Dr. Still Brooks’ presentation will cover a variety of small ruminant case presentations and clinical vignettes of interest to veterinarians serving production and pet small ruminant operations in the Pacific Northwest. Emphasis will be on case management under field conditions and indications for referral for hospitalization or tertiary care.

Animal Disease Traceability

Amber Itle, VMD, DACVPM
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Although the Federal Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule has required States to establish minimum identification and travel documentation for cattle moving interstate since 2013, ADT continues to be a challenge for many States across the nation. Veterinarians, state and federal animal health officials and producers alike understand the benefits of a robust ADT program to enhance disease response, minimize economic losses and maintain access to international markets. However, many producers continue to be concerned about cost, speed of commerce, liability, and privacy, which has stalled progress. This presentation will outline gaps in our State and Federal traceability program and discuss the role of the private, accredited veterinarian in helping to close the gaps in Washington State.

Bronze Level Sponsor: WSDA

Dairy Research Summaries

Craig McConnel, DVM, MVC, PhD
Washington State University

Dr. McConnel will present research summaries based on recent and on-going investigations at Washington State University into dairy calf management, including novel diagnostics and therapeutics related to gastrointestinal disease.


Laura White, DVM, DACVPM
Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory – Washington State University

Dr. White’s presentation covers the approach to field necropsy submissions including necropsy technique, proper sampling procedures and submission for ancillary tests. Case scenarios and common submission mistakes will be discussed.

Bronze Level Sponsor: WSU WADDL



David Wilkie, DVM, MS, DACVO
Ohio State University

Although the principles of veterinary ophthalmology are similar across species, the equine eye presents particular challenges to both ophthalmic examination and treatment. A discussion of ophthalmic nerve blocks, required ophthalmic equipment, tips to facilitate examination, normal vs. abnormal and treatment tips will be presented. This will be followed by clinical presentations and medical and surgical treatment options for both extraocular and intraocular diseases of the equine eye.

Bronze Level Sponsor: JorVet

Practice Management

Practice Management

Terry O’Neil, CPA, CVA
Katz, Sapper & Miller

Terry O’Neil’s goal is to keep your veterinary hospital as healthy as it can be, and his practice management track will cover a variety of valuable practice management topics, including budgeting, key performance indicators, hospital valuations, strategic planning, fees, internal controls, and tax reform.

Platinum Level Sponsor: Care Credit

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Brennan Stoelb
Washington Employment Security Department

Washington will be the 5th state to offer paid family and medical leave benefits starting in 2020, but employers have action to take in 2019. Get a jump on 2019 and learn how your business can prepare to implement this mandatory program in this free presentation by the Washington State Employment Security Department. Learning objectives include employee benefits of WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, employer requirements, how this program interacts with FMLA, and the timeline and how to prepare your business.

Hot Topics

Reportable Diseases

Minden Buswell, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Washington State Department of Agriculture

WSDA is working on making animal reportable diseases less confusing for WA State veterinary practitioners. This session will cover reportable diseases for ALL species, who to tell, and when to tell them.

Bronze Level Sponsor: WSDA

The Board’s Role, the Disciplinary Process, and Hot Topics

Sarah Kirschenman, J.D.
Kim Morgan, LVT
Sue Moriyasu, DVM
Loralei Walker
Veterinary Board of Governors

The Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors will discuss its role, the disciplinary process and current topics that impact veterinary practice. There will be time set aside for questions.

Occupational/Employee Health and Safety

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Teresa Vaughn Schlanser, DVM, DACVPM
Debbie Cherry, DVM
University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

This session will review reproductive hazards in veterinary care and outline practical ways to reduce risk and manage employee issues regarding reproductive risks.

Diversity and Inclusion

Marie Sato Quicksall, DVM
Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Quicksall will present practical ways to incorporate multicultural diversity and inclusion into the workplace, including communicating with a language barrier, cultural barriers to care, creating an inclusive work environment, and the importance of learning about groups within your community.

Avian and Exotic Medicine

Anneliese Strunk, DVM, DABVP
Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine

Dental changes in rabbits and small mammals can cause numerous clinical signs that can be mistaken for other disease processes. An overview of diagnosis and management of dental malocclusion will be discussed. Dr. Strunk will also spend time discussing the approach to selected avian emergency cases, including a focused discussion on the avian respiratory system, with details on air quality fluctuations related to wildfires.

Technicians & Assistants

Behavior and Fear Free

Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior)
Private Practice

Session 1: You “don’t do behavior?” Sure, you do! Pets are learning all the time, and so are humans! This introduction to the crucial concepts of classical conditioning, desensitization, counterconditioning, and operant conditioning will change the way you see and interact with patients and their owners on a daily basis, not just for behavior consultations.

Session 2: Case study examples of classical conditioning, desensitization, counterconditioning, and operant conditioning in the clinical setting.

Session 3: The golden time to provide puppies with the best possible start is a very narrow window. Learn what every veterinary team can do to identify normal and at-risk puppies, prevention strategies, and intervention planning. Help families create rock-star puppies who are lifelong companions and patients!

Session 4: House soiling is the single most common behavior described as a problem by cat owners. Learn to decode the pee-mail and help cats and owners navigate this common concern.

Session 5: Did you know: Approximately 15% of pets are surrendered to shelters or rehomed in the United States every year? Adolescent pets are surrendered to shelters at an alarming rate. Learn why, and what you can do to prevent and treat the three most common problems described by pet owners.

Session 6: Fear Free can change every day of the rest of your life. Why did I come to veterinary medicine? Because I love animals, and I bet you do, too! Learn how Fear Free can help bring love, passion, and compassion into every interaction you have with pets and people — and in just five easy steps you can get started on your Fear Free journey tomorrow!

Session 7: Have you ever heard, “It takes too long!” or “It costs too much!”? Have you ever tried to change your boss’ mind? What about a team member or a challenging client? Learn how to get buy-in from bosses, the whole team, and clients alike with these strategies for how to navigate crucial conversations and implement change.

Regenerative Medicine

Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT
Mayo Veterinary Services

Join us for an hour-long discussion on regenerative medicine, primarily Stem Cell Therapy (SCT) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and how these therapies can enhance the care that we, as veterinary professionals, provide to our patients.  Regenerative medicine has been used in the veterinary industry since the 1970’s, starting in equine medicine and transitioning to small animal medicine in the 1990’s. Now, regenerative medicine is used worldwide in multiple species, across species lines and has been clinically proven time and time again to treat over 86 ailments, injuries and diseases; when used appropriately. Learn how you can begin offering various forms of regenerative medicine in your practice and how you, a veterinary technician, can play a role in delivering these therapies to your patients.

Integrative Medicine and Food Therapy

Cynthia Knapp, DVM, CCRT, SAMP, CVA – Rehabilitation Therapist
SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation

Session 1: An introduction to the different branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that can help animals live a more balanced life. How acupuncture, food therapy, herbal therapy and massage can benefit our animals.

Session 2: Learn how the energetics of food can optimize the health of our animals. By understanding some basic properties of food, diets can be created to help nourish the body as well as help heal the body to achieve internal balance.

Sesssion 3:Using the body’s energy to help restore health
Learn how acupuncture can stimulate the body’s own energy to help an animal develop balance and harmony on the inside. When they are healthy on the inside, the body should not exhibit any abnormal symptoms, such as pain and inflammation, on the outside.

Session 4: Learn helpful acupuncture points that can be stimulated through acupressure to help our animals in general practice and in emergency situations, including points to stimulate appetite, decrease nausea, calm an anxious animal and much more.

Oncology & Death, Dying and Euthansia

Renee Neideigh, LVT, VTS (Oncology)
Animal Medical Center of Seattle

Session 1: This will be a talk on the basics of oncology in veterinary medicine. We will go over diagnoses, staging, and the three most common treatment options. We will discuss chemotherapy safety and the risks associated with chemotherapy administration. In conclusion, we will touch base on the technicians’ emotional challenges and a brief overview of two of the most common cancers.

Session 2: This lecture will discuss the impact society has on the way we view death and dying, and ways to increase awareness and acceptance that death is a natural part of life. A discussion on quality of life in veterinary patients, and ways healthcare professionals can better guide clients through the end of life process. We will also touch base on the hardships healthcare professionals endure during these difficult times. I will give advice on how to improve the actual euthanasia itself to make clients feel more comfortable and at peace with their decision. In closing, a look at Aquamation, and the many benefits it offers.