Early-Bird ticket prices until September 20

Program for Sunday, October 4

Small Animal


Jessica Rodriguez, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Sponsored by:

Dr. Rodriguez’s presentations cover best practices in small animal parasitology relevant to your practice. Included will be how to diagnose and manage common and uncommon parasites, tips on easy tick identification, and heartworm FAQ’s. How to identify and manage drug resistant parasites in small animals will also be discussed.

Managing intestinal parasites in small animal practice – Are you doing it right?: Appropriate diagnostic methods and management of intestinal parasites will be reviewed. Intestinal helminths and giardia and coccidia will be the focus. Specific topics include different types of fecal flotation methods, fecal antigen testing, retesting, and treatment protocols. The attendee is expected to learn about the accuracy and the limitations of different intestinal parasite testing methods, appropriate treatment of certain intestinal parasites, risks of infection, and how to manage and prevent future infections.

Drug resistance in small animal parasitology: Drug resistance is real and is no longer a large animal issue only. Current knowledge on drug resistant parasites in small animals will be reviewed with a focus on hookworm, heartworm, and tapeworm drug resistance. The attendee is expected to learn about diagnostic testing methods that could be used in suspected drug resistant cases. The attendee will also learn what available therapeutic options exist for drug resistant cases.

Be a tick expert in your practice – Practical tips on tick identification, tick biology, and tickborne diseases: Risk of exposure to ticks and tickborne pathogens exists across the country. Common tick species and tickborne pathogens in the Pacific Northwest will be discussed. The attendee is expected to learn how to use key features to identify ticks from patients in the exam room as well as the risks that each species of tick poses to pets. Attendees will also learn the phenology of ticks in the Pacific Northwest so that risk of tick exposure throughout the year can be discussed with clients. Attendees will also be expected to learn how to manage common tickborne diseases.

Don’t treat it like a zebra – Heartworm in the Pacific Northwest: Heartworm prevalence is increasing nationwide and yet still a minority of pet dogs receive heartworm preventatives, with the fewest being in the western United States. An overview of heartworm biology, change in prevalence, and heartworm patient management will be reviewed. The attendee is expected to learn appropriate diagnostic methods in detecting heartworm infections, preventative recommendations, and appropriate adulticidal treatment protocols. The attendee is also expected to learn about the heartworm transmission cycle including factors that have led to increased heartworm prevalence in the Pacific Northwest.

Joint Session

Disasters Large and Small: Getting Animals Through the Unexpected

Heather Stewart, VMD, CVA
Carousel Mobile Veterinary and WASART Emergency Response

Animals are often swept up in large-scale disasters such as flooding or fires and also small disasters such as falling off of a cliff or getting stuck in mud. Dr. Heather Stewart, a member of the Washington State Animal Response Team, discusses how to prepare your clients for the worst and how to help when the worst is happening.

Disaster and Crisis Preparedness Planning and Response

Carrie La Jeunesse, DVM
La Jeune Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic provides many insights into the opportunities and challenges in disaster preparedness and response. In these 3 interactive sessions, we will explore the fundamentals of resilience-focused “all-hazards” forward planning and response, touching also on mass-casualty events.

Crisis Planning and Response Through a Resilience Lens – Part I: In Session 1 of this interactive session, participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the disaster cycle through the lens of COVID-19
  • Learn basic fundamental skills for communicating in crises to improve outcomes and trust and reduce harm
  • Learn basic underlying bioethical principles and considerations for disaster preparedness, planning and response

All Disasters are Local – Part 2 Cross-disciplinary Fundamentals of All-hazards Disaster Preparedness and Planning
Description: In Session 2 of this interactive session, participants will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of all-hazards disaster preparedness
  • Obtain basic skills for working collaboratively across sectors and disciplines for more comprehensive and effective planning and response.
  • Learn some basic skills of interprofessional communications in preparation for, and during disaster response.

Operationalizing Response and Resilience – Part 3: In Session 3 of this interactive series, participants will:

  • Be introduced to “resilience attributes” which must be considered when responding to disasters
  • Learn about and start applying principles of Safety Cultures and High-Reliability Organizations to reduce risk and harm and improve outcomes
  • Learn about care for self (professional) and others as a foundation for ethical, effective crisis response.

Practice Management


Rebecca Rose, AAS
CATALYST Veterinary Professional Coaches

Every day, we are bombarded with statistics of the challenges our profession, and people in general, face in wellbeing. It can be exhausting. What do you focus on? The challenges? The Solutions? Solutions, of course! That brings us to moving the needle in a positive direction within a seemingly intangible concept of veterinary team wellbeing. What are our options? Tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in revenue, client retention and client transactions is well known as a best business practice in evaluating your hospital’s health. But what about evaluating and measuring veterinary team’s health and wellbeing? You can’t manage what you don’t measure. After reviewing those “same old” KPIs, let’s pull them into the 21st century. Attendees will define trends impacting work and life, outline the ideal, healthy work environment, discuss the benefits of an Employee Assistant Program and establish a SMART Goal for tracking a Team Wellbeing KPI. Participants will receive the tools to create, track and improve team wellbeing. Let’s move beyond we have a problem (high team turnover, burnout, compassion fatigue, and the list goes on) to Wellbeing in MOTION. We have solutions!

Technicians & Assistants

Anesthetic/Analgesic Care

Donna Sisak, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Seattle Veterinary Specialists

Sponsored by:

Ketamine – Not Just the Cat’s “Me-Out”.  As an Adjunct for Balanced Analgesia: Ketamine is not a new anesthetic agent; in 2016 it turned 50 yrs old.  It was introduced to the veterinary profession in the 1970s; most veterinary professionals associate this drug with the feline patient due to its excellent chemical restraint. The last ~20 year’s ketamine has shown promise for other clinical indications – as an analgesic. The goal of this talk is to review the history of ketamine and its uses as an anesthetic, analgesic and its role as an adjunct to balanced analgesia.

TIVA (Total IV Anesthesia – An Anesthetic Approach for the “Totally” Challenging Anesthetic Patient: TIVA – total intravenous anesthesia – administering IV anesthetics during the maintenance period in the absence of inhalational anesthesia; a “multimodal – balanced “approach providing hypnosis, muscle relaxation, and analgesia.  The intent of this talk is to remind attendees of the knowledge required of the anesthetist when preforming TIVA, advice on choosing appropriate anesthetic/analgesic, monitoring the “TIVA” patient, and TIVA in particular circumstances/clinical experiences.

The Anesthesia Record – Friend or Foe? It’s About The “Trends” and “Goals”: The anesthesia record – one may say “one more “thing” added to my many tasks as anesthetist”.  This “thing” – moment by moment documentation –  is not just a document of “symbols and numbers” – it is the most comprehensive real-time record of perioperative events – a legal document associated with patient care/response.   The intent of this talk is to discuss the history of the anesthesia record and the role it has played over the last 100 years; great advances in safety and understanding the pathophysiology and pharmacology of anesthesia.  It is the speakers hope attendees walk away with a greater understanding and respect for proper anesthetic documentation – the anesthesia record – legal purposes, most importantly improved perioperative anesthetic safety/care – looking at “the trends” with a focus on “a goal”.  A quality patient care improvement tool.

Anesthesia and The Environment:  A Global Concern and Our Responsibility as Anesthetists: The earth is dynamic – ever changing.  Global environmental change is evidenced by the increase in severe weather conditions in many parts of the globe- climate change.  the climate is warming- virtually all of the world’s climate scientists are in agreement.  There are natural causes – such as sun’s intensity, volcanic activity, and changes in natural occurring greenhouse gas concentrations-; and there are anthropogenic causes – scientists attribute human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” – increases in carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide.  As veterinary anesthetists we have a responsibility and ability to make an effort to become more environmentally friendly in our every day medical practice.  The intent of this talk is to “spark” a greater awareness of the concerns of global environmental change – a threat to the survival of vulnerable species and habitats and how we as medical professionals can become more conscientious and support earth-friendly habits in our every day medical/anesthetic decision making (keeping patient safety the upmost priority).

Limited Enrollment Session – Essential Nutritional Skills Workshop

Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Ethos Veterinary Health

In this interactive session, attendees will learn a variety of important skills that are necessary to educate clients on nutrition, answer client questions about pet food, and make nutritional recommendations, and feeding tube placement and so much more! Topics covered in this session include and may be adjusted to fit the time allowed for this workshop.
• Pet Food Labels, Product Guides, and Online Resources – Reading pet food labels, interpreting product guides, and navigating the internet when researching pet foods can be confusing for the veterinary health care team and pet owners. Working in small groups attendees practice reading pet food labels, product guides and websites in order to make nutritional recommendations and educate clients
• Nutritional Calculations – Grab your calculators! If you love math as much as we do (and even those that don’t) you’ll love this session! Multiple sample calculations are used in an interactive forum to learn how to determine patient resting energy requirement (RER), calculate the daily energy requirement (DER) of a variety of patient life stages, and how to calculate the dry matter basis in order to compare a canned food to a dry food.
• Feeding Tubes – Patients unwilling or unable to eat benefit from assisted feeding via feeding tubes; feeding tubes are generally tolerated well by most patients, and most are relatively easy to place. Veterinary technicians play an important role in the placement and maintenance of feeding tubes as well as educating clients how to use and maintain feeding tubes at home tube. A variety of feeding tube types will be handled; benefits of each will be discussed. Participants will practice the finger trap suture method of securing feeding tubes in place.
• Client Communication – Communication skills are so important to client education and compliance yet not often practiced. Using open-ended questions to easily obtain a complete nutritional history, techniques for making nutritional recommendations will be covered. Using the information learned throughout the session attendees will work in small groups to improve their communication skills, educate clients, and improve compliance.