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16 - 02 - 2021
05 : 50 AM - 06 : 20 AM
Lecture - Dentistry

Comprehensive Oral & Radiographic Evaluation (CORE): The Technician's Role

This session will highlight the importance of routine and complete dental evaluation, and how to communicate this to the pet owner and gain their compliance for the overall health of their pet. The speaker will share the step-by-step examination which begins in the exam room with the owner present and continues with a complete radiographic examination. A dental care plan will be established and baseline notes will be recorded. Any recommended dental procedures will be fully discussed with the owner including pre-anesthesia testing, catheter placement, and patient monitoring. The necessary home care plan will be communicated. 

Ms. Candice Spear CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
16 - 02 - 2021
06 : 30 AM - 07 : 00 AM
Lecture - Dentistry

Dental Charting

A dental chart must be completed for all animals presented for dental care and will help to improve your clinic's dental practices. The technician's role in this record keeping process will be discussed using AVDC approved abbreviation. A discussion of the Triadan numbering system and directional terminology will be included.

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Ms. Candice Spear CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
16 - 02 - 2021
07 : 00 AM - 07 : 15 AM
Break - Wellness Event

Merck Wellness Break

16 - 02 - 2021
07 : 15 AM - 07 : 45 AM
Lecture - Dentistry

Dental Radiography: Positioning for Best Results

Attendees of this lecture will learn and review the technicians’ role in oral radiology positioning techniques and basic interpretation. Information on equipment, indications for dental radiographs and general positioning techniques will be provided.

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Ms. Candice Spear CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
16 - 02 - 2021
07 : 55 AM - 08 : 25 AM
Lecture - Dentistry

Fixing Dental Radiology Errors for Better Radiographic Interpretation

Dr. Holmstrom will discuss from a live lab setting how to adjust "fix" radiographic errors so that you are able to do a better interpretation.

Dr. Steve Holmstrom DVM, DAVDC
16 - 02 - 2021
08 : 25 AM - 09 : 00 AM
Break - Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall Open

16 - 02 - 2021
09 : 00 AM - 09 : 30 AM
Lecture - Dermatology

Dermatologic Diagnostic Testing

During this session we will cover how to acquire and interpret the diagnostic tests that constitute the most requests for consultation with a veterinary dermatologist.

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Dr. Darren Berger DVM, DACVD
16 - 02 - 2021
09 : 40 AM - 10 : 10 AM
Lecture - Dermatology

How to Convince Clients to Do Another Diet Trial

Food allergies can be complicated. Often, clients have already performed several diet switches before scheduling a visit with the veterinarian for their pet’s pruritus. So, they are hesitant to invest the time and money into another new food. Additionally, there is so much mixed messaging regarding which diets are healthy and effective for managing pets with food allergies. Learn how to bust through client hesitations, and convince them the right way to perform a diet trial for better management of their pet’s allergies long-term.

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Dr. Ashley Bourgeois DVM, DACVD
16 - 02 - 2021
10 : 20 AM - 11 : 20 AM
Lecture - Nutrition

One Simple Solution

In this program, attendees will learn about the value of nutrition in the management of canine atopic dermatitis. This will include a discussion of different nutrients, such as omega fatty acids, and ingredients, such as egg protein, that are well documented to influence the allergic response in the skin. Attendees will also learn about Derm Complete, a one-step solution for the management of atopic dermatitis as well as serving as a limited ingredient option that allows veterinary practitioners to additionally utilize this food for diet elimination trials. The discussion on Derm Complete will also include a thorough review of the scientific studies performed on Derm Complete validating its efficacy for both food and environmental allergies.

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Dr. Jennifer MacLeay DVM, PhD, DACVIM
16 - 02 - 2021
11 : 20 AM - 11 : 50 AM
Break - Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall Open

16 - 02 - 2021
11 : 50 AM - 12 : 50 PM
Event - Keynote Presentation

Hill's Pet Nutrition Comedy Hour:
What Does Joey Know?

16 - 02 - 2021
01 : 00 PM - 01 : 30 PM
Lecture - LABORATORY DIAGNOSTICS

Advancing Diagnostic Options for Chronic Enteropathies in Dogs

To inform veterinarians about advances in serum-based diagnostic testing options for chronic enteropathies and IBD in dogs. Attendees will learn about the role of antibody-based diagnostics in human and canine GI testing.

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Dr. Jacqueline Johnson DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVPP, CCRP
16 - 02 - 2021
01 : 30 PM - 01 : 45 PM
Break - Wellness Event

Merck Wellness Break

16 - 02 - 2021
01 : 45 PM - 02 : 15 PM
Lecture - Practice Management

Motivating Staff in a COVID World

During a pandemic it can be hard for staff to come to work, not to mention work even harder than before. Over this past year veterinary teams have been pushed to their limits. From curbside to social distancing to wearing masks 24/7 sometimes saying thank you just does not feel like enough. This presentation will share insights and creative ways to keep your team going and feeling appreciated during the tough times.

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Ms. Kellie Olah CVPM, SPHR, SHRM-CP
16 - 02 - 2021
02 : 15 PM - 02 : 45 PM
Break - Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall Open

16 - 02 - 2021
02 : 45 PM - 03 : 15 PM
Lecture - Gastrointestinal Disease

All You Need to Know About Nutrition for Healthy Gut Microbiome

This lecture will review key concepts related to nutritional modulation of the microbiome including defining the gastrointestinal microbiome, a review of it's importance, and the evidence for use of pre, pro and postbiotics to modulate the microbiome of dogs and cats.

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Dr. Iveta Becvarova DVM, MS, DACVN
16 - 02 - 2021
03 : 25 PM - 03 : 55 PM
Lecture - Gastrointestinal Diseases

Fiber-responsive Diseases: Updates from an Internist’s Perspective

This talk is an overview of the impact of how fiber impacts the microbiome. We'll discuss and define prebiotics and postbiotics and learn that not all fiber sources are created equal. The learning objectives are to understand that the microbiome can metabolize fiber as well as protein for energy; however, metabolic end products from fiber fermentation are more healthful than those from protein fermentation. An activated microbiome that is "fed" with fiber, releases postbiotics which have potent biological activity. A healthy microbiome can transform and release bound anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds that are present in certain fiber sources. Foods rich in these fiber sources can have a dramatic impact on gastrointestinal health and have been shown to help resolve diarrhea in dogs in as little as 24 hours.

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Dr. Alyssa Sullivant DVM, MS, DACVIM
16 - 02 - 2021
04 : 10 PM - 04 : 40 PM
Lecture - Gastrointestinal Disease

How to Approach Chronic Diarrhea in Cats without Losing Your Mind

Chronic diarrhea in cats can be caused by dietary indiscretion, infectious diseases, toxins, immunologic diseases, stress, and metabolic dysfunction. Chronic diarrhea is not just unpleasant and inconvenient for owners, it is uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening for patients. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and/or acid-base imbalances. For milder cases, symptomatic outpatient therapy may be employed. Client education regarding treatment and nutritional support are key to client compliance and ultimately patient recovery. Patients hospitalized for acute diarrhea are provided treatment for the underlying cause while supportive care including intravenous fluid therapy, nutritional support, antiemetics, and gastric protectants are employed. It is during this time that effective and appropriate nursing care considerations are paramount to patient care and recovery.

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Dr. Susan Little DVM, DABVP (Feline)
16 - 02 - 2021
04 : 50 PM - 05 : 20 PM
Lecture - Dentistry

Comprehensive, Oral, Health, Assessment & Prevention, or Treatment (COAPT)

Because there is a relationship between oral health and an patient's overall health, dental examinations are extremely important and should be performed routinely. During this session you will learn how to conduct a complete dental exam. Dr. Holmstrom will discuss common findings and how to develop a dental plan to address issues and preventative measures.

Dr. Steve Holmstrom DVM, DAVDC
16 - 02 - 2021
05 : 30 PM - 06 : 00 PM
Lecture - Dentistry

Dental Equipment & Ergonomics

Having proper equipment with good ergonomic design is important for dental cases. Dr. Holmstrom shares his recommendations with the audience so that they can comfortably address dental patients and provide the best care possible.

Dr. Steve Holmstrom DVM, DAVDC
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