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Program for Friday, January 25

Companion Animal

Ryan Baumwart, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences / Stillwater, OK 

8:00-8:50 am / Pulmonary Hypertension

 The lecture will include common diagnostic testing that are needed to diagnose pulmonary hypertension.  Additionally, treatment options and strategies will be discussed.

9:00-9:50 am / Valvular Degeneration (Endocardiosis) Treatments – Surgical and Medical

Lecture will focus on treatment of valvular degeneration (endocardiosis) in the canine patient.  Treatments will include current medical and surgical medical therapies available. 

10:30-11:20 am / Canine Pericardial Disease

Diagnostics and treatments of the common pericardial diseases will be discussed.  Diagnostics will focus on radiography and echocardiography.  Both short-term treatments and long-term treatments will be discussed. 

Jodie Lamb, DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Emergency & Specialty Pet Hospital / Oklahoma City, OK 

11:30-12:20 pm / Closure of Large Wounds and Reconstruction Techniques Using Various Skin Flaps

This session will be a discussion in closure of large wounds and reconstruction techniques using various skin flaps.  There will be an overview of tension-relieving techniques, and I will go through case discussions using different types of skin flaps.  We will also discuss post-operative care and monitoring of these large wound closures and flaps. 

2:00-2:50 pm / Interesting Feline Surgical Cases

This session will be a case-based discussion of interesting feline surgical cases.  These will range from orthopedics to soft tissue including shoulder luxation, urethral surgery, and fractures.


Jesse Bullock, DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Emergency & Specialty Pet Hospital / Oklahoma City, OK 

3:00-3:50 pm / Emergency/Critical Care Electrolyte Management: The Classics

This session will review the management of sodium, chloride, and potassium in both currently hospitalized and emergency cases. The focus will be on adjusting fluid therapy to minimize iatrogenic damage and realizing the impact of concurrent therapies on electrolyte balance. 

5:00-5:50 pm / Emergency/Critical Care- Electrolyte Management: The Forgotten Few

This session will review the management of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in both currently hospitalized and emergency cases. The focus will be on how monitoring and adjusting these values can improve patient care/outcome and alter the usage of other medications. 


Kay Backues, DVM, Diplomate ACZM
Tulsa Zoo / Tulsa, OK 

8:00-8:50 am / Bee Keeping 101

9:00-9:50 am / Bee Keeping 101

Gail Golab, DVM, Ph.D
American Veterinary Medical Association / Schaumburg, IL

10:30-11:20 am / Legal Considerations of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products in Veterinary Practice

With increasing interest in cannabis as a therapeutic agent in human and veterinary medicine, veterinarians are increasingly fielding questions about its potential therapeutic benefits and adverse effects. At the national level, cannabis and its derivatives are currently classified as Schedule I controlled drugs and it is illegal for veterinarians to prescribe, dispense, administer or recommend them for their patients. A recent federal law (§ 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014) authorized growing and cultivating “industrial hemp” (cannabis with a tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] concentration of < 0.3% on a dry weight basis) for research purposes under certain limited conditions. However, § 7606 did not alter the approval process for new drug applications, the requirements for conduct of clinical or nonclinical research, or oversight of marketing claims as described in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). It also did not alter the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), nor did it remove “industrial hemp” from the controlled substances list. Manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers of drug products derived from cannabis plants, as well as those conducting research with such products, must continue to adhere to CSA requirements. Products derived from cannabis that are intended for animals and include therapeutic claims that have not been evaluated and approved by the FDA are unapproved animal drugs and are considered to be “unsafe” within the meaning of the FDCA (i.e., they have not been shown to be safe and effective for their intended use). Unapproved drugs may create legal risk for veterinarians who administer, prescribe, dispense or recommend them.

At the state level, cannabis-related laws apply to people, not animals, and variously allow cannabis to be used for medicinal and recreational purposes, medicinal purposes only, or not at all.  Two states have introduced legislation that provides more flexibility for veterinarians in discussing the use of cannabis products in their patients.

This presentation will support attendees in acquiring a working knowledge of the regulatory framework surrounding cannabis and its status in the practice of veterinary medicine.

Jeffrey Powers, DVM
Beaver Island Veterinary Services / Beaver Island, MI

11:30-12:20 amAn Overview of Cannabinoids in Veterinary Practice

As the use and legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use has increased, these products have become both a danger and a potential therapeutic benefit for veterinary patients because of the presence of a well-developed endocannabinoid system.   I will discuss some recent research that had been conducted in animals, an overview of the range of products available to pet owners as well as quality issues identified in recent laboratory testing, and a brief discussion of toxicosis in pets.

Brad Roach, DVM
Best Friends Animal Clinic / Shawnee, OK

2:00-2:50 pm / Canine & Feline Biome to Improve Animal Health

Some recent advances in medicine involve the use of species specific biome with various routes of administration.  We will discuss using the canine and feline biome to improve animal health in a practice setting.  We will also cover comparative human results, specific disease indications for pets, donor sources, commercial products, case studies, routes of administration and actual DIY steps.


Dustan Clark, DVM, Ph.D
University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR

3:00-3:50 pm / Hobby Flock and Backyard Poultry Husbandry and Biosecurity

5:00-5:50 pm / Backyard Chickens Diseases, Conditions and Treatments


Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP
Cat Healthy / Canada

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

8:00-8:50 am / Feline Chronic Pain Syndromes- More Than Musculoskeletal 

Over the recent decade, there has been increased awareness of pain and attention to the alleviation of pain in cats.  The investigation has focused primarily on chronic musculoskeletal pain. The purpose of this presentation is to address not only musculoskeletal but also other types of inflammatory and neuropathic pain in cats.

9:00-9:50 am / Lower Urinary Tract Health- Metabolism and Stress 

Lower urinary tract disorders are common in cats.  In previous decades, the focus of study has been on the causes and management of crystalluria.  More recently it has become clear that the majority of cases of LUTD are idiopathic and the bladder may be the victim, rather than the initiator of the clinical signs. This presentation looks at Pandora Syndrome and emphasizes the critical importance of identifying stress in the lives of cats in their homes and addressing it in order to reduce disease.

10:30-11:20 am /  Blood Pressure: A Critical Factor 

Over half of our feline patients with chronic kidney diseases as well as many with hyperthyroidism are hypertensive.  Hypertension is called the silent killer. HyPOtension is a common occurrence in our daily clinical lives.  This condition must be recognized and treated for organs to function. Learn how to measure, monitor and treat hyPER and hyPOtension

11:30-12:20 pm /  Understanding Feline Kidney Diseases: New Thoughts 

Assumptions regarding therapy of renal diseases have been made from dogs and other species and applied to cats.  Many of these have been shown to not be applicable in cats.  Staging renal insufficiency, a collection of different diseases, allows us to introduce therapies at appropriate stages and encourage our clients to treat their companions.  We will discuss new therapies.

2:00-2:50 pm /  Skinny Old Cats: Sarcopenia and Cachexia 

When is weight loss a normal age-related change and when does it call for investigation? There is strong evidence that sarcaopenia results in increased morbidity and mortality. If we intervene before a certain point, can we turn weight and muscle decline around? 

3:00-3:50 pm /  Ins & Outs:



Ensuring that a patient receives adequate nutrition may require intervention.  What works, what doesn’t?  The other end is also important.  What factor is most important to relieve constipation?

5:00-5:50 pm /  Complexities of Managing a Geriatric Cat with Multiple Disorders 

The older cat is predisposed to many medical problems and often presents with several concurrent disease conditions. How do we meet the challenge of feeding a cat with diabetes as well as CKD? What about using NSAIDs for arthritis in someone with CKD? In this session, we’ll look at how I approach an individual with conditions that have contrary therapeutic or nutritional requirements.

Food Animal

Chad Baumwart, DVM, DACVS
Highland Veterinary Clinic / Arapaho, OK

8:00-8:50 amC-Section Approaches, Techniques, Outcomes, and Complications

When a C-section is indicated, surgical approaches to consider, pre-operative & intra-operative techniques, and expected outcome and complications.

Meredyth Jones, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Oklahoma State University- Center for Veterinary Health Sciences / Stillwater, OK

9:00-9:50 pm / Approach to the Down Beef Cow

Is there anything worse? The non ambulatory cow represents one of the most frustrating clinical conditions large animal veterinarians face. A definitive diagnosis is often difficult to obtain, and even when we do, successful treatment is often limited by logistics, economics, and an honest prognosis. The diagnosed down cow, however, represents an opportunity to make a positive impact on animal welfare and overall herd management. This session will provide a practical approach to the down animal, including differential diagnoses and realistic treatment options.

Rachel Oman, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)
University of Missouri / Columbia, MO

10:30-11:20 am / Obstructive Urolithiasis in Food Animals

What new information exists regarding the management of obstructive urolithiasis in food animal species and what aspects of this challenging condition do we still need to explore? We will review newer modifications to standard treatments and discuss whether there is reason to question conventional dogma when discussing prognosis with owners. 

Emily Reppert, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Kansas State University /Manhattan, KS

10:30-11:20 am / Anaplasmosis Control

Review of current anaplasmosis control methods and future directions.

Chance Armstrong, DVM, MS, DACT
Louisiana State University / Baton Rouge, LA

2:00-2:50 pmUpdate on the Bull Breeding Soundness Exam 

In 2016, a committee of Society for Theriogenology (SFT) members was formed to review the current bull breeding soundness standards (BSE). The committee made up of both private and academic veterinarians were charged with the task of reviewing the literature to ensure the current standards did not require updates based on discovery since the last standards were published, but also to publish an updated Bull Breeding Soundness Manual.  This session will review the complete BSE and update changes that have been made to the minimum standards based on the peer reviewed literature.  We also discuss ways to implement this exam into your practice that will benefit the veterinarian and the producer alike.

3:00-3:50 pm / Diagnosis and Managing Infertility in Bulls     

This session will discuss a systematic approach to fertility issues in bulls utilized in natural service herds.  We will explore commonly discovered reproductive problems that affect the bottom line of your producers.

5:00-5:50 pm / Management of Common Breeding Injuries in Bulls     

This session will focus on commonly encountered breeding injuries in bulls and a practitioner’s approach to those injuries.  We will discuss treatment options and the prognosis of the bull returning to breeding soundness following therapy. 


Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM
Boehringer Ingelheim / Media, PA

8:00-8:50 am / Gastrointestinal Health in the Performance Horse (Part 1)

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome has a significant effect on performance no matter the discipline. We will review the pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of stomach ulcers in the horse. We will also discuss what little is known about “hind gut ulcers” and effects on equine health and performance.

9:00-9:50 amGastrointestinal Health in the Performance Horse (Part 2)

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome has a significant effect on performance no matter the discipline. We will review the pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of stomach ulcers in the horse. We will also discuss what little is known about “hind gut ulcers” and effects on equine health and performance.

10:30-11:20 amPractical Fluid Therapy in the Horse

Fluid therapy is an integral part of the management of many equine conditions. We will review indications and techniques for fluid therapy with an emphasis on enteral administration

Clayton McCook, DVM
Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders / Edmond, OK

11:30-12:20 pmOklahoma Large Animal First Responders: Our role in Oklahoma Emergency Response (Part 1)

The presentations will define and describe the role of Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders in emergency response in Oklahoma, as well as provide information to the practicing veterinarian about their role in emergency response and preparedness.

2:00-2:50 pm / Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders: Our role in Oklahoma Emergency Response (Part 2)

The presentations will define and describe the role of Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders in emergency response in Oklahoma, as well as provide information to the practicing veterinarian about their role in emergency response and preparedness.

Garrett Metcalf, DVM
Pine Ridge Equine Veterinary Hospital / Glenpool, OK

3:00-3:50 pm  / Stifle Lameness: Diagnostic Techniques 

5:00-5:50 pm / Stifle Lameness: Surgical and Medical Treatments

Practice Management

Heather Romano
iVET360 / Portland, OR

8:00-8:50 am /  Don’t fear the feedback – How to discuss feedback and accountability (Part 1)

9:00-9:50 am / Don’t fear the feedback – How to discuss feedback and accountability (Part 2)

As veterinary professionals, we typically hate one specific aspect of our jobs- managing underperforming staff and doctors. Unfortunately, by overlooking this critical aspect of staff leadership, we allow underperforming, and often toxic employees, to destroy our culture and procedures, leading to outstanding employees quitting while the underperformers linger. In Don’t Fear the Feedback, we will discuss how our staff feels about feedback, how we can provide more effective feedback at reviews, compassionate staff leadership strategies, and the best ways to discuss performance and attitude deficits with different types of people. Finally, we will discuss a feedback and accountability structure that allows your team members to hold themselves accountable to their own jobs, being fully aware of the rules and consequences, while creating less confrontation for the managerial staff. 

10:30-11:20 am / Show Me The Money!

As millennials have entered the workforce, there has been a surprising shift in the compensation expectations of veterinary employees. As millennials prefer certain perks over salaries, veterinary practices are struggling to provide compensation packages that are enticing talent to stay in our practices. However, by understanding their motivations, and how they have affected other generations in the workforce, we can create an atmosphere of excitement surrounding your practice’s benefits, which will make your hospital the employer of choice in your area. Included will be a discussion of salary and benefit expectations and aspirations for veterinarian and a new way of looking at benefits.

11:30-12:20 amManaging Passive Aggressive Personalities

Passive aggressive personalities are one of the most challenging to work with, and even harder to manage. As veterinary professionals, we are often perplexed at how to deal with someone who intentionally undermines the practice but then feigns innocence. In this discussion, we will learn about the different types of passive-aggressive personalities, and why they behave as they do. We will discover ways to counter-attack the behavior, how to address it head-on, as well as ways to prevent this behavior in the first place (and it is preventable!).

2:00-2:50 pm / It’s All In The Family!

Often, hospitals call their group of workers a “family,” as though this is a good thing. But let’s face it; families are full of strife, discord, and frustration. Many of us would never want to actually work with our families, so why would we want to recreate that feeling at work?

In It’s All in the Family, we will take a fun look at what a “family” feel can do to a practice’s culture, and how taking a high-performance sports team mentality into your practice can make us more efficient and more effective at providing stellar patient and client care. Attendees will come away with a checklist of the team do’s and don’ts to implement in their practice when they return to change the family mentality into a strong team focus.

3:00-3:50 pm / Be the Boss

Most good leaders have a strong common thread: we care about our team and want to help them succeed. However, in the day to day practice of life, we can be perceived by our team to be bossy, micromanaging, unfair, unrelatable, and, in general, difficult to deal with. The focus of Be the Boss, Not the Bitch is to understand how our actions can be perceived by the team, using psychology principles and examining extensive studies. We will then look at how we can make simple changes in our communication and work style to permanently ban these unflattering and completely untrue staff assessments. 

Melissa Tompkins, BS, CVPM
South Coast Veterinary Management Solutions / Los Angeles, CA

5:00- 5:50 pm / Manager Guilt – Why We Have It And How To Get Rid Of It

This presentation focuses on why managers tend to overburden themselves and constantly feel guilty about it.  I discuss how this burden negatively affects managers (or leaders) in the hospital and is actually inefficient at creating a healthy team.  I place an emphasis on the “work-life balance” to help managers/leaders understand why they need to take the time for themselves so they do not burn out. I talk about some of the things that affect managers/leaders on a day to day basis that prevents them from getting their work completed, many times leading them to overwork themselves.  I discuss some ways to resolve these issues so that they can complete more important projects or duties for the hospital.  Furthermore, I teach them how they can create a better system in their hospital to help delegate and grow other team member’s skills so that the manager does not have to do it all.


Jim Kallman, DVM
Merck Animal Health / Nebraska

9:00-9:50 am  / What’s Bugging My Kitty

Sara Fales, RVT
Performance Equine Associates / Thackerville, OK

10:30-11:20 am / Equine Anesthesia

Diane Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Oklahoma State University- Center for Veterinary Health Sciences / Stillwater, OK

11:30-12:20 pm / Feline Trifecta (Anesthesia, Pain Management, etc.)

Amanda Friedeck, B.S. LVT, VTS (Dermatology)
Texas A&M University / College Station, TX

Sponsored by Dechra

2:00-2:50 pm / Skin Interpretation Lab

3:00-3 :50 pm / Skin Interpretation Lab