Program for Saturday, January 25

Companion Animal

Alicia Webb, DVM, DACVD
Redbud Animal Dermatology, Allergy & Ear / Oklahoma City, OK 

8:00-8:50 am / When that Itchy Dog is Not Allergy!

See diagnostic approach in session 1. Session 2 is a case series of pruritic dogs that (spoiler alert!) are not atopic! These dogs would have been misdiagnosed had a systematic approach not been pursued.

Lindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM-Parasit
Auburn University / Auburn, AL

10:30-11:20 am /  Fleas, Ticks, and Tick-Borne Disease: What’s New and What Can We Do?

Part 1: focus on biology of fleas, flea-vectored pathogens, tick biology and identification, and tick-vectored pathogen epidemiology

11:30-12:20 pmFleas, Ticks, and Tick-Borne Disease: What’s New and What Can We Do?

Part 2: continuation from part 1 to discuss diagnostic strategies and hurdles for tick-borne infections, treatment options, blocking of pathogen transmission, and environmental management strategies

2:00-2:50 pm / Heartworm Highlights: Updates Regarding Diagnosis, Treatment, and  Prevention

This session will review heartworm biology, discuss the diagnostic strategies involved in detecting canine and feline infection, and cover treatment and prevention options. New findings from the 2019 AHS symposium will be integrated.

**Sessions Sponsored by Zoetis**

Danielle Dugat, DVM, MS, DACVS
Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences / Stillwater, OK

3:00-3:50 pm / Portosystemic Shunts: Where are We Today?

Portosystemic shunts are a dynamic condition that dogs and cats are diagnosed with, resulting in a variety of clinical manifestations. Treatment options vary and are based on clinical signs, but should be tailored to stabilize the biochemical alterations that occur as a result of the condition.

4:00-4:50 pm / Surgical Pain Management

Surgical pain management is imperative to provide our patients with the best chance of success and decreased risk of morbidity associated with surgical intervention. Surgical pain management includes a variety of modalities and methods, of which each will be discussed in this lecture.

Hot Topics

Alicia Gorczyca Southerland, DVM
Oklahoma Department  of Agriculture, Food & Forestry  / Oklahoma City, OK

8:00-8:50 am / Advancing Traceability Through Electronic Identification: Learning Demonstration

Demonstration and hands on use of electronic official identification and equipment

Robert Gwin, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACDL
Oklahoma Animal Eye Clinic/ Oklahoma City, OK

10:30-11:20 am / New Advancements in Veterinary Ophthalmology – A Look at New Therapies and Treatments being used in Veterinary Ophthalmology

  • Cataracts/Diabetic Cataracts – What to do and what not to do
  • Corneal Ulcers – medical and surgical treatment options, Biosis Graft, Temporary Tarsorrhaphy, Bandage lens etc.
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry Eye

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

11:30-12:20 pm / What’s Hot in Veterinary Neurology

12:20-1:20 pmWhat’s Hot in Veterinary Oncology

**Sessions Sponsored by Innovarius**

Paul Welch, DVM
Forest Trails Animal Hospital  / Tulsa, OK

3:00-3:50 pmRabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Other Pocket Pets

What do you do when your clients walks in something other than their dog and they expect you to do something about it. Common conditions and treatments of commonly owned pets.

4:00-4:50 pm / Avian and Reptile Basics

What do you do when your client expects you to do something rather than refer it?  Some common medical and husbandry situations and how to deal with them.


Sherry Johnson, DVM, DACVSMR
Equine CORE, Inc.  / Whitesboro, TX 

8:00-8:50 amOn The Mend: A Glimpse Into The Evolving World of Equine Rehabilitation  

10:30-11:20 am / Rehabilitation of the Neurologic Horse: A Balancing Act 

Faye Lorenzsonn, DVM
Arlington Animal Clinic / Ada, OK 

11:30-12:20 pm / How to Best Help Wildlife in Your Practice- Overview the Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Wild Animals in Your Community.

This session will be an overview of the legality of helping wildlife, how to advise the general public, rabies considerations, and the ethics behind deciding whether to euthanize/treat/transfer/release.

12:30-1:20 pmCommon Presenting Complaints of Oklahoman Wildlife Patients and How to Address Them in Your Clinic.

This session will be a series of case studies highlighting the most frequent injuries and illnesses in Oklahoman Wildlife.

Lauren Peycke, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Texas A&M University / College Station, TX

3:00-3:50 pm / Introduction to Small Animal Rehabilitation

This session will introduce the concepts related to physical rehabilitation and discuss its relevance to general practice.  The concepts presented will also include the impact of physical rehabilitation on the musculoskeletal system.

4:00-4:50 pm / Application of Small Animal Rehabilitation

This session will discuss physical rehabilitation and its integration into general practice. Common case examples will be presented and discussed.

Food Animal

Richard Prather, DVM
Ellis County Animal Hospital / Shattuck, OK

8:00-8:50 am / Changing the Paradigm in Heifer Development

The food animal industry and the dynamic of the veterinary profession is changing. Viable options to adapt and thrive through improved efficiency of time, labor and resources are the focus of this topic.

10:30-11:20 am / Beef Cow/Calf Production Medicine in the Millennial Generation

Beef Cow/Calf producers and their veterinarian share many of the same economic, sustainability and succession challenges. This session will focus on topics addressing efficiency and profitability of the cow herd and food animal practice.

Katie Simpson, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Colorado State University / Fort Collins, CO

11:30-12:20 pmBovine Neurologic Diseases and Treatment (Part 1)

The basics of performing an efficient neurologic exam on cattle, that allows for neuroanatomic localization of the lesion(s), will be discussed.  For each of the major regions of localization, we will cover the primary differential diagnoses that are most often responsible for causing disease in that location.  Case examples will be used to facilitate deeper discussion, including diagnostic and treatment options in these cases.

12:30-1:20 pm / Bovine Neurologic Diseases and Treatment (Part 2)

The basics of performing an efficient neurologic exam on cattle, that allows for neuroanatomic localization of the lesion(s), will be discussed.  For each of the major regions of localization, we will cover the primary differential diagnoses that are most often responsible for causing disease in that location.  Case examples will be used to facilitate deeper discussion, including diagnostic and treatment options in these cases.

3:00-3:50 pm / Deep Digital Sepsis in Cattle

Case definition, diagnostics, and treatment of deep digital sepsis in cattle will be addressed.  Case examples will be included.

4:00-4:50 pm / Small Ruminant Case Discussions

A variety of small ruminant cases will be presented, including medical and surgical cases.  Audience participation and discussion is highly encouraged!


Kati Glass, DVM, DACVS-LA
Texas A&M University / College Station, TX

8:00-8:50 amYour Surgical Toolbox: What Are You Missing?

This lecture will discuss handy instruments, tools, and techniques that take up little room in your vet box and pack a huge punch in practicality, usefulness, efficiency, and economic gain. Specific items for discussion include: lactate meter, esmarch tourniquet, towel clamps, self-retaining tracheotomy tubes, and more!

10:30-11:20 pmEmergency Equine Surgical Procedures

This lecture will review emergency surgical procedures that every equine practitioner should be prepared to perform. Case selection, preparation, procedural steps, and management will be discussed. Procedures discussed will include: abdominocentesis, trocharization, abdominal tube placement, tracheotomy, pleurocentesis, and chest tube placement.

11:30-12:20 pmAdvanced Diagnostic Imaging in Equine Lameness: What am I Missing with Rads & Ultrasound?

An overview of MRI and CT will be followed by a discussion on common diagnoses that are not apparent on radiographs or ultrasound. The clinician will leave with a more thorough understanding of how MRI and CT can be recommended to provide optimal patient outcomes and client satisfaction.

Shannon Reed DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Ohio State University / Columbus, OH

2:00-2:50 pm / Working Through Complications After Articular Injections

What to do when a horse comes up sore, lame, or swollen after a joint injection. Working through the diagnostics available and making decisions about the next steps to take.

3:00-3:50 pmCase-Based Discussion of Lameness Workups

Discussion of several cases with lameness issues that were worked up extensively but without needing advanced diagnostics.  Focus on audience participation and discussion of techniques used.

4:00-4:50 pm / Communications in Lameness Cases

Thinking through how communication with owners, trainers, and other veterinarians affects the lameness workup and getting horses back into work.

Practice Management

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

8:00-8:50 amHow to Incorporate Feline-Friendly Techniques into Practice Management Decisions

This presentation will focus on the benefits of making your hospital “Cat Friendly” as well as how to do it easily.  Attendees will learn why becoming “Cat Friendly” is essential for the growth of the hospital and what they can do to make the program successful.  We will also concentrate on creating “Cat Friendly” training for your team

10:30-11:20 am / The Most Important Appointment, The Euthanasia. 

Many people feel uncomfortable when dealing with euthanasia’s.  This presentation addresses commonly made mistakes in the scheduling, the handling, and the communication made during a euthanasia appointment.  I give tips and specific phrases of what team members can say to owners during this difficult time.

Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, PHRca
FurPaws Consulting / Orange, CA

11:30-12:20 pm / Dealing with Difficult Clients 

Through the eyes of clients, we learn how veterinary professionals can decipher individual client expectations and take a closer look at what veterinary staff can do to meet and exceed client expectations through good team communication and team work.

Heidi Hulon, DVM
Elanco / Indianapolis, IN

**Session Sponsored by Elanco**

2:00-2:50 pm /  SOS – Saving Ourselves so We Can Save Others

Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, PHRca
FurPaws Consulting / Orange, CA

3:00-3:50 pm / It’s All About the Job 

Review and define different aspects of individual jobs within the veterinary practice, through in depth break down of 5 areas of focus – Job Analysis, Description, Reviews, Enlargement & Enrichment.

4:00-4:50 pm / Work ON Your Practice, Not Just IN Your Practice 

Steps to building the ideal practice to create space for a business growth and development mindset working ON the practice, shifting from working IN the practice inefficiently.


Greg Campbell, DVM, Ph.D.
Boehringer Ingelheim / Stillwater, OK

8:00-8:50 am / How Can I be a Leader if I’m not in Charge- Improving Office Communications

Holly Keesling, RVT
Main St. Veterinary Hospital / Norman, OK

10:30-11:20 pm / Your Team and You:  How Can We Better Support Each Other?

We will be exploring what makes a good team and how to better support yourself and your teammates.  We take a look at team players vs. non-team players, how those two personalities can form conflicts and how to better negotiate the conflicts, as well as how outside stress influences a team environment.  In the end, we will discuss how a good teamwork environment can actually lower the stress factor in the workplace through common goals and shared workloads.

OSU CVM / Stillwater, OK

11:30-12:20 pm / Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy of Exotic Companion Animals

Crystal Remy, RVT
Catoosa Small Animal Hospital / Catoosa, OK

12:30-1:20 pm / Dental Disease

Alison Carroll, RVT & La Vonda Lewis, RVT

3:00-3:50 pm /

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

4:00-4:50 pm / Ins and Outs of Skin Disease: Internal Disease Causing External Disease

Student Success

Payne Co. Youth Services
Stillwater, OK

8:00-8:50 am / QPR- Question Persuade Refer- Suicide Prevention Training

Gary Olson, Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Coach
Edmond, OK

10:30-11:20 am / Securing Your Financial Stability (part 1)

11:30-12:20 pm / Securing Your Financial Stability (part 2)

2:00-2:50 pm / Life After Vet School: A discussion panel with industry experts

Heidi Hulon, DVM
Elanco / Indianapolis, IN

**Session Sponsored by Elanco**

3:00-3:50 pmInteractive Communication Session Utilizing the Foundation of Insights

4:00-4:50 pm Interactive Communication Session Utilizing the Foundation of Insights


USDA Accreditation Sessions

 2:00-2:50 pm / #24 – Collecting and Shipping Swine Disease Samples

 3:00-3:50 pm#28 – Significant and Emerging Viral Disease of Carp, Koi, and Gold Fish

** Room OK E**