Companion Animal Session
Sponsored by IDEXX (LOGO)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Moderator – Dr. Jim Taylor
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Vector-Borne Disease Update: All Blue Dots Are NOT the Same - Dr. Richard Ford
This presentation centers on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of the most common tick-borne diseases recognized in dogs: ehrlichiosis, Lyme borreliosis, and anaplasmosis. Disease prevalence is spreading within the Midwestern States. Management strategies for patients with clinical signs as well as "healthy” patients having a positive test result will be addressed.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 2014 Vaccines & Vaccination Guidelines: The MUST KNOW Issues - Dr. Richard Ford
This interactive presentation offers insights on the current AAHA Canine (2011) and AAFP Feline (2013) Vaccination Guidelines including key changes/updates, examples of practical protocols used by veterinarians, reducing risk for adverse vaccine reactions, recommendations for patients that are overdue for scheduled vaccination, and more.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The 2014 Iowa Rabies Challenge - Dr. Richard Ford
Rabies is the one companion animal vaccine that is required, by law, in most States.This uniqueand interactive session is designed to test your knowledge on rabies immunization and rabies law, with special emphasis on the application of rabies law and "must know" issues for veterinarianslicensed to practice inthe State ofIowa.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Feline Viral Upper Respiratory Disease…Why it Persists - Dr. Richard Ford
Despite the routine use of vaccines against viral upper respiratory disease in cats (feline herpesvirus-1 and calicivirus) these 2 viruses are still recognized as the cause of over 90% of respiratory disease affecting cats. Why are we doing a better job of controlling these infections? This presentation addresses specific immunization and management strategies for what might be argued is the most common feline infectious disease.