Wednesday Sessions


Session begin at 8:30am.
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Animal Welfare - Room 250-252
Dr. Sally Foote - 8:30am-5:00pm

Companion Animal - Room 167-175Sponsored by Zoetis
Dr. Kristy Earley-Murray - 8:30am-10:00am
Dr. Cory Penn - 10:30am-Noon
Dr. Lindsay McKay - 1:30pm-5:00pm


Equine - Room 260-262
Sponsored by ISU CVM
Dr. Jared Janke - 8:30am-Noon
Dr. Jamie Kopper - 1:30pm-5:00pm


Practice Management - Room 275
Sponsored by AVMA Life/R2 Financial
Sean Larson MHCS - 8:30am-10:00am
Ms. Jane Angstman, Ms. Kandace Edwards & Ms. Marisa Williams - 10:30am-Noon
Mr. Charles Bottenberg, Mr. Josh Ervasi, & Mr. Mark Vroman - 1:30pm-5:00pm


Animal Welfare/Behavior
Top 5 Essential Canine Low Stress Handling Skills – Dr. Sally Foote
The 5 skills for safe, low stress handling any calm, anxious or aggressive canine in general, specialty or emergency practice.  You will learn how to accurately read, report, and respond to brewing anxiety and aggression body language, fast effective use of pheromones and other calming aids, positive muzzling, correct towel wrap techniques and the timing limits for holds and approach to avoid escalation aggression in handling.  These skills are the foundational skills for advanced aggressive/ anxious canine care.
Top 5 Essential Feline Low Stress Handling Skills – Dr. Sally Foote
The 5 skills for safe, low stress handling any calm, anxious or aggressive feline in general, specialty or emergency practice.  You will learn how to accurately read, report, and respond to brewing anxiety and aggression body language, fast effective use of pheromones and other calming aids, correct towel wrap techniques, in carrier exam techniques and the timing limits for holds and approach to avoid escalation aggression in handling.  These skills are the foundational skills for advanced aggressive/ anxious feline care.
Behavior Cocktails – Dr. Sally Foote
Behavior interventional plans including the drug/supplement/therapy of choice with a short easy to follow behavior plan to prevent escalation or decrease behavior problems commonly presented in general practice.  Storm and noise fears, litter box aversion, rowdy puppy problems, mild aggression/anxiety towards new people/pets for the dog and cat are a few of the cocktails you will learn.
Pandemic Pet Behavior Problems – Dr. Sally Foote
After a year and half of stay-at-home orders, pets (primarily dogs) are presenting with separation anxiety, handling aggression, poor socialization, and housemate aggression problems.  Dr. Foote will help you understand how to decrease these problems in pandemic pets with easy-to-use plans, handouts and how much improvement one can expect from these pets who missed a lot of normal life.
Rescue my Rescue – Dr. Sally Foote
Learn the most common behavior problems of rescued dogs and cats and how to help new owners prevent or reduce these problems in the new home.  This uncomplicated approach can save the heartache of return, loss of a client and improve patient welfare.
Behavior Euthanasia – Dr. Sally Foote
Not all behavior problems can be safely solved, and the animal may have a poor quality of life with a chronic behavior problem that cannot be managed despite medications, consults and environmental change.  Dr. Foote will discuss the impact on the veterinary team, the pet owner, and the pet when considering Euthanasia.  Specific drug cocktails and safe handling plans for a low stress euthanasia will be presented.  Tips to relieve staff grief and moral conflict will also be discussed.
 
Companion Animal
Understanding OA in Cats & An Introduction to Monoclonal Antibody Therapy – Dr. Kristy Earley-Murray
This two-part presentation will explore the science behind monoclonal antibody therapy and take a closer look at chronic pain, focusing on feline osteoarthritis. Dr. Earley-Murray will share resources to help veterinarians diagnose OA and highlight new tools available to help cat owners recognize behavioral symptoms of OA pain in their cats.
The Scoop on Poop: Improving In-House Accuracy & Efficiency through Innovation – Dr. Cory Penn
In today’s environment, we are always looking for ways to make our everyday lives easier and more efficient. We will introduce a groundbreaking evolution in in-hospital fecal testing that was developed to provide a simple, easy, and more methodical fecal examination, which is less influenced by different fecal preparation methodologies or level/experience of an examiner.
Mastering the allergy talk- canine atopic dermatitis – Dr. Lindsay McKay
Taking control of the work up of an itchy dog.
Updates on food allergies and tips to improve compliance for diet trials.
Finding an anchor treatment for the management of atopic dermatitis.
When you hear hoof beats look for horses, but don't forget about the zebras! – Dr. Lindsay McKay
Case based discussion of common and more unusual skin diseases.
Review of the most often missed conditions in veterinary dermatology.
EquineUpdate on PPID: Recommendations for Testing & Management – Dr. Jared Janke
This session will provide the general practitioner with the basic understanding to recognize, diagnose, and manage PPID in the clinical setting.
Update on Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Recommendations for Testing & Management - Dr. Jared Janke
This session will provide the general practitioner with the basic understanding to recognize, diagnose, and manage EMS in the clinical setting.
Update on Equine Asthma: New Terms for Old Problems - Dr. Jared Janke
This session will provide clarity on the most recent terminology recommended for equid  lower airway inflammation and provide a review of the mainstays for diagnosis and  management of these cases.
Triage of the Equine Neonate – Dr. Jamie Kopper
Sick neonates seem to go from seemingly normal to possibly sick and then critical in a short period of time. We will focus on identifying at risk neonates and providing stabilization and initial treatment once crisis occurs.
Neonatal colic and colitis – Dr. Jamie Kopper
This session will focus on discussing causes for colic and colitis, diagnostics and treatment plans for colic in neonatal foals. After a general review we will apply these principles using case-based examples.
Neonates: Maladjustment, hypoxic injury and sepsis – Dr. Jamie Kopper
It’s clear that’s something’s not quite right – but what exactly is wrong? This hour will be used to discuss foals’ neonatal maladjustment/hypoxic injury as well as treatment beyond triage for foals with sepsis.
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Practice Management
Covid Relief Provisions & Legislative update – Mr. Sean Larson
Join MHCS for a discussion of relevant government incentives including employee retention credits and Paycheck Protection Programs.  We’ll also update you on the status of tax reform and the latest on changing tax environments.
Do You Have a Vision for Your Clinic? – Ms. Jane Angstman, Ms. Kandace Edwards & Ms. Marisa Williams
PNC Healthcare Business and Downing Construction will go over the ins and outs of practice ownership. Downing provides a 5-step model that assures clients the confidence in knowing their clinical vision is our priority! We commit to getting every client to feasibility with zero risk. That coupled with our top-notch in-house architecture, design and operations teams differentiates us from all other construction firms. PNC will present the steps, costs, and financing options for all areas of the American dream of owning your own business. We will look at startups, acquisitions, associate buy ins and succession of buy outs. For doctors wanting to sell, we will go over value of your practice and how to prepare for associates to buy in.
Business Essentials for a Successful Practice – Mr. Charles Bottenberg, Mr. Josh Ervasti, Mr. Mark Vroman
In this interactive roundtable and Q&A formatted session, or experts will discuss important business considerations for current and future practice owners in the areas of legal, tax, financial planning.   Participants will be encouraged to provide feedback and questions on concerns and topics relevant to practice owners in today’s environment.