Wednesday, February 14 | Sessions

Companion Animal Neurology
Companion Animal Clinical Pathology
Bovine Session
Animal Welfare/Hot Topics Session
Federal Accreditation

Companion Animal Neurology

Dr. Rod Bagley
8:30-9:30am - The “fast scan” neuro examination – what is most important?
In this session you will learn the most relevant techniques to increase clinical examination efficiency in practice when evaluating small animals for neurologic disease. Highlighted will be visual gait analysis, proprioceptive testing, and which spinal reflexes are most helpful for clinical interpretation and providing clinical clues of existing neurologic dysfunction.
10:00-11:00am - Being “Indiana Jones” – knowing where to look for neurologic disease in small animals
Once you determine there is a problem with the nervous system, knowing where the problem is located is the most critical aspect of clinical evaluation process.  In this session you will be provided a simple localization scheme from your neurologic examination clues to tell where the problem is in animals presented to you with possible neurologic disease.
11:00-Noon - Is this a seizure? And what do I do? – identifying clinical features of seizure activity
Animals can have a variety of abnormalities that owners will describe as “seizures”. Knowing whether an animal is actually having a seizure or is in fact experiencing something else is paramount to making an accurate clinical management plan. In this session you will learn the important clinical features that allow you to different true seizure from something else and what are the logical treatment options with pro and con for each in your practice setting.
1:30-2:30pm - Why can’t this animal walk? - Differential diagnosis of the dog that has trouble standing and walking
Animals with a variety of diseases present for problems standing, walking, and moving.  In this session you will learn how to differentiate from the plethora of clinical conditions and associated causes that result in animals having trouble with normal independent movement.  This knowledge will lead to more accurate diagnostic and treatment plans.
2:30-3:30pm - Will this animal walk again? – Reflections on treatment and prognosis of animals with spinal disease
“Can they recover” from spinal disease is a common question from both owners and veterinarians alike. We will review the current “best practices” for prognosticating and treating animals that have suffered spinal injury and ways to most accurately communicate what the future will look like for these patients and owners and best plan rehabilitative care.
4:00-5:00pmI don’t have an MRI in my practice. So now what? –  We will explore the options for diagnosis and treatment for animals where referral to a neurology specialist is not an option.  Including what can be diagnosed and treated in general clinical practice, as well as the likely outcomes for these cases.  You will learn what can be done to help patients when specific diagnosis is not available to you.
Companion Animal Clinical Pathology – Sponsored by IDEXX
Dr. William Saxon
8:30-9:30am - Evolving the Minimum Data Base: Finding the Perfect Balance for Your Patient Assessment
This talk will provide a holistic approach to choosing the most appropriate diagnostic screening in well and non-well patients.  Age-appropriate evaluation and common diseases in each life stage will be covered.  The clinical value of establishing individual patient normals and trending to allow early detection of disease will be emphasized.  Updated treatment recommendations for selected conditions in each life stage will be reviewed.
10:00-11:00am - Step Into Action: When the Routine Visit Becomes Abnormal
This session will highlight ten common yet unexpected physical examination and laboratory abnormalities in healthy patients discovered during preventative care assessment.  Recent published guidelines for life-stage assessment in dogs and cats will be briefly reviewed.  Practical tips on interpreting results and current treatment recommendations will be provided.
11:00-Noon - Diarrhea Dilemma: A Comprehensive Approach to Acute and Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats
Diarrhea is a common presenting complaint in small animal practice. This case-based talk will provide practitioners with a logical stepwise approach to diagnosing and managing dogs and cats with acute and chronic diarrhea.  The appropriate use of antibiotics, diet selection, novel concepts such as bile acid diarrhea, and managing refractory cases will be discussed.
1:30-2:30pm - Evolving Care of Kidney Healthy in the Era of Multiple Biomarkers
Kidney disease, acute and chronic, is common in small animal practice.  This talk will review the importance of traditional (BUN, creatinine, urinalysis) and newer (SDMA, FGF-23) biomarkers in establishing an early and accurate diagnosis as well as a guide to patient-specific therapy, e.g., when to institute early renal diet in cats.  Updated guidelines for staging acute and chronic kidney disease as well as treatment will be covered.
2:30-3:30pm - Vector-borne disease testing and treatment.  Where you live and practice matter
This talk will provide a practical regionally specific approach to vector-borne disease diagnosis and management. Topics include review of test methodology and interpretation, expanding distribution of various vector-borne diseases and the veterinarian’s role in One Health, enhancements in screening tests, as well as treatment and monitoring. The importance of routine laboratory results in determining the need for therapy and assessing response will be addressed. An update on vector-borne and retroviral disease in cats will be provided.
4:00-5:00pm - Hold it!  Don’t forget the urinalysis
This lecture will focus on the importance of the urinalysis in assessing healthy and sick patients.  Using updated information and case examples a thorough review of interpretation, common abnormalities, and current treatment recommendations for proteinuria, urinary tract infection and other conditions will be addressed.
Bovine - Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
8:30-10:30am – Genetic Approaches to Improve Beef Cattle Health - Dr. Brian Vander Ley
During this three-hour session, information will be presented regarding the use of genetic tools to manage disease in beef cattle. Specifically, the process of finding genetic risk for disease will be described and demonstrated using recently published research as well as a summary of current research in gene editing of cattle to change disease risk. Following this presentation, attendees should have a improved understanding of genetic tools including the differences between molecular and quantitative approaches. They will also gain knowledge of current genetic tools that are available or in development related to beef cattle health.
11:00-Noon Genetic Approaches to Improve Beef Cattle Health (cont.) - Dr. Brian Vander Ley
1:30-5:00pm - Transitions in Dairy Cattle: Weaning and the Peripartal Period – Dr. James Drackley
This session focuses on two important transition periods: the weaning transition in dairy calves and the transition to lactation in dairy cows. Both periods are impacted by stressors and may compromise the health and welfare of the animal. Nutrition and management can lessen the potential problems.
3:30-5:00pm - Transitions in Dairy Cattle: Weaning and the Peripartal Period (cont) – Dr. James Drackley
Federal Accreditation
8:30-9:30am - Module 2: Role of Agencies (State, Federal, International) and Health Certificates -Dr. Jessica Young
This module reviews the State, Federal, and international agencies that an accredited veterinarian may interact with and the services these agencies provide. Participants learn how to accurately complete health certificates for animals traveling domestically or internationally. Written guidelines for the completion of several USDA APHIS and VS Forms are provided.
9:30-10:30am - Module 35: Bovine Tuberculosis - Dr. John McAfee
This module is intended to provide accredited veterinarians (AVs) with basic knowledge and background information on bovine tuberculosis, information on the process of diagnosing bovine tuberculosis, information on the process to perform the caudal fold test in cattle, how to interpret the results of the caudal fold test, and the steps once the caudal fold test is completed.
11:00-Noon - Module 27: Bovine Trichomoniasis - Dr. Bailey Goos
This module provides an overview of bovine trichomoniasis and its impact on the cattle industry. State testing and entry requirements are presented as well as how to properly collect, handle, package, and ship samples from bulls to a diagnostic laboratory for testing. Resources are provided to develop a herd management plan to reduce the risk of introduction and spread on cattle operations.
1:30-2:30pm - Module 34: Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) - Dr. Andrea Holmes
This module describes how USDA APHIS has created an online system for the creation, issuance, submission, and endorsement of U.S. veterinary export health certificates for the international export of live animals and germplasm. In this module, you will learn how to use VEHCS so you can obtain APHIS-endorsed health certificates quickly, at decreased expense, and with a better user experience, as compared to traditional paper certificates.
3:00-4:00pm - Module 19: Animal Health Emergency Response - Dr. Lisa Hindle
This module describes how practicing veterinarians can play a role in an animal health emergency response. The various “teams” (NAHERC, VMAT, NVRT, State response) are reviewed to demonstrate their similarities and differences. Understanding the structure of a response and how it is coordinated is key to its success, thus the various components related to NIMS, ICS, NRF and the ESF are reviewed. Finally, the components of FAD PReP/NAHEMS Guidelines are described so veterinarians can comprehend what types of duties they will perform in an actual event.
4:00-5:00pm - Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases - Dr. Jessica Young
This module introduces readers to a variety of foreign animal, USDA Program, and reportable diseases and contains a list of which diseases are applicable to Category I and Category II accredited veterinarians. Information about reporting diseases and the steps in a foreign animal disease investigation are provided. Details about additional training opportunities for accredited veterinarians are also included along with a multitude of resources and learning opportunities to stay informed about these diseases.
 Animal Welfare/Hot Topics
8:30-9:00am - 2023 Animal Neglect/Cruelty Response Update - Joe Stafford
The speaker will discuss significant animal neglect and cruelty cases throughout Iowa during 2023. The success of the year will be recognized along with the challenges that remain ahead to reduce animal neglect and cruelty in Iowa.

9:00-9:30am - Introduction, Update and Purpose of Iowa Farm Animal Care - Mike Telford
9:30-10:30am - Access to Care in Small Animal Practice - Dr. Joyce Carnevale
Since 2018, Access to Care has been a frequent topic of discussion in the veterinary profession.  In this session, we will explore key elements of access to care and review effective strategies to provide care to financially challenged clients and their pets at the practice level and in the community.

11:00-Noon - Spectrum of Care in Small Animal Practice - Dr. Joyce Carnevale
Delivering successful care across a spectrum of minimally to maximally complicated and invasive approaches is part of life for small animal practitioners.  Successful clinical and communication strategies that help practitioners meet client expectations and patient needs will be discussed in a case based format.
1:30-2:30pm Informed Consent, Non-compete Clauses, Update on Veterinary Auxiliary Personnel Rules - Carney & Appleby Representative and Dr. Amy Fertig
3:00-4:00pm - Canine Respiratory Disease: a panel session from IDALS and the ISU VDL – Dr. Drew Noel & Dr. Katie Rumsey
Speakers will present a brief overview of canine respiratory disease cases, their response, and ongoing research efforts.
4:00-5:00pm - ISU VDL Update - VDL Panel
VDL Building Status Update – Dr. Rodger Main
Recent Trends in Toxicology Cases – Dr. Scott Radke - This presentation provides a brief overview of trends in toxicology cases seen this past year at the ISU VDL.
Interpreting Mineral Panel Test Results – Dr. Emily Finley
Antimicrobial susceptibility of E. coli isolated from ISU-VDL porcine and bovine cases at ISU-VDL from 2010 to 2022– Dr. Rodrigo Paiva - The presentation titled “Antimicrobial susceptibility of E. coli isolated from ISU-VDL porcine and bovine cases at ISU-VDL from 2010-2022” will discuss about antimicrobial susceptibility data from ISU-VDL cases associated with porcine and bovine clinical disease (diarrhea).
An update on atypical interstitial pneumonia (AIP) cases at the ISU-VDL – Dr. Joe Thomas

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