Friday, October 9, 2015

Breakfast
7-7:50 am

Legislative Update 
Jordan Lamb, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, s.c. (1 non-scientific CE)

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast
Coffee Sponsored by Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin

Small Animal Tracks
8-9 am

Practical Tools to Incorporate Nutrition in Preventive Care: The 5th Vital Assessment

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

This session will discuss practical tips and tools to leverage what already occurs in wellness exams and enhance the nutritional care of your patients. A nutritional screening can be done quickly to identify red flags or risks that would indicate the need for a more in-depth evaluation. This discussion will provide new resources and focus on practical tips for practicing clinical nutrition. Case examples will demonstrate the easy application of nutrition in primary care.

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The Confusing World of Canine and Feline Heartworm Disease Part 1

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

All aspects of heartworm infection in dogs and many in cats are changing rapidly. This presentation will provide updates on treatments of heartworm infection including elimination of microfilariae and adult worms, and new strategies and recommendations for heartworm testing. We will also discuss prevention, including what we now know about resistance to heartworm preventive and how it might affect our prevention strategies.
Sponsored by Bayer

9:10-10:10am

Call for Consensus About Feeding Cats? Tackling Current Nutritional Nontroversies: Carb Free? Canned? How Can We Do Better?

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

This session will evaluate current controversies of feeding feline patients, dry versus canned, low to no carbohydrate diets etc. Using practical tips to discuss how to evaluate each patient and make recommendations specific to felines. Cats are unique in their feeding behavior and nutritional needs. What are the top priorities to prevent nutritional disease? How can we best use therapeutic nutrition to manage the common feline diseases?

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The Confusing World of Canine and Feline Heartworm Disease Part 2

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

All aspects of heartworm infection in dogs and many in cats are changing rapidly. This presentation will provide updates on treatments of heartworm infection including elimination of microfilariae and adult worms, and new strategies and recommendations for heartworm testing. We will also discuss prevention, including what we now know about resistance to heartworm preventive and how it might affect our prevention strategies.

10:10-10:40am

Break
Coffee Sponsored by Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin

10:40-11:40am

Pet Food Ratings, Rankings and Recalls: How to Make Sense of it All

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

Clients have so many questions about choosing the best foods for their pets. They bring myths and misconceptions, information from their favorite website or magazine filled with raking systems praising pet food products and trashing others. This discussion will offer resources and an approach to sort through information and talk with clients about choosing a great food for their pet.

 

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What's the Latest on Fleas, Ticks and Vector-borne Diseases Part 1

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

Controlling fleas and ticks requires an understanding of their unique biology, including prevalence of the different species in different geographic regions, as well as how to integrate environmental and "in on animal" control strategies. Also, ticks may transmit multiple disease agents. In this presentation, I will discuss current control strategies (including product options), and provide updates for common vector-borne cytauxzoonosis, and hepatozoonosis.
Sponsored by Merial

11:40-1:40pm WVMA & WVMF Annual Meetings Luncheon
Ticket required

Attend the 2015 WVMA and WVMF Annual Meetings to shape the direction of the association, celebrate award recipients, and receive state updates.

1:40-2:40pm

To Cook or Not to Cook! Key Considerations of 'Raw, Homemade or Natural Diets

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

With an increasing demand for natural, organic, raw or homemade foods, pet nutrition has become a controversial topic. This discussion will consider a balanced approach for evaluating the evidence to consider the potential pros and cons of the various alternatives to conventional commercial foods. Help your clients find a good, nutritious and safe fit to feed their pet.

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What's the Latest on Fleas, Ticks and Vector-borne Diseases Part 2

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

Controlling fleas and ticks requires an understanding of their unique biology, including prevalence of the different species in different geographic regions, as well as how to integrate environmental and "in on animal" control strategies. Also, ticks may transmit multiple disease agents. In this presentation, I will discuss current control strategies (including product options), and provide updates for common vector-borne cytauxzoonosis, and hepatozoonosis.
Sponsored by Merial

2:40-2:55pm Break
2:55-3:55pm

Weight Management; If Only They Could Lose, Everyone Wins! Part 1

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

The first portion of this session will discuss common pitfalls and focus on building strategies for success.

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What You Must Know About Emerging Parasitic Diseases

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

Protozoan parasites, though small, are formidable disease agents. Diagnosis and treatment of common protozoal diseases often require a combination of unique strategies and unique anti-protozoal agents. In this presentation, I will revisit important protozoal pathogens such as Giardia, Cystoisispora (coccidian), Tritrichomonas, Toxoplasma, and Neospora and provide updates on diagnosis, treatment and control strategies.

4:05-5:05pm

Weight Management; If Only They Could Lose, Everyone Wins! Part 2

Julie Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN (1.2 CE)

This portion of the session will emphasize implementing a weight management program in practice, what are the roles of team members? How are dogs and cats different? How do you decide when you need a therapeutic diet and how do you compare them?

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Clinical Parasitology Challenge: Diagnostics in Veterinary Practice

Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon) ACVM (Parasitol) (1.2 CE)

This is an interactive session in which interesting (and real) cases are presented for diagnosis, treatment and discussion. Each attendee will have an anonymous audience response device to interact with the speaker.

Large Animal Tracks
 8-9am

Basic Equine Immunology

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

Due to the critical involvement of the immune systems in all animal functions, understanding immunity is essential to understanding animal health and medicine. This session is intended to be an Immunology 101 lesson and will thus give an overview of how the immune system functions in the face of pathogen invasion. Thus, this lecture is intended to take one on a tour of how the immune system is activated and by doing so the innate and adaptive immune systems will be reviewed.

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Transition Dairy Cow Ration Pit Falls and Alternatives

Mike Hutjens, BS, MS, PhD, PAS (1.2 CE)

Transition cow feeding and management offer an opportunity to "set up" these cows for success in the next lactation or result in "broken" cows. Ten key focus areas will be explored and discussed including dry matter intake, low energy diets, feed additives, drenching, and metabolic disease risks.

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Clinical Pathology for the Dairy Practitioner: When the Diagnosis is Not at the End of Your Stethoscope Part 1

Kristen Friedrichs, DVM, DACVP (1.2 CE)

Session 1 addresses the importance of proper collection and handling of blood samples and will include a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using the in-clinic versus reference laboratory. This session will also begin a discussion of hematological disorders and interpretation of the complete blood count, starting with abnormalities in red blood cells.

 9:10-10:10am

Overview of Equine Vaccines and Ongoing Studies

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

Vaccination is one of the most effective tools, alongside of basic biosecurity measures, to aid in preventing infection or to limit its consequences and thus it is critical to understand how different vaccine formulations activate the immune system. This session will give an overview of how different vaccine formulations activate the immune system. In addition, a few of the ongoing vaccination studies at the Gluck Center will be shared.

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Cow Talk on Feeding Program; Are We Listening?

Mike Hutjens, BS, MS, PhD, PAS (1.2 CE)

As veterinarians serve, walk, and observe their herds, several tools and approaches can be used to evaluate the current situation and identify bottle necks. Tools are fecal starch levels, milk component variation, manure wash, forage and TMR particle size and evaluation, bunker/bag evaluation, fecal scoring, and locomotion interpretation.

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Clinical Pathology for the Dairy Practitioner: When the Diagnosis is Not at the End of Your Stethoscope Part 2

Kristen Friedrichs, DVM, DACVP (1.2 CE)

Session 2 will continue the discussion of hematological disorders and interpretation of the complete blood count, addressing leukocyte changes and will follow with interpretation of the biochemical profile with regards to disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

10:10-10:40am Break
Coffee Sponsored by Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin
 10:40-11:40am

Immunology of the Young Horse

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

The development of equine immunity from the fetus to adulthood is complex. The foal's immune response is quite naïve over the first months of life until the immune system becomes adult-like. It is important to understand this process, as it offers some explanation for the increased susceptibility of foals to certain pathogens. This session will overview immunity of the young horse and maternal antibody interference will be discussed along with vaccination strategies of the young horse.

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Let's Talk Dairy Nutrition with High Producing Cows

Mike Hutjens, BS, MS, PhD, PAS (1.2 CE)

This session will feature recent topics and areas of interest shared by enrolled veterinarians including feeding economics benchmarking, chromium supplementation, amino acid balancing, role of shredlage vs. plant processing, uNDF and NDFD applications, grouping strategies, and feed additive selection. Additional topics will be added based on feedback and interest.

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Clinical Pathology for the Dairy Practitioner: When the Diagnosis is Not at the End of Your Stethoscope Part 3

Kristen Friedrichs, DVM, DACVP (1.2 CE)

Session 3 will address interpretation of the biochemical profile and urinalysis with regards to disorders of the liver, urinary tract, and muscle; and will end with a discussion of clinical pathological changes in sick neonates.

 11:40-1:40pm WVMA & WVMF Annual Meetings Luncheon
Ticket required

Attend the 2015 WVMA and WVMF Annual Meetings to shape the direction of the assotailtion, celebrate award recipients as well as receive state updates.

 1:40-2:40pm

Effect of Weaning Stress on Immune Function in Horses

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

It is important to recognize that the weaning process of foals involves a period of considerable stress which likely contributes to an increased risk of infectious disease in these young horses. This session will give an overview of how weaning impacts the physiology of the foal along with the immune system. Strategies to overcome weaning stress on immune function will be discussed by sharing recent data from the Gluck Center.

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Predicting Chances of Pregnancy in Dairy Cows Based on Various Phenotypes

J. Richard Pursley, BS, MS, PhD (1.2 CE)

Various phenotypes have been identified that are either beneficial or detrimental for dairy cow fertility. Dr. Pursley will present several studies that provide evidence that a number of reproductive parameters including how antral age of the ovulatory follicle may be the key limiting factor to fertility of dairy cows and can be utilized to predict fertility levels.
Sponsored by Parnell

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How So Few Letters Can Tell So Much

Jason Osterstock, DVM, PhD (1.2 CE)

This session will provide a practical overview of genomic technologies. Basic principles in genetic improvement and genetic testing will be reviewed in the context of how and why this additional information becomes important to genetic selection.
Sponsored by Zoetis

 2:40-2:55pm  Break
 2:55-3:55pm

Geriatric Horses: Vaccination, Deworming and Inflammation

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

Given the growing number of geriatric horses worldwide, it is critical that we understand how the aging process may or may not affect the maintenance of health of these special needs horses. This session will give an overview of how the aging process affects the immune system of the geriatric horse. In addition, recent studies from the Gluck Center will be shared on vaccination, deworming and modulation of inflammation of geriatric horses.

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Standing Estrus is not an Indicator of High Fertility in Lactating Dairy Cows

J. Richard Pursley, BS, MS, PhD (1.2 CE)

Dr. Pursley will present convincing evidence that inseminating cows to a standing estrus does not provide high fertility in lactating dairy cows. Fertility programs such as Presynch-11, G6G and Double Ovsynch alter both antral age of the ovulatory follicle and the hormonal milieu during the growth of that follicle to provide greater chances for pregnancy.
Sponsored by Parnell

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Dairy Genetic and Genomic Evaluation in the US

Jason Osterstock, DVM, PhD (1.2 CE)

This session will examine the resources available to US dairy producers to inform genetic selection decisions. Included are a description of the US dairy genetic evaluation system, the traits supported, and the key factors shaping the data that is available to commercial dairy producers.
Sponsored by Zoetis

 4:05-5:55

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) vs. Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID)

Amanda Adams, PhD (1.2 CE)

Often times the understanding of EMS and PPID are confused and given the differences that exist between the two conditions it is important that this information be reviewed. In this session, the conditions of EMS vs PPID will be reviewed and ongoing research at the Gluck Center for each of these conditions will be mentioned.

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Unilateral Double Ovulation is a Key Determinant of Pregnancy Loss in Lactating Dairy Cows

J. Richard Pursley, BS, MS, PhD (1.2 CE)

Dr. Pursley will present new data on how double ovulations affect pregnancy loss in lactating dairy cows and how the hormonal environment during follicular development impacts the rate of double ovulations.
Sponsored by Parnell

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Genomic Data and the Commercial Dairy

Jason Osterstock, DVM, PhD (1.2 CE)

This session will utilize examples and data from real-world settings to help illustrate the benefits of genomic technology. Emphasis will be placed on demonstrating efficacy of available predictions and the design of strategies to leverage genetic and genomic data.
Sponsored by Zoetis

Evening Events
5:05-11pm Vets and Vino Gala
Join WVMA members, vet techs and practice managers for a fun night of wine and cheese, dinner and casino games! Celebrate WVMA's 100 years of service to the veterinary profession. Start by sampling an array of wine and cheese while conversing with other attendees. Stay for a delicious sit down dinner and end the night with dessert and a roll of the dice at our casino night!
Co-Sponsored by Professional Insurance Programs
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