Companion Animal Sessions

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When the Conversations Are Hard: Managing Challenging Conversations with Companion Animal Clients

Erin Wasson

About the Speaker

Erin Wasson, MSW RSW

Erin Wasson is a registered social worker from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). She has spent her career working with individuals, couples, groups, and communities as a clinician and resource. Currently, her primary focus is on One Health approaches to social work practice.  These approaches are informed by the intersection of human beings, animals, and environment. Erin’s work also combines relational cultural theory and practice with interventions that explore holistic assessment and intervention. In 2014, Erin implemented Veterinary Social Work services at the WCVM, the first of its kind in Canada. In this role, she provides services to clients of the Veterinary Medical Centre; as well as resources to staff, faculty, and students. Erin has also been active in promoting resilience in the broader community. She seeks to address challenges that arise in human and animal interactions, partnering with veterinary medical associations and animal welfare organizations to facilitate workshops, in-services, and other education events.

MSW RSW

Sep 8/18, 8:00 am - 8:50 am
East Room
With Dr Jordan Woodsworth. Veterinarians are trusted experts for pet owners. Cases can become challenging when the welfare of the animal is compromised by the welfare of the client. When these issues are identified by veterinarians, or clients seek out psycho-social support in order to safely care for their animals, it can feel like you are practicing beyond your scope. As a result, veterinarians should equip themselves with referral information for clients in cases where health is a factor. Having accurate information and clear methods of redirecting clients is key to resolving these issues. As veterinary responsibilities grow, ability to redirect clients is also a step towards preventing or resolving identified human and animal welfare issues. Join Dr. Jordan Woodsworth (BSc, DVM) and Erin Wasson (BSW, MSW, RSW) in discussing how to manage challenging conversations.

Veterinary Forensics: Recognition and Reporting

Margaret Doyle

About the Speaker

Margaret Doyle, DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Dr Margaret Doyle provides forensic consulting services for the Calgary Humane Society, the Calgary Police Service and the Alberta SPCA. Through her work with local law enforcement she has been involved in hundreds of animal cruelty cases in the Calgary area from crime scene analysis to providing expert witness testimony in court. Dr Doyle is a certified forensic veterinarian and holds a masters in veterinary forensics from the University of Florida. Dr Doyle is a member of the ABMVA Animal Welfare Committee and through seats on other committees in Calgary she is committed to improving working relationships between law enforcement agencies and the veterinary community. Her goal is the facilitation of better handling of animal cruelty cases to benefit the animals directly and assist in risk assessment utilizing animal cruelty as an indicator for future violent crimes.

DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Sep 8/18, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
East Room
Recognizing animal abuse is a difficult thing for veterinarians to do. Lack of training combined with our compassionate natures leaves us frequently blind to potential abuse victims in our practices. This lecture will address factors to increase suspicion of abuse as a diagnosis, as well as how to approach making the diagnosis. We will discuss terminology commonly used in abuse and neglect cases. Mandated reporting creates an obligation in our profession to appropriately report cases of animal abuse in practice. This session will address how to prepare your staff and your practice for reporting. We will discuss possible negative consequences of reporting and balancing these with benefits to society via ‘the link’.

Veterinary Forensics: The Basics

Margaret Doyle

About the Speaker

Margaret Doyle, DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Dr Margaret Doyle provides forensic consulting services for the Calgary Humane Society, the Calgary Police Service and the Alberta SPCA. Through her work with local law enforcement she has been involved in hundreds of animal cruelty cases in the Calgary area from crime scene analysis to providing expert witness testimony in court. Dr Doyle is a certified forensic veterinarian and holds a masters in veterinary forensics from the University of Florida. Dr Doyle is a member of the ABMVA Animal Welfare Committee and through seats on other committees in Calgary she is committed to improving working relationships between law enforcement agencies and the veterinary community. Her goal is the facilitation of better handling of animal cruelty cases to benefit the animals directly and assist in risk assessment utilizing animal cruelty as an indicator for future violent crimes.

DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Sep 8/18, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
East Room
Collecting the necessary information and documenting what you find ultimately makes for solid evidence in the prosecution of the offender in court. Veterinarians are essential in helping build that solid case for court in incidences of animal abuse. This session will discuss the live forensic exam and collection of evidence including photography, documentation of findings, and necessary diagnostics specific to legal cases.

Veterinary Forensics: Forensic Necropsy

Margaret Doyle

About the Speaker

Margaret Doyle, DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Dr Margaret Doyle provides forensic consulting services for the Calgary Humane Society, the Calgary Police Service and the Alberta SPCA. Through her work with local law enforcement she has been involved in hundreds of animal cruelty cases in the Calgary area from crime scene analysis to providing expert witness testimony in court. Dr Doyle is a certified forensic veterinarian and holds a masters in veterinary forensics from the University of Florida. Dr Doyle is a member of the ABMVA Animal Welfare Committee and through seats on other committees in Calgary she is committed to improving working relationships between law enforcement agencies and the veterinary community. Her goal is the facilitation of better handling of animal cruelty cases to benefit the animals directly and assist in risk assessment utilizing animal cruelty as an indicator for future violent crimes.

DVM, BSc, MVB, MSc, MRCVS

Sep 8/18, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
East Room
This session will cover the approach to the forensic necropsy. We all have the tools to perform a good necropsy for diagnosis of cause of death. This session will cover a more in-depth approach and discuss drawing conclusions and making interpretations from findings. We will conclude by discussing writing statements for law enforcement, what they want out of your statement, and what will be expected of you in court if you are asked to testify.

Isoxasolines: A New Class of Ectoparasiticides used in Companion Animals

Vincent Defalque

About the Speaker

Vincent Defalque, DVM, DACVD

Dr Vincent Defalque received his veterinary degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 2001. He then completed a small animal internship at Vet’Agro Sup (formerly known as the National Veterinary School of Lyon) in France followed by a Dermatology Residency program at Michigan State University. He has also worked in the Dermatology Section of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the busiest veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States. Dr Defalque became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2006. He founded the dermatology department of the Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Critical Care Hospital in Vancouver in 2007 and, more recently, has worked as a Professor of Dermatology at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr Defalque is the Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and currently serves as the Canadian representative at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology. Dr Defalque currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver, BC and St. Albert, AB. His special interests include the diagnosis and management of ear diseases in dogs and cats as well as feline dermatology.

DVM, DACVD

Sep 8/18, 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
East Room
Flea and tick infestation is a major health problem in dogs and cats. A new class of veterinary insecticides/acaricides, the isoxazolines, has demonstrated excellent efficacy against them. After covering the differences between isoxazolines and the older oral flea adulticides (including their mechanism of action), we will discuss and compare the isoxazolines currently available in Canada (fluralaner, afoxolaner and sarolaner). Isoxazolines also happen to be effective against numerous other canine and feline external parasites.

Sponsored by Royal Canin



Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Canine Demodicosis

Vincent Defalque

About the Speaker

Vincent Defalque, DVM, DACVD

Dr Vincent Defalque received his veterinary degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 2001. He then completed a small animal internship at Vet’Agro Sup (formerly known as the National Veterinary School of Lyon) in France followed by a Dermatology Residency program at Michigan State University. He has also worked in the Dermatology Section of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the busiest veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States. Dr Defalque became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2006. He founded the dermatology department of the Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Critical Care Hospital in Vancouver in 2007 and, more recently, has worked as a Professor of Dermatology at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr Defalque is the Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and currently serves as the Canadian representative at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology. Dr Defalque currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver, BC and St. Albert, AB. His special interests include the diagnosis and management of ear diseases in dogs and cats as well as feline dermatology.

DVM, DACVD

Sep 8/18, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
East Room
Canine demodicosis is a common parasitic skin disease. Three morphologically different types of Demodex mites exist. Evidence-based guidelines are now available to all veterinarians. Their purpose is to provide veterinary practitioners with a straightforward description of diagnostics and treatment options in dogs with either localized or generalized demodicosis and to address the differences between juvenile- and adult-onset demodicosis.

Sponsored by Royal Canin



A Practical Approach to Felinie Pruritis

Vincent Defalque

About the Speaker

Vincent Defalque, DVM, DACVD

Dr Vincent Defalque received his veterinary degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 2001. He then completed a small animal internship at Vet’Agro Sup (formerly known as the National Veterinary School of Lyon) in France followed by a Dermatology Residency program at Michigan State University. He has also worked in the Dermatology Section of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the busiest veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States. Dr Defalque became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2006. He founded the dermatology department of the Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Critical Care Hospital in Vancouver in 2007 and, more recently, has worked as a Professor of Dermatology at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr Defalque is the Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and currently serves as the Canadian representative at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology. Dr Defalque currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver, BC and St. Albert, AB. His special interests include the diagnosis and management of ear diseases in dogs and cats as well as feline dermatology.

DVM, DACVD

Sep 8/18, 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
East Room
Chronic pruritus is a common reason for consultation in feline dermatology. Different syndromes or "feline skin reaction patterns" (miliary dermatitis, symmetrical alopecia, eosinophilic dermatoses, head and neck pruritus) can be associated with a variety of underlying causes. They will be presented in a didactic way. Various treatment options will be discussed.

Sponsored by Royal Canin



Approach to Immune-Mediated Hypolytic Anemia

Andrew Mackin

About the Speaker

Andrew Mackin, BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Dr Andrew Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University, and after graduation completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr Mackin became a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Sep 9/18, 8:00 am - 8:50 am
East Room
Practitioner-oriented diagnostic approach to immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in the dog and cat.

Approach to Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia

Andrew Mackin

About the Speaker

Andrew Mackin, BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Dr Andrew Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University, and after graduation completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr Mackin became a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Sep 9/18, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
East Room
Practitioner-oriented diagnostic approach to immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in the dog and cat.

Immunosuppressive Therapy: Better Use of Existing Drugs

Andrew Mackin

About the Speaker

Andrew Mackin, BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Dr Andrew Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University, and after graduation completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr Mackin became a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Sep 9/18, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
East Room
Discussion of the practical use of the standard established immunosuppressive agents, including cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil and azathioprine.

Immunosuppressive Therapy: What's New

Andrew Mackin

About the Speaker

Andrew Mackin, BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Dr Andrew Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University, and after graduation completed an internship and residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr Mackin became a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in 1993, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr Mackin has a clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

BSc BVMS MVS DVSc DACVIM FANZCVSc

Sep 9/18, 11:30 am - 12:20 am
East Room
Discussion of the practical use of the newer immunosuppressive agents, including cyclosporine, leflunomide and mycophenolate.

Marijuana Toxicosis

Erin Simmonds

About the Speaker

Erin Simmonds, BSc DVM DACVECC

Dr Erin Simmonds attended WCVM and went on to pursue advanced training in emergency and critical care at AVETS in Pittsburgh. After completing her residency in 2011, she moved to Edmonton and is now the medical director and critical care specialist at VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre. She enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine but has special interest in urethral obstruction in cats, toxicities, trauma, and sepsis.

BSc DVM DACVECC

Sep 9/18, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
East Room
Marijuana/THC toxicosis is becoming an increasing concern for veterinarians as pets are exposed to a variety of recreational and medical marijuana products. We are seeing an increase in the number of cases of toxicity as well as in the severity of toxicity. Ingestions involving concentrated cannabis products (shatter, butter, oil etc) can result in life threatening poisoning. We will discuss routes of exposure, diagnosis, and treatment (including lipid therapy for life threatening toxicity).

Diabetic Emergencies in Dogs and Cats

Erin Simmonds

About the Speaker

Erin Simmonds, BSc DVM DACVECC

Dr Erin Simmonds attended WCVM and went on to pursue advanced training in emergency and critical care at AVETS in Pittsburgh. After completing her residency in 2011, she moved to Edmonton and is now the medical director and critical care specialist at VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre. She enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine but has special interest in urethral obstruction in cats, toxicities, trauma, and sepsis.

BSc DVM DACVECC

Sep 9/18, 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
East Room
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) are common diabetic emergencies that require intensive medical treatment. At the other end of the spectrum, severe hypoglycemia can be equally life threatening. We will discuss the diagnosis, prognosis, and management options for diabetic crises in both primary care and emergency room/ICU settings.