Large Animal Sessions

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CFIA CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Program Accreditation

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Sep 8/17, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Tuscany Room
CFIA is accrediting Veterinarians on the CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Program to allow them to work with their cervid producer clients that are enrolled in the VHCP program. Large and mixed animal veterinarians with cervid producer clients are invited to attend this special 45 minute accreditation session.

Demographics and Health Status of Geriatric Horses

Katharina Lohmann

About the Speaker

Katharina Lohmann, DVM, DACVIM

Dr Lohmann is a graduate of the Free University in Berlin, Germany, is board-certified in large animal internal medicine (ACVIM-LA), and received a PhD from the University of Georgia. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the WCVM and contributes to the internal medicine service at the Veterinary Medical Centre’s Large Animal Clinic. She also teaches in the WCVM’s veterinary communications curriculum. Dr Lohmann’s recent areas of research include equine infectious anemia and recurrent airway obstruction in horses.

DVM, DACVIM

Sep 9/17, 8:00 am - 8:50 am
Lombardy Room
The demographics of the horse population are changing and the geriatric horse plays an increasing role in veterinary practice. This presentation reviews the current knowledge of physiologic changes in the aging equine and their impact on general management practices such as vaccination and deworming. Disease prevalence in geriatric horses, prognostic factors for common conditions such as colic, and owner attitudes towards treatment and euthanasia are also discussed.

Selected Health Concerns of the Geriatric Horse

Katharina Lohmann

About the Speaker

Katharina Lohmann, DVM, DACVIM

Dr Lohmann is a graduate of the Free University in Berlin, Germany, is board-certified in large animal internal medicine (ACVIM-LA), and received a PhD from the University of Georgia. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the WCVM and contributes to the internal medicine service at the Veterinary Medical Centre’s Large Animal Clinic. She also teaches in the WCVM’s veterinary communications curriculum. Dr Lohmann’s recent areas of research include equine infectious anemia and recurrent airway obstruction in horses.

DVM, DACVIM

Sep 9/17, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Lombardy Room
The first part of this presentation focuses on weight maintenance and weight loss in geriatric horses. The diagnostic approach to weight loss and common conditions causing weight loss are discussed. Nutritional requirements and feeding strategies as well as common dental disorders in aging horses are also reviewed. In the second part of the presentation, an update on the diagnostic testing and treatment for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, Equine Cushings Disease) is provided.

Outpacing the Resistance Tsunami: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Equine Medicine

John Prescott

About the Speaker

John Prescott, VetMB, PhD, FCHAS

John F. Prescott is a retired veterinary bacteriologist and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. He is probably best known for work on Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals and for promoting better use of antimicrobial drug use in animals. He is an editor and an author of the textbook “Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine”, now in its fifth edition. He was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008. He is currently Co-Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canadian Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

VetMB, PhD, FCHAS

Sep 9/17, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
Lombardy Room
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not on most equine practitioner’s radar. However, AMR is emerging as an important issue in equine medicine. This talk will show how equine veterinarians can take a very practical approach to antimicrobial stewardship in equine medicine, and provides a clear framework for understanding how we can use antibiotics better, and how we address and prevent the emergence and spread of resistance in equine practice. Some excellent practical resources in this area will be presented and discussed.

Sponsored by IDEXX



Troubleshooting Micronutrient Status in Cow-Calf Herds

Cheryl Waldner

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Cheryl Waldner, DVM, PhD

Dr Cheryl Waldner is a professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is part of the outbreak investigation unit and is actively involved in research examining factors affecting the productivity of cow-calf herds in Western Canada. She is particularly interested in antimicrobial use and resistance as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as BVDV, vibrio, trichomoniasis, and neospora. She has also examined the effects of trace mineral and vitamin nutrition on reproductive performance in cow-calf herds. Dr Waldner has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications. Cheryl and her husband own and operate a small commercial cow-calf herd west of Saskatoon.

DVM, PhD

Sep 9/17, 11:30 am - 12:20 am
Lombardy Room
Trace mineral and vitamin deficiencies are common concerns among cow-calf producers. However, developing cost-effective supplementation programs can be challenging especially for large extensively managed herds. This presentation will review the most likely and most important micronutrient problems in western Canada. The discussion will concentrate on a practical step-wise approach to investigating micronutrient supplementation in cow-calf herds.

Investigating Poor Reproductive Performance in Beef Cows

Cheryl Waldner

About the Speaker

Cheryl Waldner, DVM, PhD

Dr Cheryl Waldner is a professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is part of the outbreak investigation unit and is actively involved in research examining factors affecting the productivity of cow-calf herds in Western Canada. She is particularly interested in antimicrobial use and resistance as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as BVDV, vibrio, trichomoniasis, and neospora. She has also examined the effects of trace mineral and vitamin nutrition on reproductive performance in cow-calf herds. Dr Waldner has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications. Cheryl and her husband own and operate a small commercial cow-calf herd west of Saskatoon.

DVM, PhD

Sep 9/17, 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Lombardy Room
A good pregnancy rate is the first and often the most important determinant of a good calf crop. But depending on bull management, being pregnant alone might not be sufficient for good performance. Cows need to conceive as soon as possible after first bull contact. This presentation will discuss recent benchmarks for assessing reproductive performance from western Canada. The presentation will focus on cost-effective diagnostics when reproductive performance does not meet our expectations. What diagnostic options are most likely to help identify the cause when investigating herd problems?

Small Flock Poultry Disease Basics

Victoria Bowes

About the Speaker

Victoria Bowes, DVM, DACPV

Dr Bowes graduated in 1987 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, followed by an MSc in Avian Pathology in 1988. She has been board certified with the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) since 1992 and has recently finished her tenure as is the Western Director of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). She is the newly appointed chair of the AAAP Small Flock Poultry Committee. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and has been a CVMA member since 1987. Dr Bowes has spent the last 28 years employed at the Provincial Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Abbotsford, BC as a specialist pathologist with expertise in Avian Pathology. The diagnostic caseload involves disease investigations in all species of birds (wild, pet, zoological and poultry). Dr. Bowes has been directly involved in the detection, outbreak management and industry recovery efforts for 4 outbreaks of notifiable Avian Influenza in the last 12 years and is currently involved in several post-AI recovery initiatives including outreach and veterinary support to small flock owners. She lives on a small acreage in Bradner, BC and fully enjoys the daily challenge of rescuing her garden from slugs and her chickens from coyotes.

DVM, DACPV

Sep 9/17, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Lombardy Room
This session will provide an introduction to the unique disease challenges facing small flock poultry. It is designed to provide an overview of poultry production in Canada and the context in which small flock poultry can co-exist with commercial production. Understanding the various motivations to keep small flock poultry assists the veterinarian in guiding successful VCPRs. The remaining focus of this session will be how specialized avian anatomy relates to the unique diseases of poultry and the various factors that can influence the expression of disease within a flock. The most common small flock diseases will be discussed (egg production drops, Marek’s Disease, mites, coccidiosis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum).

Keeping the Small Poultry Flock Healthy

Victoria Bowes

About the Speaker

Victoria Bowes, DVM, DACPV

Dr Bowes graduated in 1987 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, followed by an MSc in Avian Pathology in 1988. She has been board certified with the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) since 1992 and has recently finished her tenure as is the Western Director of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). She is the newly appointed chair of the AAAP Small Flock Poultry Committee. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and has been a CVMA member since 1987. Dr Bowes has spent the last 28 years employed at the Provincial Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Abbotsford, BC as a specialist pathologist with expertise in Avian Pathology. The diagnostic caseload involves disease investigations in all species of birds (wild, pet, zoological and poultry). Dr. Bowes has been directly involved in the detection, outbreak management and industry recovery efforts for 4 outbreaks of notifiable Avian Influenza in the last 12 years and is currently involved in several post-AI recovery initiatives including outreach and veterinary support to small flock owners. She lives on a small acreage in Bradner, BC and fully enjoys the daily challenge of rescuing her garden from slugs and her chickens from coyotes.

DVM, DACPV

Sep 9/17, 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Lombardy Room
This session will provide an introduction to the principles of small flock poultry health management, including disease prevention strategies such as vaccination and practical biosecurity, on-site flock husbandry assessments using the FLAWS system (Feed, Litter, Air, Water, Space), practical treatment options (and challenges) and disease event management guidelines.

Small Flock Poultry Zoonosis/ Food Safety

Victoria Bowes

About the Speaker

Victoria Bowes, DVM, DACPV

Dr Bowes graduated in 1987 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, followed by an MSc in Avian Pathology in 1988. She has been board certified with the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) since 1992 and has recently finished her tenure as is the Western Director of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). She is the newly appointed chair of the AAAP Small Flock Poultry Committee. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and has been a CVMA member since 1987. Dr Bowes has spent the last 28 years employed at the Provincial Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Abbotsford, BC as a specialist pathologist with expertise in Avian Pathology. The diagnostic caseload involves disease investigations in all species of birds (wild, pet, zoological and poultry). Dr. Bowes has been directly involved in the detection, outbreak management and industry recovery efforts for 4 outbreaks of notifiable Avian Influenza in the last 12 years and is currently involved in several post-AI recovery initiatives including outreach and veterinary support to small flock owners. She lives on a small acreage in Bradner, BC and fully enjoys the daily challenge of rescuing her garden from slugs and her chickens from coyotes.

DVM, DACPV

Sep 9/17, 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Lombardy Room
Although relatively uncommon, poultry can be the source of several zoonotic pathogens for humans. This session will provide an overview of the role of poultry in recent human outbreaks of Salmonella and Campylobacter, and safe egg handling guidelines for the small flock. Reportable poultry diseases and the context of Avian Influenza for small flocks will be discussed.

Establishing Diagnosis in Cattle: Physical Exam, Part I

Allen Roussel

About the Speaker

Allen Roussel, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Dr Allen Roussel has been a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for 31 years. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the few American diplomates of the European College of Bovine Health Management. He has always thought that arriving at a diagnosis was the most exciting and most important part of veterinary medicine. When he is not working at his day job, he's usually working or playing in his second home, France.

DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Sep 10/17, 8:00 am - 8:50 am
Lombardy Room
The first step in treating an animal is establishing a diagnosis. Although we have remarkable ancillary diagnostic aids available to us now, diagnosis begins with a physical examination. The attendee will learn, or relearn, how to perform a thorough physical examination, which will allow him/her to make appropriate and efficient use of the many diagnostic modalities that can confirm and refine the preliminary diagnosis. (First of two parts)

Establishing Diagnosis in Cattle: Physical Exam, Part II

Allen Roussel

About the Speaker

Allen Roussel, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Dr Allen Roussel has been a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for 31 years. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the few American diplomates of the European College of Bovine Health Management. He has always thought that arriving at a diagnosis was the most exciting and most important part of veterinary medicine. When he is not working at his day job, he's usually working or playing in his second home, France.

DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Sep 10/17, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Lombardy Room
The first step in treating an animal is establishing a diagnosis. Although we have remarkable ancillary diagnostic aids available to us now, diagnosis begins with a physical examination. The attendee will learn, or relearn, how to perform a thorough physical examination, which will allow him/her to make appropriate and efficient use of the many diagnostic modalities that can confirm and refine the preliminary diagnosis.(Second of two parts)

Establishing Diagnosis in Cattle: Laboratory Data, Part I

Allen Roussel

About the Speaker

Allen Roussel, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Dr Allen Roussel has been a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for 31 years. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the few American diplomates of the European College of Bovine Health Management. He has always thought that arriving at a diagnosis was the most exciting and most important part of veterinary medicine. When he is not working at his day job, he's usually working or playing in his second home, France.

DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Sep 10/17, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
Lombardy Room
Analytical testing of serum from veterinary patients is widely available at point of care, in the clinic or at reference laboratories. It is important to know which tests are appropriate to request and how to interpret the results in the context of the case. In this session, the attendee will build upon the diagnostic skills acquired in the previous sessions, learn how to select laboratory tests based on history and physical examination and learn how to interpret those tests along with the history and physical examination findings to establish a diagnosis. (First of two parts)

Establishing Diagnosis in Cattle: Laboratory Data, Part II

Allen Roussel

About the Speaker

Allen Roussel, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Dr Allen Roussel has been a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for 31 years. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the few American diplomates of the European College of Bovine Health Management. He has always thought that arriving at a diagnosis was the most exciting and most important part of veterinary medicine. When he is not working at his day job, he's usually working or playing in his second home, France.

DVM, MSc, DACVIM, DECBHM

Sep 10/17, 11:30 am - 12:20 am
Lombardy Room
Analytical testing of serum from veterinary patients is widely available at point of care, in the clinic or at reference laboratories. It is important to know which tests are appropriate to request and how to interpret the results in the context of the case. In this session, the attendee will build upon the diagnostic skills acquired in the previous sessions, learn how to select laboratory tests based on history and physical examination and learn how to interpret those tests along with the history and physical examination findings to establish a diagnosis. (Second of two parts)

Effective Stockmanship: A Dimension of Beef Production Management

Tom Noffsinger

About the Speaker

Tom Noffsinger, DVM

Dr Tom Noffsinger was raised on a ranch in Eastern Colorado and attended CSU. Education: 1973 graduate at CSU--DVM, BS Animal Science, Upjohn Award; 1994 Graduate—Beef Production Management Series –Great Plains Veterinary Education Center—UNL. Activities and Awards: 2001 Consultant of the Year—Academy Veterinary Consultants; NVMA—Distinguished Service Award, Member of Board of Directors; 2008 AABP Merial Preventative Medicine Award—Beef; Member of AVMA, NVMA. AVC, AABP, and Max United Methodist Church; Advisory Board Member—Intervet, Pfizer, Bayer, Elanco; Academy of Veterinary Consultants Board Member; Past President of Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

DVM

Sep 10/17, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Lombardy Room
A Summary of basic Stockmanship Concepts will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on the use of these concepts to enhance cattle health, attitude, and performance. Examples of caregiver-cattle interactions from conception to harvest with video examples will be discussed.

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health



BRD Case Definition

Tom Noffsinger

About the Speaker

Tom Noffsinger, DVM

Dr Tom Noffsinger was raised on a ranch in Eastern Colorado and attended CSU. Education: 1973 graduate at CSU--DVM, BS Animal Science, Upjohn Award; 1994 Graduate—Beef Production Management Series –Great Plains Veterinary Education Center—UNL. Activities and Awards: 2001 Consultant of the Year—Academy Veterinary Consultants; NVMA—Distinguished Service Award, Member of Board of Directors; 2008 AABP Merial Preventative Medicine Award—Beef; Member of AVMA, NVMA. AVC, AABP, and Max United Methodist Church; Advisory Board Member—Intervet, Pfizer, Bayer, Elanco; Academy of Veterinary Consultants Board Member; Past President of Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

DVM

Sep 10/17, 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Lombardy Room
Detection of cattle with respiratory disease will be reviewed.  An electronic system used for lung auscultation that categorizes cases by severity will be demonstrated.  Application of this system for hospital and home pen management will be presented.

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health