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September 23 - 25, 2021

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Canada's Premier Online "Vet-Together"!

Treat yourself to three full days of online learning, connecting and networking with veterinary colleagues across Canada

  • Participate in cutting-edge, live webcasts* on a wide range of topics delivered by an outstanding lineup of Canadian and international speakers.
  • Earn continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Tour the CVVS virtual exhibit hall and visit our sponsors booths.
*All sessions will be recorded and made available for one month after the live event.

New This Year!

  • Pre-symposium CommuniVETTM Business Training Camp to refine your practice management skills.
  • Three concurrent tracks designed with veterinarians or RVTs in mind.
  • Track presented by the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dematology.

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2021 CVVS Featured Speakers

Michelle Lem, DVM, MSc, MSW, RSW, Founder and Director of Community Veterinary Outreach

Dr. Michelle Lem graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 2001 and founded Community Veterinary Outreach in 2003, a registered charity that improves the health of homeless individuals and their pets through a “One Health” model of care. After providing behavioural consultation services to police canine units and the military, as well as teaching veterinary assistant and technician programs at Algonquin College, Dr. Lem received her Master of Social Work from Carleton University. Her areas of interest were the link between human and animal violence, pet ownership among marginalized populations, wellbeing in the veterinary profession, and One Health approaches to intervention and practice. Dr. Lem is currently in private social work practice in addition to working on projects, including the development of animal care guidelines for emergency co-sheltering and the risk assessment for companion animals in domestic violence. She received an OVC fellowship to pursue graduate research in the Department of Population Medicine, studying the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth and was elected an Ashoka fellow for her social innovation in accessible health care for marginalized populations. Dr. Lem is an international speaker and has received numerous awards.

Marty Becker, DVM, CEO and Founder of Fear Free

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Fear Free, which works to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. This includes veterinary and other pet professionals through FearFreePets.com as well as pet parents through FearFreeHappyHomes.com and animal shelter, and rescue group staff and volunteers through FearFreeShelters.com.

Jangi Bajwa, BVSc and AH, Dipl. ACVD

Dr. Jangi Bajwa is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He works at VETDERM Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Referral Medical Clinic in Surrey, British Columbia, in addition to providing dermatology services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Bajwa is a consultant with the Veterinary Information Network and the dermatology feature editor for the Canadian Veterinary Journal. He is the Grant Chair on the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology’s executive committee, as well as the CE Committee Chair for the Society of British Columbia Veterinarians. His dermatology interests include otitis and its treatment, microbial resistance, canine and feline allergic diseases. He is also passionate about the continuing education of veterinary professionals and pet owners.


Presentation descriptions

Feline Allergies: Recognition Patterns and Presentations for Successful Outcomes

An interactive discussion on allergic disease in cats, this presentation will help attendees become familiar with the various symptoms and presentations of allergic skin and ear disease in felines. We will discuss a systematic, clinical approach that helps in working up allergies in cats, as well as in differentiating feline allergies from non-allergic skin disease. Clinical and cytological images will be used to the benefit of visual learners in the audience. Symmetrical alopecia, eosinophilic granuloma complex, miliary dermatitis, head and neck scratching, etc. will be covered including a discussion on primary and secondary factors related to allergies in cats. Primary diseases including food, flea, and environmental allergens will be discussed, including finding an individualized, reliable treatment for long-term success in managing patients. Clinical resources available on the CAVD website will be discussed, including the use of these resources, to help with the successful management of patients.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Royal Canin and Dechra.





Canine Otitis Externa: Is It ‘Just’ an Ear Infection?

In collaboration with Dr. Meghan Solc

Otitis externa is a common presenting complaint in canine general practice and is often complicated by recurrence due to underlying primary disease, predisposing factors, perpetuating factors (the 3 Ps), and secondary factors. Without identification of and control over all involved factors, persistence or recurrence of canine otitis is likely. Complications associated with otitis externa include progressive calcification of the ear canal, stenosis, inflammatory masses, rupture of the tympanic membrane, otitis media, and aural hematoma formation to name a few. Any of these complications may further lead to the persistence of otitis and the development of chronic changes; therefore, negatively impacting patient quality of life. With antimicrobial resistance being recognized as a global threat to public health, prudent use of antimicrobial therapy is equally important to ensuring patient comfort and prevention of complications in canine otitis. Understanding the factors involved in otitis progression and/or persistence will help the attendees invest appropriate time and effort in diagnosing and correcting otitis, while also ensuring against undue antibiotic use for otitis therapy. Numerous cytological pictures and video-otoscopy images will be shared with the audience to help cover various presentations and clinical courses on otitis. The lecture will help make attendees successful at appropriate workup and resolution/management of canine otitis externa.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Royal Canin and Dechra.



Jessica Benoit RVT, VTS (behaviour), KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Jessica graduated from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program in 2010. In addition to being a Registered Veterinary Technologist, Jessica is the co-owner of Companion Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in behaviour. She is also a Fear Free Certified veterinary professional, trainer, and speaker. In addition, Jessica works closely with the Edmonton Police Service as a consultant on animal cruelty cases, a job that comes with its challenges but also provides her with a great deal of hope. Jessica developed the training and behaviour program at Companion Veterinary Clinic in 2013, developing curricula for dog training classes, kitten classes, trick training, and offering private training and behaviour modification sessions.

Presentation Description

Canine Aggression In-Clinic: Steps for Success

Aggression in dogs during veterinary procedures poses not only a safety risk to the veterinary team but a physical and emotional risk to the patient. This presentation will focus on how to set up the clinic environment to reduce stress and will include:

  • Setting up the physical environment
  • Tools for safety and handling such as treats, basket muzzles, towels, and cone collars
  • Considerate approach and gentle control
  • When to stop
  • When medication is warranted

With these tools and knowledge, we can set our patients, clients, and veterinary team up for success.

Soren Boysen, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC

Dr. Boysen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary medicine (WCVM), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1996, worked in private practice for a year, and then completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. He spent a year as an emergency clinician in Chicago before completing a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical care in 2003 and worked at the University of Montréal’s veterinary teaching hospital from October 2003 to December 2008. Dr. Boysen joined UCVM in January 2009. He is a professor in small animal emergency and critical care in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. His clinical home is predominantly based in Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre, although he also contributes to student teaching and case consultation at the CARE Centre. He is actively involved in both the American and European veterinary emergency and critical care societies, as well as the Veterinary trauma initiative, serving on several committees for these organizations. Dr. Boysen is an internationally recognized lecturer, speaking at numerous international conferences around the world. Although he is happy to speak on any small animal emergency and critical care topic, his true passion lies within emergency point of care ultrasound, perfusions, hemorrhage, and shock.


Presentation description

Point of Care Ultrasound for Use in Everyday Practice: The 5-Point 5-Minute Abdominal Point of Care Ultrasound

In collaboration with Dr. Serge Chalhoub

What is a point of care ultrasound (POCUS)? Is it some hocus-pocus force that seems to defy definition or application in general practice? Join us and you will find out POCUS is a novel branch of diagnostic imaging that can be used in everyday practice by non-specialists. Ever wonder if the cat that ate lilies is producing urine when it's not possible to pass a urinary catheter; if the dog with an acute abdomen has free abdominal air; or, if the postoperative patient with no appetite has ileus? Using a binary approach to ask the right question at the right time makes learning and applying abdominal point of care ultrasound easy! POCUS techniques are rapid, easy-to-learn, and practical ultrasound skills that ANY practitioner can apply in everyday practice. This is a banter-filled co-lecture by a criticalist (who thinks he knows the answers) and an internist (who might be correct some of the time) that will cover the core principles to understand and interpret sonographic findings of abdominal ultrasounds, including the identification of free fluid, urine production, GI motility, free abdominal air, and the gall-bladder halo sign. All clinically relevant questions when asked in the right patient, at the right time, in a binary fashion, based on patient assessment.

Objectives:

  • Describe the origins and evolution of the FAST exam and its natural progression to POCUS.
  • Describe the key formats that currently comprise POCUS.
  • Describe when and where POCUS is used in the clinical setting: The 5 T’s of POCUS.
  • Discuss the value of using clinically relevant binary questions to learn and build POCUS skills.
  • Describe the key organs and anatomic locations required to perform abdominal point of care ultrasounds (including the original validated abdominal FAST protocol).
  • Discuss pitfalls that may result in false-negative or false-positive abdominal POCUS results.
  • Describe the formula used to calculate urinary bladder volumes.
  • Discuss the 3 key findings used to diagnose free abdominal air (pneumoperitoneum).
  • Describe the technique used to sonographically identify postoperative ileus.
  • Explain the advantages of using both long and short axis windows vs. just one window when performing abdominal POCUS.

Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Serge Chalhoub graduated from Bishop’s University with a BSc (Honours) in Biology in 1999. He then enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal and completed the five-year program in 2004, followed by a one-year rotating small animal clinical internship at the same institution. After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in Montréal, Dr. Chalhoub pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once his residency was completed in 2009, he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow and then as a staff doctor. Dr. Chalhoub has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) since 2012 and currently holds the rank of tenured senior instructor. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2017 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Chalhoub is the coordinator of a community outreach service learning program (UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic) for disadvantaged Calgarians. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on veterinary point of care ultrasound, renal and urinary medicine, and lectures around the world on these topics.


Presentation description

Point of Care Ultrasound for Use in Everyday Practice: The 5-Point 5-Minute Abdominal Point of Care Ultrasound

In collaboration with Dr. Soren Boysen

What is a point of care ultrasound (POCUS)? Is it some hocus-pocus force that seems to defy definition or application in general practice? Join us and you will find out POCUS is a novel branch of diagnostic imaging that can be used in everyday practice by non-specialists. Ever wonder if the cat that ate lilies is producing urine when it's not possible to pass a urinary catheter; if the dog with an acute abdomen has free abdominal air; or, if the postoperative patient with no appetite has ileus? Using a binary approach to ask the right question at the right time makes learning and applying abdominal point of care ultrasound easy! POCUS techniques are rapid, easy-to-learn, and practical ultrasound skills that ANY practitioner can apply in everyday practice. This is a banter-filled co-lecture by a criticalist (who thinks he knows the answers) and an internist (who might be correct some of the time) that will cover the core principles to understand and interpret sonographic findings of abdominal ultrasounds, including the identification of free fluid, urine production, GI motility, free abdominal air, and the gall-bladder halo sign. All clinically relevant questions when asked in the right patient, at the right time, in a binary fashion, based on patient assessment.

Objectives:

  • Describe the origins and evolution of the FAST exam and its natural progression to POCUS.
  • Describe the key formats that currently comprise POCUS.
  • Describe when and where POCUS is used in the clinical setting: The 5 T’s of POCUS.
  • Discuss the value of using clinically relevant binary questions to learn and build POCUS skills.
  • Describe the key organs and anatomic locations required to perform abdominal point of care ultrasounds (including the original validated abdominal FAST protocol).
  • Discuss pitfalls that may result in false-negative or false-positive abdominal POCUS results.
  • Describe the formula used to calculate urinary bladder volumes.
  • Discuss the 3 key findings used to diagnose free abdominal air (pneumoperitoneum).
  • Describe the technique used to sonographically identify postoperative ileus.
  • Explain the advantages of using both long and short axis windows vs. just one window when performing abdominal POCUS.

Katie Clow, DVM, PhD

Dr. Katie Clow is an Assistant Professor in One Health in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of vectors and vector-borne zoonoses, with a specific emphasis on the blacklegged tick and Lyme disease. She also conducts research more broadly on One Health, including pedagogy and community-level applications. She holds both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (OVC, 2011) and a PhD (Pathobiology, 2017). Dr. Clow has worked in private small animal practice, and at the national and international levels in One Health through internships at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Disease at the World Health Organization, and the Global Disease Detection Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a member of the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network and regularly collaborates with public health professionals and veterinarians in private practice and industry.

Presentation Description

Established and Emerging Tick and Tick-Borne Pathogens Risks for Canadian Companion Animals

In this session, participants will learn about the current tick and tick-borne pathogens of companion animal significance in Canada, as well as risks that may be emerging. Information will be shared on a regional basis, including data from the Canadian Pet Tick Survey. A framework for creating and adapting tick prevention protocols will also be presented.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Boehringer Ingelheim.

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Dr. Kathleen Cooney has been practising advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and Chief Medical Officer of Caring Pathways, Inc. Dr. Cooney is a past president of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) where she remains active in the organization, including the design of their Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject along with numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in end-of-life training for the AVMA, AAHA, HABRI, NAVC, IAAHPC, Fear Free Program, SVME, and many more. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks nationally and internationally on such topics. Dr. Cooney is also currently working toward board certification in animal welfare, expected by 2023.

Presentation Description

Emotionally Intelligent Euthanasia: Turning Sadness Into Satisfaction

We all know euthanasia requires great technical skills along with strong communication and empathy. Regardless of the situation, knowing how to control one's emotions and apply strategic social skills with clients makes a big difference. Do it right and you/your veterinary team can remain happier and more fulfilled in euthanasia-related work. In this session, Dr. Kathleen Cooney, Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA), highlights what she calls EuHarmony; the ability to replenish oneself before, during, and after euthanasia. Want to perform euthanasia better? This is your chance to learn how.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Euthabag.

Cyndie Courtney, DVM Phi Zeta 2011 Virginia Maryland, Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Courtney is a small animal veterinarian practising in the central US. She is also a recovering toxic team member who speaks, writes, and coaches nationally on addressing workplace conflict to improve performance and wellbeing. She is certified in Workplace Wellness and Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness and was awarded the 2019 World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association's Next Generation Award for service to the public and the profession.


Presentation description

First Aid for Team Toxicity

Like any organism, practices must eliminate toxins before they can survive and thrive. Learn the essentials, including the following:

  • How even low-level toxic behaviours impact patient care and practice performance.
  • Which toxic behaviours to address first.
  • How to respond to toxic behaviours.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Vet Alliance.


Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline practice)

Dr. St. Denis is a practising feline medicine specialist, board-certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the specialty of feline practice. In her early career, she trained in molecular biology and immunology, working in the field of cancer research. In 1999, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, going on to own and operate the Charing Cross Cat Clinic from 2007 to 2020. Dr. St. Denis is the 2020-2021 President for the American Association of Feline Practitioners and an active volunteer in the organization, participating in many committees and task forces. Dr. St. Denis is a consultant on the Veterinary Information Network in feline internal medicine.

Presentation Description

In Sickness and in Health: Maintaining Appetite in Cats

In collaboration with Dr. Jinelle Webb

Cats are notoriously fussy about their food. Sick cats in hospital and cats with chronic health conditions face additional challenges with intake and appetite. Join Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, and Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline practice), as they explore the challenges of encouraging appetite and maintaining intake for both the hospitalized patient and the cat with chronic health issues.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Dechra.

Marilyn Dunn, DVM, MVSc, Dipl. ACVIM

Dr. Marilyn Dunn is a graduate (1994) of the Université de Montréal’s Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, where she subsequently completed a one-year internship. After finishing a residency in small animal internal medicine and earning a master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Dunn received her American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board certification in 1999. After working for two years in private practice, Dr. Dunn became a professor in internal medicine at the Université de Montréal. In 2008, she completed a fellowship in interventional radiology and endoscopy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. In addition to being a founding member and current president of the Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society (VIRIES), Dr. Dunn is the Director of the Interventional Medicine Service at the Université de Montréal. Her main topics of interest are urinary tract and respiratory interventions and thrombosis.


Presentation description

FLUTD: Stepping Out of the ‘Box’

Through case-based presentations, we will cover new approaches to diagnose and treat interstitial cystitis, stones, blocked cats. We will also discuss practical tips, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Hill’s.



Tiffany Durzi, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Dr. Tiffany Durzi graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 2000 and began her career working at a mixed animal practice in Southern Ontario. In 2001, she moved to the Cayman Islands where she practised for 10 years in small animal medicine and surgery and at St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she returned to the OVC, this time to take a position as a primary care veterinary educator at the OVC Smith Lane Animal Hospital located in the Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre. Tiffany is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Merial Award of Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Tiffany is also the Chief of Service at the OVC Fitness and Rehabilitation Service, established in 2013. She has a special interest in integrative medicine and pain management. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Durzi has a special interest in treating chronic pain. She is currently pursuing her board certification in canine/feline medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has also started a clinical medicine podcast series at OVC.

Presentation Description

Osteoarthritis: Old Disease, New Directions

Osteoarthritis is a disease that veterinarians have been managing for decades. It is a complex condition that can interfere with a pet's daily activities and ultimately affect the quality of life and the human-animal bond. This presentation will focus on how to manage this old and debilitating disease by focusing on newer pharmaceutical and nutraceutical strategies, nutrition options, canine exercise and rehabilitation recommendations.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Zoetis.

Jason Gagné, DVM, Dipl. ACVN

Dr. Jason Gagné is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and is Purina’s Director of Veterinary Technical Communications where he leads scientific innovation and product development for the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Brand. Jason works closely with innovation and renovation of dietary formulations, developing clinical trials, and in sales and marketing. Prior to, and throughout his residency at Cornell, he served as an Associate Veterinarian in a small animal practice in Syracuse, New York. Jason has authored several publications in veterinary journals and textbooks, given scientific presentations at the regional and national levels, and taught a series of courses at Cornell.

Caitlin Grant, BSc, DVM, DVSc

Dr. Caitlin Grant is originally from Markham, Ontario, and completed her undergraduate degree in animal biology earning a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph. She then attended the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and graduated with honours in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Grant became an associate veterinarian in a private, mixed animal practice. In 2017, she returned to the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a nutrition residency through the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition and earned a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in September 2020. Dr. Grant has recently joined the OVC faculty as Assistant Professor and holds the Nestle Purina Professorship in Companion Animal Nutrition.

Walt Ingwersen, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Ingwersen is a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College where he returned to complete an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine resulting in his postgraduate Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a specialist in the area of veterinary internal medicine. From 1987 to 1998, he was chief of veterinary internal medicine at a multi-person, general/specialty veterinary clinic on the east side of Toronto becoming its hospital director in 1993. Beginning in September of 1998, he changed career directions by becoming the first Canadian to act as editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Since June 2002, he has been a consultant to the Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd., Vetmedica companion animal team joining them in a full-time capacity as of January 2004. He continues to provide internal medicine consultative advice, assisting veterinarians across Canada in making health care decisions and recommendations for the patients they treat. An active volunteer for provincial, national, and international veterinary medical associations, he is a Past President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and was honoured to receive the OVMA’s 2020 Outstanding Veterinarian Award.

Teressa Jonescu, BSc

With over 25 years of experience in the veterinary industry excelling in a diverse set of roles, Teressa has a unique perspective on the profession. Her background features a dynamic blend of practical hospital skills, as well as business acumen and management expertise with a focus on team development. She began her career by working in practice while completing her biology degree at the University of Guelph. Teressa then moved forward into the world of pharmaceuticals and veterinary distribution. Notably, she spent 19 years with Bayer Animal Health where she represented sales on the National Leadership Team. Teressa is deeply committed to building aligned teams and over the years has developed a special interest in Communication in Veterinary Medicine. She took on the role of Executive Services Team Leader at Veterinary Purchasing Co. Ltd., where she built custom consulting and training services for shareholder practices. Currently, she leads the Talent Acquisition Team at VetStrategy helping veterinary professionals find the best fit for their skills and interests across a Canada-wide network of clinics and hospitals.


Presentation description

Hold on to Your Talent: Powerful Strategies to Retain and Engage Your People

Help wanted! Start date: Yesterday.

Ask anyone in veterinary practice if there is a shortage of talent in the Canadian veterinary market and the predictable response is YES! Our first instinct is to focus on hiring new people but turning our focus internally may offer some solutions to help mitigate this problem. While there is no magic formula that will send an influx of professionals to the rescue, there are proven, practical strategies that ease the pain and help keep the talent we have, without breaking the budget!

This presentation is made possible through the support of Vet Alliance.


Chancie Knights, DVM, PhD

Dr. Chancie Knights completed her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom. Upon graduation, she worked for a year in small animal practice in Southern England before commencing a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Ontario Veterinary College. She then returned to the UK to complete a PhD in Neuroscience, studying the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis pain at King's College, London, before making a permanent move to Canada where she is a Veterinary Services Manager for Zoetis Canada.

Toni Laoutaris, RVT, VTS (anesthesia/analgesia)

Toni Laoutaris graduated from Georgian College in 2006 and began working in an emergency/referral hospital setting, within emergency/critical care and surgery services, shortly thereafter. A passion for anesthesia resulted in her obtaining her specialty with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2014. Toni relocated to beautiful British Columbia from Ontario in 2016, feeling extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join the amazing team at the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre as lead technician and anesthesia technologist.

Tracey Lawrence, RVT, VTS (ECC, anesthesia/analgesia)

Tracey graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at St Clair College, in Windsor, ON, where she was the recipient of the Faculty Academic Award. After spending time working in equine medicine and small animal general practice, she discovered a love for emergency medicine and made this her full-time passion. Tracey's desire for continued professional growth drove her to pursue her VTS in emergency and critical care. She was accepted to the Academy of Emergency and Critical Care Technicians in 2005, after which time she began offering continued education opportunities to technicians in the community. Tracey then made a move to Calgary, AB., where she obtained a second VTS designation in the field of anesthesia when she was accepted to the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists in 2010. While in Calgary, Tracey enjoyed her time as chairperson for the continuing education committee for the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technicians. She has spoken at multiple continued education events in Canada and the United States, provided online training sessions, and has authored veterinary journal articles as well as a textbook chapter. Tracey currently resides in Toronto where she works in the anesthesia department at a busy specialty referral and emergency hospital as well as spending time teaching in two separate veterinary technician diploma programs.

Presentation Description

What's That Rhythm? Demystifying ECGs

In collaboration with Dionne Marshall

This action-packed webcast, presented in a case study format, is designed to provide the foundational principles of ECG interpretation. Participants will learn how to understand the conduction pathway of the heart, recognize and name the different components of an ECG, and comprehend the connection between the conduction pathway and how it is represented on the ECG. Participants will follow the ECG journey of "Joey" as she undergoes anesthesia and experiences a variety of common cardiac arrhythmias.

This presentation is made possible through the support of P3 Veterinary Partners.

Dionne Marshall, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Dionne graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2001. Soon after graduation, she started working as an RVT in the emergency department at a busy specialty referral hospital in Toronto. Dionne quickly found her calling and developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine. In 2006, Dionne was accepted to the Academy of Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and obtained her VTS designation in emergency and critical care. Although she spent most of her time working in the ICU, Dionne also enjoyed working in the ER and neurology departments. She has since worked at various specialty and ER practices in the GTA. Dionne currently resides in Owen Sound, Ontario, and works as a critical care skills instructor and recruitment coordinator with P3 Veterinary Partners.


Presentation Description

What's That Rhythm? Demystifying ECGs

In collaboration with Tracey Lawrence

This action-packed webcast, presented in a case study format, is designed to provide the foundational principles of ECG interpretation. Participants will learn how to understand the conduction pathway of the heart, recognize and name the different components of an ECG, and comprehend the connection between the conduction pathway and how it is represented on the ECG. Participants will follow the ECG journey of "Joey" as she undergoes anesthesia and experiences a variety of common cardiac arrhythmias.

This presentation is made possible through the support of P3 Veterinary Partners.

Dave Nicol, BVMS, Cert. Mgmt MRCVS

Dr. Dave Nicol has more than 20 years of experience in general practice and has held several leadership roles within practice and industry. He has written three books, most recently the best-selling, So You’re A Vet...Now What? - a manifesto on how to survive as a veterinarian after graduation. Through his VetX ecosystem, Dr. Dave helps pets and their people live happy and healthy lives by producing tools, training, and systems to help vets and practice owners reach their full potential. Dave also hosts the hit podcast, Blunt Dissection - a monthly conversation about success with the rock stars of veterinary medicine. He co-owns and manages Roundwood Vets, a boutique veterinary practice in London, and in 2019 was voted VMX Practice Manager Speaker of the Year, the first Scotsman to achieve this honour. You can access all of his content (the vast majority of which is free) at https://vetxinternational.com

Presentation Descriptions

It’s Time to Thrive! Not Just Survive

There is no shortage of evidence that young veterinarians around the world are struggling with their careers. There is also no shortage of people with explanations as to why this is occurring. Unsuitable university entry criteria, gender bias, corporatisation, poor leadership, and millennial work ethic are common whipping boys. The unspoken story being told in the mind of many vets and business owners is that veterinary medicine is broken. But such pessimism and finger-pointing will guarantee only more pain. So, what can we collectively do to re-engage and support the next generation? In this rousing keynote, participants will understand six principles that can be applied to life in practice to boost happiness, wellbeing, and performance in their veterinary teams, so they can leave empowered and energized to take control of their careers.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Vet Alliance.
Business is Booming But People are Breaking! A Vision for a Sustainable Veterinary Future


Your business is probably booming, but let me guess, your people are on the verge of breaking? In this session, we will reveal the fundamentals behind the brewing crisis in vet med and explore the options available to leaders to take back control and run a profitable and sustainable business in the post-COVID world. Let’s learn how to do medicine where people and pets can thrive!

This presentation is made possible through the support of Vet Alliance.

Senani Ratnayake, BSc, RVT

Senani Ratnayake has been educating veterinary professionals for over 17 years. She began her career as an RVT in small animal practice and discovered her niche after recognizing that many of her colleagues chose veterinary medicine because they felt more connected to animals than people. She used her experiences, knowledge, and natural way with words to become a catalyst for change within the industry by founding Motivatum Consulting. Having worked in both practice and industry, she has gained a unique perspective and utilizes these insights to engage her audience. She currently works as the Director of Engagement for Vet Alliance, supporting independently owned Canadian practices and their teams. Senani is best known for her sessions on customer service, management, leadership, team building, compliance, and communication. Her goal is always to provide practical tools and applicable solutions for the everyday realities of the veterinary profession. She is a past president of both the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine. In Senani’s world, feeling valued builds connection, connection motivates learning, learning leads to change, and change creates measurable results.

Philip Richmond, DVM, CAPP, CPPC, CRT, CCFP

Dr. Philip Richmond is the Medical Director of a small animal hospital in New Port Richey, Florida. He is passionate about positive culture change and implementing tools and policies for thriving and flourishing in the profession, especially at critical education and career points. Dr. Richmond is involved in several state and national projects for the advancement of wellbeing and culture in veterinary medicine. He recently founded Flourishing Phoenix Veterinary Consultants, LLC, a veterinary wellbeing and engagement consulting practice. He currently serves as the chair of both the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Outreach and Professional Wellness & Wellbeing Committees. Dr. Richmond is a member of the UFCVM wellbeing curriculum committee and is an instructor for the program. Dr. Richmond is a published writer and speaker, a frequent podcast guest, and holds multiple certifications in the fields of applied positive psychology, resilience training, behaviour change, and suicide prevention.


Presentation description

Gratitude, Optimism and Subjective Wellbeing: Vet Med's Positive Emotion Transition Team

The PERMATM theory of wellbeing is the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, one of the co-founders of positive psychology. The P in the acronym stands for positive emotions. Happiness, optimism, and gratitude are included in this category. The induction of positive emotion has a demonstrable, proven benefit to an individual’s overall subjective wellbeing. In the case of practising clinicians, positive emotion has been shown to induce faster and more accurate diagnoses. Attendees will be instructed on optimism as a learned skill of resiliency—one that has to do with our explanatory style regarding events and the world around us. Gratitude practices and interventions will be covered with an opportunity to engage.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the study of positive psychology and its roots.
  • Learn the PERMA-V theory of wellbeing.
  • Learn what determines happiness/subjective wellbeing.
  • Understand the differences between optimistic and pessimistic thinking styles.
  • Look into studies on gratitude’s effects on subjective wellbeing and decision-making.
  • Learn Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory.
  • Learn different gratitude interventions and practice one.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Vet Alliance.


Robin Saar, RVT, VTS (nutrition)

Robin graduated from the now TRU University and completed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 1996. Robin’s professional experience includes working in small and mixed animal practices as an RVT and Practice Manager, along with managing a large canine, feline, and equine boarding facility.

She successfully completed her Veterinary Technician Specialty in nutrition (June 2019), and a certificate in both Small Business Human Resources, and Small Business Management. Her current role as the National nutrition Ambassador at VetStrategy is a one-of-a-kind role for an RVT. She looks forward to sharing her passions as an RVT with others. “nutrition is a part of every pet, every day.”

Presentation Description

The Future of Pet Diets – What You Need to Know About the Use of Insects and Cannabis in Pet Diets

With current research looking at new and more environmentally conscious ingredient sources, we are seeing a variety of new diets emerging. This session will review current research on new ingredients being considered or used in pet food.

Meghan Solc, DVM, Dipl. ACVD

Dr. Meghan Solc grew up on a hobby farm in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. After working in a veterinary clinic throughout her childhood, she moved east to graduate with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island in the hopes of fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. After taking a gap year to work on a dairy farm, she was accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I., Canada. Dr. Solc received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

In 2013, Dr. Solc completed a small animal rotating internship and continued with a specialty dermatology internship in Toronto, Canada. During her internship years, Dr. Solc’s interest in dermatology grew stronger, and she knew she wanted to continue her veterinary career as a veterinary dermatologist.

Dr. Solc completed her residency with Dermatology for Animals and passed her board certification exam, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinarian Dermatology in 2018. She is passionate about communication and providing education to help clients better understand chronic dermatological diseases in addition to focusing on multidrug-resistant bacterial infection management. Dr. Solc continues to focus on providing education and support to veterinarians by speaking at local, national, and international conventions. She is currently practising in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Solc resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with her partner Katie and furry critters – Bessie, Bruce, Charli, and Iris. When not working, Dr. Solc enjoys spending time at their lake house with family, gardening, hiking, and seeking new experiences.

Presentation descriptions

From Steroids to Cytopoint: When and How to Use Your Allergy Anchor Therapies

The core treatment options for atopy (glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, Apoquel, and Cytopoint) will be reviewed. You will learn how to make the most of these modalities. You will also find out why they sometimes fail to perform and how to get them to work again. Dose adjustments, therapy switching, secondary infection control, and tips for ensuring compliance will be discussed.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Royal Canin and Dechra.




Canine Otitis Externa: Is It ‘Just’ an Ear Infection?

In collaboration with Dr. Jangi Bajwa

Otitis externa is a common presenting complaint in canine general practice and is often complicated by recurrence due to underlying primary disease, predisposing factors, perpetuating factors (the 3 Ps), and secondary factors. Without identification of and control over all involved factors, persistence or recurrence of canine otitis is likely. Complications associated with otitis externa include progressive calcification of the ear canal, stenosis, inflammatory masses, rupture of the tympanic membrane, otitis media, and aural hematoma formation to name a few. Any of these complications may further lead to the persistence of otitis and the development of chronic changes; therefore, negatively impacting patient quality of life. With antimicrobial resistance being recognized as a global threat to public health, prudent use of antimicrobial therapy is equally important to ensuring patient comfort and prevention of complications in canine otitis. Understanding the factors involved in otitis progression and/or persistence will help the attendees invest appropriate time and effort in diagnosing and correcting otitis, while also ensuring against undue antibiotic use for otitis therapy. Numerous cytological pictures and video-otoscopy images will be shared with the audience to help cover various presentations and clinical courses on otitis. The lecture will help make attendees successful at appropriate workup and resolution/management of canine otitis externa.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Royal Canin and Dechra.


Jennie Tait, AHT, RVT, VTS (dermatology – Charter Member)

Jennie is a member of the health care team at the Veterinary Allergy Dermatology Ear Referral (VADER) Clinic in Morriston, Ontario. She is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, is one of their regents, and is currently the only VTS (dermatology) in Canada. Jennie is also the only technician on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. She has over 24 years of experience teaching veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College, and now has 21 years of experience working in veterinary dermatology. Jennie is an accomplished author and international speaker in her area of expertise. She graduated as an Animal Health Technician from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology in 1986 and is the proud owner of RVT certificate No. 4.


Presentation descriptions

Dermatology Is a Team Sport: How to Have Success With Your Derm Cases

Dermatology cases are convoluted at the best of times and take a generous amount of time to work through case history, and then work up your patient. That's a pretty tall order when your average appointment is limited to 20 or 30 minutes! This lecture will walk you through easy ways to get your whole team involved to maximize your time and your success.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Royal Canin and Dechra.





In-House Cytology: The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Derm Patients

There are so many ways to perform cytology tests! How are you to know when to do what? This lecture is a quick review of collecting and processing samples for in-house analysis, with tips and tricks of the trade to get your clients the most bang for their buck. We will cover different techniques for collecting samples for cytology, parasite evaluation, bacterial and fungal cultures, as well as skin biopsies.

Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM

Dr. Jinelle Webb received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and following a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, obtained board certification with the ACVIM in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Webb joined the Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital to start its internal medicine service. Currently, Dr. Webb has a mobile imaging service, VetLink Mobile Imaging, along with being an adjunct professor at the OVC.

Presentation Description

In Sickness and in Health: Maintaining Appetite in Cats

In collaboration with Dr. Kelly St. Denis

Cats are notoriously fussy about their food. Sick cats in hospital and cats with chronic health conditions face additional challenges with intake and appetite. Join Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, and Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline practice), as they explore the challenges of encouraging appetite and maintaining intake for both the hospitalized patient and the cat with chronic health issues.

This presentation is made possible through the support of Dechra.

Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM

Dr. Scott Weese is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and a zoonotic disease/public health microbiologist at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. He is also Chief of Infection Control at the OVC teaching hospital and holds a Canada Research Chair in zoonotic diseases. A recognized leader in veterinary infection control, Dr. Weese has authored or co-authored over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited two books, and speaks extensively on infectious disease topics. His lab is dedicated to the study of infectious and zoonotic diseases, multi-drug resistant pathogens, and interspecies transmission of pathogens. His research group is currently involved in several studies evaluating Lyme disease, as well as B. burgdorferi exposure in dogs and horses.


    



 

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