NAVC Conference 2011 Equine Program Sets a Brisk Pace
November 20, 2010
Meghan R. Costigan, MBA
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GAINESVILLE--Whether in exclusive equine practice or a mixed-practice setting, veterinarians can count on a robust program devoted to their specific interests at NAVC Conference 2011. The 5-day equine program is replete with world-class speakers and topics, with most days offering a choice between two tracks.
Saturday, January 15 begins the schedule with the Equine Dermatology symposium, featuring boarded dermatologists Wendy Lorch, DVM, MS, PhD and Stephen White, DVM. Dr. Lorch will address insect-bite hypersensitivity, diagnosing atopic dermatitis and the "scaling, flaking" horse. Dr. White will focus on bacterial and fungal skin infections as well as genetic and congenital skin diseases. The day wraps up with a panel discussion, including detailed descriptions of the presentations and management of various problematic cases of skin disease.
On Sunday, January 16 attendees can choose sessions from two all-day symposia: Equine Colic or Orthopedics and Imaging. In the colic symposium, Sam Hurcombe, BVSc, BVMS, MS, DACVIM and Vanessa Cook, VetMB, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC examine diagnosis; management, including pain; referral issues; pharmacologic aspects; perinatal colic and nongastrointestinal diseases that mimic colic. Proximal suspensory ligament injury, proximal and distal limb fractures, forelimb foot pain, the use of magnetic resonance imaging, end-stage joint disease, injections to the digital flexor tendon sheath and navicular bursa and a case of orthopedic trauma will be covered in the orthopedics track. Orthopedic surgeons Sarah Sampson, DVM, PhD, DACVS and Jeff Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS will be the featured speakers.
The first of two symposia on Monday will be devoted to lameness. Michael Ross, DVM, DACVS will cover the problem from the vantage point of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorse and the sport horse, including case discussions with video footage. Earl Gaughan, DVM, DACVS will outline the basic lameness examination and using local anesthesia during the exam. In the second track a panel of 4 different experts addresses wounds in horses. Henry Jann, DVM, MS, DACVS will outline overall wound management, tendon repair and mental aspects of rehabilitation. Jeff Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS will focus on wounds that involve the bone or synovial structures and preparation of PMMA beads for use in orthopedic surgery. Wound bed scoring and optimization for healing will be presented by Lisa Gould, MD, PhD. A boarded plastic surgeon with her PhD in biochemistry, Dr. Gould is an active member of the Wound Healing Society for 10 years, having participated in the development of the WHS guidelines for treatment and prevention of chronic wounds. Don Slone, Jr, DVM, MS, DACVS will cover the important topic of preventing and managing incisional infections.
The program takes a slight detour to the nonclinical on Tuesday with symposia on equine practice building and the social issue of equine welfare. Karen Cornell, DVM, PhD, DACVS and Kelly Farnsworth, MS, DVM, DACVS, both active in veterinary leadership and recent faculty members of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience, will explore how to increase profit margin by improving communication within your practice, how to deal with the difficult client and delivering the message about medical errors to clients. The final session will be interactive, with discussion of how to handle communication in challenging situations.
The track devoted to equine welfare features Candace Croney, MS, PhD, Associate Professor in Animal Behavior and Bioethics at Ohio State University, and Brenda Coe, BS, MS, PhD. Dr. Coe, a member of Pennsylvania's Coalition for the Care, Custody, and Welfare of the Unwanted Horse, teaches LART (Large Animal Rescue Training) and agricultural emergencies programs to County Animal Response Teams (CART), fire companies and EMS responders and conducts training on large animal care and welfare for various organizations including the PA Humane Society Police Officers. Their discussions will define animal welfare and cruelty and explore U.S. farm welfare legislation and challenges surrounding the unwanted horse, handling , rescue training and humane training as well as key issues now and for the future. NAVC Conference 2010 Equine Speaker of the Year, Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DAVCS will close the day with two presentations: The Unwanted Horse in the U.S. and Subchondral Bone Cysts in Horses.
Back to the clinical on Wednesday with symposia on equine podiatry and theriogenology. Dick Mansmann, VMD, PhD and farrier Kurt Vom Orde will address the initial foot examination and shoeing in the face of various problems including laminitis, cracks and separations, long toe/low heel and the "crooked foal" as well as alternative shoeing technique options. Reproductive challenges including reduction of twinning, suppression of estrus, early embryonic loss, infertility in the stallion and mare and new assisted reproductive techniques will be explored by Peter Sheerin, DVM, DACT and Dirk Vanderwall, DVM, PhD, DACT. The final presentation is a discussion of the highlights of the recent International Symposium on Equine Reproduction.
So, whether you can't make the AAEP convention in December or you simply want more CE, the allure of the NAVC Conference 2011 is just as strong--and then there is the fine Florida weather in January! To register for the NAVC Conference 2011, visit NAVC.com.