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Veterinary CPR Certification/RECOVER Rescuer Basic and Advanced Life Support

Thursday, 9/26 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do we best treat animals in cardiopulmonary arrest? An evidence-based veterinary CPR guideline published by the RECOVER Initiative in 2012 aimed at determining how to maximize the chances of patient survival led to the official veterinary CPR certification process approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. This course will equip participants with concepts and techniques in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) reinforced through scenario-based simulations. The certification process consists of an online course provided by the RECOVER website that is completed and followed by onsite training at the conference. Successful completion of this course grants participants with certification as a RECOVER BLS Rescuer and a RECOVER ALS Rescuer. Human medical professionals certify in human CPR. Veterinary medical professionals should certify themselves in veterinary CPR!

Technician Catheter Lab: Urinary and Advanced Intravenous

Friday, 9/27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This will be a four (4) hour cadaver lab designed for participants to gain experience placing male and female urinary catheters and advanced intravenous catheter (jugular and femoral) placement. This lab will consist of lecture time to discuss indications, potential complications, supplies needed and other information to set the participant up for success in the hospital. Then the participant will have access to canine and feline cadavers to gain experience performing both procedures with experienced veterinary technicians. This lab is for anyone pursuing a veterinary technician specialty or wanting to advance your skills.

Maximizing Laboratory Diagnostics: Clinical Case Challenge

Friday, 9/27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this Masterclass session, we will be utilizing the minimum database (including hematology, biochemical profiling, and the complete urinalysis) to work through advanced cases, some with surprising twists. Ancillary diagnostics — including blood film review, imaging, and reference lab expertise – will allow for further interpretation of the data that is key to understanding disease and case management.

Fort Worth Zoo Hospital Tour

Friday, 9/27 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

SWVS is featuring a 1.5 hour CE event at the Fort Worth Zoo. Zoo veterinary staff will provide lectures including Zoo animal medical behavior training and hematology given by Brittany Yanez, LVT and unique clinical considerations in zoo medicine given by Dr. Whitney Johnson. After the lectures, you will tour the 10,000 square foot hospital in groups. Following the lectures and the tour of the hospital, 1.5 hours is allowed for participants to visit the zoo. Refreshments served.

Canine Abdominal Ultrasound Morning Lab

Friday, 9/27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This live dog lab will have 6 tables for ultrasound instruction. Our goal is to have 1 instructor per table and groups of 4 participants at each table (24 DVM participants). Each participant will scan for 4.5 minutes before rotating. After all 4 participants have scanned at a table (i.e. every 18 minutes), groups will rotate to the next table. An example timeline for the morning session is in table 1 below. The afternoon session would be the same, it would just start at 1:30 pm. The topics for each table are listed below in table 2. Each table would need someone to monitor the dog, ultrasound gel, alcohol, an ultrasound scanner, and 5 stools. Dogs should be clipped in advance. The haircut over the abdomen should extend from about the 10th intercostal space caudally to the inguinal region and about 2/3 of the way up the side of the abdomen on the left and right. We will need at least male intact dog and 1 intact female dog for the morning session and the same for the afternoon session.

Canine Abdominal Ultrasound Afternoon Lab

Friday, 9/27 @ 1:30-5:30 pm

This live dog lab will have 6 tables for ultrasound instruction. Our goal is to have 1 instructor per table and groups of 4 participants at each table (24 DVM participants). Each participant will scan for 4.5 minutes before rotating. After all 4 participants have scanned at a table (i.e. every 18 minutes), groups will rotate to the next table. An example timeline for the morning session is in table 1 below. The afternoon session would be the same, it would just start at 1:30 pm. The topics for each table are listed below in table 2. Each table would need someone to monitor the dog, ultrasound gel, alcohol, an ultrasound scanner, and 5 stools. Dogs should be clipped in advance. The haircut over the abdomen should extend from about the 10th intercostal space caudally to the inguinal region and about 2/3 of the way up the side of the abdomen on the left and right. We will need at least male intact dog and 1 intact female dog for the morning session and the same for the afternoon session.

Dental Prophylaxis & Nerve Blocks for Dentistry

Friday, 9/27 @ 1:30-5:30 pm

This lab will cover techniques utilized in small animal dentistry, including cleaning, polishing, dental charting, instrument use and care. We will discuss post-cleaning treatments and home care products. We will demonstrate on cadavers and skulls. The nerve block lab will allow participants to practice various techniques of performing regional analgesia.

Why Cattle Respiratory Vaccines Don't Work

Friday, 9/27 @ 6:00-9:00 pm

Topics that will be discussed during the presentation: -Diagnostics to identify correct causative agent -Bovine coronavirus -H. somni genetic diversity -Myco bovis genetic diversity -Autogenous approach for all the above

How to Extract Strategic Teeth in Canine Patients Morning Lab

Saturday, 9/28 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hands-on practice of dental extractions is the best way to improve this critical skill for general practitioners. This lab will focus on extraction of the 8 strategic teeth of the canine patient including the upper 4thpremolars, the canine teeth and the lower first molars. Each attendee will understand the steps of a comprehensive extraction that includes creating and closing a flap, understand equipment used for each step of an extraction, and perform surgical extractions on a canine cadaver.

How to Extract Strategic Teeth in Canine Patients Afternoon Lab

Saturday, 9/28 @ 1:30-5:30 pm

Hands-on practice of dental extractions is the best way to improve this critical skill for general practitioners. This lab will focus on extraction of the 8 strategic teeth of the canine patient including the upper 4thpremolars, the canine teeth and the lower first molars. Each attendee will understand the steps of a comprehensive extraction that includes creating and closing a flap, understand equipment used for each step of an extraction, and perform surgical extractions on a canine cadaver.

Stitch It Up Buttercup: A Guide for Basic Procedural Suturing

Saturday, 9/28 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do snitches really get stitches? Participate in this lab and find out! In this lab, we will discuss suture materials, knots, techniques, and when to utilize each one. The hands-on portion of the this lab will allow you to put your knowledge into practice. These skills will help elevate your technical skills and enable you to better assist your veterinarian team!

Updates on Diabetes (SGLT2 inhibitors) and Incorporating Flash Glucose Monitors

Saturday, 9/28 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

I will discuss current strategies for managing diabetic patients and provide an overview of the SLGT2 inhibitors available for veterinary use. Concepts will be presented alongside clinical cases and the top FAQs for the busy practitioner. In addition to pharmacologic options, I will explore the practical uses and pitfalls of flash glucose monitors.

Trouble-shooting Anesthesia Machines & Monitors

Saturday, 9/28 @ 8:00-10:00 am

This lab will involve a discussion of commonly encountered anesthesia complications, focusing on trouble-shooting problems with the anesthesia machine and monitoring equipment. This lab is geared towards small animal cases, but the principles could be applied to large animals cases.

Implementing Pain Scale, CRI calculations & Syringe Pump Basics

Saturday, 9/28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This lab will provide an overview and discussion of currently available small animal pain scales that can be implemented in general practice. Practical approaches to CRI calculations will be discussed for drugs commonly used in this manner, including helpful apps available. Hands-on practice with setting up and running a syringe pump for those that are new to their use will conclude this lab.

Breakout Box: Anesthesia Machines

Saturday, 9/28 @ 1:30-5:30 pm

The anesthesia machine is an integral part of maintaining a patient safely under general anesthesia. Over the years there has been extensive research in improving the safety of an anesthesia machine and where the most common weaknesses and faults can occur and a theme across the boards is that more often than not, it is the user that is the weakest link. This lab will allow the participants to become familiar with the anesthesia machine including its individual parts and their function in a fun escape room atmosphere. Work as a group to solve puzzles and find clues to help you unlock a set of boxes to reach your prize.

Calming Your Inner Chihuahua: Healing Yourself and Your Team

Saturday, 9/28 @ 1:30-5:30 pm

Join this interactive master class to learn techniques to help you control negative thoughts and emotions and avoid burden transfer and emotional contagion from clients and co-workers. We will share techniques and ideas to help you and your team to be happier and have better work/life integration. You’ll hear plenty of team building ideas and ways to create a positive ripple effect. You will learn ways to live in the moment, forgive yourself and others, overcome impostor syndrome and understand the power of gratitude and kindness. We will also discuss recognizing and knowing what to do for stress, burnout, and suicide ideation.