Fall Symposium: Pathways to Best Practices

Aug 15, 2019

Join us on October 6th for our Fall Symposium focusing on pathways to best practices.

This event is open to both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. All attendees are eligible to receive FREE 6 hours of RACE-approved continuing education credit (per track).

Speaking Departments:

Veterinarian Track:

Avian & Exotics

Brynn McCleery, DVM, DABVP

An Exotic Pet Walks into Your Hospital…Now What?

This lecture is focused on techniques for working with exotic species in private practice. We will discuss tips and tricks for performing a complete physical exam, diagnostic sample collection and submission, medical management, and surgical management of exotics cases. Gain confidence treating exotic pets in your practice- learn when to keep the case and when to refer for further care!

Neurology & Neurosurgery

Rachel Song, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Seizure Control, Without Losing Control

A stepwise approach for management of seizures for emergent and non-emergent situations. An overview of classic and newer anticonvulsants available for dogs and cats.

Internal Medicine

Elizabeth Orcutt, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Free Style Libre Monitoring in Diabetic Cats and Dogs

My goal of this lecture is to introduce referring veterinarians to the Free Style Libre monitoring system. I will discuss the background of continuous glucose monitoring systems, literature regarding the Free Style Libre itself. I will discuss the components of the system including the sensor and reader. There are different reader capabilities based on use of the actual reader or a smartphone app. Additionally there are 2 versions of the monitoring system, the 10 and 14 day system which have different equilibration times. We will discuss how to place the Free Style Libre and pictures and/or video will be shown. I will discuss pitfalls based on personal experience. Additionally some ways to try and keep the sensor in place will be offered. I will discuss how to have clients share the data and show examples of data obtained from patients. In hospital and at home usage will be discussed.


Katie Pesce, VMD, Practice Limited to Cardiology

Sorting Out Chronic Valve Disease

This lecture will be an overview of chronic valve disease including the characteristics of the disease. We will go through how to work up a murmur of chronic valve disease and stages of the disease. A review of the EPIC study will be done and how to apply this information in the clinic to our patients. Basic treatment of chronic valve disease will be included.

Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy

Carley Allen, DVM, Practice Limited to Internal Medicine

Options for Minimally Invasive Management of Bladder Stones

I will provide an overview of Interventional Radiology, including the common equipment used in various procedures involving the urinary tract. Subsequently I will briefly discuss radiographic and ultrasonographic imaging of the normal urinary tract before transitioning into a case-based discussion of management of bladder stones. I will review the most common types of bladder stones in dogs and cats, including why they form and how to prevent their recurrence in the future. I will provide examples of the appearance of various bladder stones on radiographs, and discuss how to choose which option for removal is best, if indicated at all. Finally, I will provide a detailed explanation of voiding urohydropropulsion, laser lithotripsy, and percutaneous cystolithotomy, including how the procedures are performed. A summary of the available veterinary literature regarding these procedures and their purported benefits and complication will be provided.

Anesthesiology & Pain Management

Melina Zimmerman, DVM, DACVAA, CVMA, CCRP

Geriatric Pain Management

This lecture will discuss pain management options including pharmacologic intervention as well as non-pharmacologic intervention including rehabilitation and physical medicine.  We will discuss ways to incorporate and maximize pain management into everyday general practice.  There will be a literature review and time for questions and answers.

Veterinary Technician Track:


Diana Smith, BS, CVT, VTS (Oncology)

“I found a bump!” The Diagnostic Process of Cancer

The following areas will be discussed: what is involved during the diagnostic process from the point a mass/suspicion of neoplasia is discovered all the way through to when a diagnosis is determined, various types of cancer technicians commonly see, and how to navigate the diagnosis of cancer and the emotional impact with owners.

Dermatology & Allergy

Karen Cormer, CVT

Dermatology: The Itchy Patient

The following areas will be discussed: the pruritic patient from presentaion to diagnosis, the art of collecting a patient's history and cytology, how to diferentiate from allergy (CAFR vs. environmental), ectoparisites, and immune mediated diseases and cancer.


Bernie Dziedzic, BA, CVT, RVT

Hypotension and its Management During Surgery

The following areas will be discussed: what is hypotension and its causes (hypovolemia, vascular tone, drug related), how hypotension relates to other parameters and how to use them to help determine what is happening with  your patient, the basics of hypotension management, the not so basics of hypotension management, and case studies.

Critical Care

Valerie Garuccio, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Medical Math for your Day-to-Day Practice

The following areas will be discussed: basic mg to ml review leading to complex CRI’s utilizing fluid bags and buretrols, a review of (C1)(V1)=(C2)(V2) problems and mg/kg/day calculations, and simple shortcuts and tips are offered to help in a busy ICU.

Internal Medicine

Chrissy Giovannielli, CVT, VTS (SAIM)

"A Painful Predicament" A Discussion on Acute Pancreatitis

The following areas will be discussed: etiology and pathology, clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis.

Avian & Exotics

Victoria Vierschilling, CVT

Don't Let Your Feathers Get Ruffled: A Technician's Guide to Exotics Emergencies

The following areas will be discussed: common husbandry issues and emergencies seen with exotic companion animals, how to identify and treat dyspnea and blood feathers in birds, GI stasis in rabbits and guinea pigs and rectal prolapse in reptiles, and case studies.

Date & Time:

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

9:00am - 5:00pm


Breakfast: 8- 9am

Opening Remarks: 9- 9:30am

Lectures: 9:30am - 12:20pm

Lunch: 12:15- 2:00pm

Lectures: 2:15 - 5:05pm

"Meet the Speakers" Cocktail Hour: 5:15-6:15pm


Sheraton Eatontown Hotel

6 Industrial Way East

Eatontown, NJ 07724

CE Credit:

6 RACE-approved CE credits per track*

*These courses have been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.


Kindly RSVP by September 28, 2019

Any questions, please contact:

Kayla Iamello

732-747-3636 x 1738


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