Small Animal Track

Welcome to the Small Animal portion for SAVMA Symposium 2021! We are delighted to offer a variety of topics in small animal medicine, including fear free handling, nutrition, and more. We invite you to complete your CAETA Euthanasia certificate while you’re here, a 10 credit course provided by Dr. Kathy Cooney. Many of our speakers are specialists in the topics they are presenting, so whether you’re interested in dermatology, ophthalmology, behavior, or anything else, we have a comprehensive list of topics for your education. Thank you for your participation!

Lectures
Roadmap to Mentorship – generously sponsored by Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative

  • Tannetje Crocker, DVM (co-lecture) with Gary Marshall, DVM
  • Dr. Crocker: Northwest Animal Hospital and the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, Dr. Marshall: Island Cats Veterinary Hospital
  • Description: During this live interactive Q&A presentation, Drs. Crocker and Marshall will help you navigate your journey to arrive at the best destination to meet your personal mentorship goals in practice and life
  • Bio: Dr. Tannetje’ Crocker is a 2009 graduate from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is passionate about mentorship and empowering both veterinary students and young veterinarians to embrace the profession and find joy and success.  Growing up Dr. Crocker was always passionate about horses and was inspired to become a veterinarian.  Since graduation she has worked as an equine ambulatory vet, small animal general practitioner, and an emergency veterinarian.  She currently lives in Texas with her spirited 8-year-old daughter, funny 4-year-old son, and supportive husband of 14 years.  Follow her veterinary journey @dr.tannetje.crocker or www.drcrockerpetvet.com       
  • Bio: Dr. Gary Marshall is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Marshall founded Island Cats Veterinary Hospital ¼ century ago. His special areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, mastering the low stress cat encounter, and feline geriatrics – prolonging and enhancing the senior years of feline patients. With his position as Adjunct Professor for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary students receive hands-on clinical training at Island Cats. Dr. Marshall enjoys volunteering his time with organized veterinary medicine endeavors including: Immediate Past-President and current Board Member of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, Alternate Delegate for Washington State in the AVMA House of Delegates, Board Member for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, Advisory Group Member for the AVMA/AAVMC Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. Outside of this veterinary medicine, Dr. Marshall enjoys getting to all the corners of the Pacific Northwest to work on honing his landscape photography skills, and during the winter he participates in a local curling league. Dr. Marshall is married and has two grown children. He and his wife share their home with their cat named Millicent Cloudberry (Millie), a senior Bassett-Retriever cross named Fred, and during pandemics, Ella the British Shorthair clinic cat.
Shelter Medicine – The Veterinarian’s Evolving Role
  • Brad Crauer, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: Shelter Medicine is the newest boarded specialty in veterinary medicine.  The veterinarians role has changed very rapidly in animal welfare and what opportunities are there today in Shelter Medicine.
  • Bio: Brad Crauer, DVM, CAWA.  Associate Clinical Professor – Shelter Medicine – Kansas State University. Dr. Crauer was recruited to join the faculty at Kansas State University in 2015 to develop their Shelter Medicine Program.  This service based outreach program provides free spay/neuter, medical triage and shelter management consultation to over 20 regional animal welfare organizations.  More than 90 students participate annually and 26,000 surgeries have been completed since its inception.  The K-State Shelter Med Program oversees all medical and surgical cases at the local Manhattan shelter as well as doing monthly community outreach clinics to the underserved. Prior to joining K-State, Dr. Crauer served as Medical Director at Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Chief Medical Officer at Seattle Humane and Adjunct Professor at Washington State University.  He is a 1991 Iowa State University graduate with over 20 years’ experience as a veterinarian and administrator in private practice, emergency and shelter facilities.  When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he served as an advisor to FEMA and the lead veterinarian in charge of rescue, triage, treatment and long term management of an evacuation shelter.  Dr. Crauers family includes his wife, two adult children, a dog and two Katrina rescue cats.
Exam Room Secrets Revealed
  • Marty Becker, DVM
  • Fear Free Pets
  • Description: Let me be honest. I’m an average veterinarian, possibly below average, but in the exam room I’m a superstar. I know how to orchestrate a pet and pet parent’s visit so that they’re both feel like VIPs, looking out for both of their physical and emotional wellbeing, take a great history, do a detailed, highly accurate exam, give a differential diagnosis, prognosis, outline a treatment plan, have the pet parent say yes, feel they received great value, and not only come back for more, but sing my praises and enthusiastically refer others to me. Did I mention being safe and having fun? The exam starts with the one thing you do just before you open the exam room door, who do you look at first (pet or pet parent) and what do you say as an introduction, why you ask the pet parent to tell you again why they’re in to see you and  take 45 seconds to listen, how to determine what the most important issues are to the client, do they want an accurate diagnosis, alleviation of pain, or a cure, why you always give expressions of empathy, how to do the assumptive close, why you need to comfort the buying decision, and the key phrase you say at the end of the OV. Oh yeah, when you’re talking with the client about your recommendations, if you speak into this ear at a 15% angle, the pet parent is 20% more likely to say yes. 
  • Bio: Dr. Becker is an award winning speaker (speaker of the year at several major veterinary conferences), has done network TV for 26 years, written 23 books (selling over 8mm copies), penned a nationally syndicated pet/vet column for over 20 years, owned seven veterinary practices, founded major initiatives like Fear Free, and still enjoy practicing at North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint, ID. He found love in his 20’s and has been married to my beloved wife, Teresa, for 42-years; he’s blessed to have fallen in love with the same woman multiple times. He’s had great balance in his life having visited 89-countries, all 50 states in depth, 7 continents and 2 planets (went to Talladega in AL where he saw stuff that can’t be from this earth). He also didn’t view vet med as a purely altruistic profession and sure as heck didn’t take a vow of poverty. His goal has always been to “Do well, by doing good.” Financially successful and emotionally wealthy, Dr. Becker and his wife Teresa have been able to give away 50% of their income for most of their married life.
End of Life Care & Euthanasia/CAETA certificate – generously sponsored by CAETA – Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy

  • Kathy Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP
  • Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy
  • Description: This lecture (along with corresponding labs) will serve to equip future veterinarians with the tools they need to have end of life discussions with owners and humane euthansia. If all 10 hours are completed, participants will earn their CAETA certification.
  • Bio: Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006.  She is Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and a past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) where she remains active in the organization, including 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 euthanasia training for the AVMA, AAHA, HABRI, 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 towards board certification in animal welfare, expected by 2023.  She loves all things old and grey.
Mental Health/Preventing Burnout in Veterinary Community
  • Melanie Bowden, DVM
  • Relief Veterinarian
  • Description: In this talk, Dr. Bowden shares her own burn-out story and then advice on how to avoid your own. She will discuss topics like building self-confidence, living with imposter syndrome, building better boundaries and establishing wellness routines.
  • Bio: Dr. Melanie Bowden is a 2016 Graduate from Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in small animal GP, Relief and Emergency Medicine in 5 states. In January 2020 she gave a TEDtalk called “What being a veterinarian really takes” which has been seen by nearly 500K viewers globally. She has since spoken at the Veterinary Leadership Conference, for multiple podcasts as well as private and public speaking engagements. Her real passion is in student mentorship and career coaching. She is about to publish her first book. Dr. Bowden now works at Maine Veterinary Medical Center and enjoys hiking, skiing, and backpacking with her dog Pippin.
Toxic Household & Garden Plants
  • Renee Schmid, DVM, DABVT, DABT
  • Pet Poison Helpline
  • Description: This lecture will focus on common indoor and outdoor ornamental plants that pose a toxicity concern for small animals.  This lecture will review the most common plants involved in small animal poisonings and will discuss the mechanism of action, decontamination, treatment, and prognosis.
  • Bio: Renee Schmid, DVM, DABVT, DABT, is a senior veterinary toxicologist and veterinarian supervisor for Pet Poison Helpline/SafetyCall International. She has been with the organization since 2013 during which time she has had the opportunity to lead the team of veterinarians that span from coast to coast.  Dr. Schmid graduated from Kansas State University with a BS degree in Agriculture/Animal Science as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  While at Pet Poison Helpline, Dr. Schmid has managed over 20,000 cases involving animal poisoning and has presented on leadership and various toxins at both regional and national conferences.  Dr. Schmid has published scientific book chapters on the topics of thyroid supplements, diuretic drug intoxication, xylitol intoxication, general poisoning therapy, strychnine toxicosis, Compound 1080 toxicosis, anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity, cholecalciferol rodenticide toxicity, toxicities from human drugs – cardiovascular and poisonous plants: house plants and ornamentals.  Dr. Schmid has also published peer-reviewed scientific articles on xylitol and mirabegron poisoning in dogs, as well as anesthesia induction in cats (Schmid et al. Acute Hepatic Failure in a Dog after Xylitol Ingestion and Schmid et al. Mirabegron Toxicosis in Dogs: A Retrospective Study, both in Journal of Medical Toxicology.  Schmid et al. Comparison of anesthetic induction in cats by use of isoflurane in an anesthetic chamber with a conventional vapor or liquid injection technique, JAVMA).
Beyond the Eye: Uveitis in Dogs and Cats
  • Megan Cullen, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will focus on the diagnosis and diagnostic work-up of uveitis in dogs and cats, with special focus on systemic causes of this disease.
  • Bio: Megan Cullen graduated from NC State University Veterinary School. She then completed both equine and small animal private practice internships followed by a research fellowship on fungal keratitis in horses. She is currently an ophthalmology resident at Kansas State University, and has a special interest in equine ophthalmology, corneal disease, and novel methods of drug delivery to the eye.
Four Years of Diabetes – generously sponsored by Purina ProPlan
Purina

  • Thomas Schermerhorn, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: Diabetes has a complex pathology and the disease frequently poses a clinical challenge for veterinarians.  An understanding of diabetes requires knowledge from across the veterinary curriculum.  Using diabetes as an example, this talk will review the importance of an interdisciplinary knowledge base for the clinical approach to endocrine diseases.
  • Bio: Dr. Schermerhorn is a professor of small animal medicine at Kansas State University. His clinical interests include all aspects of canine and feline endocrinology, with an emphasis on diabetes. Dr. Schermerhorn’s research focuses on cellular and molecular endocrinology, especially the study of diabetes mellitus and related metabolic disorders of dogs and cats.
Is it a Behavior Problem or Is it Something Else?
  • Leslie Sinn, DVM
  • Behavior Solutions for Pets
  • Description: We often forget that behavior is a symptom not a diagnosis and that like other symptoms, a particular behavior may be due to a number of different causes often medical in origin.  This talk will discuss medical causes of behavioral changes and review current literature.
  • Bio: Dr. Leslie Sinn obtained both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia. In addition, she successfully completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery while overseeing the exotic, avian and wildlife caseload at the teaching hospital. She moved to Northern Virginia where after five years in private practice she joined the faculty at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program. During her tenure at NOVA, she taught a variety of courses including anesthesia and behavior and was Dean of the program for 15 years. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine under the mentorships of Drs. Valarie Tynes, DACVB and Laurie Bergman, DACVB. She is one of ~90 veterinary behavior specialists in North America, Canada and Australia. She currently maintains a private practice, Behavior Solutions, which provides behavioral services to dogs, cats, parrots, horses and other animals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She has presented nationally and internationally and is the author of many articles including a chapter on obsessive behavior in cats in the recently released book by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Decoding Your Cat.
Cats Handling: Who? What? Where? When? Why? & How
  • Gary Marshall, DVM
  • Island Cats Veterinary Hospital
  • Description: Cats in a clinical setting are scary, right? If you didn’t hesitate to answer yes to this question, watch this lecture to become the person that gets excited to deal with the next cat case that comes through the door. Spoiler alert! If we spend some time on the Who, What, Where, When and especially the Why, the How becomes a whole lot easier. 
  • Bio: Dr. Gary Marshall is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Marshall founded Island Cats Veterinary Hospital ¼ century ago. His special areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, mastering the low stress cat encounter, and feline geriatrics – prolonging and enhancing the senior years of feline patients. With his position as Adjunct Professor for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary students receive hands-on clinical training at Island Cats. Dr. Marshall enjoys volunteering his time with organized veterinary medicine endeavors including: Immediate Past-President and current Board Member of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, Alternate Delegate for Washington State in the AVMA House of Delegates, Board Member for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, Advisory Group Member for the AVMA/AAVMC Commission for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. Outside of this veterinary medicine, Dr. Marshall enjoys getting to all the corners of the Pacific Northwest to work on honing his landscape photography skills, and during the winter he participates in a local curling league. Dr. Marshall is married and has two grown children. He and his wife share their home with their cat named Millicent Cloudberry (Millie), a senior Bassett-Retriever cross named Fred, and during pandemics, Ella the British Shorthair clinic cat.
Dysautonomia
  • Kenneth Harkin, DVM, ACVIM-SAIM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will discuss the complex neurologic disease that is dysautonomia that strangely seems to primarily affect dogs in Kansas and Missouri.
  • Bio: Kenneth R. Harkin, DVM, ACVIM-SAIM (ISU ’89) joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1997 and is currently Hodes Professor and Head, Section of Medicine.  Dr. Harkin instructs 4th year veterinary students in their clinical rotations through the Internal Medicine service and gives didactic lectures to 3rd year veterinary students in hepatology, neurology, and clinical hematology.  He also leads weekly case discussions for students in their pre-clinical years.  Dr. Harkin’s research interests have been primarily focused in the areas of infection and immunology, primarily canine leptospirosis, perianal fistula, and canine dysautonomia.
Practical Approach to Common Dermatology Problems
  • Mary Bagladi-Swanson, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: This lecture will provide an overview of a variety of dermatologic diseases with a focus on the clinical signs of those diseases. It will also address some of the diagnostics and general therapies used for these diseases.
  • Bio: Dr. Mary Bagladi-Swanson received her DVM degree from Kansas State University.  After graduation she was in private practice for a couple of years before starting her dermatology residency at Cornell University.  After completing her residency, Dr. Bagladi-Swanson spent a year at Iowa State University before returning to Kansas State where she is a board-certified clinical professor specializing in dermatology.
Nutrition Myths: Navigating the Waters of Misinformation – generously sponsored by American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

  • Martha Cline, DVM
  • AAVN
  • Description: Pet nutrition myths and misinformation are abundant! Finding common ground and identifying key talking points can help to navigate many of these difficult and sometimes contentious conversations. This lecture will dissect several myths and misinformation to add some communication tools to your toolbox.
  • Bio: Dr. Martha Cline is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ and then returned to the University of Tennessee for a small animal clinical nutrition residency. She is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. In 2013, she joined the staff at Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals in New Jersey where she currently practices small animal clinical nutrition full time. Dr. Cline is also a member of the Specialty Advisory Board for Compassion First Pet Hospitals. Dr. Cline is the current president of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) and has served on their executive board since 2013. She has lectured on topics surrounding veterinary nutrition at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Cline has also authored and co-authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in veterinary nutrition. She is the co-editor of the textbook “Obesity in the Dog and Cat.” In her spare time, she enjoys running with her English pointer, Dave. She also shares her home with her husband and two orange cats, Jake and Charles.
Modern Advancements in Chemotherapy
  • Samuel Hocker, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: Chemotherapy is a pillar in the treatment of cancer in both humans and our veterinary species.  With the inception of veterinary oncology in the 1960’s, cancer chemotherapy medications were solely human medications used off-label in our veterinary species.  Within the past decade, veterinary specific chemotherapy medications have been developed to help treat various malignancies.  This lecture will cover some of the recent advances in veterinary chemotherapies. 
  • Bio: Sam Hocker completed his DVM degree at Kansas State University after completing an undergrad degree in biology and political science at Illinois State University. Following a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri, he returned to Kansas State to complete a medical oncology residency. Prior to joining the faculty at KSU College of Veterinary Medicine, he was on faculty at the Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Canine and Equine Rehabilitation – generously sponsored by American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians/ American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • Rob van Wessum, DVM
  • Equine All-Sports Medicine Center PLLC
  • Description: This lecture gives an oversight of the principles of rehabilitation of canine and equine cases. It explains the science behind it and the pitfalls to watch for when designing a rehabilitation programme.
  • Bio: Dr van Wessum, a native from the Netherlands, emigrated to the US in 2005 when he accepted a job at Michigan State University. In 2010 he started his own practice which he owns with his spouse, Dr Kimberly Johnston VMD DACVS, Equine All-Sports Medicine Center in Mason, MI. Their practice is a highly specialized practice for equine sports medicine and rehabilitation and gets clients from all over the USA.
Practical Heartworm Basics that Everyone Needs to Know – generously sponsored by the American Heartworm Society 
AHS

  • Clarke Atkins, DVM (Jenni Rizzo, DVM to moderate chat function)
  • American Heartworm Society
  • Description: This lecture will review key components of the heartworm life cycle and biology, and discuss how those components guide the basic principles of prevention and treatment.
  • Bio: Clarke Atkins, DVM, the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor of Companion Animal Medicine (Emeritus) at North Carolina State University and Norden Outstanding Teacher Award recipient, is board-certified by the ACVIM (Medicine & Cardiology). He has served on 4 ACVIM or international Consensus Committees on systemic hypertension, canine mitral valve disease (2009, 2017), and cardiorenal syndrome, as well as receiving the Honorary Member Award from the American Heartworm Society in 2019. His research involves canine and feline heartworm disease and treatment of cardiovascular disease in dogs, cats, and horses.  He has over 150 publications and has provided well over 1000 hours of continuing education in the U.S. and many countries around the world. Dr. Atkins continues to be active speaking and carrying out clinically-oriented research in retirement.
Beating Pet Obesity: A Pathway To Healthier Living – generously sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition

  • Sara Simpson, DVM
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Description: This lecture will review key concepts surrounding obesity in dogs and cats. Content will include: 
    • Case examples that illustrate key points surrounding obesity and how it affects the health and well-being of the animal
    • Comorbidities associated with obesity 
    • Incorporating the nutrition recommendation in to every visit 
    • The importance of resting energy and daily energy requirement calculations
    • Using the body fat index chart and the information gained from this chart to formulate a weight loss plan 
    • The nutrition consultation: what should be included in this visit, the diet history, client communication tips, choosing the appropriate weight loss/management nutrition plan, incorporating treats, follow up recommendations
  • Bio: Dr. Sara Simpson was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ and received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from William Paterson University in 2005. She graduated with her DVM from Kansas State University in 2010. Dr. Simpson was a general practitioner for 5 years before joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition as a consultant clinician with the veterinary consultation service in 2015. In the spring of 2019 Dr. Simpson joined the Hill’s field team in her current position as a professional consulting veterinarian for the Mid-America district. Dr. Simpson lives in Basehor, KS with her husband, 4 ½ year old son, and her cat Gracie. In her spare time, Dr. Simpson loves spending time with her family, reading, playing video games, fitness, and watching and playing sports.
Labs
Thoracotomy
  • David Upchurch, DVM
  • Description: This lab will cover basic step-by-step introduction and multiple entry techniques into the thoracic cavity for a lung lobectomy on a cadaver. If time allows, this may also include supplemental surgical knot tying examples.
  • Bio: David A. Upchurch graduated with a DVM degree from Auburn University. He finished a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, a surgical internship at Louisiana State University and a surgical residency and master’s degree at Kansas State University.  He worked for two years as faculty at Michigan State University, before returning to Kansas State University as an assistant professor of small animal surgery, a position he has held since January 2018. His clinical interests include all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly suture materials and closure methods, and wound management and reconstruction. He also has interests in the field of regenerative medicine and its application to veterinary patients, and preclinical and clinical instructorship of veterinary students
Introduction to Point-of-care Ultrasonography
  • Matthew DiFazio, DVM
  • Description: Point-of-care ultrasonography has a low barrier to entry but a high skill ceiling, and is one of the most sought after skills for graduates entering general practice today.  In this lecture, you’ll be introduced to the basics of operating an ultrasonography machine, some uses of point-of-care ultrasonography, the basics of an AFAST/TFAST examination, and where you can find resources to continue learning ultrasonography as you enter veterinary careers.  The lecture was originally recorded for the Kansas State Emergency and Critical Care club, and is taught from the perspective of a recent graduate with a specialty focus on imaging.
  • Bio: Matthew DiFazio, DVM is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and received his veterinary degree from Cornell in 2018.  Post-graduation, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and a specialty internship in diagnostic imaging, both at Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.  He’s currently in his first year of residency as a member of the radiology section at Kansas State.  His professional interests include bioinformatics, technology in medicine, neuroimaging, imaging physics, and radiography.  In his spare time, Dr. DiFazio enjoys skiing, cycling, cooking, and weight lifting, he’s been known to perform the occasional skydive, and he plays guitar and piano, exclusively out of the earshot of others.
Euthanasia Techniques – generously sponsored by CAETA – Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy
CAETA

  • Kathy Cooney, DVM
  • Description: This lab (along with corresponding lectures) will serve to equip future veterinarians with the tools they need to have end of life discussions with owners and humane euthansia. CAETA certification will be available.
Small Animal Dentistry
  • Marjory Artzer, DVM
  • Description: In this lab, we will be covering how to perform an oral exam on a live patient and a dental procedure on a cadaver.  Probing, scaling, polishing, a basic introduction to interpretation of dental radiographs, and a basic extraction technique will be showcased. 
  • Bio: Dr. Marjory Artzer received her DVM and MS from Kansas State University. Following graduation Dr. Artzer spent several years in small animal general private and academic practice. Currently, she is an assistant clinical professor with the small animal dentistry service at Kansas State University and pursuing a part time small animal dentistry residency with Companion Animal Dentistry of Lenexa
Cardiology Lab
  • Justin Thomason, DVM
  • Description: The goal of this lab is to equip future veterinarians with the tools they will need to approach common cardiac issues. We will have two parts to this lab. In the first portion, we will cover how to perform a FOCUS echo exam. This includes how to evaluate for pericardial effusion, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomegaly, left atrial pressure elevation, and systolic function. In the second portion of the lab, we will review cases provided by Dr. Thomason to apply the FOCUS exam to different cardiac cases and evaluate what is wrong.
  • Bio: Dr. Justin D. Thomason received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed a small animal internship at the University of Missouri and residency in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Georgia. Justin’s professional missions are: clinical teaching, fear-free veterinary visits, providing excellent clinical service and consultations, and advancement of cardiology utilizing clinical research. His dedication to these missions have earned him the 3rd Year Veterinary Teaching Award (2014, 2016, 2018), Pet Tribute Award (2014), Zoetis Veterinary Distinguished Teaching Award (2015), and a net promoter score of 94% compared to the industry average of 77% for clinical cardiology service.
Which Tick is Which? – generously sponsored by Merck Animal Health 

  • James Kallman, DVM
  • Description: As a result of this presentation, attendees will:
    • Understand the biology of ticks to appreciate the complexities in controlling tick populations.
    • Understand the importance of why tick identification is important.
    • Recall important tick borne pathogens and tactics to prevent disease and limit exposure.
    • Compare tick borne disease transmission times and clinical signs.
    • Diagnose and treat common tick borne diseases present throughout the US.
  • Bio: Dr. James R. Kallman’s passion to become a veterinarian began when he was seven years old after reading James Herriot’s books, and nothing has ever caused him to rethink that decision. He grew up in a large family (12 children) and always has had pets. The first pet he recalls was Tiger, a large male Tabby cat. He also used to hide stray dogs found on military bases from the dog catcher, trying to find them homes instead of “doggy jail.”Currently a Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian for the Merck Animal Health US Companion Animal business, Dr. Kallman has responsibility for 11 territory managers and five states in the Midwest. Why Merck Animal Health? Merck was his only industry choice — Dr. Kallman used all Merck Animal Health’s products in practice. He believes in the products and the science behind what they do every day. Education: Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Iowa State University, 1985; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 1990. Professional History: Merck Animal Health, 2006–present; Private Practice Veterinarian for 16 years, with a concentration on small animals and exotic medicine and surgery. Publications: Dr. Kallman is the co-author of a published research paper, “Efficacy of BRAVECTO® Administered to Dogs against the Adult Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides felis, Flea Eggs and Adult Flea Emergence”. Professional Interests: Infectious diseases, endocrinology, dermatology, antibiotics, antiparasitics, vaccines, and disease prevention; member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association; licensed in Nebraska and Iowa. Personal Interests: Dr. Kallman and his wife Talani are pet parents to four dogs, six cats, two pot-belly pigs, five chickens, and two ducks. He continues to do relief work when his schedule allows.