Program Schedule


8:00-10:00am (Drobatz & Holt) Abdominal Trauma & Surgery
Penetrating or blunt trauma can cause a variety of life-threatening injuries that require surgical repair. These lectures will illustrate an approach to stabilization and surgical exploration of the abdominal trauma patient, including techniques for addressing life threatening injuries.
• Learn the keys to stabilizing patients with abdominal hemorrhage and uroabdomen
• Understand useful abdominal imaging techniques for trauma patients
• Understand when to go to surgery
• Learn techniques for abdominal exploration and addressing splenic rupture, damage to the kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra, bowel perforation and liver trauma.
2 CE Credits

10:30am-12:20pm (Drobatz & Holt) The “Other Vomiting”: Esophageal Emergencies
Many animals present to emergency services for “vomiting” but is the problem really in the abdomen? This lecture will explore the appropriate investigation of animals with regurgitation and present case examples illustrating appropriate diagnostic imaging and endoscopic and surgical options for these cases.
• Be able to recognize esophageal disease
• Be able to interpret plain and contrast radiographs of the esophagus
• Understand the options for dealing with esophageal foreign bodies: Endoscopy vs surgery
• Review the surgical approaches to the esophagus and suturing the esophagus
• Be able to develop a postoperative care plan
2 CE Credits

2:00-3:50pm (Drobatz & Holt) Small and Large Intestinal Surgical Emergencies
From foreign bodies to rectal prolapse, small and large intestinal emergencies are a common reason for emergency presentation. These lectures will focus on presentation, stabilization, and surgical correction of common small and large intestinal conditions in dogs and cats.
• Be able to evaluate and stabilize dogs and cats with small or large intestinal emergencies
• Be able to interpret radiographs and ultrasonographic findings
• Become familiar with additional diagnostic techniques, including contrast radiography and peritoneal fluid cytology evaluation
• Review abdominal exploration, enterotomy, resection and anastomosis techniques
• Understand the options for treating rectal prolapse
2 CE Credits

4:00-4:50pm (Drobatz) Peritonitis in the ER
Diagnosing and stabilizing the dog or cat with acute abdominal pain can be challenging. Determining when surgery is indicated requires interpretation of objective as well as subjective diagnostic information. This lecture will identify key points in identifying and stabilizing patients with peritonitis.
• Review the approach to evaluation of acute abdominal patient with emphasis on the diagnosis of peritonitis
• Discuss emergency stabilization of dogs and cats with peritonitis
• Determine how to distinguish sterile peritonitis from septic peritonitis
• Learn and anticipate the potential complications of peritonitis
1 CE Credit

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8:00-8:50am (Holt) Peritonitis in the OR
Exploring the abdomen of an animal with peritonitis is challenging and intimidating. This lecture will present practical approaches to dealing with the underlying causes of peritonitis and discuss drainage and postoperative monitoring.
• Discuss a practical approach to abdominal exploration
• Learn the methods of dealing with common causes of peritonitis
• Understand the options and rationale for peritoneal drainage
• Know how to develop a postoperative treatment and monitoring plan for the small animal with peritonitis
1 CE Credit

9:00-9:20am (Holt) VetTalks – Top 5 Mistakes in GI Surgery
Gastrointestinal surgeries are some of the most common emergency procedures performed. They are also a source of complications. This lecture will illustrate methods to avoid common mistakes and subsequent complications.
• Discuss appropriate incisions for laparotomy and GI surgery
• Illustrate complete abdominal exploration
• Learn proper techniques for isolating the intestine from the surgical field
• Illustrate suture techniques to prevent postoperative leakage
.5 CE Credit

9:30-9:50am (Drobatz) VetTalks – Gastric Acid Reduction: When is it Indicated and is There a Best Drug?
This lecture will review the physiology and pathophysiology of gastric acid over-production and consequences. The use of preventative gastric acid reduction and options for therapy will be reviewed, discussing whether or not they really make a difference.
• Determine how to recognize conditions the produce excessive gastric acid
• Understand the clinically relevant physiology of gastric acid production
• Understand the options for therapy and their mechanisms of action
.5 CE Credit

10:10-10:30am (O’Kelley) VetTalks – Arterial Blood Gas Sampling
This presentation will discuss the utility of arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling in the ER and ICU.
• Patient selection – i.e. in which situations might ABG analysis be useful for patient management?
• Tools and techniques for sample collection
• Analyzing results, including calculation of PaO2:FiO2 ratio and A-a gradient
• The five causes of hypoxemia, and how ABG results can help identify the cause of a patient’s hypoxemia.
• Review how to identify patients who may benefit from ABG analysis, how to obtain a sample, and how to interpret test results.
.5 CE Credit

10:40-11:00am (Messenger) VetTalks – Label and Extralabel Use of Nocita
The label and extralabel use of Nocita (liposome encapsulated bupivacaine) will be discussed, emphasizing practical use of the drug and case examples.
• Describe the clinical pharmacology of Nocita
• Be able to use Nocita as part of an analgesic protocol
• Know the side effects of Nocita
.5 CE Credit

11:10am-12:00pm (Messenger) Emergency Laparotomy: Practical Approach to General Anesthesia and Analgesia
A practical approach to general anesthesia and analgesia for dogs and cats undergoing emergency laparotomy will be presented.
• Design a rational drug protocol for general anesthesia for laparotomy
• Identify risk factors for common anesthetic complications
• Design an appropriate post operative analgesic protocol
1 CE Credit




8:00-8:50am (Drobatz) Top 10 Articles for 2017
The top 10 clinically useful/impactful clinical veterinary manuscripts published in for 2017 will be presented.
• Stay “up to date” on what is happening at the cutting edge of veterinary emergency and critical care.
1 CE Credit

9:10-10:00am (Holt) Skin Wounds: Management and Mistakes
From elective mass removals to complex reconstructions, surgical procedures involving the skin require and accurate diagnosis and appropriate planning. This case-based lecture will illustrate common mistakes in reconstructive surgery and novel techniques for managing some wounds.
• Learn how to plan for mass removals- appropriate techniques
• Identify the lines of tension and why they are important
• Identify where second intention healing is and is not indicated
• Understand the potential benefits of skin stretching
1 CE Credit

10:30am-12:20pm (Drobatz & Holt) GI Cases From the Bonepile
From the “vaults” of PennVet’s Emergency Service, these cases are the strange and sometimes intimidating. The presenters will have a range of cases available but participants should feel free to bring cases of their own
• Recognize how an organized approach with attention to logical diagnostics, careful resuscitation, and meticulous surgical technique can give a successful outcome to unusual and unexpected causes of gastrointestinal emergencies
2 CE Credits


  • On/Before January 3, 2018 – $50 Fee
  • January 3, 2018 – February 23, 2018 – $100 Fee
  • After February 23, 2018 – No Refund