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Potatoes, corn and jelly: a contemporary conversation on the utility of colloid fluids in practice

April 19, 2021, 9pm ET: Lisa Smart BVSc (Hons) DACVECC PhD

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Course Description:
Synthetic colloid fluids, including hydroxyethyl starch and gelatine, have been used for fluid resuscitation since the 1950s. They gained in popularity over time due to their lasting intravascular persistence. However, this popularity took a sharp nosedive in the last 10 years due to several landmark studies published in human medicine. Two of the major complications identified include exacerbation of acute kidney injury and adverse effects on coagulation. Since that time, there have been many studies published in veterinary medicine attempting to characterise these adverse effects and establish clinical relevance. This talk will review the current research on synthetic colloid use in dogs and cats, critically evaluating the level of evidence available, and provide pragmatic clinical guidelines for use of these fluids.

Course Objectives:

  1. Briefly review the theoretical benefits and adverse effects of the most commonly used synthetic colloid fluids
  2. Review the current clinical research on the utility and adverse effects of synthetic colloids
  3. Provide clinical scenarios in which synthetic colloids may be considered, with review of real case examples
  4. Review recommended monitoring tools during use of these fluids

 

Speaker Info:
Dr. Smart completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2003, followed by a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency Room. She then completed a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at University of California, Davis, and became ACVECC board-certified in 2009. She recently completed a PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. She has been residing as a senior lecturer at Murdoch University for the past 11 years. Her position includes clinical service, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, residency supervision and research (both basic science and clinical). She has been conducting research on the adverse effects of colloid fluids for the past 15 years. Other research interests include adverse effects of resuscitation fluid therapy, coagulation, inflammation and, more broadly, clinical trial research in small animal emergency and critical care medicine.

Getting Unstuck: How to Defuse Distress at Work 

May 24, 2021, 8pm ET: Lisa Hacker, MSW, APSW

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Course Description:
Increasingly evident, stress and compassion fatigue are high among veterinary emergency and critical care providers. This course will review the sources of strain experienced by the profession, and primarily focus on brief, cognitive coping techniques that can be actively used during a shift, as well as afterwards, to promote emotional wellness. 

Course Objectives:

  1. Define emotional wellness and how that could look for you
  2. Review causes of distress amongst emergency and critical care professionals
  3. Discuss 4-5 cognitive coping strategies and why they are effective
  4. Identify 1-2 techniques reviewed that are best fitted for you, and commit to putting them into practice

 

Speaker Info:
Lisa is a licensed, Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) in the State of Wisconsin. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. Lisa’s post-graduate experience has been in pediatric, medical social work as well as veterinary social work since 2018. She is the 2014 recipient of the Milwaukee BizTimes “Health Care Hero” award for her work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Currently, Lisa is the Social Work Program Manager for BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospitals in the Milwaukee Market, which was featured in the June 2020 edition of the JAVMA. She also established and manages a training program for MSW students for three area universities. Additionally, Lisa is working on her Grief Support Specialist Certification at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a contributor to the forthcoming volume The Comprehensive Guide to Interdisciplinary Veterinary Social Work. At home, Lisa’s pack includes her spouse, a 12-year-old black lab, a 4-year-old golden retriever, and a 7-month-old chocolate lab.

Five Ways to Improve Your Productivity in the ER

June 21, 2021, 8pm ET: Abigail Kitchens, DVM

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Course Description:
This lecture will give the emergency veterinarian productivity tools that they can immediately apply to their next shift.  These tools will help improve their personal productivity regardless of management’s protocols or medical record systems.

 

Speaker Info:
Abigail Kitchens, DVM, 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University has been an educator of veterinarians for 10 years. She has taught over 200 hours of continuing education including time management, focus, and courses in alternative medicine. She is currently the director of Parker University Animal Chiropractic Program due to her experience and knowledge in curriculum design and presentation.

Real Life Medical Records 101 for the ER Veterinarian

July 19, 2021, 8pm ET: Abigail Kitchens, DVM

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Course Description:
Did you go to veterinary school to be a typist?  I didn’t think so!  Medical Records have become a significant pain point for emergency veterinarians.  The ER has unique challenges including increased liability due to the type of cases presented and additional communication with the referring veterinarian.  Proper and efficient documentation is key to protect yourself and provide continuity of care.  This lecture will give the practitioner tools to help improve the quality and efficiency of records that they can apply to their next shift regardless of the record keeping system utilized in their practice. 

 

Speaker Info:
Abigail Kitchens, DVM, 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University has been an educator of veterinarians for 10 years. She has taught over 200 hours of continuing education including time management, focus, and courses in alternative medicine. She is currently the director of Parker University Animal Chiropractic Program due to her experience and knowledge in curriculum design and presentation.

Respiratory Emergencies in Birds

August 23, 2021, 8pm ET: Angela M. Lennox, DVM, DABVP-Avian, ECM; DECZM-Small Mammal

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Course Objectives:

  1. To quickly identify respiratory emergencies in birds through client phone description and at-a-distance visual examination
  2. To quickly formulate a plan for stabilization and determine when immediate intervention is required, e.g. measures such as placement of an airsac breathing tube for upper airway obstruction
  3. To formulate a reasonable diagnostic plan to help implement the best therapy

 

Speaker Info:
Angela M. Lennox is a graduate of Purdue University, where she serves as an adjunct associate professor. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioner (ABVP) in both Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine, and the European College of Zoological Medicine in Small Mammal medicine. She has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine since 1991, and lectured extensively throughout the US and internationally, including at IVECCS.  Dr. Lennox is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and has authored and edited many books, book chapters and scientific articles.  She resides outside of Indianapolis with her husband of 30 years and 4 daughters.

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Previous Webinars

The Hazards of Heat Stroke

March 23, 2020, 8pm EST: Kate Farrell, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat-related illness and is characterized by CNS dysfunction and multiorgan derangements. Proactive and intensive therapy is essential for treatment of these patients and reduction in morbidity and mortality. The lecture will cover core aspects of diagnosing, treating, and monitoring these patients to ensure optimal clinical outcomes. A case example will help to demonstrate these concepts.

Course objectives:

  1. Review normal thermoregulation and the mechanisms of injury in heat stroke.
  2. Recall risk factors that promote heat-related injury.
  3. Recognize essential aspects of treatment and monitoring, with a focus on targeted management of each body system involved.
  4. Discuss prognostic indicators to aid in severity assessment and outcome prediction.

Speaker Info: Dr. Farrell received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Colorado State University, as well as an emergency internship at UC Davis. She completed a residency in small animal Emergency and Critical Care at UC Davis and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2018. Dr. Farrell now works as a staff veterinarian at UC Davis in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service. Areas of interest include mechanical ventilation, respiratory physiology, and transfusion medicine.


Coping with the Chaos of COVID-19

April 6, 2020, 8pm EST/5pm PT: Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

Session Info:Veterinarians are prone to psychological distress in the workplace for several reasons that include financial debt, client demands, co-worker conflict, and work-life imbalance. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has added new and challenging hurdles to the veterinary environment consisting of social / physical distancing, absence of childcare, team member illness, and equipment shortages. During this webinar, we will focus on practical tools and strategies that all veterinary team members can use for maintaining wellbeing in the face of these difficulties.

Course objectives:

  1. Learn strategies for establishing healthy boundaries with clients, co-workers, family, and friends.
  2. Understand the concept of mindfulness and how this practice can help to mitigate anxiety and rumination.
  3. Recognize the difference between self-care and coping strategies and how to routinely engage in self-care.
  4. Acknowledge the importance of self-compassion and letting go of perfectionism during these especially difficult times.


Speaker Info: 
Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a specialist in small animal emergency and critical care and a passionate advocate for wellbeing in the veterinary profession. She lives in Calgary and travels worldwide as a speaker and locum. Marie received her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and then completed a year-long rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University, followed by a 3-year small animal emergency and critical care residency at North Carolina State University. After becoming board certified in 2008, she accepted a faculty position at the Ontario Veterinary College, where she was Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine until 2013.

Dr. Holowaychuk has been primary or co-author of more than 30 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has spoken at conferences across Canada, Europe, and the USA, in addition to various general practitioner and veterinary technician continuing education programs. She helped train ten emergency and critical care residents and mentored interns, graduate students, and veterinary students in clinical research, facilitating their co-authorship on veterinary publications. She is also co-editor of the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking.

Marie has a diversity of experiences in veterinary medicine including time spent in general, specialty, and academic practice. One thing that Marie feels is consistent no matter the veterinary setting is that all members of the profession are susceptible to compassion fatigue and burnout. As such, Marie facilitates Veterinary Wellness Workshops and Retreats for veterinary care providers that include lectures, yoga, and meditation practices. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and a Life Coaching certificate.

Marie’s favorite self-care activities include strength training, practicing yoga, rollerblading, watching movies, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. For more information, please visit www.criticalcarevet.ca or follow Marie on Facebook (@DrMarieKHolowaychuk), Twitter (@DrMHolowaychuk), or Linkedin (MarieKHolowaychuk).


Tips and Tricks for Success During Your 1st Year in the ER

April 20, 2020, 1pm EST: Meredith t’Hoen, DACVECC, DECVECC

Session Info: For anyone first entering the field of emergency medicine, the prospect of being ready to treat any and all life-threatening conditions at a moment’s notice can be daunting. While time, experience and proper mentorship helps, every veterinarian has the baseline skills to get started. Correctly identifying the presence of a life threatening condition is the first step. And having a sound understanding of the physiology of various conditions as well as a thorough understanding of the principles of treatment is essential. This webinar will walk you through those steps. Life threatening conditions that require immediate action will be addressed, including trauma, respiratory distress, shock and neurologic emergencies (such as seizures and traumatic brain injury). Practice tips and pearls of wisdom, as well as pitfalls to be avoided, will also be shared. Whether you are a new grad who will be exclusively practicing emergency medicine or only have intermittent exposure through your general practice (or if you’ve been in practice but need to brush up on the basics of emergency medicine), this webinar offers something to enhance your success and minimize your anxiety.

Objectives:  At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify common life threatening emergencies
  • Understand how to efficiently evaluate unstable patients
  • Develop and apply diagnostic and treatment plans for common life threatening emergencies

Speaker Info: Meredith graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She then completed a Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care internship at Washington State University, followed by an Emergency and Critical Care residency at the University of Missouri. After becoming board certified in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011, Meredith ran an ECC service at a private specialty practice in the USA until 2017.  She is currently a lecturer in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, at Utrecht University. Meredith divides her clinical time between the Emergency Department and the ICU.  Her nonclinical duties consist of a variety of projects, including developing e-learning modules for veterinary students and overseeing staff education and training.


Cricothyrotomy as an Emergent Airway

May 18, 2020, 8pm EST: Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC, CCRP, NRP, TP-C

Session Info: Complete upper airway obstruction is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate attention to preserve life. Basic (body positioning, manual maneuvers) and advanced (endotracheal intubation, surgical airways) airway techniques are designed to: establish a patent airway, oxygenate and ventilate, and protect from aspiration. Surgical airways [cricothyrotomy (CTT) or tracheostomy (TT)] are warranted for difficult emergent airway scenarios in which less invasive methods fail to establish a patent airway (aka. “Cannot intubate, cannot oxygenate”). In people, the surgical CTT is the preferred emergent surgical airway procedure for supraglottic obstructions. In contrast, the TT is more commonly described in the veterinary literature as the first-line emergent surgical airway. This webinar aims to describe the novel approach of instituting the surgical CTT for managing the canine emergent difficult airway.

Objectives:

  • Learn and discuss the indications for performing a surgical airway along with the advantages versus disadvantages of a surgical cricothyrotomy versus a surgical tube tracheostomy.
  • Describe the procedure for performing both a needle and a surgical CTT. Topics of understanding include identifying surgical anatomy and learning various methods for performing a surgical CTT based upon available resources.
  • Discuss indications and options for performing rapid sequence intubation (RSI) for emergent airway management.

Speaker Info:

Dr. Lee Palmer is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian that provides training and consultation in K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (K9 TECC) to military, law enforcement and Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 handlers, Tier 1 operators and Tactical EMS (TEMS) personnel; He has served in the military since 1996 in active and reserve status in the roles of Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and US Army Veterinary Corps Officer. Dr. Palmer is a Veterinary Consultant for various military and federal agencies to include the USAF Pararescue group and DHS Federal Protective Services. He continues to serve in the following capacities:

  • Veterinarian, 20th Special Forces Group, AL-ARNG;
  • Lead, K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (K9 TECC) working group;
  • Lead, Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) Prehospital subcommittee;
  • Board of Adviser, Committee of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC);
  • K9 Advisor, Domestic Highway Enforcement, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas working group;
  • Member, DoD K9 Combat Casualty Care (K9CCC) Committee / Education & Training Subcommittee;
  • Instructor:
    –        NCSU CVM, “K9 Down” program;

    –        Counter Narcotics & Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) EMT-Tactical Program,
    US DOHHS / USPP;
    –        SEI, Special Tactics Operators Advanced Life Support (STOALS) course.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Tactical paramedic, Lee County SWAT Team

Managing Critically Ill UO Cats

June 15, 2020, 8pm EST: Vince Thawley, DVM, DACVECC

Session Info: Feline urethral obstruction is an exceedingly common clinical problem that has the potential to cause severe, and potentially life-threatening, metabolic derangements. In this lecture we will discuss our current understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology of urethral obstruction, as well as the management of critically ill, obstructed cats. Specific topics will include fluid therapy, management of hyperkalemia, sedation/analgesia, and post-obstructive care for these patients.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the etiology and pathophysiology of feline urethral obstruction.
  • Discuss management of hyperkalemia. 
  • Discuss the use of a coccygeal epidural in patients with urethral obstruction.
  • Discuss post-obstructive care of the critically ill cat.

Speaker Info:

Dr. Vince Thawley is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thawley became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. After completing residency, Dr. Thawley remained on staff in the Emergency Service of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care medicine.


Case Based Common Errors in the ER and ICU

July 20, 2020, 8pm EST: Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVECC

Session Info: Every day is potentially greeted by iatrogenic errors- even by the most experienced clinician. This presentation will be case-based and provide several instances of such haunting moments with the hope that the same mistakes will not be repeated.

Speaker Info:

Dr. Michael Schaer received his D.V.M. degree from the University of Illinois in 1970.  He then went to the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City where he served as an intern and then as a medicine resident between1970-73.  After the residency, he remained at the AMC as a staff member in the Department of Medicine until 1977.  He then joined a private small animal practice in New Jersey until late 1978 at which time he joined the faculty at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine where he has remained until the present time.  He has published several papers and book chapters and he has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr Schaer is also the author of five textbooks: Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat – 1st, 2nd , and 3rd editions and Clinical Signs in Small Animal Medicine, 1st and 2nd editions.  At the U of F, Dr. Schaer functions mainly as a clinician and a teacher.  His previous UF professional duties included:  Professor and Associate Chairman-Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Associate Chief of Staff-Small Animal Hospital, and Service Chief-Small Animal Medicine.


ECG review and Common Arrhythmias

August 10, 2020, 8pm EST: Thomas K. Day, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC, CVA

Session Info:

We will first review physiology of the generation of a normal ECG rhythm. We will then discuss the pathophysiology of the generation of arrhythmias. Finally, several case examples will be presented of arrhythmias seen during anesthesia, on the ER floor and in the ICU.

 

Course Objective:

  1. Describe the generation of a normal ECG complex
  2. Discuss common disease processes that can lead to arrhythmias
  3. Identify common arrhythmias in emergency and critical care patients
  4. Discuss approach to control of arrhythmias
  5. Describe ECG changes and approach to hyperkalemia


Speaker Info:

Dr. Day is an anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at VCA Veterinary Emergency Service and Specialty Center in Middleton, WI, a suburb of Madison. He has proudly served as a VIN consultant since 2002. His special interests include arrhythmia identification and treatment on the ER floor and in the ICU. He authored a book entitled “ECG interpretation in the critically ill dog and cat” back in 2005 which was translated into 5 languages. He enjoys teaching students, doctors and technical staff all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine.


Rational Approach to Antimicrobial Therapy in the ER: Case Scenarios and Mythbusters

September 28, 2020, 8pm ET: Annie Wayne, DVM, MPH, DACVECC

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the veterinary guidelines for antimicrobial use in small animals.
  2. Examine the evidence behind the guidelines for antimicrobial use in small animals.
  3. Examine evidence for length of treatment with antimicrobials in small animals and compare/contrast with evidence and guidelines in people.
  4. Discuss talking points for client antimicrobial stewardship education.
  5. Consider challenges in antimicrobial stewardship in small animal veterinary medicine.


Speaker Info:

Annie Wayne is a veterinary criticalist who studies antimicrobial stewardship in dogs and cats and is an Assistant Professor at the Cummings Veterinary School, Tufts University.  She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2005.  She attended the Cummings Veterinary School and completed a dual degree program to earn her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Dr. Wayne went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center.  Following training, Dr. Wayne joined the faculty at Tufts in January 2016.  She spends half her time in the clinic overseeing interns, residents and cases in the emergency room and intensive care unit and the other half of her time is devoted to teaching and research.  Through her research, Dr. Wayne has embraced the One Health concept and has formed a collaboration with Tufts Medical Center’s Infection Control Team.  They are currently working on several joint research projects to apply antimicrobial stewardship efforts used in human hospitals to companion animal medicine.  In addition, she is a part of a research collaborative to examine parenting issues for veterinary trainees and veterinarians and has worked with the administrative team at the Cummings Veterinary School to improve support for people who are parenting and working as veterinarians.  She lives in Needham MA with her husband, 3 young children and 2 dogs.


Pulmonary Hypertension:  What is it, when should we suspect it, and what can we do about it?

October 26, 2020, 8pm ET: Chris McLaughlin, DVM, DACVECC

Course Objectives:

  1. Review the definition and pathophysiology of Pulmonary Hypertension.
  2. Review the current recommendations for diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs.
  3. Discuss the components of a thorough diagnostic workup in patients suspected of having Pulmonary Hypertension.
  4. Discuss treatment options for the emergent patient presenting for Pulmonary Hypertension.

In this 50 minute lecture, we will explore several aspects of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) using the most recent ACVIM Consensus Statement on guidelines for the diagnosis, classification, treatment and monitoring of Pulmonary Hypertension in dogs. There will be an emphasis on evidence based recommendations on identifying dogs who are at risk for PH, performing a thorough diagnostic evaluation of these patients, and what treatments can be utilized in the emergency setting for patients with PH. This lecture will bridge current recommendations with clinical cases to aid the emergency practitioner in incorporating this information into their current practice. 


Speaker Info:

Dr. McLaughlin is originally from Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island. He then completed an Internship in Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College followed by a Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at North Carolina State University. He obtained board certification as a specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2016, and practiced as Director of Emergency and Critical Care in a large private practice for 4 years, before returning to NCSU for a Residency in Cardiology. His special interests include interventional cardiology, mechanical ventilation in congestive heart failure, as well as respiratory medicine and disorders of coagulation.


What is the Evidence?
…Recheck Thoracic Radiographs in Pneumonia Dogs

…Routine Bloodwork for Blocked Cats
…Maropitant for GDV Dogs

November 30, 2020, 8pm ET: Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SA, IM)

Course Objective:

The goal of these short sessions is to question dogma (and “Catma”) in the field of ECC. Let’s stop and think about the rationale and background of some of our common approaches. do we really need blood work? What is the goal of rechecking xrays? Why give Maropitant to someone who can’t vomit?


Speaker Info:

Dr. Rozanski is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and she is a long term faculty member at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is a diplomate of both ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and ACVECC. She helped devise the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic in Worcester, MA. Her research interests include pulmonary hypertension and almost anything involved with ECC medicine.


From the ER to IM AKI Part 1

December 21, 2020, 8pm ET: Elke Rudloff, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC, cVMA &
Marie Kerl DVM, MPH, DACVIM, DACVECC

Course Description:

In this session, an emergency and critical care specialist and internal medicine specialist will present cases that highlight typical and atypical medical emergencies.  Cases presented will be emergent cases that require longer term, chronic management as well as internal medicine cases that become emergencies. Discussions may include how to decide how much should be done in the ER and what might wait for the internist to do.


Speaker Info:

Dr. Rudloff is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Animal Emergency Center and achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1995.  She has supervised/mentored 30 ACVECC Diplomates and is currently a clinical supervisor at the Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin. She is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture by the CURACORE Integrative Medicine and Education Center as well as certified as an instructor in RECOVER CPR. She has served as the IVECCS Program Coordinator from 1998-2009, and from 2013 until now.  She is the 2008 recipient of the Ira Zaslow Award for distinguished service in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care and is an internationally recognized educator in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.  She routinely incorporates her medical acupuncture skills into her everyday practice to enhance the well-being and pain management of critically ill and injured patients. Her special interests include fluid resuscitation, pain management and trauma management, topics on which she has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Marie Kerl obtained her DVM from Auburn University and Masters of Public Health from the University of Missouri, and completed specialty training at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She is a diplomate of ACVIM and ACVECC. Dr. Kerl is currently Chief Medical Officer for VCA Inc. Her duties include medical leadership to advance the highest quality of care within VCA hospitals through education and training. Additional professional activities include online teaching and disaster response. Dr. Kerl has received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Ira Zaslow Award for service to VECCS.


From the ER to IM AKI Part 2

January 25, 2020, 8pm ET: Elke Rudloff, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC, cVMA &
Marie Kerl DVM, MPH, DACVIM, DACVECC

Course Description:

In this session, we will continue our in depth discussion on AKI in the ER. Cases presented will be emergent cases that require longer term, chronic management as well as internal medicine cases that become emergencies.


Speaker Info:

Dr. Rudloff is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Animal Emergency Center and achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1995.  She has supervised/mentored 30 ACVECC Diplomates and is currently a clinical supervisor at the Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin. She is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture by the CURACORE Integrative Medicine and Education Center as well as certified as an instructor in RECOVER CPR. She has served as the IVECCS Program Coordinator from 1998-2009, and from 2013 until now.  She is the 2008 recipient of the Ira Zaslow Award for distinguished service in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care and is an internationally recognized educator in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.  She routinely incorporates her medical acupuncture skills into her everyday practice to enhance the well-being and pain management of critically ill and injured patients. Her special interests include fluid resuscitation, pain management and trauma management, topics on which she has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Marie Kerl obtained her DVM from Auburn University and Masters of Public Health from the University of Missouri, and completed specialty training at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She is a diplomate of ACVIM and ACVECC. Dr. Kerl is currently Chief Medical Officer for VCA Inc. Her duties include medical leadership to advance the highest quality of care within VCA hospitals through education and training. Additional professional activities include online teaching and disaster response. Dr. Kerl has received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Ira Zaslow Award for service to VECCS.


What is the evidence?

February 22, 2021, 8pm ET: Merilee Costello, DVM, DACVECC

Trusting the Pulse Oximeter
Course Description:
This talk will review the basics of how the pulse oximeter works as well as the inherent challenges we have in using this technology in our patients. The situations in which you can trust the number you get as well as all the situations in which the data you obtain should be questioned. It will also cover numerous studies in human and veterinary medicine that highlight these challenges in our critically ill (and small, furry) patients.

Giving Famotidine to Every Patient
Course Objectives:
This talk will discuss why we use famotidine so much and review the mechanism of action as well as the purported benefits of administration.  It will review numerous studies that have evaluated the efficacy (or lack thereof) of famotidine in both dogs and cats. The potential negative side effects of acid suppression will be addressed. Finally, more recent studies discussing more effective administration techniques will be reviewed.

Performing a Urine Culture on Cats with Urethral Obstruction
Course Objectives:
This talk will briefly review a very common emergency presentation in our feline patients. The incidence of bacterial infections in cats will be discussed, with special attention focused on the incidence associated with urethral obstruction (both before and after unblocking and catheter placement). Guidelines for when culturing is indicated will be covered, as well as exceptions to the statement that culturing is never indicated.


Speaker Info:
Dr. Costello graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, and pursued an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by a critical care residency at The Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to get additional training in nephrology and dialysis at the University of California Davis veterinary College and the dialysis center at the Animal Medical Center. She has worked as a criticalist in both the University as well as private practice setting.  She has also worked in dialysis units at the University of Pennsylvania as well as in private practice. Dr. Costello has extensive lecturing experience, both in the United States as well as internationally. She has authored numerous book chapters as well as co-editing a book entitled Feline Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.  


Small Mammal Respiratory Emergencies

March 22, 2021, 8pm ET: Jennifer Graham, DVM, DABVP (Avian / Exotic Companion Mammal), DACZM

Course Description:
Exotic companion mammal (ECM) respiratory emergencies present many challenges to clinicians. The unique anatomy and physiology of many ECMs requires a specialized approach to these types of cases. This lecture will review techniques for triage and emergency stabilization efforts and discuss common respiratory emergency presentations for ECMs.

Course Objectives:

  1. Review of stabilization and diagnostics for managing respiratory emergencies in ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas
  2. Review common respiratory emergencies in ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas

 

Speaker Info:
Dr. Graham graduated with her DVM from Auburn University in 1999. She completed an avian/exotic internship at the University of Georgia followed by a 3-year residency in avian/exotic animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following her residency she started an exotics practice in a specialty referral hospital located in Seattle, WA, from 2003-2006. Dr. Graham worked at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA from 2006-2012. She is presently an Associate Professor of Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Graham became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Avian medicine in 2002 and became a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2008. She was on the organizing committee for the ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal practice category and became certified in this practice category in 2009.  Dr. Graham is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Graham’s professional interests include NSAIDs/inflammation, oncology in exotic animal species, rabbit gastrointestinal motility, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, stem cell research, and avian red blood cell preservation techniques. She served as the ABVP Residency Chair from 2009-2013 and holds positions on several veterinary committees. In her spare time, Dr. Graham enjoys cinematography, hiking, camping, kayaking, and fly fishing (although she never catches anything!).