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Prior to the meeting, registrants must review a variety of digital resources pertaining to the content of the labs. These resources will be available through an online Learning Management System in the form of PowerPoints, scientific papers and instructional videos. Registrants will complete pre-meeting quizzes to ensure understanding and to qualify for CE credits. A link to the Learning Management System will be sent to registrants at least one month prior to the meeting.

Lectures will be held at the Straughn Professional Development Center and labs will be held at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Daily transportation between each contracted hotel and campus is provided. 


Saturday, February 19

8:00 - 8:05 a.m.

Welcome Comments - Foley/Bass

8:05 - 9:15 a.m.

How-to Lectures (15 minutes each)

  • Down Horse in the Field – Bernie Smith

  • Lacerations around Synovial Structures – Katie Ellis

  • Clinical Tricks to Field Surgery (castration, umbilical hernias) – Luke Bass

  • Appropriate PPE in a Potential Infectious Disease Situations – Laura Waitt

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Business Hour 

  • How to prevent burnout and ways to recharge: Your “Me Time” Matters Too - - Amanda House, Jaci Boggs

  • Communications: Managing difficult clients and client expectations - Chris Sanchez, Martha Mallicote

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Lunch and Transport to Labs

12:15 - 5:15 p.m.


Attendees will break into groups of 20 and rotate through each 90-minute lab station; breaks from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 4:10 p.m.

Lab 1: Flash Colic UltrasoundLaura Waite, Jaci Boggs, Tiffany Hall, Melissa Restifo, Daniela Luethy

Lab 2: Ultrasound of the metacarpus/metatarsusHolly Stewart, Katie Ellis, Bernie Smith, Tim Lynch, Taralynn McCarrel

Lab 3: Radiology of the skull (sinus and teeth)* Erin Porter, Elena Rovell-Rixx, Becky Gilday, Brad Tanner

* bring your own dosimeter. 

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cocktail Social Event at World Equestrian Center


Sunday, February 20

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Open Sponsor Mingle

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Business Roundtable Sessions
Participants can move from table to table spending as much time as they desire on each topic. Potential popular topics could have multiple tables. 

  • Equine Business: What to Think in the First Five Years – Michael Porter 

  • Maximizing Daily Efficiency in Clinical Practice - Jamie Clark

  • Practice culture: Tips to survive in a rocky environment – Margo Macpherson, Mary Ellen Klein

  • How to build your professional network – Holly Stewart/Meredith Frey 

  • How to navigate being a parent/family in equine practice – Bernie Smith

  • Debt: How to navigate the payback and understanding alternative pay options– Martha Mallicote 

  • Bring your issues/pain point/stressor – Jaci Boggs 

  • Business Structures (LLC, S corps) and what works for you – Ann Dwyer

  • Everyone Communicates, Few Listen - Megan Green

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Lunch and Transport to Labs

12:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Attendees will break into groups of 20 and rotate through each 90-minute lab station; breaks from 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-3:40 p.m.

Lab 1: Podiatry: Films and Common Conditions Craig Lesser, Ellen Staples, local farrier, Brent Barrett, Brian Beasley  

Lab 2: Ophthalmology (Exams, diagnostics) – Carol Clark, Jamie Clark, Meredith Frey, Caryn Plummer, Ann Dwyer 

Lab 3: Ultrasound of the StifleKatie Ellis, Erin Porter, Bernie Smith, Tim Lynch, Taralyn McCarrel


5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Q&A with Speaker/Lab Instructor)