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Monday, January 29

Abdomen Day
 

12:30-1:30 p.m. Mastering the Ultrasonographic Examination in the Acute Abdomen – Diana M. Hassel

Abdominal ultrasound is an invaluable and underutilized tool for diagnosis and determination of the need for surgical intervention in the acute colic.  We will walk through a simple, 9-step colic exam, showing normal anatomy and key abnormalities to identify the most common conditions that can be readily recognized with ultrasound.
 
1:30-2:30 p.m. Improve Your Colic Work-up: What Patient Side Lab Testing Can Do for You – Benjamin R. Buchanan

This lecture will focus on the available equipment for use patient side and will go into how it can help separate medical from surgical and large intestinal from small intestinal conditions. Lactate, PCV, glucose will be the focus, but we will also explore the value of portable blood gases. If you have wondered what you can do to improve the workup on your colic, this lecture will provide you with key concepts you can immediately apply to your cases.
 
2:30-3:30 p.m. Colic to Colitis: Fluid Resuscitation and Maintenance Therapy – Diana M. Hassel

Fluid therapy is the mainstay for treatment of disorders of the equine gastrointestinal tract from colic and colitis to proximal enteritis.  In this presentation, you will learn some quick rules of thumb for fluid resuscitation, options for fluid therapy in the field and best practices for monitoring adequacy of therapy.
 
3:30-4:30 p.m. Shocking, I Say! – Pamela A. Wilkins

This lecture will explore the concepts of endotoxemia and the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) and how to apply these ideas to your very sick horse patients. The underlying pathophysiology will be explained and options for specific directed treatment of endotoxemia, and more generally supportive treatment of non-endotoxemic SIRS, will be presented. If your endotoxemia treatments have ever apparently ‘failed’, and you are wondering if they are actually worthwhile, this lecture is for you.
 
4:30-5:30 p.m. Oddballs and Head Scratchers

Case Discussions with Drs. Pam Wilkins, Diana Hassel, and Ben Buchanan

Tuesday, January 30

Airway and Chest Day

7:30-8:30 a.m. Can’t Breathe I: How to Fix Heaves, IAD, RAO, SPAOPD, and Other Lung Allergies – Benjamin R. Buchanan

This lecture will explore the causes behind the major respiratory allergies that affect the horse. Ranging from classic heaves to the affect of IAD on performance and EIPH we will look at practical solutions to controlling and curing the different conditions. We will focus on testing, treatment and management of the cases. If you are looking for a better way to treat lower airway conditions, this lecture will provide a few practical approaches you can use.
 
8:30-9:30 a.m. Can’t Breathe II: Thoracic Trauma – Diana M. Hassel

Horses may succumb to a whole host of injuries to the chest region including axillary lacerations, penetrating thoracic
wounds, blunt chest trauma, rib fractures, and a whole host of life-threatening sequelae including pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, hemothorax, pleuritis and diaphragmatic hernia.  Recognition and treatment of various forms of thoracic trauma will be reviewed.

 
9:30-10:30 a.m. Can’t Breathe III: The Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome – Pamela A. Wilkins

The Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) occurs associated with primary lung problems including pleuropneumonia, viral infections and Equine Pulmonary Multinodular Fibrosis, but is also observed in horses with non-respiratory diseases. Hallmarked by inflammation, hypoxemia and pulmonary edema, ARDS importantly compromises the sick horse and, if untreated, contributes to morbidity and mortality. In this lecture you will learn how to recognize the syndrome and what can be done to treat it.
 
10:30-11:30 a.m. Can’t Breathe IV: Approach to Upper and Lower Airway Obstructions – Benjamin R. Buchanan

This lecture will explore the common causes of upper and lower airway obstruction. We will discuss how to differentiate them with a basic exam, and methods to manage them including techniques for placing a temporary tracheostomy. From strangles to airway masses this lecture will provide several important concepts for the emergency workup of airway obstructions.
 
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. My Most Memorable Chest Case

Case discussions with Drs. Pam Wilkins, Diana Hassel, and Ben Buchanan

Wednesday, January 31

Other Parts & Problems Day
 

7:30-8:30 a.m. The Broken Horse: Fracture Stabilization and Management – Diana M. Hassel

Proper field stabilization of fractures for shipping to a surgical facility is integral to successful fracture repair.  We will review the principles, tools and techniques for optimal stabilization of fractures on varying regions of the fore and hind limbs.
 
8:30-9:30.am Can You See Me Now? Eye Emergencies and Treatment – Benjamin R. Buchanan

This lecture will focus on the common ocular presentations seen in practice. We will differentiate what is an emergency and what is not. We will focus on workup and treatment including a discussion of several poorly understood corneal diseases. If you want some new things to try to treat corneal pain, ulcers, and edema this lecture will provide several tips you can put into practice immediately.
 
9:30-10:30 a.m. I See Red! Bleeding and Its Management – Pamela A. Wilkins

External bleeding is generally easy to recognize, internal bleeding not so much. This lecture will cover common causes of life-threatening whole blood loss, what controls of bleeding might help, how to estimate what was lost and how to calculate how much blood to give. The challenges of blood transfusion in practice, and some practical solutions, will be presented for you to take home and apply to these challenging cases.
 
10:30-11:30 a.m. Land Surfing in Maui – Pamela A. Wilkins

In this lecture, you will learn more about the dizzy horse, the weak horse and the acutely neurologic horse. We will discuss head trauma, infectious causes of neurologic signs and a few others. Diagnostic tests that can be readily applied in practice, along with realistic acute management techniques, will help you deal with these sometimes confusing and challenging cases.
 
11:30am-12:30 p.m. How Did This Happen? (Wounds and Other Strange Things)

Case discussions with Drs. Pam Wilkins, Diana Hassel, and Ben Buchanan