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Thursday, January 23

2:00-3:00 p.m.    

Preventative Medicine Strategies for the Neonatal FoalTracy Norman

The neonatal period is one fraught with both dangers and opportunities. Strategies to avoid neonatal complications such as sepsis will be presented, as well as steps that can be taken in the neonatal period to prevent misadventures later in life.

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Preventative Medicine on the Road: Protecting the Traveling HorseTracy Norman

Horses are travelling more than ever before, and transport continues to pose challenges to equine immunity and biosecurity. The challenges unique to different types of transport are presented, as well as the latest research into its physiological impacts and how to minimize them.

4:00-5:00 p.m.

My Adventures as a Horse Show VetDavid Frisbie

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Prevention for the Geriatric HorseTracy Norman

The geriatric horse poses multiple unique challenges from the standpoints of immunity, endocrine function, nutrition, and pain management. Best practices for addressing these developments, as well as future directions in improving the lives of geriatric horses, will be presented.

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Biosecurity in the Field: Preventing Problems, Making the Best of Bad SituationsTracy Norman

The goals of biosecurity are to prevent infectious and contagious disease from becoming established in a population and spreading to new ones. The foundational concepts of biosecurity as they apply to the farm, the veterinary hospital, and the ambulatory practitioner will be discussed, as well as their application to a variety of outbreak scenarios.

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception - On the beach

Friday, January 24

6:45-7:15 a.m.

Equine Endocrine Disease and Equine Asthma Syndrome - 2020 Updates - Steven T. Grubbs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

7:30- 8:30 a.m.

Lumps and Bumps in the Field: A Practical Guide to Surgical and Non-Surgical SolutionsStephanie Caston

Skin masses and tumors are a common occurrence in horses and there are many approaches to managing them.  A review of mass types, problems and pitfalls, and treatment options will be discussed. 

8:30-9:30 a.m.    

Limb and Foot Lacerations: How to Get a Kick Out of Working on WoundsStephanie Caston

Equine practitioners have to deal with limb and foot wounds on a regular basis.  This hour will cover what to expect with limb wounds and wound healing, how to manage different types of wounds, practical tips for repair and ongoing treatment, and ideas for difficult and non-healing wounds.

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Procedures of the Head and Neck: Triage and Field Surgery Stephanie Caston

Some surgical treatments and other procedures of the head and neck can be done in the field.  Triage, planning, anesthesia, necessary instruments, and techniques for selected procedures will be reviewed.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

“You’ll Never Believe What I Saw Today”: Uncommon Emergencies and How to Manage ThemStephanie Caston

Case examples of unexpected emergencies and possible emergency scenarios facing the equine veterinarian will be presented. Discussion will include management, transportation, and the decision making process for referral or other options.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel: Representing Equine Practice in Situations with the MediaJeff Berk, Foster Northrop, Mitchell Rode (Beyond VCPR) 

Saturday, January 25

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Equine Anesthesia: How We Got Where We Are and Our Challenges for the Future John Hubbell

Anesthesia is more perilous in the horse than it is in other domestic species. This presentation will reflect on the development of practical and safe methods of producing safe sedation and anesthesia in horses to date, assess the remaining challenges, and present potential solutions.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Handling Foals: Restraint? Sedation? Anesthesia? John Hubbell

Foals are physiologically immature compared to adult horses thus they can present challenges for the equine veterinarian.  Frequently, veterinarians must choose between using physical restraint, sedation, or even anesthesia to accomplish even simple procedures in foals.  This presentation will focus on balancing the use of various techniques to accomplish procedures with an emphasis on safety and stress reduction.

9:30-10:30 a.m.    

Compounding Pharmacy from the Industry PerspectiveDuane Chappell

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Maximizing Standing Chemical RestraintJohn Hubbell

Most veterinarians have their favorite “go to” method of producing standing chemical restraint.  This presentation will review commonly used drugs and drug combinations used in standing chemical restraint and discuss methods of extending or enhancing those techniques on those occasions when they are insufficient for completing the procedures at hand.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Troubleshooting Anesthesia of Horses in the Field John Hubbell

The combination of xylazine and ketamine is a popular choice for short term anesthesia in the field.  This presentation will focus on methods of safely augmenting and extending xylazine-ketamine anesthesia on those occasions when the initial technique fails to produce the desired response.