The Students of the CVMA is excited to announce, for the first time ever, 2021 Symposium will be held virtually!  Which means, every Canadian veterinary student can register and participate in this highly anticipated event.  

It also gives the opportunity for International veterinary students to participate, however they must be a member of the International Student Affiliate Program in order to register.  

This years' theme is "One Conference, One Community, One Health" and will take place from Thursday January 14th to Saturday January 16th, 2021 and will include Social nights, lectures and labs and will feature keynote speakers Dr. Christina Tran and Dr. Adam Little.

Below is the preliminary agenda.
Please note all times are listed in Eastern Time Zone (EST). 

Thursday, January 14  

7 pm - 8 pm   Social Night

If you want to network with veterinary students from across Canada, join us at our virtual Social Night!  In small groups, you will be able to network with other students and discuss your unique experiences at the different veterinary schools.  Make friends and connect with others in this exciting event!



Friday, January 15

9 am - 10 am    Lectures begin 

Exotic Companion Mammal Emergency Medicine & Triage
Presenter: Sara Gardhouse 

Today Sara will discuss Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Exotic Companion Mammals.  Although the principles of emergency medicine in these species is similar to other species like dogs and cats, the approach to these cases must be balanced with an understanding of these unique species.  Prey species, such as rabbits and rodents tend to mask signs of pain and illness and it can be difficult for an owner to detect the critical nature of that patient.  Any report of decreased appetite or reduced fecal production should prompt further investigation.  Small mammal restraint differs from canine and feline restraint and special precautions are needed to minimize stress and minimize risk of injury to their delicate skeletons (for example in rabbits and chinchillas).  The drugs and dosages that can be safely utilized in exotic companion mammals differ from other species and are an important consideration.  Nutritional support is also unique in these patients and should be carefully considered.

Anything But Kibble! Communicating with Pet Owners about Alternative Diet Options
Presenter: Sarah Abood 

Trends in the global pet food industry offer excitement for pet owners, but it’s tough for members of the veterinary health care team to stay familiar with every brand of pet food. At least one or two people in each clinic or practice should learn where the pet food industry has been and where it’s headed, so they can inform others and monitor hot topics and pet food recalls. This presentation will feature the latest innovations in nutrition and food science, including clean labels, functional pet foods, eco-friendly packaging, and unconventional protein sources. Helping clients navigate the pet food marketplace is part of the nutritional assessment and recommendations made for every patient at every visit. 

Sponsored by Purina
Well-being and Resilience Strategies for Your Veterinary Career
Presenter: Colleen Best

This talk will provide practical strategies and insight into how to thrive during vet school and after graduation. It will explore practices such as gratitude, mindfulness and self-compassion, and discuss key self-management tools like boundaries and core values.

Large Animal
Presenter: Luis Arroyo [PENDING]

Top 5 mistakes to avoid in your poisoned patients
Presenter: Justine Lee (VetGirl) 

In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review the top mistakes to avoid in the poisoned patient! Learn when to induce emesis, what emetics to use in the dog versus the cat, the indications and contraindications for using activated charcoal, and more! You'll walk away being a toxicology champ after this lecture!

National Veterinary Associates Sponsored Talk

Veterinary Dermatologist [PENDING]
Sponsored: ProConcepts

10 am - 10:10 am    BREAK

10:10 am - 11:10 am   Lectures continue

The Importance of One Health in Honey Bee Veterinary Medicine
Presenter: Britteny Kyle

Honey bees are hugely important to human and environmental health. Similarly, humans and environment have a great impact on honey bees. In this lecture we will explore the one health connections that are shaping the field of honey bee veterinary medicine. A basic understanding of honey bee biology and the veterinarian’s role in treating these really small animals will also be discussed.

Veterinary Medicine in the COVID-19 Era
Presenter: Dr. Scott Weese

This talk will discuss the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on animals and the practice of veterinary medicine, covering topics ranging from SARS-CoV-2 in animals, the epidemiology of disease, preventive measures and the complexity of safely practicing veterinary medicine during a pandemic.

Stress in Tigers, Marmots, and Polar Bears
Presenter: Dr. Laura Graham

Dr. Graham will be presenting results from her studies on the non-invasive assessment of stress responses in wildlife species under different management scenarios.  Her studies encompass both zoo and free-ranging species including the critically endangered Vancouver Island marmot which is part of a captive breeding/reintroduction program, wild fishers which are part of a translocation project to restock depleted areas, zoo-housed polar bears to assess thermoregulation in the species and free-ranging herbivores in South Africa to assess responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances.

What do we know about veterinary careers anyway: a magical tour of possible career paths and the research in our field
Presenter: Dr. Melanie Barham

This lecture will help guide you in your veterinary career and explore the many possibilities your degree can give you.  A veterinarian can work in industry, clinics, research and academia, and even government!  Learn how to develop your career starting from a beginner veterinary student to a graduated professional.
Common mistakes to avoid in the ER
Presenter: Dr. Justine Lee (VetGirl)

In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review common mistakes to avoid in the ER such as when to perform chest radiographs in the unstable patient, how to stabilize the dyspneic cat, what dose of steroids to use, when to use steroids with head trauma, and more!

Parasitology: Echinococcus Multiocularis
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Peregrine

Prior to 2009, Echinococcus multilocularis had not been diagnosed in a dog in Canada. However, subsequently, multiple cases of alveolar echinococcosis have been diagnosed in dogs across Canada. This talk will provide a summary of these cases and the human cases that have been reported over the same time period. Strategies to reduce the risk of infection in dogs and people will be discussed.

3D Printing
Presenter:  Dr. Michelle Oblak

11:10 am - 11:20 am     BREAK

11:20 am - 12:20 pm      Lectures continue

Improving Access to Care:  The Community Healthcare Partnership Program
Presenter: Dr. Shane Bateman

Access to Veterinary Care is emerging as a social justice issue.  Transformative events linked to the Black Lives Matter movement served as a catalyst for change within the veterinary profession and the animal welfare/sheltering movement.  Many organizations are scrambling to find innovative ways of addressing these challenging social issues.  The Ontario Veterinary College, through the generosity of Kim and Stu Lang has created the Community Healthcare Partnership Program to ensure veterinary graduates will have acquired the skills, values, confidence and cultural awareness to deliver veterinary services of the highest possible standard to vulnerable animals and people in diverse inadequately serviced communities and in environments that are poorly resourced.

Kid Survival: Starts before hooves hit the ground
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Bauman

This lecture will discuss the critical control points for intervention to maximize dairy goat kid survival. We will discuss how raising dairy goat youngstock differs from the other ruminant industries and how best we can perform a farm investigation to identify if they have a problem, why they have this problem and how to intervene to help them resolve this issue.
What can veterinary acupuncture do?
Presenter:  Dr. Terri Rosado

This 1-hour lecture will provide an introduction to using acupuncture in everyday veterinary practice.  We will focus on case examples using acupuncture as part of an integrative approach to patient care.  The lecture will be an open-dialog format, allowing students to ask questions during the presentation.

Mobility Evaluations: Finding the Hurt
Presenter: Dr. Tara Edwards

An important component in developing a rehabilitation plan is a comprehensive patient assessment.  Knowing your patient’s areas of weakness and most importantly where your patient hurts is critical to providing advanced patient care.  This presentation will cover the important aspects of a detailed musculoskeletal evaluation from a rehabilitation perspective.

Life hacks for the new graduate
Presenter: Dr. Justine Lee (VetGirl)

In this lecture, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT will review important life hacks for the new veterinary graduate that you don't learn in veterinary school. From surviving six-figure student debt to prioritizing wellness and self-care, this one is a "must attend."

Insurance 101
Presenter: VIVID Insurance

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm     PURINA Giveaway

Learn about Purina products from a company representative by entering this virtual meeting.  By attending you will be entered for a chance to win a prize!

1:30 pm - 3:40   Labs begin

Caswells Cat Tale: a PM and diagnostic investigation
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Caswell

During this lab, Dr. Caswell will discuss a case of kidney disease in a herd of cats. This case will be used as a platform to guide you through the core skills of anatomic pathology: how to develop a list of potential causes and correlated pathogeneses, how to consider these different possibilities at postmortem, and some insights into histopathology for postmortem diagnosis.

Cruciate Rehabilitation Case Study
Presenter: Dr. Tara Edwards

Cruciate disease is one of the most prevalent causes of pelvic limb lameness.  This will be an interactive group discussion on how to approach this disease from a rehabilitation perspective regarding options for medical care, pain management, long term joint health, and orthotics.
Exotic Imaging
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Appleby
SA Radiology
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Nykamp

Test your radiographic interpretation skills. Through an interactive case based approach we will review common radiographic diagnoses in cats and dogs.
Troubleshooting Mastitis and Lameness on Dairy Farms using a One-Health Approach
Presenter: Dr. Dave Kelton

Mastitis and Lameness are the 2 most economically important diseases of dairy cattle, and are a constant challenge on many Canadian dairy farms.  Both of these diseases are the result of factors attributable to the cow, her environment and her caretaker.  Tackling mastitis or lameness outbreaks on dairy farms requires a One-Health approach.  This lab session will work through 2 example herd investigations, one each of mastitis and lameness, using a One-Health Approach.

One Health and Tick-borne Zoonoses (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
Tick Identification (2:40 pm - 3:40 pm)

Presenter: Dr. Katie Clow

Virtual Vet Appointment
Beginner + Advanced

In this lab you will be able to go through two virtual cases on your own time.  Utilizing Google Forms, you can walk through a small animal and large animal case to test your knowledge.  Practice assessing medical history, interpreting radiographs and more in order to develop a diagnosis and help these virtual patients!

"Untangle" All You Need to Create Perfect Sutures
Presenter: Dr. Andria Joy

7 pm - 8 pm      Wellness Night

Pilates in Guelph
LoyoboFIT - Tabata HIIT
LoyoboFIT - Kickboxing
Shake it Off Studio - Zumba


Saturday, January 16  
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Keynote speaker: Dr. Christina Tran
Diversity in Veterinary Medicine
12:30 pm - 1:10 pm  BREAK
1:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Keynote speaker: Dr. Adam Little
Entrepreneurship in Veterinary Medicine


The Students of the CVMA wish to thank the following companies
for their financial support: