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2017 CVMA Convention: Take Advantage of the Early Bird Savings Until June 1

May 5, 2017

The 2017 CVMA Convention is less than two months away, but you can still take advantage of the Early Bird savings up until June 1.

The Convention, July 13–16, offers over 128 RACE approved continuing education (CE) credits, allowing you to earn up to 27 credits. Top-notch speakers from Canada and the United States have been invited to speak. Here’s a few who you don’t want to miss.

Dr. Alex Reiter, a diplomate of the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges, will give six dentistry lectures. He will look at perioperative considerations relating to patient management prior to, during, and after anesthesia. He will review the diagnosis and treatment of stomatitis in cats, focusing on therapeutic strategies that work. Further, he will provide information about closed and open tooth extraction, as well as management of extraction complications. Dr. Reiter will also discuss the diagnosis and treatment of maxillary and mandibular fractures and adjacent soft-tissue injuries and discuss the most commonly recognized oral tumors, and staging of the dogs and cats with oral tumors. The final session will look at reconstructive efforts made for patients during treatment of congenital, traumatic or neoplastic oral lesions.

Dr. Alastair Cribb, professor, Clinical Pharmacology, University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, will review the current understanding of the clinical pharmacology of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and associated drugs. He will share important recent advances in the biology of cyclooxygenases and prostaglandins and the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of NSAIDs relevant to their clinical use in companion animals will be addressed. He will also review the current evidence for the use and selection of NSAIDs in companion animals, covering both efficacy and adverse effects. The session will address important differences between NSAIDs that may aid the clinician in making rational decisions for an individual patient. And in a third session, he will provide an introductory look at personalized and precision medicine in companion animal practice.

Drs. Sandra McConkey and Hans Gelens, both with the Atlantic Veterinary College, will look at the insightful use of antibiotics that is required in today’s world of increasing antimicrobial resistance. Their talks will discuss the rational use of antibiotics in small animal patients using an interactive clinical case-based format.

Dermatology sessions will be given by Dr. Karri Beck who works out of two referral hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area. She will look at a variety of immune-mediated skin diseases that are seen so infrequently in general practice that they are often overlooked. Treatment of immune-mediated skin disease often involves the use of immunosuppressive medications such as steroids, azathioprine, chlorambucil and cyclosporine. A second session will focus on recognizing the various reaction patterns and potential differentials, diagnostic work-up and treatment options for allergic feline patients. Canine atopic dermatitis will be presented with various treatment options.

These are just a few of the speakers in the 2017 CVMA Convention program, but the Convention isn’t just about CE sessions. Opportunities to network and reconnect with colleagues are abound, as well as an exciting Exhibit Hall showcasing new products and services. The Atlantic Veterinary College is holding an alumni reunion on Friday, July 14 at the College. To kick-off Saturday, July 15, attendees are invited to participate in the Merial Fun Run/Walk or yoga session with a continental breakfast afterwards. The day will end with the much anticipated PEI kitchen party at the Lobster on the Wharf restaurant. Delicious seafood and local entertainers promise a fun evening for all!

Non-members in your clinic may want to consider this special offer. Sign up for a six-month regular membership (July 1–December 31, 2016) at half price and enjoy the member rate for your general Convention registration. That’s a $150 savings on your registration fee and a half-year membership at 50 per cent off the regular annual dues. Call 1-800-567-2862 to join the CVMA and take advantage of this membership promotion.

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