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Unleash Your Potential! 2017 CVMA Convention Charlottetown, July 13–16

March 7, 2017

Take a few minutes to flip through the CVMA Convention’s Preliminary Program to familiarize yourself with the Convention taking place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 13–16, 2017. One of the unique features of the CVMA Convention is that it offers diverse wet labs. In collaboration with the Atlantic Veterinary College, a wide range of wet labs will be held on Thursday, July 13.

Nerve Blocks and Tooth Extraction in Dogs and Cats” will be offered by Drs. Alex Reiter and Sue McTaggart. The morning session is a basic level and the afternoon session is rated moderate to advanced. This workshop is sponsored by Serona Animal Health.

An equine lab, “The Oral Examination: From Touching and Feeling to Oral Endoscopy and Imaging” will be conducted by Drs. James Carmalt and Kathleen MacMillan. Participants will complete an oral examination and chart the results to appreciate the differences between the light and mirror approach and the oral endoscope. Participants will also appreciate the benefit of adding routine radiography into a complete examination of the equine dentition.

Drs. Pierre Amsellem and James Farese are offering two surgical labs. The first lab “Common Surgical Procedures of the Canine Head and Neck” will allow practitioners to gain confidence in the relevant anatomy and surgical approach to successfully perform unilateral arytenoid lateralization (laryngeal “tie-back”), total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy and sialadenectomy (salivary gland removal). Following a short presentation highlighting key procedural details, participants will then perform the discussed surgical procedure on canine cadavers.

The second half-day lab, “Mass Resection and Reconstructive Surgery” will help participants become proficient at wide excision techniques for subcutaneous masses, obtaining sufficient margin for local control of common malignant tumors. Tensionrelieving techniques for wound closure after mass excision will be demonstrated and practiced. Common skin flaps for wound closure will be presented and practiced.

The CVMA Annual Convention is organized in collaboration with the Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technologists of Canada (RVTTC). Many sessions are appropriate for RVTs and other clinic staff. Of particular interest is the wet lab “Small Animal Hematology — Examining Reds and Whites” to be presented by Drs. Cornelia Gilroy and Shelley Burton. The session will begin with a short review of basic blood cell morphology. Then, interesting small animal hematology cases from Canada will be used as mystery cases for participants who will each have their own microscope to review blood smears. At timely intervals, cases will be briefly discussed using a PowerPoint presentation and participants can rate their knowledge with anonymous quizzes using TurningPoint technology and handheld clickers. Participants will practice the correct method used for performing saline dilution to help differentiate between agglutination and rouleaux, as well as practice making blood smears. Additional hematology cases with digital images will be available on laptop computers.

Thursday, July 13 also features the CVMA Summit titled, “The Future of Veterinary Medicine: Embracing Change and Innovation.” Guest speakers will discuss upcoming trends that will impact veterinary medicine and daily practice. This year’s CVMA Summit will be chaired by Dr. Troye McPherson, CVMA president-elect.

In the afternoon, the second National Issues Forum will be held focusing on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. The CVMA Emerging Leaders Program will begin Thursday afternoon and continue on Friday, July 14.

Concurrent continuing education sessions run on Friday and continue until Sunday, and will include the following tracks: companion animal, ruminant, equine, practice management, bovine, animal welfare, small flock poultry, and more. The 2017 topics range from dentistry to soft tissue surgery, from diagnostic imaging to ophthalmology, and much more, delivered by top-notch speakers.

Don’t miss the PEI Kitchen Party on Saturday, July 15 at the Lobster on the Wharf restaurant to reconnect with classmates and friends. The evening promises to be memorable with local lobster paired with local musicians!

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge and to reconnect with colleagues. Visit to register online.

The Early Bird registration rate ends on June 1, so be sure to take advantage of the lowest registration rates. Register today!