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- Small Animal
- Exotics, Zoo
- Agricultural Animal
- Special Topics
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- Small Animal
- Exotics, Zoo
- Agricultural Animal
- Special Topics
Roundtable Discussions
Academic Competitions
Athletic Competitions
Evening Activities
Closing Ceremonies
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Lectures & Roundtable Discussions


  • Diagnostic Toxicology
    Dr. Morrie Craig, OSU
  • Equine Herpes Virus 1 & 4
    Dr. Lindsay Oaks
  • Equine Pleuropneumonia
    Dr. Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Equine Skull and Teeth Radiographs
    Dr. Ronald Sande
  • EPM
    Dr. Linda Blythe, OSU
  • Guttural Pouch Mycosis
    Dr. Claude Ragle, DVM, Dipl. ACVS - Microcoil embolization of the internal carotid artery to prevent fatal epistaxis in the horse
  • Laparoscopy and Its Use in Teaching Rectal Palpation
    Dr. Claude Ragle, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
  • Post-exertional Anesthesia Induction
    Dr. Stephen Greene, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA - Problems associated with general anesthesia in horses including a review of our work on anesthesia for the athletic horse injured during competitive events.
  • Radiographic Interpretation of Pulmonary Disease in the Horse
    Dr. Ronald Sande, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVR - A systematic method for interpretation of the equine thorax and pulmonary radiographs will be presented. Differences in the anatomy of equine lung account for the difficulty in extrapolating information from small animal pulmonary radiology. Recognition of the normal pulmonary pattern will be compared to disease conditions and common errors in interpretation will be emphasized.
  • Strangles in the Equine
    Dr. Deborah Sellon
  • Use of Inhalants in Treatment of COPD
    Dr. Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
  • Llama Lecture
    Dr. Tornquist, OSU

Small Animal

  • Abdominal Radiography
    Dr. Ronald Sande, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVR - A fundamental and systematic method for interpreting abdominal radiographs will be presented. Differential densities and displacement of viscera and organs are used to develop a list of differential considerations both accurately and quickly.
  • Anesthesia in Veterinary Practice
    Dr. Stephen Greene, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA - An overview of some common injectable anesthetic combinations for use in small animals with an emphasis on pain management.
  • Animal Behavior: Consultation in a Small Animal Practice
    Dr. Catherine Ulibarri
  • Board Exam Review
    Dr. Jeff Rothstein  
  • Characteristics of Nematode Intestine as Potential Targets for Parasite Control
    Dr. Doug Jasmer, MS, Ph.D.
  • Current Issues in Clinical Diabetes
    Dr. John W. Kramer, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP
  • Detection and Correction of Portosystemic Shunts
    Dr. Karen Tobias  
  • Dog and Cat Nutrition: Beyond Bags, Cans and Snacks
    Dr. Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT and ACVN -  Veterinarians receive many inquiries from about what to feed their dog and cat. In turn we are inundated with information from pet food manufacturers touting the quality and nutritional value of their foods. This aspect of feeding the healthy animal is an important component of veterinary practice, but what about feeding the sick animal? A primary reason a veterinarian may be presented with an animal is for the diagnosis and treatment of some pathologic process. How does nutrition fit in this scenario? Surveys from human hospitals have shown that more than 50% of patients are in some degree of malnutrition. Similarly most hospitalized animal patients either do not want to eat or can not eat sufficiently. The body, as a consequence of disease, trauma or surgery, initiates a number of physiologic responses resulting in a state of hypermetabolism, which increases nutritional needs and accentuates any current nutritional insult. This presentation will review these specific physiologic responses to disease and trauma to provide a better understanding of appropriate nutritional support. Specific nutrients which have been shown to facilitate the healing process will be discussed. Learn how to make your medical and surgical skills look that much better through  improved patient recovery times as a result of proper nutritional supportive care.
  • Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
    Drs. Murtaugh and Proulx of Dove Lewis animal emergency hospital, Portland, Oregon.
  • Establishing a Small Animal Transfusion Program in Private Practice
    Dr. Jane Wardrop, DVM - Do you want to do more transfusions in your hospital? This lecture will provide some ideas on getting started and will include information on donor selection, blood product storage, and collection and administration supplies needed.
  • Feline Retroviruses
    Dr. Rance Sellon  
  • How to Give a Neurologic Exam
    Dr. Moore
  • Interactive Case Discussions of the Urinary Tract
    Dr. Cheryl Dhein, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
  • "My Neighbor Poisoned My Dog" Syndrome
    Dr. Patricia Talcott, MS, DVM, Ph.D. - Basic approach and work-up to the acutely poisoned dog and cat. Major emphasis will include how to obtain a thorough history, including questions to ask to help narrow down the list of possible toxicants and how to find out what "poisons" are available in your area. Brief description of emergency treatments and decontamination procedures, appropriate clinical diagnostic data base, thorough phsical examination, and gross and histological examinations. Brief review of what tissues to submit to the diagnostic laboratory and what tests to ask for.
  • Otoscopic Exams in the Cat and Dog
    Dr. Cheryl Dhein
  • Pulmonary Radiography
    Dr. Ronald Sande, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVR - A systematic approach will be developed for interpretation of thoracic radiographs with emphasis on pulmonary patterns found in normal lungs and diseased lungs. Radiographic and histopathologic correlation will be used to emphasize the significance of the radiographic patterns.
  • Small Animal Cardiology
    Dr. Anthony Tobias
  • Small Animal Dentistry Topics
    Dr. Veronica Kiklevich
  • Small Animal Theriogenology
    Dr. Mushtaq Memon  
  • Small Animal Transfusion Therapy
    Dr. Jane Wardrop, DVM - Clinical indications and appropriate component selection. The use of blood or blood products as therapy is on the rise in small animal medicine, due in part to enhanced availability of blood products through commercial blood banks and regional blood centers. This lecture will cover the basics on when to transfuse, how to transfuse, and what to transfuse.
  • The Use and Misuse of Glucocorticoids in Small Animal Medicine
    Dr. Katrina Mealey
  • Time Life Management
    Dr. Jeff Rothstein
  • The Future of Veterinary Anesthesia
    Dr. Stephen Greene, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA - An historical perspective on the development of state-of-the-art anesthesia delivery systems and drugs will be discussed, including a vision of what anesthesia may be like in the not- too- distant future.
  • Treating Nuisance Behaviors in Companion Animals
    Dr. Catherine Ulibarri  
  • Von Willebrands Disease
    Dr. Kenneth Meyers
  • When You Care Enough to Send the Best: How to Get the Most From a Diagnostic Laboratory
    Dr. Charles Leathers, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACLAM - Diagnostic laboratories are not magical and those who work within them are not particularly clairvoyant. Specimen selection, preservation and transport are more important than all of the laboratory efforts that happen once the sample arrives at a diagnostic facility. This presentation will underscore the importance of what is sent and what the laboratory findings really mean.

Exotics, Zoo, Wildlife, and Fish

  • Mycobacterium avian in birds
    Dr. Inge Eriks, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVM
  • Bird Lectures (3 hours)
    Dr. Erik Stauber, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Pocket Pet and Reptile Medicine
    Dr. Steve Sweeney, DVM
  • Designer and Exotic Pets
    Dr. Cathy Delaney-Johnson
  • Tracking Emerging Infection in Domestic Species and Wildlife
    Dr. Jim Evermann MS, Ph.D.
  • Grizzly Bear Energetics, Nutrition, and Management
    Dr. Charles Robbins, Ph.D. - "Grizzly bears and wolves are two of the most controversial wild animals in North America. For the last 12 years, a series of graduate students at Washington State University have studied their nutrition and ecology in a management context. A captive bear facility capable of housing 12 adult grizzlies was built on the WSU campus in 1986. The bears in this facility provide students the opportunity to study the details of nutrition or physiology that can not be studied in a wild setting. However, the focus of most of the captive studies is to generate basic information necessary to understand the ecology of wild bears. Studies have included 1) the importance of salmon to bears in coastal Alaska, 2) the role of brown bears in moving marine nutrients, particularly nitrogen, into the terrestrial community, 3) foraging limitations to bears feeding on berries and vegetation, 4) milk intake and growth of cubs nourished by their mothers, and 5) current and historical diets of grizzly bears throughout the western U.S."
  • Disease Liniting Factors in Bighorn Sheep Populations
    Dr. William Foreyt, Ph.D.
  • Interesting Case Histories and Career Insights from a Zoo and Aquarium Vet
    Dr. Brian Joseph, DVM
  • Zoological Medicine
    Dr. Jack Mortenson, DVM Staff Veterinarian, Wildlife Safari
  • Fish Disease, Aquaculture, and the Role of Veterinarians
    Dr. Larisa Ford, Ph.D.
  • Introduction to Common Acquacultured Species
    Dr. Sandra Ristow, Ph.D.
  • Environmental Factors and Disease in Fish
    Dr. Tom Baldwin, DVM, Ph.D.

Agricultural Animal

  • The New Face of Malignant Catarrhal Fever
    Dr. Tim Crawford, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVM
  • Determinants of the Failure of Passive Transfer in Calves
    Dr. Clive Gay, DVM, MVSc, FACVSc.
  • The Dark Side of Rumen Metabolism
    Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl.ACT and ACVN - The pregastric fermentation system of ruminant herbivores allows the host animal to extract usable nutrients from feed ingredients that are indigestible to the animal's digestive tract. This symbiotic relationship between host animal and rumen microbial populations result in the most efficient forage utilizing animals in the world. However this relationship is not always a positive one from either perspective. Although the rumen microbes are provided continuous feeding in an optimum environment, they will eventually become dinner themselves. In turn the rumen microbes are responsible for a number of disease syndromes specific to ruminant animals. Atypical bovine pulmonary emphysema, nonprotein nitrogen toxicosis and ruminal acidosis are diseases in which specific bacterial toxic products induce the disease. Other disease syndromes like hypomagnesemic tetany, milk fat depression and polioencephalomalacia can also result from inappropriate microbial activity. Bioavailability of some essential nutrients can also be reduced as they pass through the rumen; predisposing the animal to nutrient deficiency problems. The focus of this presentation will be on this dark side of rumen metabolism in how it adversely affects animal health. Pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of these rumen-specific diseases will be discussed.
  • Salmonella DT 104: Investigation of Dairy Herds
    Dr. John Gay, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVPM
  • Staphylococcus aureus mastitis: Can the menace be stopped???
    Dr. Lawrence Fox, MS, Ph.D. - Staphylococcus aureus has been the most prevalent contagious mastitis pathogen for the last thirty years. Although milking time hygiene has been successful in eradication of the other contagious pathogens, S. aureus has been controlled but not eradicated by these strategies. Reasons for the inability to eradicate S. aureus include its ability to produce potent toxins, and its ubiquitous nature. Moreover, the majority of S. aureus that cause mastitis are penicillin resistant and many demonstrate multiple resistance patterns. Further efforts to control this disease include: 1) developing improved surveillance methods to identify S. aureus infected cows; 2) development of vaccines; and 3) better control practices.
  • Swine Lecture
    Dr. Mark Mirando, Ph.D.
  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
    Dr. Don Knowles, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP
  • Review of Plant-Related Problems in Livestock of the Pacific Northwest
    Dr. Patricia Talcott, MS, DVM, Ph.D. - This lecture will cover relatively new information about plant related poisonings in livestock in the western US. Topics that will be covered briefly include hoarry allysum (Berteroa incana) poisoning in horses, pine needle premature parturition and abortion in ruminants, alsike and red clover poisoning (Trifolium sp.) in horses, locoweed poisoning in livestock, and Centaurea poisoning in horses.
  • Hepatic Lipidosis in Camelids
    Dr. Sue Tornquist, DVM, PhD -  Hepatic lipidosis in camelids has been infrequently reported in the literature, but is increasingly recognized in cases of camelid illness or death. Although hepatic lipidosis is not likely to be a primary cause of death, it appears to represent metabolic disturbances that have serious implications. At the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, we have been conducting several studies of hepatic lipidosis in camelids. One study is a review of 31 histologically-confirmed cases of naturally-occurring hepatic lipidosis in camelids. The second study, funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, is an effort to create a model of hepatic lipidosis in llamas and to evaluate clinical, histologic, and biochemical changes that occur during development of this condition. The overall goal of these studies is to understand the pathogenesis of camelid hepatic lipidosis in order to more effectively predict, prevent, and treat the condition.
  • Birthing and Neonatal Care of the Llama
    Dr. Patrick Long, DVM
  • Current Poultry Diseases and Remedies
    Dr. A. Singh Dhillon, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Current Topics in Llama Medicine
    Dr. Steve Parish, DVM
  • Note: Several of our agricultural animal lectures are still being arranged.

Special Topics

  • Emerging Zoonosis
    Dr. Diana Stone, MPH, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl, ACVPM - Scientific advances in the late 19th and early 20th centuries have resulted in the prevention and control of many infectious diseases. Despite these improvements in health, outbreaks of infectious disease continue to occur and new infections emerge. What constitutes an emerging infectious disease will be discussed and reasons contributing to the emergence of these diseases will be identified. Important emerging zoonotic infectious diseases will be emphasized.
  • Job Hunting With an Attitude
    Dr. Kerry Marshall, VetSmart
  • Can You Afford To Take That Job?
    Dr. Ann Clark, DVM, AVMA Career Planning and Placement Services
  • Pet Associated Risks with Zoonotic Diseases
    Dr. Diana Stone, MPH, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVPM - Pets are an important part of many people's lives. Although pets contribute to our lives in many positive ways, there are some pet-associated risks to human health. It is important that veterinarians are knowledgeable about pet-associated zoonotic risks and can advise clients on how to minimize theses risks. Zoonotic risks associated with specific pets will be discussed. Particular pet-associated zoonotic risks for immunosuppressed people and for pregnant women will be discussed.
  • Epidemiology for the Practicing Veterinarian
    Dr. Dale Hancock, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Gender Issues in Leadership in Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Shirley Johnston, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACT
  • Ethics and Issues in Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Robert Speth, BA, MA, Ph.D.
  • Opportunities in International Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Mushtaq Memon, Coordinator, International Veterinary Education, BVSc, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACT
  • The Role of Veterinarians in International Conservation
    Dr. Katherine Quigly, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Pet Loss and Client Bereavement
  • Human-Animal Interactions and the Human-Animal Bond
  • Practice Management
    Dr. Kyle Frandel
  • Animal Well-Being Discussion
    Dr. Ruth Newberry, Ph.D.
  • Important Considerations When Taking a Position with a Veterinary Practice
    Dr. Bill Kearley, DVM