CE Events and Workshops

VCS Seminar: Dr. Allison Kendall

“Principles of Plasmapheresis”

Presenter: Dr. Allison Kendall, 2nd Year Resident, Small Animal Medicine

Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and plasmapheresis are extracorporeal therapies used in both human and veterinary medicine predominantly as adjunctive treatment for immune mediated diseases and for the treatment of hyperglobulinemia. Novel applications for TPE currently being investigated include removal of endogenous toxins such as bacterial endotoxins in sepsis, alloantibodies implicated in transplant rejection, factor deficient plasma with replacement of normal plasma in liver failure, paraproteins associated with hyperviscosity syndrome, and exogenous toxins such as protein-bound drugs. The objectives of this presentation are to summarize the technical aspects with respect to each type of TPE and introduce potential clinical applications of TPE in small animal critical care medicine. Currently, there is limited data in veterinary medicine to support the use of TPE aside from case reports or case series; therefore a final objective is to increase veterinary awareness of this type of extracorporeal therapy for future use in veterinary medicine.

One (1) continuing education (CE) credit is offered for this seminar.

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VCS Seminar: Drs. Amy Yanke, Alec Davern, and Danielle Hundley

"The Relationship Between Peri-operative Complications and Surgeon Experience, Patient Age and Co-morbidities for Intracranial Mass Resection in Dogs"

Presenter: Dr. Amy Yanke, 3rd Year Resident, Neurology

Resection of brain tumors and other intracranial mass lesions is increasingly common in dogs. Current literature regarding factors predictive of complications is limited. We hypothesize that increased patient age, patient comorbidities and decreased surgical experience are associated with complications and the likelihood of incomplete surgical resection.

"Racing Performance of Thoroughbred Racehorse Prospects with Accessory Carpal Bone Fractures"

Presenter: Dr. Alec Davern, 3rd Year Resident, Large Animal Surgery

Objective: To determine if fracture of the accessory carpal bone (ACB) identified in presale radiographs of yearling thoroughbreds affects racing   performance. Design- Retrospective, case-control study Animals- Yearling Thoroughbreds [149 horses (50 cases and 99 controls)] offered for sale at public auction in Kentucky. Procedures: Radiograph reports from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from 2005-2012 were reviewed and race records were collected from a third party database. The ability to start a race at 2 or 3 years of age, number of races started, and earnings and earnings per start for the 2 and 3 year old race years along with career totals, were compared between cases and controls to identify associations between racing performance and presence of accessory carpal bone fracture with or without concurrent carpal osteoarthritis. Results: No statistical differences were  identified between horses with ACB fracture and controls in their ability to start a race at two or three years of age or in any other race performance variable analyzed. There was no significant difference in performance based on presence of concurrent carpal osteoarthritis. Performance in horses with ACB fracture was similar to controls when ACB fracture was the only radiographic lesion recorded. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Race  performance of yearlings with ACB fracture was not significantly reduced compared to unaffected peers in any variable analyzed. Identification of ACB fracture on repository radiographs of Thoroughbred yearlings should be considered an incidental finding not expected to affect the ability to race.

"Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Jugular Central Venous Catheter Placement in Dogs"

Presenter: Dr. Danielle Hundley, 2nd Year Resident, Emergency Critical Care

Authors: Danielle Hundley, Aimee Brooks, Elizabeth Thomovsky, Paula Johnson, Lynetta Freeman, Ryan Schafbuch, Hock Gan Heng, George Moore

Objective: To directly compare landmark based technique to ultrasound guided technique for central venous catheter placement in the external jugular vein of anesthetized, healthy dogs. Total time of catheter placement, time to achieve vascular access, venipuncture attempts/ redirections, and vessel hematoma size were compared between techniques. Data was evaluated for the presence of a learning curve associated with technique. Procedures: Prospective study enrolling 39 eligible purpose bred teaching hounds between February and March 2016. Dogs that met inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to operators to perform both techniques. Technique and vessel side were randomly assigned. Time to vascular access, total placement time, number of catheterization attempts, and needle redirections were recorded. Placement was confirmed via fluoroscopy. Post mortem dissection of   insertion sites was performed and hematomas were graded as mild, moderate, or severe. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance : Ultrasound guided technique does take statistically significantly longer to perform than landmark based technique; however, clinically this may be insignificant. A learning curve is quickly established in individuals with varying ultrasound experience. Additional studies evaluating ultrasound guided technique for central venous catheterization in other population groups is warranted.

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Coppoc One Health Lecture: Dr. James M. Hughes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:30PM in Lynn Hall Room 1136

You won't want to miss the 2016 lecture featuring James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA. Dr. Hughes will speak on Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance: Importance of a One Health Approach.

Abstract: "Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent, complex, multifaceted national and global challenge for medical, veterinary, research, pharmaceutical, and public health professionals.  This presentation will provide a historical perspective, review factors contributing to the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, highlight the resistant organisms of greatest concern, and discuss some illustrative examples.  The importance of a collaborative, interdisciplinary strategy involving human health, animal health, and environmental health professionals will be emphasized, and research priorities will be identified."

1 continuing education (CE) credit will be offered for this lecture.

See the other events going on as part of One Health Month!

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Centers for the Human-Animal Bond Conference

The Centers for Human-Animal Bond (CHAB) Conference is a prestigious event to unite leaders from University centers and institutes focused on research, teaching, and practice related to human-animal interaction. It was first convened 10 years ago and led to a special issue publication in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. Over the past decade there have been tremendous advances in the field. To connect and advance key leaders in this multi-disciplinary field, Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will host the second occurrence of this special, invitation-only event. The first day will be open to the public and feature a lecture and workshops on cutting edge methodology in the field.  The second day will consist of interactive discussion and presentations regarding the role, progress, and future trajectory of centers and institutes in advancing the human-animal bond field through collaborative research and education.  Attendees for day two will be invited leaders from centers and institutes focused on human-animal bond research and teaching at Universities throughout the United States.  

This conference has a limited number of seats, don't wait- Register Now! 

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VCS Seminar: Dr. Jesus Hermida

"Angular limb deformities in foals"

Presenter: Dr. Jesus Hermida, 2nd Year Resident, Large Animal Surgery

Angular limb deformities in foals provides the equine practitioner with a unique and challenging situation. Generally, this condition can be corrected and the normal angulation of the limb can be restored if the deviation is diagnosed early. The interest in the management of limb malformations in foals probably is related to the increased value of these animal. In the past, many foals with angular limb deformities were euthanized and considered a financial cost. Conservative and surgical treatment has been described, and the appropriate treatment is based on the evaluation of several clinical and radiographic variables. This talk discusses the general aspect of this pathology including different treatments, prognosis, cases and literature review. 

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VCS Seminar: Dr. Carrie Fulkerson

"Optimized Computed Tomography Protocal for Alpaca Dentition"

Presenter: Dr. Carrie Fulkerson, 3rd Year Resident, Diagnostic Imaging

Introduction/Purpose: Radiographs are commonly used in alpacas with dental disease to identify which teeth are involved and determine the extent of osteomyelitis, sequestration and draining tracts. In spite of the frequency of dental disease in alpacas, there is a lack of information regarding optimal technical imaging parameters to perform dental CT. Optimal dental CT studies in alpacas are important to allow clear visualization of the tooth roots and surrounding alveolar bone. We hypothesized that optimal dental images would be obtained using helical acquisitions and 1.25 mm slice thickness in alpacas in sternal recumbency under injectable anesthesia scanned in a 64-slice CT scanner. Methods: Three healthy adult alpacas were recruited for this prospective pilot study. Each alpaca was scanned in sternal recumbency under injectable anesthesia (ketamine, xylazine, and butophanol combination) using a 64-slice CT scanner with the following six protocols: (H1.25) helical, 1.25 mm slice thickness; (H2.5) helical, 2.5 mm slice thickness; (H5) helical, 5 mm slice thickness; (S1.25) sequential, 1.25 mm slice thickness; (S2.5) sequential, 2.5 mm slice thickness; (S5) sequential, 5 mm slice thickness. Five images of each alpaca were evaluated for each protocol and scored by three boardcertified radiologists based on visualization of tooth roots, sharpness of tooth roots and image noise. A numeric scoring system was devised that yielded a higher score for the better images. Images were selected by the first author who was responsible for recording the scores but not involved in the evaluation. All images were reviewed using commercially available viewing software with a fixed window level and width and high frequency reconstruction algorithm. Statistical analysis of the scores was performed using ordered logistic regression models. Results: The 1.25 mm slice thickness protocols scored higher than the 2.5mm and 5 mm slice thickness protocols for both tooth root visibility and tooth root sharpness with statistically significant differences (P< 0.001 for all). Sequential images scored higher than helical images for image noise with differences detected between the H1.25 protocol and S1.25, S2.5 and S5 protocols (P=0.003, P=0.003 and P=0.057, respectively). There was no significant difference between the H1.25 and S1.25 protocols with tooth root visibility or sharpness; however when image noise is evaluated, S1.25 scored significantly higher than H1.25. Discussion/Conclusion: The recommended optimal protocol for alpaca dentition is S1.25 using a high frequency reconstruction algorithm. Alpaca skull evaluation performed under injectable anesthesia while positioned in sternal recumbency with a 64 slice CT scanner produced high quality images.

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Pet Bird Symposium

The two-day biennial Pet Bird Symposium returns November 13 - 14 featuring four guest speakers addressing a variety of topics for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and aviculturists.  Topics include, “Commonly Kept Parrot Species and Their Characteristics,” “Update on Viral Diseases and Chlamydophila,” “Sedation, High Risk Anesthesia and Critical Care Management,” “Cloacal Prolapse Management,” “Dermatologic Conditions,” “The Geriatric Parrot,” and “Renal System Disorders.”

Speakers include Purdue Veterinary Medicine clinicians: Dr. Steve Thompson, clinical associate professor and director of the Pet Wellness Clinic, and Dr. Lorraine Corriveau, wellness clinician in the Small Animal Community Practice; as well as Dr. Angela Lennox, PVM adjunct assistant professor and avian specialist in Carmel, Ind., and Dr. Bianca Zaffarano, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty clinician.

In addition to lectures, the program will include a variety of case-based discussions.  Single day registration options will also be available.  Additional program and registration information coming soon.

Nine continuing education (CE) credits will be offered for this symposium.

Check back soon for registration and the preliminary program for this event! 

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