CE Events and Workshops

Purdue Veterinary Conference

Please join us for the 2018 Purdue Veterinary Conference

September 18 - September 22, 2018

 The annual conference is designed to provide Continuing Education (CE) opportunities for the entire veterinary team. Content will include; Bovine, Small Animal, Food Animal, Equine, Exotics, topics of interest for Veterinary Technicians, Professional Development, and Shelter Medicine. All conference sessions and special events will be held on Purdue’s campus locations in West Lafayette, IN.

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Veterinary Practice Management Program (VPMP)

Register now for Cohort 29 beginning with Human Resources Management, September 27-30th, 2018.

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VCS Seminar: Dr. Sissy Hong, 2nd Year Resident, Neurology

An Intriguing Link? An Association Between Myositis and Malignancy

Presented by: Dr. Sissy Hong, 2nd Year Resident, Neurology 

The association between myositis and malignancy has been studied quite extensively in human medicine. In veterinary medicine, only a few published case reports exist which explore the potential link between myositis and  neoplasia in the dog. This seminar will provide an overview of myositis, focusing on its association with paraneoplastic and preneoplastic syndromes in both human and veterinary species.  

One (1) Continuing Education (CE) credit is offered for this seminar.

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VCS Seminar: Dr. Ilektra Athanasiadi and Dr. Kelly Cummings

Radiation Induced Brain Injury in a Mouse Model Utilizing a Novel Positional Device, IMRT Planning, and a Linear Accelerator

Presented by: Dr. Ilektra Athanasiadi, 3rd Year Resident, Radiation Oncology

The purpose of this study was to design a mouse model to study radiation induced brain injury utilizing commercially available radiation therapy equipment.

A positional device was custom designed by our group to simultaneously immobilize and irradiate 5 mouse brains in-vivo utilizing gaseous anesthesia, IMRT planning technique, and a standard clinical 6 MV linear accelerator. MRI and histology were utilized to study the brain injury after irradiation.

Results from the brain irradiation of this mouse model showed weaknesses in reproducing the exact brain injury as seen in humans. Future plans are directed to animal models


Radiographic Indices for the Diagnosis of Atlantoaxial Instability in Toy Breed Dogs

Presented by: Dr. Kelly Cummings, 3rd Year Resident, Oncology

Toy breed dogs are overrepresented for atlantoaxial instability. Radiography is a standard diagnostic test, however published toy breed-specific radiographic measurements are lacking and diagnosis remains largely subjective. Aims of this retrospective, diagnostic accuracy study were to describe normal values and determine whether some quantitative radiographic criteria strongly support a diagnosis of atlantoaxial instability specific to toy breed dogs. Neutral lateral and ventrodorsal radiographs of 102 toy breed dogs (92 control, 10 affected) were reviewed. The median C1-C2 overlap (the distance of overlap between the C2 spinous process and the dorsal arch of C1) was +4.65mm in control dogs and -5.00 mm in atlantoaxial instability cases. A C1-C2 overlap ≤ +1.55mm was the most sensitive (100%) and specific (94.5%) radiographic measurement in the diagnosis of atlantoaxial instability. Three relative measurements were performed: the ventral atlantodental interval to dorsal atlantodental interval ratio, the dens/C2 ratio, and the C1-C2 angle. These three relative measurements had good specificity (94.5, 86.9, and 98.9%, respectively), lower sensitivity (80.0, 66.7, and 60.0%, respectively), and were not influenced by body weight (P > 0.05). Absolute measurements (including absolute dens length and atlantoaxial distance) were

significantly correlated with body weight (P < 0.05) diminishing their utility in the diagnosis of atlantoaxial instability. Decreased C1-C2 overlap strongly supports atlantoaxial instability. The ventral atlantodental interval/dorsal atlantodental interval ratio, dens/C2 ratio, and C1-C2 angle


One (1) Continuing Education (CE) credit is offered for attending both seminar.

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Medicine of Mammalian & Avian Species Symposium

The 2018 Medicine of Mammalian & Avian Species Symposium

Save the date for the two-day biennial symposium for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students with a keynote lecture by Endre Sós, DVM, PhD, ECZM of the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Hungary.   View the Preliminary Program Here.

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Coppoc One Health Lecture

5th annual Coppoc One Health Lecture

November 1, 2018  |  3:30 p.m.  |  Lynn Hall, Room 1136

The 5th annual Coppoc One Health Lecture will be held at Purdue University's Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

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The David Van Sickle Musculoskeletal Days

Save the date! November 9th - 10th, 2018

This two-day event will focus on osteoarthritis and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, a world-renowned equine orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine and osteoarthritis researcher from Colorado State University.  

The first day will be about osteoarthritis research and treatment with presentations and networking opportunities geared toward musculoskeletal researchers and students.  

The theme of the second day will be orthopedic health, with a focus on osteoarthritis, for humans, horses, as well as dogs and cats, and is open to anyone interested in this topic. 

More information coming soon!

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Horseman's Forum

Save the date! February 9th, 2019

The purpose of the Horseman's Forum is to educate horse owners and equine industry professionals about current horse health issues, ranging from basic preventive health care and husbandry topics to state-of-the-art medical advancements. The Horseman's Forum will be presented as a one-day seminar where questions and open discussions will be encouraged. Presenters will include Purdue faculty and staff as well as invited speakers. Come and share your passion for horses with Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine!

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Veterinary Nursing Symposium

Save the date! March 24th, 2019

Save the date!  Purdue Veterinary Medicine hosts an annual Veterinary Nursing Symposium to provide an opportunity for veterinary assistants, veterinary nurses, veterinary technology students, and veterinary technicians to obtain approved continuing education credits.

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Wildlife Medicine in Belize and Guatemala

The Wildlife Medicine in Belize and Guatemala program

April 7-14, 2019

Join the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine for an eight-day continuing education course (approx. 30 hours of continuing education) in Belize and Guatemala with the Belize Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic/Wildlife Institute, focusing on multiple aspects of wildlife medicine and rehabilitation. This course will expand veterinary professionals’ knowledge on best practices for wildlife medicine, conservation, and rescue techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with a variety of wildlife species throughout Latin America and learn from some of the top wildlife veterinary and conservation professionals in the region.

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Building Capacity to Ensure Innovative Solutions to Emerging Animal Well-being Challenges

Save the date!  April 17-18th, 2019

A recent Council for Agricultural Science and Technology taskforce report on farm animal welfare identified multiple emerging challenges for U.S. animal agriculture. These include the need for improved understanding of the role of animal welfare in sustainability, antimicrobial resistance, global developments, urban agriculture and assessing animal mental states. This symposium will explore the ways in which diverse people and perspectives can enhance the quality of science and the impact of research and engagement programs required to address these key areas of need.  Experts in animal welfare science will explore these and related topics along with participants from land grant, private and Minority Serving Institutions of higher education as well as different sectors of the agricultural sciences and industries, and their partners in veterinary medicine.  In addition to information-sharing, participants will network and identify needs and collaborative partnerships aimed at building capacity to more effectively diversify and grow the discipline to develop innovative solutions.

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