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VCS Seminar: Dr. Rebecca Sayre

VCS Seminar: Dr. Rebecca Sayre: The minimum alveolar concentration of desflurane and the minimum alveolar concentration sparing effects of oxymorphone or hydromorphone in sheep

VCS Seminar: Dr. Rebecca Sayre: The minimum alveolar concentration of desflurane and the minimum alveolar concentration sparing effects of oxymorphone or hydromorphone in sheep

Objective: To establish the minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of desflurane in sheep and to evaluate the MAC sparing effects of 2 opioids in this species.

Animals: 8 nulliparous adult mixed breed sheep. Procedures: Desflurane was delivered via a mask, endotracheal intubation was performed and anesthesia was maintained using desflurane in 100% oxygen. The MAC of desflurane (MACdes) was determined using a supramaximal noxious stimulus by clamping the claw with Vulsellum forceps. Immediately after MAC determination, sheep received an intravenous bolus of 0.05mg/kg oxymorphone (OXY) or 0.1mg/kg hydromorphone (HYDRO). Desflurane MAC + opioid (MACdes+opioid) was determined following the intravenous treatment of either study drug. Cardiac output (CO), invasive blood pressure, and arterial blood gases were analyzed during each anesthetic event. Time to intubation, extubation, sternal recumbency, and standing were documented in minutes. Statistical significance was set at P < 0.05 and the MAC of desflurane was established in mechanically ventilated sheep. Results The value for MACdes was 8.6 % ± 0.2. An addition of 0.05 mg/kg of OXY lowered the MAC to 7.9% ± 0.2 and the addition of 0.1 mg/kg of HYDRO lowered the MAC to 7.6% ± 0.4. CO was higher at MACdes, and MACdes+opioid compared to CO at baseline (before starting MAC determination, with end tidal desflurane concentration [ETdes] at 10%). No statistical difference was seen between blood gas measurements at any point. Induction and recovery times were not statistically significant between treatments.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Oxymorphone or hydromorphone given IV statistically decrease the MAC for desflurane. However, this effect was considerable minor compared with opioid sparing effects reported in other species.

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VCS Seminar: Dr. Kristen Marshall

VCS Seminar: Dr. Kristen Marshall: Fluid responsiveness and cardiac output monitoring in veterinary medicine

VCS Seminar: Dr. Kristen Marshall: Fluid Responsiveness and Cardiac Output Monitoring in Veterinary Medicine

The main objective of fluid therapy is to increase cardiac output. Large, rapidly administered volumes of fluids are the cornerstone of treating patients in shock to restore circulating volume and improve tissue perfusion. However, determining exactly how much fluid a given patient requires can be challenging. If not enough fluid is given, poor tissue perfusion can lead to ischemia, anaerobic metabolism, and ultimately cell and patient death. Conversely, increased morbidity and mortality associated with excessive IV fluid administration has been reported in the human literature in a wide variety of conditions. This lecture will focus on fluid responsiveness, , types of cardiac output monitoring, their application in veterinary medicine as well as current research trends in non-invasive evaluation of fluid responsiveness.

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CAWS Spring Symposium

Center for Animal Welfare Science - Spring Symposium - Addressing Current Animal Welfare Debates: Placing the Science in its Societal Context

Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science Spring Symposium
Addressing Current Animal Welfare Issues: Scientific Challenges and Their Societal Context

May 21, 2015

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Click here to register.

Click here to view the program.

Goals of Symposium: 

This one-day symposium celebrates the establishment of the new Center for Animal Welfare Sciences, which is jointly funded by the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture as well as the Purdue University Provost’s office.  The symposium will provide an important opportunity for exchange of ideas, development of multi-disciplinary collaborations, and engagement of scholars, stakeholders and members of the public interested in animal welfare.  This event will highlight Purdue’s unique capacity and leadership relative to science-based policy development and decision-making on animal welfare.

The program is intended to be useful for scientists, students, veterinarians, animal producers, various animal industry personnel, legislators, and interested members of the general public.

Call for CAWS Symposium Student Poster Session

The Center for Animal Welfare Science (CAWS) will be accepting abstracts for student posters to be presented at our upcoming symposium entitled, “Addressing current animal welfare problems: Scientific challenges and their social context.” We would like to highlight excellence in research on areas of relevance to the CAWS mission, including animal welfare and human-animal interaction. We encourage you to inform interested colleagues and students about this opportunity. To submit a poster, please email the title, authors (with affiliations), and 300 word abstract of your poster to Dr. Maggie O’Haire (mohaire@purdue.edu) by April 10th. Abstracts must have a clear relevance to the CAWS mission. They should contain the purpose of the work, the methods used, results and conclusions. Results should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions drawn. References are not required in the abstracts. Accepted abstracts will be contacted by April 24th and provided with further information pertaining to the poster session. Accepted posters will be displayed throughout the symposium on May 21 2015 with a dedicated hour for poster viewing and audience questions.

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NPIP Salmonella Diagnostic Workshop

NPIP Salmonella Diagnostic Workshop

National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Salmonella Diagnostic Workshop

August 4-6, 2015

Lynn Hall
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Travel Information (PDF)

Program details coming soon with registration available June 4, 2015.

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PVM Fall Conference Future Dates Schedule

Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Annual Fall Conference will be held on on the following dates on the Purdue University-West Lafayette Campus. For additional information contact Marti Burns. Registration always begins on June 1st of the Conference year.

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Past Events

Small Animal Veterinary Technology Symposium Proceedings

Note: These lectures are password protocted and intended for attendees only.

1. Leptospirosis is Everywhere! (PDF, 98kb) - Lynn Guptill, DVM, PhD
2. Distemper, Parvovirus, and Lepto, Oh My! (PDF, 211kb)– Saralyn Sharp, RVT, VTS (Clinical Practice / Feline)
3. Keeping Up the Pace: Pacemaker Therapy (PDF, 152kb)– Kim Sederquist, BS, RVT, VTS (Cardiology)
4. Anemia in the Small Animal Patient (PDF, 206kb) – Julie Commons, RVT, VTS (SAIM)
5. Becoming a VTS: Panel Discussion (PDF, 72kb)
6. Blood Glucose Monitoring in the Canine Patient (PDF, 93kb) – Danielle Buchanan, BS, RVT, VTS (SAIM)
7. Hypotension in the Small Animal (PDF, 125kb) – Carrie LaCombe, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
8. The Great Spay Debate (PDF, 224kb) – Saralyn Sharp, RVT, VTS (Clinical Practice canine/feline)
9. Canine Aspergillosis: A Nosey Situation (PDF, 95kb) – Danielle Buchanan, RVT, VTS (SAIM)

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2014 Pet Bird Symposium Lectures

Note: These lectures are password protected and intended for attendees only.

1. Behavioral History as Part of Routine PE – Dr. Angela Lennox (.pdf)

2. Updates in Avian Sedation, Anesthesia and Analgesia – Dr. Angela Lennox (.pdf)

3. Working up Reproductive Disease/Cloacal Disorders – Dr. Amber Lee (.pdf)

4. In-House Rapid Diagnostic Testing – Dr. Angela Lennox (.pdf)

5. Pet Bird Imaging Overview – Dr. Annett-Carolin Habich (.pdf)

6. Pediatric and Orphan Care for Psittacines and Passerines – Dr. Annett-Carolin Habich (.pdf)

7. Triage Management in Pet Birds – Dr. Annett-Carolin Habich (.pdf)

8. Therapeutics for Parasitic and Fungal/Yeast Disease – Dr. Steve Thompson (.pdf)

9. Cardiac Disease in Birds – Dr. Lori Corriveau (.pdf)