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PVMA CE Symposium: Food for Thought- Pet Nutrition in Portlandia & Bite Size Treats
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When: 4/17/2016
Where: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon  97221
United States
Contact: Cristina Keef

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Proceedings, 8.5 CE credits, and all meals (light breakfast, full lunch and afternoon snack) and beverages throughout the day will be included! We will accommodate combined vegan/gluten-free as best we can for lunch, but options will be limited for the light breakfast.


Food for thought: Pet nutrition in Portlandia and bite size treats to feed your practice

We are bringing Dr. Buffington back again this year, this time to talk about pet nutrition and address some of the challenges we face navigating the growing pet food industry and the diversity of advice that pet owners receive. We have also asked 11 area veterinarians to present 20 minute micro-lectures on a variety of topics. Our intention is for them to provide valuable bits of practical information that attendees will be able to apply the very next day.


We are excited to offer this multi-format, community oriented event and look forward to a fun, fast-paced day of learning! These lectures are intended for the whole team so please share as you see fit!

8:30am: Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00am: Welcome


9:10am- 10:30am: Understanding Unconventional Diets- Dr. Tony Buffington


10:30-10:45am: Morning Break


10:45-10:50am: Intro to short lectures


10:50am-11:10am: Intraoral Radiography: From Mystery to Black and White- Dr. Randi Brannan

11:10am-11:30am: Feline Analgesia Highlights- Dr. Heidi Shafford

Brief, practical insights into use of Onsior, Simbadol and Gabapentin to maximize comfort in kitties.

11:30am-11:50am: Infectious Disease Dr. Emilio DeBess

11:50am– 12:10pm: When and how to prescribe for behavioral medications- Dr. Chris Pachel

12:10pm-12:30pm: OSU CVM Oncology Clinical Trials- Dr. Katie Curran

We will briefly discuss clinical trials in veterinary patients, ongoing clinical trials available at OSU for oncology patients, and future directions of clinical research in oncology.

12:30pm-1:15pm: Lunch


1:15pm:Welcome Back


1:20pm-2:10pm: Talking to“Pet Parents" about Nutrition-Dr. Tony Buffington


2:10pm-2:30pm: A Fitbit for Fluffy? Insights into new technologies for cardiac patients- Dr. Kathryn Atkinson

Dr. Atkinson will give a practical overview of new technologies that can help owners and veterinarians monitor patients with heart disease. Demo models of these technologies will be available.

2:30pm-2:50pm: Basic stabilization of respiratory distress patients- Dr. Amy Haraway

2:50pm-3:10pm: Clinical research and epidemiology in primary care populations-what can the Brits teach us? - Dr. Connie White


3:10pm-3:25pm: Afternoon Break


3:25pm-3:45pm: iGen: Dealing with the Millennials in Veterinary Practice- Dr. Thomas Schwarzer

3:45pm-4:05pm: New doctor recruitment: Can we play moneyball?- Dr. Heidi Houchen

Can we better use the information available at the time of application to predict success as a veterinarian -- to understand how those new doctors or new graduates may perform as a doctor in our practice?

4:05pm-4:25pm: Searching for compassion, tips to look at your day differently- Dr. Kim Freeman


4:25pm-4:30pm: Thank you wrap-up!

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