AAFP Conference; San Francisco: Oct 31-Nov 3

The American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners 5th World Feline Veterinary Conference is focused on complex disease management.

Join me on the pre-conference day, Thurs. Oct 31, for the Hill’s Food For Thought lunch seminar (Between a rock and a hard place: diagnosis and management of constipation) and on Fri. Nov 1 for the IDEXX Lunch & Learn (It’s a new world: update on feline retrovirus testing). Separate registration is required for the pre-conference day and for the Lunch & Learn.

A podcast in which I am Bluntly Dissected

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One of the top fun things I got to do in my professional life in 2018 was being a guest on Dr. Dave Nicol’s podcast, Blunt Dissection. It was up there with tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia, another life event not to be missed. I’m episode 17, right after Dr. Sheilah Robertson (my anesthesia and analgesia guru) and before Dr. Cody Creelman (a fellow Canadian and social media innovator in large animal medicine). I’m in pretty impressive company!

I love that Dave says I was a ‘riot from start to finish’ – who doesn’t want to make people laugh? In no particular order, this is what Dave says we talked about:

1. Susan’s Oyster Fetish
2. The really dull, but (probably) authentic reasons she became a vet.
3. Her views on the current (poor) “State Of The Veterinary Union”.
4. The tough points in her career and the tools she uses to maintain her state of mind and performance.
5. Why she loves checklists and thinks we should use them way more in veterinary medicine.
6. Life auditing and how to say no.
7. Multiple tips she has for all clinics to improve their feline experience (at no or little cost.)

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Have a listen to my hour of fame with Dr. Dave Nicol and the other cool episodes too – they’re in iTunes.

AMMVEPE Mexico City: Apr. 27-28, 2017


Hola! Two days of feline medicine CE in Mexico City with Asociacion Mexicana de Medicos Veterinarios Especialistas en Pequenas Especies (AMMVEPE):

April 27:

  • Update on pain in cats: recognition and scoring
  • How to improve the safety of anesthesia for cats
  • Elevated liver enzymes in cats: a practical approach
  • How to make your practice feline friendly

April 28:

  • Update on diagnosis and management of FeLV and FIV
  • Successful management of feline diabetes mellitus
  • Update on feline hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic pancreatitis in cats
  • Treatment of anorexia in cats
  • Successful management of obesity in cats

Indiana Veterinary Medical Assoc. Conference: Mar. 2-5, 2017


The Indiana Veterinary Medical Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN on March 2-5, 2017. My lectures are on Fri. March 3:

  • Update on pain in cats: recognition and scoring
  • How to improve the safety of anesthesia for cats
  • Managing anorexia in cats
  • Elevated liver enzymes in cats – a practical approach
  • Feline endocrine diseases you thought you’d never see
  • How to diagnose and manage inflammatory bowel disease in cats