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.

Improve International (GPCert in Feline Practice); Orange, CA: Mar 7-10, 2019

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Do you have a special interest in feline medicine? Looking for an in-depth course taught by experts covering the most important topics? The Improve International GPCert in Feline Practice modules will help you achieve a higher level of expertise, clinical skills, knowledge, and confidence in dealing with complex cases.

My modules:
Fri Mar 8: Feline endocrinology

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis: hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism, hyperadrenocorticism
  • Understand the principles of key diagnostic tests
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis

Sat Mar 9: Feline urinary tract

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilized in cats with clinical signs of kidney disease (including acute/chronic kidney disease, neoplasia, and inherited diseases)
  • Understand the causes and emergency treatment of acute kidney injury
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphatemia, anemia, proteinuria, and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic kidney disease to patient treatment, monitoring, and prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for chronic kidney disease, including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors, and dietary modification
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections, and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment, and dietary management

Other modules:
Thurs Mar 7: Feline clinical pathology & laboratory diagnosis with Dr. James ‘Scot’ Estep
Sun Mar 10: Feline musculoskeletal disease with Dr. Dennis Marcellin-Little

 

Western Vet Conference; Las Vegas: Feb 17-20, 2019

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Sun Feb 17: Join my half-day wet lab, “Innovative tools and techniques in feline medicine” with co-instructor: Craig Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM
[separate registration required]

This lab will feature new and innovative tools and techniques to improve your skills in feline medicine. With a hands-on approach, you will learn new ways to perform practical procedures such as abdomino- and thoracocentesis, placing chest tubes, using local analgesia including an epidural technique, wound drainage, and the best urinary catheters. You will love the new ways to do old procedures that will make your life easier! (PS – most of the learnings can be applied to canine medicine too!)

Mon Feb 18:

  • Update Your Protocols For FeLV and FIV Testing
  • Approach to the cat with lower urinary tract signs
  • Approach to the cat with upper respiratory tract signs
  • No more stones: management of uroliths in cats (with Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn)

GEMFE-AVEPA; San Sebastian, Spain: Feb 1-3, 2019

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Fri Feb 1: Purina Masterclass

  • Gastric & esophageal disease
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Approach to the cat with chronic vomiting

Fri Feb 1: Main program

  • Diagnosis & management of constipation in cats
  • Chronic pancreatitis in cats

Sat Feb 2: Main program

  • Investigating elevated liver enzymes in cats
  • Feline hepatic lipidosis

Sun Feb 3: Main program

  • Inflammatory bowel disease in cats
  • Gastrointestinal lymphoma in cats

IVS Boston: Apr. 21-22, 2017

ivs-logoJoin Dr. Michael Lappin (Colorado State University) and me for two full days (16 CE hours) of intensive feline medicine education with International Veterinary Seminars at the Hilton Back Bay Boston on April 21-22, 2017. Topics include:

  • Successful management of urethral obstruction in cats
  • Understanding Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
  • How to Use Feeding Tubes in Cats
  • Diagnosis and management of weight loss in senior cats
  • Finding the inner cat – feline obesity
  • Finicky felines: managing anorexia in cats
  • Let’s get moving – the constipated cat
  • Update on managing CKD
  • Management of diabetes mellitus in cats
  • Fever of unknown origin in cats
  • Logical antibiotic therapy
  • Management of upper respiratory tract infections
  • Management of the coughing cat
  • Feline GI diseases

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

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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