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.)
Have a listen to my hour of fame with Dr. Dave Nicol and the other cool episodes too – they’re in iTunes.
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)
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
Tues Jan 22: Feline lymphoma vs IBD – the struggle is real! with Dr. Sue Ettinger
10:55-11:45 AM in Room S330 E/F, sponsored by KindredBio
Wed Jan 23: Meet the professor lunch: Feline bladder stones – between a rock and a hard place (separate registration required)
12:00-1:30 PM in Salon 19
Join 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
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
The Western Veterinary Conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV on March 5-9, 2017. My lectures will be on Tues. March 7:
- Current concepts in feline chronic kidney disease
- How to improve the safety of anesthesia for feline patients
- Elevated liver enzymes in cats – now what?
- How to manage cats with urethral obstruction
- How to use feeding tubes in cats
Wed. March 8: Feline Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques Hands-on Lab with Dr. Craig Webb at the Oquendo Center – separate registration required.