Pfizer Animal Health Focuses On Solutions At 2013 North American Veterinary Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 20, 2013 – Current and emerging trends in veterinary medicine will be the focus of a series of educational sessions presented by Zoetis during the annual North American Veterinary Conference, Jan. 20–23 in Orlando. Leading experts in veterinary medicine and innovative teaching techniques will be featured in the sessions covering dermatology, gastrointestinal disease, pain management, anesthesia and sedation, Lyme disease, CPR and practice management.

“We are pleased to offer a comprehensive schedule of educational sessions for NAVC 2013,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP and group director of CAD Veterinary Operations for Zoetis. “These sessions address our ongoing commitment to providing innovative therapeutic options that are safe and effective for companion animals, as well as being trusted and convenient for veterinarians and pet owners.”

The schedule of Zoetis-sponsored sessions is highlighted by an afternoon symposium at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. “Excellence in Dermatology: New Tools for Your Kit” features presentations by leading veterinary specialists Mark Papich, DVM, MS, DACVCP; Valerie Fadok, DVM, PhD, DACVD; and Dana Liska, DVM, DACVD. Dr. Papich will look at resistant skin infections and which drug is right for which patient. Drs. Fadok and Liska will then lead an audience-response section of case reviews and summarize the newest treatment strategies and the inevitable roadblocks dermatology patients present.

At 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, David S. Biller, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM; Howard B. Seim III, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS; Todd R. Tams, Diplomate, ACVR; and David C. Twedt, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM will address “GI Handoff: DX, RX, TX, PX – 4 Veterinary Specialists Team-Tackle Actual Patient Workups.” In this unique format, the four specialists will jointly address the challenges of managing acute and chronic vomiting and liver disease in dogs and treating GI disorders in cats while the audience works up the cases presented via interactive technology.

“Current Concepts in Pathological Pain,” at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, features Duncan Lascelles, BVSc, PhD, DACVS and Andre Shih, DVM, DACVA, who will lead participants in reviewing the pros and cons of actual anesthesia cases as well as highlighting new modalities for treating osteoarthritis, including treatments geared to young dogs with early signs.

The Education Center inside the Zoetis booth (#1819) will be the venue for a series of 30-minute recurring “mini-lectures” Sunday through Wednesday:

  • Sunday, Daniel Fletcher, PhD, DVM will present “RECOVER Veterinary CPR Guidelines Overview.”
  • Monday, Dr. Fadok will present “New Targets for Treatment of Pruritic Skin Conditions in Dogs.”
  • Tuesday, Dr. Shih will discuss “Better Ways to Consider Pre-Anesthesia and Sedation.”

Also featured in the Education Center, Michele Rosenbaum, VMD, DACVD, and Candace Sousa, DVM, DABVP, DACVD, will lead “Pathophysiology of Canine Allergic Disease.” Marking an NAVC “first,” this program will be presented using the breakthrough teaching tool ViSTa. ViSTa is an innovative, 3D virtual world that allows veterinarians from across the country and around the world to engage in a novel, interactive, personalized, real-time education experience—led by boarded specialists—for CE credit. The 30-minute session will be presented multiple times Sunday through Wednesday.

Additionally, two 6:30 a.m. breakfast sessions will feature Richard Goldstein, DVM discussing “New Strategies for Managing Lyme Disease” on Sunday, Jan. 20, and Lowell Ackerman, DVM, DACVD, MBA, presenting ideas on how to “Practice Smarter, Not Harder” on Monday, Jan. 21.

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