A New Culture: Innovations at the Forefront of Veterinary Clinical Microbiology (9-10am)
With rising antimicrobial resistance rates and an increasing immunocompromised pet population, it is more important than ever to employ new technologies to diagnose infectious diseases. Advanced, rapid technologies are quickly becoming critical to both the veterinary clinical microbiologist and the clinician. This presentation will compare and contrast classic tests with new technologies and lay out what the implications are for both practitioners and our patients. New data from our lab will include research into the use of the Luminex platform (bead-based PCR assay) to diagnose agents of granulomatous disease, transcriptomic investigations into managing UTI and the use of MALDI-tof technology for bacterial identification.
Dr. Stephen Cole
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: Changes in the Gut Microbiome Associated with Treatment and Remission of Canine Chronic Enteritis (10:15-11:15am)
The healthy canine intestine is home hundreds of bacterial species, the vast majority of which have not previously been studied and are not readily cultured. Although this ‘microbiome’ is now believed to be a critical determinant of health and disease, there is need to understand exactly which organisms may causes disease, and which are associated with intestinal healing. In this session, Dr. Beiting will discuss the methods used to collect generate a census of the microbiome, and will detail work carried out in collaboration with Dr. Mark Rondeau at PennVet’s Ryan Hospital that used these methods to examine changes in the microbiome of dogs being treated for chronic enteritis. The results of this study highlight specific bacteria that may serve as the target for future therapeutics or diagnostics.
Dr. Daniel Beiting
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Small Animals - What are Some of the Increasingly Common Uses? (11:30am-12:30pm)
This lecture will describe some of the increasingly common uses for advanced diagnostic imaging in small animals, focusing on CT, MRI and contrast-enhanced ultrasound. A brief introduction of each imaging modality will be followed by a case-based discussion of their utility in a variety of disease conditions. A brief description of newer modalities in advanced diagnostic imaging will also be presented.
Dr. Jennifer Reetz and Dr. Ana Ceceres
Innovations in Cutaneous Wound Care (2pm-3pm)
Wound healing complications can be challenging to manage in small animal practice. This session will focus on recent innovations in cutaneous wound care that may improve clinical outcomes in veterinary patients.
Dr. Sue Volk
Future in Wound Management (3:15-4:15pm)
Dr. Michael Mison
Exciting New Drug Therapies for Vexing Skin Diseases (4:30-5:30pm)
This session will discuss the use of IL-31 inhibitors for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs, and the isoxazoline class of anti-parasitic agents (fluralaner, afoxolaner, sarolaner) for treatment of canine and feline ectoparasitisms.
Dr. Daniel Morris