CE Series: Canine Breeder Seminar 2021
New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Medical Genetics & Pediatrics

CE Series: Canine Breeder Seminar 2021

Penn Vet Faculty
  • 10:00 AM –4:00 PM
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This year's Breeder Seminar is Virtual!

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021


10:00 am:  Is Epilepsy a Genetic Disease?
Scott Petesch, VMD, DACVIM Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 

During this talk, we will explore whether epilepsy should be considered a genetic disease. Discussion will focus on known gene loci associated with epilepsy as well as other, non-genetic factors that may also contribute to the development of recurrent seizures in dogs. All breeder questions or observations about seizures are also encouraged. 

11:00 am:  Urinary Incontinence in Dogs
Andréanne Cléroux, DVM, IPSAV, DACVIM Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Interventional Radiology 

This lecture will focus on the most common causes of urinary incontinence in dogs. We will discuss congenital and acquired causes of urinary incontinence, the clinical signs and symptoms associated with this condition, and the diagnostic workup of affected dogs. We will also review treatment options with a focus on minimally invasive procedures as well as prognosis in dogs. 

12:00 pm: Screen/Lunch Break 

12:30 pm: Portosystemic Shunts in Dogs
Mark Rondeau, DVM, DACVIM Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine 

This lecture will focus on the basics of portosystemic shunts in dogs. We will discuss what a portosytemic shunt is and what different types occur in dogs. We will also cover clinical signs and why they develop. Methods of diagnosis and screening will be reviewed. Finally we will provide updated information regarding treatment options and prognosis for affected dogs. 

1:30pm: Bad Bugs = No Drugs = Poor Pugs: Antibiotic Resistance and its Effect on Canine Companions
Stephen Cole, VMD, MS, DACVM Assistant Professor of Clinical Microbiology 

The bacteria that cause infections in dogs are becoming more and more resistant to the antibiotics that we use to kill them. This talk will introduce you to the problem of antimicrobial resistance, highlighting how it affects dogs, and will provide you with actionable steps for helping to slow its spread! 

2:30 pm Pediatric Emergencies
Erica Reineke, VMD, DACVECC, Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care 

Pediatric patients can decompensate quickly and obtaining an exact diagnosis responsible for their underlying condition can often be challenging. Successful emergency treatment of pediatric dogs presenting with life-threatening conditions requires knowledge of common pathologic conditions and diseases as well as an understanding of the unique differences in pediatric dogs as compared with their adult counterparts. This seminar will cover commonly encountered emergency conditions in pediatric dogs and treatment strategies that are utilized. 


Once successfully registered, you will be provided with the information to participate the day before the event. If you do not receive the Zoom link for this event by 4:00pm ET Friday, March 12 please contact Maria Calabrese (mcalabre@upenn.edu for connection information). Please ensure the email address you provide is correct, as we will email the Zoom meeting details prior to the event to this address, as well as your CE certificate after the event. 

Location: ZOOM CE Class

  • Advanced registration is required and attendance is limited. Please note we are only able to accept credit card payments at this time. Registration fee is non-refundable and you must register no later than Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

  • Call 1-877-PENN-VET with any questions.

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The Section of Medical Genetics was founded in 1970 and has focused on the study of naturally occurring genetic diseases of companion animals.
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The section is dedicated to pursuing clinical and laboratory research on hereditary diseases of companion animals to better understand the disease processes and to develop novel therapeutic approaches.

The section offers opportunities in education and training of veterinarians, graduate researchers, and students in all aspects of comparative medical genetics through courses, clinical rotations, residencies, fellowships, seminars and publications.

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