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Much of the educational program for the 2020 Virtual Convention & Trade Show will be available for viewing on demand beginning Dec. 1. This allows you to select and view sessions at your convenience, from your home or office. In late November, all convention registrants will receive an access link for the online viewing platform.

On Demand Sessions: Available December 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

*All topics and speakers are subject to change.*


In-Depth: It’s Not Black and White: The Relationship Between Imaging Findings and Lameness

Sponsored by American Regent, Inc., manufacturer of Adequan® i.m., (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) and BetaVet® (betamethasone sodium phosphate and betamethasone acetate injectable suspension).

Join us for a live panel discussion Monday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Significance of Radiographic Findings in Racehorses – Sue Stover 

  • Diagnostic Imaging Findings in English Sport Horses in Relation to Performance and Lameness – Sarah M. Puchalski 

  • How Imaging Correlates to Prognosis, Rehabilitation, and Return to Work – Lauren V. Schnabel 

  • How Imaging Findings in Western Sport Horses Relate to Performance and Lameness – Myra F. Barrett 

How-to Session: Feeding for Fitness

Sponsored by Cargill, makers of ProElite® Feeds – There can only be one best™.

  • How to Select Forages for Equine Athletes – Krishona Martinson 

  • How to Select a Concentrate for Performance Horses –Stephen E. Duren

  • How to Feed the Overweight Performance Horse –Megan L. Shepher

  • How to Feed Performance Horses for Optimal Digestive Health – Kelly R. Vineyard 

  • Feeding Performance Horses with Myopathies – Joe D. Pagan

  • How to Support Immune Function Through Nutrition – Lori Warren

  • Effects of Low-Dust Forages on Racehorses’ Airway Health – Laurent L. Couetil

  • Role of Dietary Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators in Resolution of Equine Asthma - Carla Olave

  • Effects of Supplements Containing Turmeric and Devil’s Claw on Equine Gastric Ulcer Scores and Gastric Juice pH – Michael St. Blanc

Back to Basics: The Acute Abdomen in the Field 

Sponsored by IDEXX, the worldwide leader in veterinary diagnostics.

  • How to Interpret History and Physical Examination Findings of a Horse with an Acute Abdomen in the Field – Louise L. Southwood 

  • How to Safely and Effectively Perform Abdominal Palpation per Rectum – Diana M. Hassel 

  • How to Perform a Diagnostic FLASH – Cris Navas 

  • How and When to Consider Advanced Diagnostic Procedures in the Field: Point-of-Care Lab Data and Abdominocentesis – Diana M. Hassel

  • How to Manage a Horse with Colic in the Field – Anthony Blikslager 

  • How and When to Refer the Horse with Colic That is Not Responding to Medical Management – Louise L. Southwood 

  • How to Help Your Client with Their Horse Following Colic Surgery: Expectations, Potential Complications, and Ongoing Care – Anthony Blikslager 


Sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

  • Stallion Semen Cooling Using Native Phosphocaseinate-Based Extender and Sodium Caseinate Cholesterol Loaded Cyclodextrin-Based Extender – Giorgia Podico    

  • One-Hour Post-Breeding Lavage Does Not Affect Pregnancy in Mares Bred with Frozen Semen – Juan C. Samper

  • Reproductive Outcomes of 71 Thoroughbred Mares Following Unilateral Ovariectomy of Granulosa Cell Tumor/Granulosa-Theca Cell Tumor – Sheila G. Spacek

  • Use of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) as a Biomarker for Ascending Placentitis – Carleigh E. Fedorka

  • Doppler Indices of the Fetal Carotid Artery Throughout Gestation – Stefania Bucca

  • Intrauterine Administration of Platelet-Rich or -Poor Plasma Mitigates Persistent Breeding-Induced Endometritis in Mares – Lorenzo G.T.M. Segabinazzi

  • Review of Foal Heat Breeding Options – Patrick M. McCue

  • Recumbency as a Risk Factor for Mare and Foal Survival Following In-Hospital Dystocia Management – Heather Roe

  • Prediction of Gestational Age Based on Fetal Ultrasonographic Biometric Measurements in Quarter Horses – Catherine D. Renaudin

  • Inflammatory Protein Biomarkers in the Low-Volume Lavage of Mares with  Endometritis and Degenerative Endometrial Fibrosis – Jennine M. Lection 

  • Iodine Levels in Extensively Managed Broodmares and Their Foals – Maria F. Lopez-Rodriguez

Business of Practice: Strengthening the Foundation of Your Practice

Sponsored by Covetrus.

  • Loan Repayment: Programs and Strategies for Equine Vets – Martha Mallicote

  • Why Veterinarians are Leaving Equine Practice – Amy L. Grice

  • How to Employ the Four-Principles Approach for Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Equine Practice – Barb Crabbe

  • Use of the Net Promoter Score Survey to Improve Business Growth, Profitability, and Client Loyalty – Mike Pownall

  • Review of Equine Hospital Design Techniques for Controlling Infectious Disease – Heather E. Lewis and Lucas Pantaleon


In-Depth: Neonatology

  • Neurologic Examination in the Foal – Monica Aleman 

  • Quality Control: Genetic Testing in Foals – Carrie J. Finno 

  • Hormones in Critically Ill Foals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Ramiro E. Toribio 

  • Diarrhea in the Neonate: Is There Anything Really New? – Nathan M. Slovis


Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sponsored by Platinum Performance, "Good Nutrition is Good Medicine."

Join us for a live panel discussion on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The speakers for this panel will be available to respond to questions pertaining to each of their talks. 

  • Autologous Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells Modulate Joint Homeostasis in an in vivo Model of Synovitis – Bruno C. Menarim

  • Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cell Therapy for Equine Joint Disease – James B. Everett

  • A Pooled Equine Platelet-Rich Plasma Lysate Biologic as a Novel Disease-Modifying Osteoarthritis Therapy – Lauren V. Schnabel

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Lysate Improves Bacterial Load and Outcomes of Staphylococcus aureus Infectious Arthritis in Horses – Lauren V. Schnabel

  • How to Manage Back Pain in Horses – Erin Contino

  • Identification of Genomic Loci Associated with Performance-Limiting Kissing Spines in Quarter Horses and Warmbloods – Beau Whitaker

  • Relationship Between Postural Stability and Paraspinal Muscle Adaptation in Lame Horses Undergoing Rehabilitation – Katherine L. Ellis

  • Review: Management of Pain Associated with Laminitis in the Horse -- Evidence for Therapies – Katherine L. Ellis

  • Effects of Horseshoe Characteristics and Surface Composition on Shear Forces on the Equine Digit – Tara Doherty

  • Association of mRNA Biomarkers with Catastrophic Racing Injuries in Thoroughbreds – Allen Page


Business of Practice: Navigating Important Corporate and Legal Matters

Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy.

  • What You Should Know about Corporate Practice Sales - Charlotte Lacroix

  • Issues to Negotiate in Contracts Seen in Practice - Charlotte Lacroix

  • Employee Performance Coaching and Setting Goals - Charlotte Lacroix

  • Cannabis in your Patients and Legal Conundrums - Charlotte Lacroix


How to Manage Hoof Lameness I

Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products.

Join us for a live panel discussion Saturday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

  • How to Evaluate Foot Conformation and Understand the Effect of Shoeing on Load Distribution – Renate Weller 

  • How to Understand Lameness: The Link Between Force and Movement Asymmetry - Thilo Pfau 

  • How to Shoe for Quarter Cracks – Stuart Muir 


Medicine: Non-Infectious Diseases

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • Inhaled Ciclesonide in Horses with Severe Equine Asthma: Results of a Large Prospective European Clinical Trial – R. Scott Pirie

  • A Retrospective Study of Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage and Asthma in Barrel Racing Horses in Texas – Laszlo Hunyadi

  • Neonatal Dysphagia and Racing Performance in Standardbreds Born Near Unconventional Natural Gas Development Activity – Kathleen R. Mullen

  • Practical Clinical Research Results to Consider When Testing for PPID in Horses – John C. Haffner

  • Review: Optimizing the Efficacy of Oral Omeprazole – Ben Sykes

  • Ureterolithiasis in 15 Horses: Clinical and Ultrasonographic Findings – Linda Dillenbeck

  • How to Perform Whole-Blood Transfusions in the Horse – Ashley Whitehead

  • Serum and Cerebrospinal Fluid Phosphorylated Neurofilament Heavy Concentrations as a Biomarker of Equine Neurodegenerative Diseases – Lisa Edwards

  • Impact of Concurrent Treatment with Omeprazole on Phenylbutazone-Induced Gastric Ulceration in Horses – Heidi Banse


Imaging and Rehabilitation

Sponsored by IMV imaging, Ultrasound Designed by Veterinarians, for Veterinarians.

  • Factors Affecting Successful Ultrasound-Guided Injection of the Podotrochlear Bursa Using a Palmarolateral Approach – Pablo Espinosa-Mur

  • Comparison of Radiographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in the Proximal Metatarsus in 35 Horses – Frances Hinkle

  • Standing PET Imaging of the Racehorse Fetlock: System Validation and Early Descriptive Data – Mathieu Spriet

  • Racing Performance of Yearlings Identified with Subchondral Cystic Lesions of the Distal MC3/MT3 Condyle – Mitja Miklavcic

  • Effects of Aquatic Conditioning on Cartilage and Bone Metabolism in Young Horses – Brittany L. Silvers

  • How to Determine the Presence of Musculoskeletal Pain in Ridden Horses by Application of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram – Sue Dyson

  • High-Power Laser Therapy Improves Healing of the Equine Suspensory Branch in a Standardized Lesion Model – Mathilde Pluim


Business of Practice: Managing the Health of Your Practice and Personnel

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

  • "Healthy Practice" Measures for Solo- and Multi-Doctor Practices – Marsha Heinke

  • Strategies for Improving Financial Health Using Benchmarks – Marsha Heinke

  • Staying Safe and Comfortable in Practice During Pregnancy  – Amy L. Grice

  • Veterinary-Specific Risks in Practice for Pregnant Women – Amy L. Grice


In-Depth:  Medication and Therapeutics for Racehorses 

Sponsored by Hagyard Pharmacy - "The #1 Name in Equine Health."

  • Overview on Racehorse Medications - Heather Knych 

  • Approaches for Equine Medication Control (Anti-Doping) – Scott D. Stanley 

  • Responsible Use of Medication in Performance/Racehorses – Jeff A. Blea 

  • Role of the Veterinarian in Thoroughbred Racing Safety – George D. Mundy 

How to Manage Hoof Lameness II

Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products.

Join us for a live panel discussion Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. ET.

  • Understanding the Principles of Using Radiographs for Pathological Trimming and Shoeing – Ric F. Redden 

  • Life After Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomies – Raul J. Bras

  • Shoeing Around the Coffin Joint – Scott Morrison

  • How to Recognize Foot-Related Lameness – Renate Weller 

  • How to Plan the Strategy for Pathological Shoeing – Ric F. Redden 

Medicine: Infectious Diseases

Sponsored by KindredBio, Best Medicines for Our Best Friends.

  • Hemagglutinin Inhibition Antibody Responses to Commercial Equine Influenza Vaccines in Primed Horses – Bruno Karam

  • Anti-PNAG Titers Correlate with Protection Against Rhodococcal Foal Pneumonia – Susanne K. Kahn

  • Transfusing 2 Liters of Hyperimmune Plasma is Superior to 1 Liter for Preventing Rhodococcal Pneumonia – Patricia Flores-Ahlschwede

  • Comparative in vitro Susceptibility of Bacterial Isolates from Horses to Trimethoprim/Sulfadiazine and Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole – W. David Wilson

  • Validation of a Point-of-Care Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for the Detection of Streptococcus equi subspecies equi in Nasal Secretions from Horses with Suspected Strangles – Nicola Pusterla

  • Alterations in the Fecal Microbiome of Horses with Antimicrobial-Associated Diarrhea Compared with Antibiotic-Treated and Non-Treated Healthy Case Controls – Carolyn Arnold


Lifestyle & Wellness: Physical Wellbeing

Sponsored by NVA: for the love of animals and the people who love them.

  • Reducing your Risk for Musculoskeletal Disorders with Ergonomics - Guy Fragala 

  • Applying Concepts of Ergonomics to Minimize High Risk Activities - Guy Fragala 

  • Escape from Inflammation Nation: A mindful approach to achieving health and wellness - Floyd 'Ski' Chilton

  • Escape from Inflammation Nation: The nuts and bolts of diet, weight loss, and physical activity - Floyd 'Ski' Chilton 


Current Concepts in the Endoscopic Evaluation of the Upper Airway 

Sponsored by Endoscopy Support Services.

  • Video Endoscopy at Public Auctions in the United States – Scott A. Hay

  • Endoscopic Evaluation of Nasal Discharge – Eric J. Parente

  • New Concepts in the Management of Epiglottic Entrapment - Eric J. Parente

  • Clinical Indications for a Tie-Back Surgery - Rolf M. Embertson

  • Varied Presentations of Arytenoid Chondropathy - Rolf M. Embertson

  • Right-Sided Abnormalities in Laryngeal Function - John B. Madison


Safety Issues and Efforts in Equine Sport: Past, Present, and Future

Sponsored by the Dolly Green Research Foundation.

  • Safety Efforts in Flat-Racing (Practitioner) - Ryan S. Carpenter

  • Safety Efforts in Flat-Racing (Regulator) - Tim Grande 

  • Safety Efforts in Jump Racing – R. Reynolds Cowles 

  • Safety Efforts in Three-Day Eventing - Erin Contino

  • Safety Efforts in Sport Horses - Richard D. Mitchell 

  • Safety Efforts in Rodeo – Douglas G. Corey 


New Innovations and Timely Considerations in Equine Lameness and Surgery

Sponsored by Zoetis, "For Animals. For Health. For You."

  • Examining the Effects of an Extract of Biota Orientalis in the Osteochondral Fragment-Exercise Model of Osteoarthritis – Kathryn A. Seabaugh

  • Surgical Management of Subchondral Cystic Lesions of the Medial Femoral Condyle with an Absorbable Implant – Cole Sandow

  • Evaluation of Long-Acting Ceftiofur Crystalline Free Acid  as a Pre-Operative Antibiotic in Field Castrations – Thomas Bergstrom

  • Investigation into Lumbosacral Vertebral Anatomy and Growth Plate Closure in Quarter Horses – Elizabeth M. Collar

  • Characteristics of Complete Tibial Fractures in Racehorses – Monika A. Samol

  • Detection and Residence Time of Bisphosphonates in Bone of Horses – Heather Knych

  • How to Safely Restrain a Laterally Recumbent Horse – Rebecca Husted

  • How to Treat Coronary Band Dystrophy – Stephen E. O’Grady

  • How to Perform Standing Needle Arthroscopy Beyond the Stifle – Alvaro G. Bonilla

  • Computed Tomographic (CT) Assessment of Brain Damage by Various Firearms to Determine Euthanasia Efficacy of Horses – Jane Lund

  • Evaluation of the Local and Systemic Inflammatory Response to Anthelmintic Therapy: Is Killing Encysted Parasites Better? – Ashley E. Steuer