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The following Core Concept sessions are available for viewing on demand beginning Dec. 1. To view the complete convention schedule of sessions, click here.

Opening Session

Kester News Hour

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
Anchors: Regina M. Turner and Katherine S. Garrett
Forecaster: Amy L. Johnson
Sportscaster: Sherry Johnson
Field Reporter: Eric Mueller

Closing Session


Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture: Moving Equine Anesthesia from an Art Toward a Science

Sponsored by Platinum Performance, "Good Nutrition is Good Medicine."
John A.E. Hubbell


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 acetate and betamethasone phosphate injectable suspension).

  • 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 Feed the Overweight Performance Horse - Megan L. Shepherd


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, makers and manufacturers of Regumate®.


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


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


Medicine: Non-Infectious Diseases

Sponsored by KindredBio, Best Medicines for Our Best Friends.

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


Imaging and Rehabilitation

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

  • Deep Digital Flexor Tendinopathy in the Pastern Is Associated with Additional Lesions Within the Foot - Elizabeth Acutt


How to Manage Hoof Lameness II

Sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products.

  • How to Recognize Foot-Related Lameness – Renate Weller


Current Concepts in the Endoscopic Evaluation of the Upper Airway

Sponsored by Endoscopy Support Services.

  • Endoscopic Evaluation of Nasal Discharge - Eric J. Parente

  • Clinical Indications for a Tie-Back Surgery


New Innovations and Timely Considerations in Equine Lameness and Surgery

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

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


Lower Limb Dissection - Mitch Taylor

Sponsored by Equithrive.

Pre-Purchase Examinations: Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Zoetis, "For Animals. For Health. For You."
Panel Moderator: Kenton Morgan
Panelists: Avery Chapman, Ted Vlahos, Nina Mouledous Phoebe Smith, Ernie Martinez


Table Topic Sessions

Management of the Neonate in the Field - Jen Gould and Phoebe Smith
Sponsored by Zoetis, "For Animals. For Health. For You."

Debt Management (Student) - Joe Pluhar and Tony Bartels
Sponsored by Pulse Veterinary Technologies, the Global Leader in Veterinary Shock Wave Technology

What to Expect as a New Associate: Skillsets for Day 1 - Liz Arbittier
Sponsored by Arenus Animal Health.