Special Sessions

Listen l Learn l Improve 

Thursday, June 29

Spy-Themed Mystery CE Dinner on the Queen Mary 

5:50 PM - 9:30 PM
Current Concepts in Managing Canine Oral Health 2.0 CEU
Periodontal disease is a severe, painful, and potentially life threatening condition which remains underdiagnosed and, too often, untreated in our patients. So WHY is periodontal disease STILL the most common problem in small animal veterinary medicine? Find out why and what you can do differently to help change that alarming statistic.

Dr. Brook Niemiec will guide you through the latest information on the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, as well as how to identify and properly treat the root cause of the disease using new and novel approaches to therapy.

In addition, he will give you the tools you need to increase client compliance with your dental recommendations. As we unravel the mysteries of periodontal disease, you will be called upon to use your detective skills to find the clues carefully hidden within Dr. Niemiec’s lecture to solve a murder of suspicious circumstances for a chance to win valuable prizes. You will also be entertained by Dr. Niemiec’s stories of his time in "Her Majesty’s Secret Veterinary Service."

All this takes place as we dine aboard the beautiful Queen Mary. Join us for an intriguing evening of entertainment and essential CE. Come dressed to THRILL. Black tie optional.

The symposium is $55 per registrant with a maximum of 120 registrants. Fee includes: Round-trip transportation from the Long Beach Convention Center, CE, Dinner, and Queen Mary admission. 

Location of symposium: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Thursday, June 29

USDA Veterinary Accreditation Renewal 

Category I: Accredited veterinarians must complete any three APHIS Approved Supplemental Training (AAST) modules anytime within their three-year renewal period to renew their accreditation.

Category I Animals: All animals except food and fiber species, horses, birds, farm-raised aquatic animals, all other livestock species, and zoo animals that can transmit exotic animal diseases to livestock. Example species include: dog, cat, laboratory animal (rat, mouse, gerbil, guinea pig, and hamster), non-human primate, rabbit, ferret, mink, gopher, amphibian/reptile, native non-ruminant wildlife, and marine mammal.

Category II: Accredited veterinarians must complete any six AAST modules anytime within their three-year renewal period.

Category II Animals: All animals. Example species include food and fiber animal species (cow, pig, sheep, goat, all ruminant), horse (mule, ass, pony, zebra), all bird species and poultry, farm-raised aquatic animal species, livestock species (bison, captive cervid, llama, alpaca, antelope, other hoofed animal), zoo animals that can transmit exotic animal diseases to livestock, as well as Category I species, including companion animals, such as dogs and cats.

The renewal training can be completed anytime, but the renewal application cannot be submitted earlier than six months prior to the renewal date.  Veterinarians are advised to save the information about the renewal courses they have completed so that it can be easily found when the renewal application is to be completed.

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Module 7: Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category 1 Animals 

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Module 9: Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category 1 Animals 

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
Orientation to the Pet Travel Website 

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Diseases 

?1:45 PM - 2:35 PM
Module 23: Use of Antibiotics in Animals 

?2:45 PM - 3:35 PM
Module 5: Vesicular Diseases 

?4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Module 6: Exotic Avian Diseases 

?5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Module 12: Animal Disease Traceability (ADT)

Location of sessions: Room 103 B


Friday, June 30

Preferred Employers Insurance Sunrise Symposium 

7:00 AM - 7:50 AM
Strategies for Safety and Savings – Workers' Comp 101 1.0 CEU
Do you sometimes feel at the mercy of the workers’ compensation system? Feel like you have no control over the premiums you pay or how the insurance company is managing an employee’s injury. Those having responsibilities for risk control, safety compliance or employee injury management, will benefit from this presentation. We will pull back the curtains on this “mysterious” line of insurance and provide you with insights and best practices that help you contain costs and ensure injured employees return to work as soon as medically possible. Topics will describe experience modification factors, pre and post employee injury management best practices and how to gain support from employees to promote workplace safety. We look forward to seeing you at the conference. 

Location of symposium:: Room 103 C

Sponsored by: 

Saturday, July 1 

Diagnosing and Treating Common Chronic Ear Disease in General Practice 

*The lecture is open to all PacVet attendees. 

*The lab is $235 per registration with a maximum of 32 (DVM only) registrants. 

Speaker: Sonja Zabel, DVM, MS, DACVD

Lecture 8:15 AM - 10:05 AM 
Diagnosing and Treating Common Chronic Ear Disease in the General Practice Lecture 2.0 CEU
This lecture will discuss common ear disease and effective treatment options for the general practice. There will be a focus on how the video otoscope improves diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities by allowing the visualization of minute details. 

Location of Lecture: Room 103 C

Lab 10:45 AM - 12:35 PM
Diagnosing and Treating Common Chronic Ear Disease in the General Practice Hands-On Lab 2.0 CEU
The laboratory session will utilize canine cadavers and will provide each participant with the opportunity to learn how to manipulate the video otoscope, do a deep ear cleaning utilizing grabbers, ear curettes, catheters, continuous fluid administration and a flushing/suction apparatus, perform a myringtomy, and provide a thorough examination of the middle ear.

Location of Lab: Hyatt Regency Room DEF 

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