The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is hosting the Fourth Annual Equine and Food Animal Conference for Veterinarians at the college’s Blacksburg campus on Friday, Jan. 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:30 a.m.

The no-cost conference will provide veterinarians with six contact hours of continuing education credit. Registration is due by Friday, Dec. 19.

Faculty members in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences will give presentations on a number of equine-related topics in the morning:

  • Dr. Chris Byron, associate professor of large animal surgery, on “Local Anesthesia Considerations for MRI of Distal Limbs”
  • Dr. Julie McGhee Settlage, clinical assistant professor of large animal surgery, on “Intrasynovial Anesthesia Techniques for Distal Limbs”
  • Dr. Linda Dahlgren, associate professor of large animal surgery, on “How to Incorporate Regenerative Medicine Therapies Into Your Practice”
  • Dr. R. Scott Pleasant, professor of equine field service, on “Insulin Dysregulation” and “PPID: Current Testing Recommendations”
  • Travis Burns, college farrier, on “New Techniques in Equine Podiatry”

In the afternoon, participating veterinarians can choose between equine or food animal sessions. Equine sessions include presentations from Dr. Julie Cecere, clinical assistant professor of theriogenology, on “Update on Equine Theriogenology in General Practice”; Dr. Brandy Burgess, assistant professor of epidemiology and infection control in the Department of Population Health Sciences, on “Biosecurity for Equine Practice”; Dr. Katherine Wilson, clinical assistant professor of large animal medicine, on “Pharmacy and Compounding Rules Clarified”; and Dr. Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, professor of equine and production management medicine, on “American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Update.”

Afternoon food animal sessions include presentations from Dr. Sherrie Clark, associate professor of theriogenology, on “Advanced Reproduction Techniques in Swine and Small Ruminant—Including Ultrasound”; Dr. Hollie Schramm, clinical assistant professor of food animal ambulatory and production management medicine, on “Pre and Post-Weaning Health Issues in Lambs and Kids”; and Dr. Bill Gilsenan, clinical assistant professor of production management medicine, on “Updates in Medication Use in Food Animals.”

Optional tours of the college’s recently renovated Veterinary Teaching Hospital will also be available for participants.

To register, send your name, practice name, meal option (roast beef, ham, turkey, or vegetarian), email address, and phone number to Amy Winemiller at 540-231-5825 or fax it to 540-231-8781.

Written by Michael Sutphin.