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Small Animal Internal Medicine: Current Therapeutic Recommendations for the Private Practitioner: October 19-20, 2013

Continuing Education

The University of Georgia Inpatient Medicine Section will provide 15 hours of CE credit for this two-day continuing education series. Veterinarians completing this course will enhance their use and interpretation of diagnostics for management of their own patients, and will become familiar with additional diagnostic and treatment options once they refer patients.

Topics include endocrinology, emergency and critical care, gastroenterology, neurology, infectious diseases, radiology, nutrition, and ophthalmology. *We will provide one lecture hour toward the Georgia Laws, Rules and Professionalism requirement.

Participants will also be encouraged to submit questions and/or confusing cases prior to or during the conference for a roundtable discussion. Visit the Small Animal Internal Medicine online consult form to submit your cases. Please entitle the case, "In-Patient Medicine CE."

Registration Click here to register online!

Course fees:

Two-day Conference: $325 (15 Now 16 CE hours)
Saturday Only: $180 (8 CE hours)
Sunday Only: $170 (7 Now 8 CE hours)
Registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, and instructional materials.

Full attendance at your registered session(s) is required to receive total CE credits.

Thank you to our sponsors, Royal Canin, Purina, and Merial, for their support of veterinary continuing education.

Course Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, October 4, 2013. No refunds will be issued thereafter. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the College of Veterinary Medicine will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.


All sessions are held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please use the ramp entrance to the main Vet Med building. Follow the directions here or contact Melissa Kilpatrick at

For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at the College of Veterinary Medicine conferences.


Holiday Inn—Athens 706.549.4433
Rate: $94
For reservations, use block code UGV, or reserve online using this link at the hotel's website.

Holiday Inn Express 513 W Broad St.
Athens, GA 30601
Rate: $89
For reservations, use block code UVI, or reserve online using this link at the hotel's website.

For other accomodation options, visit our Athens-area hotel information page.

Conference Speakers

Laura Ansley Bone, DVM (Nestle Purina Petcare)

Frederic David, DVM, MS, PhD, Director, Canine Biologics R&D Projects (Merial US)

Bianca Lourenco, DVM, MSc

Kate Sycamore, BVSc, MACVSc

Andrew Woolcock, DVM

And from the UGA Dept. of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery:

Kate E. Creevy, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SA Int.Med), Assistant Professor of SA Internal Medicine

Allison C. Haley, DVM, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), Assistant Professor of SA Neurology

Amie Koenig, DVM, DACVIM (SA Int.Med), DACVECC, Associate Professor of SA Emergency and Critical Care

Kate Myrna, DVM, MS, DACVO, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Simon Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN, Professor of Neurology

Scott Secrest, DVM, MS, DACVR, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Jo Smith, MA, VetMB, DACVIM (SA Int.Med), Assistant Professor of SA Internal Medicine

Steffen Sum, DVM, Assistant Professor in SA Internal Medicine

Cynthia R. Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SA Int.Med), Professor of SA Internal Medicine

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, October 19

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and breakfast
8:30 – 9:20 Spinal Pain - Diseases to Consider and Medical Management Strategies Simon Platt
9:20 – 10:10 Mystery Revealed: Feline Asthma Steffen Sum
10:10 – 10:25 Break
10:25 – 11:15 The Approach to the Difficult Diabetic Kate Sycamore
11:15 – 12:05 Diabetic Cataracts: Is There a Way to Avoid Them? Kate Myrna
12:05 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 Hepatobiliary Support: Beyond SAM-e Andrew Woolcock
1:50 – 2:40 Management of Acute Renal Failure Bianca Lourenco
2:40 – 2:55 Break
2:55 – 3:45 Antibiotic Resistance: Why, When and What to Do Kate Creevy
3:45 – 4:35 Questions & Answers Session: Challenging Small Animal Internistic Cases Creevy/Smith/Sum/Ward

Sunday, October 20

08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 – 9:20 Imaging the Endocrine System: A multi-modality look at the thyroid, pancreas and adrenals Scott Secrest
09:20 – 10:10 Treatment of seizures: Review of Conventional Therapy and Update on New Options Allison Haley
10:10 – 10:25 Break
10:25 – 11:15 I Read it on the Internet: Facts, Myths, and Misperceptions about Pet Nutrition Ansley Bone (Purina)
11:15 – 12:05 *How to give effective feedback (Georgia Laws, Rules & Professionalism session) Jo Smith
12:05 – 1:00 Lunch with Roundtable Discussions (Life Span study, Non healing superficial ulcers, Chronic GI disease) Bone, Koenig, Myrna, Smith, Sum
1:00 – 1:50 You Can't Always Believe What You Read (on Your Glucometer): Understanding Benefits and Limitations of These Point-of-Care Machines Amie Koenig
1:50 – 2:40 New Strategies for Monitoring Diabetes Control Cindi Ward
2:40 – 2:55 Break
NEW session added:
2:55 – 3:45 Advances in Vaccine Technology Frederic David

*This lecture satisfies 1 CE hour of the laws, rules & professionalism requirement in the state of Georgia

Additional Information

Please review our calendar page for travel and parking information, as well as details about our conference policies.


For further information about this and other continuing education opportunities, contact Melissa Kilpatrick, Continuing Education: 706.542.1451 or

This page was last updated on October 8, 2013.