JULY 2017
Extraskeletal Osteosarcoma

An approximately four-year-old spayed female mixed breed dog was presented to the Oncology Service for a mass on the left ventral neck noted approximately 2 months prior.  The client reported the dog had been yawning with decreased frequency but otherwise was asymptomatic for the mass.  Physical examination was normal except for...

The annual performance review can be dreaded by both employee and employer.  Annual reviews, in particular, can be seen as perfunctory and backward-looking.  In a busy veterinary hospital, it is not uncommon for reviews to fall by the wayside altogether leaving the associate or staff member with no understanding of their level of job performance or integration into the hospital's mission, vision and core values.

Cytology Case Report
A 12-year old spayed female Cocker spaniel presented with an approximately 4x4x1cm, alopecia, nodular mass to the left of the vulva. The mass was present for an unknown period of time as the dog was recently obtained by a rescue group. The mass was sampled using a non-aspiration/pincushion technique and three slides were submitted.

Dogs can get a Lyme disease vaccine. Why can't humans?
Each year, at least 30,000 cases are reported, and researchers believe those estimates are low. Given its debilitating effects on some people, and after years of research, it begs the question: Why is there still no vaccine people can get to prevent Lyme disease?
Although there are no clear statistics, anecdotal reports suggest the opioid crisis among humans is taking a toll on pets, and veterinarian Adrian Walton urges owners to be honest with their veterinarian if their pet might have ingested opioids or other drugs. AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo says "veterinarians should be prepared to treat patients that have been exposed to opioids, and to serve as a resource for law enforcement and others who have questions about how to respond to animals that have been exposed to these drugs."

Veterinary leaders to debate telemedicine
Telemedicine is expected to headline for this coming meeting of American Veterinary Medical Association policymakers. The AVMA House of Delegates will gather in Indianapolis to debate a slew of amendments and resolutions, two of which pertain to veterinary medicine's role in the evolving and expanding landscape of remote health care. Other topics on the House agenda range from marijuana therapies and prescription monitoring to service animals and the use of veterinary-client-patient relationships. 

Keynote Speaker:  Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR
Cornell University

Dr. Joseph Wakshlag is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He continued on with residencies in both anatomical pathology and veterinary nutrition from 1999-2005.  He also worked to complete a PhD in Pharmacology in 2005.  He became a board certified veterinary nutritionist in 2008 and currently serves on the board of directors of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.  His passion for working dogs and multiple publications in the area of sporting dogs led to his being a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a current board member.  He is well published in the areas of cancer biology, sporting dog nutrition and basic veterinary nutrition.  He has been working to improve the health and well-being of dogs and cats through improving and implementing dietary plans for many disease processes; as well as utilizing nutritional supplementation to improve current dietary plans for healthy canine athletes and dogs with various chronic diseases.  Dr. Wakshlag, still dabbles in sporting dog endeavors with his 4 remaining sled dogs and his Stabyhoun, Gracie.

Location: Harry's Savoy Grill- Wilmington, DE
Credits: This program 1008-30320 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.00 CE Credits (4.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 4.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (4.00 max).
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Feline Symposium
Keynote: Susan Little, DVM, DAVBP
Date: Sunday October 15, 2017
Location: The Inn at Villanova
Credits: Pending 4 CE credits

Veterinary Surgical Oncology Symposium
           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS- University of Florida
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits
           RSVP:   https://hopevssurgicaloncology.eventbrite.com