Sponsored Symposia

Lecture Sessions (open to everyone): 

Trupanion Symposia

Sponsored by:

Speaker: Scott Huggins, DVM, MBA

Thursday, June 2


11:10 AM-12:00 PM
Are You the Rock or the Hard Place? Why You Should Re-evaluate the Role of Pet Insurance in Your Practice
This course discusses how pet medical insurance benefits pets, owners, and veterinarians, and describes the difficult yet common economic situation faced by many pet owners confronted with unexpected illnesses and accidents. Pet medical insurance decreases economic euthanasia, eliminates the need for owners to make decisions based on finances, and allows veterinarians to practice high-quality veterinary medicine. We will cover the AVMA’s position on pet insurance and criteria for selecting insurance options, as well as common reasons veterinarians are reluctant to discuss insurance with clients.

Friday, June 3


8:00 AM-8:50 AM and 3:30 PM-4:20 PM
Are You the Rock or the Hard Place? Why You Should Re-evaluate the Role of Pet Insurance in Your Practice
This course discusses how pet medical insurance benefits pets, owners, and veterinarians, and describes the difficult yet common economic situation faced by many pet owners confronted with unexpected illnesses and accidents. Pet medical insurance decreases economic euthanasia, eliminates the need for owners to make decisions based on finances, and allows veterinarians to practice high-quality veterinary medicine. We will cover the AVMA’s position on pet insurance and criteria for selecting insurance options, as well as common reasons veterinarians are reluctant to discuss insurance with clients.


Omni Practice Group Symposia

Sponsored by: 

Speaker: Rodney Johnston, MBA, CMA

Thursday, June 2

3:00 PM-3:50 PM
Maximize Your Veterinary Practice Transition
Powerful CliffsNotes version! A must-attend session for veterinary practice owners who are 0–8 years away from a transition. The calculation of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) can vary from firm to firm. Is this the best a corporate buyer will offer? Should I sell now or wait five years? Should I sell or keep the real estate? These are just some questions you MUST have answered before you accept an offer.

4:10 PM-5:00 PM
Selling to a Corporation – What to Know
Is selling to a coworker better than a corporate entity? What can you expect when dealing with a corporate buyer verses an individual buyer? What are the reasons for selling or keeping the real estate? Working with a corporate buyer might seem daunting; we can clear up some misconceptions and provide you steps you should take before you begin negotiations.

Friday, June 3

2:00 PM-2:50 PM
What Happens if You Sell Your Practice Mid-Career?
Many people imagine they will transition and sell their veterinary practice at retirement age. But what happens when the need or desire to sell your practice arises when you are mid-career? In this talk we will cover the following aspects and how to prepare yourself: What is the next step in practice ownership? What should you look for if a corporation wants to buy you out? How can you still work-back after you sell, but not have the hassle of running your practice? The mental game—is it easy to switch gears mid-life?

 


PetDX Symposia

Sponsored by: 

Friday, June 3

Cancer Biology and Detection

9:00 AM-9:50 AM
Instructor: Angela McCleary-Wheeler, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM (Oncology)
Cancer: DNA Goes Off-Leash
This session will provide an overview of the basic principles of cancer biology, including the types of genes involved in cancer and common classes of genomic alterations. The concepts of clonality and tumor heterogeneity as the basis for treatment resistance will also be discussed. The session will conclude with a review of the current state of cancer screening in humans and dogs, and how advances in cancer diagnostics and treatments in one species may benefit the other.

10:20 AM-11:10 AM
Instructor:
 Andi Flory, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Cancer Detection in 2022: Can a Blood Test Really Find Cancer?
At its most fundamental level, cancer is a disease of the genome, meaning it is caused by alterations in DNA. This session will discuss a novel test to detect genomic alterations in the blood of dogs who have cancer, and how this test may be used as an innovative screening tool. A detailed review of the clinical validation of this next-generation sequencing-based “liquid biopsy” technology will be provided, along with a review of data from similar testing that is clinically available for use in human oncology patients.

11:20 AM-12:10 PM
Instructor: Lilian Wong, DVM, MS
Real-World Experience with Blood-Based ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Testing for Cancer Detection in Dogs
This session will provide up-to-date information about next-generation sequencing-based “liquid biopsy” testing for cancer detection in dogs. The presentation will provide an overview of recent clinical laboratory experience, along with a review of interesting case studies that demonstrate the use of this novel technology in the real-world veterinary clinical practice.