Keynote Presentation

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

James Giles III

Dr. James Giles III, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, retired as a lieutenant colonel and small animal surgeon in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. He also served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a sergeant and veterinarian. Dr. Giles has extensive experience with surgical and combat injuries in military working dogs. He is currently the medical director and a small animal surgeon at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat (1.0 CE units)

Military working dogs (MWDs) are heavily utilized in military operations and play a vital role in protecting human lives and supporting military objectives. They are trained to perform important roles, such as explosive, mine, and narcotic detection, patrol/attack work, and are even a component of therapy for service members. Injured MWDs receive advanced care on multiple continents from providers of various disciplines to restore them to health so they can return to duty, or to retire and be adopted.