Spring
Webinar Series

April – June, 2021

Large Animal Speakers

Earl Gaughan, DVM

Merck Animal Health

Sponsored by:

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 – 9:00 pm 

Merck Animal Health Veterinarian Wellbeing Study & Case Studies:  Wounds, Joints and Other Challenges

The second Merck Animal Health Veterinarian Wellbeing Study, conducted with the AVMA, defines wellbeing, serious mental health concerns and suicidal ideation.  High student debt, stresses in practice and other contributing factors continue to challenge veterinarians as solutions and assistance are aggressively pursued.

Presentation and discussion of equine cases that can cause headaches as well as hopeful outcomes will be the focus.  Both acute and more chronic disorders depend on accurate and timely diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation will be covered and shared experiences are welcome.

Dr. Earl Gaughan worked in equine veterinary medicine in both private practice and the classroom before joining the Merck Animal Health team as an equine professional services veterinarian in 2013.   Dr. Gaughan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia, and he completed his equine surgery residency at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.  He served on the equine faculties at Kansas State University, Auburn University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech.  Dr. Gaughan also worked in equine practices in Maryland and Colorado.

Emily Barrell, DVM, MSc, DACVIM 

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

Investigating Polyuria and Polydipsia in the Horse & Equine Enteral Fluid Therapy

Polyuria and polydipsia (PU/PD) are non-specific clinical signs with numerous causes.  This presentation will review the differentials and pathophysiology for the causes of PU/PD in horses, as well as the diagnostics that should be considered in the work-up of a case of PU/PD.

In animals with a functional GI tract, enteral fluid therapy, defined as fluid administered directly into a segment of the intestine, is often a viable or supplementary alternative to intravenous fluid therapy. This presentation will describe the components of and considerations for enteral fluid therapy so that a practitioner could immediately institute this therapy in their own practice.

Dr. Barrell is a Colorado native who completed her undergraduate, graduate, and professional veterinary medicine degrees at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following graduation, she pursued an equine internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital, a large referral practice, in Oakdale, California. She was accepted for a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University in 2012 and completed the program by achieving diplomate status in 2015. She worked in the Livestock Medicine and Surgery service at Colorado State University from 2015-2017 and joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in January of 2018. She is one of two faculty members in charge of teaching the small ruminant veterinary material throughout the curriculum: from first year introductory lectures and labs to advanced rotations in the final year of the program. Additionally, she is part of the Large Animal Medicine service at the University, providing service to clients, caring for patients, and simultaneously teaching senior veterinary students during their rotations in the large animal hospital.

Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM(LAIM & Neurology)

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, April 29, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

Equine Degenerative Myeloencephalopathy: An Updated Clinical Perspective & Testing and Treatment Tips for Neurologic Cases

Equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM) has long been recognized as an important non-infectious neurologic disease and rule-out for spinal cord compression, but we are recognizing this disease more and more frequently in sport horses. This presentation will compare the “historical” description of EDM with current case information, including tips for diagnosis.

This presentation will provide concise summaries of recommendations for the most common equine neurologic problems in the mid-Atlantic region, focusing on available diagnostic tests (serology, PCR assays, available biomarkers) and imaging modalities.

Dr. Amy Johnson graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (2003) and completed an equine internship at B. W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, NJ (2004).  She then completed both a large animal internal medicine residency (Cornell 2007) and neurology residency (Penn 2011).  She is currently an associate professor of large animal medicine and neurology at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and section chief of internal medicine and ophthalmology.  Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on improving antemortem diagnosis of neurologic disease in horses in a quest to keep her patients away from the pathologists.

Sarah Puchalski, DVM 

Puchalski Equine Diagnostic Imaging

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May 6, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

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Sarah hails from Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada.  She has a bachelor of science degree from Simon Fraser University in B.C. and graduated veterinary school in 1999 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  Following veterinary school she completed a 2 year program (internship/ residency) in Field Service and Sports Medicine at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  She then pursued further training in diagnostic imaging at the University of California, Davis completing a 4 year residency in 2005.  She attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2004.  Upon completion of her residency, she obtained a faculty position in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis earning tenure in 2012.  During that time she was actively involved in didactic and clinical teaching, research and clinical diagnostic imaging.  She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific articles and multiple book chapters relating to diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine.  In 2013, Sarah left the University and started Puchalski Equine Inc.  She is based in Petaluma, California at Circle Oak Ranch and in Wellington, Florida during the Winter Equestrian Festival.  Sarah is an avid show jumper competing in the amateur owner divisions.

Emily Schaefer, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM) 

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Thursday, May 13, 2021
7:00-8:00 pm

Gastrointestinal Pain:  Pathophysiology, Management, and Side Effects

Dr. Emily Schaefer graduated cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University with a BS in Biology, before earning her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She then completed an internship at Ohio State University.  A Pennsylvania native, she returned to a large equine practice in southeastern Pennsylvania for three years before advancing her training with a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis. During this time, her research on equine coronavirus was recognized by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) with the 2017 Resident Research Award.  A lifelong equestrian, her equine education began with training in the United States Pony Club, earning her H/A rating with the Manada Creek Pony Club in central Pennsylvania. It was during her time as a working student at a central Virginia farm, while also working as an EMT-B at the local fire station, that her equestrian passion merged with a piqued medical interest and she turned to academia.  Dr. Schaefer continues to have a keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care. In addition to providing advanced diagnostics and treatment as part of the Internal Medicine team, she will focus on the assessment and support of critically ill horses and foals in an emergency setting.

Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, DACVS 

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
8:00-9:00 pm

Making the Most of Imaging Referral

This presentation will provide a review of advanced imaging techniques and history relay as well as discussion of the benefits of diagnostic anesthesia, imaging regions, and making a plan after imaging with your client.

Dr. Maureen Kelleher earned her doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of California at Davis in 2006. She then completed an internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California and a residency in equine surgery at University of California at Davis.  Before joining EMC, Dr. Kelleher gained years of experience in equine private practice in California with a focus on equine sports medicine and lameness, advanced diagnostic imaging, and acupuncture. She became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2010 and earned Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013.  Dr. Kelleher focuses on the assessment and non-surgical treatment of performance limiting problems in sport horses. She works closely with the center’s therapeutic farrier team and its medicine and surgery teams, utilizing advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities to provide equine patients with superior care.

Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, May 20, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

Managing the Overweight Equine & Nutraceuticals

Overweightness is common in horses and increases the risk of other conditions. A prescribed weight loss plan should maximize dry matter from forage and include a vitamin-mineral product to compliment the forage. Methods to slow forage consumption can help to minimize time between meals while avoiding free choice forage access.

Nutraceuticals are regulated, but is likely doesn’t seem so. In addition to reviewing nutraceutical regulation, this lecture will cover other considerations when selecting nutraceuticals.

Dr. Megan Shepherd graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, then practiced at an equine private practice in Maryland for two years. She found a calling in nutrition and returned to Virginia-Maryland to complete a PhD in biomedical and veterinary sciences (BMVS) along with a comparative nutrition residency. Dr. Shepherd is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and has been a faculty member as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia-Maryland since 2012. As a faculty member Dr. Shepherd directs the nutrition service (primarily dogs, cats and horses) and teaches nutrition to veterinary students. Her research interest is obesity and nutrition communication, specifically how to make companion animal obesity management more practical to owners/caregivers/pet parents.

Kurt Selberg, DVM, MS, DACVR

Inside Information Radiology

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Tuesday, May 27, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

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Kurt Selberg is a North Idaho native; where his family owned a quarter horse ranch.   After completing his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, he completed an equine sports medicine internship at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, VA. He received his training in diagnostic imaging from Colorado State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists.  Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in advanced imaging with training from Colorado State University and from Musculoskeletal Radiologists in Fort Collins, CO.  He was an Assistant Professor of equine diagnostic imaging at the University of Georgia for 4 years before returning to an equine diagnostic imaging position at Colorado State University in September of 2016.  His area of interest is the equine athlete and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Selberg is a certified member and lecturer at many of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology continuing education events.  He is also an FEI treating veterinarian. Most recently, he was the on site imaging consultant for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.   Aside from radiology, he also enjoys skiing , jiu jitsu, fishing, spending time with good friends and family, his lovely wife Katie and 2 children, and two yellow dogs.

Melissa Mazan, DVM, DACVIM

Tufts University Cumming’s School of Veterinary Medicine

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

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Dr. Melissa Mazan has been part of the horse world for a long time – keeping a motley crew of ponies and horses and competing in equitation and as a Pony Clubber in the 1970s, and went on to play polo for Yale University and was Captain of the Polo Team at the University of Oxford.  She did a surgery and sports medicine internship at Tufts, and then went on to complete a medicine residency at Tufts and has been on the faculty ever since.  She has worked in respiratory and exercise physiology and development of new lung function testing modalities, regenerative medicine, and international medicine over the years.  She currently divides her time among clinics, clinical research, and teaching, as well as running a busy BAL cytology service for referring veterinarians.   Dr. Mazans current research includes an investigation of inhaled lidocaine for the treatment of Equine Asthma, funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim, and development of a new modality of lung function testing, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Marc Crisman, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Zoetis

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm 

Update on Strangles

S.equi infections are common in horses and account for a considerable amount of days out of work as well as veterinary expenses.  This discussion will focus on diagnostic, management and preventative measures to control this infectious disease.

Dr. Mark Crisman is a senior veterinarian with the U.S. Equine Technical Services team at Zoetis.  His responsibilities include providing support for the Zoetis Equine Territory Managers in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S.  Dr. Mark Crisman is a native of the Hudson Valley, NY and received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky.  He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland in 1984 and completed an internship and residency in Large Animal Medicine at Washington State University along with an MS in Veterinary Science.  In 1987, Dr. Crisman joined the faculty at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his tenure at the University, Dr. Crisman was a clinician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and was Section Chief of the equine section from 2005-2010. He also lectured students and veterinarians both nationally and internationally covering multiple topics on equine diseases.  Dr. Crisman was head of the Equine Molecular Diagnostics Lab where he published over 90 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.  Professionally, Dr. Crisman served on several boards within the University, State and Nationally.  He joined Zoetis in 2010 as an equine technical service veterinarian. Dr. Crisman and his wife, Celeste live on a farm in Virginia with and a menagerie of horses, cattle, goats, alpacas, dogs and cats.

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