So many good things to talk about! The topics I want to cover will certainly keep me busy for awhile. I’ll summarize some of the lectures I’ve attended at this AAHA conference in Toronto, and highlights gleaned from them, but first I want to outline my ideas for future blog posts related to the conference:
- MyPetEd.com – the first app of its kind (that I know of) that allows you to set up a medical record for your pet (intended for pet owners), search for a veterinarian, look up lost and found pets, and even search adoptable pets–all in the same app. I interviewed the sales person at the booth and will be putting it together sometime after I get home. Personally, I find this very interesting, for reasons I will outline in my future post.
- Haven’t decided yet if I’ll include the new LifeLearn client education system with this post (offered by the same company), or write about it separately, because that’s something else that I think has tremendous application, and I don’t see any other veterinary service offering anything quite like it, or nearly as high quality.
- DogLeggs: Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Products. I interviewed Lisa Fair, one of the sales people at the booth, about their products, because I think they fill a unique niche in veterinary medicine that is under-recognized and under-utilized. They don’t teach you in vet school about things like DogLeggs, which make your life sooo much easier AND provide a valuable therapeutic purpose for your patients with special needs.
- My opportunity to meet with (and have dinner with!) one of my idols, Dr. Robin Downing. Undecided yet as to whether I’ll post pictures…
- And possibly more on the role of social media marketing in veterinary practices, as this is clearly something I have an interest in, and it has been a point of repeated discussion at the conference.
- And, if I really feel motivated and have the time, I’d like to cover the Opening Session talk by Steve Little. Good stuff. Milkshakes.
Now for a quick summary of the lectures I’ve attended:
- Urology: phenomenal series presented by Dr. Doreen Houston!!! I wasn’t planning to stay for all 5 lectures, but I couldn’t pull myself away!
- Idiopathic Cystitis in Cats–and Dogs? (Parts 1 & 2): Having an excellent speaker (who is also an expert in her field and was awarded the OVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award–for good reason!) walk you through this complicated and frustrating disease miraculously alleviated any feelings of being distraught over the lack of new information in this field. She said everything I already knew: there’s no universally effective treatment, we need to increase our cats’ water consumption, and provide environmental enrichment and stress reduction. But the way she presented it, it felt so revolutionary and invigorating! I LOVED this talk!!
- Crystals & Stones: An Update on Types, Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention in Dogs (Part 1) and Cats (Part 2): I learned soooo much from this, I can’t begin to summarize it. Sorry for the cop-out. One key point was to be sure to treat a dog or cat with antibiotics (based on culture results) for 1 full month after resolution of struvite stones. In the dog, that may mean dissolving the stone for 2-3 months, and therefore, 3-4 months of antibiotics.
- Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs & Cats: What’s New in Diagnosis & Management? Key take-home point: always, always culture and do sensitivity testing. That sounds obvious and mundane, but again, the examples she shared and the practice tips she covered were so enlightening. Talked quite a bit about indwelling catheters as well (note: don’t put those patients on prophylactic antibiotics!).
- Karen Purves presented, “Communicate With Strength: 17 Words that Undermine Your Effectiveness”. She’s a very dynamic, fun speaker who is easy to listen to. Reminded me of stuff I probably already knew, but she also does research on the linguistics of communication and what is most effective (and why), which I find very interesting.