Battling the Bulge: Strategies for Managing Obesity in Veterinary Patients
In this session, attendees will review current statistics of obesity in dogs and cats including prevalence, contributing factors, and comorbidities. We will review the endocrine and inflammatory components of obesity, as well as how to use tools to diagnose obesity. Attendees will also learn how to estimate ideal body weight, calculate RER and amount to feed to achieve ideal weight, important factors in weight loss diets, how to choose the right food, and how to prevent obesity in the first place. Lastly, attendees will be given a 6 step process to easily guide your clients through a successful weight loss program.
Sarah J. Wooten
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Feline Nutrition: Special Features for Special Creatures
The adage that cats are not small dogs is especially true when it comes to nutrition. As obligate carnivores, cats have different nutritional requirements than the omnivorous canine. Their anatomy, physiology, and behaviour have all evolved around eating small prey. But what does this mean to us as clinicians? How, how often, how much to feed as well as what to feed is important for feline welfare. This presentation will include how, by using a nutritional assessment in every consultation, existing feeding practices can be assessed and, if needed, a tailored nutrition plan can be developed for a given individual.
Time: 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Is That Veterinary Diet Really Too Expensive? Effective Cost Conversations.
Cost conversations regarding veterinary diets, especially those used as part of treatment plans for medical conditions, are a mainstay of client interactions for veterinary professionals. A quick internet search provides a glimpse into the misinformation surrounding the cost of veterinary diets. Unfortunately, this type of misinformation can make conversations regarding cost more challenging for veterinary professionals and prior research in companion animal hospitals has revealed that cost conversations were uncommon during appointments. Like any conversation regarding the cost of veterinary services or products, customizing the conversation to the individual pet is critical, by focusing on the value to the pet. To facilitate the ease of cost conversations, veterinary teams can be trained to utilize existing resources to have cost conversations and to apply these learnings to common scenarios in small animal veterinary practice, including elimination diet trials and effective weight loss plans.
BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Nutrition)
Time: 2:20 pm - 3:30 pm
VetCE Virtual events cover everything from detailed medical topics to practice management and other non-medical topics relevant to everyday situations that veterinary professionals deal with.
The VetCE Virtual series of micro-conferences are a convenient alternative to in-person events that are designed to deliver multiple approved RACE and/or CVPM CE credits in a concise, half-day virtual format with three consecutive one-hour presentations. The series not only provides you with the opportunity to benefit from educational sessions presented by expert speakers but also gives you an easy way to learn and earn credits in the comfort of your home or office!
Recordings of the sessions will be available for viewing for 2 weeks following each event for participants to reference. The recordings will also be available to VPN+ members for free after the 2 weeks. Please be advised that we can not issue CE certificates for only viewing the session recordings. Anyone who registers for a VetCE Virtual event but is unable to attend the live sessions will get free access to the VetCE OnDemand courses we create from the recordings on VetMedTeam so you can still get CE credits!
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A 2002 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sarah Wooten is a well known international speaker in the veterinary and animal health spaces. She has 16 years clinical experience in private practice, and over 10 years experience in public speaking, media work, and writing for a large number of online and print animal health publications, including but not limited to chewy.com, petMD, Vetstreet, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Education Blog, Great Pet Care, Life’s Abundance Educational blog, DVM360 print and online publications, Healthy Pet Magazine, and the Bark. She is also passionate about helping pet parents learn how to care better for their fur friends, and has written thousands of web articles and filmed hundreds of videos about pet care and the human-animal bond. She has appeared on radio, podcasts, and multiple television news broadcasts across the country in her role as a veterinary expert, and has been featured in several magazines in the same role. Dr. Wooten was a member of the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Advisory Board for 3 years, and is on the FearFreeTM Advisory board and the Prized PalsTM Advisory board. Dr. Wooten is also a certified veterinary journalist, a member in good standing of the AVMA. She is also co-creator of the card game ‘Vets Against Insanity’ and co-owns Humans Against Insanity, LLC, a publishing house for all things educational and funny. In her spare time, she can be found skiing, fly fishing, golfing, and paddle boarding.
Margie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. In 1986 she opened Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, Canada practicing there until 2008. She first achieved ABVP Board certification in feline practice in 1995 and published several clinical trials whilst in practice. She has written numerous book chapters and is an active international speaker as well as enjoying teaching on-line. She is Co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Margie has served extensively in the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well other veterinary organizations. Her interests include all things feline, but in particular, analgesia, the peculiarities of the feline digestive system and enabling more positive interactions with cats.
BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Nutrition)
Dr. Jackie Parr (aka The Kibble QueenTM), a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and one of under 100 Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition), is a proud Canadian who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, USA with her beloved Boston Terrier. Festooned with veterinary and academic designations that speak to a passion for science and veterinary medicine that borders on obsession, Dr. Parr is among the elite where pet nutrition is concerned. A natural educator, Dr. Parr is widely sought after in professional circles as both a public speaker, and as a specialist for consults on the most unique and emergent nutritional cases. She is a passionate nutrition advocate and an accessible expert with feet planted firmly in both the academic and practical worlds of specialized nutritional medicine. She is a proud Founding Member and the Inaugural President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (CAVN) and was delighted to join the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as the Nestlé Purina Petcare Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition. She leads the small but mighty Clinical Nutrition Service which has grown to include of two ACVIM (Nutrition) Residents and two Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) since 2021.