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BEYOND THE CONFERENCE: Hit the road this summer with new NAVC events! NAVC DISCOVERY: BUFFALO Modeled after the NAVC Institute, NAVC Discovery: Buffalo is a handson veterinary event that will hone practitioners’ skills in a stimulating setting alongside other motivated professionals. The inaugural destination event will take place in Buffalo, New York, at the Marriott Harborcenter in conjunction with Daemen College from July 29 through August 3, 2017. Three in-depth courses will be offered between the two locations, including Soft Tissue Surgery, Small Animal Ultrasound and Fear Free℠. The state-of-the-art surgery and ultrasound courses will be held at Daemen College and will include hands-on lab components, while the Fear Free offering will take place at the Marriott Harborcenter for classroomstyle learning and discussion. The city of Buffalo boasts breathtaking attractions like Niagara Falls, a quaint downtown district and delicious cuisine. Set in the summertime in upstate New York, the event gives attendees the opportunity to explore the Buffalo area and visit Niagara Falls when not in the classroom.

Visit the booth in the NAVC Village, just across from the bookstore. NAVC LIVE: PORTLAND The NAVC is extending its popular educational platform to the great Northwest with an innovative experience open to all veterinary professionals at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, August 20 through 24, 2017. NAVC LIVE will offer the same great continuing education that the NAVC is known for, but with an all-new delivery format featuring “case theater” presentations, live-streamed general sessions, a Q&A for remote attendees, and clinical content in a nonclinical setting.

Visit the booth in the NAVC Village, just across from the bookstore. Today’s Veterinary Practice................................. p. 2 Today’s Veterinary Technician............................ p. 5 VetFolio @ Work...............p. 11 The VETTYs........................p. 16 LGBT Wellness................ p. 20





Have you seen this year’s high-tech New Product Gallery yet? Find out more about the featured products in NAVC Central inside the Exhibit Hall!

Settle in for some Southern style tonight in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom as Darius Rucker brings his awardwinning country vibe to the NAVC Conference! Doors open at 7:30 PM.

The NAVC and Banfield Pet Health have joined forces in raising awareness about antimicrobial resistance with the first ever VET Report, based on Banfield’s extensive data on usage patterns.

Download the NAVC Conference mobile app and visit participating booths.

Fix the Debt......................p. 22








Today’s Passport Prize: Family Disney World Prize ($500 Disney Gift Card)

Today’s Daily Prize: Apple TV

Get your badge scanned in the Exhibit Halls during today’s 9:15 – 9:55 AM coffee break for a chance to win.

Health and Wellbeing Center Events – see p. 3 Veterinary Technicians’ Networking Reception – see p. 8 Bark in the Park Adoption Fair - see p. 8 NAVC Learning Theater Schedule – see p. 9 NAVC.COM






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INSIDE > LIVE Attendees will be able to choose from sessions in the following concurrent tracks: • Ain’t Doin’ Right (those nebulous cases that come in all the time!) • Behavior • Cardiology • Dermatology • Endocrinopathy • Oncology • Ophthalmology • Pursuit of Happiness (practice challenges, conflict management and wellbeing in veterinary medicine) “We’ve been asked for many years to extend the NAVC brand to the West Coast and are pleased to now be able to respond with an innovative offering,” said NAVC CEO Thomas Bohn, CAE. “We have long had a flag firmly

planted in Orlando and are now excited to plant a new one in Portland!” When attendees are not in session, Portland offers limitless recreation, fabulous food and drink and a flourishing culture where something’s always happening. A haven for shoppers, Portland is a city with no sales tax and a wealth of international and independent shops within easy reach of downtown hotels for attendees to enjoy. The nearby Pearl District is home to galleries, boutiques, chic restaurants and the legendary Powell’s City of Books. An award-winning airport, efficient light rail system and pedestrian-friendly blocks in the central city make it easy to get around.

For more information, visit


LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT. Your badge is required to gain entry into all sessions and events. Please remember to wear it.

TODAY’S VETERINARY PRACTICE CELEBRATES 5 YEARS Today’s Veterinary Practice (TVP), NAVC’s official peer-reviewed journal for veterinarians, is celebrating its 5th year of serving veterinary practitioners. TVP has hit some major milestones during that time, and it is now a leader in providing in-depth articles that address the newest information on treatment, surgical skills and ongoing issues like infectious diseases and heartworm prevention. Here are just a few things you might want to know about TVP in 2017…

Dr. Simon Platt named Editor in Chief In June 2016, the TVP staff paid their respects to Editor-in-Chief Dr. Lesley King. Dr. King had a huge and enduring impact on what TVP is and what it offers the veterinary industry, and her passing came as a great loss to the NAVC staff and the veterinary community as a whole. After an extensive search, this past summer TVP announced Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN, as its new Editor in Chief. Dr. Platt is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include ischemic disease of the central nervous system, canine brain tumors and epilepsy. “It’s an honor and challenge to follow in the footsteps of such an influential and important veterinary mind of our time,” said Dr. Platt. “I’d like to keep the standard of the extremely practical and educational articles as high as it’s been before I became involved, working with the editorial team to raise the visibility of this journal




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so that it becomes a go-to reference for many vets in small animal practice.” The TVP Symposium Yesterday, TVP presented its second annual symposium track at the NAVC Conference 2017: Diagnosis and Management of the Acute Abdomen. Organized by Dr. Platt and NAVC Executive Vice President of Veterinary Education Matt Winter, DVM, DACVR, the symposium included interactive lectures, case-based Q&A sessions and roundtable discussion. As with all TVP endeavors, the focus was practical clinical information that attendees could take home and use immediately to give patients the highest-quality care. A brand-new look Dr. Platt and the rest of the TVP staff are passionate about making the journal a must-have resource for both its print and online audiences. So it only made sense to give the journal an engaging, modern facelift to make the content even more reader-friendly. Laura Walker, Senior Vice President of Sales and Publishing, said, “We wanted to create a design for TVP that presents trusted clinical content in a more approachable way, a way that

EXECUTIVE EDITORS Summer Graziano NAVC Senior Marketing Director

MANAGING EDITOR Robin Henry Executive Editor, NAVC Publications

Danna Miller NAVC Communication and PR Director

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Michelle Taylor Joe Stern Nancy Walker




will appeal to modern design sensibilities. Our new cover philosophy puts a visual emphasis on active, healthy animals as we strive to help members of the veterinary community provide better care for animals everywhere by bringing them peer-reviewed, up-to-date, practical information.” So sign up for your subscription—if you haven’t already!—at TodaysVeterinaryPractice. com/subscribe. While you’re on the site, you can check out our archives, or you can visit the journal on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & EDITORS Megan Cox Summer Graziano Ashlynn Henkel Robin Henry Danna Miller Elsbeth Russell Connie Sue White

ADVERTISING & SPONSORSHIPS Whitney Brockman Jamie Laws Laura Walker Kim Zillioux


Featuring 20 of the latest, greatest and most innovative products in the veterinary industry, the NAVC Conference New Product Gallery has a new, high-tech look this year. When you visit the gallery, you’ll be able to not only see photos and descriptions of this year’s up and coming products, but also view videos about them, request additional information via interactive touchscreen panels, and use the New Product Gallery wayfinder to easily locate the manufacturer’s booth in the Exhibit Hall. Eligible products were selected by the NAVC selection committee, made up of industry veterinarians and veterinary technicians. They launched or will launch between July 2016 and July 2017. Where: NAVC Central, located in the center of the Exhibit Hall When: During Exhibit Hall hours throughout the Conference


WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING CENTER TODAY? The Health and Wellbeing Center activities are designed to complement NAVC’s new Health and Wellbeing educational sessions on Wednesday, February 8. Check INSIDE NAVC and stop by the Center, located in the main aisle of the Exhibit Hall at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse, every day to see what’s happening!

Guided Meditation Sessions Join Kim Holten, yoga instructor and wellness coordinator for the University of Florida Office of Human Resources, for a guided meditation session to help ease stress. Sessions today are at 9:55 AM and 1:45 and 3:55 PM. Limited seating available.

Today’s activities include:

The Center is open today from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM at Booth #3729.

Mental and Professional Health Information Sessions Mental and occupational health professionals and coaches offer 15- to 20-minute discussions throughout the day about vital topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession. •9  :05 AM—The Power of Vet Confessionals: Letting Go of the Secrets Presented by Hilal Dogan, DVM •9  :30 AM—Cyber Bullying: Are you the victim or assailant? Presented by Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM •2  :45 PM—Recovering From Perfectionism Presented by Kim Pope-Robinson, DVM • 3:10 PM—Getting Your Life Unstuck Presented by Deborah Stone, PhD, CVPM

Rabies Titer Testing & Biochemical Assays Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory staff are offering conference attendees rabies titer testing as well as general biochemical assays. Register at the Health and Wellbeing Center’s registration table or preregister online at Kansas State University Scheduler.






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Keep Track of My 2017 CE Credits Every time you attend a session, make sure your conference name badge is scanned to record your attendance. You may also want to list each CE session you attend on the 2017 Record of Participation (ROP) form (p. 49 of our Official Program Guide). Then, check your ROPs at a kiosk in the OCCC CE Center, West Hall, D2 Foyer, beginning on Monday. You can… •E  mail the certificate PDF(s) directly from our CE kiosk to your personal email (this is BY FAR the easiest and best way to maintain an electronic record). •P  rint certificates and ROPs from our CE kiosks before you leave. NOTE: Veterinarians licensed in Texas must do this. •P  rint certificates at home from using your registration login.


NAVC is proud to present the 2017 Neill P. Overman Award to Suzan Jenkins, Associate Manager of Corporate Events at Virbac Corporation

IMPORTANT! It is your responsibility to submit CE to your State Board. The NAVC does not submit CE reports for attendees. Get NAVC Conference 2017 Proceedings Three Proceedings versions are available: Small Animal, Large Animal and Veterinary Technician. Practice Management is included in all versions. • If you preordered your Proceedings (print or USB) and didn’t get them during check-in, you can pick them up in the OCCC Registration area. • If you ordered the digital version online, you should have received an email with a link and download instructions. Questions? See our IT Help Desk (West Hall, D2 Foyer). • If you’d like to order digital Proceedings onsite, visit the Registration Desk. Remaining printed versions will be available after Conference at the online NAVC Bookstore. •Y  ou’ll also find thousands of Proceedings from previous NAVC Conferences online at (subscription required). Visit the VetFolio booth (OCCC, West Hall, C Lobby) for more information or a demo.


Recharge My Laptop & Mobile Devices, Get Online Stop by the NAVC Central Lounge, where you’ll find charging stations as well as Internet access and comfortable seating so you can recharge your own batteries while powering up your equipment. Know When & Where to Get a Shuttle Our free NAVC Shuttle Service, sponsored by Merial, runs daily for your convenience. You’ll find shuttle routes and hours in the Mobile App or on p. 215 of the Official Program Guide. Sunday | 5:30 AM – 11:00 PM Monday | 5:30 AM – 10:30 PM Tuesday | 5:30 AM – 9:30 PM Wednesday | 5:30 AM – 10:30 PM Download the NAVC Conference Mobile App Visit to download the app. Register for Hands-on Laboratories, Masterclasses, Meet the Professor Luncheons and Behind the Scenes Tours Visit our Registration Desk at the OCCC to see which sessions still have openings and to register. Openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Give Us Your Opinion — Win Prizes! We want your input to make VMX EVEN BETTER next year. We’d also love to have your vote for the NAVC Conference 2017 Speakers of the Year. It’s easy to complete our survey in just minutes. •S  imply take our electronic survey on the Mobile App or at an Evaluation Station in the OCCC, D2 Foyer. • If you include your name and email address, you could win prizes that include $100 gift cards and a free registration to VMX 2018.

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The Neill P. Overman Award demonstrates the NAVC’s commitment to providing the ultimate exhibit experience to our Conference attendees. This award is presented in honor of Neill P. Overman, the NAVC’s Emeritus Past Director of Exhibits, founder of Veterinary Learning Systems and one of the founders of the Eastern States Veterinary Association, Inc., the forerunner of the NAVC. Suzan was nominated by Michael Albo, Vice President of Communications & Customer Service at Virbac Corporation. He said Suzan constantly demonstrates her attention to detail with a positive, can-do attitude and has been an integral part of Virbac’s success at the NAVC Conference for the past 5 years. “Suzan works closely with Marketing, Sales, and countless other departments to ensure that new programs and promotions are communicated effectively at our booth,” Albo explained in the nomination of Suzan. “She is constantly challenging the status quo to bring new ideas which will enhance the attendee experience at NAVC. I could not be more pleased to have her on my team.” Suzan received news of the award along with a check and a commemorative plaque during a special announcement in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday. Be sure to visit Virbac and all our exhibitors in the OCCC to see what’s new while you’re here. Past Winners of the Neill P. Overman Award Jessica Iden (2016), Merial Limited Amy Gregory (2015), AMS, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Sherry Kratz (2014), Purina Dean Cost (2013), Bayer HealthCare Teri Hodges (2012), Novartis Nancy (DeBacker) Park (2011), CTSM, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Lesa Boileau (2010), Merial Limited Susan Bartlett (2009), Fort Dodge Animal Health

INSIDE TODAY’S VETERINARY TECHNICIAN CELEBRATES 1ST ANNIVERSARY The NAVC’s second official peer-reviewed journal is celebrating its first anniversary. Today’s Veterinary Technician, a bimonthly publication free to veterinary professionals, has spent the past year providing insight, knowledge, tips and motivation about what it means to fill the role of a veterinary technician. The journal has exceeded its goal of subscription requests, and the positive feedback on its Facebook page has been overwhelming. Lynne Johnson-Harris, Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Technician, said she’s thrilled that the journal has been such a success. “Our goal was to provide quality scientific printed and digital CE-eligible content written by veterinary technicians. I believe we have succeeded in reaching that goal,” said Johnson-Harris. “We have high-quality, peer-reviewed articles for all members of the veterinary healthcare team.” “The response from readers has been overwhelmingly positive,” Robin Henry, Executive Editor of NAVC Publications, said. “I’m excited that we regularly get veterinary technicians asking us if they can write for the journal. That means we’re connecting with our readers on their level in everyday clinical practice, and that’s exactly what we set out to do.” What’s next for Today’s Veterinary Technician ? Today’s Veterinary Technician looks to continue its mission to serve veterinary professionals in 2017. One of the new developments the Today’s Veterinary Technician staff is

Enhancing the health and well-being of pets, people and livestock.

There’s an energy across IDEXX that’s contagious—where caring and committed people work together to make things better—for our pets, our neighbors and our communities. Explore IDEXX career opportunities today. Visit us and Relax – Recharge – Refresh! (Coffee/tea/snacks will be served) IDEXX Chat Room Sunday, February 5, 2017 OCCC Level II Exhibit Hall, Booth 320 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Veterinary Technicians’ Lounge Monday, February 6, 2017 OCCC Level II Exhibit Hall, Booth 3139 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

excited about is the possibility that veterinary technicians will soon be called “veterinary nurses.” “When I graduated from one of the first accredited veterinary technology programs, I compared my education with that of a nurse,” explained Johnson-Harris. “Even though I dealt with furry critters instead of humans, I knew I was trained to provide the same quality of care.” Johnson-Harris said Today’s Veterinary Technician would continue to move the needle on protecting what veterinary technicians/nurses do by providing valuable scientific and professional growth information. Henry added that Today’s Veterinary Technician has been successful in filling a void in educational resources for veterinary technicians. “We have some great ideas for developing new types of articles and expanding our offerings online, both with the journal itself and through the larger NAVC community,” she said. “The only difficulty is that a year disappears so quickly... we have our work cut out for us!” To subscribe for free, check out Today’s Veterinary Technician at Check out the Veterinary Technicians’ Lounge The Veterinary Technicians’ Lounge is a space where veterinary technicians can relax and recharge. It is being sponsored by three NAVC premier partner sponsors—Boehringer Ingelheim, IDEXX, and Merial—who encourage technicians to use the space for networking, relaxing and recharging. In addition, NAVTA Case Reports Presentations (presented Saturday) will be available in the lounge for attendees to read and review. Come check it out in the Exhibit Hall, Booth 3139!






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Fitness Class: Zumba Sponsored by Banfield 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Hyatt Regency, Windermere Ballroom TONIGHT’S RECEPTIONS Veterinary Technicians’ Networking Reception Sponsored by Merial 5:00 PM | Hyatt Regency, Windermere Ballroom SESSION/TRACKS/PRESENTATIONS Bayer Dermatology Symposium 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, Tangerine Ballroom F2 Clientology℠: Deliver What Clients Really Want Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, W222AB 1:45 – 5:50 PM | OCCC, W222AB Elanco Companionship Enriching Life Symposium 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, WF3 Hill’s Symposium 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, W240AB Elanco Dermatology Symposium 1:45 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, WF2 Merck Advanced Medicine Symposium 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, WF4 American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians Sponsored by Assisi Loop 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W315A American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology Sponsored by Akorn Animal Health 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W414AB New Therapeutic Advances Sponsored by Aratana Therapeutics 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W331A

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AVAILABLE HANDS-ON LABORATORIES* - HILTON ORLANDO Brian Beale, Donald Hulse, Laura Simple Fracture Repair V Peycke, William Brian Saunders 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Full Day) Clinical Pathology for Technicians 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Half Day) Vascular Access Techniques: Beyond the Peripheral IV 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Half Day)


David Liss

Jamie Burkitt, Elke Rudloff, Sean Smarick

AVAILABLE MASTERCLASSES* - HYATT REGENCY Leading From Within V PM MC 15 – Monday Bolstering Your Self-Esteem 8:00 – 10:00 AM Rainbow Spring I Diabetes: Nursing and Client Considerations 8:00 – 10:00 AM Silver Spring I


Tech MC 5 – Monday

The Critical Care Patient Assessment Challenge: Hone in Your Senses 8:00 – 10:00 AM Silver Spring II


Tech MC 6 – Monday

Does Your Practice Have Every HR Piece in Its Place? 2:40 – 4:40 PM Rainbow Spring I


MC 19 – Monday

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The 411 on IBD 2:40 – 4:40 PM Silver Spring I


Tech MC 7 – Monday

What’s Wrong with This ECG? 2:40 – 4:40 PM Silver Spring II


Tech MC 8 – Monday

AVAILABLE MEET THE PROFESSOR LUNCHEONS* - HYATT REGENCY Suture Material Choices for Abdominal Surgery 12:00 – 1:30 PM Blue Spring II

The Next Level Sponsored by Virbac 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, W315B Nutramax Symposium 1:45 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W315B


MTPL 10 – Monday

*Additional fee required. See our Registration Desk at the OCCC to confirm openings and to register. Limited seating, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advancing Whole Patient Care: Sustaining the Bond Symposium Sponsored by Zoetis 8:00 – 11:45 AM | OCCC, W230AB Zoetis Infectious Disease Symposium 1:45 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W230AB Equine Dermatology Sponsored by Kinetic Vet 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC W231AB Equine Wound Healing Sponsored by Akorn Animal Health 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC, W232AB Practice Management: Trends Sponsored by VetPartners and Vetstreet 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC W224AB Practice Management: Fast & Furious Tips Sponsored by Vetstreet 8:00 – 4:50 PM | OCCC W224CD

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VENUE GUIDE — Don’t miss today’s main events: Zumba Fitness Class 5:30 - 6:30 PM Hyatt Regency, Windermere Ballroom W


Veterinary Technicians’ Networking Reception 5:00 PM • Hyatt Regency, Windermere Ballroom YZ

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Sky Bridge


Concert Series: Darius Rucker 8:00 PM, Doors open at 7:30 PM Hyatt Regency, Regency Ballroom




BARK IN THE PARK ADOPTION FAIR NAVC Central, OCCC, Exhibit Hall 12:00 - 2:00 PM


Exhibit Hall Open • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM • OCCC






WEST CONCOURSE General Session, Core Scientific Program, Exhibit Hall, Registration Breakfast Sessions, Meet the Professor Luncheons, Evening Sessions, Evening Entertainment, 3- to 4-minute walk to the West Concourse 3- to 4-minute walk to the West Concourse Hands-on Labs, Alumni Receptions, The Big Game Party, 15- to 20-minute walk to the West Concourse Hands-on Labs, Alumni Receptions, The Big Game Party, 15- to 20-minute walk to the West Concourse



Get INformed


Beyond Diagnosis: Experts Share Multimodal Approaches to Feline Chronic Care

NAVC Learning Theater Schedule for Monday, February 6: 10:30 AM Reaping the Benefits of Technology & Innovation for Enhanced Veterinary Care David Goodnight, DVM, MBA • Sponsored by: LifeLearn 11:00 AM SDMA matters: Now There’s a More Reliable Way to Test and Assess Kidney Function Jane Robertson, DVM, DACVIM • Sponsored by: IDEXX 11:30 AM Innovators and Vetrepreneurs - Are You Up for a Challenge? Ernie Ward, DVM • Sponsored by: Veterinary Innovation Council

12:30 PM It Only Takes One Missed Dose Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVIM • Sponsored by: Zoetis 1:00 PM The Importance of Home Dental Care Brook Niemiec, DVM • Sponsored by: Merial 2:00 PM New Perspectives on Noise Aversion: Beyond Thunder and Fireworks Barbara Sherman, DVM, PhD, DACVB • Sponsored by: Zoetis




Case-Based Approach to Management of Feline Diabetes

Dr Audra Fenimore


Challenges of Managing the Feline Chronic Kidney Disease Patient

Dr Andrew H. Sparkes


Update on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Monitoring of the Hyperthyroid Cat

Dr Cynthia R. Ward




3:30 PM Next Generation Therapy for Canine Atopic Dermatitis Andy Hillier, BVSc, MACVSc, DACVD • Sponsored by: Zoetis



*The panel Q&A session at the end will be extended based on attendee questions/interest.

3:00 PM GREENIES™ PILL POCKETS Treats™ Mars Petcare • Sponsored by: Greenies/Nutro Company


Join us on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the OCCC W224 E/F.

Q&A with panel, moderated by Dr Grant Beckett

2:30 PM Oral Care and the Role of GREENIES™ Dental Products Mars Petcare • Sponsored by: Greenies/Nutro Company




12:00 PM Truth and Consequences: Ticks, Fleas and Other Sightings Linda Kidd, DVM, Phd, DACVIM • Sponsored by: Zoetis


At this engaging symposium sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), leading internists will highlight real-world case studies and discuss feline diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism.

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© 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. PET-0070-PMA1216 16999

Turn on appetite Finally, appetite stimulation is in your control Until now, there have been limited therapeutic options to restore appetite. That’s why we created ENTYCE® (capromorelin oral solution), the only FDA-approved therapeutic designed to safely and effectively stimulate appetite in dogs. ENTYCE works by mimicking the hunger hormone ghrelin. Administered orally once a day, ENTYCE is appropriate to treat inappetence caused by chronic and acute conditions.

Visit Aratana booth #1541.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ENTYCE® (capromorelin oral solution) is for use in dogs only. Do not use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. Use with caution in dogs with hepatic dysfunction or renal insufficiency. Adverse reactions in dogs may include diarrhea, vomiting, polydipsia, and hypersalivation. Should not be used in dogs that have a hypersensitivity to capromorelin. Please see the full Prescribing Information for more detail. A copy of the full Prescribing Information is available at the Aratana booth (#1541). 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Suite 340, Leawood, KS 66211 1-844-ARATANA ©2016 Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. ENTYCE is a registered trademark of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc.



Sherrie O’Brien, DVM VetFolio User Since 2016

Won her first year of VetFolio

Passion for feline medicine

Getting Started “We as veterinarians are good at multitasking. I can cook dinner, fold laundry or work out on my exercise bike while I listen to a class. I can even listen to a podcast while I am driving to an alumni event. The education comes to you!” Staying Fresh “Our profession is constantly changing, and VetFolio allows you to engage in this change. If you have recently graduated, there are surgery videos and classes on the subjects you may have not covered deeply in school. If you have been out of school for over five years, VetFolio can help you stay current and academically fresh. We are never too old to learn!” Becoming a Pro “Everyone has their own way that they prefer to learn. There are surgery videos, short podcasts, longer lectures, and articles at your fingers. You can choose how you take your educational adventure.”

Photo credit: Shira Marie Photography

Continuing the Experience “I use the information learned on VetFolio daily. There are a variety of topics that I incorporate into my daily discussions with clients, technicians and rescue groups. Whether it has to deal with the pros and cons of early spay/neuter or the life expectancy of a dog with splenic HSA, the classes offer information that can be used in real-life practice. VetFolio also allows one to stay medically current and have access to the newest products coming out on the market!”

Meet veterinary technician Keenan Smith

Making #Goals I truly try to obtain 100 hours of CE a year. At least 40 are at conferences. I look forward to going to the NAVC Conference every year.

Loves giving back to the veterinary profession






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INSIDE Humphrey, DVM < Michael  Sara Regal, CVT

Carla Ponchirolli-Schneider, DVM, Ashley Harris, DVM, DABVP

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Lawrence Fox, DVM (not enough fingers to count how many times he attended)

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Mark Pelham, DVM Jeffrey Nix, DVM

Ashley Grubbs Vanessa Thorton, RVT


WE ASKED, Teyma Cruz, Guest Phil Cruz, DVM





how many times have you attended Conference?



Get ready to have a good time with country music artist Darius Rucker. In fact, it’s right there in the title of Darius Rucker’s latest album— Southern Style. “To me, the South means a laid-back lifestyle, beaches, family and being able to have a good time when you want to,” says Rucker. “In Charleston, where I’m from, nobody’s in a rush to get anywhere. And there’s a mentality that there’s room for everybody. “So with these songs, I wanted to bring out the way I live, the way my friends live, and all the things that are important to us.” Rucker’s fourth solo album as a country artist reveals a sound and a spirit that bring him closer than ever to the genre’s fundamentals. From “Homegrown Honey,” featuring a country-girl-gone-uptown, to the back-porch party in “Dixie Cup,” his newest songs are filled with the instruments and images that define a region and its musical traditions. Darius Rucker first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, his musical life has had a truly remarkable second act. In 2008, he released Learn to Live; the album’s first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” made him the first African-American with a number-one country song since Charley Pride in 1983. His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included 2 more number ones, while True Believers contained another 4 hit singles. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012 and won the GRAMMY Award for Best Country Solo Performance for his triumphant version of “Wagon Wheel.”

Rucker will be performing at 8:00 PM in the Hyatt, Regency Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 PM






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L E A R N M O R E AT B O O T H # 1 8 0 1 Law TH, Davies ES, Pan Y, et al. A randomized trial of a medium-chain TAG diet as treatment for dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Br J Nutr 2015:1-10. Purina trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. Any other marks are property of their respective owners. Printed in USA.

*as an adjunct to veterinary therapy


CEO, NAVC Orlando, Florida

Meet Derby and Winston, the pets behind Thomas Bohn, CEO of NAVC. “Our golden retriever Derby came into our family during our son’s Air Bud obsession,” said Bohn. “He can’t play basketball, but he is definitely our son’s buddy. We brought our Old English sheepdog Winston home so Derby could have a friend. I’m not sure he appreciated the gesture as much as we hoped he would!” Did you have pets before Derby and Winston? I grew up with an English springer spaniel who had an amazing ability to get into everything, including six pounds of raw chicken cutlets on Christmas morning. Somehow Winston has tapped into his spirit and has Houdini-like abilities. We’re a dog family — we had a sweet Dalmatian for 15 great years. How old are your pets today, and how old were they when they joined your pack? Our dogs are 7 and 8, and we got them both around 5 months old. Explain your pets’ names. Derby’s name came from The Kentucky Derby — which was on the same day we brought him home. Winston is from Winston Churchill, and he too is irascible, stubborn and has a huge personality. Describe your relationship with your pets and what they bring to your life. Life is better with pets, especially dogs! They make most stressful things melt away just by being themselves. Our dogs are truly an extension of the family. We speak to them, we include them in everything and we treat them with as much, maybe even more respect than other people. If Derby and Winston could talk, what would they say? They don’t need to talk. They both rule this house like a boss by just being absolute characters! I think if they spoke they would lose some of their power! Since you can talk, what are your favorite things that you enjoy about Derby and Winston? They bring happiness to our house everyday as well as chaos and love and energy. We couldn’t imagine life without them. Do you bring them to work? Derby is able to go. He gets along with all dogs. Winston is a little, let’s say, eager to show that he’s the boss of everything! What are their favorite treats? Winston is now to trying to sneak a sip of my Starbucks! Anything else you’d like to add? We just put in a pool after all these years, and my wife thinks I did it for the dogs to exercise more as they get older...she’s kinda right!


Monday | 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Tuesday | 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Wednesday | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Daily Coffee Breaks 9:15 – 9:55 AM NAVC Deli 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM




Aratana Therapeutics strives to be a pioneer in licensing, developing and commercializing innovative pet therapeutics for dogs and cats. We are at the intersection of human science and veterinary medicine and are working to bridge the innovation gap in animal health by delivering cutting-edge medical options to veterinarians that are driven by science and specifically made for pets. In fact, in 2016 Aratana had an unprecedented year by obtaining FDA approval of three therapeutics for veterinary medicine. They include a first-in-class therapeutic to treat osteoarthritis pain in dogs; the only FDA-approved ghrelin receptor agonist for appetite stimulation in dogs; and a long-acting local anesthetic that provides up to 72 hours of postoperative pain relief for cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs. And we’re not stopping there. We are passionate about providing new options to improve the standard of care and are developing a robust portfolio of novel veterinary medicines, including therapeutics for pain, inappetence, cancer, viral diseases and allergy. Be sure to stop by the Aratana booth #1541 to learn about all three FDA-approved therapeutics.






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NAVC’s new marketing awards honor the best of the best in animal health marketing initiatives of 2016

Discover the winners of the first and only animal health marketing awards dedicated solely to celebrating North America’s animal health advertising, promotion and education efforts in the special exhibition located in the OCCC West D Lobby. Dubbed The VETTYs, the awards are the first of their kind to recognize the marketing initiatives of companies, associations and universities promoting products that are sold to veterinarians or through veterinary practices. Initiatives considered for The VETTYs may include, but are not limited to, creative print ads, commercials, videos, promotions, digital marketing, social media campaigns, tradeshow booths and activations, sales materials and clinic merchandise. “For more than 30 years, the NAVC has been witness to the increasing sophistication and creativity of veterinary advertising and marketing,” said Pete Scott, NAVC Vice President of Industry Services and International Relations. “We want to create an animal healthcare award that recognizes the accomplishments and efforts of agencies and companies on an annual basis.” This year’s competition featured separate divisions for professional entities, which include for-profit corporate services and manufacturers, and institutional entities, which include nonprofit associations and universities. Judged by a panel of animal health industry and marketing experts, entrants were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards, as well as several “Judges Awards” and “Best of Show” honors. Don’t miss the chance to see the winners of the NAVC’s newest award initiative honoring the dedication, intelligence and creativity of North America’s animal health marketing teams and agencies! The awards will be on display throughout the conference.


AAHA Media Kit 2017 American Animal Hospital Association

Merck Tradeshow Booth Merck Animal Health Access TCA

ABAXIS Tradeshow Booth Abaxis Access TCA

Merck Vet Manual Postcard Merck Veterinary Manual MCS

ABAXIS Tradeshow Graphics Abaxis Access TCA

Merck Veterinary Manual Animation Merck Manuals Likeable Media

Bravecto “Cats Are Everywhere” Merck Animal Health Stein IAS

Merial Vaccines RISK Campaign Merial Shepherd

Bravecto “Expect the Extraordinary” Print Ads MSD Animal Health Stein IAS

NexGard & HEARTGARD Chew Truck Merial MSL

Bravecto “Tough Love” Merck Animal Health FCB CURE







Cat Healthy Infographic Posters Cat Healthy Woodruff Sweitzer

NexGard Hero Tails Merial MSL No Bite Is Right Bayer Animal Health Greyhealthgroup

DVM Multimedia Video DVM Multimedia

Onsior 2016 Canine Launch Campaign DM Elanco Animal Health Colle + McVoy

HEARTGARD Plus Integrated Campaign Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

OraVet Magazine Ad Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

Keep Them Moving With Cosequin (Ladies) Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. Ron Foth Advertising

OraVet Photography Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

Lurking Dread Campaign Merial Shepherd

OraVet TV Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

Lurking Dread Tradeshow Activation Merial Shepherd

PREVICOX 2016 Print Ad Merial Renavatio

Vet2Pet Quadfold Vet2Pet Royal Canin Brand Photography Royal Canin DDB New York Simparica Early Experience Mailing Zoetis Guidemark Health

IDEXX 50x50 Booth Debut IDEXX GES

Tresaderm Trade Ad Merial Shepherd

IDEXX “Picture the Difference” Experience IDEXX Live Marketing

Trifexis Website Elanco Callahan Creek

Interceptor Plus Pre-Roll Video/Banner Ads Elanco Callahan Creek

VCA Vethical Parasite Protection Campaign VCA Animal Hospitals Zed Graphic Communications Inc.

K9 Courage Website Zoetis Inc Brown Bag Marketing LLC

Vet Set Go Website Vet Set Go Venveo

Sugar & Spike Illustration Merck Animal Health Stein IAS

Keep Them Moving With Cosequin (Stairs) Nutramax Laboratory Veterinary Services, Inc. Ron Foth Advertising

VPI Tradeshow Nationwide Access TCA

That’s Cat For Cat Healthy Woodruff Sweitzer

Lil’ BUB PSA IDEXX Lumina Media

The “How Zelnate Works” Video Bayer Animal Health greyhealth group

Maybe PureVax Pure Protection Merial MSL

The Poop Tour Bayer Animal Health greyhealth group

Merck Tradeshow Signage Merck Animal Health Access TCA

Unleashing Our Winning Spirit Sales Meeting Boehringer Ingelheim Circa Healthcare

Merial Tech Champions Logo Merial Shepherd

Snap Elisa 3-Step Animation IDEXX Consensus Success Kit Vets First Choice

VetriFlex “Break Away From the Pack” VetriScience Laboratories  

Merial Tradeshow Booth Merial Blue Sky + Shepherd

We Are Patterson Brochure Patterson Veterinary Patterson Creative Services Zoetis Tradeshow Booth Zoetis Freeman


A Message from Lil’ BUB IDEXX Lumina Media A True Partnership Patterson Veterinary Patterson Creative Services Apoquel Campaign Zoetis Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Meta+Urinary Stress Ad Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse Communications

Apoquel Ad Zoetis Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

NexGard Clinic Quiz Merial Satori Interactive

A Drop In The Bucket Photo University Veterinary Specialists

Animals Talk. MAI Animal Health Listens. (Restroom Campaign) MAI Animal Health dfine Branding Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

AAHA Champions: Pet Owner Video Series American Animal Hospital Association AAHA Internal

Bravecto Website Merck Animal Health FCB Cure/Flightpath

NexGard “No Hiding” Merial Canada Shepherd

CAPC Parasite Prevalence Maps Companion Animal Parasite Council Venveo The CAPC Board

OraStrip See Beyond Campaign Virbac Corporation Circa Healthcare


AAHA Nashville 2017 Yearly Conference Ad Series American Animal Hospital Association

Cat Healthy Website Cat Healthy Woodruff Sweitzer Dakota’s Story Zoetis, Inc. Brown Bag Marketing LLC Derm Dance Social Launch Video Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse Communications Derm Defense Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse Communications Diamond CARE Product Launch Diamond Pet Foods Driven to Bark Petplan fetch! Magazine (Winter Wonderland Issue) Petplan FRONTLINE Plus Lunch & Learn Kit Merial Shepherd

Pet Relief Area at PDX Airport DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital Practice Mobilizer Sikka Software Sikka Software PRP Animation Companion Animal Health Amerra RALPH DTC Campaign Zoetis Explainify, ViralGains, Archer Malmo SAWA PSA Competition Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse Sentinel Brand Products Virtual Reality Experience Virbac Corporation Circa Healthcare Simparica Key Opinion Leader Video Mailer Zoetis Guidemark Health Tournament of Tails Petplan

Annual Dogtoberfest Fundraiser DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital University Veterinary Specialists Bravecto Extraordinary Care Program Website MSD Animal Health Stein IAS Bravecto Flea & Tick Lifecycle Illustrations MSD Animal Health Stein IAS Bravecto Cat In-Clinic Assets MSD Animal Health Stein IAS Bravecto Cat Transdermal Drawing MSD Animal Health Stein IAS Bravecto Sales Detailer Merck Animal Health FCB Health Bravecto Tough Love Print Ad Merck Animal Health FCB CURE Merial Client Connection DM Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness DJ Perera

Vectra 3D Heartstopping Facts Consumer Campaign Ceva Animal Health JNA Advertising Composure Pro Education Video VetriScience Laboratories Dental Educational Campaign VCA Animal Hospitals Zed Graphic Communications Inc. Derm Dance/Derm Defense Video Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse Derm Defense Social Media Campaign Hill’s Pet Nutrition greyhealth group Doggone Holiday (Self Promo) Shepherd Elanco Companion Animal Portfolio Project Elanco Animal Health Woodruff Sweitzer Ethicon 2015 Product Rebrand Elanco Animal Health Colle + McVoy Fall Companion Email Vets First Choice Vets First Choice

Merck Tradeshow Graphics Merck Animal Health Access TCA Merck Tradeshow Experience Merck Animal Health Access TCA Merck Veterinary Manual (Social B2B) Merck Veterinary Manual Merial Co-Branded Tradeshow Signage Merial Shepherd Merial Client Connection 2017 Merial Shepherd Metabolic Fitness Talking Points Tool Hill’s Pet Nutrition Red Fuse NexGard, Digital Advertising Merial Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness Nordic Naturals Tradeshow Nordic Naturals Access TCA Obedience Training Animal Care Technologies Animal Care Technologies

ProHeart 6 Pet Owner Video Campaign (Humor) Zoetis Archer Malmo Revolution Sales Promotion Zoetis Archer Malmo Royal Canin Multifunction Print Royal Canin DDB New York SDMA Catster Cover and Interior Ads IDEXX Consensus Securos Tradeshow Booth Securos Access TCA Securos Tradeshow Graphics Securos Access TCA Sentinel Brand Products Just Like You Ad Series Virbac Corporation Circa Healthcare Sentinel Brand Products Just Like You Campaign Virbac Corporation Circa Healthcare

Panakare Campaign Banner Neogen Neogen

Springboro Vet Video Website Springboro Veterinary Hospital and Pet Center DVM Multimedia

Feline Revolution Integrated Campaign Zoetis Archer Malmo

Panakare Canine Campaign Neogen Neogen

Still Going Strong Illustration Boehringer Ingelheim Ogilvy Commonhealth Sydney

Find New Clients Online VetMatrix VetMatrix

Pet Cancer Awareness Month Petplan Petplan

Tech Tips & Tricks Social Animal Care Technologies

FRONTLINE Gold Launch Merial Shepherd

Planting Seeds Video greyhealth group

That’s Cat For (Consumer) Cat Healthy Woodruff Sweitzer

Proviable-Forte Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science, Inc.

Trifexis Facebook Elanco Callahan Creek

VCA Osteoarthritis Awareness Campaign VCA Animal Hospitals Zed Graphic Communications

Tutorial: Ultrasound Guided Cystocentesis

Happy Vaccine Experience Video Boehringer Ingelheim Circa Healthcare HEARTGARD Lunch & Learn Merial Shepherd HEARTGARD Vet Tech Week Merial Shepherd Hill’s Prescription Diet Booth Hill’s Pet Nutrition greyhealth group Interceptor Plus Facebook Elanco Callahan Creek Introducing IDEXX Neo Video IDEXX Consensus Kids and Pets Safety Tips DVM Multimedia DVM Multimedia Lurking Dread Poster Merial Shepherd

Pet Diabetes Month In-Clinic Merck Animal Health Stein IAS Petplan Brochure Petplan

VCA CareClub Waiting Room Video VCA Animal Hospitals Zed Graphic Communications Inc.

Petplan Calendar Petplan

Vectra Heartstopping Facts Consumer Social Campaign Ceva Animal Health JNA Advertising

Petplan 10 Year Booklet Petplan

VetriFlex Second Opinion Ad VetriScience Laboratories

ProfitSolver Direct Mail Zoetis Excitant Healthcare Advertising

Vet Tech Week “Thank You” Video Animal Care Technologies Animal Care Technologies

ProfitSolver Sell Sheet Zoetis Excitant Healthcare Advertising

Veterinarian Introduction to the Assisi Loop Assisi Animal Health Why SDMA Matters IDEXX Consensus

The VETTYs — 2017 The VETTYs, the veterinary profession’s first and only marketing awards, are open to all companies and products marketed to veterinarians and/ or sold through veterinary practices, including pharmaceuticals, pet food, insurance, medical devices, software and practice management tools, as well as veterinarian-related associations, non-profits and universities. Visit to sign up to receive our 2017 Call-for-Entries alert.






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It begs only a simple question.




The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) are excited to announce the launch of their first ever Veterinary Innovation Awards. Sponsored by Zomedica, the awards will provide veterinarians and their peers a chance to nominate passionate innovators and organizations that have dedicated themselves to the betterment of the animal health industry. The NAVC and VIC are honored to recognize those people and organizations that have made a difference in veterinary medicine and in the lives of animals everywhere. To learn more about the Veterinary Innovation Awards and to nominate an individual or organization visit

Just a short walk from NAVC 2017, savor selections from three convenient, onsite restaurants. For dining reservations or to book a private event, please call 407.345.4570.

®/™ Trademarks © Mars, Incorporated 2017. U.S. Pat. No. D587,428.

For more than 25 years, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) has trusted Freeman to serve as the official services contractor for the NAVC Conference.

We look forward to working with the NAVC and its exhibitors for years to come.

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Booth 4229

Because, well…dogs.


Trainer Jon Peck is featured with Charlie, dog in training. It’s no secret that the human-animal bond has the ability to enrich lives. Recognizing the powerful relationship between man and “man’s best friend,” the HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) team has joined forces with Warrior Canine Connection® (WCC). This year, the HEARTGARD Plus team will donate up to a total of $100,000 to WCC to help the nonprofit bring the healing power of dogs to U.S. Service Members, Veterans and their families. Under WCC’s unique program, Warriors who are recovering from invisible wounds of war learn to train the dogs for fellow combat Veterans with disabilities. WCC’s service dogs provide Service Members and Veterans with mobility assistance, emotional support and unconditional love to help them reconnect with life, their families, their communities and each other. With a history of protecting millions of dogs from the dangers of heartworm disease, the HEARTGARD Plus team is proud to work with an organization that contributes to the health and well-being of individuals who have so bravely served our country and the dogs that support them. Visit with U.S. Veterans Matt Moores and Jon Peck, along with two of WCC’s helpful, loving service dogs, at the WCC booth located within the NexGard® (afoxolaner) and HEARTGARD Plus “Gard Yard” (Exhibit Hall Booth #100). Exhibit hall hours are Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HEARTGARD Plus is the number one veterinarianrecommended heartworm disease preventive, and provides trusted, proven heartworm disease prevention in dogs. Every purchase of HEARTGARD Plus helps support the WCC program. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION HEARTGARD Plus is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. For more information, contact your veterinarian or click here for full prescribing information.

chewables CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. INDICATIONS: For use in dogs to prevent canine heartworm disease by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae (Dirofilaria immitis) for a month (30 days) after infection and for the treatment and control of ascarids (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina) and hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Ancylostoma braziliense). DOSAGE: HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) should be administered orally at monthly intervals at the recommended minimum dose level of 6 mcg of ivermectin per kilogram (2.72 mcg/lb) and 5 mg of pyrantel (as pamoate salt) per kg (2.27 mg/lb) of body weight. The recommended dosing schedule for prevention of canine heartworm disease and for the treatment and control of ascarids and hookworms is as follows: Dog Weight

Chewables Per Month

Ivermectin Content

Pyrantel Content

Color Coding 0n Foil Backing and Carton

Up to 25 lb 26 to 50 lb 51 to 100 lb

1 1 1

68 mcg 136 mcg 272 mcg

57 mg 114 mg 227 mg

Blue Green Brown

HEARTGARD Plus is recommended for dogs 6 weeks of age and older. For dogs over 100 lb use the appropriate combination of these chewables. ADMINISTRATION: Remove only one chewable at a time from the foil-backed blister card. Return the card with the remaining chewables to its box to protect the product from light. Because most dogs find HEARTGARD Plus palatable, the product can be offered to the dog by hand. Alternatively, it may be added intact to a small amount of dog food.The chewable should be administered in a manner that encourages the dog to chew, rather than to swallow without chewing. Chewables may be broken into pieces and fed to dogs that normally swallow treats whole. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and treated animals should be observed for a few minutes after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended. HEARTGARD Plus should be given at monthly intervals during the period of the year when mosquitoes (vectors), potentially carrying infective heartworm larvae, are active. The initial dose must be given within a month (30 days) after the dog’s first exposure to mosquitoes. The final dose must be given within a month (30 days) after the dog’s last exposure to mosquitoes. When replacing another heartworm preventive product in a heartworm disease preventive program, the first dose of HEARTGARD Plus must be given within a month (30 days) of the last dose of the former medication. If the interval between doses exceeds a month (30 days), the efficacy of ivermectin can be reduced. Therefore, for optimal performance, the chewable must be given once a month on or about the same day of the month. If treatment is delayed, whether by a few days or many, immediate treatment with HEARTGARD Plus and resumption of the recommended dosing regimen will minimize the opportunity for the development of adult heartworms. Monthly treatment with HEARTGARD Plus also provides effective treatment and control of ascarids (T. canis, T. leonina) and hookworms (A. caninum, U. stenocephala, A. braziliense). Clients should be advised of measures to be taken to prevent reinfection with intestinal parasites. EFFICACY: HEARTGARD Plus Chewables, given orally using the recommended dose and regimen, are effective against the tissue larval stage of D.immitis for a month (30 days) after infection and, as a result, prevent the development of the adult stage. HEARTGARD Plus Chewables are also effective against canine ascarids (T. canis, T. leonina) and hookworms (A. caninum, U. stenocephala, A. braziliense). ACCEPTABILITY: In acceptability and field trials, HEARTGARD Plus was shown to be an acceptable oral dosage form that was consumed at first offering by the majority of dogs. PRECAUTIONS: All dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infection before starting treatment with HEARTGARD Plus which is not effective against adult D. immitis. Infected dogs must be treated to remove adult heartworms and microfilariae before initiating a program with HEARTGARD Plus. While some microfilariae may be killed by the ivermectin in HEARTGARD Plus at the recommended dose level, HEARTGARD Plus is not effective for microfilariae clearance. A mild hypersensitivity-type reaction, presumably due to dead or dying microfilariae and particularly involving a transient diarrhea, has been observed in clinical trials with ivermectin alone after treatment of some dogs that have circulating microfilariae. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion by humans, clients should be advised to contact a physician immediately. Physicians may contact a Poison Control Center for advice concerning cases of ingestion by humans. Store between 68°F - 77°F (20°C - 25°C). Excursions between 59°F - 86°F (15°C - 30°C) are permitted. Protect product from light. ADVERSE REACTIONS: In clinical field trials with HEARTGARD Plus, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of dosing was rarely observed (1.1% of administered doses). The following adverse reactions have been reported following the use of HEARTGARD: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation. SAFETY: HEARTGARD Plus has been shown to be bioequivalent to HEARTGARD, with respect to the bioavailability of ivermectin. The dose regimens of HEARTGARD Plus and HEARTGARD are the same with regard to ivermectin (6 mcg/kg). Studies with ivermectin indicate that certain dogs of the Collie breed are more sensitive to the effects of ivermectin administered at elevated dose levels (more than 16 times the target use level) than dogs of other breeds. At elevated doses, sensitive dogs showed adverse reactions which included mydriasis, depression, ataxia, tremors, drooling, paresis, recumbency, excitability, stupor, coma and death. HEARTGARD demonstrated no signs of toxicity at 10 times the recommended dose (60 mcg/kg) in sensitive Collies. Results of these trials and bioequivalency studies, support the safety of HEARTGARD products in dogs, including Collies, when used as recommended. HEARTGARD Plus has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose level in dogs, including pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs and puppies aged 6 or more weeks. In clinical trials, many commonly used flea collars, dips, shampoos, anthelmintics, antibiotics, vaccines and steroid preparations have been administered with HEARTGARD Plus in a heartworm disease prevention program. In one trial, where some pups had parvovirus, there was a marginal reduction in efficacy against intestinal nematodes, possibly due to a change in intestinal transit time. HOW SUPPLIED: HEARTGARD Plus is available in three dosage strengths (See DOSAGE section) for dogs of different weights. Each strength comes in convenient cartons of 6 and 12 chewables. For customer service, please contact Merial at 1-888-637-4251.

1 Data on file at Merial. ®HEARTGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2017 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.

®HEARTGARD and the Dog & Hand logo are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2015 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. HGD17WCCNAVCARTICLE (2/17).






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INSIDE Let us show you a brighter future!

LGBT WELLNESS—NOT THE SAME AS FOR OUR STRAIGHT BROTHERS & SISTERS LGVMA Reception, Hilton Orlando, Orange Ballroom A Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 PM

Which of these valuable items will you be taking home with you?

Interactive Medical Acupuncture Anatomy by Dr. Narda Robinson $299.00 value!

Canine Medical Massage by Dr. Narda Robinson & Shelley Sheets $69.00 value!

4 Organic Essential Oils $59.00 value!

There are wellness issues that go across lines of all veterinary professionals and veterinary students, and then there are those that are unique to certain populations within veterinary medicine. That’s the reason Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML, presented “LGBT Wellness: Not the Same as for Our Straight Brothers & Sisters” yesterday in the Learning Theater. Dr. Chaddock is the VicePresident of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) and Associate Dean for Administration for Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Only by understanding these differences will the veterinary profession be able to develop meaningful surveys for the LGBT veterinary population and also obtain appropriate and needed wellness data for developing effective preventive programs,” said Dr. Chaddock. Study data shows that members of the veterinary profession and veterinary students include about 4% to 7% LGBT individuals. Dr. Chaddock’s presentation dove into the differences of health and wellness issues between the LGBT and non-LGBT communities, and why these differences exist. The presentation also included a discussion of the preliminary results of a 2016 survey conducted by LGVMA and Auburn University. A peer-reviewed paper on these results is planned. LGVMA would like to invite attendees to its networking reception sponsored by Merial on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 pm in Orange Ballroom A. The vision of LGVMA “is a veterinary profession in which we all live to our full potential, both personally and professionally, conduct our lives openly and with integrity, and freely share our experience and wisdom for the betterment of and care for ourselves, our profession, our clients and all animals.” Attendees are also invited to stop by the LGVMA booth, #42, to sign the Pulse Nightclub memorial poster, which will be donated to the Orlando mayor from the veterinary profession. The LGVMA also wants to thank the NAVC for its contributions to helping those victims.

For updates and summaries, visit


CuraCore Yoga Mat $39.00 value!

Come to the GARD YARD! Cheer and watch the Pup Cup matches, get a free customized t-shirt, play games, get giveaways and more!

Register for CuraCore courses at our booth during the NAVC Conference 2017 to receive your free gifts! See us at our booth #4212 for more information or you can visit our website 20 |







Win prizes at the NAVC Conference with your NAVC Passport • STEP 1 - Download the NAVC Conference Mobile App at


• STEP 2 - Log in with your name and registration number • STEP 3 - Collect all of the badges at the Passport locations through the app to be entered to win!

We’ll contact you by email or phone if you’ve been selected as a winner. NAVC Passport Prizes Sunday, February 5 – NAVC Conference 2018 Registration Monday, February 6 – Family Disney World Prize ($500 Disney Gift Card) Tuesday, February 7 – Tech Package (iPad Air 2 and Amazon Echo) Wednesday, February 8 – Grand Prize: $10,000 Daily Prize Giveaways Get your badge scanned from at least two booths at the Exhibit Hall from 9:15 – 9:55 am to be eligible to win one of our many daily prizes. One winner will be chosen daily. Sunday, February 5 – Amazon Echo Monday, February 6 – Apple TV Tuesday, February 7 – Amazon Tap Bluetooth Speaker Wednesday, February, 8 – iPad Air 2

Winners will be posted online at


Join the conversation during the NAVC Conference… and after Make connections, share your voice and collaborate with your peers online. Here are some prompts to get the conversation started:: • Tell us what you love most about the NAVC Conference 2017, be it something you learned in a Hands-on Lab, a speaker who inspired you, a new product that rocked your world, a veterinary influencer you got to meet, etc. • Post a photo with colleagues, new friends, old classmates or a mentor • Ask questions, post comments, share stories or even a live video • Like, love or share posts you enjoy We’d love to know what you have to say! Use #NAVC2017 in your posts so our Conference community can follow and chime in.



Enter to win by spotting the VetFolio mascot Max the Meerkat in this issue of INSIDE NAVC. Meerkats are great at blending in. If you can find Max the Meerkat in today’s issue of INSIDE NAVC, you could win an Amazon Echo! Here’s how it works: •D  ownload the NAVC Conference 2017 mobile app. •C  heck out each page of today’s issue of INSIDE NAVC, cover to cover. •S  ee if you can spot the Max Meerkat icon hidden somewhere in the content (besides this appearance, of course!) •E  nter the code word on Max’s shirt into the game in the mobile app. •Y  ou can enter once each day on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. •E  ach day by 8:00 PM, we’ll draw one winner at random and will notify them by email.

You never know where Max is burrowing. Good luck!







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Do I need my badge?

Tuesday, February 7 1:00 - 2:00 PM Hyatt Regency, Orlando L

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) invite you to an update on the Fix the Debt Initiative! Life’s not a motion picture, and veterinary students can’t edit out the accumulation of student debt by leaving their college years on the cutting-room floor. But when dozens of organizations and 100 volunteers come together with a common cause and mission, we can all certainly try to rewrite the script. That’s exactly what the AVMA and the AAVMC are attempting to do through the collaborative Fix the Debt Initiative, which emerged from the Fix the Debt Summit held in April 2016, hosted by Michigan State University and co-sponsored by the AVMA and AAVMC. Today’s session will provide updates on the work that is being done as part of the ongoing initiative. We encourage participants at the session to provide feedback and discussion on this critical issue facing our profession. “Over the past few years, we have made remarkable progress as an organization in our commitment to developing, coordinating and leading the charge when it comes to the economic challenges facing the profession.” said AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer. “There is a commitment to these economic issues that will grow stronger as we continue to work together to ease the financial burden of our students and young veterinarians.” For more background on the initiative, please visit the AVMA@Work Blog:



YOU NEED YOUR BADGE TO GET INTO EVENTS. Please remember to wear your badge at all times to get into events and sessions.




Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians Annual Conference Concurrent with AAZV, AAFV and NAG

Please join

Gail Buchalter, author of

Friday Night Fighters—A Forensic Veterinarian Mystery,



for a book signing Monday, February 6 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the on-site NAVC Bookstore located in the NAVC Village in the OCCC, E/F Lobby



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A portion of the proceeds from every copy sold will be donated to the Hello Bully charity in Pittsburgh, PA and the Talbot County Humane Society in Easton, MD.

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SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY: 9:35 AM - 9:55 AM 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM 1:25 PM - 1:45 PM 3:35 PM - 3:55 PM* *Except for Wednesday Game times are subject to change

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. ®HEARTGARD, NexGard, and the Dog & Hand logo are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2017 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. MER17NAVCPCFLYER(1/17).

Featuring special guest star, Abby Wambach on Tuesday, February 7, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. (subject to change)

INSIDE THE NAVC & BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL® COLLABORATE ON GROUNDBREAKING REPORT The NAVC and Banfield Pet Hospital are pleased to share the first annual Banfield Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report. Banfield has always been dedicated to using its extensive data to provide insights to the profession on topics that can improve veterinary care for pets. This first annual VET Report, supported by the collaborative educational efforts of the NAVC, focuses on a critical topic: antimicrobial resistance. It is titled “Are We Doing Our Part to Prevent Superbugs? Antimicrobial Usage Patterns Among Companion Animal Veterinarians.” “We are proud to team up with the NAVC on the 2017 VET Report to raise awareness about the critical topic of antimicrobial resistance in companion animal practice and how veterinarians can address it in their own practices,” said Dr. Karen Faunt, Vice President of Medical Quality Advancement at Banfield Pet Hospital. “I am excited to be presenting our VET Report CE alongside some of the foremost experts on the topic and sharing this information with the profession in person at our Tuesday afternoon sessions.” The report includes Banfield Pet Hospital data from 926 general practice hospitals in 43 states, with approximately 135,000 dog visits each week and a provider base of 3,850 veterinarians. Data on urinary tract infection and respiratory tract infection were extracted and evaluated. Drs. Mike Lappin and Jane Sykes, both members of the International Society for Companion Animal

Infectious Disease (ISCAID) Antimicrobial Working Group, will be presenting antimicrobial usage guidelines and clinical management tips for respiratory tract and urinary tract infections as part of the VET Report educational programming. Banfield will be presenting CE sessions on this information on Tuesday, February 7, in the OCCC, W331A, starting at 1:45 PM. Come learn more about this critical new report!


From t-shirts to coffee mugs, remember your NAVC Experience with souvenirs from our signature artist Jim Wilson.

A Whimsical Evening in Your Honor Monday, February 6th | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Windermere Ballroom YZ | Hyatt Regency Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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INSIDE NAVC 2017 - Issue 2  
INSIDE NAVC 2017 - Issue 2