Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(S5DP) Expert Panel Discussion, Age Isn’t a Disease: Escaping Osteoarthritis Patient Stereotypes

Monday, March 5
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
MBCC, Mandalay Bay D, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

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Pain Symposium: Hear from a panel of experts for guidance on NSAIDs, nutraceuticals and how to create powerful strategies for a balanced, multimodal approach to control OA for your patients. Part 4 of 4.

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Mike Conzemius

Endowed Professor
University of Minnesota

Dr. Conzemius received his DVM and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and Iowa State University and is currently an Endowed Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota.


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Ralph C. Harvey

Associate Professor
University of Tennessee

Dr. Ralph Harvey teaches anesthesia and pain management in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. He previously served as the Section Head for the Small Animal Surgical Services and as a member of the University Faculty Senate. His veterinary degree is from the UTCVM and his post-graduate training included internship, residency, and fellowship at Cornell's Veterinary and Medical Colleges. Dr. Harvey has worked in private small animal practice. He is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, has served as their Executive Secretary and as a member of the ACVAA Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Fear-Free Advisory Panel and Executive Council. He has received the UT Brandy Memorial Award, the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and the UTCVM Outstanding Alumni Non-Practice Career Award. His community service has included work with regional science fair programs, Explorer Scouting, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and with wilderness and conservation groups.


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Duncan Lascelles

Professor of Surgery and Pain Management
North Carolina State University

Dr. Lascelles is currently professor of small animal surgery and pain management at North Carolina State University, with active clinical and research interests in acute and chronic pain. He runs the Comparative Pain Research and Education Centre. After graduating with honors from the veterinary program at the University of Bristol, UK, Dr. Lascelles completed a PhD degree in aspects of preemptive/perioperative analgesia at the University of Bristol. Following an internship there, he completed his surgical residency at the University of Cambridge, UK. He moved to Colorado for the fellowship in oncological surgery at Colorado State University, then a period of postdoctoral research in feline pain and analgesia at the University of Florida. He is board certified in small animal surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His research interests include clinical measurement of acute and chronic pain, understanding the basis of pain in animals, and improving methods of alleviation of pain in animals. His work on preemptive analgesia, opioid use in cats, perioperative NSAIDs, outcome measures in canine OA, and feline DJD has had significant impact on the way veterinary medicine is practiced. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers and abstracts and over 50 review articles, book chapters, and case reports and has given more than 500 CE presentations and seminars. Dr. Lascelles is particularly interested in the value of naturally occurring painful disease in animals to human health problems.


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Denis Marcellin-Little

University of California, Davis

Dr. Marcellin-Little is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the Veterinary College of Toulouse in France. Dr. Marcellin-Little has specific knowledge of animal physical therapy and rehabilitation. He is an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and is actively involved in teaching and investigating this emerging field. Dr. Marcellin-Little chaired the International Symposium on Animal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2004. He is a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Julia Tomlinson

Dr. Julia Tomlinson is a board certified specialist in rehabilitation and sports medicine (Diplomate, ACVSMR); she was the first such canine specialist in the state of Minnesota. She has served as President of the American Specialty College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Tomlinson earned her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool, England. She practiced equine sports medicine and surgery (DACVS equine surgery) prior to pursuing her interest in working with small animals and so brings skills from the world of horse sports. She is also a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist (animal ‘chiropractic’ equivalent). Dr. Tomlinson is co-editor of the book ‘Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians & Nurses’ published by Wiley. Dr. Tomlinson founded the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians in 2007. She is also an active member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Tomlinson has a special interest in sports medicine, healthy aging and management of chronic pain. She lives with her canine and human family in Minneapolis, where she enjoys running and motorcycling.


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Kara Burns

Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians

Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Her career began in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist in the Maine Medical Center emergency department. In addition, she worked at Maine Poison Control as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings. Kara followed her heart and made the move to veterinary medicine where she worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine. Her passion is veterinary nutrition. Her most recent endeavor is as the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). This continued journey has offered her the opportunity to teach nutrition courses around the world as well as on the VIN/Veterinary Support Personnel Network and on VetMedTeam.She is the Director of Nursing for Brief Media (Clinician's Brief, Vet Team Brief). She is a veterinary nutritional consultant with the Lafeber Company and works as an independent nutritional consultant. Ms. Burns is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession; AAVN executive board technician liaison; Pet Nutritional Alliance Executive Board; Pet Nutrition Alliance Tools Committee; LGVMA; and is president of NAVTA, to name a few. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization. NAVTA Inaugural Vet Tech of the Year 2010; NAVC/VMX Vet Tech Speaker of the Year 2013 & 2016. Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer 2011. Featured on the cover of Veterinary Technician and The NAVTA Journal.


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