Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(HO11) Upper GI Endoscopy Lab

Wednesday, March 7
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Oquendo Center, Executive Boardroom

Price: $550Capacity: 24CE Credits: 4

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A four-hour course comprising one hour of lecture followed by three hours of laboratory experience. This is an introductory level laboratory designed to allow participants to familiarize themselves with the equipment necessary for endoscopy and to gain experience in performing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Hands-on laboratory experience in upper gastrointestinal examinations using flexible endoscopy will be practiced on anesthetized dogs. A short pre-laboratory lecture will familiarize the attendee with endoscopic equipment, the UGI endoscopy technique, normal anatomy, and some of the common lesions encountered in the upper GI tract. 4 CE Hours. Purchase required. Capacity: 24. Price $550.00

Transportation: Complimentary shuttle service is provided to and from the Oquendo Center for all hands-on labs. The pickup area is located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center entrance. Buses depart promptly 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the course.

Dress Code: Please dress comfortably. Scrubs are recommended, additional scrubs are available for use at the Oquendo Center, if needed. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Michael Leib

Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Leib is Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Emory University, Dr. Leib earned his DVM degree at the University of Georgia and his MS degree from Colorado State University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM) and in 2005 was identified as a Distinguished Alumnus, University of Georgia. His research interests include small animal GI diseases, GI endoscopy, and NSAIDs.


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Stanley Marks

Professor of Small Animal Medicine
University of California, Davis

Dr. Marks received his PhD degree in nutrition from the University of California, Davis, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology. He is the director of the Companion Animal Gastrointestinal Laboratory that focuses on furthering the understanding and knowledge of bacterial-associated diarrhea, with an emphasis on clostridial diseases. In addition, Dr. Marks has research interests in the diagnosis and management of esophageal disorders in dogs. A graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He then completed a small animal internal medicine residency program at the University of Florida and an oncology residency program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Marks is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialties of Internal Medicine and Oncology and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN). He has received numerous faculty teaching awards over the years and was honored to be selected as Small Animal Speaker of the Year at the 2003 NAVC Conference and the 2012 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Montreal. He has published extensively in the areas of canine and feline gastroenterology and has contributed chapters to a number of textbooks.


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Todd Tams

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Tams spends the majority of his time in his position as the Chief Medical Officer for VCA. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1977, then completed an internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and a residency program in internal medicine at Colorado State University. After working at Tufts University and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston from 1981-1984, Dr. Tams returned to Los Angeles and has been with VCA since the company was founded in 1986. He was Medical Director at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital until 1996. He currently serves as chief medical officer for VCA. Dr. Tams was named as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He has published two textbooks: Small Animal Endoscopy (Mosby/Elsevier, third edition, 2011) and Handbook of Small Animal Gastroenterology (Elsevier, second edition, 2003). Dr. Tams is sought after as a speaker in the United States and abroad on his special interest area of gastroenterology.


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David Twedt

Professor Small Animal Medicine
Colorado State University

Dr. Twedt is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center at Colorado State University. After graduating from Iowa State University, he entered an internship and medicine residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City with an interest in gastroenterology, then joined the staff of the Animal Medical Center and was also a research associate at the Liver Research Center of Albert Einstein Medical School. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM). Dr. Twedt is past president of the ACVIM Internal Medicine Specialty and past president and chairman of the board of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society. His publication and research interests include liver and gastrointestinal disease. He has published many articles in the area of gastroenterology, liver disease, and endoscopy and is involved in research on liver and gastrointestinal disease, lecturing nationally and internationally in those areas. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards. Dr. Twedt is also co-editor of Current Veterinary Therapy 14 and 15


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