89th FVMA Annual Conference


April 5, 2018 through April 8, 2018
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

Earlybird Registration Deadline: March 5, 2018



Conference Registration

Pass Name Description
89th Annual Conference Affiliate Team Member Pass (Dues must be current)
89th Annual Conference Banfield Pass
89th Annual Conference Team Member Pass
89th Annual Conference Veterinarian Pass
89th Annual Conference Wet Lab Only Pass


Event Name Date Time Description
WL Clinical Techniques For Emergency Medicine AC 2018 Apr 5, 2018 8:00 AM -
5:00 PM
This laboratory techniques course is intended to give participants a thorough knowledge of techniques required for emergency and critical care practice. Brief pre-lab lectures will use clinical case example videos to give participants a clear idea of the procedures to be done in the laboratory. Participants will then perform specific techniques that are taught in the classroom. Techniques will include placement of IV catheters including jugular catheter, jugular cut-down, cephalic catheter, over-wire, multilumen catheter, short catheter, saphenous catheter, intraosseous catheter, bone marrow aspirate, trans-tracheal wash, trans-oral wash, nasal oxygen, thoracocentesis, chest drain placement, emergency tracheostomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and open chest cardiac massage, nasal and esophagostomy feeding tubes, abdominocentesis, diagnostic peritoneal lavage, and percutaneous abdominal drain placement.Course Learning ObjectivesAs a result of attending this course, participants will be able to: gain vascular access and perform fluid resuscitation in any small animal patient. assess the cause of dyspnea in companion animals and gain confidence performing thoracocentesis, tracheostomy, and placing thoracostomy tubes. monitor critical patients using basic supplies. learn ways to train your team to triage emergencies and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

WL Dental Extractions - Feline AC 2018 Apr 5, 2018 8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
We all know how challenging feline dental extractions can be; and when it comes to dental extractions, cats aren't small dogs! This lab will focus on the techniques, equipment and instruments that will ensure successful and complication-free feline extractions and crown amputations. Participants will be instructed on how to surgically extract the maxillary and mandibular canines, maxillary fourth premolar, and mandibular first molar, as well as crown amputation of the mandibular canine and third premolar with tension-free flap closure.

WL Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound - Normals Seminar AC 2018 Apr 5, 2018 8:00 AM -
5:00 PM
This seminar series and combined wet lab will introduce the veterinarian to entry level abdominal ultrasound imaging in the small animal practice. The seminar consists of four, 50-minute lectures. The basic physics, an overview of instrumentation, common artifacts, and scanning techniques will be reviewed as well as normal anatomy and appearance of the abdominal organs. Wet lab participants will be introduced to basic ultrasound image manipulation (knobology), physics and artifacts of abdominal ultrasound, learn scanning techniques, and how to identify normal abdominal structures through scanning of live animals. Interaction between the radiologist and the participants will be encouraged.

WL Ophthalmic Surgery - AC 2018 Apr 5, 2018 10:00 AM -
5:00 PM
Improve your proficiency in performing practical eyelid, conjunctival, corneal and orbital surgeries. Receive step-by-step instructions on entropion correction, eyelid reconstruction, prolapsed third eyelid gland replacement, corneal debridement techniques, conjunctival grafting, corneal laceration repair and enucleation.

WL Dental Extraction - Advanced Canine AC 2018 Apr 5, 2018 1:00 PM -
5:00 PM
This lab is aimed at improving the skill levels of practitioners who are already proficient at basic dental extractions in canine patients. The techniques instructed will focus on surgically extracting the larger healthy-rooted teeth or those with disease that increase the difficulty of successful extraction. Using cadaver specimens, principles of proper instrumentation, flap development, alveolar bone removal and management, tooth sectioning, and tension-free closure will be discussed and practiced. Participants will have the flexibility to choose which procedures to perform based on their own experience level.

WL Medial Patella Luxation AC 2018 Apr 6, 2018 8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
Medial patella luxation is a common condition diagnosed in small and large breed canine patients as well as feline patients. This laboratory will discuss the underlying pathological conditions that contribute to the disease process. You will learn how to diagnose as well as grade medial patella luxation based on physical examination findings as well as radiographic changes that commonly accompany or contribute to the condition. This laboratory will cover common surgical techniques to correct medial patella luxation including - block recession, wedge recession, tibial crest transposition, anti-rotation suture techniques as well as soft tissue modifications.

WL Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound - Advanced AC 2018 Apr 6, 2018 8:00 AM -
5:00 PM
This seminar series and combined wet lab are designed for veterinarians who want to further their training in small animal ultrasound. Lectures will briefly review ultrasound physics and artifacts, and assist the participants in fine-tuning the image. Normal intra-abdominal structure will be reviewed and abnormal intra-abdominal pathology will be emphasized. Wet lab participants will gain experience in completing a routine small abdominal ultrasound examination, knowledge of normal sonographic anatomy and appearance of commonly identified pathologies. Some of the more challenging intra-abdominal structures to image will be emphasized. Interaction between the radiologist and the participants will be encouraged and the attendees will have an opportunity to address personal areas of concern in their understanding of abdominal ultrasound scanning techniques.

WL Extracapsular Suture Stabilization AC 2018 Apr 6, 2018 1:30 PM -
5:30 PM
Cranial cruciate injury is the most common cause of hind limb lameness in canine patients. This laboratory will discuss the underlying pathological processes that contribute to the disease process. You will learn how to diagnose complete and partial cruciate injuries. This laboratory will teach you how to do a complete stifle exploratory examination for meniscal injury, meniscal repair or release, as well as extracapsular suture placement using isometric principles of the stifle joint.

18AC Award Ceremony & Installation of Officers Apr 6, 2018 7:30 PM -
8:30 PM

WL Dental Prophylaxis AC 2018 Apr 7, 2018 8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
A one hour lecture explains instrument handling, cleaning and sharpening, the importance of proper cleaning technique, probing and charting. Following is a detailed, hands on wet lab provides instruction on the proper way to do a complete dental prophylaxis and oral examination including accurate charting. Learn how to properly handle instruments using the latest state of the art equipment taught by some the most highly trained veterinary technicians in veterinary dentistry. There is a low teacher to student ratio to ensure everyone receives individual instruction while probing, cleaning and charting the mouth of a dog and cat using cadaver heads. This is the most effective way to learn correct and safe technique because it imitates real life patients without the stress of having to monitor anesthesia while trying to learn at the same time.

WL Anesthesia Machine Trouble Shooting Lab AC 2018 Apr 7, 2018 1:10 PM -
5:10 PM
We will study the basic use and functionality of the anesthesia machine, focusing on troubleshooting leak-related problems. At each station, participants will learn to pressure test, isolate leaks, and solve machine issues.

WL Laboratory and Medical Diagnostic for the Technician - AC 2018 Apr 7, 2018 1:10 PM -
5:10 PM
During this intensive session, attendees will work through clinical cases and hands-on stations designed to improve skills in microscopy, medical diagnostics, and laboratory sample submission. Topics of focus will include hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, cytology, and blood pressure measurement.

WL Regional Blocks / Technician Lab AC 2018 Apr 7, 2018 1:10 PM -
3:10 PM
A 30 minute lecture describes landmarks, drug doses, benefits, contraindications, and complications of dental regional blocks. Correct placement and administration of local block analgesia is practiced using cadaver heads and skulls until the attendees are comfortable with this skill.

WL Diagnosis of Neoplasia Workshop AC 2018 Apr 8, 2018 9:00 AM -
12:50 PM


Company Name Booth Reference
911 Pet Chip
A1 Digital Solutions
Avalon Medical
Banfield Pet Hospital (Corporate HQ)
Bayer HealthCare LLC
Blue Frog Construction, LLC
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
CEVA Animal Health LLC
Choice Medical Systems Inc.
Community Veterinary Partners
Dechra Veterinary Products
Diamondback Drugs
Doctor Multimedia
Eclipse Loupes and Products
Ellman A Cynosure Company
Feel Good Inc.
Forte Veterinary Partners
Gator Medical Books
Greenbrier Pet Loss Services
Henry Schein Animal Health
Heska Corporation
Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.
IDEXX Laboratories
Jorgensen Laboratories
K-Laser USA
Lap of Love
Merck Animal Health
MILA International, Inc.
MWI Animal Health
Pet Angel Memorial Center
Pet Health Pharmacy
Protapay LLC
Relief Services for Veterinary Practitioners
Rose Micro Solutions
Royal Canin USA Inc.
Sedecal USA Inc.
Simmons & Associates Southeast
Southern Veterinary Partners
Sunnybrook Animal Hospital LLC
Taylors Pharmacy
The Pet Loss Center
Total Practice Solutions Group
Universal Imaging
Van Beek Natural Science
Vetericyn, Inc
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
VetMatrix, An iMatrix Company
Vetrix (Rethink Healing)
Vets First Choice
Wedgewood Pharmacy