+ LEAP CE with Don Riddick, ESQ.!

Provides 5 General CE Credits + 2 LEAP CE Credits
Orthopedics CE
Saturday, August 15, 2020
7:30 am – 3:30 pm



Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
2459-H US Hwy 280 W, Cordele, GA 31015

1-800-201-3205 (Hotel Reservations)
Registrants receive our special rate of $109.00!
Call 1-800-459-1230 or visit www.lakeblackshearresort.com and use group ID 349804.
All hotel reservations must be made on or before July 15, 2020.


David L. Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.
Dr. Dycus is frequently asked to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally. He has given over 175 continuing education lectures and taught over 100 laboratories. He has published numerous research articles and authored or co-authored several book chapters. He is the co-editor of the textbook: Complications in Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery. He was named by DVM360.com as one of the 10 veterinarians to watch in 2018. Dr. Dycus is a frequent contributor for updates in orthopedics to several veterinary websites and magazines. Dr. Dycus has also been featured on Sirius XMs Doctor Radio’s segment on Pet Health and Orthopedics. His passion for teaching has allowed Dr. Dycus to become a laboratory instructor for the CBLO, TPLO, extra-capsular stabilization, medial patella luxation, angular limb deformity, and fracture repair. He is on faculty for AO (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen), and he is an orthopedic consultant for VIN (Veterinary Information Network).
Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board and is the associate editor (orthopedics) for Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. He has previously held an appointment on the research committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Currently Dr. Dycus is on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a council member for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE).
Dr. Dycus became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition, he practices orthopedic surgery at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland where he has a focus on arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, and total joint replacement.

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7:00am – 7:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30am – 9:10am: Part 1

  • A Surgeons Perspective on the Current Trends for the Management of Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis (OA) is the number 1 cause of chronic pain in dogs that requires chronic management. The goal of this presentation is to introduce the “ebb and flow” of OA. The process of prescribing an anti-inflammatory and pain medication is past us, and veterinarians should focus on a multimodal approach. After a brief review of joint anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostics the presentation will then focus on the multimodal approach to OA from different clinical perspectives. Not all patients are on the same OA spectrum; therefore, not all patients need the same type of management. The presenter will present his approach to management for differing spectrums of OA. Discussion will be spent on pain management, rehabilitation, and joint injections. The goal is for the veterinarian to walk away with new management ideas to use in daily practice as well as to understand the “ebb and flow” of OA.
  • Brace Yourself: Conservative Management and the Role of Orthotics in Cruciate Disease
    • Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is a common cause of hind limb lameness. Surgical correction is recommended, but not every owner can afford surgery, and not every dog is a candidate for surgery. This presentation will cover a review of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it relates to CCL rupture. Diagnostic modalities such as palpation (cranial drawer, tibial thrust) will be discussed. Management will be focused on the conservative approach broken down into 2-week blocks to help guide the practitioner in goals for each stage, and what the owner should be doing at home. Also, stifle orthotics have become increasingly popular so time will be spent discussing if orthotics play a role in the management of CCL rupture. Current evidence base, classification, and pros and cons of this new emerging treatment modality will be covered. The information that a practitioner should know when discussing orthotics will be covered in detail. The goals are for the attendee to leave with knowledge in diagnosing CCL rupture, understand the approach and goals of conservative management, and have an understanding of what evidence base exists for stifle orthotics as well as being able to decide on appropriate candidates.

9:10am – 9:30am: Break
9:30am – 11:10am: Part 2

  • Hip Dysplasia: Conservative and Rehabilitation Management
    • Surgery is commonly recommended for patients with hip dysplasia. But, does every patient need surgery? Can every owner afford surgery? There is ample information on the topic of hip dysplasia diagnosis and surgical treatment, but there is paucity of information in the area of conservative management. This presentation provides information on the goals of conservative management and introduces the at home rehabilitation efforts as well as formal rehabilitation therapy as part of the conservative management. The goal is for the veterinarian to gain an understanding into basic rehabilitation concepts they can use in daily practice when conservatively managing patients with hip dysplasia.
  • Regenerative Medicine in Orthopedics: What Do We Know, What Do We NOT Know, What Do We WISH We Knew
    • Regenerative medicine is emerging as a possible management option for certain orthopedic conditions. But, are we ready for this modality to take center stage? This presentation explores the basic concepts of both platelet rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy. Before jumping in and using this technology it is wise for the practitioner to understand what PRP and stem cells are. In addition, it is pertinent to understand what we currently know about this technology to learn the limitations, but also learn where research needs to take us. This presentation will not only cover the basis but will also cover what available evidence is present to help veterinarians make decisions about using regenerative medicine clinically.

11:10am – 12:20pm: Break
12:20pm – 1:10pm: Part 3

  • Distal Extremity Injuries – Sprain or Worse of the Achilles Complex
    • Achilles damage is an often too common cause for lameness; however, does a laceration of the skin always have to be present with an Achilles laceration? Or does the hock have to plantigrade for only a complete tear? While some of the original thought processes still hold true today advanced imaging technologies have allowed us to look more closely at Achilles pathology. This discussion will cover the pathophysiology of both acute tendon lacerations as well as chronic tendinopathies. In addition, SDF luxations will be covered in terms of diagnosis and treatment. New diagnostic modalities to aid in the diagnosis as well as various treatment options will be presented. The goal for the attendees is to leave with a better understanding of various injuries to the Achilles complex as appreciate new imaging techniques that can be utilized to better diagnose and determine treatment strategy.

1:10pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm – 3:30pm: LEAP CE

  • Legal & Ethical Considerations of CBD Oil in Veterinary Medicine with Don Riddick, Esq.


(On or Before 7-31/After 7-31)

 Hospital MemberIndividual MemberNon-Member
Full Session$150$275/$325$325/$375
LEAP CE Only$0$0$250


Nestled in the middle of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club is the ultimate lakeside destination. Lake Blackshear is one of the most versatile resorts in Georgia—guests will discover a variety of activities to suit every taste: golf, hiking, fishing, dining, dancing, boating and swimming, just to name a few!

Recognized as one of middle and south Georgia’s finest courses, Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course or ‘Vet’s Course’ at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, is the best-kept secret of golf in Georgia. Only two hours from Atlanta and one hour from Macon, our challenging venue tests players through expertly placed mounds, water hazards, and plenty of sand bunkers.

Ranked by Golf Digest as a four-star course, the picturesque lake views along with the region’s mild climate and affordable golf packages make the Denis Griffiths’ designed course the perfect place to enjoy the sport year-round.

Whether you enjoy a challenging round of golf, a leisurely stroll through the tall pines or even morning coffee on the veranda while working away on your laptop, Lake Blackshear has options to suit your needs. Kayak or boat rentals are a great way to get the most out of the lake resort. Fishing and paddleboarding are popular pastimes as well, while the nearby Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, Military Museum and Historic SAM Shortline provide wholesome fun for the whole crew. Any leisure activity you choose will guarantee fun and exciting memories that will last a lifetime!



Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course is open seven days a week throughout the year from 8 a.m. through dusk and is ranked by Golf Digest as a four star course. You will be challenged by expertly placed mounds, water hazards, and plenty of sand bunkers defining the holes and enhancing the sport.


The spacious boat launch makes it easy to quickly get to what matter–fishing and boating! Bring your own boat or choose from a large selection of rental crafts including Pontoons, Kayaks, Canoes and Paddle Boards. Available by the hour or the full day.


The Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park Archery & Air Gun Range is one of the newest additions to the resort opening in November 2017. The 4-acre facility, located adjacent to the popular Group Shelter, features 3 ranges – a Static Archery Range, Air Gun Range and 3-D Archery Range.