+ LEAP CE with Betsy Choder, ESQ.!

Provides 5 General CE Credits + 2 LEAP CE Credits
Internal Medicine CE
Saturday, September 12, 2020
7:30 am – 3:30 pm



Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District
520 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401

912-790-1000 (Hotel Reservations)
Registrants receive our special rate of $129.00!
Call 912-790-1000 and request your discounted rate through the GVMA or book online with code “GVM”.
All hotel reservations must be made on or before August 12, 2020.


Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVPM

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine prior to completing the internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. He taught internal medicine at Purdue University and North Carolina State University. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.


7:00am – 7:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • Hyperlipidemia, seen as an incidental finding in dogs and cats can, in fact, represent a significant clinical illness…and occasionally death. Although multiple types of hyperlipidemia occur in companion animals, the majority of patients manifesting clinical signs have a common, easily recognized problem: hypertriglyceridemia. Abdominal discomfort and vomiting (“pseudopancreatitis”), occasionally seizures, are clinical findings reported in affected dogs. Neurologic disorders (paresis) is more likely in cats with familial hypertriglyceridemia. This presentation addresses a number of key factors in establishing a diagnosis and long-term management option for the hypertriglyceridemic patient.

8:20am – 9:10am: CHRONIC COUGH IN THE DOG

  • This presentation centers on one of the most common, yet under-diagnosed, respiratory conditions in adult dogs: chronic lower airway disease. When the cough is determined NOT to be associated with pneumonia, neoplasia, or cardiac disease, chronic airway disease is a key consideration. The presentation focuses on practical diagnostic strategies and long-term management considerations designed to prevent potentially serious complications associated with lower airway collapse.

9:10am – 9:30am: Break
9:30am – 10:20am: TICK-BORNE DISEASES: Ehrlichiosis & Lyme & Anaplasmosis

  • This presentation centers on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of the most common tick-borne diseases recognized in dogs: ehrlichiosis, Lyme borreliosis, and anaplasmosis. With the 4Dx…and now the 4Dx Plus SNAP Test…available to veterinarians, emphasis is placed on the use and interpretation of the “Blue Dot”. Appropriate management strategies for patients with clinical signs as well as “healthy” patients having a positive test result will be addressed. It is important to note that the distribution of tick-borne infections in dogs is currently expanding significantly throughout N. America. This presentation addresses WHERE and WHY the changes in disease occurrence are occurring. Treatment modalities and treatment failures (probably much more prevalent that we realized) will be addressed.

10:20am – 11:10am: FELINE VIRAL UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASE…Why It Persists!

  • Despite the routine use of vaccines against viral upper respiratory disease in cats (feline herpesvirus-1 and calicivirus) these 2 viruses are still recognized as the cause of over 90% of respiratory disease affecting cats. While acute-onset feline viral upper respiratory disease in commonly seen among kittens housed in multiple cat household/shelters…it is the adult chronic carrier cat that poses the greatest threat to the population of susceptible cats and kittens. This presentation addresses the clinical identification of chronic carrier cats (you see them regularly in practice), long term management options, and the role of vaccination in preventing infection…Why are so many cats infected…yet so many cats are vaccinated? Are vaccines effective today against the current strains?

11:15am – 12:20pm: Lunch (Provided)
12:20pm – 1:10pm: FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS: More Complex than We Thought!

  • Feline Coronavirus (FeCoV) infections, although very common among cats, can and do lead to the disease we call: Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)…a highly fatal infection associated with a uniquely virulent form of FeCoV called the “FIP virus” (FIPV). Clearly among the most biologically complex viral infections to infect domestic cats, this presentation addresses the spectrum of clinical signs associated with “wet” and “dry” forms of FIP, challenges associated with establishing a diagnosis, population management, treatment options…both current and forthcoming…and prevention…including, the challenges associated with immunizing cats against FIPV.

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

  • Medical Recordkeeping + Legal & Ethical Considerations of CBD Oil in Veterinary Medicine with Betsy Choder, Esq.


(On or Before 8-12/After 8-12)

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


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