OCTOBER 20 – 22   •   ALPHARETTA, GA   •   EARN 20+ CE HRS

Program for Saturday, October 21

Breakfast & lunch are included with daily conference registrations.


The History of Animal Law and Wellness & the Progress We Have Made, Presented by Claudine Wilkins, Attorney and Animal Law Expert, Founder of The Animal Protection Socity and Animal Law Source


Instructed by: Lance C. Visser, DVM

Proudly Sponsored by:

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Guidelines for Treatment of MMVD: What’s New?

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Utility of Chest Radiographs for Staging MMVD: Old Dogs (With Murmurs) and New Tricks

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Updates on Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

The EPIC Trial – Evaluating Asymptomatic Mitral Valve Disease: The Evidence for Pimobendan

Instructed by: GDA and UGA group


Instructed by: Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Intraoral Radiology Hacks; Pediatric Dentistry – Start it Early!

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Practical Periodontal Treament – What to Do, When; Making Extractions Fun (or Less Stressful)

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Feline Dentistry – How Many Ways Can Cats Get Rid of Teeth? Dental Emergencies – A Misnomer?

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Senior Dentistry – S/he’s Not Too Old


Instructed by: Erin S. Groover, DVM, DACVIM-LA

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Weight Loss in Horses: Challenging Cases

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Esophageal Obstruction: Ensuring Success

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

The Coughing Horse

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Rational Use of Antibiotics in Horses

Pet Travel

Instructed by: Nelva Bryant, DVM

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Plane Ride from the Animal’s Perspective

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Pet Travel Regulations (LEAP CE Approved)

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Review of US DOT Animal Incident Reports

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

International Pet Travel

Small Ruminants

Instructed by: Michael Pesato, DVM, DABVP

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Small Ruminant Parasitism Refresh- We All Need It!

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Turn the Sirens Off-Setting Up a Herd Health Program to Stop the “Fire Engine” Veterinary Model

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

They’re Part of the Family: The Pet Small Ruminant and Bringing Small Ruminants to Your Small Animal Practice

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Top 5 Small Ruminant Diseases – What Ewe Need to Know!

Spectrum of Care

Proudly Sponsored by:

Stanton Foundation

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Spectrum of Care: Evidence for a Spectrum of Options for Canine Cruciate Ligament Injury

Instructed by: Dr. Stephen Budsberg

Vet Care on the Cheap: Doing the Most For Our Patients With The Least

Instructed by: Dr. Gary Block

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

A Spectrum of Care Approach to Canine Parvovirus: Evidence and Anecdotes from Deep Within the Trenches

Instructed by: Dr. Ryane Englar

Clinical Canine Cardiology on a Budget

Instructed by: Dr. Amara Estrada

1:20 – 2:10 pm (1 hr.)

Heartworm Treatments

Instructed by: Dr. Cassan Pulaski

2:10 – 3:00 pm (1 hr.)

Medical Recordkeeping (LEAP CE Approved)

Instructed by: Don Riddick, Esq.

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Medical Recordkeeping (LEAP CE Approved)

Instructed by: Don Riddick, Esq.

Wound Management

Instructed by: Bryden J. Stanley, BVMS, MVetSc, MANZCVS, MRCVS, DACVS

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Principles of Wound Healing
Open Wound Management

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

Approach to the Non-Healing Wound
Cutaneous Reconstruction: Tension-Relieving Techniques

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Cutaneous Reconstruction: Subdermal Plexus (Local) Flaps
Cutaneous Reconstruction: Axial Pattern Flaps

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Cutaneous Reconstruction: Free Skin Grafts
Dealing with Dehiscence

Ultrasound Wet Lab (Intermediate Abdominal)

Additional fee applies, limited to 24 registrants.

Proudly Sponsored by:

8:00 – 10:00 am (2.25 hrs.)

Lecture: Adrenal Glands, Gastrointestinal, and Pancreas

10:15 am – 12:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Lecture: Neck, Tissue Sampling, Doppler Ultrasound

1:00 – 3:00 pm (2.25 hrs.)

Lab: Abdominal Ultrasound – Specific Organ Identification – Adrenal Glands, Gastrointestinal & Neck and Review of Entire Abdomen

3:15 – 5:00 pm (2 hr.)

Lab, continued.

Animal Protection & Wellness (APAW) Expo hosted by the The Animal Protection Society

8:00 – 9:40 EST
Track 1
Things I Really Want You to Know… Ideas and Observations from Three Decades in the Prosecution Trenches PART 1
So who’s working this case, anyhow?
Elements-Based Investigations
Understand Your Authority
Presenter: Kim Schwartz, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Track 2
Hoarders: Breeder/trainer (Malinois case), rescue hoarder and the overwhelmed individual.
How to handle the different types of issues associated with the animals in their care.
Presenter: Cindy Wiemann, Director, Newton County Animal Services ​

9:40 – 10:10 EST: Break

10:10 – 11:50 EST
Track 1
Things I Really Want You to Know… Ideas and Observations from Three Decades in the Prosecution Trenches PART 2
Defense Awareness
The Value and Perils of Social Media
Presenter: Kimberly Schwartz, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit of Georgia ​

Track 2
Vets, their Roles in Animal Cases and What they Need to Know About Animal Laws
Every day Veterinarians come across animals that are possibly abused. Learns what you need to know when faced with this predicament and other scenarios where you need to know how the law pertains to you.
Presenter: Claudine Wilkins, Esq. Animal Law Expert and founder of TAPS, Animal Law Source and the APAW Expo

11:50 – 1:20 EST: LUNCH BREAK

1:20 – 3:00 EST
Track 1
Dangerous Dogs Why Are Our Best Friend’s Killing Us?
Dangerous dogs are killing humans at a rate higher than ever recorded. This presentation explores the rise in fatal dog attacks over the last ten years and the public perception of dog breeds considered as dangerous. It will also discuss the human factors and societal trends that contribute to dozens of unnecessary human deaths each year and how the proper investigation of potentially dangerous dogs can help reduce the number of annual fatal dog attacks.
Presenter: Doug Eddins, Founder and Executive Director, American Cruelty Investigations School

Track 2
The Power Of Partnerships
This session’s focus will be twofold. First, looking at the power and growth which comes from a seamless internal partnership between a rescue’s internal operations team and it’s external affairs and fundraising team. Second, Nikki and Mark will speak to how the efforts of a single animal rescue organization can be augmented and multiplied from both a program impact perspective and in externally focused awareness, trust, and fundraising activities. Please come to this session prepared to share your organization’s experiences with partnerships and to ask questions as this session is meant to interactive and hopefully, via vigorous discussion, all participants will leave the session with new ideas that will help improve internal and external operations.
Nicky Healy, New Executive Director, Good Mews,
Steve Hammond, Director, Cobb County Animal Services
Mark Dowis, Director of Developement of Good Mews.

3:00 – 3:30 EST: Break

3:30 – 4:30 EST
Track 1
Protection for LEOs and ACOs when Responding to Animal Cases and the Top 10 Things Law Enforcement Officers and Animal Control Officers should know about animal cases.
Presenter: Stephanie Eddins, Director of Curriculum Development, American Cruelty Investigations School ​

Track 2
Work Together And Check Your Ego At The Door.
Showing how Rescues, Shelters, Fosters, Veterinarians, LEOs and ACOs need to work together
Presenter: Barbara Briguim, Founder and Director of The Rescue Ranch

Animal Law 1

8:00 – 9:40 am (2 hrs.)

Making Your Case (Crime Scenes, Including Multi-Animal Impounds and Documentation)

Reasons Law Enforcement Should Care about Cruelty Cases and the Link between Domestic Violence and Other Violent Crimes

How Evidence Makes or Breaks a Case

Instructed by: Amy Soaldner

10:10 – 11:50 am (2 hrs.)

When Rescues Need to Be Rescued

Instructed by: Adam Leath, Volusia County Animal Services

1:20 – 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)

Field Operations and Liability for Animal Control Officers and Law Enforcement

Instructed by: Doug Eddins

3:30 – 4:20 pm (1 hr.)

Top 10 Things Animal Cruelty Investigators and Law Enforcement Need To Know

Instructed by: Stephanie Eddins

Sponsor & Exhibit at Vetsouth!