Founding board member Dominic Marino recently participated in the five day 2011 North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando Florida. This yearly event attracts over 16,000 people in the veterinary field from around the world for a series of events that includes lectures, master classes, hands on labs,”meet the professor” luncheons and workshops that have been exceedingly well attended; over eight hundred continuing education sessions were offered.
The veterinary curriculum included topics in critical care, hypertension, kidney disease, portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats, veterinary laser therapy, care of the bleeding animal, corneal ophthalmic surgery, management of ear disease, commonly made mistakes in dermatology; no topic of interest was missing and veterinary technician classes were held as well. Many veterinary schools hosted alumni receptions at the conference encouraging renewal of old friendships.
Dr. Dominic Marino presented lectures on “The practical use of Medical Infrared Imaging (Thermography)” and the results of several clinical studies demonstrating thermography’s success in identifying dogs with cranial cruciate rupture, Chiari-like malformation, elbow dysplasia and intervertebral disk disease, as well as the preliminary results of future studies including thyroid cancer and bone cancer screening. Dr. Marino was quoted as saying “I believe this technology is almost at the level where it can be introduced as a valuable clinical resource for general practice veterinarians. It is non invasive, requires no sedation or clipping and is cost effective.”
A subsequent presentation was on “Decision Making in Hip Dysplasia” and it was well received. It included the latest developments in total hip replacements (Micro and Nano sizing) providing a clear algorithm for the practicing veterinarian counseling owners with dogs and cats afflicted with this condition. Lastly, a comprehensive review of Chiari like malformation/syringomyelia in dogs was offered in a lecture entitled ” Chiari like Malformation, The Scratching Dog only a Neurosurgeon Can Help”, a presentation which helped general practitioners recognize and “see these dogs” that are already “seeing them”.