DVM Central Expo - August Edition!

DVM Central Expo - August Edition!
Aug 15, 2024
2:00 PM (US Eastern Time)
Soft Tissue Surgery
CE Credits:
RACE Approved:
DVM Central Expo - August Edition!
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Prepare Yourself for the DVM Central Expo - August Edition!

Mark your calendars for August 15th, from 2 pm to 5 pm EST, and join us for the DVM Central Expo - August Edition! 
This virtual event is designed for all veterinary practitioners.

So, it’s the opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge and discover the latest industry innovations.

Event Highlights

  • 2 RACE-approved CE Credits
  • 2 Engaging Webinars sponsored by GerVetUSA.

Expert Speaker: Dr. Bryden J. Stanley (BVMS, MANZCVS, MS, MRCVS, DACVS)

Webinar 1: Assessment of Airway Problems in Brachycephalics

To be a competent surgeon when operating on brachycephalic breeds, we must be familiar with the anatomy and function of the pharyngeal chiasma, including nasopharynx, oropharynx, laryngopharynx, larynx, and immediate infra-glottal region. The nasal cavity, auditory system, and swallowing are also integrally involved with the upper airway and should be evaluated. This talk will cover an anatomical review of the region and demonstrate how to perform a thorough upper airway examination, including how to record findings systematically. It will also cover appropriate imaging that assists in fully characterizing airway issues in brachycephalic dog breeds. Finally, we will discuss how important it is to be familiar with performing a temporary tracheostomy and how to maintain one.

A brief evolution of the otorhinolaryngology specialty will be described.
Animals are not able to self-report like humans, so we need to be thorough in our history-taking. A template will be given to help ensure that we cover the history consistently and completely.
A review of the anatomy of the head and neck as it pertains to aerodigestive disorder.
Often, the examination of the upper airway is brief, incomplete, and poorly recorded. We will go through the complete upper airway examination using a template as a guide.
We will cover how we evaluate function properly, especially with patients that cannot communicate as well as human patients.
We will discuss ancillary diagnostic modalities that are sometimes indicated to fully evaluate the upper airway, including radiography, CT, rhinoscopy, fluoroscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
In summary, this webinar will show how an accurate and comprehensive examination allows us to determine the best intervention (if any) for the patient, provide a realistic prognosis for owners and manage all expectations appropriately.
We will cover temporary tracheostomy placement and maintenance.

Webinar 2: Procedures for Airway Problems in Brachycephalic Breeds

The popularity of brachycephalic breeds around the world has soared, and their accompanying upper airway issues can be challenging to manage. This talk discusses the surgical techniques that are indicated following accurate characterization and grading of the upper airway. Different techniques for addressing the nares, the palate, tonsils, cuneiform processes, epiglottic cartilage, piriform recess, and laryngeal ventricles will be described. The immediate post-operative and final outcome of any surgical intervention on the upper airway is dependent not only on the surgical procedures but also on optimal pre-, intra-, and post-operative care. This talk will cover the preparation of the patient, including drug selection to minimize reflux and intra-operative techniques to minimize swelling and regurgitation/aspiration. It will also discuss what post-operative management can be performed in all cases to mitigate complications.

Breeding for a flat face and foreshortened skull has resulted in the brachycephalic breeds having a plethora of primary anatomical abnormalities that compromise their ability to breathe.
Primary anatomic abnormalities include a thickened and poorly developed nasal planum and cartilages leading to stenotic nares, excessive nasal and nasopharyngeal chonchae, and thickened submucosae with excessive mucus production, an overlong and sometimes thickened soft palate, macroglossia, and tracheal hypoplasia.
Secondary changes resulting from turbulent and restricted airflow include edema, inflammation and stretching of the pharyngeal and laryngeal tissues, dynamic dorsal pharyngeal wall collapse, cardiac and bronchial changes, and eventually advanced laryngeal collapse.
Emergency treatment of the decompensating brachycephalic includes IV access, fluids, oxygen, cooling, possibly sedation and being prepared for temporary tracheostomy.
Surgical technique should be accurate and meticulous, and interventions include various rhinoplasties, palatoplasties, and sometimes tonsillectomy, ventriculectomy, cuneiformectomy. 
Post-operative complications will be discussed. Peri- and post-operative procedures can mitigate post-operative complications. These include appropriate antacid and anti-reflux medications, suctioning of the esophagus, and pharyngeal packing with mannitol-soaked sponges. 

Exciting Product Demonstrations by Top Vendors

  • Demo Sessions: 10-minute presentations by each vendor.
  • Live Q&A: 5-minute interactive sessions with exhibitors.

Event Format
Hosted on Zoom, the expo will feature a virtual stage and lobby. 

The attendees can explore the exhibitors' section, access brochures, and engage directly with vendors to learn about their latest products and services.

Register Today!
Secure your spot now for this valuable educational opportunity. 
Earn CE credits, watch innovative product demos, and connect with industry leaders. 
Don’t miss your chance to elevate your veterinary practice!
Stay tuned for more details and updates. 
See you on August 15th!