CE Events and Workshops


VCS Seminar: Dr. Brandy Cichocki

“Effect of pre-anesthetic fasting time on gastroesophageal regurgitation and stomach size”

Presenter: Dr. Brandy Cichocki, VCS Faculty Candidate~Small Animal Community Practice

In veterinary medicine, current fasting guidelines recommend solids be withheld for at least 6 hours prior to anesthesia, but liquids may be allowed up until anesthesia. Unfortunately, in the author’s experience, many practices do not adopt this guideline due to fear of regurgitation and aspiration. A literature review has found little information supporting newer fasting guidelines in veterinary medicine. Older studies have demonstrated an increased risk of gastroesophageal regurgitation (GER) in patients fasted between 12-18 hours and patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery. The reported advantages of shorter fasting periods in humans include reduction in thirst, hunger, anxiety, and surgery-induced immunosuppression. The goal of this study was to identify if fasting time and stomach size were directly related to gastroesophageal regurgitation while under general anesthesia. Compounding factors, like pre-medication, were omitted as this study was intended to serve as a foundation for future studies involving pre-medications, variable patient health status, etc. Results of the current study revealed that a shorter fasting time was significantly associated with a larger stomach size (p < 0.05); however, a shorter fasting time did not directly increase the risk of GER (p ≥ 0.4795). Risk of regurgitation was correlated to stomach size (p < 0.05). For each 1% increase in stomach size, the odds that a dog would have a GER event increased by 17% (OR 1.17). Stomach size, rather than pre-anesthetic fasting time, was directly associated with an increased risk of GER

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Bone Marrow Workshop

This workshop is designed for professionals to review normal and pathologic bone marrow in companion animals via cytology and histology. Blood and bone marrow data from case examples will demonstrate correlation between the different biopsy methods. Learn through group discussions and personalized microscopy. Individual microscopes will be provided or bring your own. Trainees will gain confidence in evaluating bone marrow samples. Thirteen (13) Continuing Education (CE) units are available for this program. 

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Register for the Bone Marrow Workshop

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2016 Purdue Veterinary Conference

The annual Purdue Veterinary Conference is designed to provide continuing education (CE) opportunities for the entire veterinary team. Attendees can earn up to 32 hours of CE. The 2016 Conference will offer new speakers, workshops and special events including a Veterinary Technology 40th Anniversary celebration.

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