CE by the Sea

15125 Northwest Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78410



CE by the Sea 2023 Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 7th      

  • 10:00am - 6:30pm   Sign-In/Information (Must sign-in to get CE credit)
  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm     Trent Hightower, JD = Legislative and TVMA Update

    The 88th Session of the Texas Legislature concluded in May, and TVMA was once again busy advocating for veterinarians. Issues such as the future of the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and its complaint resolution process, direct access to patients by veterinarians, and rural veterinarian access were once again at the forefront. This session will include a full breakdown of the bills affecting veterinary medicine that were debated in the legislature in 2023. It will also include an update on upcoming TVMA activities and events.

  • 12:50pm - 1:10pm       VENDOR BREAK
  •   1:10pm -  2:00pm      Steve Pittenger, DVM  =  Tales from the Trauma Tables 
    Cases from local 24/7/365 emergency clinic selected for surgical intervention. Thoughts, tips and tricks to help you in practice.
  •   2:00pm -  2:50pm      Steve Pittenger, DVM = Veterinary Telehealth
    Review of the legal landscape and implementation ideas for the practice setting.
  •   2:50pm -  3:10pm      VENDOR BREAK
  •   3:10pm - 4:00 pm      Christina Gentry, DVM = Pediatric Dermatology and Managing Bacterial Pyoderma with Antibiotic Resistance (Sponsor by Dechra)                          
  •   4:00pm -  4:50pm      Christina Gentry, DVM = Dermatology (Sponsor by Dechra)
  •   4:50pm -  5:10pm      VENDOR BREAK                                                                  
  •   5:10pm -  6:00pm       Kara Wolf, DVM = The ABCs of CBC: What, When and Why    (Sponsor by IDEXX) 
    The complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most sensitive means of determining deviation from health in the patient as well as characterizing severity of abnormalities in the clinically obvious sick patient. This discussion on what is included in the CBC; when and why a CBC should be performed; and information about the red blood cells (erythrogram), white blood cells (leukogram), and platelets (thrombogram) to assure complete understanding, which is essential to maximize the value of the CBC.            
  •   6:00pm -  6:50pm       Kara Wolf, DVM = Reticulocytes Count: Why They Are More Important Then Just Classifying Anemia (Sponsor by IDEXX)
    The absolute reticulocyte count measures bone marrow response to demand for red blood cells. The quality of the reticulocyte provides insight into relatively common diseases with or without anemia. Case material will be used as a foundation for discussion on why reticulocytes count
  •   7:00pm -10:00pm        Family time. (Dinner is on your own)

    Friday, September 8th

  • 7:00am - 12:00pm      Family time. (Breakfast and Lunch is on your own)      
  • 10:00am - 6:30pm      Sign-In/Information (Must sign-in to get CE credit)
  •  12:00pm-12:50pm     Maj Angarano, DVM, PHD = Optimizing the Care of Pets with Chronic Kidney Disease (Sponsor by Hills Pet Nutrition)
    In this seminar, the general benefits of feeding a therapeutic renal diet are reviewed before introducing newer evidence supporting use of nutrition to modify uremic toxin production by gut microbes in renal patients.  The negative effects of gut derived uremic toxin production on cell and tissue integrity are outlined and the association between these elevated uremic toxin levels and progression of CKD are explored. Discussion of studies whose conclusions define the importance of uremic toxins originating as a result of microbial gut fermentation  suggest that pets may benefit from consuming a renal therapeutic diet much earlier in the course of CKD. 
  •   1:00pm -  1:50pm      Ron Tyler, DVM = Rabies: Disease & Prevention ( Sponsor by DSHS Region 11: Zoonosis Control)
  •   1:50pm -  2:40pm      Ron Tyler, DVM = A Review of Characteristic Gross Pathology Lesions for Zoonotic Diseases (Sponsor by DSHS Region 11: Zoonosis Control) 
  •   2:40pm -  3:00pm      VENDOR BREAK
  •   3:00pm -  3:50pm      Laura M. Greene, DVM,  DACVIM = They Said "No" to Referral, Now What? Conquering Autoimmune Disease ( Sponsor by Merck)

    In this case-based session, participants will explore scenarios requiring immunosuppressive medications beyond using glucocorticoids. The pros and cons of these medications will be discussed, as well as tips and tricks for when their use is indicated in different autoimmune disease situations. The goal is for the participant to gain comfort and familiarity with non-glucocorticoid immunosuppression options.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Gain familiarity with the characteristics and contraindications for immunosuppressive medications such as cyclosporine, mycophenolate, and leflunomide.
    2. Engage in a step-by-step approach to the management of cases of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated glomerulonephritis, and immune-mediated polyarthritis.
    3. Learn the role that vector borne diseases can play in triggering autoimmune disease and discuss the co-management of infectious disease treatment with immunosuppression.

  •   3:50pm -  4:40pm      Laura M. Greene, DVM, DACVIM = Immune Checkpoint Inhibition: The Rising Star in Oncology Therapeutics (Sponsor by Merck)

    It’s time to learn about a new modality for treating cancer. Immunotherapy has been taking the human oncologic world by storm, and in particular, the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors has remarkable potential to provide complete responses with significant duration for some patients. It is only a matter of time before this therapy becomes available in veterinary medicine. In this session, attendees will gain a familiarity with immune checkpoint inhibitors, learn how they work, how to talk to owners about this therapy, and how you can gain the greatest benefit for your patients with immune checkpoint inhibition.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Know two common immune checkpoint molecules and how inhibition of signaling by these molecules enhances tumor targeting by the immune system.
    2. Understand how immune checkpoint inhibition facilitates tumor targeting by the immune system.
    3. Gain familiarity with gilvetmab, the first USDA conditionally licensed immune checkpoint inhibitor in veterinary medicine.
    4. Learn how to talk with pet owners about immune checkpoint inhibition therapy.
  • 4:40pm - 5:00 pm        VENDOR BREAK
  •   5:00pm -  5:50pm      Andrew Greller, DVM= CAT-aracts and DOG-a-racts
    The first hour of lecture will be spent defining and reviewing the various types and presentations of cataracts in our small companion animals. We will also review their influence on the surrounding anatomy and when and how to treat the various complications of cataracts such as lens-induced uveitis, lens luxation, glaucoma and retinal detachment.
  •   6:00pm -  7:00pm      Andrew Greller, DVM = Cataract Surgery in Companion Animals: Is it really Successful? Is it Worth it?
    We will review proper patient selection, the referral process, pre-operative and perioperative factors that influence outcome; review details of the surgery, post operative care, follow up and when medical treatment is needed long term. What can primary care veterinarians and ophthalmologists do before and after surgery to improve patient outcome and client satisfaction? 
  •   7:00pm - 9:00pm       Family BBQ Dinner In the Plaza    Sponsored by Hill's
                                                            Please watch for location changes due to inclement weather

                                                          *** Exhibitor Booths are Open 11:00am - 6:00pm Thursday and Friday***


Saturday, September 9th

  • Breakfast is on your own                 
  • 11:00am - 7:00pm      Sign-In. Sign-Out, and Information
  • 11:00am -  1:00pm      Deli Buffet for participants and prepaid guests.   Co-sponsored with Zoetis    
  • 12:00pm -12:50pm     Scholarship presentation and 911 Tribute
  • 1:00pm -  1:50pm       Stephanie Boyd Mont, DVM = Being All You Can Be: One Veterinarian's Journey in the Army
    Dr. Stephanie Mont joined the Army Veterinary Corps in July 2001. During her 22 years on active duty, her assignments took her to numerous countries and required her to tap into her veterinary training in ways she never imagined as a veterinary student. During this session, Dr. Mont will discuss the variety of missions that veterinarians are responsible for in the military along with a few personal stories that highlight the incredible Military Working Dogs and Service Members that she is honored to serve with.
  • 1:50pm -  2:10pm      VENDOR BREAK 
  • 2:10pm -  3:00pm      Brandy Cichocki, DVM, MS DACVA (SA)  = "Charles, What did you eat?" including Nocita Discussion (Sponsor by Elanco)
  • 3:00pm - 3:50pm       Brandy Cichicki, DVM, MS, DACVS (SA) = Feline Diabetes (Sponsor by Elanco)
  • 3:50pm -  4:10pm       VENDOR BREAK 
  • 4:10pm -  5:00pm       Carol Reinero, DVM, PhD, DACVIM- Small Animal = Coughing Dogs Part 1 (Sponsor by Boehringer Ingelheim)
    Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) describes a wide range of bacterial and viral causes of upper and lower respiratory tract disease. This case-based course will focus on diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the dog with CIRDC. It will include advice on how to interpret PCR panels and diagnose and guide therapy for acute-onset respiratory distress in a dog. The benefits and shortcomings of bronchoalveolar lavage and transtracheal wash will be discussed, as will new guidelines and recommendations from the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) for antimicrobial use in the treatment of respiratory tract disease.  

    Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the clinical approach to dogs presenting with acute respiratory signs.
  • Review the pathogens implicated in canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) and associated preventive practices, including vaccination.
  • Provide an overview of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for dogs with CIRDC.  

  • 5:00pm -  5:50pm        Carol Reinero, DVM, PhD, DAVCVIM- Small Animal = Coughing Dog Part 2 (Sponsor by Boehringer Inglheim)
  • 5:50pm - 6:50pm         VENDOR BREAK
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm      Family Beach Social            

  •                                                   Please watch for location changes due to inclement weather
                                                       ******Exhibitor Booths are Open 11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday, September 10th  

  • 8:00am - 11:00am        Sign in. Sign out, and Information
  • 7:00am -   8:00am         Eye Opener Breakfast for participants and prepaid guests.
  • 8:00am -   9:00am           Texas Board of Medical Examiners      Opioid Training
  • 9:00am - 10:00am             "   "                                                                               


                                                                                                                   Please turn in evaluations and sign out
                                                                                                         You must PERSONALLY sign out to get CE credit
                                                                                                                   Hotel check out time is by 11:00am.
                                                                                                            Thank you for attending CE by the Sea 2023.
                                                                                                             We h
ope you had a wonderful experience!