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2020 Annual Conference and the J.T. Vaughn Equine Conference

Join us online for the

2020 Annual Conference &
J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference

October 22-24

The 2020 Annual Conference marks a tradition of 113 consecutive years of continuing education at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Our Annual Conference provides opportunities for Auburn alumni, faculty, students, veterinary technicians and other veterinary professionals to participate in cutting-edge continuing education sessions and professional networking opportunities. 

This year’s program has been approved for 86 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval, with 20 hours available to an individual attendee. The three day program will offer live, interactive webinar presentations in various disciplines of small animal, farm animal, and equine veterinary education as well as health and wellness courses. Friday’s sessions will include continuing education courses designed specifically for veterinary technicians. Florida Pharmacy and Laws CE will be offered on Thursday for those who pre-register for access. In addition to the live webinars the conference website will include a virtual exhibit hall to allow attendees opportunities to engage with vendors. 

Conference registration provides attendees with access to the live webinars, conference proceedings, and the virtual exhibit hall. Attendees will receive an email confirmation after they register. A separate email will be sent one week prior to the conference with personal login details for the conference website. The schedule, conference sessions, lecture proceedings, and the exhibit hall will be accessed directly from the conference website.  The site will allow attendees to view the live conference sessions, interact with speakers for Q&A following the lectures, network with fellow attendees, and access conference materials.  

As an added feature of this virtual event, attendees will have the option for “on-demand” playback viewing of many conference sessions. To earn CE credit for the on-demand viewing option, attendees will be required to take a short quiz following each course viewed. A score of 70% or better is required for CE credit to be applicable.

We look forward to virtually providing a full schedule of top-notch veterinary professionals and are excited to continue Auburn Vet Med’s tradition of providing high quality opportunities to develop your knowledge and professional skills. (All live webinars are scheduled in Central Standard Time.)

*Please note, the ASBVME has approved a “motion to allow veterinarians to obtain their 20 Continuing Education Hours for the Calendar Year 2020 either in person or online. This motion is only for 2020 CE reporting, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020, even if the emergency restrictions are lifted in regards to COVID-19 before the end of the 2020 Calendar Year.” Many other state boards have modified their requirements for approval of online CE for this year as well. Please confirm requirements with the state board(s) where you maintain a license(s) to ensure that online hours will be accepted.

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Our 2020 sponsors

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Veterinarian: $395
Veterinary Technician/Assistant: $150

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No charge if registered by 10/1/20

Auburn and Tuskegee Vet Med Student:
$15 after 10/1/20

Auburn and Tuskegee Vet Med Technician/Assistant:
$15 after 10/1/20

Auburn and Tuskegee Vet Med Faculty:
$25 after 10/1/20

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Featured Speakers

Schedule at a glance


Thursday, October 22

Equine Track

Morning Session
  • Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Equine Ophthalmology
  • Lymphoma in Horses: What We Know & Don’t Know
  • Neurologic Examination: Choosing the Appropriate Diagnostic Test
  • Management of Hindlimb Gait Abnormalities
Afternoon Session
  • Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS): Why is it Such a Pain in the Gut?
  • Equine Wound Management
  • Three Critical Concepts for Utilizing Mare Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Your Reproductive Practice
  • Burn Injury in Horses
  • Awards Recognition: Vaughan Equine Achievement Award

Small Animal

Morning Session
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Wound Management & Bandaging
  • Feline Cardiomyopathies I: HCM Update 2020
  • Feline Cardiomyopathies II: The “Other” Cardiomyopathies & Treatment Controversies
  • Cats Are Not Dogs When it Comes to Dentistry
  • 25 Surprising Hacks to Improve Your Dental Practice
  • Demystifying Intraoral Radiology
Afternoon Session
  • Systemic & Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Dogs & Cats
  • Canine Myocardial Disease
  • ECGs for People in a Hurry
  • Canine Degenerative Valve Disease: What Could Possibly be New?
  • Recognizing & Approaching Early Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Don’t Let Hyperphosphatemia be Carved in Stone
  • Special Aspects of Chronic Kidney Disease: Anemia & Hypertension
  • Treating Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Awards Recognition: Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award

Farm Animal

Morning Session
  • Food Animal Neurology: Neurologic Exam & Lesion Localization
  • Food Animal Neurology: Case Discussion
  • FAMACHA: No it’s Not Spanish!
  • Downer Bovids
Afternoon Session
  • Updates in the Standards of Failure in the Transfer of Passive Immunity (FTPI) for Dairy & Beef Calves
  • Vaccination of Dams During Gestation or Early Vaccination of Calves: Alternatives to Reduce BRD Preweaning
  • Spermiogram: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Using the Intratesticular Route to Anesthetize Small Ruminants for Castration
  • Maternally-Derived Antibodies Protect Young Beef Calves Against Experimental Challenge with BRSV
  • Parasitic Otitis in an Adult Barzona Bull
  • Awards Recognition: El Toro Award


Morning Session
  • Opioid Use & Control

Afternoon Session
  • Florida Drug Dispensation & Veterinary Pharmacy Laws & Rules

Friday, October 23

Equine Track

Morning Session
  • Neurolocalization & the Differentials it Suggests, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Equine Joint Disease
  • Synovial Sepsis: Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Industry Updates 2020: What Happened? What’s Next?
Afternoon Session
  • Equine Abortion: How to Approach an Abortion in the Field
  • Updates on the Treatment of Respiratory Disease in Horses
  • Approach to Fever of Unknown Origin
  • Renal Disease: What’s New?
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Equine Asthma: What’s New?
  • Regional Limb Perfusions in Horses

Small Animal

Morning Session
  • Proteinuria & Protein-Losing Nephropathy
  • Fluid Therapy & Diuretics in Kidney Disease
  • Acute Uremia
  • Leptospirosis: An Update
Afternoon Session
  • Management of Feline idiopathic Cystitis: Diet, Drugs & the Environment
  • Canine & Feline CaOx Urolithiasis
  • Diagnostics & Treatment for Canine UTI & Subclinical Bacteriuria
  • Canine Urinary incontinence: Treatment for the Leaky Dog
  • Probiotics/FMT/Microbiome
  • Geriatric ECC Medicine
  • Pediatric ECC Medicine
  • Fun with Hypertonic Fluids

Farm Animal

Morning Session
  • Trichomoniasis Rule Change in Alabama
  • Trace Mineral Challenges & Diagnostics in Beef Cattle
  • Colostrum Replacers: How & When to Use Them
  • Surgical Catheter Placement in Porcine Patients
  • Current Understanding of BVDV in Heterologous Hosts: Swine Edition
Afternoon Session
  • Evaluating Beef Cattle Lameness
  • Diagnosing & Treatment of Reproductive Injuries in the Beef Bull
  • Common Reproductive Problems Seen in Beef Cow Production


Morning Session
  • Non-Traditional Approach to Pain Management
  • Case Study: Conservative Management of Osteoarthritis
  • Case Presentation: Water Works
  • Nursing Care of the Traumatic Brain Injury Patient
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Basic Life Support
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Advanced Life Support
  • Post-Arrest Care of the Recently Resuscitated Patient
Afternoon Session
  • Preventing the #1 Small Animal Disease
  • Making Self-Care a Priority, Avoiding Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
  • Osteoarthritis in Small Animals: Tools for Monitoring Response to Management
  • Emergency Triage & Stabilization Procedures


Morning Session

Saturday, October 24

Equine Track

Morning Session

Small Animal

Morning Session

Farm Animal

Morning Session

Class reunions

Organized class reunions are a highlight of the conference weekend. We are disappointed to postpone this year’s in-person gatherings for the classes from 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015, however, the health and safety of our alumni and their guests is our priority. Physical distancing restrictions and group gathering limitations prohibit us from providing an in-person event this fall. Members of each of these classes will be contacted by our Alumni Events Coordinator who will share more details for an opportunity in the future to reconnect with your classmates and celebrate.

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