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business & leadership
The veterinary business landscape is changing and the surrounding industry is booming. We, as future professionals, will all be impacted by these developments in some way. The Business & Leadership track aims to empower students to be educated and prepared for these changes and our own future as well as to take ownership of our field so that we are active players rather than passive bystanders.
Professional Headshots Workshop
Lexy Roberts Imaging
Looking to update your Linked-In or preparing to make your debut as a young veterinary professional? Come visit our photography for a professional headshot while you' are already dressed for the part! Participants should wear business attire.
Recognizing and Reporting Animal Cruelty: An Introduction to Veterinary Forensic Medicine with Associated Case-Based Computer Lab
Sunday, March 15th | Dry Lab | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Presented & Led by Dr. Robert Reisman of NYC SPCA
Work through crime-solving animal abuse cases with NYC ASPCA the veterinary forensics team in this computer-based lab.
Resume Seminar & Social Media Workshop
Saturday, March 14th | Dry Lab | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Dr. Oded “Odie” Marcovici of VCA & Mentored by Drs. Jai Sweet, Laura Jones, Ashley Harris and Tyler Foreman & Jennifer Ann Mailey and Kathleen Hooks
Dust off your resume and share your social media accounts (optional) as you sit down face-to-face with our industry experts to receive constructive feedback and hear what makes candidates stand out to them. Participants should dress in business attire and bring the materials that they would like to be reviewed.
Session 1: Saturday, March 14th | Junior Surgery | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: Saturday, March 14th | Junior Surgery | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Led by Dr. Richard Meadows of the University of Missouri
Canine cadaver heads will be utilized to allow students to learn three types of extractions and three types of gingival flaps as well as nerve blocks and dental radiography techniques. This laboratory is generously sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.
Canine Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Monday, March 16th | Junior Surgery | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Drs. Christopher Frye and Erin Epperly of Cornell University
This musculoskeletal ultrasound lab will cover three areas of the dog: the shoulder, the Achilles tendon, and the hip. Participants will receive a brief presentation regarding the anatomical area of interest followed immediately by scanning time.
Monday, March 16th | Gross Lab | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Led by Dr. Julie Menard of Cornell University
Students will have the opportunity to work with Cornell’s Emergency and Critical Care faculty to practice techniques commonly done in veterinary emergency and critical care.
Session 1: Saturday, March 14th | Junior Surgery | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: Sunday, March 15th | Junior Surgery | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Session 3: Monday, March 16th | Junior Surgery | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 4: Monday, March 16th | Junior Surgery | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Through the use of online demonstrations, students will learn how to employ fear-free techniques for physical examinations and blood draws on live animals. Participants must complete fear-free level one training online prior to the laboratory.
RECOVER ® CPR SimLab with Robo Jerry
Monday, March 16th | SimLab | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Led by Dr. Daniel Fletcher of Cornell University
This certification allows participants to learn both basic life support and advanced life support techniques on dogs and cats that experience cardiopulmonary arrest utilizing Cornell’s simulator dog, Robo Jerry. In order to participate in this lab, the online modules (approximately 20 hours) must be completed prior to symposium. Lunch and snacks will be provided. This laboratory is generously sponsored by the Educational Support Services (ESS).
Small Animal Orthopedics
Sunday, March 15th | Junior Surgery | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Dr. Rory Todhunter of Cornell University
This advanced lab will give participants the opportunity to test out various orthopedic techniques and learn about various pinning methods. It is recommended that participants are at least in their second year of veterinary school to get the most out of this lab.
10-Hour Certification for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy
Sunday, March 15th | LH3 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, March 16th | Gross Lab | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Dr. Kathleen Cooney of CAETA
The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy is offering this 7-hour lecture series which combines with their 3-hour lab in order to offer students a certification in Euthanasia Training. The 3-hour laboratory will provide hands-on euthanasia practice using companion animal cadavers. This is an opportunity to learn the anatomy again and gain invaluable technique training from the instructor and other participants. If you register for this lab, you must attend the lecture to complete the certification.
Saturday, March 14th | KLM Barn | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Drs. Barbara Delvescovo, Lauren Luedke, Rebecca McOnie, and Meg Thompson of Cornell University
Learn how to work up a colic from head to tail! Students will gain hands-on experience with intravenous catheter placement, placement of nasogastric tubes, abdominocentesis, transabdominal ultrasound, and rectal exams.
Monday, March 16th | Gross Lab | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Dr. Edward Earley of Cornell University
In this lab, students will learn the basics of an equine dental examination, review common dental problems observed in horses, and have the opportunity to attempt floating on a cadaver head.
Equine Distal Limb Ultrasound Lab
Sunday, March 15th | KLM Barn | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Led by Dr. Joy Tomlinson of Cornell University
Students will work with radiology residents to ultrasound soft tissue structures in the equine distal limb. Participants will learn how to distinguish structure and recognize injuries via ultrasound.
Equine Lameness Work-Up
Sunday, March 15th | KLM Barn | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Dr. Heidi Reesink of Cornell University
This lab is designed to guide students through the first steps in evaluating lameness using observation of gait, flexion tests, hoof testers, and other techniques used to visually assess lameness. A live horse will be present for students to observe and evaluate long with several different clinicians with expertise in evaluating lameness. Students will then learn the theory behind diagnostic nerve and joint blocks as well as have the opportunity to perform distal nerve blocks.
Equine Radiograph Simulator
Saturday, March 14th | Dry Lab | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Dr. Allison Miller of Cornell University
In this lab, students will have the rare opportunity to work with cutting edge new technology developed at Cornell that allows students to apply their knowledge of the equine distal limb to take virtual radiographs of a horse’s legs. Students will work through a module that will review the basics of the anatomy of the equine distal limb and review the different positions of the various views of radiographs. Students will then work through a guided case in which they will use the app to take radiographs of the patient.
Monday, March 16th | Farrier Shop | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Steve Kraus, Kalem Blessing, and Kirk Smith of Cornell University
Come take advantage of Cornell’s wonderful in-house farrier, Steve Kraus, and learn the farrier skills that every veterinarian going into large animal practice should know! Using cadaver limbs, students will learn how to pull and nail on shoes and trim hooves, along with gaining a better understanding of equine distal limb and hoof anatomy. In addition, students will learn to recognize and treat common hoof problems that a practicing large animal veterinarian will encounter.
Foal CPR Simulation Lab
Monday, March 16th | SimLab | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Drs. Danial Fletcher, Rolfe Radcliffe, and Barbara Delvoscovo of Cornell University
Drs. Fletcher and Radcliffe are working on developing a robo foal model, like the dog, to be used in the SimLab, and the foal will make its debut at symposium! In this joint small animal and equine track lab, participants will work through simulations in Cornell’s SimLab to learn about performing CPR on a practice patient, with the guidance of one of Cornell’s large animal medicine residents. Students will have access to online CPR training courses when they register for this lab that they should work through ahead of time to get the most out of the lab.
Mare Reproduction Lab
Saturday, March 14th | Equine Park | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Led by Dr. Soon Hon Cheong of Cornell University
Get some “arms-in” time with the mares working with theriogenology clinicians at the Cornell Equine Park. This lab will focus on the reproductive examination for mares. Participants will get to see and/or perform an ultrasound examination, physical examination on a mare, and rectal palpation. If time allows, participants will also learn how to set up an AV, handle a stallion, review semen collection, and learn about the basic evaluation of semen. There will also be a discussion about some of the common difficulties associated with artificial insemination in horses.
Saturday, March 14th | Gross Lab | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Dr. Franco Leal-Yepes of Cornell University
Ocular disease and injury occur commonly in animals. Sometimes, medical management is sufficient to resolve the clinical signs. However, surgical intervention is required in some other cases. Field surgery is a feasible option for most cases in large animal ocular disease. A thorough physical exam and ocular examination of the animal is crucial to achieving a correct diagnosis and determining the magnitude of the disease. This lab will cover the ocular examination, patient restraint, surgical preparation, anesthesia (sedation, subconjunctival injection, and nerve blocks), surgical technique (eyelid laceration repair and enucleation), and post-operative care.
Bovine Nerve Blocks
Monday, March 16th | Teaching Dairy Barn | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Dr. Blake Nguyen of Cornell University
This lab will introduce the indications and limitations of local anesthesia in dairy cows and calves. The materials and techniques for performing useful nerve blocks will be presented along with other considerations for successful performance of bovine surgical procedures in the field. Each participant will learn to apply local anesthesia and improve bovine handling, restraint, and safety knowledge.
Bovine Reproductive Tract Ultrasound
Sunday, March 15th | Teaching Dairy Barn | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Led by Dr. Jessica McArt of Cornell University
This laboratory will give students the opportunity to practice their pregnancy detection skills with the help of high-quality ultrasounds routinely used in the field. The lab will cover ovarian structure identification, pregnancy diagnosis, fetal aging, and fetal sexing along with a demonstration of a probe extender. This laboratory is generously sponsored by IMV Imaging.
Sunday, March 15th | Gross Lab | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Get a clinician-guided chance to practice doing a necropsy on calves! Basic techniques and pathology will be reviewed. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to operate and safely use a captive bolt.
Camelid Handling & Health Management
Saturday, March 14th | Breezeway | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Dr. Mary Smith of Cornell University and Gail Fulkerson of Ithaca, NY
This lab will introduce the handling and routine health management procedures for camelids. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice restraint, physical examination, body condition scoring, vaccination, hoof trimming, and blood draws on a llama or alpaca. Depending on the animals available, dental work might be performed.
Fresh Cow Lab
Sunday, March 15th | Teaching Dairy Barn | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Dr. Sabine Mann of Cornell University
This laboratory will introduce the methods used to diagnose and treat ketosis in fresh cows. All students will practice proper techniques for tail blood draws, IV fluid administration, and oral drenching.
Honey Bee Observation
Saturday, March 14th | Dyce Lab | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
This lab will give students the opportunity to see an indoor honey bee observation hive, take apart a Langstroth hive (i.e. those boxes that are commonly used to keep bees outdoors), and learn about the tools and medications used to care for honey bees. Unless we have weather above 60 degrees F (unlikely in March), this won’t be a very hand-on outdoor lab, but we will do our best to make it informative and exciting while indoors…ending with a honey tasting!
Poultry Handling & Necropsy
Saturday, March 14th | Gross Lab | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Drs. Jarra Jagne and Elizabeth Buckles of Cornell University
This lab will provide instruction on how to adequately restrain a chicken for clinical exams using various handling methods. Students will also perform physical exams by observation of various systems and external structures. Collection of blood from the wing vein and swabbing of the trachea, choana, and cloaca for further diagnostics will be emphasized. The necropsy portion of the lab will provide detailed instruction on how to perform a chicken necropsy and stress the importance of doing necropsies if a client’s flock is experiencing any mortality. Major systems such as the gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract plus other internal organs will be identified. Tissue samples from the kidney, liver, brain, cecal tonsils, and other organs will be collected for further testing.
Quality Milk Production Services
Saturday, March 14th | Teaching Dairy Barn | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
This hand-on lab will provide the opportunity to learn how to properly prepare milk culture samples on plates to be submitted for analysis. Then, participants will get to look at some plates and learn about the bacteriology and pathology that can be diagnosed with this sampling style. Transportation will be provided.
Sheep Health & Handling
Sunday, March 15th | Sheep Barn | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Jessica Waltemyer of Cornell University
This lab will give students the opportunity to learn and practice basic handling and complete physical exams on sheep. Students will also be able to hoof trim, draw blood, and evaluate body condition and FAMACHA scores to determine overall health of the animal. There may also be the chance to perform ultrasounds on some of the ewes!
Exotics & lab animal
Saturday, March 14th | Gross Lab | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Dr. Rodman Getchell of Cornell University
In this lab, students will have the opportunity to dissect a fish to better learn about their anatomy. Participants will discuss what differentiates fish from other species.
Sunday, March 15th | Wet Lab | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Dr. Ricardo de Matos of Cornell University
In this lab, students will learn about basic rabbit dental anatomy and common pathologies. Participants will also practice using dentistry tools and corrective techniques on formalized rabbit heads with clinical guidance.
Saturday, March 14th | Junior Surgery | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Led by Dr. Wendy Williams of Cornell University
This lab is designed for participants to learn how to appropriately and safely handle mice and rats for examinations and simple procedures, with an emphasis on low-stress handling techniques.
Monday, March 16th | Gross Lab | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Led by Dr. John Hermanson of Cornell University
Students will dissect a snake with the intent of learning their unique anatomy as well as discuss how to best treat some of their common maladies.
zoo & wildlife
Avian Clinical Skills & Procedures
Saturday, March 14th | Junior Surgery | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Led by Drs. James Morrisey and Cynthia Hopf of Cornell University
In this lab, students will learn everything from how to handle a bird, to performing a physical examination, to performing some common clinical procedures used to care for avian patients.
Darting & Immobilization
Saturday, March 14th | Breezeway | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Led by Dr. Noha Abou-Madi of Cornell University
In this lab, students will learn about why veterinarians dart animals, the pros and cons of various darting guns, and the mechanism behind the dart itself. Participants will even have the opportunity to practice their aim on targets!
Turtle Shell Repair
Sunday, March 15th | Wet Lab | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Led by Exotics, Zoo & Wildlife Faculty of Cornell University
In this lab, students will learn what makes a carapace fracture treatable or not, as well as everything that goes into repairing a carapace fracture. Participants will discuss the pros and cons of the various materials different clinicians use, time frame of healing, and even get to practice techniques on turtle carcasses.