Wet Labs

Our wet labs are your chance to get hands-on instruction from experts in their field. You will get ample opportunity to practice your skills while supervised by our esteemed instructors, who will provide helpful tips and feedback. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and take your practice to the next level! Our world-class wet labs sell out fast so be sure to reserve your seat quickly.

Wet Labs

Our wet labs are your chance to get hands-on instruction from experts in their field. You will get ample opportunity to practice your skills while supervised by our esteemed instructors, who will provide helpful tips and feedback. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and take your practice to the next level! Our world-class wet labs sell out fast so be sure to reserve your seat quickly.

WET LABS for Veterinarians

  • SOFT TISSUE SURGERY BOOT CAMP

    Howard Seim III, DVM, DACVS
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Lake Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Howard Seim III, DVM, DACVS

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Lake Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Assistant: Kristen Coleman, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Howard Seim III

    DVM, DACVS

    Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Canada, and completed a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was a recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, and the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation. He was also selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is the founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. www.videovet.org

  • CANINE EXTRACTION TECHNIQUES

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Co-instructors: Ian Kupkee, DVM, MRCS and Larry Baker, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
    Assistants: Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS, Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), and Denise Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    This laboratory will teach the attendee proper flap procedures and extraction techniques to remove the incisors, maxillary canine tooth, and double-rooted teeth. Digital dental radiography will be utilized before and after extraction procedures to confirm complete tooth removal and proper bone contouring.

    Jan Bellows

    DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    Dr. Bellows received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida and obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. After completing a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, he returned to south Florida, where he still practices companion animal medicine surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL in Weston, Florida. He is certified by the Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline) since 1986 and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) since 1990. He was president of the AVDC from 2012-2014 and is currently president of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.

    Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring four dental texts- The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry… a Team Effort (1999), Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques (2005, second edition published in 2019), and Feline Dentistry (2010). He is a frequent contributor to DVM Newsmagazine and a charter consultant of the Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN) dental board since 1993. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines published in 2005, and updated in 2013 and 2019.

  • FELINE EXTRACTION TECHNIQUES

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Co-instructors: Ian Kupkee, DVM, MRCS and Larry Baker, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
    Assistants: Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS, Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), and Denise Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    This laboratory will teach the attendee proper flap procedures and extraction techniques to remove any tooth in a cat’s mouth. Digital dental radiography will be utilized before and after extraction procedures to confirm complete tooth root removal and proper bone contouring.

    Jan Bellows

    DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    Dr. Bellows received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida and obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. After completing a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, he returned to south Florida, where he still practices companion animal medicine surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL in Weston, Florida. He is certified by the Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline) since 1986 and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) since 1990. He was president of the AVDC from 2012-2014 and is currently president of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.

    Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring four dental texts- The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry… a Team Effort (1999), Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques (2005, second edition published in 2019), and Feline Dentistry (2010). He is a frequent contributor to DVM Newsmagazine and a charter consultant of the Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN) dental board since 1993. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines published in 2005, and updated in 2013 and 2019.

  • BASIC SMALL ANIMAL ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

    Jason Arble, DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Jason Arble, DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Co-instructor: Federico R. Vilaplana Grosso, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI

    Assistants: Elizabeth Watson, DVM, MS, DACVR, Shannon Holms, DVM, MSc, DACVR, Layla Shaikh, VMD, DACVR, and Kim Bissing, BS, DPDT-KA

    This seminar series and combined wet lab will introduce the veterinarian to entry-level abdominal ultrasound imaging in the small animal practice. The basic physics, an overview of instrumentation, common artifacts, and scanning techniques will be reviewed, as well as the normal anatomy and appearance of the abdominal organs. Wet lab participants will be introduced to basic ultrasound image manipulation (knobology), the physics and artifacts of abdominal ultrasound, learn scanning techniques, and learn how to identify normal abdominal structures through the scanning of live animals.

    Jason Arble

    DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS

  • OPHTHALMIC SURGERY

    Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (1:00 pm)

    Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 20, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 20, 2023 (1:00 pm)

    Assistant: Jessica Martinez, MS, DVM, DACVO

    Improve your proficiency in performing practical eyelid and orbital surgeries while gaining an appreciation for the skill level required for most corneal and conjunctival procedures. Receive step-by-step, video-driven instructions on how to perform temporary tarsorrhaphies, temporary eyelid tacking, entropion correction, eyelid reconstruction, prolapsed gland of the nictitans replacement, corneal debridement techniques, nasolacrimal flushing, and enucleations. A brief review of conjunctival grafting and corneal laceration repair will occur.

    Robert Swinger

    DVM, DACVO

    Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, at the University of Illinois. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City, Florida, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship and residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics in Miami, Deerfield Beach, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago, Illinois, and developed a successful ophthalmology service where he continues to actively consult. In 2011, Dr. Swinger launched Animal Eye Guys within Hollywood Animal Hospital and also consults in Miami, Florida at the Southeast Veterinary Referral Center and Miami Beach Animal Hospital. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
    In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the hospitals’ internship programs. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family and pets, and enjoys fishing, cooking, and traveling.

  • ADVANCED SOFT TISSUE SURGERY

    Howard Seim III, DVM, DACVS
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Lake Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Howard Seim III, DVM, DACVS

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Lake Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Assistant: Kristen Coleman, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Howard Seim III

    DVM, DACVS

    Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Canada, and completed a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was a recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, and the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation. He was also selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is the founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. www.videovet.org

  • ADVANCED EXTRACTION TECHNIQUES

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Co-instructors: Ian Kupkee, DVM, MRCS and Larry Baker, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
    Assistants: Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS, Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), and Denise Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    Extraction of mandibular canines, mandibular first and second molars, maxillary canines, fourth premolar, molars, and root tip retrieval.

    Jan Bellows

    DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

    Dr. Bellows received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida and obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. After completing a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, he returned to south Florida, where he still practices companion animal medicine surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL in Weston, Florida. He is certified by the Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline) since 1986 and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) since 1990. He was president of the AVDC from 2012-2014 and is currently president of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.

    Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring four dental texts- The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry… a Team Effort (1999), Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques (2005, second edition published in 2019), and Feline Dentistry (2010). He is a frequent contributor to DVM Newsmagazine and a charter consultant of the Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN) dental board since 1993. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines published in 2005, and updated in 2013 and 2019.

  • ADVANCED SMALL ANIMAL ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

    Jason Arble, DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Jason Arble, DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Assistants: Elizabeth Watson, DVM, MS, DACVR, Shannon Holms, DVM, MSc, DACVR, Layla Shaikh, VMD, DACVR, and Kim Bissing, BS, DPDT-KA, and Federico R. Vilaplana Grosso, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI

    This seminar series and combined wet lab is designed for veterinarians who want to further their training in small animal ultrasound. Lectures will briefly review ultrasound physics and artifacts, and assist the participants in fine-tuning the image. Normal intra-abdominal structure will be reviewed and abnormal intra-abdominal pathology will be emphasized. Wet lab participants will gain experience in completing a routine small animal abdominal ultrasound examination, knowledge of normal sonographic anatomy, and knowledge of the appearance of commonly identified pathologies.

    Some of the more challenging intra-abdominal structures to image will be emphasized. Interaction between the radiologist and the participants will be encouraged, and the attendees will have an opportunity to address personal areas of concern in their understanding of abdominal ultrasound scanning techniques.

    Jason Arble

    DVM, MSc, DACVR, MRCVS

  • BACKYARD CHICKEN MEDICINE

    Peter Helmer, DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice & Brigetta Allen Huges, DVM, MAM, DACPV
    DVM & Technician Wet Lab

    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Peter Helmer, DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice & Brigetta Allen Huges, DVM, MAM, DACPV

    DVM & Technician Wet Lab
    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    These lectures will focus on the basic information needed to include poultry in your practice. Topics include regulations and reportable diseases, handling and management, anatomy, and diagnostics. Resources for physical exams, history taking, and treatment will be covered. The top ten clinical presentations will be discussed. Cadavers will be used to allow workshop participants to practice surgical approaches and study internal anatomy. Fresh and fixed tissue samples of pathology will be available for examination.

    Peter Helmer

    DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice

    Brigetta Allen Huges

    DVM, MAM, DACPV

  • VETERINARY POINT-OF-CARE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE

    Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) & Adam Gonzalez, DVM, DACVIM
    DVM Wet Lab

    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) & Adam Gonzalez, DVM, DACVIM

    DVM Wet Lab
    Location: Palm Beach Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Assistants: Rachel Liebelt, DVM, MRCVS, DACVECC, Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC, Victoria Miller, DVM, MS, DACVECC, and Kim Bissing, BS, CPDT-KA

    Do you ever struggle with the cause of dyspnea in a cat that is too unstable to take radiographs or draw blood for ProBNP levels (cardiac, respiratory, pleural effusion)? Do you ever debate if you can safely give a patient IV fluids or when you should stop giving IV fluid boluses? Have you ever felt frustrated not finding a cause for patients presenting for “ain’t doing right” with no specific clinical signs? Veterinary point-of-care ultrasound (VPOCUS) can help you manage these patients!

    VPOCUS techniques are rapid, easy-to-learn, and practical ultrasound skills that any practitioner can apply in everyday practice. VPOCUS is commonly used as a patient-side diagnostic tool to rapidly identify underlying conditions and help direct further diagnostics and therapy. VPOCUS has a high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of abdominal effusions, other abdominal applications, and several thoracic, vascular and cardiac pathologies. Through four hours of comprehensive and interactive lectures and several case examples followed by a three-and-a-half hour hands-on laboratory on live animals, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of VPOCUS. In addition, vascular access techniques using ultrasound will be discussed and practiced on a phantom chicken breast model.

    Serge Chalhoub

    BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

    Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub graduated from the DVM program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the University of Montreal in 2004. He then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at the same institution. After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian at the DMV Centre in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once he completed his residency in 2009, he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow. During this time, he was also trained in interventional radiology/endoscopy. Dr. Chalhoub is currently a senior instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2017 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award. He is the coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic for disadvantaged Calgarians. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on veterinary point-of-care ultrasound, renal and urinary medicine.

    Adam Gonzalez

    DVM, DACVIM

WET LABS for Technicians

  • DENTAL NERVE BLOCKS CLEANING, PROBING & CHARTING

    Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS
    Technician Wet Lab

    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS

    Technician Wet Lab
    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Assistants: Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), and Denise Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    This lecture explains instrument handling, cleaning, and sharpening, the importance of proper cleaning techniques, and probing and charting. This will be followed by a detailed, hands-on wet lab that provides instruction on the proper way to complete a dental prophylaxis and oral examination, including accurate charting. Learn how to properly handle instruments using the latest state-of-the-art equipment taught by some of the most highly trained veterinary technicians in veterinary dentistry.

    Jeanne Perrone

    CVT, VTS

  • BACKYARD CHICKEN MEDICINE

    Peter Helmer, DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice & Brigetta Allen Huges, DVM, MAM, DACPV
    DVM & Technician Wet Lab

    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Peter Helmer, DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice & Brigetta Allen Huges, DVM, MAM, DACPV

    DVM & Technician Wet Lab
    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 21, 2023 (1:30 pm)
    End: April 21, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    These lectures will focus on the basic information needed to include poultry in your practice. Topics include regulations and reportable diseases, handling and management, anatomy, and diagnostics. Resources for physical exams, history taking, and treatment will be covered. The top ten clinical presentations will be discussed. Cadavers will be used to allow workshop participants to practice surgical approaches and study internal anatomy. Fresh and fixed tissue samples of pathology will be available for examination.

    Peter Helmer

    DVM, DABVP-Avian Practice

    Brigetta Allen Huges

    DVM, MAM, DACPV

  • DENTAL RADIOLOGY POSITIONING TECHNIQUES

    Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS
    Technician Wet Lab

    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS

    Technician Wet Lab
    Location: Manatee Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Assistants: Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), and Denise Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

    A one-hour lecture discussing safety, terminology, normal and abnormal anatomy, basic pathology, and labial mounting of dental radiographs is followed by hands-on training. Learn how to obtain a diagnostic intraoral radiograph using the latest state-of-the-art equipment taught by some the most highly trained veterinary technicians in veterinary dentistry. There is a low teacher-to-student ratio to ensure everyone takes all the images necessary to obtain full-mouth radiographs of a dog and cat using cadaver heads. This is the most effective way to learn intraoral dental radiography because it imitates real-life patients without the stress of having to monitor anesthesia while trying to learn at the same time.

    Jeanne Perrone

    CVT, VTS

  • ULTRASOUND FOR TECHNICIANS

    Danielle Maurgais, CVT & Shannon Holmes, DVM, MSc, DACVR
    Technician Wet Lab

    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Danielle Maurgais, CVT & Shannon Holmes, DVM, MSc, DACVR

    Technician Wet Lab
    Location: Sarasota Room
    Start: April 22, 2023 (8:00 am)
    End: April 22, 2023 (12:00 pm)

    Assistants: Kim Bissing, BS, DPDT-KA, and Layla Shaikh, VMD, DACVR

    Danielle Maurgais

    CVT

    Shannon Holmes

    DVM, MSc, DACVR


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