Looking for some great practice, personal, and scientific CE on demand? Check out the new, free Web conferences available from VetFolio this month!

Re-Thinking Osteoarthritis: An Evidence-Based Approach

February 8–21, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Mark Epstein

Brought to you by Elanco

Few conditions strike dogs and cats with the prevalence, morbidity, and even mortality of degenerative joint disease, and its most common form, osteoarthritis. The 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Task Force parsed the available literature to produce guidelines based on best evidence and representing a consensus of expert opinion. This session will discuss fundamental principles as well as the highest, best, and wisest use of specific modalities.

Participants will learn:

  • Basic principles of canine and feline OA management
  • Validated scoring systems
  • Which modalities of OA treatment are at the top of the evidence-based pyramid
  • The critical role of non-pharmacologic modalities
  • The role and safest use of NSAIDs
  • Evidence or lack of other medications in the long-term management of OA
  • New and emerging modalities for the management of OA

Introducing the Next Generation of Lyme Disease Vaccine Technology

February 15–28, 2016

Speakers: Dr. Richard Marconi and Dr. Richard Goldstein

Brought to you by Zoetis

Lyme disease represents a significant human and veterinary health concern. The number of cases are dramatically increasing each year and the endemic regions for this tick-borne disease are expanding. Bacterin and single subunit vaccines for canine Lyme disease have been available for several years and widely used. In this presentation, the important role that vaccination can play in maintaining canine health is discussed. In addition, new and innovative approaches to Lyme disease vaccine development are reviewed with emphasis on an innovative chimeric epitope-based subunit vaccine approach referred to as “chimeritope technology.” Data will be presented demonstrating the safety and efficacy of experimental chimeritope vaccines in canines. The potential to utilize chimeritope technology to develop a single protein, multiple tick-borne pathogen vaccine will also be discussed.

After this conference, participants will:

  • Understand the molecular mechanisms that are required for the successful transmission of the Lyme disease spirochetes from Ixodes ticks to mammals
  • Understand the basis of genetic diversity in the Lyme disease spirochetes and its influences on vaccine design and protective efficacy
  • Be familiar with the fundamental differences between bacterin, subunit, and chimeritope vaccines

To learn more about these Web conferences, including information about the speakers, or to register, visit vetfolio.com.

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