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Small Animal Internal Medicine 2017

Sat, November 11, 2017 - Sun, November 12, 2017

The 2017 UGA Inpatient Medicine CE conference will cover topics pertinent to caring for patients ranging from an outpatient setting to emergency stabilization.  A total of 15 CE hours will be provided, with UGA clinicians discussing topics related to endocrinology, nutrition, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, & neurology.  One hour of LEAP training will be offered to assist in meeting Georgia State Board license renewal requirements.  Additionally, an interactive “Ask the specialist” round table session will be offered for practitioners to bring challenging cases or clinical questions for discussion in a small group setting.


Event Agenda

                                         SATURDAY, November 11, 2017
8:00 - 8:30      Registration Check-In and continental breakfast Educational Center
8:30 - 9:20 LEAP:  Wellness in the veterinary profession Dr. Jo Smith
9:20 -10:10 Diagnosis & management of hyperadrenocorticism Dr. Jo Smith
10:10 - 10:30                  REFRESHMENT BREAK  
10:30 - 11:20 GI & urinary complications of Cushing’s disease Drs. Bartges/Hill
11:20 - 12:10 Infectious disease testing in pets with chronic GI signs Dr. Tracy Hill
12:10 - 1:10                 LUNCH  
1:10 - 2:00 What foods these morsels be; Nutrition in practice Dr. Joe Bartges
2:00 - 2:50 Oops I did it again; Micturition disorders Dr. Joe Bartges
2:50 - 3:05                 REFRESHMENT BREAK  
3:05 - 3:55 Polydipsia & Polyuria Dr. Andrew Bugbee
3:55 - 4:45 Feline Hyperthyroidism and Latrogenic Hypothyroidism Dr.Carly Allen
                  SUNDAY, November 12, 2017  
8:00 -8:30 Registration Check-In and contential breakfast  
8:30 - 9:20 Addison’s & atypical Addison’s Dr. Cindi Ward
9:20 - 10:10 Treatment & monitoring of the diabetic patient Dr. Cindi Ward
10:10 - 10:30                  REFRESHMENT BREAK  
10:30 - 11:20 Glaucoma 101 Dr. Katie Diehl
11:20 - 12:10 The current state of affairs with cataracts Dr. Sarah Czerwinski
12:10 - 1:10                   LUNCH  
1:10 - 2:00 Trauma stabilization & traumatic brain injury Dr. Jennifer Good
2:00 - 2:50 Updates on seizure management Dr. Renee Barber
2:50 - 3:40 Ask a specialist - round table discussion Specialists

Event Fees

Veterinarian  2 days  $299.00 15 CE hrs
Veterinarian  Saturday Only $165 8 CE hrs
Veterinarian  Sunday Only $155 7 CE hrs

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Renee Barber, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Renee Barber, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Neurology Residency, 2012- 2015, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
PhD, 2011, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
DVM, 2007, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology in 1983 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia in 1987. He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1993. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 1994 where he remained until 1997. In 1997, he joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. During this time he achieved Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head for approximately 2 years. He then joined the staff at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT, as an internist and nutritionist and was Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Cornell University. Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

Andrew Bugbee, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Bugbee is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center. He did his residency at the Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia (2010-2013). Internship, Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia (2009-2010) DVM, Texas A&M University – Veterinary Medicine (2009) BS, Texas A&M University – Biomedical Sciences (2005). His research interests are: Investigating factors that contribute to the development of diabetes mellitus, and identifying preventative strategies or reparative therapies for its management. Additionally, testing the utility of novel glycemic monitoring devices in the management of diabetic patients and other disease conditions, which impact endocrine homeostasis.

Sarah Louise Czerwinski DVM, DACVO

Dr. Czerwinski is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center. She received her DVM in 2010 from Ontario Veterinary College,
University of Guelph With Distinction. 2002-2006: University of Guelph Bachelor of Science 2006 Guelph, Ontario, Canada Major: Biological Science
Related Experience: 2015-2016: Animal Ophthalmology Clinic Associate Veterinarian, Dallas, Texas, USA Practice Limited to Diseases of the Eye
2012-2015: University of Florida ACVO-Accepted Residency in College of Veterinary Medicine Comparative Ophthalmology - Gainesville, Florida, USA
2012: Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital Equine Internal Medicine Fellow Lexington, Kentucky, USA
2011: Edmonton Equine Veterinary Locum Equine Ambulatory Veterinarian Hospital Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2010-2011: Moore Equine Veterinary Centre Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Intern Calgary, Alberta, Canadal Center.

Kathryn A. Diehl MS, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Diehl received her MS and DVM from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She then did a rotating internship in Small Animal Surgery at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and proceeded on to doing her combined residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and fellowship in Cellular Biology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Diehl is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the UGA.

Jennifer Good DVM, DACVECC


Dr. HIll attended undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Biology. In 2005, she obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. After completing an internship and small animal internal medicine residency training at North Carolina State University, she was awarded a Diplomate in Small Animal Internal Medicine from ACVIM. After completing specialty training, Dr. Hill obtained a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology from North Carolina State University. For her research, she developed an ex vivo model of acid injury to canine gastric mucosa using the Ussing chamber system to study gastrointestinal permeability.

Jo Smith, MS, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in 1997. After a year in private practice she returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in immunology. This was followed by internships at Davies White Veterinary Specialists, UK, and Purdue University, before her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She has worked at the University of Tennessee as a Clinical Instructor and lectured in veterinary endocrinology at the University of Nottingham, UK. She became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 2007. In January 2009, she joined the University of Georgia.
Research Interests: Canine and feline immunology, hematology and endocrinology

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr. Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine, and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005, when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently a professor of small animal internal medicine. She has been Chief of the Small Animal In-patient Medicine section since 2007.
Dr. Ward has been honored by numerous teaching awards including: the Alumni Teaching Award in 2003, the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000 and 2009, and the National SCAVMA Teaching Award in 2009. She has an active research program in clinical and basic endocrinology. She has authored or co-authored 39 research abstracts, 43 journal articles, and 11 book chapters. Dr. Ward is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Research Interests ; Small animal endocrinology,Feline hyperthyroidism, Feline and canine diabetes mellitus

Carly Allen, DVM

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

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Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens.  Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens.  For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433 BLOCK CODE: MED
Holiday Inn express 513 W Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 BLOCK CODE: VET
Georgia Center 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington St, Athens, GA  *706.363.9948
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Ave., Athens, GA  *706.546.0430

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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