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Sat, October 13, 2018 - Sun, October 14, 2018

The 2018 UGA Inpatient Medicine CE conference, “A Practical Approach to Urgent Care”, will cover topics pertinent to caring for small animal patients, from an outpatient setting to emergency stabilization and management of complex hospitalized patients in a general practice setting.  UGA clinicians will be discussing topics related to emergency and critical care, dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, and endocrinology. Two hours of LEAP training will be offered to assist in meeting Georgia State Board license renewal requirements. Additionally, join us for an interactive “VetMed-TED” series of brief clinical talks from specialists about common procedures, diagnostic tests, and patient management conundrums that face small animal practitioners.

This course will provide a total of 15 CE hours.  

Event Agenda

Saturday, October 13

7:45-8:15 Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast  
8:15-9:05 Urine trouble: Oliguric and anuric renal failure management Selena Lane
9:05-9:20 Oh, K! Treatment options for hyperkalemia Selena Lane
9:20-10:10 Management of neurological emergencies Renee Barber
10:10-10:25 Assessment of traumatic brain injury Renee Barber
10:25-10:45 Refreshment Break  
10:45-11:35 Dermatologic emergencies: what’s that? Frane Banovic
11:35-11:50 Skin biopsy site selection Frane Banovic
11:50-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:50 LEAP Lecture Jennifer Good
1:50-2:40 Acute management of congestive heart failure Eileen Wong
2:40-2:55 Ventricular tachycardia: when and how to treat Eileen Wong
2:55-3:10 Break  
3:10-4:00 Dyspnea after trauma Amie Koenig
4:00-4:30 Utility of TFAST in trauma Amie Koenig


Sunday, October 14

8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast  
8:30-9:20 When bad things happen to good diabetics Andrew Bugbee
9:20-9:35 Will rising insulin costs impact me? Andrew Bugbee
9:35-10:25 Analgesia without opioids Benjamin Brainard
10:25-10:40 Coccygeal epidurals  Benjamin Brainard
10:40-11:00 Refreshment Break  
11:00-11:50 The Catastrophic Cornea Sarah Czerwinski
11:50-12:05 Scratch & Win: using corneal cytology to guide therapy Sarah Czerwinski
12:05-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:50 Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia Jennifer Good
1:50-2:05 Ruling out blood type incompatibility Jennifer Good
2:05-2:55 LEAP: Recognizing cases of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect Jo Smith
2:55-3:10 Refreshment Break  
3:10-4:00 Septic peritonitis Selena Lane
4:00-4:30 To cut or not to cut Selena Lane

Event Fees

Veterinarian  2 days  $299.00 15 CE hrs
Veterinarian  Saturday Only $159 7.5 CE hrs
Veterinarian  Sunday Only $159 7.5 CE hrs

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Speakers

Selena Lane, DVM


Dr. Lane is an Emergency and Critical Care Resident at the University of Georgia. She received her DVM from North Carolina State University.

Renee Barber, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Renee Barber is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM. Dr. Barber did her residency and got her PhD from University of Georgia.

Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, DECVD


Dr. Banovvc is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He received his DVM and graduated with his PhD from the University of Zagren, Croatia,

Jennifer Good,DVM, DACVECC


Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Critical Care at the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Center

Eileen Wong, DVM


Dr. Wong is a Emergency Critical Care Resident at the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Center



Dr. Koenig is an Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from North Carolina State University. She then did and internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. Dr. Koenig also did a residency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University. Before, her current position, she was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Andrew Bugbee, DVM, DACVIM


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.

Benjamin Brainard, VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC


​Dr. Brainard received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Following his internship, Dr. Brainard completed dual residencies in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brainard is board certified in both veterinary anesthesiology and emergency/critical care. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. ​Dr. Brainard was named the Director of Clinical Research of the College of Veterinary Medicine in June 2017.

Sarah Czerwinski, DVM, DAVCO


Dr. Sarah Czerwinski graduated from veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2010. She completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery in Alberta, Canada, and an internal medicine fellowship in Lexington, KY. She then completed a residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Florida. Following 1.5 years in private practice, Dr. Czerwinski joined the ophthalmology team at the University of Georgia to further pursue her passion for equine ophthalmology. Her interests outside of work include horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her Jack Russell terrier, Basil.

Jo Smith, PhD, DVM


Dr. Jo Smith 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.

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: VET

Holiday Inn Express

 513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 

Block Code: VET

Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

*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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