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Spring Small Animal Specialist Meeting & Allied Industry Luncheon 4-18-17
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Spring Small Animal Specialist Meeting & Allied Industry Luncheon 4-18-17

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
From 8:00 AM until 4:15 PM
Where: Orange Tree Golf Club
10601 N 56th St
Scottsdale, Arizona  85254
United States
Contact: Carole Williams

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 Session Details

The AzVMA's annual Small Animal Specialist Meeting & Allied Industry Luncheon will be held at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Join us for this full-day meeting approved for 6 CE hours by the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice!


What will be covered:

  • Signs & symptoms of rattlesnake envenomation
  • Monitoring rattlesnake envenomation and response to treatments
  • Organs affected by heat stroke and why
  • Heat stroke predispositions
  • Heat Stress/stroke treatments
  • Stages of canine heart disease
  • Proficiency in performing a cardiac physical exam
  • Visualizing thoracic radiographs for cardiac disease
  • Familiarity of different types of cardiac disease
  • Treatment approaches for cardiac patient
  • What newer anticonvulsants are available
  • Updated approach to the seizuring patient
  • When to refer trauma cases for imaging


Schedule & Topics

8:00 am-8:30 am


8:30 am-10:30 am

Canine Heart Failure, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Christopher Paige, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

10:30 am-10:45 am


10:45 am-12:45 pm

Updates in Anticonvulsant Therapy and Management of Neurologic Emergencies in Dogs and Cats:

Past, Present, and Future

Georgina Barone, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

12:45 pm-2:15 pm

Lunch - Allied Appreciation Ceremony

2:15 pm-4:15 pm

Desert Dangers, Rattlesnake Envenomation, Heat Stress/Stroke, Javelina/Penetrating Injury

Jessica Heuss, DVM, DACVECC




Georgina Barone, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

     Dr. Gina Barone DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology) joined our Neurology referral service in 2009 and has been a welcome addition to the VMCLI team. Dr. Barone attended Vassar College where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, then received her doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her senior year at Cornell, Dr. Barone was the recipient of a prestigious award for the student showing academic excellence in Neurology.

     Dr. Barone served as a staff clinician at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City for several years, then completed a veterinary neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). Following her residency, she served a one year post-graduate neurosurgical fellowship and has been practicing in the Long Island area for the past 7 years. She is a founding member of the Veterinary Neurological Society.

     Dr. Barone has published many scientific articles on a variety of topics including seizure management, myelography, Chiari malformations, inherited neurological diseases and advances in MRI technology. She has also published many chapters in veterinary textbooks on topics such as facial paralysis, masticatory myositis, muscular dystrophy, and feline neurology. Her special areas of interest include spinal surgery, treatment of brain tumors, and complementary and alternative therapy.  She is currently undergoing advanced training in the use of acupuncture and low light laser therapy as an adjunct to conventional therapy. She also serves as volunteer medical director for Kindness for Kitties, a local non-profit rescue group and is actively involved in many humanitarian and animal welfare causes.


Jessica Heuss, DVM, DACVECC

     Dr. Jessica Heuss was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, where she entered the world of critical care working in the CVM ICU. She then earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2011. Moving away from frigid winters, she completed a rotating internship at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, followed by emergency & critical care internship and 3 year critical are residency at Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in Las Vegas.

     Dr. Heuss’ professional interests include trauma, ventilation and electrolyte disorders.


Christopher Paige, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

     Dr. Paige is board-certified in Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). For more than nine years, he has worked in private specialty practices in Mesa, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, Arizona, offering full, interventional cardiology services.

     In 2012, Dr. Paige was recruited into cardiovascular research at a world-renowned human medical device company, and is currently a preclinical medical device surgical consultant. He served as Chair of the ACVIM Residency Training Committee. His is an active Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Midwestern School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, he founded Veterinary Specialists of Northern Arizona to provide cardiology services to the Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Campe Verde, Sedona and surrounding areas. He opened Valley Veterinary Cardiology in August 2016 to offer the Valley's first cardiology specific practice dedicated to patient, client and primary care veterinarian support.



AMES Diversified Services, LLC

ARATANA Therapeutics

AZ Pet Vet - A Family of Animal Hospitals


Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners

Camala C Bailey, CPA, PC - CPA-4-Vets


Diamondback Drugs


Henry Schein Animal Health

Jurox Animal Health

Midwestern University


VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of AZ

VCA Paradise Valley

 Emergency Animal Hospital

Veterinary Anesthesia Systems, Inc.

Veterinary Practice Advisors




Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before 4-4-17 will receive refunds in full. No-shows or cancellations received after 4-4-17 will be charged the full amount.

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