Tracking Options

We are excited to announce that we will be offering Tracking at our symposium! Tracking allows students to attend a set of lectures and labs that specialize in one field of veterinary medicine. The tracks will be held at a separate location than the other lectures at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Each track is for half of the day, so students that register for tracking will still have the opportunity to attend lectures outside of the chosen specialty. Students will sign up for tracking during registration in lieu of a wet lab. If you register for tracking, you cannot also register for a wet lab as the lab is already included within the track. There are a limited number of spots in each track and it will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details about the specific tracking options can be found below. 

Small Animal Referral Center
This track will take place at a local high-end referral center and small animal practice, Metzger Animal Hospital. This track will be offered both in the morning and afternoon, and will be approximately 3.5 hours long. The following are included in this track:

Lecture: How Blood Testing Saves Lives – Dr. Fred Metzger

Lab: IDEXX Blood Chemistry Histology Lab

Hospital Tour

Large Animal Track A: Transition Cow Challenges

This program will provide an informational lecture at the beginning of the track time that addresses how the calving cow is more predisposed to disease conditions and factors contributing to disease problems following calving. Two rotating labs that all students will participate in will build upon these concepts.  One lab will provide an opportunity to learn how to properly manage a difficult calving process. You will learn how to prepare the cow properly in dealing with a difficult birth and procedures in manipulating the calve in an effort to deliver the calf. The second lab will provide the opportunity to practice different diagnostic methods in addressing uterine disease following calving in the cow. Reproductive tracts will be used to perform various diagnostic procedures in defining uterine infection.The following are included within this option:

Lecture: Transition Cow Diseases – Dr. Van Saun

Lab: Metritis Diagnostics – Dr. Barragan

Lab: Field Calf Necropsy – Dr. Springer

Students attending this option will be split into two groups and will be able to attend both labs and the lecture.

Large Animal Track B: Disease Diagnostics

This program will start by providing an informational lecture on calf and hoof diseases how they are diagnosed and treated and addressing issues of antibiotic therapy. The lecture portion of the track is supported by two rotating labs. One lab will provide an opportunity for students to use hoof trimming equipment in learning to properly trim cattle feet. Students will be directed in current practices used to trim cattle feet without causing further problems. The second lab of the track will complete a necropsy of a calf in describing the diagnostic process in determining the underlying problem. This will be completed in a case study format.The following are included within this track:

Lecture: Introduction to Diagnostics and Disease Investigation – Dr. Hovingh and Dr. Springer

Lab: Hoof Trimming – Dr. Hovingh

Lab: Field Calf Necropsy – Dr. Springer

Students in this track will be split into two groups and be able to attend both labs and the lecture. 

Equine Medicine

This tracking option will cover various aspects of equine medicine. It includes 1 lab and 2 lectures. This track is only offered once at 10 AM – 3 PM, and lunch will take place during it. The following are included within this track:

Lab: Equine Vitals Lab – Dr. Ed Jedrzejewski

Lecture: Lameness in Horses – Dr. Stacey Cordivano

Lecture: Chiropractic Equine Treatment – Dr. Stacey Cordivano

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