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A Deep Dish into the Issues

An AVMA Public Policy Symposium for Veterinary Medicine

September 5-6, 2014
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois
Schedule of Events and Agenda
(all events are at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare unless otherwise indicated)
Friday, September 5, 2014
12:00 - 6:00 PM Registration, Hotel Lobby
5:30  - 8:30 PM Dinner Reception, Ventana's, 11th Floor
AVMA will be hosting a dinner reception at the Hyatt Regency for all symposium attendees. At 7:15 PM shuttle service will be available to take you to nearby MB Financial Park - an area offering shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment. The shuttle schedule will accomodate attendees who may wish to see a show at Zanies Comedy Club located in MB Financial Park. The first show begins at 8 pm. Click here if you wish to purchase tickets.  
Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:00 AM  Registration Opens, Rosemont Foyer 


7:00 AM  Continental Breakfast, Red Bar Restaurant


8:00 AM  A Chicago Welcome, Rosemont Ballroom AB


Dr. Theodore Cohn, AVMA President

Dr. John Howe, Chair, AVMA State Advocacy Committee

The opening session will include an overview of the program and updates on legislative and regulatory developments from Washington DC and state capitals around the country. 

9:00 AM Plenary Session #1 – Pharmacy, Rosemont Ballroom AB
Two panels will cover the latest policy developments relating to compounding, prescribing and dispensing medications, drug disposal, reporting to prescription monitoring databases and mandatory prescription legislation.  The session will end with a pharmacy regulation FAQ.
Panel 1 - Compounding
Dr. Ashley Morgan
Dr. Jeff Newman
Dr. Frank Vice
Moderator: Dr. Jim Weber
Panel 2 - Other Pharmacy Issues
Bill Bell
Dr. Kristi Henderson
Kim Brown Pokorny
Moderator: Dr. Jack Kinkler
Pharmacy FAQs - What are veterianrians asking about?
Dr. Coleen Currigan
Dr. Lynne White-Shim
Moderator: Dr. Angela Demaree
12:00 PM Lunch, Red Bar Restaurant
Legal update on significant cases
Elizabeth Choate
Isham Jones
Moderator: Dr. Arnold Goldman
1:00 PM Plenary Session #2 – Veterinary Services Provided by Not-for-Profit Shelters and Government Subsidized Care, Rosemont Ballroom AB
Dr. Drew Allen
Dr. Jane Brunt
Dr. Patricia Hill
This session will cover legislative efforts to regulate the type of veterinary services provided by organizations that receive government subsidies and collaborative approaches adopted by veterinarians and not-for-profit shelters.
Moderator: Dr. Richard Sullivan
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Concurrent Roundtables - Seven Topics, United AB Room
Moderators: Dr. Dan Griffiths, Michelle Wagner
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small-group discussions on three topics of interest. Sessions will each last about 25 minutes. Each table topic will have a facilitator. Topics:
  • Are big box retailers the new players in veterinary medicine? (Dr. Kimberly May)
  • Unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine (Dr. Craig Smith)
  • Non-anesthesia teeth cleaning (Dr. Patricia Wohlferth-Bethke)
  • Regulation of pet breeders and retailers (Dr. Gail Golab)
  • Antibiotic use and the FDA’s new veterinary feed directive (Dr. Christine Hoang)
  • Mandatory reporting of suspected animal abuse (Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane)
  • The latest economic data that could impact your advocacy efforts (Dr. Michael Dicks)
4:45 PM  Closing Remarks, United AB Room
Dr. Ron DeHaven (Executive Vice President and CEO, AVMA)
5:00 PM Adjournment