Dr. Vincent recently attended the CVC Conference in Washington, DC at the Gaylord Convention Center. She participated in a full-day hands on training course in feline medicine techniques and attended many lectures by leaders in the fields of internal medicine, critical care and ophthalmology.
The hands-on course was taught by two board-certified feline specialists. Dr. Vincent learned how to place esophageal feeding tubes, which can be a life-saving procedure in cats who cannot or will not eat. She practiced taking bone marrow biopsies and placing intraosseus (in the bone) catheters. The feline gurus also dispensed tips about weight loss plans and fluid therapy for cats. This course renewed her passion for feline medicine. Cats are truly unique creatures and when we focus on their metabolic, behavioral, and anatomical characteristics, we can provide much better care.
She attended a series of ophthalmology lectures that provided an excellent update on diagnosis and treatment of common eye issues. She also made sure to hear about the most current research on some of veterinary medicine’s most frustrating conditions – chronic vomiting in cats, managing diabetic pets, and pancreatitis.
Though we challenge ourselves to continue learning every day by reading journals and researching the best ways to treat our patients, conferences provide a concentrated boost of enthusiasm and information.