Event Summary

During this team-based approach to diagnosing and treating emergency patients, veterinarians and veterinary technicians will learn side by side. Throughout the day four experts will give presentations on some of their previous cases and will demonstrate how to handle similar situations in your clinic. The day will conclude with the speakers participating in a Q & A panel. Attendees will leave with more knowledge in how to handle emergency and critical care patients, as well as how to work more cohesively as a team.

Featured Speakers

Andrew Linklater


Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Linklater grew up in Canada, moved to the U.S. to complete his advanced training, and became a diplomat of ACVECC in 2009. He oversees the emergency and critical care department and directs the advanced training programs at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has authored dozens of publications including two veterinary textbooks and lectured at many national and international conferences.

Lisa Peters


Appleton, WI

Dr. Lisa Peters graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and completed her emergency and critical care residency in 2009 at the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton Wisconsin. She became Board certified in Emergency and Critical Care in 2010. She is the Medical Director of two emergency and critical care departments in North Eastern Wisconsin. Her professional interests include trauma resuscitation, bleeding disorders, Operational K9 medicine and the promotion of mental wellness. She presents both locally and nationally on a number of topics.

Josh Smith


Madison, WI

Growing up in rural New Brunswick, Canada, on a small hobby farm, Dr. Smith always knew that he would care for animals. He was drawn to emergency and critical care medicine due to the complexity of critically ill animals and the need for rapid decision making and diagnoses. Dr. Smith’s time is dedicated to caring for critically ill animals in the intensive care unit, stabilization of shocked patients presenting through the emergency department, and advanced imaging at VCA Veterinary Emergency Service & Veterinary Specialty Center. After graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College, he completed a rotating internship at Georgia veterinary specialists, followed by an ECC internship at Cornell University. He then went on to complete is residency in ECC at Cornell in 2016 and was boarded the same year. He is also an instructor at Cornell University’s Cardiopulmonary bootcamp in advanced cardiopulmonary diagnostics, techniques and ultrasound guided procedures.

Sarah Vuolo


Waukesha, WI

Dr. Vuolo graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 and then  completed a rotating internship outside Chicago at a large multi-specialty private practice.  From there she worked as an ER doctor in northeastern Wisconsin for 4 years before pursuing an ECC residency in private practice in Wisconsin.  She has worked in Chicago and outside Milwaukee and currently resides at WVRC Waukesha in the ICU managing cases and interns.  She enjoys working clients through high stress situations with their pets in the ER and ICU.

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Event Schedule

March 7 / 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Program Begins

Veterinary Point of Care Ultrasound (VPOCUS) – Faster Diagnosis, Better Treatment

Josh Smith, DVM, DACVECC

Point of care ultrasound has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of many emergent and shocked patients.  VPOCUS is the sonographic extension of the physical exam that leads to faster diagnosis of presenting complaints and more targeted therapy. This lecture will cover the acquisition and skill sets of abdominal and thoracic ultrasound imaging that is easily mastered by all veterinarians in a short period of time. Understanding of how the images are made on ultrasound and applying that to interpreting abnormal findings will give the sonographer a base to expand on a greater understanding of POCUS.  Example videos and real cases will be used to show the rapid diagnosis and treatment of emergency and critical cases.  Ultrasound diagnosis of elevated intracranial pressure will also be discussed by the author of the JVECC article himself. Whether you are new to ultrasound and have an old machine or an experienced scanner, this lecture will cover fundamentals often missed in POCUS.

All Bleeding Eventually Stops: Hemorrhage in the Canine and Feline Patient

Sarah Vuolo, DVM, DACVECC

This session will discuss working up hemorrhaging cases with signalment, history and diagnostic, and then progress to treatments and prognosis.  Case examples will be used to illustrate these problems in clinical practice.

11:40 a.m.


This Is a Headache! Management of Head Trauma in Dogs and Cats

Lisa Peters, DVM, DACVECC

Head Trauma in dogs and cats is a very common presentation both in primary care practice and in the emergency room. Management of cats and dogs suffering from head trauma can be challenging. Head trauma can be complex, and most patients suffer from additional injuries due to the initial trauma. In dogs, head trauma is mostly due to blunt vehicular trauma, and in cats due to high-rise syndrome. Severe traumatic brain injury is associated with a high mortality in both humans and small animals. Treatment of the brain-injured patient is focused on re-establishment of global perfusion and on maintaining adequate cerebral perfusion. This lecture will discuss the physiology of traumatic brain injury, medical management and nursing care of the brain-injured patient while utilizing case examples.

Precise Provisions for the Polytrauma Patient

Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC

Polytrauma is a common presentation in the veterinary ER; the most common etiologies are bite wounds and vehicular trauma, each with specific challenges. Triage should occur within seconds of presentation as changes in airway, breathing and circulation may be life threatening. This lecture will use case examples to review how to rapidly assess and treat polytrauma patients with a focus on rapid intervention, patient monitoring and prognostic markers. New information for hemorrhaging patients will be discussed.

Speaker Panel

4:30 p.m.



Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94
4751 Owen Ayres Ct
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 830-9889


  • Member

  • $150
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Non-Member

  • $ 250
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Student Member

  • $ 50
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Student Non-Member

  • $ 100
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

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