Advances in Small Animal Respiratory Imaging

Advances in Small Animal Respiratory Imaging

Audience Audience: ACVIM, ECVIM, ECVN Diplomates and candidates Date Date: February 7-9, 2020
Category Category: Small Animal Internal Medicine Start Time Start Time: Friday, 8:15 am
Type: Lecture and Wet Lab End Time End Time: Sunday 12:30 pm
CE Hours CE Hours: 19.25 Venue Venue: Oquendo Center
Capacity Capacity 24 Location Location: Las Vegas, NV

This two and a half day course will explore important advances in respiratory imaging, which have led to the discovery of new small animal respiratory diseases in recent years.  Moreover, lung ultrasound is fast becoming a first line screening test as well as an ancillary test for pulmonary imaging. Internists will be equipped to interpret multiple imaging modalities of the respiratory tract including fluoroscopy, thoracic computed tomography (CT), endoscopy and ultrasound.  These modalities allow for integration of imaging findings with clinicopathologic findings to better direct diagnostic testing and a more accurate working diagnosis. Furthermore, lung ultrasound provides another option as a monitoring tool that is rapid and point-of-care.


During the course, the differential list of canine and feline respiratory disorders will be expanded to include aspiration-related respiratory syndromes, interstitial lung diseases, bronchiolar disorders and primary pulmonary vascular diseases. Lectures and small group discussions will utilize case-based examples to provide a foundation for interpretation of advanced imaging modalities relevant to respiratory disorders. A 3.5 hour interactive lab will also provide internists with hands-on practice using Vet BLUE (bedside lung ultrasound) and TFAST.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of normal and abnormal image findings that will guide subsequent diagnostics and therapeutics.
  • Competently interpret an expanded differential list of canine and feline respiratory disorders.
  • Gain experience using Vet BLUE and TFAST.

Agenda – Please click here.

Your registration fee includes:

  • Lecture Proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks, and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Transportation between Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South and Oquendo Center

RACE Application Status:

This program has been approved for 19.25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Carol Reinero, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) (Course Leader)
Professor and the Director, Comparative Internal Medicine Laboratory
University of Missouri-Columbia 

Dr. Carol Reinero received her DVM from the University of California-Davis.  She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at Texas A&M University and returned to UC Davis to complete a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency.  She received her PhD in Immunology from UC Davis.  

Dr. Reinero has spoken nationally and internationally on respiratory diseases in small animals and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts.   

Megan Grobman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM), PhD

Assistant Professor, 
Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Auburn University 

Dr. Megan Grobman received her DVM at Washington State University. She then completed specialty training, a master’s degree, and PhD at the University of Missouri and was a part of the faculty from 2016-2019.  Her Master’s degree focused on neurogenic inflammation in feline inflammatory airway disease. Her PhD focused on aerodigestive diseases in small animal medicine and the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. These included respiratory acoustic waveform analysis, the identification and treatment of dogs with lower esophageal sphincter achalasia-like syndrome (LES-AS), reflux scintigraphy, and the identification of reflux/aspiration biomarkers.   

Dr. Grobman’s clinical and research interests include respiratory medicine, dysphagia, and respiratory biometrics.



Greg Lisciandro, DVM, DABVP, DACVECC
Owner, Hill Country Veterinary Specialists and CEO,

Dr. Gregory Lisciandro received his degree from Cornell University, completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio, Texas. As well, he has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the Emergency Pet Center.

Dr. Lisciandro currently co-owns Hill Country Veterinary Specialists. He is the President of the International Veterinary Point-of-care Ultrasound Society and is CEO of He is editor-chapter author of Focused Ultrasound Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner (Wiley 2014), and is a leader in clinically-relevant, point-of-care and FAST ultrasound research.




Isabelle Masseau, DVM, PhD, DACVR
Assistant Professor, 
Université de Montreal

Dr. Isabelle Masseau received her DVM from the Université de Montréal, Canada, where she also completed a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship. She then enrolled into a combined program of radiology residency and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri. After spending the next 4 years as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she moved back to the Université de Montréal.  

In the recent years, Dr. Masseau has been involved in basic science research projects focused on the computed tomographic diagnosis of respiratory diseases in dogs and cats. She also developed collaborative projects using diagnostic imaging for the evaluation of tracheal caliber in dogs and calves using various imaging modalities (CT, fluoroscopy, radiography). 


The Oquendo Center

2425 E. Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120

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The course will be conducted at The Oquendo Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility which hosts a wide range of veterinary events, including hands-on labs, lectures, workshops, symposiums and demonstrations. The Oquendo Center is conveniently located about one mile from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and 3 miles from the Courtyard hotel.


For more information on The Oquendo Center, please click here.


Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South

7740 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 710-7740 
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The Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South is located 3 miles South of Mandalay Bay, 3.5 miles from the McCarran Airport (complimentary shuttle provided), within walking distance of the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall, and just down the road from Town Square. We are less than a mile from the I-15 and 215 interchanges, providing easy access to anywhere in Las Vegas!

ACVIM group rate: 
$169.00 + tax per night for King Studio Suite with pull-out couch. Breakfast included.
$184.00 + tax per night for a 2-Queen bed Suite with pull-out couch. Breakfast included.

How to Make Your Reservation: 
Phone: (702) 710-7740
Online: For ACVIM group rate click here.

ACVIM group rate will be available until January 14, 2020 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Please check your hotel reservation confirmation for reservation change and cancellation policy.
Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South and The Oquendo Center. Schedule will be announced prior to the beginning of the course. 

**Please note – if you are not staying at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South, then breakfast and transportation will be on your own**


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