Spring 2009 CE Meeting - Sunday May 17th


9:00 to 9:30 am – Registration & Refreshments

9:30 to 11:30 am - J. Scot Estep, DVM, DACVP

Dr. Estop graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1992 and spent one year working in feedlot medicine near Dodge City Kansas (loved the cows but not the hours or the reconstructive surgery).  Joined Army in 1993 and fortunately spent the next 5 years in very clinical Army practices in both Missouri and Germany.  In 1998 selected for a 3 year residency in Veterinary Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC.  Spent 4 additional years in Maryland serving at the Institute of Chemical Defense and continue to serve here in San Antonio at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research.  In 2007 started Texas Veterinary Pathology as a local alternative for histology, cytology and necropsy services.

Cytology Sampling Techniques, Slide Prep & Basic Evaluation

Case Based Cytology Discussion

11:30 to 12:45 pm -  Lunch Break sponsored by Bayer Animal Health



12:45 to 2:45 pm - Dr. Stewart Hilliard 

Dr. Stewart Hilliard completed his BA in Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver in 1988 and his PhD in Biopsychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997.  He is the author of numerous scientific and popular articles and books concerning working dog training, and Dr. Hilliard has published several articles in peer reviewed and professional journals.  Presently he serves as an Associate Scientist in the Behavioral Medicine Unit at the DOD Military Working Dog Veterinary Service.  Dr. Hilliard also provides companion dog training services and solutions for behavior problems for pet owners and clients referred by veterinarians.

Dog Training Today: The Modern Synthesis

Hour 1—The Principles of Conditioning and Dog Training. Theoretical treatments of dog training procedures traditionally focus on instrumental components (associations between responses and consequences). However, embedded Pavlovian processes (associations between stimuli featured in the procedures) also participate centrally in instrumental conditioning procedures, and critically determine behavioral outcomes for the better and for the worse. It is therefore incumbent upon those working with canine behavior to understand in detail the mechanisms of both instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning, and interactions between the two sets of processes. Hour 1 will provide a brief overview of mechanisms of animal learning, with particular attention to escape and avoidance conditioning and the aversive control of behavior. We will also discuss the history of dog training, and examine an emerging “modern synthesis” between traditional dog training practices and more progressive techniques arising from the field of exotic animal training. This synthesis owes much to the communication and positive reinforcement techniques developed in work with animals such as marine mammals, but also exploits a 100-year-old tradition of dog training relying on aversive control through positive punishment and negative reinforcement.

Hour 2—An integrated approach to canine behavioral problems. Common canine behavioral problems, ranging from the mundane such as jumping up and unruly behavior, to the profound an dangerous such as animal- and human-oriented aggression, can be very refractory to approaches based purely on positive reinforcement or on positive punishment. In Hour 2 we will examine an integrated approach to such problems that employs positive reinforcement techniques to establish obedience behaviors that are subsequently put under the control of aversive contingencies and then used in response prevention and other aversive control techniques.

2:45 to 3:00 pm - Break & Refreshments

3:00 to 5:00 pm – Dr. Pete Hann 

Peter C. Hann, DVM received his degree from Colorado State University in 1982.  He was an associate veterinarian for 4 years before opening Westbrook Animal Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986.  After he sold his practice in 2007, he joined Bayer Animal Health as their technical services veterinarian for the state of Texas.

Introduction and Use of "Target" manual for Antimicrobial Selection

Bayer Animal Health will provide each attendee with a copy of "The Target Book" by David Acoin, DVM

  • Review of MIC and antibiotic ‘breakpoints’
  • Description of how the book’s data was compiled and how the most effective antibiotics for each organ system were chosen
  • How to most effectively use the Target Book
  • Description of how to treat non-curable infections and making the best empirical antibiotic choice when a pathogen is unknown

 Non-Verbal Communication in Veterinary-Client Relationships

  • Categories of non-verbal communication
  • Why is non-verbal communication important to recognize
  • Recognizing basic non-verbal cues
  • Using non-verbal communication to enhance client relations and compliance


You may pay online or you may send in a check or money order by mail.

The payment address is
VMABC PO Box 737
Adkins, TX  78101


The rates above for VMABC members reflect a $20 discount compared to the non-member rates. If you would like to join VMABC and receive discounted registration rates to our meetings, please contact Sharon Gregory at the VMABC office.
210-333-5544 fax

Name Sales End Price Fee
Member - Early Bird Ended $79 $1.98
Non-member - Early Bird Ended $99 $2.48
Technician/Office Staff - Early Bird Ended $79 $1.98
Member Ended $99 $2.48
Non-Member Ended $119 $2.98
Technician/Office Staff Ended $99 $2.48
Late Registration/Walk-In Ended $129 $3.23

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