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Presentation TitlePresenterAffiliationTakeaways
Wolfpack NewsHour

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Sara Lyle
Kate Hepworth
Megan Burke
Brian Gilger
Nate Nelson
NC State College of Veterinary MedicineAttendees will hear concise, clinically relevant details from current equine literature, gathered and presented by Drs. Lyle, Hepworth, Burke, Gilger and Nelson.
Update on Equine Cancer TherapyCallie Fogle
Timo Prange
NC State College of Veterinary MedicineUsing presented information, participants will be able to identify relevant cancer therapy for common equine skin cancers, and communicate the relative likelihood of recurrence to clients based on treatment selection.
Equine BurnsRaphael LabensCharles Sturt University, School of Animal & Veterinary SciencesManagement of equine burns patients
Time for Plan B - Equine Surgery CasesRaphael LabensCharles Sturt University, School of Animal & Veterinary SciencesSoft tissue case scenarios will be presented detailing gold standard approaches and contrasting them against Plan B options; Interactive presentation format soliciting input from the audience.
Diagnostic Testing for Equine Infectious Disease - A Case Based ApproachAmy PolkesHudson Valley Equine Internal MedicineHighlight best practices for diagnostic testing including recommended test, sample type and handling for accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic Testing for Equine Endocrine Disease - A Case Based ApproachAmy PolkesHudson Valley Equine Internal MedicineHighlight best practices for diagnostic testing including recommended test, sample type and handling for accurate diagnosis
What Do We Know about Equine Thyroid DiseaseBetta BreuhausNC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Sports Medicine: What's NewLauren SchnabelNC State College of Veterinary MedicineThe purpose of this seminar is to describe and discuss the most current diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation approaches in equine Sports Medicine.
How to Get a Horse With Back Pain Back to Work

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Lauren SchnabelNC State College of Veterinary MedicineThe purpose of this seminar is to describe diagnostic and treatment options for kissing spines and other conditions that cause back pain in horses.
Lameness Exam: When things get complicated

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Carrie JacobsNC State College of Veterinary MedicineIdentify strategies for working through complex lameness cases
Stifle Pain: Maximizing Diagnostic OptionsCarrie JacobsNC State College of Veterinary MedicineLearn how to utilize clinical exam findings and diagnostics to select appropriate treatments for horses with stifle pain
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging for LamenessCaitlyn HorneNC State College of Veterinary MedicineLearn when to turn to advanced diagnostic imaging for lameness cases and what expectations you and your client should have
Rehabilitation Principles and ModalitiesCaitlyn HorneNC State College of Veterinary MedicineLearn and review the principles of rehabilitation basics and the different modalities and their uses
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Recent Advancements in OncologyCraig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsThis lecture will discuss the latest and greatest diagnostics and therapies in veterinary oncology to include: cancer vaccines, novel immunotherapies, a novel injectable therapy for mast cell tumors and supportive therapies designed to improve appetite and weight gain.
Controversies in Oncology: Mast Cell TumorsCraig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsThis lecture will highlight several controversial aspects associated mast cell tumor to include histopathological grading, cytologic grading, use of prednisone to downsize mast cell tumors and how what to do with cases that have multiple mast cell tumors
Canine Soft Tissue Sarcoma: Are they really a dime a dozen?Craig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsSoft tissue sarcomas are one of the most common tumors in veterinary medicine, this lecture will discuss the differences between typical and atypical tumors, how to treat each and how best to approach nonresectable tumors.
What's New in Canine and Feline LymphomaCraig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsPhenotyping is becoming commonplace in veterinary oncology for canine lymphoma, we describe why this is important and what assays to use; Tanovea is the new, novel chemotherapy drug we have available for canine patients and this lecture will discuss the basic of this drugs, a review of the literature and some unique associated side effects; The terminology used to described lymphoma in cats has changed and we will discuss these terms, and why it they are important.
Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma: What you need to know!Craig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsCanine transitional cell carcinoma is a challenging cancer in veterinary medicine, this lecture will describe new novel diagnostic and how this impacts your practice. We will highlight the treatment options available and where we see a change in the current standard of care for therapy.
Palliative Care in Veterinary OncologyCraig CliffordHope Veterinary SpecialistsPalliative care in veterinary cancer patients is as important as curative intent therapies. This lecture will discuss the use of supportive therapies along with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as part of a comprehensive palliative approach to improve the quality of life of our patients.
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The First Hour: Preparation, Triage and Initial EvaluationElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThis lecture will address how to prepare your hospital for potential emergencies, as well as the initial assessment and evaluation. This session will additionally cover changes in fluid therapy support.
Feline Respiratory DistressElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThis session will cover the dreaded feline respiratory emergency. Cats are very good at covering cardiopulmonary signs until crisis develops; this session will focus on how to best evaluate and treat cats that present with difficulty breathing.
Brachycephalic Diseases: More Than Just a Short NoseElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThis session will cover all the conditions that are known to be associated with brachycephalic pets, and discuss management and education opportunities
ECC Procedures You Can DoElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThe session will be video based, and review and teach procedures that are helpful in the emergent and critically ill pet.
The Acute AbdomenElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThis session will address the evaluation of the pet with acute abdominal pain, including a focus on how to determine the next steps, and when a patient might need in-patient versus out-patient care.
Anemia: Cause or EffectElizabeth RozanskiTufts Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineThis session will focus on how to evaluate the pet with anemia, and how to determine if anemia is the major problem, or a marker of another condition.
Incorporating Behavior Strategies into Patient Care: Practical Solutions for Daily Situations

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will focus on reading patient body language, navigating physical exams, handling patients in the clinic, managing hospitalized animals, and adjusting go-home recommendations to accommodate for behavior patterns that may affect healing or recovery.
Do You See What I See: Medical Conditions Masquerading as Aggression Problems

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will cover common conditions that may appear to be behavioral in origin, when in fact, they may be occurring due to an underlying medical concern.
Prescribing for Separation Anxiety

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will walk participants through the process of deciding whether medication use is appropriate for separation anxiety cases, and how to make educated decisions between options.
Room for One More: Introducing a New Cat or Dog to the Household

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will focus specifically on potential problems such as insufficient socialization, traumatic experiences, and conditioned arousal, and will outline how these complications may occur and how to avoid them.
More Than Just a Naughty Cat: Understanding Feline Nuisance Behaviors

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will cover normal but problematic feline behavior patterns and how to address them appropriately and effectively.
Multi-Cat Households: Identifying and Addressing Problems Before the Fur Starts Flying

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Chris PachelAnimal Behavior Clinic This presentation will cover information about normal social behavior of group living cats, including identification of several early markers of tension that may go unnoticed by pet owners, and methods of addressing these conflicts.
Canine Oral Pathology

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryRecognize and be able to diagnose common canine oral pathology.
Feline Oral Pathology

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryRecognize and be able to diagnose common feline oral pathology.
Current Concepts and Treatment of Periodontal Disease for the General Practitioner

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryUnderstand the most up to date info on the etiology of periodontal disease. Be able to treat periodontal disease.
Dental Radiology and Basic Interpretation

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryTake full mouth radiographs in a dog and cat
Dental Extractions Made Easier

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryPerform extractions more efficiently and less traumatically.
Surgical Extractions and Complications

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Brook NiemiecSouthern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral SurgeryEffectively treat complications of extraction
Managing Inappetence

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Alex LynchNC State College of Veterinary MedicineCommon physiological causes of inappetence in dogs
Sedation & Anesthesia of the Geriatric Pet

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Kristen MessengerNC State College of Veterinary MedicineObjectives of this seminar are to review the physiology and pathophysiology of pertinent organ systems that are critical during anesthesia and sedation in geriatric dogs and cats, discuss drug protocols that encompass sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia in these patients, and identify and prevent common complications that might occur during the anesthetic or sedation event in order to have the most successful outcomes in this special patient population
Canine geriatric gait assessment, old dog - new tricks

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Daniel DuffyNC State College of Veterinary MedicineDiscussion of management of the geriatric pet
Cognitive Decline in Geriatric Dogs

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Margaret Gruen
Natasha Olby
NC State College of Veterinary MedicineIn this lecture, we will discuss the behavioral and pathophysiologic signs associated with cognitivedecline in geriatric dogs. Participants will; learn how to differentiate the common causes of cognitive decline in dogs. They will be taught strategies to manage the clinical signs.
NC Veterinary Response Corps Training Workshop
Part 1 - Introduction to Disaster Response and Animal Sheltering
Bruce AkersNCDA&CS Emergency Programs DivisionDisaster Response and Animal Sheltering
Anna AllenNCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division
NC Veterinary Response Corps Training Workshop
Part 2 - Biosecurity and PPE Donning and Doffing
Anna AllenNCDA&CS Emergency Programs DivisionBiosecurity and PPE Donning and Doffing
Bruce AkersNCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in the Managed Wildlife CommunityYvonne NadlerLincoln Park ZooEducate audience on availability of tools and share lessons learned working in the exotic animal industry
Improving Canine Welfare in the Veterinary Clinic


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Ana Clara MunozNC State College of Veterinary MedicineEnsuring physical and emotional welfare for Canine patients in a hospital setting
Improving Feline Welfare in the Veterinary ClinicAna Clara MunozNC State College of Veterinary MedicineFeline environmental needs, and how to respect them in a hospital setting, for physical and emotional welfare
Welfare in the Trenches: In a Busy GP Setting, How to Champion Animal Welfare


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Shanna RayburnNC State College of Veterinary Medicine3 most important things to know/do- how to do them, when to ask Dr for help, when to tell Dr this is not going to work
How/When to Use Behavior Drugs in GP; When is a Procedure Essential vs Non-Essential; What, How and When to Give Them

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Sara BennettNC State College of Veterinary MedicineThis lecture will focus on the use of situational behavior medication in a busy general practice setting. Our patients are often fearful, anxious and in distress when they come to see us for routine care or for medical needs. Behavior medications can be a valuable tool to help make these visits easier on the patient, and on us, helping to advance patient welfare and the human-animal and client-clinic bond. We will discuss situations in which behavior medication is a helpful tool, when it is a necessary tool, and a requirement. We will include examples on what medications to use when, and how to discuss the use of situational behavior medication for veterinary care with reluctant owners, and even other staff members.
Genetics and Genomics 101Fernando Di CroceZoetisTo gain understanding of the concept of genetic improvement in dairy and beef cattle. To be able to describe the main drivers and benefits of genetic improvement to a commercial dairy or beef producer with limited background in genetic evaluation
Beef Genetic Evaluation (traits/indexes/validations)Fernando Di CroceZoetisTo gain sufficient understanding of traditional and genome-enhanced genetic evaluation processes in beef cattle. Define information resources that feed into genetic evaluation process. Define Expected progeny differences (EPDs), Multi-trait Selection Indexes, accuracies, and heritability
Dairy Genetic Evaluation (traits/indexes/validations)Fernando Di CroceZoetisTo gain sufficient understanding of traditional and genome-enhanced genetic evaluation processes in dairy cattle. Define information resources that feed into genetic evaluation process. Define predicted transmitting abilities (PTAs), Multi-trait selection indexes, parent average, reliability and heritability
Logistics: Sample Submission, Processing, and ReportingFernando Di CroceZoetisTo understand the technology behind the genomics (Lab Virtual Tour), and the steps involved in sample submission, processing, and reporting
Key Genetic/Genomics Strategies and Economic ImpactFernando Di CroceZoetisTo understand the practical use of genomics results to inform heifer and bull selection decisions in commercial dairy and beef operations and be able to design a protocol for implementation; To identify economic opportunities in heifer development and selection programs as a pathway to greater profitability in commercial dairy and beef production; To understand the effect of replacement strategies and timing of selection decisions on dairy and beef profitability
Role of Practitioners in the Genomic EraFernando Di CroceZoetisTo discuss the current and future role of practitioners in the cattle genomic era
Uterine Infectious Diseases and Mechanisms of Disruption of Fertility in Dairy Cattle

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Thiago Vilar SilvaNC State College of Veterinary MedicineUterine Infectious Diseases and Mechanisms of Disruption of Fertility in Dairy Cattle
Implementation of Biotechnologies as a Commercial Strategy in Dairy and Beef Herds

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Thiago Vilar SilvaNC State College of Veterinary MedicineImplementation of Biotechnologies as a Commercial Strategy in Dairy and Beef Herds
Control of Chronic Wasting Diseases of Sheep and GoatsPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeThis presentation will review how to approach the diagnosis of adult sheep and goats with weight loss, and address the control of the most common diseases that cause chronic wasting.
Developing a Flock Health Program for Your Sheep ClientsPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeThis presentation will give an overview of the structure and components of a flock health programme including monitoring health and productivity and suggested goals for the sheep industry.
Control of GI Nematodes in Small Ruminants - A Sustainable Integrated Approach, Part IPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeGastrointestinal nematode parasitism continues to be one of most important infectious diseases of sheep and goats. These two presentations will review the components of a sustainable internal parasite control programme with emphasis on how recent research at the University of Guelph has informed some components and / or caused us to reconsider our approaches.
Control of GI Nematodes in Small Ruminants - A Sustainable Integrated Approach, Part IIPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeThis is a continuation of above.
Control of Abortion in Small Ruminants - What Every Practitioner Should Know, Part IPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeAbortion is a common problem with small ruminants with many causes being zoonotic. This presentation will review how to approach diagnosis and - with the more important or common causes, will review the clinical presentation, epidemiology and control of abortion.
Control of Abortion in Small Ruminants - What Every Practitioner Should Know, Part IIPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeThis is a continuation of above
Udder Health for Dairy Small RuminantsPaula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeBoth the dairy goat and dairy sheep industries are growing and veterinarians must be able to provide expertise in assuring the milk that is produced is healthy, as well as the animals that provide the milk. This presentation will cover the aspects of an udder health programme suitable for small ruminants.
How Can We Improve the Survival of Lambs and Kids

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Paula MenziesDepartment of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary CollegeSurvival of lambs and kids continues to be a challenge for many producers. This presentation will cover some of the high risk aspects of lamb/kid death and disease and some health management procedures to reduce those losses and improve health.
Burn Wounds

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Amber CzockNC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Don't Sugarcoat It: The Truth about Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

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Lynne BabineauNC State College of Veterinary MedicinePhysiology, diagnosis, and treatment for diabetes mellitus, diabetic complications, and DKA in dogs and cats.
Middazzle Do...Middazzle Don't: Guide to Picking a Sedation ProtocolHeather SidariVeterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) of the CarolinasThis lecture will start by discussing how to “work up” a case based on the patient's breed, age, temperament, co-morbidities, and the procedure(s) being performed. By discussing this, it will guide the nurse and DVM to pick an appropriate sedation protocol. We will then move into different drugs and when it is appropriate to use or when it is contraindicated. Drugs that will be discussed include: benzodiazepines, opioids, phenothiazines, alpha 2 agonists, induction drugs, an NMDA antagonist, and oral drugs to aid in ease of sedating patients prior to injectable sedation.
Capnography - It's Breathtakingly Amazing

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Heather SidariVeterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) of the CarolinasMeasuring carbon dioxide is extremely helpful by giving the anesthetist important information about their patient. We will discuss the method(s) to monitor CO2 and how this monitor is the best way to pick up on changes occurring in the anesthetized patient. We will focus significantly of the capnograph and the different waveforms that are seen and how to trouble shoot them.
The Bare Bones: Basic Orthopedics

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Cathy MannVeterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) of the CarolinasIncludes history, terminology, and the "alphabet soup" of orthopedic acronyms. Covers the orthopedic exam, gait analysis, and diagnostic imaging used to identify and evaluate orthopedic abnormalities. Common conditions and surgical procedures are presented through several case study examples.
Rehabilitate Your Protocols: Rehab Tips for the General Practice

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Heather HopkinsonNC State College of Veterinary MedicineObjective is show rehab tips for the general practice that have a low cost overhead and that will benefit their patients. To show that rehab is effective in all types of patients from puppys to geriatrics and from post-op to medical management.__
More Than Just A Belly Ache: Equine ColicHeather HopkinsonNC State College of Veterinary MedicineObjective is to go over all the different types of colic and their management (medical vs surgical). To go over typical colic emergency protocol
Bearded Dragons: Beard EnvyBobbie AldridgeMedicine Man Veterinary HospitalIn depth look at husbandry requirements and common pathologies in bearded dragons
Fluid Therapy Made Easy for TechniciansDave CowanTriangle Veterinary Referral HospitalExplanation of the basics of fluid therapy. Attendees will understand why fluid therapy is so important for our patients and also how important technician's role is in fluid therapy
Endocrine Disorders: Don't Stress out About Them

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Dave CowanTriangle Veterinary Referral HospitalOverview of the most common endocrine disorders we see in our veterinary patients.  We'll discuss the physiology of why these happen as well as appropriate treatment options for these patients.
Hands-free ImagingJulie WhiteVeterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas In this lecture, we will discuss the basics of radiation safety in veterinary medicine as well as basic positioning for some of the more common radiographic studies performed. The emphasis of this talk will be on the movement towards and the importance ofhaods free imaging and include tips and tricks for positioning patients without the use of manual restraint.
Triage Assesment and Monitoring of the ER Patient

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Christopher BiegalaNC State College of Veterinary MedicineEnable quick recognition of stable, urgent and critical patients
Not So Cute: Acute Anaphylaxis

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Liz HughstonVetTechXpertThis presentation will review the pathophysiology of acute anaphylaxis, as well as diagnostic tools
available to diagnose it. We will also review appropriate interventions to save these emergent patients.
The ABCs of ECGs

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Liz HughstonVetTechXpertThis lecture will cover cardiac anatomy, the heart's electrical system, how to obtain and read adiagnostic electrocardiograph and treatment options for common arrhythmias
Leaping Lizards It's Lepto!

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Liz HughstonVetTechXpertThis lecture will review etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of this zoonotic infection.
We will also discuss the use of personal protective equipment, and other ways to prevent both staff
and clients from contracting leptospirosis from affected patients
Play Nice! Drug Interactions Every Veterinary Technician Should Know

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Liz HughstonVetTechXpertThis lecture will cover common medications used in practice and how they interact with each other,,both positively and negatively, as well as basic pharmacokinetics.
What's Bugging Your Patients? Sometimes It's More than Skin Deep


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Christine CasavantNC State College of Veterinary MedicineTo describe common lesional patterns to help recognize atopic dermatitis, autoimmune or systemic
disease, or ectoparasite infestation.
Gettin' Sleepy...for Science! Anesthesia and Analgesia of Laboratory AnimalsLaura Ruterbories


Phillip Sullivan
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Duke University Division of Laboratory Animal Resources
Overview of anesthesia and analgesic techniques for research animals
The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Career Path Options for Veterinary TechniciansLaura RuterboriesNC State College of Veterinary Medicine
The Catwalk of Science: Animal Models in Biomedical ResearchPhillip SullivanDuke University Division of Laboratory Animal Resources
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Controlled Substances: Best Practices for PrescribingNatalie YoungRealo Veterinary Pharmacy
The Latest on Inappropriate Trends in DiversionSheila ValdezFayetteville Police DepartmentThe attributes of some commonly abused drugs; the regulation of prescription drugs; and how diversion occurs.