Webinar Series – New Developments in Endocrinology

Small Animals

Venue: On-Demand Webinar Series
Contact Hours: 10 hours
Course Language: English
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Webinar Series – New Developments in Endocrinology (Recorded in March/April 2021)


Speaker Topic Duration
Jacqui Whittemore Old Dog, New Tricks! An Update on Hyperadrenocorticism 120 min
Shelly Olin Diabetes – Interstitial Monitoring, Loose Control and other Paradigm Shifts 120 min
Margie Scherk Hyperthyroidism, Hyperaldosteronism, and Acromegaly – Need to know Updates 120 min
Ellen Behrend Hypoadrenocorticism – when to stim and how to save your clients money 120 min
Ellen Behrend, Shelly Olin & Jacqui Whittemore Challenging Endocrine Cases: Can Experts agree to disagree? 120 min



Old Dog, New Tricks! An Update on Hyperadrenocorticism

Increasing sophistication of veterinary practitioners, combined with deeper human-animal bonds, means hyperadrenocorticism is being diagnosed earlier than ever before. As such, historical tenets of diagnosis and management are increasingly inapplicable. In this session, we will take a deep dive into newer literature to revamp diagnostic algorithms and generate rational strategies for treatment and therapeutic monitoring

Diabetes – Interstitial Monitoring, Loose Control and other Paradigm Shifts

Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis for a pet and their owner and can be challenging to manage. We will review what's new – or new again – in management of this disease with a focus on improving quality of life for the whole family. Cases will be used to demonstrate application of interstitial glucose monitoring systems, loose diabetic control strategies, tips for increasing remission rates, and once daily insulin dosing in dogs.

Hyperthyroidism, Hyperaldosteronism, and Acromegaly – Need to know Updates

Hyperthyroidism was first recognized over 30 years ago, yet we still don't know what causes it! At the same time, hypothyroidism, hyperaldosteronism, and acromegaly are increasingly recognized as important – yet easily overlooked – disorders in cats. In this session, we will explore new insights into the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these four tricky diseases. Cases will be used to highlight important practice points.

Hypoadrenocorticism – when to stim and how to save your clients money

Hypoadrenocorticism increasingly is diagnosed in patients without classic electrolyte derangements, complicating decision-making regarding ’when to stim’. Recent data also has revolutionized treatment recommendations, making the disease much more affordable to manage. In this session, we will break down the evidence to provide a simple framework for diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making.

Challenging Endocrine Cases:  Can Experts agree to disagree?

Join a bevy of endocrine afficionados for a rousing discussion of endocrine cases. We will bravely go where others fear to tread – whether it be a 70 kg Addisonian with gastrointestinal signs on a budget, a hyperlipidemic, Cushinoid diabetic schnauzer with acute pancreatitis or the acromegalic diabetic cat on 34 units of insulin BID. If time allows, we also will field questions regarding prior sessions from attendees.


Webinar Series Registration:   Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance after having viewed the webinar, please get in touch with us and we will send it to you electronically.

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    Jacqui Whittemore
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

    United States

    American Specialist in Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Whittemore graduated from the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  After two years in small animal general practice, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University.  Her dissertation focused on evaluation of laboratory markers of systemic disease in dogs and cats.  She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2007 and enjoys balancing the demands of individual case management, teaching, and clinical research. Dr. Whittemore is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also serves as the Minimally-Invasive Procedures service chief and the Acree Research Chair of Medicine.

    Dr. Whittemore’s major research focus is on identification and amelioration of adverse effects of exogenous therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. Current work in this area is focused on adverse effects of antiplatelet, immunosuppressive and antibiotic therapies on the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas of dogs and cats. Secondary active areas of research include development and validation of veterinary simulators to minimize live animal use for veterinary training, for which she holds a patent, and development and validation of minimally-invasive interventional techniques to decrease patient morbidity and improve patient outcome.

    Dr. Whittemore spends her free time building houses as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, backpacking in the Smokies, and swing dancing.

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    Shelly Olin
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (SAIM)

    United States

    American Specialist in Small Animal Veterinary Internal Medicine
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    Shelly J. Olin, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), is an assistant professor at University of Tennessee, where she completed an internal medicine residency. Dr. Olin earned her DVM from and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at University of Georgia. She has also worked as an emergency veterinarian in Atlanta, Georgia. Her clinical interests are endocrinology, interventional procedures, and teaching.

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    Margie Scherk
    DVM, Dipl.ABVP (Feline Practice)


    Diplomate of the American Board of Vet Practitioners (Feline)
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    Dr. Margie Scherk is a private practitioner who founded the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, in Vancouver, BC in 1986. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. In 1995 she became board certified in the specialty of Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). One of the things she is most proud of is her pioneering the use of the Transdermal Fentanyl Patch for the alleviation of pain in companion animals. She has collaborated and co-authored several other papers; she has written chapters for Ettinger and Feldman's Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, numerous chapters in Little’s The Cat, Clinical Medicine and Management as well as chapters in several other texts.

    She has served on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and was 2007 President of the organization. She has the privilege of being on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Recommendations Panel since 1995. She has volunteered also on the ABVP exam committee and the CE committee and has served on the scientific advisory committee for the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress and been the editor of the WSAVA Proceedings for the Vancouver 2001 meeting. As a participant on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam Committee (NAVLE), she interacts with top teachers and practitioners to create a fair way of assessing the competence of new graduates. She founded the Feline Internal Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and through many opportunities on the online medium, has grown to love teaching veterinarians, vet students and veterinary care providers both online and around the world. She is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

    In "real life", she shares her home with her husband Jim, misses her adult children, loves to cook, garden, and is allowed to serve three cats: Nimitz, Jules and Harvey.

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    Ellen Behrend
    VMD, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Small Animal Veterinary Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Ellen Behrend received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, followed by a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University and then two years in private practice. Dr. Behrend finished both a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and a Master’s Degree at Colorado State University in 1994, and she completed a fellowship in Endocrinology in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2001 from Auburn University. Dr. Behrend has served as a consultant for the Auburn University Endocrine Diagnostic Service since 1994 and VIN since 1998. She is currently the Joezy Griffin Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and an Auburn University Alumni Professor. She has authored or co-authored approximately 70 abstracts, 65 journal articles and 35 book chapters as well as serving as section editor for five textbook editions. Dr. Behrend is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) and is a member of the College’s Board of Regents.

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