September 21, 2023
6:15pm – 8:30pm
“Shockwave Therapy in Canine and Feline Patients”
Presented by: Dr. Jen Vitucci
This 1-hour CE presentation will discuss the technology and mechanism of action of shock wave therapy. Participants will learn what a shock wave is, different types of shock wave generation, and the mechanism of action of shock wave therapy at the cellular level. Research supporting shock wave use in small animal patients will also be discussed. Then clinical applications of shock wave therapy will be presented. Participants will learn how to apply shock wave therapy to clinical cases, how to select appropriate cases, and how to select treatment parameters. Cases will also be discussed.
After graduating with her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2007, Dr. Vitucci moved to St. Louis with her husband Mike. They owned a small animal general practice for 12 years beforerecently moving to the Florida panhandle in 2021. Dr. Vitucci’s love of geriatric patients and improving their quality of life by treating mobility and arthritis issues led her to become a certified canine rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehab Institute in 2019. Since selling their practice in early 2021, she has been with PulseVet, now a Zomedica company, as the Professional Services Veterinarian for shockwave therapy.
6:15pm – 7:00pm Check-in and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00pm – 7:30pm SFVMA Announcements / Updates / Dinner Starts
7:30pm – 8:30pm CE Lecture
- Seared Ahi Tuna with Avocado-Cilantro Aioli
- Chicken Lollipops with Candied Bacon
- Caponata on Toasted Round Pita
- Mixed Greens Salad with Candied Walnuts and Blue Cheese (can be prepared vegan upon request)
Main Course — (choose one)
- Chef’s Seasonal Grilled Fish with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables
- Filet Mignon with Roasted Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Red Beet “Sirloin” with Wild Mushrooms, Famers Market Vegetables, Barley Furikake Dust (vegan)
Dessert — (choose one)
- Crème Brûlée
- Fresh Fruit Cup (vegan)
Coffee and Tea available
Cash bar will be available
PRESIDENT’S NOTE — SEPTEMBER 2023
Happy summertime to all my San Francisco veterinary colleagues,
I hope all is well for everyone during our often cold summer months as we ease into our warmer months here in the City by the Bay. Some find this a good time to escape for summer vacations but I am kind of liking our cooler climate. I recently had to spend a few days in Ohio with 95 degree air and 80% humidity. It felt so good to step out of the airport into a 70 degree climate back at SFO. It is easy to take our weather for granted when humans and animals are literally dying by the hundreds in other parts of the country. I mention this because we are likely to get some really hot days here in the weeks to come. As the Central Valley cools off and air stops rising there, we lose our coastal breeze here (i.e. the city’s natural air conditioning). From my years in the E.R. I know there will be many dogs presenting to hospitals (mostly brachycephalic) with hyperthermia that will lead to their demise. Put up a poster in the lobby and especially for flat faced dogs, mention it during the exam. This season is a good time to warn owners of the risks. You can’t remind owners enough: “Don’t leave Fido in the car, even for a short period on warm days.”
So we have more than just hyperthermia to consider during the summer in our neck of the woods. Thanks to global warming, fertilizer runoff, and wastewater treatment discharge there is now a constant potential for spontaneous toxic algae blooms in the ocean and Bay. We are already seeing this occur in Southern California, resulting in more than a thousand documented marine mammals dying and many suspected cases in humans and dogs. There have been numerous warnings from our local officials that we are seeing small blooms now in the Bay. …
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