Pre-Meeting Workshops

We are continuing to develop the pre-meeting workshop program for the 2020 Annual Meeting.  More information will be available as the program continues to evolve. All workshops will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020.


Saturday, October 31, 2020
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Primate Pathology: 
New and Emerging NHP Pathology Topics
Session Chair: Rebekah Keesler, DVM, Charles River Laboratories

The theme of this year’s workshop is New and Emerging, and we plan to explore new and emerging diseases, NHP models, new discoveries about known diseases, new testing methods, or other unique entities in primate pathology. In the morning, our invited guest speakers will cover diverse topics in anatomic and clinical pathology of NHPs, from academia to zoo/wildlife to industry. Our impressive guests include: Dr. Anne Lewis (anatomic pathologist) from the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Dr. Andrew Miller (anatomic pathologist) from Cornell University, Dr. Karen Terio (anatomic pathologist) from the University of Illinois, and Dr. Laura Cregar (clinical pathologist) of Charles River Laboratories.

For the afternoon program, we invite attendees to present discrete cases, encouraging consideration of the theme, but welcome any interesting case in a primate. If you would like to present a case, please contact Dr. Keesler ( for details about case submission.


Saturday, October 31, 2020
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
ISACP - ASVCP Pre-Meeting Workshop
Understanding the Crucial Role of Acute Phase Proteins in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Prof. David Eckersall, University of Glasgow
Prof. Carolyn Cray, University of Miami

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the expertise of researchers, diagnosticians and clinicians to share foundational knowledge, clinical applications, and innovations that define and advance the critical role of acute phase proteins (APPs) in assessing health and disease in a wide range of animal species. Building on the tremendous amount of basic and clinical research on APPs in animals, this workshop will provide attendees with the information and tools needed to understand, strategize, and implement APP testing in veterinary clinical pathology laboratories for health assessment, diagnosis and monitoring, and prognostic evaluation.

8:00 a.m.-8:10 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
David Eckersall, BSc, PhD, MRCPath, MAE, University of Glasgow
Carolyn Cray, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

8:10 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
A Brief History of Acute Phase Proteins
David Eckersall, BSc, PhD, MRCPath, MAE

8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m.
Acute Phase Proteins in Dogs
Jose Ceron, PhD, DECVCP, Murcia University, Spain

9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Diagnostic and Prognostic Role of Acute Phase Proteins in Feline Medicine and Their Role in Monitoring  Therapy
Gabriele Rossi, DVM, DECVCP, DACVP, Murdoch University

9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Validation of a New SAA Reagent for Use in the Dog and Incorporating its Use in Evaluation of Septic Patients
Erica Behling-Kelly, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Cornell University

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
Acute Phase Proteins as Biomarkers in Swine and Bovine
Anna Bassols, PhDUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

11:10 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Clinical Use of Acute Phase Proteins in Equine Medicine and Surgery: Evidence Base and a Personal Account of How I Use Acute Phase Proteins in my Daily Clinical Work
Stine Jacobsen, DVM, PhD, DECVS, University of Copenhagen

1:00 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
Application of Acute Phase Protein Measurement in Wildlife and Zoo Animals
Emma Hooijberg, BVSc, PhD, DECVCPUniversity of Pretoria

1:40 p.m.-2:10 p.m.
Profile of Acute Phase Proteins in Parasitic Diseases of Domestic Animals 
Elizabeth Moreira dos Santos Schmidt, DVM, MSc, PhD, University Center of Federal District (UDF), Brasilia 

2:10 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
Application of APP Testing in Laboratory Animals
Carolyn Cray, PhD

2:50 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
International Standardization of Reagents and Assays
David Eckersall, BSc, PhD, MRCPath, MAE

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Key Development and Research Needs: Expert Perspectives and Hot Topics
Speaker Panel

4:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Call for Action: Facilitate Optimal Patient Management by Inclusion of Acute Phase Proteins in the Standard Biochemistry Profile
Mads Kjelgaard-Hansen, DVM, PhDAscendis Pharma and University of Copenhagen


Saturday, October 31, 2020
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
C.L. Davis/S.W. Thompson Foundation Pre-Meeting Workshop
Oral Pathology of Companion Animals –The Common, the Classic, and the Confusing
Drs. Cindy Bell and Brian Murphy

Drs. Bell and Murphy will present an engaging, day-long workshop in dental, oral and maxillofacial pathology while emphasizing tumors and diseases of cats, dogs and horses. The subject matter will target veterinary anatomic pathologists in diagnostic practice yet is certain to offer insights to participants of all experience levels, ranging from keen veterinary students to seasoned diagnosticians. The format will be interactive and constructed around case-based discussions with digital microscopy files available to registrants prior to the workshop.  Images will play a central role in the course, and gross and microscopic interpretation will be integrated with clinical and radiological findings.  The participants will navigate the familiar waters of common oral surgical biopsy specimens as well as those that might be only rarely submitted for diagnostic histopathology. The presenters will also endeavor to illuminate dark and stormy topics such as odontogenic tumors and tumor like lesions. 

Emphasis will be placed on how to create and work through a rationally organized list of differential diagnoses based on key diagnostic features, which may be histological, clinical or radiographic. 

The presenters will share their perspectives on the limitations of histopathology and how to help the clinical team move forward when faced with ambiguity.  Multiple opportunities will be available for participants to discuss issues of diagnostic concern with the presenters and the group as a whole. Veterinary dentistry and oral surgery is one of the most rapidly growing specialties, consequently, there have been significant recent advancements in dental care and the therapy of oral diseases.  This workshop is an opportunity for you to get current on the nomenclature, diagnosis and pathogenesis of oral diseases. 

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