Pre-Meeting Workshops

The 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting will take place on October 30-November 1.  Pre-meeting workshops will be presented before the Virtual Annual Meeting and on separate dates so there is no competition. Mark your calendars!  Registration fees for the workshops are in addition to general registration. Online registration will be available soon.


Virtual Workshop 2020
October 12, 2020
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (CDT)
ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop
Primate Pathology: New and Emerging NHP Pathology Topics
Session Chair: Rebekah Keesler, DVM, DACVP, 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. Amanda Martinot (anatomic pathologist) from Tufts 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.

Program Outline:

9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Comparative Pathology of SARS CoV-2 Infection: Human, Monkeys, and Hamsters
Amanda Martinot, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVP, Tufts University

10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Biomarker Potpourri: Integrating the Old with the New
Laura Cregar, DVM, DACVP, Charles River Laboratories

10:50 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

11:05 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
Unlikely Collaborators: Understanding Primate Health Using a Hunter Based Surveillance System Among Indigenous Waiwai in Guyana"
Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, DACVP, University of Illinois

11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Discovery of Genetic Diseases and Developing New Animal Models in NHP
Anne Lewis, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Oregon National Primate Research Center

12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Lunch break

2:00 p.m.
Welcome Everyone Back and Introduce Case Presentation Format

Case presentations start: 15 minutes total per presenter: 10-12 minutes for presentation, 3-5 minutes for questions/discussion



Virtual Workshop 2020

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (CDT)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop

Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Veterinary Pathology: User Experiences
Session Co-Chairs:

Chandra Saravanan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, Novartis, Cambridge, MA
Melissa Schutten, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Genentech, South Francisco, CA

On behalf of ACVP Pathology Informatics Education Committee

Pathology practice is undergoing a transformation with widespread adaptation of whole slide imaging. Big data, because of digitization of whole slides, warrants application of modern computational tools such as machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze, mine, and integrate data with high precision and objectivity. ML/AI has already shown some promises in this space. However, such modern computational tools cannot be viewed as a replacement for pathologists, rather need adequate guidance by skilled pathologists for careful and enhanced level of interpretation. In this workshop, the ACVP pathologists will present on practicalities of utilizing the emerging field of computational pathology and AI. The audience will have an opportunity to gain insights into potential applications, benefits, and limitations of existing AI technology.


Artificial Intelligence Applications in Preclinical Research
Vanessa Schumacher, DVM, MS, DACVP, DABT, Roche, Basel

Application of Deep Learning Based Image Analysis to Solve Problems in Quantitative Pathology
Jean-Martin Lapointe, DVM, MSc, DACVP, AstraZeneca, London, UK

Automated Urine Sediment Analysis
Dennis DeNicola, DVM, PhD, DACVP, IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook, ME

Deep Learning AI-Based Decision Support in a Toxicologic Pathologist’s Workflow
Dan Rudmann, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Charles River Laboratories

Development of Deep Learning Tools for Classification of Normal Histology
Chandra Saravanan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, Novartis, Cambridge, MA

Assessment of Skin Toxicity in an in Vitro Reconstituted Human Epidermis Model Using Deep Learning
Sara Santagostino, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Genentech, San Francisco, CA
angyao Hu, PhD, Genentech, South Francisco, CA

Surveillance of Free-Text Veterinary Pathology Reports Using Machine Learning
Lorelei Clarke, DVM, PhD, DACVP, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Nathan Bollig, DVM, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI:

Round Table Session and Q&A

Virtual Workshop 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (CDT)
C.L. Davis/S.W. Thompson Foundation Pre-Meeting Workshop
Oral Pathology of Companion Animals – The Common, the Classic, and the Confusing
Cindy Bell, DVM, DACVP, Specialty Oral Pathology for Animals, Geneseo, IL
Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVP, University of California, Davis, CA

Workshop Flyer

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. 


8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Normal Anatomy, Embryogenesis, Odontogenic Tumors

10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Short Break

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Non-odontogenic Tumors and Tumor-like Proliferative Lesions

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Long Break

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Oral Inflammatory Disease

2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Short Break

2:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lightening Rounds – Brief Presentations of Rare and Fascinating Beasts


The following workshop will be presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting:

ISACP - ASVCP Pre-Meeting Workshop
Understanding the Crucial Role of Acute Phase Proteins 
in Veterinary Clinical Pathology


Pre-Meeting Workshop Registration Fees

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop:
Primate PathologyNew and Emerging NHP Pathology Topics
Monday, October 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (U.S. central time)

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop
Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Veterinary Pathology:User Experiences
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (U.S. central time)


C.L. Davis S.W. Thompson Foundation Pre-Meeting Workshop: 
Oral Pathology of Companion Animals
 – The Common, the Classic, and the Confusing

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (U.S. central time)


Registration Fees:
Member: $149
Non-member: $249
Emeritus/Honorary: $99
Medical Lab Technicians/Veterinary Lab Professionals/Staff: $99
Emerging Nation Member/Non-member: $99+
Resident, Graduate Student: $69**
Student: $49*

*Professional students must provide a letter accompanying their registration form from their university attesting to their student status.

**Registration for residents, fellows, and graduate students must be accompanied by a letter of verification from their department.

+A resident of a country identified by the World Bank as lower or middle income.

Pricing will increase after October 2, 2020.

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