Pre- and Post-Meeting Workshops
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Pre-Meeting Workshops 

Saturday, November 3, 2018


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (workshop registration fees)

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop

Primate Pathology: Important Non-Human Primate Viral Pathogens

Session Chairs:

Theresa Boulineau, DVM, MS, DACVP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT

Karyn Colman, BVetMed, MRCVS, DACVP, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, East Hanover, NJ


The theme of this year’s workshop is Important Non-Human Primate Viral Pathogens. The first focus will be on addressing established viral pathogens in primate colonies. Invited speakers will address simian herpesviruses as well as an array of other endemic viruses that are often ignored but that can affect research/study outcomes by immunomodulatory or other means. The second focus of the workshop will be on Emerging Viral Pathogens in primates. Invited speakers will address Herpes B Virus, Ebolavirus and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome among others.

In addition to presentations by invited speakers, there will be “mystery” NHP case presentations from workshop attendees in the afternoon. Case material with a focus on viral disease is encouraged, but material can be from any interesting, unique, or classic primate disease.


More information about case submission is available here.


Welcome and Introductions


8:10 a.m.-8:55 a.m.                                                                                           

NHP Viral Pathogens and Their Impact on Toxicology Studies

Julie Schwartz, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Charles River Laboratories, Reno NV


8:55 a.m.-9:40 a.m.

Overview and Updates on Herpes B Viral Infection in NHPs

Julia Hilliard, PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA


9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Nonhuman Primate Models of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Dana Scott, MS, DVM, DACVP, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH, Hamilton MT


10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Filoviruses: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Persistence

Donna Perry, DVM, PhD, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Frederick MD


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break (on your own)


1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Short Case Presentations

15 minutes per case 10 minutes for presentation, 5 for discussion


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (workshop registration fees)

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop

Digital Pathology: Future Practice Pixels and Bytes

Session Chairs:

R. Mark Simpson, DVM, PhD, DACVP, National Cancer Institute

Hibret A. Adissu, DVM, PhD, DVSc, DACVP, National Cancer Institute

Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, FCAP, National Cancer Institute


Whole-slide image (WSI) based digital pathology systems (DPS) permit much more than just an alternative way to view a histopathology slide.  Some of the greatest impacts are anticipated to be due to computational image analysis and pathology informatics, now merging into pharmaceutical research, computer-assisted clinical diagnostics, and education.  Workshop participation will afford greater understanding of how application of DPS is evolving in clinical diagnosis and research.  Participants will obtain greater comprehension of how this high velocity field is poised for major disruption due to the impact of artificial intelligence, and how veterinary pathologists must position themselves to remain adopters and peer leaders of this transformational change.  DPS vendor scientists and technical representatives will also participate for real use scenarios of state of the art technology by workshop participants.


8:00 a.m.-8:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:10 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

Digital Pathology and its Future

John E. Tomaszewski, MD, University of Buffalo


9:20 a.m.-9:50 a.m.

Histological and Other Image Pre-processing Variables that Affect Image Analysis

Kumar Shanmukhappa, BVSc, PhD, DACVP, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research


9:55 a.m.-10:25 a.m.

Validating Primary Clinical Diagnosis Employing Digital Display and Computer Assistance

R. Mark Simpson, DVM, PhD, DACVP, National Cancer Institute


10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Quantitative Image Analysis: Applications and Representative Tools

Hibret A. Adissu, DVM, PhD, DVSc, DACVP, National Cancer Institute


11:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

The Systems Engineer, the Pathologist, and the Machine: A Primer on Automation, Computer Vision, and Artificial Intelligence

Munish Puri, PhD, National Cancer Institute


11:55 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break (on your own)


1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.

Computational Pathology: Opportunities for Precision Medicine

Anant Madabhushi, PhD, Case Western Reserve University


2:00 p.m.-2:35 p.m.

Big Data Requires Big Ideas

Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, FCAP, National Cancer Institute


2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

State of the Art Technology Facilitation

Adam Smith, Indica Labs

Catherine Conway, PhD, Leica Biosystems

Regan Baird, Visiopharm


4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (workshop registration fees)

ASVCP Pre-Meeting Workshop

Clinical Pathology of Non-Domestic Species

Session Chair:  Nicole Rosen, MT (ASCP), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


The focus of the ASVCP Veterinary Laboratory Professional Pre-meeting Workshop will be Clinical Pathology of Non-Domestic Species. The majority of the workshop will consist of didactic speakers on topics of chemistry (protein electrophoresis & acute phase proteins), hematology and cytology, generating reference intervals and quality assurance. The workshop will conclude with numerous case –study reviews.  The goal of the workshop, which is geared to pathologists, residents, and medical technologists, is to familiarize participants with clinical pathology testing of non-domestic species samples.


8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Hematology and Quality Assurance: A Focus on Non-domestic Species

Kendal Harr, MS, DVM, DACVP

Urika, LLC, Mukilteo, WA


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

Who, What, Why of Acute Phase Proteins 

Carolyn Cray, PhD


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

Refreshment Break


10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Protein Electrophoresis of Exotic Species

Carolyn Cray, PhD

University of Miami, Miami, FL


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lemurs, Rabbits, and Walruses: Holy $#!* (Exotics Under the Microscope and the Panic They Induce)

Julie Webb, DVM, DACVP

IDEXX, Markham, Ontario, Canada


12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break (on your own)


1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Reference Intervals Generation in Non-traditional Species, a Discussion of 120 Published Studies

A Russell Moore, MS, DVM

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Case Study Reviews


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (workshop registration fees)

C.L. Davis-Thompson Foundation Pre-Meeting Workshop

Endocrine Pathology

Session Chairs: Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP, Joint Pathology Center, Silver Spring, MD

Jennifer L. Chapman, DVM, DACVP, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, VA


In this workshop, Dr. Don Meuten will provide a review of lesions, pathogenesis and clinical pathology associated with diseases of the endocrine system.  Emphasis will be on common endocrinopathies, primarily in dogs and cats, but with a comparison to similarities and differences in other species.  Gross, microscopic, cytology and lab data will be presented.  Topics will include parathyroid and calcium disorders, disorders of the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, and endocrine pancreas.  This exciting course should be of interest to veterinary pathologists, pathology residents, and diagnosticians.



Post-Meeting Workshop

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (workshop registration fees)

Post-Meeting Workshop: Veterinary Forensic Osteology

Session Chairs:  Sean P. McDonough, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Beverly J. McEwen, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVP, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Skeletal injuries and skeletonized bodies present unique challenges to veterinary pathologists. Following lectures on comparative osteology, veterinary forensic taphonomy and diagnostic imaging of blunt force, sharp force and projectile induced trauma, Drs. Maranda Kles, Lerah Sutton and Elizabeth Watson will lead interactive, hands-on sessions with participants.  Dr. Watson will provide veterinary pathologists with the information needed to advise diagnostic imaging staff on a protocol for postmortem imaging of forensic cases and illustrate the use of postmortem imaging to recognize and evaluate traumatic skeletal injuries.  A fundamental issue with skeletal remains is to determine the species of origin.  Dr. Kles will describe thedifferences between the broad groups of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds and identify some of the general differences between commonly seen species such as dogs, cats, horses, deer, and pigs. Dr. Sutton will discuss how to distinguish antemortem bone pathology from post mortem changes such as weathering and scavenging. 


1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Forensic Radiology and Imaging for Veterinary Pathologists

Elizabeth Watson, DVM, DACVR, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


1:45 p.m.-2:35 p.m.

Comparative Distinguishing Skeletal Features of Common Species and Breeds: What We Know and Why We Need More

Maranda A. Kles, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


2:35 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Forensic Taphonomy for the Investigator

Lerah Sutton, PhD, CSI Academy of Florida, Alachua, FL


3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Applied Sessions

Three applied sessions of 30 minutes each will run concurrently. Participants will rotate through the stations and then move to the next session. Attendees are encouraged to take photographs of the bone specimens to create a personal archive for reference.



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