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Meet the canine parvovirus panel


The panel shares their credentials and breadth of expertise

Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA

Hello, everyone. Great to see you all here for another dvm360 Pet Connections panel discussion proudly sponsored by Elanco Animal Health. We're diving into a discussion about an infectious disease that is very serious and historically challenging to treat the ever-persistent challenge of canine Parvovirus. With an incredible lineup of experts were set to examine the current state of Parvo treatment and the game changing approaches that are making waves in the field. I'm your moderator, Dr Adam Chrisman, Chief Veterinary Officer here for dvm360, and I'm thrilled to introduce our panelists. We have Fathom Woods joining us over here, who is the Parvo ICU Manager at Austin Pet's Alive, with five years of experience treating the virus. The Parvo Puppy ICU provides shelters as an alternative to euthanasia for puppies that contract parvovirus! Fathom uses that experience to train staff and volunteers on cross-contamination protocols, supportive treatment, and ICU cleanliness. Prior to managing the Parvo ICU she was a medical volunteer in the ICU for over a year, where she fell in love with the mission and knew she wanted to be a part of it full time. The love of animal welfare and animal science has brought her to a place of lifesaving work that she hopes to share with other shelter's all over the country. Her goal is to help educate the public that this virus is 100% preventable through vaccinations. She also wants to help teach other shelter's that they can contain and treat the virus in their shelter to avoid euthanasia.

Dr Mike Lapin is in the house. A diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a professor of medicine at Colorado State University. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Dr Lapin completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine surgery at the University of Georgia. After two years in a small animal practice in Los Angeles, he returned to the University of Georgia where he completed a small animal internal medicine residency and a PhD in parasitology. Dr Lapin was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is now professor of small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr Lapin is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies and studies infectious diseases in dogs and cats.

Joining me over here we got Dr Erik Zager, a board-certified emergency a critical care specialist, managing partner and department head of the emergency and critical care services at Philadelphia Animal Specialty and Emergency. He completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the New York City Animal Medical Center. He followed his rotating internship with a specialty internship in emergency and critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He returned to Cornell for his three-year emergency and critical care residency. Following that Dr Zager moved to Hong Kong to set up a critical care department at one of Asia's few veterinary specialty hospitals. After three years in Hong Kong, Dr Zager returned to the USA to be part of the exciting new PASE team. Dr Zager has presented at both international and national conferences along with Fetch conferences as well.

Also we have Dr Chris Pachel here who received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has operated both house call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the United States as well as internationally teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the United States, has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as inner cat aggression and pet selection for animal assisted therapy, and is a member of the dvm360's editorial advisory board. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involved in animal behavior, and is also a vice president of veterinary behavior of the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, providing positive reinforcement behavior modification and boarding and training services within a franchise based business model. So today's discussion, my friends, we're going to do a deep dive into Parvo treatment options across the spectrum of veterinary medicine as well as their limitations. We'll also introduce an innovative new treatment called canine Parvo monoclonal antibody, also referred to as CPMA, highlighting the unique factors of this treatment protocol and how it can be utilized through our testimonials.

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