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District 3 / NEPVMA Dinner Meeting
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When: Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30 PM
Where: University of Scranton - DeNaples 407 (Mcllhenny Ballroom)
320 Madison Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania  18503
United States
Contact: PVMA

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The Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (NEPVMA) with the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) is hosting a dinner meeting and we hope you will join us! This is your chance to interact with colleagues, receive an update on PVMA's current initiatives, and earn CE credits.

Topic: Osteoarthritis Management in Dogs and Cats

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. It is estimated to affect up to 20% of dogs and cats. A study showed that almost all cats over 10 years of age have radiographic evidence of appendicular degenerative joint disease. And, greater than 50% of canine arthritis cases are diagnosed between 8-13 years. Although we cannot cure this progressive disease, we can relieve the pain and discomfort associated with it. As a result, we improve the quality of life in our patients and our clients. A two-step grading and staging system has been developed to allow for repeated monitoring of our canine patients. This staging and grading system is useful for guiding treatment and monitoring progression. The Canine Osteoarthritic Staging Tool (COAST) is an easy to use assessment tool for the veterinarian and pet owner. This presentation will cover the COAST system and medical management of osteoarthritis in our family pets.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:30 pm-7:00 pm Registration
  • 6:45 pm-7:00 pm Dinner Served
  • 6:45 pm-7:00 pm PVMA Update
  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Presentation


2.0 CE Credit Hours

THIS IS A COMPLIMENTARY EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES. On-site registration available the day of the event.

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Dr. Debra Weisman

About the speaker: Debra L. Weisman, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Debra L. Weisman is a Connecticut native. She attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Weisman received a DVM degree from the University of Georgia in 1995. Her post-graduate training included an internship at The Ohio State University. She worked as a staff surgeon at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut for 6 years, prior to taking the position of medical director and surgeon at VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital, where she practiced from 2005- 2012. Dr. Weisman established Newtown Veterinary Specialists, along with her husband, in 2011. Dr. Weisman attained board certification in small animal surgery in 2001. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Society for Veterinary Soft-Tissue Surgeons. Her interests include gastrointestinal, cardiothoracic, oncologic surgery, and pain management. Dr. Weisman lectures locally and nationally and has authored numerous scientific journal articles on a variety of surgical topics. She works closely with area oncologists in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of aggressive cancers and is actively involved in clinical research.