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Several leading practitioners to discuss sleep deprivation treatment for horses, minimally invasive canine and feline surgery techniques, and similarities between human and canine hearts

DENVER, CO (April 12, 2016)The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) has announced three of its leading sessions at the 2016 Forum, to be held June 8-11 in Denver. The ACVIM Forum attracts more than 3,300 scientists and veterinarians from across the country to attend state-of-the-art lectures and workshops given by the foremost practitioners and educators in the field of veterinary internal medicine.

“The sessions offered at our 2016 forum provide our members with engaging, and sometimes never-before-seen, content they can’t learn about anywhere else,” said Harold McKenzie, DVM, MS, DACVIM, and ACVIM Forum program chair. “Each of our speakers spends months preparing to present topics and techniques that are unique to the industry and beneficial to all of our attendees.”

Members of the media are invited to attend sessions during the 2016 Forum in Denver, June 8-11 and/or interview the program chair and panelists by phone before or after the event. Select sessions are highlighted below.

  • Treating Horses with Sleep Deprivation: Understanding why horses are affected by sleep deprivation and the techniques used to diagnose and create a management plan.

Speaker: Joseph Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM), has been working with horses that display signs of sleep deprivation for over 20 years and has documented more than 420 unique cases. He is the professor of Equine Medicine, CVM, at the Western University of Health Sciences and the Medical Editor for EQUUS magazine.

Date: Saturday, June 11, 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

  • Intro to Laparoscopy: A minimally invasive surgery technique that typically allows for a faster recovery and shorter hospitalization.

Speakers: David C. Twedt, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) and Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM, will discuss small animal laparoscopy, a less invasive surgery technique used for obtaining biopsies from multiple abdominal organs and performing a variety of surgical procedures.

David C. Twedt is Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Colorado State University, Director of the Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center and a Diplomate of the ACVIM. Dr. Twedt is also past president of the ACVIM Internal Medicine Specialty and College of ACVIM, and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society.

Craig B. Webb is a professor in the Clinical Services Department at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he leads the Small Animal Medicine department. He is an ACVIM Diplomate and specializes in Clinical Gastroenterology.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Mitral Valve Repair: A look at the similarities between human and canine mitral valve repair from the perspective of an acclaimed medical doctor.

Speaker: Steven Bolling, MD, is Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. Dr. Bolling’s innovative approach to mitral valve repair in human patients with end-stage left ventricular failure and his outstanding ability to repair the most challenging mitral value abnormalities, have received widespread international acclaim. In this session, he will discuss how human mitral valve repair applies to canines.

Date: Friday, June 10, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

To schedule an interview with one of the speakers or to speak with ACVIM Forum program chair Harold McKenzie, DVM, MS, DACVIM, please contact Jillian Cameron, Fetching Communications at or 877.703.3824 Ext. 108.

Media interested in attending the ACVIM Forum sessions and the associated exhibit hall are asked to please contact Laurie Nelson at (303) 231-9933, Ext. 101 or for credentials.

More information about the 2016 Forum can be located on the Forum’s website, or by contacting ACVIM at (800) 245-9081. A comprehensive list of 2016 ACVIM Forum speakers and sessions is also available on ACVIM’s website.

About the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. ACVIM is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine.

ACVIM hosts the ACVIM Forum, an annual continuing education meeting where cutting-edge information, technology and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community. More than 3,300 veterinary specialists, veterinarians, technicians and students typically attend.

ACVIM is also a collaborator with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons on a recently launched website, to provide a unique resource to animal owners about veterinary specialty medicine.

To find out more about ACVIM specialists and the 2016 ACVIM Forum, please visit

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Jillian Cameron, Fetching Communications
877.703.3824, ext. 108

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