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INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2015) – The 2015 ACVIM Forum in Indianapolis June 3-6 will feature three special animal survivor stories.

Three inspiring accounts involving a quarter horse, an eight-year-old rough collie and four-month-old boxer dramatize the powerful teamwork of primary veterinarians, specialty practitioners and owners. The special Animal Survivor event will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 4 in the Indiana Convention Center Exhibit Hall and the emcee will be Tim Doty, WTTV Indianapolis morning/noon news anchor. The owners and veterinary treatment teams along with Dora the collie will be introduced. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Lucky, a quarter horse owned by Beau Baird, of Greencastle, Ind., was stuck in the mare’s birth canal in February 2012, leading to oxygen deprivation, two broken ribs and was septicemic (blood infection)—and about an hour away from the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

A quick delivery by a local veterinarian, a rushed trip to the Purdue facility by Baird and Lucky and 16 days of subsequent hospitalization requiring a wide variety of treatment under the direction of a team headed by Dr. Sandra Taylor, an ACVIM Board-certified large animal internal medicine specialist, resulted in Lucky’s full recovery. In fact, the three-year-old animal has improved to the point where he will compete in the American Quarter Horse Association World Championships Western Pleasure in November.

From death’s doorstep to a normal life span, Gus, the young boxer owned by Gary and Lissa Brown of Flourtown, Penn., is alive today thanks to incredible professional collaboration and owner commitment stretching from Philadelphia to Cincinnati in June 2014.

Two primary care veterinarians and three ACVIM Board-certified cardiologists were involved in the complex case involving an enlarged heart, rapid heart rates with arrhythmia and a unique form of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a congenital electrical defect that permits electrical impulses to travel between the top and bottom portions of the heart outside of the normal single pathway.

On four occasions last June, Gus was admitted and discharged from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Penn Vet Ryan Hospital for recurrent episodes of SVT. But his failure to tolerate IV drugs needed to control his SVT resulted in the collective decision by the owners and veterinary team to send Gus immediately to an ACVIM Board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Kathy Wright in Cincinnati, 11 driving hours away, to perform a life-saving cardiac-ablation procedure.

Without the surgery and with the severity of Gus’s rhythms, Wright speculates he would most likely not have survived more than a year or two. And during that span he would have required several hospitalizations to control the rapid heart rhythm.

Dora, an eight-year-old rough collie owned by Theresa and Tom McKee, of Bloomfield, Mich., went into seizures in June 2013, prompting a quick trip to the couple’s nearby primary care veterinarian and an almost immediate referral to an ACVIM Board-certified neurologist, Dr. Michael Wolf, in nearby Commerce, Mich.

An MRI test revealed she had suffered a stroke to her cerebellum, prompting a wide array of treatment, nursing care and rehabilitation for two weeks. After her release, she required physical therapy two to three times weekly for 2½ months.

Wolf classifies Dora’s health today as “good, with minor residual neurological deficits from the stroke.”

Media Note: Accredited members of the media may attend the 2015 ACVIM Forum at no charge. However, you are required to register with the ACVIM. For media registration, please contact Laurie Nelson at Laurie@ACVIM.org or 303-231-9933 ext. 101.

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.

The ACVIM is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine.

To find an ACVIM specialist in your area, please visit www.ACVIM.org.

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Media Contact:
Laurie Nelson, Marketing Manager
Office: 303-231-9933
Cell: 303-324-2630
Laurie@ACVIM.org

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