Gastroenterology

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Chronic Hepatic Disease in Dogs: Early Diagnosis Makes the Difference

Friday, December 1
4:20 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon C

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Most people are afraid of hepatic disease and only treat with hepatoprotective agents (ursodeoxycholic acid, SAME, and milk thistle). Early diagnosis is key, and a good biopsy or gall bladder aspirate is usually required. But, if you wait to biopsy until you are really sure the dog has severe hepatic disease, then it is often too late to help.

Michael Willard

Professor
Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dept of SACS

Dr. Willard is a 1975 graduate of the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He did his internship and Masters degree at Kansas State University and his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. After that, Dr. Willard held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and now at Texas A&M University. He has also consulted and worked at a private referral practice. He is currently a professor of Small Animal Clinical Science and specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy (flexible and rigid). Dr. Willard has given over 2,900 hours of post-graduate continuing education lectures (nationally and internationally), has over 80 refereed publications, and has over 120 book chapters in print. He has worked extensively on sled dogs as well as with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association GI biopsy workgroup. He is currently an Associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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