5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Managing the Animal with Pleural Effusion

Saturday, December 2
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 9


Two of the most common and more challenging types of pleural cavity disease are chylothorax and pyothorax. Both diseases are increasingly being diagnosed and treated by small animal practitioners. Medical management is sometimes successful in resolving the effusions, but aggressive medical management or even surgical intervention is often necessary. This lecture will discuss the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats that present with chylothorax and pyothorax.

Terry W. Fossum

Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives
Midwestern University

Theresa (Terry) W. Fossum is the Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Veterinary Surgery at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After completing an internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital the following year, she went on to do a surgery residency and Master’s degree at the Ohio State University. She received board certification in Surgery (ACVS) in 1987 and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University (TAMU) later that year. In 1992, she completed a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology. Dr. Fossum is a world renowned veterinary surgeon and was the founder and served as the Clinical Director of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute at TAMU. She has presented thousands of hours of continuing education in the US and worldwide and in 2007 was named “Continuing Education Presenter of the Year” at the Western States Veterinary Conference. Additionally, she has mentored numerous surgery residents and graduate students throughout her career.

Dr. Fossum is a previous recipient of the Wiley Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine Award and the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award at Texas A&M University. Dr. Fossum has authored or co-authored 100 manuscripts in referred journals and is the author of Small Animal Surgery, which is in its 4th edition. In 2004, she received the Texas Society for Biomedical Research Award in recognition and appreciation for her many years of dedicated service to the science, research and medical communities in the State of Texas. She was named a Distinguished Alumnus at The Ohio State University in 2007 and received the Texas A&M University System “Innovator of the Year Award” in 2008.

Dr Fossum, along with Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, founded the CARE Foundation in 2004 in order to provide an infrastructure for veterinary medicine to perform research using animals with naturally occurring disease. Dr. Fossum is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute on which she served for 15 years and was a member and is the former Chair of the Board of Governors for the Foundation for Biomedical Research. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Veterinary Conference.


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