Pre- and Post-Meeting Workshops

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A variety of pre- and post-meeting workshops are being offered at the 2017 Annual Meeting.  Review the offerings below and register for your choice!  

ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshops--Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registration Fees On or Before October 4 After October 4
Member $275 $300
Non-Member $325 $350
Medical Laboratory Technologists/Veterinary Laboratory Professionals/Staff $150 $175
Resident, Graduate Student $150 $175
Professional Students $100 $125


Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (available at an additional fee)
ACVP Pre-Meeting Workshop: Approaches to Quantitative and Semi-Quantitative Scoring in Translational Pathology
Session Chairs: 
Kelli Boyd, DVM, PhD*
Piper Treuting, DVM, PhD*

Veterinary pathologists working in research settings are frequently asked to provide their expertise in interpretation of experimental results in studies involving animal models.  Most frequently, pathologists are asked to interpret studies in a quantitative or semi-quantitative fashion.  Approaches to scoring data can vary depending on the model and the research question.  While quantitative data such as number or percentage of positive cells in a given area can be fairly straight forward, semi-quantitative systems can be much more challenging and there are often many valid approaches to the same problem.  There is no single gold standard approach to these questions and reproducibility can be difficult if scoring parameters are not clearly defined. 

The goal of this Pre-meeting Workshop is to present the audience with some over-arching concepts that can be applied to any semi-quantitative scoring system including statistical analysis, identifying key features to score, and data presentation utilizing examples from multiple model systems.

8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
Introduction and Housekeeping-Approaches
Kelli Boyd, DVM, PhD*
Piper M. Treuting, DVM, MS*

8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
The Blind Pathologist                                                                                               
Kelli Boyd, DVM, PhD*

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.         
Tissue Scoring: Statistical Approaches and Data Reporting 
David K. Meyerholz, DVM, PhD, ACVM*, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m.
Histopathology Grading in Toxicologic Pathology -- STP's View
Ken Schafer, DVM, PhD, FIATP*, Vet Path Services, Inc.

9:20 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Comparative Pathologists: Ultimate Control Freaks Seeking Validation!
Krista LaPerle, DVM, PhD*, The Ohio State University

9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Approaches to Scoring IHC
Buffy Howerth, DVM, PhD*, University of Georgia

10:05 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Digital Imaging and Automated Quantitation
Lauri Diehl, DVM, PhD*, Genentech

11:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m.
Adding Analytical Dimension with Immunofluorescence 
Andries Zijlstra, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

11:20 a.m.-11:40 a.m.
Approaches to Stereology
Danielle L. Brown, DVM, MS, DABT* Charles River

11:40 a.m.-12:00 noon
What the Heck? Medical Devices Overview
Marion K. Rippy, DVM, PhD*, Rippy Pathology Solutions, Inc.

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.
Scoring Cell Death - Apoptosis and Necroptosis                                          
Laura Janke, DVM, PhD*, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

1:20 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
Approaches to Scoring Infectious Processes
Peter Vogel, DVM, PhD*, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

1:40 p.m.-2:10 p.m.
Approach to Grading Lesions of Osteoarthritis
Cathy S. Carlson, DVM, PhD*, University of Minnesota

2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Scoring Degenerative and Age Related Pathology
Jessica Snyder, DVM, MS*, University of Washington

2:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
Approaches to Scoring Hematopoietic/Lymphoid Responses
Jerrold M. Ward, DVM, PhD*, Global VetPathology

2:50 p.m.-3:20 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:20 p.m.-3:40 p.m.
Finding Order in the Chaos: Scoring the Continuum of Cancer 
Sue Knoblaugh, DVM*, The Ohio State University

3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Pain in the Kras
Kelli Boyd, DVM, PhD*

4:10 p.m.-4:20 p.m.
Clone Wars: the Cognitive Conundrum of Xenograft Scoring
Lauren Himmel, DVM, PhD*, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

4:20 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
All Speakers

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Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
C.L. Davis-Thompson Foundation Pre-Meeting Workshop: 
Veterinary Hepatic Pathology: What’s New and What’s Still True in the 21st Century
John M. Cullen, VMD, PhD*
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine 

In this session, Dr. John Cullen will provide an overview of the liver of domestic animals in health and disease with an emphasis on dogs and cats.  Commonly encountered lesions will be discussed along with a variety of disorders that are newly described or of uncertain etiology. 

This exciting course should be of interest to veterinary pathologists, pathology residents, and diagnosticians.  Audience participation will be encouraged.


*ACVP Diplomate


ASVCP Pre-Meeting Workshop--Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registration Fees On or Before October 4 After October 4
Member/Non-Member $275 $275

Medical Laboratory Technologists/Veterinary Laboratory Professionals/Staff

$110 $110

Residents, Graduate Students, Students

$110 $110









Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (available at an additional fee)
ASVCP Pre-Meeting Workshop: External Quality Assurance and Proficiency Testing
Session Chairs:     
Jennifer R. Cook, DVM, MS*
Melinda S. Camus, DVM*
Linda Vap, DVM*

8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.
Jennifer R. Cook, DVM, MS*
Melinda S. Camus, DVM*
Linda Vap, DVM*

8:05 a.m.-8:35 a.m.
What is EQA: ASVCP EQA Guideline Overview
Melinda S. Camus, DVM*

8:35 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
The VLA Quality Assurance Program: How a Standardized Program Ensures Consistency in YOUR Laboratory
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT, AA, BAS(VT)
Affiliated Veterinary Specialists and Veterinary Laboratory Association

 9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break

9:45 a.m.-10:40 a.m.
The Human Perspective: CAP’s EQA Program in a Regulated Environment
John D. Olson, MD, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center and College of American Pathologists

10:40 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance Practices in a Regulated Clinical Pathology Laboratory
Kirstin Barnhart, DVM, PhD*
AbbVie, Inc.

11:35 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Kirstin Barnhart, DVM, PhD*
Gregory Freeman, MBA

Balázs Szladovits, DVM*
Royal Veterinary College, London

Linda Vap, DVM*
Colorado State University

1:00 p.m.-1:55 p.m.
How Does Proficiency Testing Fit in the Veterinary In-Clinic Laboratory’s Quality Assurance Program?
Kendal Harr, MS, DVM*
Urika, LLC

2:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Data Exercises/Hands-On Interpretation of EQA Data
Participants are welcome to bring an in-house EQA/proficiency testing data example/scenario (question) for discussion, time permitting. 

Hematology Exercise
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT, AA, BAS(VT)

Electrolyte Exercise
Kendal Harr, MS, DVM*

Wetlab Exercises
Gregory Freeman, MBA
Antech Diagnostics

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 *ACVP Diplomate


Post-Meeting Workshops--Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Registration Fees On or Before October 4 After October 4
Member $200 $225
Non-Member $250 $275
Resident, Graduate Student $75  $100
Medical Laboratory Technologists/Veterinary Laboratory Professionals/Staff $150 $175
Professional Student* $25  $50 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (available at an additional fee)
Post-Meeting Workshop I: Diagnostic Evaluation of the Ultrastructure Pathology
Session Chair:  Vincent Meador, DVM, PhD

1:00 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
Vincent Meador, DVM, PhD*
Pacific Tox Path, LLC

1:10 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sample Collection and Approach to Sample Evaluation
Vincent Meador, DVM, PhD* 

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Infectious Agents
Elizabeth Howerth, DVM, PhD*
University of Georgia

3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Case-based Organelle and Extracellular Matrix Morphology and Pathology I: Retina and Kidney
Emily Meseck, DVM, DABT
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Organelle Morphology and Pathology II
Natalie Keirstead, DVM, PhD, DABT
Merck and Co., Inc.

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hands-on Session in which Participants will Review
Micrographs and Engage in Instructor Led Interpretation


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Post-Meeting Workshop II:  Primate Pathology: Immunotherapy
Session Chair:  J. Mark Cline, DVM, PhD*

Immunotherapies for infectious, inflammatory, and neoplastic disease are a rapidly developing area of research and drug development. The high degree of structural molecular concordance required for targeted immunotherapy necessitates the use of nonhuman primate models, and requires a new level of sophistication in assessing pharmacodynamic effects and off-target risks. This workshop will focus on recent approaches to the development of immunotherapies, and the practical aspects of assessing benefits and adverse effects of immune system modulation. Invited speakers will share cutting-edge discoveries in immunotherapy, including targeted molecular therapeutics and cellular therapies. Case presenters will present “mystery cases” and will be encouraged to focus on immunologic disorders, autoimmunity, or adverse effects of immunomodulatory therapies.

1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
Nancy Haigwood, PhD
Director, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health Sciences University

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell (CAR-T) for Cancer Therapy
Daher Ibrahim Aibo DVM, PhD*

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapies for Cancer
Steven Laing, BVMS(Hons), PhD, MRCVS*

3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Case Presentations
10 Cases, 15 minutes per case
10 minutes for presentation, 5 for discussion



*ACVP Diplomate