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Seventh Annual VIRIES Meeting

Avignon, France

The next Vet Meet Summer Camp and VIRIES meeting is going to be in France! From June 27th to July 1st, 5 days of conference awaits you for an in-depth overview on small animal oncology featuring radiologists, surgeons, neurologists, medics and pathologists from around the globe. This is your chance to LEARN, DISCOVER and have FUN together with your fellows and even your family! Besides an outstanding scientific program, we will guide your through the streets of Avignon, the lavender fields and will discover the heart of the Provence together. Oh, la la!

The conference takes place in the medieval Palais des Papes in Avignon’s old town. Sections divided per program and room include neuroncology, US and CT of oncologic cases and interventional radiology. Tailored passes and fees for the single sections are there and discounted fees for Residents, Interns and Students are available. The program will be submitted to the AAVSB for RACE Certification.

This is a hybrid conference and even if we hope to raise our glasses of rosé for an aperitif with you in Avignon, you still have the chance to attend the lectures from home via remote. Cicadas singing and lavender scent are not included in the online version.


Abstract Format: Abstracts should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font and single spaced, with one inch margins and are limited to 250 words (required for publication in the VIRIES proceedings).

Title: Times New Roman, Bold, Capitalized, 12 font

Authors: Author names should follow-on immediately from title and should be listed in order of contribution using last name followed by initials only. Underline the name of the presenting author. Superscripted numbers should be used after each author’s initials to identify their affiliation if the project originates from multiple departments or institutions.

Affiliations/Addresses: Should follow-on immediately after author names. Name of department and institution followed by city and state or country if outside of the USA should be noted.

Text of Abstract: The following outline is preferred: Objective, Study Design, Animals, Methods, Results and Conclusions. If these headings do not apply, flowing text is acceptable. Do not bold, underline or italicize within the text of the abstract. Do not insert blank lines between lines or headings in the abstract. No images, tables nor diagrams please.


Weisse C, Berent A
The Animal Medical Center, NEW YORK

INTRODUCTION: Dysphagia due to benign esophageal strictures (BES) is an important cause of morbidity. Mechanical dilation may improve dysphagia, however repeated costly treatments are common and few animals regain normal function. The purpose of this study is to determine if the esophageal balloon-dilation feeding tube (EBDFT) could provide a more effective, single-procedure alternative for the treatment of BES.

MATERIALS & METHODS: A balloon mounted on an esophageal feeding tube would be placed similar to an E-tube, and remain in place for approximately one month. The owner performed twice daily balloon dilations at home. Dogs diagnosed with BES were included following client consent; exclusion criteria included comorbidities preventing general anesthesia or lack of follow-up communication.

RESULTS: Four female spayed dogs with confirmed BES were included in this preliminary study; each had dysphagia scores of 3/4 (only able to swallow liquids). Prior to EBDFT placement, these patients received between 1 and 10 previous esophageal balloon dilations. All patients were discharged the same or the following day. Post-operative complications occurred in 2 dogs including premature tube removal by the dog (1), and prototype EBDFT failure requiring exchange (1). One dog was ultimately euthanized due to failure to improve and unrelated comorbidities. One dog still has the tube in place. The other two dogs have final dysphagia scores of 0/4 (normal eating) and 1/4 (able to swallow some kibble and canned food).

CONCLUSION: EBDFT placement in dogs is feasible and warrants further investigation to determine if this technique can provide improved outcomes for BES.


Dunn M. 1, Weisse C. 2, Berent A. 2.
1. Veterinary Hospital of the University of Montreal, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada 2. Animal Medical Center, Manhattan, NY.

An 8 year old female spayed Greyhound was presented with acute paresis and pain in the hind limbs. Initial physical examination revealed cold distal hind limbs, markedly decreased femoral pulses bilaterally, lack of metatarsal pulses bilaterally and cyanotic nail beds. Following the administration of analgesics, diagnostic tests confirmed protein losing nephropathy (PLN) and hypertension. Ultrasonographic examination showed a thrombosis at the aortic trifurcation extending into the external iliac arteries. The dog received conservative management for the first 18 hours. As her status failed to improve, it was decided that an intervention to re-establish blood flow to the area would be beneficial. The dog was anesthetized and her right carotid artery was accessed. An aortogram revealed marked filling defects in the caudal aorta at the trifurcation. Markedly reduced flow was seen in her external and internal iliac arteries. The left carotid artery was then accessed to allow p[acement of 2 stents simultaneously. Two caval stents measuring 8mm in width and 60 mm in length were deployed simultaneously in the proximal external iliac arteries and ending together in the distal aorta. An aortogram following stent placement showed much improved flow in both the internal and external iliac arteries. A catheter was inserted over a guidewire into the distal aorta and 6.5mg of tissue plasminogen activator was trickled in over a few minutes. During the post-operative period, the dog received analgesics and anticoagulants. Over the following 3 days, she progressively improved and regained motor function of the hind limbs.

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