Expo covered what’s new in veterinary medicine

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Koala chlamydia, snake cancer and fish anesthesia were all in a conference’s work at the Veterinary Meeting & Expo, or VMX, that the North American Veterinary Community recently hosted at the Orange County Convention Center.

With approximately 1,000 sessions and an Expo Hall brimming with innovative services, products and technology, the world’s largest veterinary conference drew more than 15,000 veterinarians and veterinary nurses and technicians from around the world, all eager to learn the latest advances in an extremely complex medical field that encompasses Mother Nature’s diverse children.

The conference offers options for treatment of illnesses and disorders that just a few years ago could have been catastrophic to companion animals.

“It is the launchpad for major research and product introduction,” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill.

The event covered the latest life-saving, game-changing knowledge and techniques on everything from treating cancer in dogs to managing diabetes in cats.

Veterinary radiation oncologist Dr.  Eric Boshoven treats a canine patient.  At the 2022 Veterinary Meeting and Expo in Orlando, Boshoven discussed the benefits of using stereotactic radiation to pinpoint and blast tumors in animals with fewer side effects.

Advances in pet radiation treatments

Veterinary radiation oncologist Dr. Eric Boshoven with PetCure Oncology discussed how stereotactic radiation, guided by computed tomography imaging, enables specialists to pinpoint and blast tumors using minimal radiation, thus reducing the number of treatments and its side effects, as well as the need for anesthesia.

The technology appeared in human medicine in the early 1990s and has taken off in veterinary medicine recently. Instead of going through three to four weeks of radiation — and 15-20 anesthesias —the animal undergoes just one to three treatments. While blister-like lesions are common with traditional radiation, they are rare with stereotactic.

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