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Limited to 60 participants. Register early as we are expected to sell out.

Join AVHTM for an evening of presentations over dinner and drinks. We have organized a wonderful interactive Special Interest Group meeting at the ACVIM Forum conference in Minneapolis MN. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

Please note: if you register for and attend our program, your payment will be applied to your membership renewal (current or future depending on your membership status) but if you register and are a "no show" and if you don’t officially cancel with at least a 72-hour notice, your registration fee will not be refunded nor will the registration fee be applied to your current or future membership.

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SPONSORS: This evening is sponsored with a generous donation from Alvedia Laboratories, HemoSolutions, Innovative Animal Supplies, and Nine Lives Blood Bank.

Alvedia Laboratories   HemoSolutions   IAS    Nine Lives Blood Bank

Topic: Bark to the Future: Advancements in Canine Transfusions

Speakers: Dr. Tom Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Location: Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55403 (click here for a map of downtown Minneapolis)

Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm Central


Brit's Pub does have limited parking in their lot which is on 11th Street. Go through Nicollet and it's approximately 30 yards on your left (underneath the British flags). It is credit card only. Up to 1 hour - $3.00; 1 to 4 hours - $8.00. Drive to the entry gate; press button and take ticket; when leaving present ticket to scanner at exit; pay by credit card (no cash taken).

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment is within easy walking distance from the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you're coming directly from the convention, there is no need to drive and park your car. The walk is just a few minutes.

Program Details:

This presentation will focus on the changing transfusion practices in human healthcare and how it relates to veterinary medicine. This includes the use of chilled whole blood for use in trauma resuscitation which is gaining popularity not only in military medicine but also in civilian trauma centers and even pre-hospital care.  The lecture will also review the most recent trends in human transfusion medicine to include chilled platelets, the use of freeze-dried plasma and liquid plasma. The presentation will discuss recent research into resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock using shelf stable canine blood products to include canine freeze-dried plasma and lyophilized canine platelets. The presenter will point out the advantages and disadvantages of these products and outline the future potential application for these new (or not so new) blood products.

Dr. Tom Edwards

Dr. Marie-Claude Blais


Dr. Tom Edwards completed ROTC and earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army and served as an infantry and signal corps officer for 5 years. After this stint in the military, he attended the University of Georgia where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then reentered the Army and completed a one-year rotating internship at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He went on to serve in a number of assignments in Arizona and Georgia as well as a deployment with the 10th Mountain Division to Iraq as the Division’s Agricultural advisor and Veterinarian. He returned to the University of Georgia to complete a combined Masters degree and a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. Upon completion of his training, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and subsequently led the busiest Veterinary Treatment Facility in the Department of Defense based in Okinawa, Japan. He then served at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research as both the Deputy Director of Research as well as the Research Support Division Chief. During this time, he conducted research into areas vital to Military Working Dogs including coagulation abnormalities, transfusion medicine, shock, trauma and resuscitation. He retired from the Army and worked for two years at BluePearl Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio as both a criticalist and the ER Service Lead. He is now an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University with a dual appointment at the Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, TX.

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