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SBVVMA April 13 Meeting with Elanco

  • April 13, 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cafe Fiore, 66 S California St, Ventura CA 93001
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Updates in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Cats

April 13, 2023 at 7 pm

Please join us for our next SBVVMA meeting with a presentation sponsored by ELANCO.  We will be meeting at Cafe Fiore in downtown Ventura.

Appetizers + Cash Bar 7 pm

Business Meeting 7:30 pm

Presentation 7:45-8:45 pm with questions after

Our meeting is sponsored by Elanco.

TOPIC: Updates in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Cats

Program Description:

This lecture will discuss a new medication to treat diabetes mellitus in cats, bexagliflozin. An introduction to the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor class of drugs including mechanism of action will be discussed. Detailed outlines of appropriate patient selection and monitoring considerations will be covered.

Program Agenda:

  • ·         A brief overview of insulin dependent vs. non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  • ·         Owner barriers to treatment
  • ·         SGLT2 inhibitor mode of action
  • ·         Bexacat/bexagliflozin overview and results of pivotal study
  • ·         Patient selection and monitoring protocols
  • ·         Case examples

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.       Understand the mechanism of action of SGLT2 in inhibitors
  • 2.       Realize the critical importance of patient selection and monitoring and what steps are needed to safely and successfully utilize this new medication
  • 3.       Learn what beta-hydroxybutyrate testing is, why it is important to treatment of cats on this class of medication
  • 4.       Identify and appropriately treat cats that develop DKA or euglycemic DKA while taking bexagliflozin


Chris George, DVM, Practice Limited to Internal Medicine

Dr. George grew up in Kansas City and graduated from veterinary school at Kansas State University in 2013. He completed a rotating internship at VCA Mission in the Kansas City area, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Kansas State University. After residency, Dr. George moved to the Pacific Northwest where he practiced internal medicine in the Tacoma and Olympia area prior to joining Elanco. His professional interests include endoscopy, gastrointestinal disease, and endocrinology. When not working, he enjoys hiking, playing golf, cooking, and exploring all the PNW has to offer with his wife, two dogs and cat.

Dinner Menu:

Appetizers + Cash Bar

Salad - House Salad

Entree  - Please choose one of three options at registration:

1. Grilled Portobello Mushroom cap with seasonal roasted vegetables

2.  Chicken Piccata served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables

3.  NY Baseball Cut Steak with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables

Dessert - Tiramisu

Business Meeting notes: 

1.  We are looking for New Board Members!  This organization is run by volunteer members.  Please let us know if you need more information or are interested. 

2.  If you know a colleague is not receiving these emails, please have them contact us to make sure their email is up to date on our website.  TY!

Please note: Attendance is limited to veterinarians licensed in California and working or residing in Ventura county and in the Santa Barbara-Carpenteria-Goleta coastal region of Santa Barbara county, and retired former members of the SBVVMA.

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This Association is a mutual benefit association for California licensed veterinarians practicing within Ventura County and coastal Santa Barbara County. Our purpose is to provide continuing education to members, maintain standards of practice, share experiences in the practice of veterinary medicine, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine.

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Show your commitment to our veterinary community by joining our association. Continuing education meetings provide CE credit towards maintaining California licensure. Our meetings provide our members with an opportunity to communicate with other veterinarians.

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