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2016 CE Schedule

VRC’s 2016 Continuing Education Schedule

VRC cordially invites all referring veterinarians to any of our upcoming Continuing Education programs. All programs include a complimentary dinner and meet and greet starting at 7:00 pm. Sessions begin at 7:30 pm followed by Q&A. Please contact Bria Howard to register via email at or by giving her a call at 610-647-2950 ext. 104. Locations for each CE not specified below are to be determined. Visit our website at for updated information.

April 5, 2016 7pm
Gingiva: Its Many Faces, Assessment, and Treatment Options
Stanley “Lee” Blazejewski, VMD, DAVDC
Location: 340 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355

June 14, 2016 7pm
Minimally Invasive Soft-Tissue Surgeries
Jason Coggeshall, DVM, Resident in Surgery

July 13, 2016 7pm
Bacterial Pneumonia: So Many Antibiotics to Choose From
John Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC

CANCELLED-August 8, 2016 7pm
Clinical Pathology in Daily Practice
Roberta Di Terlizzi, DVM, DACVP

September 20, 2016 7pm
Intralipid Therapy for Dogs and Cats
Laura Ateca, VMD, DACVECC

November 9, 2016 7pm
It’s Lame Being Lame: Diagnostics, Diagnoses, and Treatment of Lameness in Dogs
Gayle Jaeger, DVM, MSPVM, DACVS

The 9 Most Common and Serious Canine Diseases and Ailments

A large part of being a good dog owner means taking care of your pet’s health. That means making sure your dog’s food is healthful and nutritious, going for long walks every day, playing at the dog park, and of course giving your pup plenty of love and attention. It also means taking care of his or her health by scheduling regular visits to the vet for checkups, and monitoring them for signs of disease or ailments.

No one knows your dog better than you do. You know how he or she walks, sleeps, and eats. That means you are your pet’s first line of defense. It’s important to pay attention to your dog’s sleeping, eating, and exercise habits. Sudden changes may indicate a medical issue that ought to be checked out by VRC, your local veterinary specialist in Philadelphia. Here are ten of the most common dog health issues we see, and some of the early symptoms:

• Gum Disease: Just like you and your children, dogs can get gum disease. If you notice that your dog’s gums are bleeding, red, or swollen, or that they’re eating in a way that indicates gum tenderness, it’s time for a checkup.
• Flea- and Tick-Borne Diseases: Dogs go outside, which means they’re susceptible to painful bites from fleas and ticks. But fleas and ticks also carry disease. Dogs that have sudden fevers, or diarrhea, vomiting, and reduced appetite, may have caught something from a pest.
• Obesity: Overweight and overfat pets are at risk for many types of illnesses.
• Arthritis: Dogs may show signs of arthritis by exhibiting a change in gait, an aversion to going up stairs, or difficulty walking or standing, making sounds of pain when being picked up, or demonstrating a general reluctance to move.
• Diabetes: In dogs, the first signs of diabetes can include increased or frequent thirst, weight loss, increased urination or urge to urinate, and fatigue.
• Blindness: Cataracts aren’t just something that affect humans. If your dog seems disoriented, or can’t find their way around, it may be time for an eye exam.
• Kidney Disease: Kidney diseases in dogs may manifest as an urge to urinate more, having accidents in the house, and drinking more water.
• Heartworms: If your dog is reluctant to move, seems fatigued, and is plagued by a persistent cough, it’s time to call the vet.
• Cancer: Early signs of cancer include lumps or bumps on a dog’s body, sudden changes in weight, and tiredness.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, the experienced oncology team at VRC in Malvern, PA will stage your pet’s cancer and treat their disease. When you bring in your pet for oncology at VRC your dog will receive comprehensive diagnostics and care so that they receive the most effective medical care available. We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating your dog’s cancer, and will recommend a host of treatments that improve your pet’s quality of life while supporting the healing process.

The oncology department at VRC in Malvern, PA specializes in cancer care for your pet. We take your pet’s health seriously. If you see an early sign of disease, give us a call at (610) 647-2950.

Upcoming Continuing Education Lecture


TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 AT 7:00 PM

Stanley “Lee” Blazejewski, III, VMD, DAVDC

Attention all referring veterinarians and veterinary technicians:

VRC will be a hosting a Continuing Education lecture on gingiva and its many faces, assessment, and treatment options.

In this lecture, Dr. Blazejewski will discuss and demonstrate using photographs and dental radiographs:

  • How visually normal gingiva is frequently a poor indicator of dental health
  • The significance of gingival health assessment techniques
  • When to fully evaluate gingival abnormalities
  • The role of host immune responses in gingival health
  • The adverse healing tendencies of the gingiva
  • Treatment options for gingival recession and benign gingival enlargements

1 credit of complimentary CE through RACE.



340 Lancaster Avenue

Malvern, PA 19355



Complimentary dinner and meet and greet starts at 7:00 pm. Session begins at 7:30 pm followed by Q & A.

Please contact Dara Longhini to register by Monday, March 28: 610-647-2950 or Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your seat.


Thank you to our sponsor!

Dental Focus

How to Schedule an Appointment with a Veterinary Specialist in Philadelphia

Important Notice: If you are having an emergency with your pet, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call (610) 647-2950 for emergency medicine and critical care.

The Internet was supposed to make everything so much easier for us, wasn’t it? Doctor SadanagaBut we all know that sometimes that isn’t the case. While it’s easier than ever before to look up something like “veterinarian in Philadelphia,” sometimes we’re spoiled for choice by the results. It can be hard to sift through everything, especially if you’re looking for something like a veterinary specialist in Philadelphia.

What is a veterinary specialist? Well, veterinary specialists are comprehensive, specialty healthcare centers, like VRC in Malvern. We’re not your typical vet. VRC specializes in advanced diagnostic testing, as well as comprehensive cancer care. Our services include cardiology, internal medicine, reproductive services, ophthalmology, cardiology… even ongoing management of pain and rehabilitation services. We provide all the care of a normal veterinarian, with extras that mean we can take referrals from your vet (though a referral is not required to be seen by our specialists). That said if you are referred, please ask your primary vet to give you any copies of your pet’s medical records, lab reports, and so on, to be submitted with our referral form. We like to make sure to review your pet’s history and needs before you come in, in order to provide the best care possible.

And speaking of that referral form, we love ours. It’s a tool we use to make your visit as good as it can be. The first question we ask is the name of your preferred doctor—so view our Veterinary Team page and get to know us! You can then select what sort of specialist you’re looking for, so we understand your exact needs. It’s also a good idea to include in our message field why you want to come in, so we can get to the heart of the matter when it comes to specialty veterinary care.

VRC is only 25 miles from Philadelphia, which means we’re close-by when you need specialty care—but we’re also close when you need emergency care. VRC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and if you’re having an emergency, don’t wait! Call us at (610) 647-2950.

VRC in Malvern, PA is here for your pet. We’re dedicated to providing top-notch medical care for your furry friends, and helping you manage their illness through the healing process. We believe we offer the best in specialty care for animals, and we’d love to provide that for your pet, too. When you need us, we’re here: so get in touch. We’re close by, and eager to help.