Diagnosis and Management of Acute and Chronic Diarrhea, Part I (1931)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Gastroenterology
Sunday | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||HEMISFAIR 2




Todd Tams is a board certified internist who graduated from The Ohio Sate University and trained as an internal medicine resident at Colorado State University. He serves as chief medical officer for VCA, a company that operates over 750 specialty and general animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Tams has authored textbooks in clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy and he has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad in these special interest disciplines. His latest hobby is traveling in his RV.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


The best approach to patients with diarrhea is an accurate and detailed history, appropriate laboratory and imaging tests, biopsy (chronic cases), and/or treatment trials. This will be an overview on diagnostic assessment of diarrhea, both for routine as well as more involved cases, with focus on establishing a definitive diagnosis as early as possible.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn which fecal tests are best for diagnosis of GI parasites, including Giardia

2. Learn which tests are indicated for patients with chronic diarrhea

3. Learn when endoscopy is indicated and why it is such a valuable tool for investigation of chronic GI disorders