The 2022-2023 Small Animal Seminar Series (SAS) series is packed with quality CE for you and your staff. Topics include Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Practice Management, Soft Tissue Surgery, Radiology, and Toxicology. Our expert speakers from around the country will provide 6 hours of CE during each seminar. That's a total of 36 hours of CE if you join us for the entire series! Click the links below to learn more and register! 


BROCHURE: Please note, MVMA will not be mailing out a SAS brochure. Access to all the information, plus more can be found on this page.

LOCATION: The Meeting Space is located at 4039 Legacy Pkwy, Lansing, MI 48911. Free parking will be available for all attendees. A virtual option will be made available for those with difficulty traveling. Click here for important details. 

REGISTRATION: If you would like to register for the individual sessions, please click the registration links under each event in the Small Animal Seminar Schedule section. 

CANCELLATION POLICIES: To learn more about the Small Animal Series Seminars cancellation policies, click here

ON-DEMAND: These sessions will not be recorded and will not be available for on-demand at a later date. 



Michelle Harcha, DVM, MA, BCC

Practice Management

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sessions Include:

  • Burnout and Compassion Fatigue - Strategies to Reduce Both in Veterinary Healthcare Teams
  • Build High-Performance Teams using the Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams
  • What is My Leadership Mindset? Choice Mapping my Mindset to Become a More Effective Leader
  • Communication Skills for Outstanding Leaders
  • Conflict, What Conflict? Skills for Leaders to have Productive Conflict in the Workplace
  • Use the Skills of SBI (Situation-Behavior-Impact) to Deliver Effective Feedback

Register for the December SAS seminar now! (Only virtual registration available after Nov. 30)

Howard B. Seim III, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Soft Tissue Surgery

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Sessions Include:

  • Intestinal Anastomosis – Tips to make it easier!
  • Surgical Management of GDV
  • Surgical Management of Lower Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats
  • Surgical Management of Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Feline Subtotal Colectomy
  • Surgical Management of Gall Bladder Mucocele
  • Chronic Vaginitis and Incontinence: Can surgery help?
  • Wound Management Secrets

Registration Coming Soon

Lorrie Gaschen, DVM, PhD, DECVDI

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Sessions Include:

  • Improve your interpretive skills of the feline abdomen: what's normal, what's not.
  • Obstructed or not? Interpreting GI radiography in vomiting cats.
  • Making a diagnosis of intestinal disease in cats with ultrasonography
  • Radiography and ultrasound of feline hepatobiliary disease
  • Current approach to examination of the feline pancreas using ultrasonography
  • Interpreting pulmonary patterns in cats

Registration Coming Soon

Holly Hommerding, DVM, DABT

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Sessions Include:

  • Decontamination
  • Rodenticides
  • Part 1 THC (delta 8, delta 9, synthetics)/CBD
  • Part 2 THC (delta 8, delta 9, synthetics)/CBD
  • Anti-anxiety/Anxiolytics
  • Unknown Neurotoxins

Registration Coming Soon


Jessica Meekins, DVM, MS, DACVO

K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Meekins received her veterinary degree from the The Ohio State University and completed residency at Purdue University. Dr. Meekins’ clinical interests include management of viral surface ocular diseases in cats and investigating comparative ophthalmology in exotic/non-domestic species. She is also interested in clinical teaching and the integration of competency-based veterinary education into instruction and assessment of students participating in clinical rotations.

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Ophthalmology Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

Ben H. Colmery, DVM, DAVDC

Dixboro Veterinary Dental

Dr. Ben Colmery is a Board Certified Veterinary Oral Surgeon and Dentist. His background includes twenty-two years in general practice and seventeen years as adjunct faculty at Michigan State University. In addition, he has five years of experience in emergency medicine and ten years of experience as a referral specialist, three of which were in the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Colmery has co-authored two textbooks in veterinary dentistry and lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

In 1976 Dr. Ben Colmery founded and incorporated the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), the first veterinary dental organization. He is one of 8 founding members of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists which was established in 1988. Dr. Colmery has been instrumental in the development of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in this country.

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Dentistry Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Michelle Harcha, DVM, MA, BCC

LeadYourShip, LLC

Dr. Michelle Harcha founded LeadYourShip, LLC to share her passion and knowledge of communication and leadership skills. Her 35-year career in the veterinary profession included 10 years leading and expanding the professional development curriculum and communications training for veterinary students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout her career, she has continued her education in communications, leadership training, and emotional intelligence through specialized workshops, certifications, and graduate study.

With LeadYourShip, LLC, Michelle leads small groups through half-day or full-day workshops designed for their specific challenges to create opportunities for growth. She presents assessment tools to help professionals achieve a new level of personal understanding, which enhances their abilities to communicate with others. Professionals who complete her workshops demonstrate improved communication skills that help them create a more positive work environment for all employees, which, in turn, translates to a better experience for clients and patients.

Her passion for communication training began with her entry into professional veterinary practice. While working as an emergency veterinarian, she earned her first certification in Everything DiSCĀ®. She experienced a personal transformation through using tools to communicate more effectively with clients, colleagues, and staff in an often stressful environment.

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Practice Management Thursday, December 8, 2022

Howard B. Seim III, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Seim received his veterinary degree from the Washington State University. Professor of Small Animal Surgery, Director of the Preclinical Surgical Research Laboratory, recipient of several teaching awards.Special interests include: 

Small Animal Exclusive/Predominant (including pet exotics)

Clinical Specialty : Soft Tissue Surgery

Research Interest : Comparative Spine Research

Teaching Interest : Soft Tissue Surgery

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Lorrie Gaschen, DVM, PhD, DECVDI

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Lorrie received her DVM from the University of Florida, was in private practice in Florida for two years after which time she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bern in Switzerland and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She received her PhD in renal transplant imaging in animal models at the University Medical School in Utrecht then returned to the University of Bern where she became an associate professor upon completion of her work in vascular ultrasound of the canine gastrointestinal tract. Currently, she is a professor of diagnostic imaging in the Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and has authored publications and book chapters mainly in the field of gastrointestinal ultrasound where she has done the majority of her research.

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Radiology Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Holly Hommerding, DVM, DABT

Pet Poison Helpline

Dr. Holly Hommerding has been with Pet Poison Helpline since 2014. Originally from central Minnesota, Holly received her BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota. She enjoyed small animal GP work though 2016, but has now re-focused her career interests in toxicology alone and enjoys working with Pet Poison Helpline on a full-time basis. In 2018, Dr. Hommerding became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). Holly lives in the Twin Cities Metro area with her family of geriatric pets – a lab mix named Kelly, a tabby named Tater Tot, and her feathered dinosaur, Frankie the cockatiel.

Small Animal Series Seminar:

  • Toxicology Wednesday, May 10, 2023


Is free parking available? 

Registrants will enjoy access to free parking at each of the live seminars. 

What is the standard cancellation policy?

  • Unless specifically stated differently on registration materials, a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed for any and all cancellations submitted up to seven days from the date of an event.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations submitted seven or fewer days from an event.
  • Should an event be canceled by MVMA, full refunds will be issued in a timely manner.

How far out can you register for an event?

Registrations are appreciated at least seven days before an event.

Who do you contact for special accommodations/dietary restrictions?  

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, individuals requiring special accommodations/dietary restrictions should contact Angel Davis at davis@michvma.org.

Are substitutions granted if you are unable make the event you registered for? 

          • Standard cancellation rules and policies apply.
          • In lieu of a cancellation, a substitution may be requested up to seven days from the date of an event and only for individuals who have registered for a single event within the series.
          • Individuals who have registered for the entire series at the discounted rate may not substitute after the first event of the series.

Can you request a change from in-person to live virtual? 

      • Standard cancellation rules and policies apply.
      • Change requests for individuals wanting to change from in-person to virtual participation will not be honored seven or fewer days from the date of the event.
      • Please note, if you attend the event virtually, those hours MAY NOT count toward your live CE hours. 

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