Registration is Now Open for the 2019-2020 Small Animal Series Seminars

08/12/2019 7:26 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

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Register for all 6 seminars and save $10 per seminar for a total savings of $60! Deadline to register for package is August 30th.

Must be same registrant for all 6 seminars - no substitutions or refunds. If you choose not to register for the entire series you may register for individual seminars below.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease with Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
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Dr. Lappin is a Professor of Infectious Disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats, as well as immune responses to feline vaccines. He also oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents, including Toxoplasma gondii, Bartonella, Ehrlichia and others. Current areas of investigation include mechanisms of transmission of Hemoplasma spp, therapies for rickettsial diseases, and companion animals as carriers of drug-resistant staphylococci. Lappin is also Director of Shelter Medicine and investigates disease outbreaks and management in shelter settings.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Update on Leptospirosis
  • Update on Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (including flu)
  • Update on Giardiasis
  • Update on the management of flea and tick-borne disease in dogs and cats

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Endocrinology with Cynthia R. Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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Dr. Cynthia Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005 when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ward has an active research program in clinical and basic endocrinology and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research abstracts. Dr. Ward is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine).

Topics to be covered include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease)
  • Underdiagnosed endocrine disorders
  • Concurrent hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Cardiology with William Brown, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
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William A. Brown, DVM, ACVIM-Cardiology is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology. He is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brown completed his internship training at North Carolina State University, where he received the Outstanding Small Animal Intern Award. Dr. Brown completed his residency in cardiology at the University of California, Davis. Following his residency, Dr. Brown served a 1 year interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois. In addition to being a Diplomate in the ACVIM College of Cardiology, Dr. Brown is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Brown has lectured on a local and national level. He has authored numerous scientific publications, including several book chapters in the field of veterinary cardiology. Dr. Brown is an active consultant and investigator for several pharmaceutical companies. His research interests include arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in boxer dogs, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Ragdoll cats and the medical management of congestive heart failure (CHF) in both dogs and cats.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Latest treatment of congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy and diet
  • Anesthesia for cardiac patients

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Diagnostic Imaging with Lorrie Gaschen, DVM, PhD, DECVDI
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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 most of her research. Lorrie is also the Executive Associate Dean of Diversity, Student, and Faculty Affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University with the mission of creating an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment and supporting faculty in all aspects of their careers.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Identifying pulmonary patterns and disease
  • Diagnosing airway collapse: It’s not just the trachea
  • Improving your cardiac radiographic interpretation
  • Diagnosing abdominal obstruction: Tips you can use tomorrow
  • Upper GI Barium study: Focus on 3 main lesion types
  • Respiratory Distress in Cats, is it the heart or lung?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Surgery with Catriona MacPhail, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS
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Dr. Cat MacPhail was born in raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University. Cat completed her rotating internship, surgical residency, soft tissue/surgical oncology fellowship, and PhD all at Colorado State University (CSU). She has been on faculty at CSU as a veterinary surgeon since 2004 and became the CSU Small Animal Chief Medical Officer in 2014. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), as well as an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Surgery Potpourri
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Veterinary Life Hacks: Communications, Leadership and Work/Life Balance with Karlene Belyea, MBA
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As Chief Culture Officer, Karlene is passionate about working with groups to improve culture, communication and wellbeing in the workplace. She is a certified Everything DiSC trainer and speaks nationally to groups on behavioral styles, generational differences, body language, creating positive work cultures, leadership, wellness, work/life integration and brain training. Prior to her position as Chief Culture Officer of MVP, Karlene was CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association for 15 years and has more than 30 years of experience in management. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Michigan State University so she can cheer for whoever is winning. For fun she sings and plays keyboards for a band called Rear View Mirror.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Working effectively with everyone in your practice
  • Becoming the best leader by being your best self
  • Finding balance, stressing less and having more fun

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