MVMA Small Animal Series Seminars

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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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