MVMA Small Animal Series Seminars

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Orthopedics and Surgery for the General Practitioner with Gary Thompson, DVM, DABVP
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Dr. Thompson is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is the only Board-Certified Specialist in Canine and Feline Practice in Northwest Ohio. He practiced in Northwood and Perrysburg before opening the West Suburban Animal Hospital in 2001.

His areas of professional interests are Orthopedics and minimally invasive surgery (Arthroscopy). Dr. Thompson has advanced training in complex fracture repair and corrective osteotomies (AO/ASIF), including bone plating and interlocking nail techniques. He is the only veterinarian performing the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for cruciate injuries in dogs in Northwest Ohio and has successfully performed thousands of these procedures on a wide variety of patient sizes.

Topics Will Include: 

  • Polyarthritis: What About More Than One Sore Joint
  • What’s New in Cruciate Management
  • Disorders of the Thoracic Limb
  • Developmental Orthopedic Diseases
  • Complications: What To Do When Things Go Bad

Renal & Urinary with Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology in 1983 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia in 1987. He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1993. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 1994 where he remained until 1997. In 1997, he joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. During this time he achieved Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head for approximately 2 years. He then joined the staff at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT, as an internist and nutritionist and was Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Cornell University. Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

Topics Will Include:

  • Urine Trouble: Chronic Kidney Disease (Part 1 & 2)
  • Urine a Losing Situation: Proteinuria
  • Urine Discomfort: Urolithiasis
  • Urine a Mess: Micturition Disorders
  • Urine Agony: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Nutrition with Craig Datz, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVN
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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Veterinary Nutritionist, Royal Canin USA

Topics Will Include:

  • How to Read a Pet Food Label
  • Unconventional Diets: Are Grain-Free, Raw, Organic, Human-Grade, Holistic Pet Foods Really Better?
  • The Expanding Role of Nutrition in the Diagnosis and Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Strategies for Healthy and Successful Weight Loss
  • Hydrolyzed Diets: Theory, Practice and Real-World Experience
  • Top Ten Feline Nutrition Tips

The 2018-2019 Small Animal Series Seminars are Generously Sponsored by

If you would like to register online, you must register for each seminar individually. This not only increases the accuracy of CE tracking, it also ensures you receive the correct confirmation information. Please contact us with questions.

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