The 2021-2022 Small Animal Seminar Series (SAS) series is packed with quality CE for you and your staff. Topics include Dermatology, Honoring Ourselves as We Honor the Veterinary Oath, Hospice and Euthanasia, Behavior, Internal Medicine with a special focus on feline renal disease, and Neurology. 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. 


Theresa L. DePorter DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

March 9, 2022

Sessions Include:

    • Feline Development, Socialization & Communication

    Understanding normal feline behavioral development including socialization, development of predatory skills and communication. Understanding normal feline body language and communication strategies

    • Managing Common Cat Problems in the Home

    Cats may face relinquishment for displaying normal behaviors. This presentation will include management and treatment of normal but annoying behaviors such as feline conflicts and destructive scratching.

    • Canine Communication: Reading the body language and communication.

    Canids communicate fears, anxiety and appeasement by body postures which may be appreciated in every day contexts. Canid body language is often an overlooked indicator of fear and potential for aggression. Canids communicate fears, anxiety and appeasement by body postures which may be appreciated in every day contexts.

    • Canine Aggression: Understanding and mitigating canine aggression.
    • Evaluating, diagnosing, managing and treating canine aggression.
    • Decision Making for Behavioral Euthanasia Can and should all animals be saved?

    How and when do you even open a conversation about humane euthanasia? Should alternatives, such as adoption or re-homing, always be considered first? If not, how do you decide? This lecture will take a deep dive into what is often one of the most sensitive of topics in animal welfare or medicine. During this lecture, we will look at several case studies and “real” life case examples of things that were or should be considered when dealing with various types of serious behavior concerns. This presentation will be interactive.

    Click Here to Register for Behavior

    Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    Internal Medicine [with a special focus on feline renal disease]
    April 20, 2022

    Sessions Include:

    • Management of Acute on Chronic Uremic Crisis
    • Feeding the Finicky Kidney Kitty
    • Updates on Management of Feline CKD
    • Hyperthyroidism & CKD: Now what?
    • The Conundrum of Subclinical Bacteriuria
    • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ureteral Obstruction

    Click Here to Register for Internal Medicine

    Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

    May 11, 2022

    Sessions Include:

    • Neurologic examination
    • Neuroanatomical lesion localization
    • Demystifying vestibular disease
    • Acute seizure management – what do we really know about the drugs we give?
    • Chronic seizure management
    • Meningitis, encephalitis, myelitis, oh my!

    Click Here to Register for Neurology 


    Sandra Diaz Vergara, DVM, MS Diplomate ACVD

    The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center 

    Dr. Diaz Vergara is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Dermatology with the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences of The Ohio State University. She obtained her Bachelor in Veterinary Sciences in 1994 and her DVM degree in 1996 from the Universidad Santo Tomas located Santiago, Chile in 1994. Dr. Diaz Vergara received her MS from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and completed her residency in 2006. Her current research interests include disorders of hair and hair growth, canine and feline allergic disorders, and canine and feline otitis.

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    Kimberly Pope Robinson, DVM, CCFP

    1 Life Connected

    Dr. Pope has been in veterinary medicine for over 20 years, practicing in both the large and small animal sectors. Her broad career experience has provided her a unique understanding of the stresses involved with maintaining a career in this industry. She now dedicates her time to providing wellbeing support for the profession in developing the 1 Life Connected movement and shares this message through 1 on 1 coaching, customized team events, author to “The Unspoken Life”, and as a dynamic international speaker. In the end, Dr. Pope truly believes that we are all 1 Life Connected. Dr. Pope lives in Maryland where she enjoys spending time outside exploring with her husband Jeff. They share their home with multiple furry and feathered friends including Dempsey (French Bulldog), Graciebird and Rainier (both tuxedo DSH cats), and Maui (Greater Sulphur Cockatoo) often showcased in the 1 Life Connected movement. In addition, she is active as an athlete and has completed 10 Tough Mudders and was working towards running a 1/2 marathon in every state prior to COVID 19 entering the stage.

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    Mary Gardner, DVM

    Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

    After graduating from the University of Miami, she began working as a Technical Business Architect for an order and supply chain management software company. Her innate talent for understanding logistics in a client-centric organization developed a unique skill set for a veterinarian. After 10 years in software she found herself longing for something different and more meaningful – the path she selected was to become a veterinarian. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from the University of Florida. After spending two years in general practice, her friend and fellow UF graduate, Dr. Dani McVay, reached out to her about partnering in Lap of Love, which offered end of life services for pets and had been flourishing in the year that she began its service. Together they took the company from one veterinarian in Tampa to over 130 veterinarians around the country. Dr. Mary leads development for Lap of Love's proprietary web-based practice management software called Sunshine. The program is specifically designed for veterinary hospice and euthanasia services and also dynamically ties to the Lap of Love website to allow families the ability to locate the veterinarian closest to them. Throughout the years, she has also developed The Pet Hospice Journal, an online Quality of Life Assessment program, as well as the first Quality of Life App (Grey Muzzle), both of which are free to the public. She received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Florida in 2016 and was voted the veterinarian to watch in 2018 by Fetch/DVM360. Geriatric medicine, the aging process in animals and teaching family’s practical ways to care and manage their elder pets is Dr. Mary’s passion. Dr. Mary is on the advisory board of Babel Bark, The Grey Muzzle Organization, Vet Soap, as well as Prized Pals.

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    Theresa L. DePorter DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

    Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

    Theresa DePorter is board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine (ECAWBM). She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1992. She has been seeing behavior consultations at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan since 2004. Dr. DE Porter’s research and publication interests include: reducing stress during veterinary visits, cognitive dysfunction, canine anxiety, feline aggression, nutritional supplements and pheromones. She received the VBS R.K. Anderson ACVB Resident Award 2012 for research done with Leader Dogs for the Blind and CEVA Animal Health. Theresa DePorter enjoys traveling to conferences on veterinary behavior to bring innovative and international perspectives on behavior and welfare for our feline and canine family members. In addition to many regional veterinary medical associations, she has presented to the Companion Animal Behavior Study Therapy Group (Birmingham UK), European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (Avignon, France and Martini, Switzerland), Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior (New Orleans, LA), and Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (Toronto, ON). She attended the NAVC Institute Behavioral Medicine course by Karen Overall. Dr. DePorter is dedicated to using scientific and research based experiences to help the individual pet while promoting loving family bonds. Many pets suffer from behavior problems, anxieties and medical conditions which influence their behavior and their welfare. Theresa DePorter looks forward to helping you understand your pet’s misbehaviors and providing effective solutions which include kindness, respect, gentleness and compassion for dogs and cats.

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    Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

    Dr. Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving on to Colorado State University for a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. She completed a PhD focusing on feline CKD in 2012 and was faculty at Colorado State until 2017. Dr. Quimby is now a faculty member at the Ohio State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Current research areas include the study of renal ageing, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and feline clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Quimby has received the International Renal Interest Society Award and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award for her contributions to nephrology and feline medicine.

    Small Animal Series Seminar:

    Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM 

    Barnes Veterinary Specialty Services, LLC

    Dr. Barnes obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2000, followed by a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Barnes is board certified from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She was the staff neurologist outside of Chicago Illinois until December 2010, after which time she joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in neurology and neurosurgery. In 2019, Dr. Barnes founded Barnes Veterinary Specialty Services; a mobile neurology and neurosurgery business serving Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with tele-neurology services nationwide.

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      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

      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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