MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference

SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference will take place July 12-14, 2020 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI

Would you like to attend a fun CE event that’s worth driving across the state or flying in from far away? Then join us on Mackinac Island for great speakers and awesome social events! We’ve added more CE than ever before so you won’t want to miss it!

Registration will start in Spring 2020

View the 2019 Conference Brochure

Meet the 2019 Conference Speakers . . .

Christian D. Weder, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Weder was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned his DVM degree from Michigan State University in 2012. He then completed his rotating internship at The Ohio State University and cardiology residency at Colorado State University. Dr. Weder spent close to three years in practice in Michigan with Veterinary Cardiology Consultants. He recently returned to Colorado as a member of Petcardia.

Dr. Weder is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

Wendy Myers

Wendy S. Myers, CVJ, has been training veterinary teams for more than 20 years as owner of Communication Solutions for Veterinarians in Castle Pines, Colorado. She helps healthcare teams improve telephone and communication skills that result in getting more pets the medical care they need. Wendy shares her expertise through conferences, online courses, and monthly CE webinars. She is a certified veterinary journalist and author of five books. For five years, Wendy was a partner in an AAHA-accredited specialty and emergency hospital, which was sold to a corporate group. Wendy belongs to the American Animal Hospital Association.    

Ms. Myers is fully sponsored by IDEXX.


Dr. Matthew W. Beal is the Director of the IR Service at MSU. Dr. Beal earned his DVM degree from MSU in 1996 and completed a rotating internship followed by a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1996-2000. Dr. Beal is a Diplomate (specialist) of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Beal returned to MSU in 2000 where he has worked to develop the Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Service into one of the premier programs in the country. Between 2006-2007, Dr. Beal was accepted into the Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. The IR Fellowship is the only training program of its kind in the world and Dr. Beal is one of only a few veterinarians in the world with advanced training in this sub-specialty. Dr. Beal’s professional interests are focused on developing new IR techniques to replace standard surgical and medical treatments for veterinary patients. He has focused interests on vascular and gastrointestinal interventions especially as they apply to the critically-ill patient.

Dr. Beal is fully sponsored by MSU Veterinary Medical Center

Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD

Dr. Sarah Babcock is a Michigan-licensed veterinarian and attorney. She creates online training opportunities at on law and ethics to help improve the health of veterinary practices and patients. After graduating from Michigan State University, she served as an American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she remained as the Principal Senior Science Policy Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer for nearly ten years. Dr. Babcock also served on the American Veterinary Medical Law Association Board and American Veterinary Medical Association Judicial Council. Currently, she serves as a One Health adjunct faculty at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, part-time small animal veterinarian, and peer reviewer for a state veterinary medical board.

Dr. Babcock is fully sponsored by Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

This 2019 event is generously sponsored by . . .

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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