MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference

REGISTER NOW! The 2020 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference will take place August 16-18, 2020 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI


Are you looking for an enjoyable and relaxing way to get some CE done this summer? Then join us at the Grand Hotel August 16-18 for great speakers and awesome social events! We’ve added more CE than ever before so you won’t want to miss it.

Every year since 1887, Grand Hotel has welcomed countless guests and families to Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed, making bikes and horse-drawn carriages the favored modes of transportation. Come and experience Grand Hotel’s outstanding accommodations, where no two guest rooms are alike. In addition to all of the amenities, guests will also enjoy a full breakfast and a five-course dinner during their stay.



Melanie Goble, DVM
Vice President, Not One More Vet

Melanie Goble, DVM graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 after completing a BS in Psychology at Northland College, Ashland, WI in 2001. After working in private practices as an associate for 9.5 years in Maine and Wisconsin, she started her own business, Renewed Strength Veterinary Services, to allow veterinarians the time off to take care of themselves in mind, body, and soul. Currently based out of Wisconsin, Melanie is also licensed in Alaska, and is willing to obtain licensure in other locations. Her professional passions include behavior, preventative care, mentorship, and mental health and wellness in both people and animals.

Along with being a NOMV founding board member, Melanie is the CFO, Director of Fundraising, and Director of Membership. Melanie has also provided lectures for NOMV at veterinary schools and conferences in the USA and around the world.

Monday sessions supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Jim Noxon, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)
Morrill Professor and Staff Dermatologist, College of Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University

Dr. Jim Noxon is a Morrill Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, a staff dermatologist in the Veterinary Medical Center, and Section Leader of the Dermatology section for the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University. In addition to teaching at Iowa State, he teaches dermatology yearly at Oregon State University. Dr. Noxon received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1976 and spent two years of private practice in Denver, Colorado. He completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine). Dr. Noxon is a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and he received the Frank Kral Award for Excellence in Dermatology from that organization in 2015. Dr. Noxon has also received numerous awards for teaching and is a two-time recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. His research interests are otology and development of computer case simulations for teaching.

Sessions sponsored by Bayer Animal Health

Daniel Langlois, BS, DVM, DACVIM
Assistant Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Langlois is a veterinary clinician scientist with specialty training and board certification in small animal internal medicine. His research program is primarily focused on copper-associated diseases and therapeutic targeting of copper in dogs. Pathologic hepatic copper accumulation has become an epidemic in recent years. While the exact etiology remains unknown, it is likely that large amounts of dietary copper in commercial dog foods have exacerbated underlying genetic susceptibilities to copper overload. Despite wide-spread recognition of copper-induced liver disease in dogs, there have been relatively few advances in diagnostic testing and treatment options in recent years. Dr. Langlois and his team are actively working to develop minimally invasive biomarkers and new treatment approaches for this potentially fatal disease. Work in this field also has led the team to more broadly investigate applications of copper chelating agents, especially as it relates to cancer treatment across multiple species.

In addition to his copper-related work, Dr. Langlois has long-standing interests in clinical endocrinology, specifically adrenal gland disorders. Disease resulting from both hyper- and hypo-functioning adrenal glands are far more common in dogs than in humans. The diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can be challenging and of substantial cost to pet owners. The Langlois team is currently investigating new diagnostic testing options and refined treatment protocols to help address these limitations.

Sessions sponsored by MSU Veterinary Medical Center

Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD
President, Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

Dr. Sarah Babcock provides continuing education and online training opportunities at to help her colleagues fulfill their lifelong obligation to the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence, as well as satisfy state licensing requirements. For almost 10 years, she served as the Principal Senior Science Policy Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, she led global health security activities to strengthen health preparedness and responsiveness, including focusing on public health law and disaster planning for disease outbreaks of global public health significance and specifically zoonoses. Currently, Dr. Babcock is a part-time small animal veterinarian, One Health adjunct faculty at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a peer-reviewer for a veterinary medical board. She is a 2004 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Law, with a Concentration in Health Care Law.

Sessions are sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Sessions are sponsored by Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC



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