MVMA Small Animal Series Seminars

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Veterinary Forensics with Melinda Merck, DVM
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Dr. Melinda Merck is considered one of America’s top forensic veterinarians. She is the author of 'Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation', co-author of 'Veterinary Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A Guide for Veterinarians and Law Enforcement' and a contributing author on forensics in other textbooks. Dr. Merck frequently testifies as a veterinary forensic expert for animal cruelty cases around the country, including cases involving animal fighting, neglect and trauma. She is the founding chair of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, developed the first Veterinary Forensics course for the University of Georgia and Florida veterinary schools, and is the creator of VetFolio’s Veterinary Forensic Science & Medicine and Animal CSI course series. In addition, she applies her expertise to animal disaster responses by providing training in Disaster Sheltering and Basic Animal Emergency Response for American Humane Association.

Topics Will Include:

  • Follow the Clues: Suspicious Indicators and Common Findings of Abuse (Part 1 & 2)
  • Recognition and Reporting Suspected: Hospital Procedures
  • The Body of Evidence: What Decomposing Bodies Can Tell You
  • Applying Veterinary Forensics: Case Studies
  • The Missed Zebra Diagnosis: Sexual Abuse of Animals


Rehab & Pain Management with Tara Edwards, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVPP, CVMA
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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Dr. Tara Edwards, DVM is a certified veterinary pain practitioner, canine rehabilitation therapist, veterinary medical acupuncturist and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Topics Will Include:

  • Mobility Evaluations
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Modalities & Assistive Devices
  • Obesity & Arthritis
  • Neurological Rehab
  • Orthopedic Rehab
  • Injury Prevention


Practice Management with Wendy Hauser, DVM
Practice Managers are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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The president and founder of metro Denver-based Peak Veterinary Consulting, Dr. Wendy Hauser brings decades of in-the-trenches, real-world experience owning and operating a highly successful veterinary practice to her veterinary practice management consulting services.

Dr. Hauser consults with veterinarians and veterinary practice managers nationwide to help them improve the management, operations, and profitability of their veterinary practices and veterinary hospitals.

Topics Will Include: 

  • What is a Leader?
  • Culture: Every Practice has One … But is it the One You Want?
  • How “Healthy” is Your Hospital?
  • Critical Conversations and Accountability: Taking Healthy Hospitals to the Next Level

    Dr. Hauser is Generously Sponsored by


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 registrations@michvma.org with questions.
 


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