MVMA 122nd  Annual Meeting Additional Activities  

 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Foreign Animal Disease Training 
(4 CE credits-lunch on your own)
Informative training on how veterinary, agriculture and emergency
professionals can be an asset in these responses
Betsy Phillips-City of St. Paul Emergency Management
Dr. Greg Suskovic-MN Board of Animal Health
Dr. Michelle Willette-College of Veterinary Medicine, U of M
Dr. Kathy Jorgensen-MN Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp
Pre-registration is required.

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Reporting Cruelty Investigations - The Role of the Veterinarian
NEW: Forensic Photography and New Cruelty
(8.8 CE credits)
As mandated reporters of animal cruelty, MN DVMs are required to
report suspected and known cases of animal cruelty. This session will prepare you to
assume this role. Learn how to identify and report animal cruelty;
collect and document evidence (including when and how
to take photographs); and request and prepare for forensic necropsies.
NOTE: Bring a digital SLR, point-and-shoot or cell phone camera.
Pre-registration is required. 

 Thursday, February 7, 2019 


12:00 Noon 

 Exhibit Hall - Grand Opening
Lunch with the Exhibitors 
Enjoy visiting with the many MVMA Exhibitors

12:45 -1:45 pm

Just in Time Luncheon
MN's Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Veterinarians, the Community & Family

5:00 - 7:00 pm

 U of M CVM Alumni Reception
Orchestra Hall-Grand Foyer
RSVP to Kris Hayden at [email protected]

 Friday, February 8, 2019 


7:30 - 8:45 am

 Christian Veterinary Mission Prayer Breakfast
Dr. Bill and Heidi Janecke served with CVM in Bolivia for nearly 17 years.
In Bolivia, Bill worked with indigenous communities training animal health workers,
families and community leaders to improve livestock health.
Heidi was a founding board member and is still active in fundraising for the 
Talita Cumi Children’s Home, which is home to about 30 
abandoned, abused or orphaned children ranging in age from 6 to 16.

Dr. Jenny Aldridge traveled this summer with a short-term
CVM group to the Navajo People in Arizona/New Mexico.
The team of veterinarians and veterinary students worked to help with the
caseload in both large and small animal practice and
encourage the resident staff and their clients at three different clinics.

7:30 - 8:45 am

Friday Breakfast Seminar
New Associate Development
Dr. Brittany Thompson, Salt Creek Veterinary Hospital
The veterinary profession is becoming specialized and sectioned, leaving the
concept of mixed animal practice in question. At the same time technology
and even medications are becoming more available to our clients.
Rural mixed animal practice is at a precipice. We are facing a perception of
decreased value of a veterinary relationship with clients and a
stereotype amongst veterinary students that rural mixed practice is dying.
Dr. Thompson will discuss how her group of practices have
designed a strategy to overcome these obstacles and
raise new associates to fill the role.

 9:30 - 11:45 am

 Council of Senior Veterinarians
The Raptor Center: Highlights of a 45-Year
Odyssey in Medicine,Surgery and Conservation
Dr. Patrick Redig, Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of The Raptor Center
Beginning in the basement of a condemned building on the St. Paul
Campus (Old Veterinary Anatomy) in 1972, The Raptor Center grew
organically to become a world-leader in innovation for medicine and
surgery of birds of prey as well as other species of companion birds.
Its staff and students developed an entire discipline of care that addressed
the myriad traumatic, toxic, metabolic, and infectious disease problems of
birds-of-prey (aka raptors), trained thousands of students – including more
than 350 from abroad- and, working in partnership with federal and state
agencies, played a pivotal role in conservation efforts of endangered species
of raptors such as the peregrine falcon, bald eagle, and osprey, as well as
contributing meaningfully to efforts to save the California Condor.
It continues to admit over 1,000 cases annually while providing educational
programs about raptors and conservation to more than 150,000 people per year. 
While integrated into the College of Veterinary Medicine, the majority of its
budget derives from contributed funds and much of the rest from research
contracts and teaching. Operating out of its own free-standing building
on the St. Paul Campus, a donation from the Gabbert family, it is poised to
continue championing the cause of conservation, 
protection, and
medical care of raptors for the indefinite future.

12:00 - 2:00 pm

 MVMA Business Luncheon 
(must be a MVMA member) 

Non-MVMA Members
Box Lunch option available for all other attendees if registered

5:00 - 6:30 pm


6:30 - 8:30 pm

 Exhibitors Reception 
(Silent Auction ends at 6:00 pm)

MVMA Supporting Member Symposia
(No cost, Pre-registration required, Space is Limited)

A Paradigm Shift in Flea & Tick Control
Drs. Dan Markwalder and Robert Lavan
Presenters will discuss the benefits you can embrace with a
product that will: promote increased client compliance; create a moat
between your flea/tick pharmacy and the internet competitors; and be used
to increase flea/tick revenue for your practice
Brought to you by Merck Animal Health


Feline Vaccination: We've Got the Answers
Dr. Alice Wolf

Brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim



 Saturday, February 9, 2019 

7:30 - 8:45 am

 Saturday Breakfast
Corporate & Private Practice Models: Does It Matter Where I Work?
This dynamic discussion will compare and contrast veterinary practice models.
By exploring the pros and cons of the different workplace settings
this session will guide you in determining
which model helps achieve your professional and personal goals.

7:30 - 9:30 am

 Past Presidents Breakfast
By invitation only

12:00 - 2:00 pm

with Keynote Kevin Kling
Creature Comforts