2019 MVMA Winter Seminar

 Essentials for the Rural Ruminant Practitioner
Welcome Reception-Wednesday, January 9
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Seminar-Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center-Alexandria, MN
This program has been approved for 7.0 hours of continuing education credits
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.


Robbi Pritchard, MS, PhD, Independent Consultant
Dr. Pritchard provides consulting services for feedlot and cow-calf operations and provides technical advice to Universities and to the feed and pharmaceutical industries. He also manages a small cow herd focusing on producing replacement females. Prior to starting his own consulting company Dr. Pritchard conducted research and was a graduate level professor at South Dakota State University from 1984-2018, earning the rank of Distinguished Professor since 2005. He trained over 30 graduate students. His area of expertise includes beef cattle nutrition, energetics, growth and production management.

Dr. Tim Goldsmith

Tim Goldsmith, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Timothy J. Goldsmith has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program within the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine in 2009. Professional experience prior to his current position was as a private practice large animal veterinarian focusing primarily on food animals, serving clients in MN, IA and WI. Current research and academic interest is related to topics in the areas of livestock production systems and emergency response planning. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith focuses on the development and teaching of programs for veterinary students in the area of bovine production medicine and management, along with providing outreach and education to producers throughout Minnesota.


Dr. Whitney KnauerWhitney Knauer, VMD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Whitney Knauer is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine at the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, an internship and residency in Ambulatory and Production Medicine at Cornell University in 2013, and received her PhD from the University of MN in 2017. Along with her colleague, Dr. Emily Barrell, she teaches small ruminant and camelid production medicine to veterinary students.


Dr. Emily BarrellEmily Barrell, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Emily Barrell is an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.  She obtained her veterinary degree from Colorado State University, completed a one-year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California, and went on to do a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University in New York.  After completing this specialty training and becoming board-certified, she returned to Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor of Livestock Medicine and Surgery for several years. She joined the talented faculty in the Large Animal Medicine service at the U of M in January of 2018.  She provides clinical service to patients and clients through the Piper Equine and Large Animal hospitals and, along with her colleague, Dr. Whitney Knauer, she teaches small ruminant and camelid production medicine to veterinary students.


Lucas SjostromLucas Sjostrom, BS, MS, Executive Director, Minnesota Milk Producers Association
Lucas Sjostrom grew up on his family’s dairy farm and has been in the industry since. During his career, he headed federal government relations for Holstein Association USA, wrote for dairy magazines Hoard’s Dairyman and Dairy Herd Management, and since early 2016 worked for Midwest Dairy and Minnesota Milk. There, he concurrently serves as Executive Director of Minnesota Milk Producers Association and a Farmer Relations Director for Midwest Dairy. Lucas holds his bachelor and master degrees in animal science from the University of Minnesota, and recently became selected as a University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School Policy Fellow for 2018-2019. Lucas and his wife, Alise, are partners with her parents in their family’s farm and cheese plant, Redhead Creamery LLC.


 Contact the MVMA office at 651-645-7533 to register.

Welcome Reception-Wednesday, January 9
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Seminar Day-Thursday, January 10

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Seminar Welcome

8:45 am – 10:00 am: Matching Implant Strategies to Nutrition Management and Biological Type for Beef Production – Dr. Robbie Pritchard
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explain the biological responses and potencies of the various implant products available for use in beef cattle production
  • Describe in detail how these products interact with age, stage of growth, caloric intake and mature size to affect outcomes of cattle performance and carcass quality

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break 

10:15 am – 11:30 pm: Matching Implant Strategies continued

11:30 pm – 12:15 pm: Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:05 pm: VFDs for Minor Species  – Dr. Tim Goldsmith
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Implement the new/current VFD regulations with specific knowledge on how to approach ELDU of medicated feeds in minor species such as sheep and goats

1:05 pm – 1:55 pm: Small Ruminant Parasite 101: Making FAMACHA Scoring to Help Combat Anthelmintic Resistance – Dr. Whitney Knauer
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe current best practices to diagnose, treat, and monitor sheep and goats for important internal parasites at the herd and individual level. 

1:55 pm – 2:10 pm: Break

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm: Small Ruminant Abortions: How to Investigate and Solve Herd Challenges – Dr. Emily Barrell
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the most common causes of abortions in small ruminants
  • Describe effective ways for treating veterinarians to investigate and intervene when cases occur within a herd

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm: Consumers Influencing the Dairy Farm and How Farmers React – Mr. Lucas Sjostrom
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify which consumers are asking more farm questions
  • Describe how farms are responding to these questions
  • Explain the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (F.A.R.M) program
  • Discuss other topics consumers are affecting through Minnesota legislative action

F.A.R.M. helps farmers document and improve their place in animal welfare, environmental stewardship, antibiotic stewardship and worker safety. It is utilized by 98% of the milk in the US as an audit of current practices. This program is run by the National Milk Producers Federation, which is an organization of the milk cooperatives in the United States. 

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm: Seminar Summary and Closing

The Winter Seminar is Generously Sponsored by

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  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email or call the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all attendees.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee.

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane NW
Alexandria, MN 56308

Room rates are $84/night + tax. Please make your reservation by calling 866-386-5263 or 320-762-1124 and request a reservation for the MN Veterinary Medical Assn.

 Seminar Costs 

Early-Bird Registration
Before December 12, 2018
  Regular Registration
December 12, 2018-January 3, 2019
MVMA Member/Non-MN DVM $150 MVMA Member/Non-MN DVM $175
MVMA Life/Inactive/Affiliate Members $100 MVMA Life/Inactive/Affiliate Members $125



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 If space is available prices will increase after January 3rd by $50.

Contact the MVMA office at 651-645-7533 to register.