2018 MVMA Academy Seminar

Practical and Value-Added Updates in Anesthesia, Pain Management and the Reduction of Fear, Anxiety, and Stress for Everyone

Ralph C Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA, University of Tennessee

Thursday, September 20, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
This program has been approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit in
jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Dr. John LewisDr. Ralph Harvey teaches anesthesia and pain management in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. He previously served as the Section Head for the Small Animal Surgical Services and as a member of the University Faculty Senate. His veterinary degree is from the UTCVM and his post-graduate training included internship, residency, and fellowship at Cornell’s Veterinary and Medical Colleges. Dr. Harvey has worked in private small animal practice. He is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA), has served as their Executive Secretary and as a member of the ACVAA Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Fear-Free Advisory Panel and Executive Council. He has received the UT Brandy Memorial Award, the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and the UTCVM Outstanding Alumni Non-Practice Career Award.

 Online registration is now closed. If you wish to register please contact the MVMA office at 651-645-7533.

SEMINAR DAY-Thursday, September 20

8:00 am –  9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast Cat with Mouth Open

9:00 am – 10:15 am: The Big Goal: Reducing Fear, Stress and Pain in Our Practice

Practical strategies move our practices and profession toward a more fear-free and stress-free experience. The benefits go far beyond the individual patient, bringing value and quality to our lives. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognize approaches that add safety and efficiency as well as reduce stress
  • Disseminate the message and encourage all members of our practices to play a role
  • Change the environment through better medicine and common-sense behaviors

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Break 

10:15 am – 12:00 pm: Practical and Economical Pain Management

Old standbys, newly available analgesics, novel methods, and local anesthetics have greatly expanded our options. We’ll summarize significant details that influence best methods. This can change your practice and add substantial value in surgical cases. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how balanced or multi-modal analgesia adds success, convenience, and savings
  • Explain how local anesthetics will become valuable in every surgery
  • Describe how pain management is fundamental and highly significant in practice growth

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

 Dental Radiograph1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Crisis Management in Anesthesia

Things can go wrong. Through case examples, we’ll discuss commonly encountered anesthetic emergencies and complications, how to recognize developing problems, how to turn around a problem situation so early that a crisis is averted, and how best deal with an anesthetic emergency or complication.
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • State that anesthesia is not hours of boredom and moments of sheer panic
  • Show how your investment in infrastructure builds the foundation for success
  • Illustrate how preparation and staff training pay great dividends

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: New Drugs and Favorite Techniques

There is safety in familiarity. Move carefully and conservatively, with consultation and appropriate guidance, when adjusting anesthetic techniques. We will learn from each other as we discuss some favorite protocols that work well in different hospitals, and we’ll share our ideas and needs.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explain why you never want to be the first, nor the last, to introduce a new method in clinical care
  • Restate the tried-and-true, as well as the wonderful new advances
  • Maintain a perspective that is based on the fundamentals of best practice

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Anesthesia for Patients Too Sick for Anesthesia

Case-based discussions will address potential problems for high-risk patients. Problem-based case management reduces morbidity and mortality and reduces stress in our hospitals every day.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognize special anesthetic concerns
  • Develop problem-based case management
  • Prioritize clinical responses

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  • This program has been approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email ([email protected]) or call (651-645-7533) the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all participants.
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) to registration must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Change is a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee. 


Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108, Room 135

 Seminar Costs 

Early-bird registration fee 
(before August 9, 2018)


Regular Registration fees
(between August 9 - September 6, 2018)

MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $185 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $210
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $120 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $145
Technician / Staff / Other $115 Technician / Staff / Other $130
MN Non Member Veterinarian $235 MN Non Member Veterinarian $260
MVMA Academy Member $170 MVMA Academy Member $195
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95

If space is still available after September 6, 2018, prices will increase by $50

Webinar registration option:

You have the option to attend the Seminar, which will begin at 9:00 am CST, from anywhere you have an internet connection! Choose the "webinar" option when you register and you will be emailed the secure internet link to attend the live session on the day of the seminar. Only the purchaser will have access with this link as the attendees are monitored and must sign-in with their name. The webinar attendee registered is also the only one eligible for the CE credits associated with the Seminar. 

What will you experience: Once you have accessed the webinar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of the presenter as the slides automatically advance on your screen. A small video window on the side of your screen will show the presenter. During the live Q&A session you are able to submit questions.