Lunch N Learn

Lunch 'n Learn sessions were developed in 2013 as a way to help busy MVMA members obtain CE credits without having to leave work. Lunch 'n Learns are open to all veterinary professionals! The one-hour sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (central). Attendees receive 1 interactive CE credit.

Non-Member MN Licensed Veterinarian-$45/per session
CVTs, VTs, VAs-$20/per session
Non-MN Licensed Veterinarian-$20/per session

WebEx software is used to conduct the online Lunch n Learn series. Join a test meeting now to ensure your device is set-up properly. 


Tuesday, December 12-A Deep Dive into Dental Disease and Prevention in Cats and Dogs
Emily Stein, PhD, Co-Founder, TEEF for Life

In the last several years, many multi-species studies have started to elucidate molecular, immunologic and microbioloigic drivers of periodontal disease and stomatitis in dogs and cats, respectively. This presentation will provide a summary of recent studies and known mechanisms. It will also provide recent learnings on how veterinarians can help clients to manage companion animals with established disease. Lastly, this presentation will also provide data and best practices on preventative measures that veterinarians can take in the clinic and recommend for at-home care.

Emily Stein, Ph.D. is a microbiologist with deep expertise in infection and inflammatory disease who has a profound understanding of the impact of the microbiome on overall health. She earned her B.S. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in microbial biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She then spent 7 years at Stanford University as a Medical Research Fellow in Rheumatology and Immunology. In 2008, she began developing Selective Microbial Metabolism Regulation Technology (SMMRT)®, a biofilm-based technology that safely and naturally leverages bacteria and their behaviors to our advantage, resulting in improved dental and overall health.

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Tuesday, January 9-Employment Practice & Cyber Liability Insurance: Don't Wait for a Claim to Find Out if You are Covered
Bill Butler, CISR, CIC, Owner, Butler Vet Insurance

These two critical coverages should be part of every protection plan for the modern Veterinary Practice but are many times overlooked. With the rise in cyber crime and employee drive lawsuits, understanding your risk and how these two coverages can save you tens of thousands of dollars should a claim arise is critical.

Bill started his insurance career after 12 years of military service with the Minnesota Army National Guard and U.S. Army. Since entering the insurance industry, Bill has focused on education and hear earned the following designations: Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor. Bill uses the knowledge he has gained, to work with Veterinary Practices on an individual basis to make sure that everything that they have worked so hard for is protected.

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Tuesday, February 13-No LnL this month. See you at the 2024 MVMA Annual Meeting-Wednesday, February 7-Saturday, February 10.
Tuesday, March 12-Managing Finances to Build a Better Life

Jen Frank, Practice Finance Specialist, Huntington Practice Finance
Michael Sluis, Mortgage Loan Officer, The Huntington National Bank

Join us to learn about the financing options available for buying a home and buying or building your own practice. We will explore special loan programs for DVMs that will help achieve your goals.

Jen Frank has over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare field. Over the last 5 years, she has worked in Practice Finance lending to help dentist’s start-up, purchase, sell, and expand their practices. Jen’s passion for working in Practice Finance lending comes from her interest in the healthcare field and for helping individuals become business owners. Jen graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. While at Marquette she was a member of the Cross Country and Track Team, and is still an avid runner. Jen describes herself as efficient and having a great understanding of the process and challenges that can come along with a transition.

Michael has nearly 20yrs of Home Lending experience working with first-time buyers to seasoned homeowners who are high net-worth families. At Huntington, Michael specializes in lending to medical professionals and new construction clients with our unique portfolio products geared to the medical and veterinarian community. He is a husband and father of two active daughters in hockey and lacrosse. In Michael’s free time, he enjoys the outdoors while boating and playing golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. 

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Tuesday, April 9-Safety in Equine Practice
Nina Mouledous, DVM, Trust Representative, AVMA Trust 

Equine practice carries unique challenges that differ from other veterinary disciplines in many ways. One difference is the increased risk of injuries for both people and patients while working with and treating horses. The large size and flight or fight response of equine patients creates an environment which can increase injury risks for all involved in and around the veterinary incident. presentation will focus on who is at risk of injury, types of injuries that occur and how to prevent injuries by implementing a strong safety culture in practice. Safety in veterinary practices is important because the less human and patient injuries that occur will result in a happy, healthy, and productive team, clients, and horses.

Dr. Nina Mouledous joined the AVMA Trust as a Trust Veterinarian in June of 2008. In her role, Dr. Mouledous speaks to AVMA members insured through the Trust’s programs, answering questions related to malpractice allegations and practice situations. She reviews professional liability claims, assists in the defense by identifying experts and appraisers, and advises the insurance broker and underwriters about new developments in veterinary medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mouledous visits several colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States annually, represents the AVMA Trust at various veterinary conventions and speaking engagements each year, and contributes to the Trust’s publications. Dr. Mouledous is a 1985 graduate of Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in New Orleans, Dr. Mouledous secured her first job as an associate veterinarian at a unique small animal, exotic, and equine practice in the French Quarter. Four years later, she relocated to Chicago and started her equine practice in 1989. Dr. Mouledous was the owner and sole practitioner for nineteen years of Equine Veterinary Services, Ltd, a mobile practice that specialized in Thoroughbred racehorses at Hawthorne Racecourse (Chicago, Illinois) and Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, Illinois).  During her career, she served as a consulting veterinarian for the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation as well as a board member for the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association.

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Tuesday, May 14-Hydrolyzed Diets: Theory, Practice, and Real-World Experience
Stephanie Warren, DVM, Scientific Services Veterinarian, Royal Canin 

Pet foods that contain hydrolyzed protein ingredients have been very successful over the past 20+ years, and even life-saving in some cases. Yet veterinarians may not know exactly how and why these diets are formulated, and how to best use them for cats and dogs with various health issues. In this presentation we will discuss the concept of hydrolysis and how hydrolysates are incorporated into pet diets, performing elimination diet trials and review the research studies in which hydrolyzed diets were used. 

Dr. Stephanie Warren is a Scientific Services Veterinarian for Royal Canin, serving as a scientific liaison between the veterinary community and Royal Canin throughout the Midwest. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Stephanie worked in small animal general practice in Chicago, IL, where she further cultivated her love of nutrition that began early on in her college career. Stephanie is passionate about the key role nutrition plays in preventing and managing disease in companion animals, so she is thrilled by any opportunity to share nutrition knowledge and practical applications with colleagues. Stephanie and her family, along with their two dogs, Copper and Lua, call Downers Grove, Illinois home.

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Tuesday, June 11-Open

 Tuesday, July 9-Open

 Tuesday, August 13-Open

Tuesday, September 10-Holistic Investing and Financial Planning for Veterinarians: Your Money, Your Practice, Your Life
Jon Marquet, JD, Retirement Plan Consultant, Trust Point Inc. 
Allyson Krause, CRPP, Managing Director of Retirement Plan Services, Trust Point Inc.

“Investing is simple, but not easy.” This famous quote is as true today as when Warren Buffet said it. But with education, planning, discipline, and good advice investing and financial planning can be made a bit easier. And you and your practice can thrive. Investing and financial planning is not just about stocks, bonds, bulls, and bears. Done right, it requires a comprehensive, holistic analysis and understanding of you, your goals, and your current situation, as well as a comprehensive analysis and understanding of your veterinary practice and your ultimate plans for succession and/or sale. This Lunch n’ Learn will provide practice owners and veterinarians with a broad overview of investing and financial planning. And will impart helpful, actionable information so that you can start to identify and understand a variety of investment and financial planning issues as they present themselves throughout your life and work. Among other items, this presentation will address: investing strategies; impact of behavioral finance; basics of financial planning; preparing for exit and how to choose a financial planner.

As a Retirement Plan Consultant, Jon Marquet counsels clients and prospective clients concerning a variety of personal wealth management issues, including the intricacies and benefits of employer-based retirement plans and the steps and preparations necessary to sell or otherwise transition a business. He advocates within the community for Trust Point’s full suite of wealth management services, while also developing essential, sustainable relationships with business owners and other community members. Jon is a passionate believer in the realistic and achievable opportunity that proper wealth management offers for achieving long-term financial independence. He infuses his passion into his work. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Before joining Trust Point, Jon practiced law for more than twenty years in Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and New Jersey. He maintains his licenses to practice law in all four states, as well as his admissions to various federal bars. Jon applies the same skills and client-centered approach as a retirement plan consultant that served him well as a lawyer. His motto is: the client always comes first. Jon is a cancer survivor who values community involvement and believes that serving others is vital.

As the Managing Director for Retirement Plan Services, Allyson is responsible for overseeing the Trust Point account management team. Under her direction, the team is an advocate and partner for our business clients and their 401 (k) plans, which includes ongoing education, technology, and efficient investment options to help attract and retain employees. Allyson and her team take great pride in providing businesses retirement plan solutions that enhance their employees’ financial well-being and prepare them for their financial future. Allyson is a Certified Retirement Plan Professional™ (CRPP™). The process included a demanding educational track and comprehensive exam. This designation further strengthens her retirement plan knowledge and industry understanding. Her dedication to this process further exemplifies Allyson’s commitment to Trust Point’s clients. 

Tuesday, October 8-Open

Tuesday, November 12-Open

Tuesday, December 10-Open