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, February 14-Updates on the Management of Feline Diabetes
Matt Eberts, DVM, Regional Consulting Veterinarian, Elanco

Join the discussion of treatment options available for cats newly diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.

Matt Eberts received his D.V.M. in 1999 from Ohio State University and completed an internship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After the internship, he moved to Brainerd, Minnesota to work at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, becoming medical director and co-owner. The north woods of Minnesota is a hotspot of tick infections and managing tick-transmitted disease is a pillar of practice. Matt became involved in research regarding managing and diagnosing tick-borne infections, leading to multiple publications and academic presentations. He joined the team at Elanco Animal Health in 2016.

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Tuesday, March 14-Breed Specific Issues in Popular Dogs: Brachycephalics and More!
KateAn Hunter, DVM, Territory Partner, Trupanion

Dr. Kate An Hunter graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 after a career as a research chemist. In 1996, she opened Carver Lake Veterinary Center in Woodbury. This small animal practice is AAHA accredited and provide primary care for a wide variety of companion animals. Both at Carver Lake Veterinary Center and in her personal life, she has dedicated herself to sharing with others what can be accomplished when humans and animals work together. For over 35+ years, she has trained and competed with her dogs in obedience, agility, nosework rally, and musical freestyle. She volunteered with her horse for the Dakota County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol for 12 years, working in search and rescue, security, and public relations. She has served on numerous boards including as President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. She now works for Trupanion to educate veterinarians and clients on the benefits of medical insurance for pets.

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Tuesday, April 11-Beyond Bland: Nutritional Management of Gastroenteritis and Pancreatitis
Stephanie Warren, DVM, Scientific Services Veterinarian, Royal Canin

Gastrointestinal disease is common in clinical practice, ranking year after year among the top complaints that clients seek veterinary care for. In this presentation we'll tackle the question of what to feed patients that are experiencing gastrointestinal upset by reviewing the functional role of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract, defining a “bland diet”, and discussing nutritional management principles for commonly encountered gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Stephanie Warren is a Scientific Services Veterinarian for Royal Canin US, serving as a scientific liaison between the veterinary community and Royal Canin throughout the Midwest US. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2016, 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 it was a dream come true for her to join Royal Canin and share nutrition knowledge with her colleagues. Stephanie and her family, along with their two dogs, Copper and Lua, call Downers Grove, IL home.

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Tuesday, May 9-Compounded Medications and Their Role in Veterinary Medicine
Wedgewood Pharmacy

Tuesday, June 13-Dairy Health

Tuesday, July 11-When the Unexpected Happens: Protecting Your Income and Your Craft with the Right Type of Long-Term Disability
Andy Ahlberg, Employee Benefits Consultant, Dyste Williams
Andrew Gilmore, Regional VP of Sales, Medical Group Insurance Services (MGIS)

It takes many years of education and training to become a veterinarian. The expectation is that you will earn a solid income until retirement. But what happens if you become sick or injured during your career?  In this session, we will help you navigate the complex world of disability insurance including:

  • How you can protect your craft and future earnings through long-term disability insurance.
  • The difference between Individual Disability Insurance and Group Long Term Disability and the pros and cons of each.
  • What type of underwriting you can expect - Guarantee Issue vs. full medical underwriting.
  • 70% of veterinarians are female. What does that mean in terms of cost of coverage?
  • Recruiting and Retention: Do you have a hard time recruiting top talent to your practice and keeping valued employees? Learn how a competitive employee benefits platform can help solve those issues.  

Andy leads Dyste Williams’ Employee Benefits Consulting Practice, providing employee benefits, health management and employee engagement strategies to more than 250 small to mid-size organizations. With more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience, Andy leverages his extensive knowledgeable of small group marketing segments, distribution, benefit compliance, underwriting and enrollment to help organizations understand the implications and cost of various plan designs.

Andrew has devoted more than two decades to developing and distributing disability programs.  He is currently the Vice President of Sales for MGIS; a company that focuses exclusively on solving the disability needs of healthcare professionals. 

Tuesday, August 8-OPEN

Tuesday, September 12-Are Your Ducks in a Row? Be SECURE with Your Retirement Plan
Allyson Krause, CRPP, Managing Director of Retirement Plan Services, Trust Point Inc.
Jon Marquet, JD, Retirement Plan Consultant, Trust Point Inc.

The SECURE Act and the possibility of SECURE Act 2.0. The SECURE Act made significant changes to the administration of employer-based retirement plans, including changes that affect both plan sponsors and plan participants. This educational presentation will focus a number of those changes, including newly required lifetime income illustrations, changes to safe-harbor requirements, expanded plan eligibility requirements for part time employees, expanded start-up tax credits for plan sponsors, and penalty-free withdrawal for childbirth or adoption, among other possible topics. This educational presentation will also address the possibility of SECURE Act 2.0 becoming law and will consider some of the anticipated changes that may result, including expanding automatic enrollment, raising catch-up contribution limits, and offering assistance to student loan borrowers, among other possible topics. [Note: SECURE Act 2.0 may or may not become law by the time of this planned 2023 LNL presentation. Thus, this educational presentation may be adjusted to reflect current status and existing conditions at the time of presentation].

She is a Certified Retirement Plan Professional®. This certification reflects and demonstrates her expertise and unmatched proficiency in the field of employer-based retirement plan (e.g., 401(k) plan) services. Ms. Krause’s expertise extends to a wide variety of employer-based retirement plan topics, including, plan design, legal and legislative monitoring and implementation, including ERISA compliance monitoring, record keeping and administration, plan-related IRS document preparation, plan compliance testing, safe-harbor and profit sharing requirements, and providing sponsor and participant education, among many other employer-based retirement plan topics. 

Jon Marquet is the Retirement Plan Consultant at Trust Point Inc. He is a licensed attorney in Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and New Jersey. He works with business owners to identify and address their needs in connection with employer-based retirement plans. He also works in concert with plan sponsors, plan participants, and others in Trust Point Inc.’s Retirement Plan Services group to initiate, administer, and regularly review client employer-based retirement plans. He has presented on numerous and various legal topics throughout his career and his most recent educational presentation addressed newly implemented rules and regulations requiring plan sponsors to provide plan participants with lifetime income illustrations on their benefit statements.

Tuesday, October 10-Five Marketing Focuses for Your World Today
Beyond Indigo Marketing

Tuesday, November 14-Canine & Feline Nutrition-Good 4 Life Supplement System

Tuesday, December 12-OPEN