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. They continued to be free to members and still are but starting in January 2022 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. 

2022 LUNCH N LEARN SCHEDULEClick here to register for Cyber Threats

Tuesday, February 8-Canine Studies on Commonly Seen Dental Problems in Your Practice

Gary Goldstein, DVM, FAVC, DAVDC, Lakefield Veterinary Group
Case studies will be reviewed that include discussing signs, symptoms and treatment modalities that can be performed in general practices and when it is appropriate to refer these cases. Topics included: Interceptive Orthodontics (retained deciduous teeth and common malocclusions); Fractured Teeth (complicated and non-complicated crown fractures); Maxillary Swelling (various causes and diseases associated with maxillary swelling); and Feline Tooth Resorption (proper diagnosis and treatment options).

Dr. Goldstein graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. In 1987 he became a Charter Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and in 1992 he became Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He was Professor and section head of the Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery service for thirteen years at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Goldstein currently is the Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Lakefield Veterinary Group, working with fellow colleagues, to identify like-minded veterinarians to join the Lakefield family. He was presented the Presidential Medal for Stewardship by the American Veterinary Dental College in 2015, voted one of the top 15 Veterinary Dental Professors in the country in 2014, was presented the Dr. Peter Emily American Veterinary Dental Service award in 2011 and was named outstanding faculty of the year in 2006 by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.

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Tuesday, March 8-Working with Canine Athletes and Working Dogs

Kate An Hunter, DVM, Trupanion
Working dogs and their handlers can bring to our practice both great challenges and rewards. This talk will look at how to best serve these patients and their owners. From conformation champions to bomb sniffing dogs, these knowledgeable owners want the best for their dogs and often see subtle changes before we can find them! And handling these dogs can be quite different from working with your pet population.

Dr. Kate An Hunter has over 35 years of experience in training and competing in a variety of canine sports with her own dogs, and attending even more types of competitions. She loves the bonding and enrichment that comes from teamwork with animals.

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Tuesday, April 12-Feline Retrovirus Infections: Past, Present, and Perplexing

Sally Ryan, DVM, IDEXX
Around the world, the prevalence of feline retrovirus infections shows little change relative to a decade ago. These infectious diseases remain an important area of concern for regular surveillance as well as differential diagnoses for cats presenting with oral disease, abscesses, and respiratory signs. New information on diagnostic tests, staging the disease, and management of infected cats will be presented. A case-based approach will be used to demonstrate the perplexing nature of retrovirus infections in cats.

Dr. Sally Ryan is an enthusiastic and experienced leader in the veterinary industry. She obtained her Bachelors in Animal Science at the University of Vermont and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at  Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as a shelter, primary care and emergency veterinarian. For almost twenty years, she led a  multi-site emergency veterinary organization as medical director. She currently works as an IDEXX Professional Services Veterinarian in the upper midwest. In this role, she provides continual education on variety of topics related to veterinary diagnostics. Dr. Ryan enjoys music, art, traveling and spending time with her husband, sons and pets. She lives in Minnesota and spends much of her time visiting extended family in Vermont.

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Tuesday, May 10-Burnout, Compassion Fatigue Plus the Lasting Effects of the Pandemic

Athena Diesch-Chham, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Veterinary Social Worker, University of Minnesota, CVM & VMC
Veterinary professionals already have a high rate of burnout and compassion fatigue, add to that the lasting effects of a pandemic and its a dangerous combination. Learn tips and tricks on how to handle this triple treat for you and your colleagues.

Athena earned her master of social work degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and is currently licensed at the Clinical level in the state of Minnesota. As an Intern in the University's Veterinary Social Services program, Athena learned from the founder of the program, discovering her calling and passion for veterinary social work. Athena continues to attend to the "heart work" of veterinary medicine that was started at the Veterinary Medical Center many years ago.  Athena is passionate about working with Veterinarians and Veterinary Students in learning how to incorporate work/life balance into their careers, as well as educating on the importance of sustainable practice and self-care.

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Tuesday, June 14-Dairy Herd Health


Tuesday, July 12-Nutrition

Royal Canin

Tuesday, August 9-Managing Your Money Buckets

Garret Colao, CFP, CSLP, Independent Financial Consultant, The Vitality Group powered by North Star Financial
Join us to discuss tax-advantage strategies for creating and managing wealth during accumulation as well as during retirement distributions. This pertains to your personal investments and finances as well as strategies those that are available as a practice owner.

Garret Colao focuses on helping his clients develop and maintain a sound financial strategy, while also integrating the appropriate risk management and investing strategies. Working primarily with individuals in Minnesota and Florida, Garret works with young professionals across a variety of industries, including physicians, veterinarians, and lawyers. He values mutual trust and transparency in his client relationships as he works towards being able to provide his clients with that sense of comfort. Garret’s clients have strong family values and want to provide the best lives possible for their family members. To help them achieve this, his strategy involves educating his clients on being efficient and effective with their finances while developing a comprehensive strategy based on their current financial situation and future goals.

Tuesday, September 13-Nutritional Management of Canine Allergic Skin Disease

Catherine Angle, DVM, MPH, Professional Consulting Veterinarian, Hill's Pet Nutrition
Canine allergies can be challenging for pet owners and veterinarians alike.  This session will review how dietary intervention can support recovery and improve outcomes. 

Catherine Angle, DVM MPH is a University of MN graduate with over 15 years of experience in veterinary medicine.  She currently serves as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian for Hill's Pet Nutrition and owner of the Rum River Veterinary Clinic in Anoka MN.  

Tuesday, October 11-Medical Insurance for Cats and Dogs

Tom Halsall, Territory Partner, Trupanion

Tuesday, November 8-TBA


Tuesday, December 13-TBA