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, July 9-A Practical Approach to Avian Mycobacteriosis
Annie Rivas, DVM, DACZM, Director of Animal Health, Minnesota Zoo

Join Dr. Annie Rivas of the Minnesota Zoo for a review and case series on Avian Mycobacteriosis. This session will share several different management strategies for addressing this challenging disease in Avian patients.

Annie Rivas is the Director of Animal Health at the Minnesota Zoo, leading a team of three staff veterinarians, one veterinary intern, zoo nutritionist, zoo registrar, four veterinary technicians, and a veterinary assistant. Previously she worked as an associate veterinarian at the Birmingham Zoo. Following graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a one-year clinical internship in small animal surgery, emergency, and internal medicine at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego. Subsequently, she pursued specialty training as a zoological medicine intern at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and then as a zoological medicine and surgery resident at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. When not working you can find her hiking with her dogs, exploring the local food scene, and spending time with family and friends.

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Tuesday, August 13-Wildlife Wisdom: A Primer for General Practitioners
Renee Schott, DVM, CWR, Medical Director, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

Prepare to embrace the unexpected! In the realm of veterinary practice, you never know when an injured or orphaned wild creature will grace your clinic's doorstep. To navigate these furry or feathered guests with finesse and ensure their well-being, general practitioners must familiarize themselves with the essentials of wildlife care. This engaging session, peppered with real-life scenarios, promises to equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to handle the next time a wild visitor makes a surprise appearance at your clinic. Bring your lunch, questions, and sense of humor!

Renée has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 2003, working in various centers across the country, before starting at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN in 2010. Renée is teaches courses at the UMN-CVM, does relief work at The UMN Raptor Center, is a Course Instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, and lectures on wildlife rehabilitation and medicine all over the country. Renée's professional interests include wildlife rehabilitation welfare and clinical medicine, and advancing the profession.

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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. 

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Tuesday, October 8-MRI: Breaking Down the Love of the MRI from a Neurologist's Perspective
Melissa Carpentier, DVM, DACVIM, Owner, Minnesota Veterinary Neurology

The goal of this session is to give a general background on MRI and its importance in the successful diagnosis and management of neurologic patients. By the end of the session you will be able to understand how the MRI formulates an image, know the most common sequences that we use, and the information that the sequences are able to provide to help us best care for our patients. 

Dr. Missy Carpentier, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) has been practicing in the Twin Cities for 8 years. Her love of neurology has led her down the path of practice ownership as she is currently in the process of opening up Minnesota Veterinary Neurology in Columbus, MN, a specialty hospital specifically designed for the neurologic patient. Dr. Missy Carpentier graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Following veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship in Connecticut at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. As her interest in neurology peaked during the internship, she then completed a one-year post doctoral fellowship in the Comparative Neurology Program at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Carpentier stayed in Missouri to pursue a three-year neurology/neurosurgery residency that was jointly performed at The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Specialty Services in St. Louis. Outside of neurology, Dr. Carpentier enjoys spending her time with her husband, her two children, their Alaskan Husky kennel of competitive sled dogs, their numerous house dogs (Aidni is by far the best), and her two off the track thoroughbred mares.

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Tuesday, November 12-Management of Pulmonary Edema in Canines with CHF

Tuesday, December 10-TBA

Tuesday, January 14-TBA

Tuesday, February 11-TBA

Tuesday, March 11-TBA

Tuesday, April 8-TBA

Tuesday, May 13-TBA

Tuesday, June 10-TBA

Tuesday, July 8-TBA