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2018 MVMA Spring Continuing Education Conference
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When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm
Where: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, Massachusetts  01752
United States
Contact: MVMA Office

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2018 MVMA Spring CE Conference 
Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Best Western Royal Plaza
8:30 am - 5:00 pm  

Track 1


Small Animal Immunology (6 CE) SOLD OUT

Andrew Mackin, BVMS, DVSc

College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University

  • Diagnostic approach to immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
  • Diagnostic approach to immune-mediated thrombocytopenia.
  • Immunosuppressive therapy: Better use of established drugs.
  • Immunosuppressive therapy: What's new?
  • Practical blood transfusion in the dog.
  • Practical blood transfusion in the cat.

Attendees will learn to diagnose and treat common immune-mediated blood diseases such as IMHA and IMT, and other immune-mediated disorders, with an emphasis on immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion.



Track 2


Reporting Suspected Animal Abuse in Massachusetts: Demystifying the Process (6 CE)


A Call to Action for Veterinarians: Why mandatory reporting?

Lorna Grande, DVM


  • Why veterinarians should consider the big picture.
  • Veterinarians as community members and family practitioners.

Officer Christine Allenberg, MSPCA



A Roadmap for Recognizing and Reporting

Melinda Merck, DVM

Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC - Austin, TX, USA

  • Recognition and documentation of suspected abuse.
  • Developing a Hospital Protocol.


What To Do In Massachusetts Using Case Examples Including the Puppy Doe Case

Martha Smith Blackmore, DVM, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC.  

  • A closer look at Massachusetts laws.
  • Working with animal control/police/prosecutors.
  • It's rare but what is you do go to court?


Track 3


Healthy People Healthy Practice:

Care for the Heart of the Caregiver (6 CE)


Laurie Fonken, Ph.D., LPC

Director DVM Health and Wellness Programs

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University


  • Introduction
    • Agenda
    • Brief reflection
  • Perspectives 
    • Overview and definitions
    • Dialogue on perspective
  • On Meaning and Calling - Experiential Activity
  • The Continuum of Engagement
    • Look at personal, practice and team engagement
    • Signs of Distress in self and others
  • Your Path to Well-Being
    • Exploring positive steps which support self-care, resilience and health
    • Description of specific strategies participants can implement
    • Tools for mindfulness, mediation, stress reduction
    • Enlisting Support inside and outside of the workplace
  • Commitment to Service - Experiential Activity
  • Final thoughts, discussion and questions


CLICK HERE to view the most up-to-date attendee list (updated every Friday afternoon)



Thank you to our Conference Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor




Silver Sponsor and Lanyard Sponsor



Tote Bag Sponsor



Small Animal Immunology Sponsor




Animal Abuse & Cruelty Sponsor






Human/Animal Violence Education Network



MVMA Cancellation Policy

30 days prior to conference -  75% refund

14 days prior to conference - 50% refund

 No refunds issued within 14 days of conference


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