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2019 MVMA Spring CE Conference

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree Westborough Hotel
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, Massachusetts  01581
United States
Contact: Annmarie Decker

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2019 MVMA Spring Continuing Education Conference



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2019 Spring CE Conference

& Annual Meeting


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

6 CE Credits

8:30am - 5:00pm

DoubleTree Hotel, Westborough, MA


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Small Animal Cardiology (6 CE) 

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, ACVIM


Topics will include:


Practical Electrocardiography for the small animal clinic

This session will focus on the practical use of canine and feline electrocardiography and how to treat basic cardiac arrhythmias. Clinical practicality will be stressed.


Radiographic/Echocardiographic Imaging in Cardiology

In this session, we will review thoracic radiology and echocardiography with an emphasis on normal and abnormal anatomic features of the heart


Feline Cardiomyopathy

This session will focus on the screening, diagnosis and management of feline cardiomyopathies with an emphasis on hypertrophic disease. New concepts such as genetic screening and medical management will be emphasized.


Canine Cardiomyopathy

This session will focus on the screening, diagnosis and management of canine dilated and arrhythmic cardiomyopathies. New concepts such as genetic screening; a new form of cardiomyopathy in the Rhodesian Ridgeback and medical management of cardiomyopathies will be emphasized.


Canine Mitral Valve Disease

This session will focus on the screening, diagnosis and management of canine mitral valve disease. New concepts such as genetic screening and medical management and surgical options will be emphasized.


Practical Genetics for Cardiac Disease

Genetic tests are now available for Maine Coon and Ragdoll Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Boxer and Ridgeback Arrhythmic Cardiomyopathy and Doberman Pinscher Dilated Cardiomyopathy. In this session we will discuss how to use these for optimal case management of an individual pet as well as helping breeders.



Small Animal Ophthalmology (6 CE)

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO

Topics will include:


Neo-Poly-BAC to the Future – The Next Generation of Essential Eye Meds – 1.5 hours


This lecture will review the categories of antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-glaucoma eye medications.  Amongst each category, the available preparations and recommended usage will be discussed.  


Big or Small? The Pupil Size Tells All! The Approach to Anisocoria in Cats – 1.5 hours


This lecture reviews the common causes of anisocoria in cats including Horner's syndrome, retinal detachment, uveitis, and glaucoma. The etiology, clinical signs, and diagnostic and therapeutic options for each condition will be reviewed.


Avoiding Ocular Trauma Drama – Management & Emergency Procedures – 1.5 hours


This lecture will review the most common types of ocular trauma, including blunt eye trauma, corneal lacerations, proptosis, and eyelid lacerations. The appropriate diagnostic testing, medical management, and surgical treatment will be discussed in detail.


The Clear View – An Update on Cataracts – 1.5 hours


This lecture would provide an update on the current management of cataracts in dogs, including medical and surgical treatments. A review of the diagnosis of cataracts and possible secondary issues such as uveitis or glaucoma will be followed by a discussion of the appropriate therapy. Both medical and surgical treatments will be discussed, with the focus being able to properly identify and prepare dogs and their owners for cataract surgery.



Herbs for Pets - Using Botanical Medicines to Enhance Quality of Life in Companion Animals (6 CE)

Greg Tilford - The Animal Herbalist


Plants have stood as the primary source of medicine for animals and humans alike for millions of years.  Over 40% of modern drugs derive from botanical premises, whereby active chemical compounds are isolated from the cell structures of plants and exploited for use as pharmaceutical devices.  In other words, herbs are really nothing new to modern medicine.  However, the principles by which the herbal medicines are applied are quite different than the objectives of the conventional medical practitioner.  Rather than relying on a singular chemical constituent to relieve one or more symptoms of disease, the Western herbalist employs a greater representation of a plant’s chemistry to support the body in its innate ability to heal itself; to achieve and maintain a state of homeostasis.  To accomplish this, the herbalist calls upon the entire chemistry and the energetics of plants, with respect to how these amazing botanical beings are here to naturally support and heal all who embrace them, humans and animals alike.


Objective 1:  To provide a basic understanding of what Western Herbal Medicine is, how it is best applied, and where to begin in terms of integrating herbal medicine into veterinary practice.


Objective 2:  To provide a clear, actionable introduction to the uses and applications of herbal medicines as nutritive adjuncts.


Objective 3: To provide a clear, actionable introduction to the uses and applications of herbal medicines in the treatment of  gastrointestinal and urinary ailments, and for mitigation of pain and inflammation in dogs, cats and other animals.


Objective 3:  To introduce the principles of using Western herbs as “tonic” medicines, whereby herbs are used in support of the body’s natural healing mechanisms.


Objective 4:  To identify and discuss issues of safety, drug interactions, side effects and toxicology.




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