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2019 MVMA Fall CE Conference
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When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree Westborough Hotel
5400 Computer Dr,
Westborough, Massachusetts  01581
United States
Contact: Annmarie Decker

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2019 MVMA Fall Continuing Education Conference

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

DoubleTree Westborough Hotel, Westborough, MA

9:00am - 5:00pm

6 CE Credits


Early Morning Session - Animal and Public Health in Agritourism (1 CE)

Dr. Valerie Koenig DVM, USDA


Topics will include:

  • Discussion of NASPHV Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017
  • Awareness of public health risks related to animal health and topics for consulting with clients on animal health
  • Learn preventative measure tools and concepts being delivered to farmers
  • Increase veterinarian knowledge of how to direct clients to those tools
  • Understand the local public health roles regarding investigation of cases of zoonotic illness linked to animal contact
Small Animal Neurology and Neurosurgery (6 CE)

Sarah A. Moore, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Topics will include:


  • “Hands off” neurology: Gait and posture hold the keys. While much of the neurologic examination is a "hands on" experiences, much can be learned about a patient's neurologic status before you ever touch them. This session will focus on how gait and posture alone can assist with neurolocalization and generating a list of differential diagnoses.
  • The cranial nerve exam: Your window to the brain. The cranial nerves are a set of 12 peripheral nerves that originate from the brain. Evaluation of the cranial nerves is especially important when diseases of the brain are suspected, as they often allow for a precise neurolocalization. This session will focus on tips and tricks for successfully using your cranial nerve exam to local a lesion and determine a set of differential diagnoses
  • Managing the difficult epileptic. This session focuses on treating the veterinary patient with difficult to control seizures, including discussion of when and how to add in additional medications, management options for cluster seizures, and novel anti-convulsant therapies.
  • Neurologic episodes: When it’s not a seizure. Neurologic "episodes" can present a diagnostic quandary for the veterinary practitioner. Despite the line between “seizure” and “not as seizure” being portrayed as clear in the veterinary curriculum, this is not always the case in reality. This session will use a case-based approach to focus on defining neurologic episodes beyond the more typical type.
  • Once seen, never forgotten: Interesting cases in medical neurology I. Neurology is full of interesting cases. This session will present a few of those, accompanied by discussion of underlying pathophysiology and treatment. It is the first hour of a two-part series.Once seen, never forgotten: Interesting cases in medical neurology II. Neurology is full of interesting cases. This session will present a few of those, accompanied by discussion of underlying pathophysiology and treatment. It is the first hour of a two-part series.


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness (6 CE)
Topics will include:


  • Dr. Lorraine O'Connor (MDAR) - will speak about why there is a need to plan and the personal responsibility and need for preparation in case of an emergency/disaster.
  • Sgt. Tony Pagliaroni (MA State Police) - Active Shooter Training
  • Dr. Valerie Koenig USDA - will speak about local response, initial investigation into what occurred, and then response strategy and objections needed to be achieved.
  • Dr. Warren Hess from AVMA - discussing how to get engaged on a federal level, license portability, intro into AVMA Vet Business Resiliency Module, and an update on the AVMA effort regarding disaster responder certification.
  • Dr. David Schwarz from SMART - discussing how to get involved on a state/local level in case of an emergency/disaster.


Update: Equine Infectious & Metabolic Disease



Topics will include:


Dr. Ron Vin will provide an interactive presentation of the latest medical knowledge concerning known equine diseases, prevention, treatment, quarantine, more. Topics will include Strangles, Coronavirus, EEE and EHV. 


Also, discussion will cover new and emerging diseases and what may be coming in the future.


*All presentation handouts will be distributed via email before the event and a hard copy of ALL the handouts will be included in your registration packet.


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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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