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When: Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree Hotel
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, Massachusetts  01581
United States
Contact: Annmarie Decker

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2020 MVMA Winter Continuing Education Conference

Sunday, January 26, 2020

DoubleTree Westborough Hotel, Westborough, MA

9:00am - 5:00pm

6 CE Credits



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Small Animal - System Based Approach to: Coughing, Sneezing, Vomiting and Diarrhea (6 CE)

Michael Stone, DVM, DACVIM

Topics will include:


Dr. Stone will review four common presenting clinical complaints and discuss important diagnostic and treatment issues for each, highlighting key points to remember and some new concepts to consider.

  • Cough of Unknown Origin
  • Sneezes and Snuffles
  • Vomiting, A Rational Approach
  • Canine and Feline Diarrhea



Cannabinoids and Legal Issues in Massachusetts (6 CE)

Casara Andre, DVM,cVMA and Hannah Belcher-Timme, DVM


Topics will include:
  • The endocannabinoid system (ECS), its anatomy and function in mammals, and how this system affects our practice of clinical veterinary medicine.
  • The science of the Cannabis plant and how medical molecules produced from the plant may modulate the ECS, including a review of important terminology and research into future potential therapeutic uses for cannabis products.
  • The legal and ethical landscape of the current veterinary cannabis industry for the veterinary practitioner, including a discussion of recommended precautions and medical record keeping.
  • The core role of harm-reduction education (HRE) for our clients and our clinic teams, including a discussion of how to evaluate cannabis products for safety, a review of currently available formulations and the need for clinical caution in considering their use.
  • Cannabis use in seizure and pain control, behavior disorders, and oncology – by drawing on both human and animal research – using a case-based format and with a focus on the mechanisms by which the ECS interacts with other major body systems.
  • Cannabis administration guidelines and monitoring protocols.


Practical Equine Cardiology and Point of Care Ultrasonography

Virginia Reef, BA, DVM, DACVIM, ACVSMR, Associate Member ECVDI


Topics will include:

  • Cardiac Auscultation: Differentiating significant murmurs and arrhythmias - Will play common murmurs and arrhythmias and discuss tools for practitioners to differentiate the ones that are clinically important.
  • Prepurchase and Insurance Examinations Will discuss clinically important cardiac conditions and their impact in prepurchase and insurance examinations.
  • Equine Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) - Will discuss how to recognize conditions that could place horse and rider and risk for sudden cardiac death.
  • Cardiac Disease and Performance - When is the heart the limiting factor in performance or a contributing factor to poor performance
  • Medications and Their Impact on the Heart in Horses - Will discuss the impact of some commonly administered medications and their effect on the heart and the treatment of horses with cardiac disease.
  • Point of Care (POC) Ultrasound - POC ultrasound is making good quality ultrasound available for a fraction of the cost of a high end hospital machine and connects with a tablet or smart phone, making it a financially viable solution for many practitioners who heretofore, could not afford an ultrasound machine.



*All presentation handouts will be distributed via email for the session you are attending before the event. No handouts will be available at the conference. After the conference an email will be sent that will include all session handouts.



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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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