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When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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DoubleTree Hotel
5400 Computer Dr,
Westborough, Massachusetts  01581
United States
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2020 MVMA Spring Continuing Education Conference

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

DoubleTree Westborough Hotel, Westborough, MA

8:00am - 5:00pm

6 CE Credits



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Early Bird Session: Reporting Animal Cruelty

Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD, MS

In 2014 the PAWS (Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety) Act was enabled as Massachusetts law. Among its provisions for protecting animals, the law mandated that veterinarians in the state report suspected animal abuse to law enforcement. This session will provide clarity and understanding to veterinarians on Massachusetts General Law Chapter 112, Section 58B: Reports of suspected acts of cruelty to animals; veterinarians, immunity from liability; failure to report; and a general understanding of their role in reporting animal cruelty.


Update on Dermatology (6 CE)

Stephen David White, DVM, DACVD

Morning session

An update on presentations, diagnostics, and especially options for treatment of the pruritic dog and cat, emphasizing atopic dermatitis and food allergy.

Afternoon session
A discussion of conditions that look like infections or tumors—but are not either. Options of treatments that the veterinarian can choose upon receiving a biopsy report will be evaluated.



Pediatrics and Initiating Life Stage Wellness for Puppies and Kittens (6 CE)

Steven Thompson, DVM, DABVP


Topics will include:
  • The Pediatric Exam and Initiating Life Stage Wellness Care
  • The Spay/Neuter Debate: Assessing Risks and Benefits for Puppies
  • Vaccine Response or Reaction? Side Effects Include Wellness!
  • Puppy and Kitten Therapeutics - Do's and Dont's
  • Puppy Development and Puppy Preschool in Practice


Buying and Exit Strategy (6 CE - RACE and VCPM Approved)



Morning session: Buying a Practice
Whether a  newly graduated DVM or a very experienced practice owner, great value is secured in buying right. Once acquired, practice value can zoom up or price paid may be the high point to an unfortunate mistake.

Afternoon session: Selling a Practice
Pricing is a factor of size, profit, and species served. The bigger, the better in securing a great monetization but practice sale is so much more than just money.



About the Speakers


Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD, MS


Dr. Edward Schettino oversees the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) organizational operations and leads the implementation and execution of its strategic plan as ARL strives to be an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.  Through its innovative programs and strategic partnerships, ARL has become the leader in providing affordable veterinary care in underserved communities and treating over 20,000 sick, injured, behaviorally challenged, and abused animals each year.  Dr Schettino has served at ARL since 2013, most recently holding the position of Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services. Prior to ARL, Dr. Schettino worked for 12 years in general veterinary practice as well as in shelter medicine, providing both medical and surgical care for family pets and those animals seeking their forever home.  He serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the Massachusetts Animal Coalition Board, the Tufts at Tech Advisory Board, the Shelter Medicine Steering Committee at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and the Veterinary Technology Advisory Committee at North Shore Community College. Dr. Schettino received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. Additionally, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Oncology and Immunology and a Master of Science in the Basic Medical Sciences from New York University. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He has a strong passion for animal welfare, finding resources to keeps pets and people together, exploring the link interconnecting human and animal health, and working collaboratively both locally and nationally.


Stephen David White, DVM, DACVD


Stephen David White, DVM, DACVD is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM from UC Davis, has received many awards and honors, and is author of countless publications. His specialty focus is dermatology with a research focus on equine dermatology.




Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)


Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline practice) spent 3 years in private practice in an AAHA facility in Rockville, MD. After then heading up the General Practice and Companion Animal Behavior services at The Ohio State University he became the Director of the Purdue Pet Wellness initiative and Primary Care service where he continues to see patients and teach clinical patient care for both DVM and CVT students. Focus areas include pediatrics, dentistry, geriatrics, breeder support, and include dogs, cats and exotic pets. He was part of the Leadership Team forming the Primary Care Veterinary Educators collaboration with the AAVMC Academic Affairs subcommittee and served as the inaugural PCVE World Symposium chairperson in 2013. He is affiliated with Purdue’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond and Center for Animal Welfare Science. He served on the AAHA canine life stage wellness taskforce and the 2012 publication of these guidelines as well as the current 2019 revision update. Since 2010, he’s led a study abroad course to Central Europe including
involvement with companion animal pet services at 3 veterinary universities and wildlife and conservation medicine with 4 zoos.





Owen McCafferty is Vice President of Development. Graduated Cum Laude from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) in 1974. After receiving his degree in English, he went on to earn his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license (in Ohio) in 1976 and later acquired non-resident licenses in South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, and Texas. Owen was also designated as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in 1993 by the Veterinary Practice Managers Association of North America and earned recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Forensics Examiners Institute (FACFEI) in 2007. Owen E. McCafferty, CPA, Inc. was founded on October 22, 1978 in North Olmsted, Ohio. The Las Vegas, Nevada office was opened approximately 18 years later and the newest office, located in Jacksonville, Florida, opened in April 2010. Owen collaborated with Veterinary Economics Magazine in developing the formula for determining the value of a veterinary practice and assisted in the design of the American Animal Hospital Association’s standard Chart of Accounts. He is a widely published author in veterinary practice management magazines, as well as co-author of The Business Of Veterinary Practice (Pergamon Press, U.K.). Besides being the author of numerous articles, he and the firm have been featured in articles in Accounting Today, Catalyst Magazine, Crain’s Business, and DVM Newsmagazine. He has spoken (and continues to speak) at seminars throughout the continental United States and also in Japan, The Caribbean, Puerto Rico, England, and Ireland. Besides membership in a variety of professional associations, Owen has been awarded the “Recognition of Contribution Toward the Betterment of American Animal Hospital Association” award from the American Animal Hospital Association in 1988, elected President of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association for the 1993-1994 term, and granted a Lifetime Honorary Membership in the Veterinary Practice
Managers Association of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in York, Yorkshire, England in March of 1996. Owen is also included in the 1996 national directory of Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans, Who’s Who Among Leading American Executives, and most recently, Who’s Who in Finance and Business. Owen remains devoted to the provision of tax, accounting, and practice management to the veterinary profession and will be celebrating his thirty-four year anniversary of his firm, Owen E. McCafferty, CPA, Inc.




*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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