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Vermont VMA 2020 Winter Continuing Education Conference
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2/8/2020 to 2/9/2020
When: February 8-9, 2020
Where: Burlington Hilton Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, Vermont  05401
United States
Contact: Kathy Finnie

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7:15– 9:00 a.m. – Registration open, continental breakfast available 
7:45 – 8:45 a.m. – Complying with DEA Regulations 

FREE!  Earn 1 practice management CE credit hour 

Presented by DEA Diversion Investigators Christopher Paquette and George Lutz, Jr., participants will learn about recordkeeping and security, the ins and outs of the Veterinary Drug Mobility Act, and DEA registration.  The DEA will be exhibiting at our Meeting, so come with your questions!  You will also be able to update your DEA registration onsite.  


9:00 – 4:30  6 CE Credits

Updates in Small Animal Ophthalmology  Nick Cassotis, DVM, DACVO 
• Avoiding mis(sed)-diagnoses ... examination review • Digital ocular photography: how and why • Corneal disease, plain and not simple • Blindness, this is insufficient as a diagnosis • A day of ophthalmology cases ... case reviews 
Dr. Nick Cassotis graduated Michigan State University with his DVM.  He completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Cassotis then returned to MSU to complete a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology.   He has been a practicing Veterinary Ophthalmologist in the Portsmouth NH area since 2002.  He currently splits his time between referral hospitals in NH and MA.  Other than enjoying his clients and his patients, Dr. Cassotis’ primary professional interests are corneal transplant work and vision restoration via cataract surgery.  

9:00 – 4:30   6 CE Credits

Tackling Common Equine Ophthalmology Questions Alison Clode, DVM, DACVO New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center

Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim 
• Equine Prepurchase Exams – The Ocular Perspective • The Equine Cornea – A Clear Perspective  • Equine Uveitis – What’s New? • Equine Glaucoma – Managing a High-Pressure Situation  
Dr. Alison Clode is a native of Spokane, Washington, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2003, following which she completed a oneyear small animal medical and surgical internship at Colorado State University. Her residency training in comparative veterinary ophthalmology was completed at North Carolina State University in 2007; she achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) that same year. Dr. Clode served on the NCSU faculty from 2007 to 2014, and played a vital role in developing and running the first university ophthalmology service specifically dedicated to Equine Ophthalmology within the US. She has authored multiple research publications and book chapters, and has lectured extensively in the US and abroad, on both equine and small animal ophthalmology topics. 
Please join us following the program! 
Saturday 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Relax with your colleagues following the program at a reception in the Mounted Cat bar located in the Hilton lobby following the program!  Appetizers provided and a cash bar is available. 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 
 7:15 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration open, continental breakfast available 
7:45 – 8:45 a.m. – USDA Accreditation Training Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Diseases

FREE!  Earn 1 CE credit hour  Presented by Joel Russo, DVM, F.A.D.D., Veterinary Medical Officer-SPRS District 1, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. 

After completing this module, accredited veterinarians should be able to: 
• Define a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), USDA Animal Health Program disease, and reportable disease  • Describe the safeguards that help prevent FADs from entering the United States • Outline the steps in a FAD investigation • List the USDA programs for controlling or eradicating diseases in various species of livestock and poultry • Recognize the additional training opportunities available to AVs • Report FADs and other reportable diseases and locate additional resources and learning opportunities 

9:00 – 4:30  6 CE Credits

Practical Behavior Tips for the Companion Animal Practitioner  Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW

Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health 
• You Don’t Have to Be Psychic! – Understanding the Body Language of Dogs and Cats • Tips and Tools for the Pet Friendly Practice • Preventive Behavior Care for the General Practitioner • Understanding and Managing Fears, Phobias and Anxiety in Dogs • Managing Canine Aggression • Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Pet Behavior Problems  
Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently Immediate Past President of the College. She is also Board Certified in Animal Welfare. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She has been actively involved in the Fear Free initiative since its inception and serves on the Fear Free Speakers Bureau. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist but continues to provide consulting services to zoos. 

9:00 – 4:30  6 CE Credits

Management of Cow Comfort and Feeding in a Challenging Economic Environment  Richard Grant, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Merck 
• Cow Comfort Economics – low cost changes  • Rumination - experience and research on use of rumination to better manage cows  • Feeding and managing for higher milk fat + protein.  • Recent forage research 
Rick grew up on a dairy farm near Potsdam, NY. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from Purdue University. Rick spent 13 years at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as a professor of ruminant nutrition and extension dairy specialist. His areas of interest include forage and non-forage sources of fiber, carbohydrate nutrition, and dairy cattle behavior. He has been president at Miner Institute since 2003. As president, his primary role is to provide leadership to Institute staff as they work toward the common goal of optimizing the crop-animal-environment interface through research and educational programs. In 2010, Rick was awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award recognizing outstanding research and/or educational contributions in the area of forage production, processing, storage, or utilization. He was also awarded the 2015 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in research, teaching or extension in applied dairy nutrition. He holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Vermont, Cornell University and Plattsburgh State University. 



Online registration ends February 6

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