2020 MVMA Winter Seminar

 Essentials for the Rural Ruminant Practitioner
Welcome Reception-Wednesday, January 8
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Seminar-Thursday, January 9
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center-Alexandria, MN
This program has been approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education credits
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.


Dr. Tim Goldsmith

Tim Goldsmith, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Timothy J. Goldsmith has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program within the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine in 2009. Professional experience prior to his current position was as a private practice large animal veterinarian focusing primarily on food animals, serving clients in MN, IA and WI. Current research and academic interest is related to topics in the areas of livestock production systems and emergency response planning. In addition, Dr. Goldsmith focuses on the development and teaching of programs for veterinary students in the area of bovine production medicine and management, along with providing outreach and education to producers throughout Minnesota.

Dr. Whitney KnauerWhitney Knauer, VMD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Whitney Knauer is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine at the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, an internship and residency in Ambulatory and Production Medicine at Cornell University in 2013, and received her PhD from the University of MN in 2017. Along with her colleague, Dr. Emily Barrell, she teaches small ruminant and camelid production medicine to veterinary students.

Joe Armstrong, DVM, Cattle Production Systems Extension Professor, University of Minnesota
Dr. Joe Armstrong received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 2011. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After veterinary school, he worked as a private practitioner with beef and dairy farms at Anderson Veterinary Service in Zumbrota, MN. Dr. Armstrong's outreach specialty is practical application of evidence based medicine and management for both beef and dairy operations. Currently, Dr. Joe lives in Roseville, MN with his wife Alex, who is also a veterinarian. Joe is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing whenever possible.

Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, DACAW, Professor and Extension Veterinarian, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Shearer is Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. His primary areas of research interest are lameness and welfare issues of beef and dairy cattle. He is probably best known for establishing the Master Hoof Care Program, a training program designed to teach on-farm employees how to properly care for foot problems in cattle. Dr. Shearer is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare and presently serves as Chair of the Food Animal Working Group of the AVMA’s Panel on Euthanasia and as a member of the Panel on Humane Slaughter and Mass Depopulation. He has been honored by the University of Florida with the Superior Accomplishment Award in 2001; The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006; by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners with the Award of Excellence in 2006; and by the AVMA in 2011 as recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award.

Welcome Reception-Wednesday, January 8
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Seminar Day-Thursday, January 9

The 2020 MVMA Essentials for the Rural Ruminant Practitioner provides practical information, tips and "how-to's" related to ruminant health and well-being.

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 am – 8:45 am Seminar Welcome

8:45 am – 10:00 am: Bull BSE Update and Bull Management  Dr. Tim Goldsmith
  • Review and discuss significant updates of the latest edition (Second Edition) of the Society for Theriogenology Manual for Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) of bulls.
  • Explain management considerations of bulls used for natural service in beef herds with focus on relevance to the veterinary practitioner. 
10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break 

10:15 am  – 11:30 am:  Current Best Practices for Disbudding Calves and Kids  Dr. Whitney Knauer

  • Discuss current best practices for disbudding of kids and calves, especially as it relates to alternative methods and pain management.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Updates to Official Identification  – Dr. Joe Armstrong
The conversion from metal tags to radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags is fast approaching. 

  • Describe what the general bovine practitioner needs to know to be prepared for the transition.
  • Summarize the timeline, USDA’s position, and integration with the Board of Animal Health’s current system are key topics.
  • Discuss how to use the change to add value to your service with clients and how your clients can further use the tags within their operation.
  • Differentiate between high frequency and low frequency technology as well as the implications for traceability.
  • Tie everything together by briefly looking at the tools available to practitioners and their clients.

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Break 

1:45 pm – 2:35 pm: Euthanasia Techniques for Food Producing Animals – Dr. Jan Shearer

  • Describe current “acceptable methods” of euthanasia for food producing animals, which includes overdose of an anesthetic, gunshot and captive bolt. 

2:35 pm – 3:25 pm: Procedures for the Euthanasia of Equines  Dr. Jan Shearer

  • Explain the acceptable methods of euthanasia for equine that include: 1) overdose of a barbiturate or other anesthetic agent, 2) use of a firearm and 3) penetrating captive bolt with a secondary step such as exsanguination, pithing or the intravenous administration of a saturated salt solution (i.e. potassium chloride) in animals confirmed to be unconscious to assure death. An alternative method for euthanasia of horses is anesthesia with a non-barbiturate agent followed by the intrathecal administration of 60 ml of lidocaine.

3:25 pm – 3:40 pm: Seminar Summary and Closing

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  • Breaks and lunch are provided to attendees. Email or call the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all attendees
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee.

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane NW
Alexandria, MN 56308

Guestroom rates are $87/night + tax on Wednesday and Thursday nights. $139/night + tax on Friday and Saturday nights. Waterpark passes are not included in room rate. Please make your reservation before 12/14/19 by calling 866-386-5263 or 320-762-1124 and request a reservation for the MN Veterinary Medical Assn.

 Seminar Costs 

Early Registration
Before December 11, 2019
  Regular Registration
December 11, 2019-January 2, 2020

MVMA Member/Non-MN DVM
MVMA Life/Inactive Member
MN Non-member
MN Technician/Staff/Other
DVM Student


MVMA Member/Non-MN DVM
MVMA Life/Inactive Member
MN Non-member
DVM Student


 If space is available prices will increase after January 2nd by $50.