2022 MVMA Fall Staff Seminar

Frustrating Ear Cases-If You Can't Avoid Them, Here's How to Treat Them
Craig E Griffin, DVM, DACVD, Animal Dermatology Group

Thursday, November 10, 2022
9:00 am - 3:35 pm
This program has been approved 6.0 hours of continuing education credit in
jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Dr. Craig GriffinDr. Griffin was founder of the Animal Dermatology Clinics that became the Animal Dermatology Group. This group has grown to the largest group of practicing veterinary dermatologists in the world that has trained many Diplomates of the ACVD.  Dr. Griffin received the ACVD Award of Excellence in 2001 and the Frank Král Award for Achievements in Veterinary Dermatology in 2014. He is coauthor of Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology 5th, 6th and 7th editions and co editor of Current Veterinary Dermatology, the science and art of therapy. Dr. Griffin has given over 400 presentations to veterinarians around the world. He is coauthor on over 100 published chapters or papers, 50 in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Griffin has been an instructor or course master in Dermatology for the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies since it’s inception in 1991 in Europe and then also in China and Asia.

Online registration is closed-Call 651-645-7533 to register

Seminar Agenda:
8:00 am –  9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:50 am - How To Perform a Complete Ear Exam and Basics
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe important anatomy for completing a thorough otic exam which is much more than using an otoscope
  • Discuss anatomic sites that sometimes make the otoscopic exam difficult 
  • Explain what structures you pay close attention to when trying to determine how otitis externa starts
  • Outline critical historical information that most commonly is not acquired

9:50am - 10:00am - Break

10:00am - 10:50 am - PSPP Classification and What's Causing a Dogs Otitis Externa
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the PSPP System© can be used to make a complete diagnosis 
  • Describe how to educate a client about the diagnosis, treatment, and management plan

10:50am  - 11:00am - Break

11:00am - 11:50am - Otic Cytology and Cultures: When and Why
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe how microbes play a key role in most otitis cases
  • Explain how cytology is the most common and valuable way to assess otitis cases, but is not perfect
  • Discuss how culture and sensitivity testing add more information 
  • Interpret culture and sensitivity testing results 
  • Outline how microbiome testing adds even more information

11:50am - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:45pm - 1:35pm - Preventing End Stage Otitis: The Role of Maintenance Therapy
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between acute and chronic otitis
  • List the stages of otitis externa
  • Describe how maintenance therapy is valuable to keep otitis cases from becoming the last state, end stage otitis
  • Discuss when preventative and predictive maintenance is indicated

1:35pm - 1:45pm - Break

1:45pm - 2:35pm - Ear Cleansers and Cleaning Ears
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of cleaning ears
  • Outline different techniques for cleaning ears
  • Discuss how cleaning ears fits into maintenance therapy

2:35pm - 2:45pm - Break

2:45pm - 3:35 pm - Topical Therapy: What to Use in Otitis Externa Cases
At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe other treatments to prevent and treat proliferative chronic otitis

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  • This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email ([email protected]) or call (651-645-7533) the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all participants.
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) to registration must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Change is a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee. 

Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham Street
Roseville, MN 55113

Seminar Costs 

Early-bird Registration
(before September 29, 2022)


Regular Registration
(between September 29  - October 27, 2022)

MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $195 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $220
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $130 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $155
Technician / Staff / Other $125 Technician / Staff / Other $150
MN Non Member Veterinarian $245 MN Non Member Veterinarian $270
MVMA Academy Member $180 MVMA Academy Member $205
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95

If space is still available after October 27, 2022, prices will increase by $50

Online registration option:
You have the option to attend the Seminar, which will begin at 9:00 am (central), from anywhere you have an internet connection! Choose the "online" option when you register and you will be emailed the secure internet link to attend the live session on the day of the seminar. Only the purchaser will have access with this link as the attendees are monitored and must sign-in with their name. The registrant is also the only one eligible for the CE credits associated with the Seminar. 

What will you experience: Once you have accessed the Seminar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of the presenter as the slides automatically advance on your screen. A small video window on the side of your screen will show the presenter. During the live Q&A session you are able to submit questions.