2023 MVMA Winter Seminar

 Essentials for the Rural Large Animal Practitioner
Seminar-Wednesday, January 11
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center-Alexandria, MN
or attend online

This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education credits
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
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Armstrong JoeJoe Armstrong, DVM, Cattle Production Systems, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Outreach Specialty: Practical application of evidence based medicine and management for both beef and dairy operations.
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, Joe worked as a private practitioner with beef and dairy farms at Anderson Veterinary Service in Zumbrota, MN. Currently, Dr. Joe is the Cattle Production Systems Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota where he helps beef and dairy operations with the practical application of evidence based medicine and management.


Goldsmith_TimTim Goldsmith, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dr. Goldsmith 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 food animal production systems; veterinary public health, risk assessment, emergency preparedness and response planning and judicious antimicrobial uses.

Jodarski_GuyGuy Jodarski, DVM, Lead Veterinarian, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley
Based in Neillsville, WI. Dr. Jodarski works in organic and sustainable livestock practice with an emphasis in dairy cattle herd health. Dr. Jodarski has been in practice for 35 years. He serves on the One Health Committee of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). He is also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and the National Mastitis Council (NMC).   


Olson_MichaelaMichaela Olson, DVM, Field Veterinarian, Wilson Veterinary Company
A southern Minnesota native, Dr. Michaela's passion for working with animals began on her family hobby farm, where they raised poultry, goats, and pigs for 4-H and food. Following her undergraduate in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, Michaela went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Michaela now practices commercial poultry medicine at Wilson Veterinary Company. Here herself and colleagues, partner with clients on 300 plus farms across 18+ states to identify the best that birds can achieve through unique diagnostic approaches and hands-on farm visits. Currently residing on a few acres near New Richland, MN, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Tyler, their dogs, Goose and Griffin, and tending to her beautiful gardens and houseplants.

Seminar Day-Wednesday, January 11
The 2023 MVMA Essentials for the Rural Large Animal Practitioner provides practical information, tips and "how-to's" related to large animal health and well-being.

7:45 am – 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Seminar Welcome and Preventing Pentobarbital Residues in Rendering and Upcoming Changes to Over-the-Counter Antibiotics - Dr. Joe Armstrong
We will review a growing issue with pentobarbital residues in animals sent for rendering, the implications this could have for the dairy and beef industry, and how you can avoid these residues in practice.

We will also highlight a change taking place in June 2023 that will remove over-the-counter antibiotics from the market and result in an increased need for veterinary-client-patient relationships (VCPR) in the industry.

9:00 am – 9:50 am: Basics of Organic Livestock Production: The Role of Veterinarians on Organic Livestock Operations-Dr. Guy Jodarski
Introduction to USDA National Organic Program (NOP) – what it is, how it works, rules and rulemaking. Organic approaches to problem solving and animal health. Interacting with organic clients – opportunities, challenges, and building strong relationships.

9:50 am – 10:00 am: Break 

10:00 am – 10:50 am: Approaches to Clinical Practice on Organic Farms: Allowed Treatments - Dr. Guy Jodarski
Conventional medicine (yes, there are drugs in your truck you can use) and alternatives. Holistic approach and preventative management – parasite control as example. Case scenarios and open forum Q & A from audience. The emphasis is on dairy, but we also work with organic meat animals and poultry. 

10:50 am – 11:00 am: Break 

11:00 am – 11:50 am: "Can You Take a Look at My Flock, Doc?" Small Poultry Flock Basics for the Rural Practitioner Part I - Dr. Michaela Olson
Have you found yourself on a farm call, when asked if you will also look at a small flock of chickens? Maybe you strayed away due to uncertainty. Or maybe you see small poultry flocks on the regular and want to add more knowledge to the toolbox. This session will touch on numerous basics of small poultry flock health including common diseases/issues, nutrition, and vaccination and other preventative strategies that can be taken with these flocks.

11:50 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm: "Can You Take a Look at My Flock, Doc?" Small Poultry Flock Basics for the Rural Practitioner Part II - Dr. Michaela Olson

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm: Break 

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: A Cow-Calf Calendar Year: Helping Your Clients See the Big Picture Part I Drs. Joe Armstrong and Tim Goldsmith
Between vaccines, BSE's, parasites, preg check, calving, weaning, and more, there are countless things for a cow-calf producer to keep track of throughout the year. It is easy to lose sight of the big picture and that all of the small steps add up to the overall health of the herd. This session will summarize the latest recommendations in many key areas and how to help cow-calf clients decide when things should happen in their operation. The focus will be to see the cow-calf operation as a system where decisions in one part of the year or operation significantly impact future herd health.

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm: Break 

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm:  A Cow-Calf Calendar Year: Helping Your Clients See the Big Picture Part II Drs. Joe Armstrong and Tim Goldsmith

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Seminar Summary and Closing


  • This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
  • Availability to participate onsite (limited) and online
  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees
  • Handouts are provided to all attendees
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Changes incur a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee. 
  • Disclaimer: All logos, photos, etc. used in this presentation are the property of their respective copyright owners and are used here for educational purposes only. Please do not take photos or any of the slides.

Online Registration Option
Attend the Seminar, which will begin at 8:30 am (central), from anywhere you have an internet connection! Choose the "online" option during registration and you will be emailed a secure link to attend the live session on the day of the seminar. Only the registrant has access with this link as the attendees are monitored and must sign-in with their name and email address. 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.

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane NW

Alexandria, MN 56308

Guestroom rates are $96/night + tax on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Please make your reservation before 12/16/22 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 16, 2022
  Regular Registration
December 16, 2022-January 3, 2023

MVMA Member/Non-MN DVM
MVMA Life/Inactive Member
MN Non-member
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 3rd by $50.

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