2024 MVMA Winter Seminar

 Essentials for the Rural Large Animal Practitioner
Seminar-Wednesday, January 10
8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center-Alexandria, MN
or attend online

Earn 6.0 hours of continuing education credits

Armstrong_JoeJoe Armstrong, DVM, Cattle Production Systems, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Dr. Joe Armstrong 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, he is the Cattle Productions System Extension Educator, where he focuses on educational programming for beef and diary producers across the state.

Rausch_KathyKathy Rausch, DVM
Veterinarian, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC)
Dr. Kathy Rausch graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and has spent her career in emergency & critical care medicine. After an internship at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland, OR, she returned to her native Minnesota and an ER position at the Animal Emergency Clinic (now Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota). She has been with the practice throughout its development from an after-hours-only E-clinic into the 24-hour multi-specialty, multi-clinic tertiary referral center it is today. She and her spouse live in River Falls, WI. They have two young adult children and enjoy hiking, camping, and community involvement.


SpencerSpencer Wolter, DVM
Southwest Veterinary Services
Spencer is a 2022 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is currently an associate veterinarian at Southwest Veterinary Services and FBN. He travels around Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa feedlots helping producers improve animal health and welfare through better management, protocols, and educating employees.

Seminar Day-Wednesday, January 10
The 2024 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 – 8:45 am Seminar Welcome - MVMA Staff & Dr. Joe Armstrong

8:45 am – 9:35 am: Setting Up for Successful ER Referrals -Dr. Kathy Rausch
Referral ER and specialty hospitals exist to serve the needs of you and your clients when complex, emergent, or difficult-to-diagnose cases present. But sometimes miscommunication or inaccurate information can lead to unclear expectations, hampering patient care and leaving clients dissatisfied with their experience both with the specialty practice and, potentially, the referring practice. An effective and appropriate referral minimizes the chance of these complications and promotes cost effective medicine, good relationships between the client and the clinics involved, and best patient care. Learn the dos and don’ts of patient referrals and how to set cases up for success at ER/specialty hospitals.

9:35 am – 9:45 am: Break 

9:45 am – 10:35 am: Basic ER Skills for the Rural Veterinarian - Dr. Kathy Rausch
Emergencies can’t always be planned for. The most well-organized day can be completely disrupted by an emergency presentation at any time. Some emergencies may be dealt with in-house; at other times, you may be focusing mainly on stabilizing the patient for referral. We’ll review principles of stabilization and discuss basic ER skills you may need in-house and when preparing your patient for transport.

10:35 am – 10:45 am: Break 

10:45 am – 11:35 am: A New Grad's Perspective: Adding Value to the Feedlot - Part I - Dr. Spencer Wolter
We will examine at a yard from a 30,000 foot view and discuss how to evaluate cattle's risk level, techniques on receiving cattle, and how to evaluate cattle at a pen and paper record level. 

11:35 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:05 pm: A New Grad's Perspective: Adding Value to the Feedlot - Part II - Dr. Spencer Wolter
We will dive into decoding common feedlot pathogens and protocols, evaluating treatment outcomes and establishing follow-up plans to modify protocols proactively.

1:05 pm – 1:15 pm: Break 

1:15 pm – 2:05 pm: Case Study-Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in Dairy x Beef Feedlot Dr. Joe Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong will walk through a respiratory disease challenge in a feedlot system that feeds dairy x beef animals. Where did he look for issues? What did he find? Was the situation fixable? All, and more, are covered in this session.

2:05 pm – 2:15 pm: Break 

2:15 pm – 3:05 pm: Case Study-Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) in a Cow-Calf Operation Dr. Joe Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong discusses a multi-year case study of BVD in a cow-calf operation and the roller coaster of emotions involved with getting the problem under control. Scours, BRD, BVD PI's, and farm transition, all came into play in this case study and will be discussed in this session.

3:05 pm – 3:15 pm: Seminar Summary and Closing


  • This program provides 6.0 hours of continuing education credit
  • Availability to participate onsite or 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 $101/night + tax on Tuesday night. Please make your reservation before 12/15/23 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 15, 2023
  Regular Registration
December 15, 2022-January 2, 2024

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.