Lunch 'N Learn

Lunch 'N Learn sessions were developed in 2013 as a way to help busy MVMA members obtain CE credits without having to leave work. The free online one-hour members-only sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (central). Attendees receive 1 interactive CE credit.
WebEx meeting software is used to conduct the online Lunch 'n Learn series. Join a test meeting now to ensure your device is set-up properly. 

2019 and 2020 Lunch 'N Learn Schedule

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Looking for previous Lunch 'n Learn Sessions?
You can watch some of them on our Youtube channel found here.  


Thursday, December 12-Legacy and Planned Giving Strategies

Mark Tebelius, JD, Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.
Mark Tebelius is a business attorney and managing partner of Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A. Mark concentrates his practice areas of personalized business and estate planning (including buying/selling of veterinary practices), wealth enhancement strategies, estate and trust administration and asset preservation and protection planning.


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Tuesday, January 14-Medical Insurance for Pets: What Vets Do and Don't Need to Know

Kate An Hunter, DVM, Trupanion
Medical Insurance for pets is allowing our patients to receive the best care veterinarians have to offer. With advances in diagnostics and treatments and the importance of the human-animal bond, clients want to know what options they have to afford modern veterinary medicine. Discussion of how medical insurance for pets works, what veterinarians need to know and what serving insured patients can do for your practice. Also discussed will be the regulatory issues surrounding pet medical insurance, providing clear guidelines for client education.

Dr Kate An Hunter, a local veterinarian with over 30 years in companion animal practice and 20 years as a practice owner, is now a licensed insurance agent, representing Trupanion. 

Thursday, January 23-The Veterinarian's Role in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Julia Ponder, DVM, MPH, The Raptor Center, CVM, UMN
Good outcomes in wildlife rehabilitation require a strong partnership between wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians, who fill a critical role in ensuring the best possible animal welfare. The individuals in these groups run the gamut from incredibly knowledgeable and experienced to well-intentioned with limited knowledge. Veterinarians are often uninformed about their role in the regulatory process, uncertain where to find assistance and unaware of the impacts of their decisions. This Lunch ‘n Learn presentation will provide a forum for discussion of these issues.

Julia Ponder is Executive Director of The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to being a veterinarian, she has a degree in Public Health. She brings a strong background in clinical medicine and surgery to her work in wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and research. Her focus areas include the wildlife health component of Ecosystem Health, raptors as sentinels for infectious disease and environmental contaminants, and identifying emerging issues related to raptor health and populations.

Tuesday, January 28-Triaging Wildlife

Renee Schott, DVM, CWR, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota
It is difficult for a private practitioner to know which wild animals will survive the rehabilitation process to release and which won’t.  This Lunch 'n Learn will use data from The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in the country, to help predict which patients will make it to release and which won’t.  This will help those in private practice know when to euthanize on admission and when to treat and transfer to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Renée is currently the Medical Director and a Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRCMN), one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country.  She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over 16 years and has worked at WRCMN for over 10 years.  Additionally, Renée is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine, is a Course Instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, and is a former board member of National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s Board of Directors.

Tuesday, February 11-Key Performance Indicators

David Kelling, CPA, MBT, Kelling, Bocovich & Company LTD
Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) are measurable values that help demonstrate how effectively a practice is achieving their business goals. Learn which KPI's to track for monitoring the health of your practice.

Mr. Kelling is a partner at Kelling, Bocovich & Company LTD. He earned his BS in accounting and finance from Mankato State University and his master's degree in business taxation from the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, March 10-How to Avoid and Treat Extraction Complications in Dogs and Cats

Gary Goldstein, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, Lakefield Veterinary Group
General veterinary practice provides the opportunity to perform a multitude of dental extractions in dogs. Some are straight forward, while others can be quiet challenging depending on the tooth and the size of the dog. This lecture offers "pearls of wisdom" to increase your extraction proficiency and keep your patient safe. This lecture assumes a basic level of understanding for performing surgical extractions in pets.

Dr. Goldstein is Chief Medical Officer at Lakefield Veterinary Group, a private, family-owned veterinary practice that owns and operates veterinary hospitals in specific markets to better support the hospitals. Prior to joining to joining Lakefield Veterinary Group, Dr. Goldstein was Professor, Section Head of the Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service and associate medical director at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. He was responsible for medical operations, strategic planning  and implementation of medical standards. He also implemented leading edge didactic and clinical programs that fostered innovation, teamwork and continuing education programs. 

Tuesday, April 14-Let's Get Wet! An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Jessica Fox, DVM, Ralco
With more and more millennials choosing fish as pets and the rise of domestic aquaculture, the demand for aquatic veterinary medicine is on the rise and can be incorporated successfully into both companion and livestock production practices. Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of agriculture and veterinarians may be called upon for VFDs or health exams for aquaculture production clients. 

According to the AVMA 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, over 7.5 million households in the United States own fish with a total population of approximately over 57 million pet fish! The more recent American Pet Products Association's 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, reports over 15 million households owning fish and total population of over 157 million pet fish. Pet fish medicine is companion animal medicine. There are so many veterinarians turning potential clients away due to unfamiliarity in this area and unfortunately this can lead to owners thinking vets do not treat fish and they go to pet stores and the internet for medical advice!

This talk will describe examples of calls veterinarians may receive and reasons it is so important we provide some type of care or referral to these clients. We will discuss various ways veterinarians can incorporate aquatic medicine into their own practice and briefly describe resources for training.This presentation will also provide practitioners with resources for consulting or referring clients with experienced aquatic veterinarians. This way we can guide clients to other veterinarians and not to pet stores. With our unique skillset and perspective of clinical medicine, disease prevention and treatment, biosecurity and welfare, veterinarians should the main resource to pet fish and aquaculture clients.

Jessica Fox is the Director of Veterinary Services and Biosecurity at Ralco in Marshall, MN. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Minnesota. She loves working with all animals from poultry and other livestock to companion animals. She has worked in research and development for over a decade, particularly in the area of improving gut health through natural solutions. She has a special interest in how gut health can improve performance and disease resistance across species. She has a passion for One Health, preventative medicine and biosecurity. Jessica has extensive aquatic medicine training, including the complete AQUAVET® program (I, II, III), University of Wisconsin's Basic Fish Medicine Course, and University of Arizona's Shrimp Pathology Short Course. She is experienced in developing health and biosecurity programs for aquaculture production facilities. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in public health through the University of Minnesota. She has been an active member of the MVMA governmental affairs committee since 2015 and is a graduate of the 2016 MVMA Power of 10 Leadership Program. She serves on the AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee as the food animal production representative and on the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors.

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Garrett Colao

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Tuesday, July 14-Minnesota Reserve Corps and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps

Kathy Jorgensn and Kathy Berlin

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Tuesday, September 8-The Anorexic Rabbit

Andrew Bean, DVM, MPH, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota
Anorexia is one of the most common reasons for presenting a pet rabbit to a veterinarian. In this talk we will discuss the clinical approach to the anorexic rabbit, including anamnesis, physical exam, diagnostic investigation, and therapy. Emphasis will be placed on how to triage a rabbit, assess pain, provide appropriate stabilization, and perform/interpret common diagnostic testing (eg radiology, hematology, clinical chemistry).

Andrew Bean, DVM, MPH, practice limited to companion exotic species​, received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011, with an emphasis on small animal and companion exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Bean earned a Masters of Public Health in 2014. He has worked in zoos, primary care practices, and emergency facilities around the country, settling in Virginia Beach for six years prior to his return to Minnesota. Dr. Bean is happy to be back in the Twin Cities with his wife and two young children. He is a passionate guinea pig enthusiast and in his leisure time, Dr. Bean enjoys vintage video games, naval history, jazz and classical music, birdwatching, and baking.


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