Lunch 'N Learn sessions were developed in 2015 as a way to help busy MVMA members obtain CE credits without having to leave work. The free one-hour members-only sessions will be held monthly. Most Lunch 'n Learns will provide participants with two attendance options: 1) live in the MVMA conference room or 2) via webinar. The MVMA conference room provides space for 15-20 live attendees; and 24 webinar spaces are available. Space will be first come; first served. Specific attendance options are found with the details of each session listed below. The sessions are FREE and only available for MVMA members. Attendees typically receive 1 interactive CE credit.

Please contact the MVMA office at or 651-645-7533 to register for the session you wish to attend. 

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 2017 Lunch 'n Learn 

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Tuesday, December 12

Backyard Chickens

Dr. John Baillie, Cedar Pet Clinic-Lake Elmo

Dr. Baillie, he says, is "still in his first job", Cedar Pet Clinic; he is the co-founder of Cedar Pet Clinic in south Minneapolis, and the founder of Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. Dr. Baillie has been the president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and in 2015 was named the state Veterinarian of the Year. He is active in many professional organizations, and a supporter and mentor to young professionals. Dr. Baillie is a regular lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, for the Minnesota Medical Association, and other organizations. He provides free care for nursing home companion animals and is the kennel veterinarian for the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club. The Baillie family animals are Golden Retriever “Joso”, German Shorthaired Pointer “Ellie”, and cat named "Wheezy", a rescue who started life with respiratory problems, and now lives with the Baillie family.



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 2018 Lunch 'n Learn

Tuesday, January 9

Intestinal Parasite Prevalence: Dog Parks

Dr. Matt Eberts, Elanco

This session provides an updated review on common intestinal parasites and diagnostic tests. Then we will dive into the results of a recent study looking at intestinal parasites in dog parks. This study evaluates prevalence, compares different diagnostic tests, adn looks into how monthly parasite preventives impact worm infections.

Matt Eberts D.V.M. is an Elanco regional consulting veterinarian for companion animals. He received his D.V.M. in 1999 from Ohio State University and completed an internship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After the internship, he moved to Brainerd, Minnesota to work at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, becoming medical director and co-owner. During that time he was involved in research and publications regarding managing and diagnosing tick borne infections. In 2016 he joined Elanco Animal Health.

Tuesday, February 13


Dr. Robert George, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC)

Robert S. George, DVM, earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. After an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A & M University, he completed a cardiology residency at  MedVet in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. He earned board certification in summer of 2017.

Although Dr. George enjoys all aspects of cardiology, he has particular interests in managing degenerative heart valve disease, cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases), arrhythmias, and performing minimally invasive treatment of congenital and acquired heart diseases including patent ductus arteriosus occlusion, balloon valvuloplasty of pulmonary valve stenosis, and pacemaker implantation for abnormally slow heart rhythms.

Tuesday, March 13

Heavy Metal Toxicities

Dr. Nicole Neeser, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Did you know that when an animal is exposed to a heavy metal such as lead or arsenic, it is considered a reportable disease in Minnesota?  Each year, a handful of heavy metal exposure cases are identified and investigated, some with devastating consequences to entire herds or flocks of animals.  The safety of the meat, milk or eggs from these animals is carefully assessed prior to allowing exposed animals or animal products to be marketed for human food.  This session will review these cases and the role private practitioners can play in assisting and responding appropriately when such an incident occurs.

Dr. Nicole Neeser is currently the Division Director for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Dairy and Meat Inspection Division.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in 2004 after completing a residency in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Public Health, with a focus on Food Safety and Biosecurity.  She has been with the MDA for over 13 years working in the Dairy and Meat Inspection Program areas as a Program Manager in both areas.  In her current position, she routinely works with dairy producers and processors, and meat, poultry and egg processors in preventing foodborne disease through implementation of both pre and post harvest food safety systems. 

Tuesday, April 10

Flea and Tick Prevention

Dr. Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasitology), Zoetis

Fleas and ticks are biologically diverse organisms. Knowing the differences in biology and ecology will allow veterinary team members to address client pushback in a way that leads to improved compliance with year-round flea and tick control. During this session we will discuss the differences, how to have a conversation with clients, and new improved methods to achieve maximum flea, tick control and vector-borne pathogen transmission control. 

Dr. Adolph received his D.V.M. degree in 1996 from Oklahoma State University. After a year as an associate veterinarian, Dr. Adolph owned a small animal practice for 16 years. During his time as a practice owner, he developed a special interest in parasitology and practice management. In blending these two areas of focus, Dr. Adolph attended advanced parasitology and practice management continuing education events, became informed of the most current information available, and developed practice protocols based in sound science that were readily accepted by pet owners. 

Tuesday, May 8

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection – What Accredited Veterinarians Need to Know

Dr. Stacey Schwabenlander, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

An overview of Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) for Minnesota accredited veterinarians. Requirements to issue CVIs, paper and electronic CVI options, and general need to know information will be discussed.

Dr. Stacey Schwabenlander graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health in 2007. She spent two years in private practice in Green Bay, WI. She has been working at the Minnesota Board of Animal Health since 2010 and is currently overseeing the import/export division and working to advance animal disease traceability. She also directs cattle programs, the scrapie program in sheep and goats, the biologics program, ear tag distribution, and regulated animals.

Tuesday, June 12


Tuesday, July 10


Tuesday, August 14


Tuesday, September 11

Questions Every Veterinarian Must Know to Ensure Your Practice is Protected

Whether you are just starting your practice or have been in business for 20 years, insuring your practice from loss should be one of your top priorities. Unfortunately insurance is a complicated topic that often times leaves people with more questions than answers. Because there is so much riding on your insurance you owe it to yourself, your employees, and clients to have the best protection possible for when the unexpected happens. 

In this presentation you will discover:
1. If you are working with a insurance agent or Veterinary Insurance Professional 2. The essential insurance questions you must ask to protect your practice from the unexpected 3. Simple steps to take back to your practice to make sure you don't lose what you have worked so hard for.

Bill Butler has been with Butler & Associates Insurance Agency since 2004 when he started his insurance career after 12 years of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard and U.S. Army. Since entering the insurance industry, Bill has focused on education and has attained both his Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. Bill uses the knowledge he has gained, along with his insurance company relationships to work with each one of his clients on an individual basis to make sure that everything that they have worked so hard for is protected.

Tuesday, October 9


Tuesday, November 13


Tuesday, December 11


 2017 Lunch 'n Learn Archives 


Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm

Legacy & Estate Planning (Recording)    

Samuel S. Stalsberg, Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.


Tuesday, November 14

Grief & Loss – Working with Children (Recording) 

Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW, Crockford Consulting, LLC (Hanoduts)


Tuesday, October 10

Financial and Growth Strategies for Seasoned Veterinarian Professionals (Recording)

Heather Bantle, Financial Representative, Foster Klima
Rob Borcherding, Business Development Manager, Upper Midwest Market, Wells Fargo (Proceedings)

Tuesday, September 12

 Financial Strategies for New Veterinarian Professionals (Recording)

 Heather Bantle, Financial Representative, Foster Klima

Rob Borcherding, Business Development Manager, Upper Midwest Market, Wells Fargo (Proceedings)

Tuesday, August 8

What to Give and When – A Review of Current Vaccine Guidelines (Recording)

Dr. Nathaneal Oster, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health  (No Proceedings)

Tuesday, July 11

 Veterinary Radiation Therapy: Innovations and Indications (Recording)

Dr. Jessica Lawrence, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota (Proceedings)

 Wednesday, June 21 at 4:00 pm

One Health Antibiotic Stewardship (Recording)

Dr. Gary D. Neubauer, Senior Manager, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis (Proceedings)

Tuesday, June 13

 Are Your Clients Asking About Selective Dry Cow Therapy? ( No Recording)

Dr. Sandra Godden, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota (Proceedings)

Tuesday, May 9

Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic (Recording)

Dr. Kimberly Greene, Zoetis (Proceedings)

 Tuesday, April 11

Spring and Easter Toxins (Recording)

Dr. Charlotte Flint, Pet Poison Helpline (Proceedings)

Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00 pm

Senecavirus A in Swine (Recording)

Dr. Matt Sturos, Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, U of M (Proceedings)

Tuesday, March 14

Pet Food Profitability  (Recording)

Dr. Bret Deardorff, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. (Proceedings)

Tuesday, February 14

Stand Up to Cyberbullying (Recording)

Jonathan L. Bernstein/Erik Bernstein, Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc. (Proceedings)

Tuesday, January 10

"The VFD. What a #$&#@!! Mess!(Recording)

 Michael D Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, Kansas State University CVM (Proceedings)


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