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 software is used to conduct the online Lunch 'n Learn series. Join a test meeting now to ensure your device is set-up properly. 

2020 Lunch 'N Learn Schedule

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

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Tuesday, July 14-The Basics of Volunteering in an Emergency or Disaster

Kathy Jorgensen, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Coordinator, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps. 
Kathy Berlin, Deputy Director and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, University of Minnesota's Health Emergency Response Office.
Join us to learn about volunteer opportunities for veterinarians; how it works at local, state and federal levels and awareness of potential roadblocks (liability insurance, malpractice).

Kathy Jorgensen graduated from North Dakota State University in 1991 with a B.S. in microbiology and from the University Of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  In 2011, she completed a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Jorgensen achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2011.  She is the coordinator of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps.  She has been active in agricultural disaster preparedness and response and also the state’s Radiologic Emergency Preparedness Program.  She is a certified FEMA trainer for four radiologic/nuclear hazards courses and is ProBoard certified at the Hazardous Materials, Operations Level.  She serves as a Planning Section Chief in the Minnesota Board of Animal Health incident management team.  She and her husband run a dairy and beef farm in central Minnesota, and she enjoys spending time with their Border Collie, Alice, four cats and numerous chickens.

Ms. Kathy Berlin received her BA in nursing at the University of St. Catherine. Prior to joining the Health Emergency Response Office, her professional career included several years working as a Registered Nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital followed by a number of years as a school nurse and then as a Public Health Nurse in the emergency preparedness department of a local public health department. She is privileged to work with members of the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC is a group of individuals who share a commitment to offer their time and expertise to the University and broader communities during public health emergencies. She particularly enjoys the energy and enthusiasm students have to offer the Medical Reserve Corps program.

Tuesday, August 11-SDMA: Fundamentals to Expand Clinical Utility

Sally Ryan, DVM, IDEXX
SDMA stands for symmetric dimethylarginine and is a key biomarker for glomerular filtration rate in cats, dogs and humans. In this presentation we will answer the following questions: 1) How is SDBA used to complement standard kidney function diagnosis?; 2) What the indications for use of SDMA?; 3) How is SDMA used in IRIS guidelines for diagnosing and staging chronic kidney disease? 4) How do you manage patients with elevated SDMA levels?

Dr. Sally Ryan is a Professional Services Veterinarians at IDEXX for the Minnesota and Wisconsin regions. She has twenty years experience as an emergency clinician and medial director, and she is a leadership consultant and instructor. Dr. Ryan leads monthly webinars on topics related to leadership and professional development for VETGirl.

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.


Tuesday, October 13-Maximize Your Profitability Through Real Estate

Jon Helle, CARR Healthcare
Learn about opportunities and challenges that exist with veterinarians and their practice real estate. 

Tuesday, November 10-Equine Endocrinopathies: Diagnosis and Management in the Field

Alexandra Bianco, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
During this session you will identify similarities and differences between equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pars pituitary intermedia dysfunction (PPID). Learn how to diagnose and manage these conditions in the field. Discuss when to recommend a referral.

Dr. Bianco is a native of Minneapolis and graduated from the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a 1-year rotating equine internship at Kansas State University she completed a 3-year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University. She remained at Purdue for an additional year working as an equine ambulatory veterinarian; before returning to the University of Minnesota as a clinical faculty member in 2016. 

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