2019 LNL

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 will be held monthly 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 Lunch 'n Learn Schedule

Registration is Now Open

Tuesday, April 9-MN Legislative Update

Cory Bennett, MVMA Lobbyist
Cullen Sheehan, MVMA Lobbyist

Join MVMA Lobbyists to learn about the status of various veterinary legislation. 

Tuesday, May 14-The Longhorned Tick and Other Ticks of Concern in Minnesota: What Veterinarians Need to Know
Jenna Bjork, DVM, MPH
Stacey Schwabenlander, DVM, MPH

An overview of the primary ticks of human and animal concern in Minnesota, including their currently known distribution and potential for disease transmission. A discussion on the longhorned tick risk and current surveillance efforts will also be highlighted.

Dr. Jenna Bjork graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2011. She joined the Minnesota Department of Health Vectorborne Diseases Unit in 2013 and currently manages tick fieldwork activities, epidemiologic research studies on tickborne diseases, and vectorborne disease outreach efforts. Prior to joining MDH, she worked for ten years in various positions within the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant, research laboratory associate, and companion animal veterinarian. Her professional interests include exploring the interfaces between environmental, human, and animal health.

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, ear tag distribution, and regulated animals.

Tuesday, June 11-Retirement Planning and Exit Strategies
Chandler MacLean, Business Banking Officer, Vice President, Bank of the West

Successful retirement and succession planning is an important issue to many small business owners, especially veterinary practice owners, to ensure a comfortable retirement and ongoing success of their business once they are gone. In today’s fast-paced and hectic business culture, it is also often an overlooked or neglected aspect of private practice business planning. In this conversation we will discuss strategies and tactics for addressing retirement planning, and important benchmarks to keep in mind along the way.

Chandler MacLean is a vice president and business banker at Bank of the West with more than 10 years of experience working with small business owners and private practices. He helps to facilitate successful private practice transitions across the Midwest, including succession and retirement planning with retiring veterinarians.

Tuesday, July 9-The State (of Minnesota) Companion Animal Rescues
Margaret Gordon, VMD, MVMA Chair, Animal Welfare Committee

Learn about the history of companion animal rescues, hear an overview on national efforts to involve veterinarians in the oversight of animal rescue efforts and to hear about where Minnesota stands in these efforts. This is a discussion format, so please bring your voice to share your knowledge, experiences and ideas on how Minnesota veterinarians can stay progressive, create standards of care for rescues and better support rescues.

Dr. Margaret Gordon graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 with an award and grant in Small Animal Medicine. She practiced emergency medicine and primary care in Brooklyn, New York until 2008 and then moved to Minneapolis and practices them now in the Twin Cities. She has developed a passion to help bring more veterinary expertise to the animal rescue world and to make sure that the word “rescue” is always synonymous with less pain and a better future. Margaret currently sits on the board of MN SNAP and is the Chair of the MVMA Small Animal Welfare Committee.

Tuesday, August 13

Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday, October 8

Tuesday, November 12

Tuesday, December 10 

 2019 Lunch 'n Learn Archives

NOTE: The archived Lunch 'n Learn session are not eligible for CE credit.

Tuesday, March 12-Paraneoplastic Syndromes: Finding the Cancer
Briana Keller, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Animal Emergency & Referral Center

Cancer doesn't always show itself as an obvious lump or bump. Sometimes cancer causes problems or clinical signs that are seemingly unrelated to the tumor itself. Learn about some of the most common and most unique paraneoplastic syndromes to know when your suspicion of an underlying cancer should be high.

Briana Keller, DVM, residency-trained in oncology, earned her veterinary degree in 2013 from the University of Minnesota. After a rotating internship in small animal medicine and oncology at North Carolina State University, she completed her oncology residency at the same school. She began working at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota in September 2018. Dr. Keller originally wanted to pursue a career in wildlife medicine, but after traveling the world to work with exotic animals, she realized how much she missed getting to know her patients and building relationships with pet owners. Her interest in oncology grew in her final year of veterinary school, and by graduation she knew she wanted to focus her career on helping pets with cancer. Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, but Dr. Keller aims to provide compassionate and informative care to help pet owners make the best decisions for their furry family members regarding treatment. 


Tuesday, February 12-The Role of Laser Therapy in Managing Pain and Osteoarthritis

Lisa A. Miller, DVM, CCRT, CVA

This presentation is a brief look at incorporating laser therapy into the multimodal management of the osteoarthritic pet.  Discussion includes goals in treating osteoarthritic patients, a review of the process of osteoarthritis, maladaptive pain and its relationship to the arthritic pet, and pain management for osteoarthritis via laser therapy.

Dr. Miller has been working with laser therapy/photobiomodulation since 2006 and has lectured both nationally and internationally on laser therapy-related topics at over 60 veterinary conferences, universities, medical association meetings, webinars and advanced-user seminars on the subject.  Additionally, she has authored numerous articles on laser therapy for veterinary publications as well as worked closely with several universities, assisting in study design for research in laser therapy. Dr. Miller is a contributing author of Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine - Photobiomodulation published in 2017 by Wiley.

Tuesday, January 8-Opioid Misuse in Minnesota: Veterinarians Need To Be A Part Of The Solution 
Mary Olson, DVM, East Central Veterinarians
Jennifer Schurrer, DVM, MS, CCRP, East Central Veterinarians

Dr. Mary Olson received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota to dove into the trenches of mixed animal practice in rural Minnesota (East Central Veterinarians).  Then she woke up one day and transitioned to a small animal practitioner.    Dr. Olson is one of the founders of the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State fairs which allows her to enjoy all 12 days of the “Minnesota Great Get Together”.  

Dr. Jennifer Schurrer received his veterinary and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and joined a small animal practice before transitioning to teaching at a Veterinary Technology program.  Dr. Schurrer combined her passion for teaching and veterinarian medicine into her new role as Practice Manager for East Central Veterinarians.  Dr. Schurrer is currently the chair of the MVMA Small Animal Continuing Education committee.