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. 

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


register here for select 2021 LNL sessions!

Tuesday, March 9-Thriving in Private Practice through the Pandemic-Opportunities, Challenges and Current State

Tammara Plankers, Vice President, Healthcare Industries Group, Wells Fargo
Join us to discuss managing through the pandemic, how private practice transitions and start-ups are still working and any other topics around ownership and managing your practice.

Tammara has more than two decades of experience in consulting and training. She is an authority on understanding and managing cash flow and has a strong record of coaching practices to profitability. Tammara is a certified Executive Coach, a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, and a graduate of Purdue University's Veterinary Management Institute.

Tuesday, April 13-Multimodal Management of Osteoarthritis: Cold Weather Woes

Christopher M. Lewis, DVM, MPH, DAVPM, Technical Services Veterinarian, Vetoquinol
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common condition in companion animals, especially older pets. By some estimates, over 20% of all dogs are affected by OA with increasing percentages as they age. In cats, one study showed 90% of cats over 12 years old had radiographic changes associated with OA. This presentation will summarize many Osteoarthritis topics, including: the prevalence, causes, and diagnosis of OA; principles of treatment; and using a multimodal approach to therapy.

Chris Lewis attended Kansas State University for undergraduate studies and veterinary school. After graduation, Dr. Lewis moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and practiced in small animal clinics for over 10 years. Later, Chris returned to school for a Master of Public Health, again, at Kansas State University. Upon completion of the MPH program, Dr. Lewis moved to the Washington, DC area to work as a veterinary consultant focused on biosurveillance, biosafety, and biosecurity capabilities. Since 2017, he has worked as a Technical Services Veterinarian with Vetoquinol USA. In 2019, Dr. Lewis became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, which promotes preventive medicine and public health in the veterinary community. Dr. Lewis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. 

Tuesday, May 11-What Does Research Tell Us About Calf Auto Feeders?

Whitney Knauer, VMD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
This presentation will highlight what is currently understood about best management practices, disease incidence, and factors associated with success on farms that utilize automatic milk feeders to feed and manage their pre-weaned calves.

Dr. Knauer developed her love of the dairy industry while an undergrad at the University of Vermont. After graduating with an Animal Science degree, she continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her VMD in 2010. She then completed an Internship and Residency in Ambulatory and Production Medicine at Cornell University in 2013. She completed her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Sandra Godden at the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty in the fall of 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine where she splits her time between teaching and research. Her teaching interests include animal welfare and behavior, dairy production medicine, and small ruminant and camelid production medicine. Her research interests include young stock health management, dairy cattle behavior and welfare, and the use of precision dairy technologies to predict and detect disease.

Tuesday, June 8-Why We Choose Not to Go with Calf Auto Feeders

Lee Michels, DVM, Veterinarian and Dairy Manager, Holsum Dairies
Learn about the struggles of Holsum Dairies old nursery system and the considerations they went through in deciding which new milk fed system to implement. Discuss the evaluation of systems from the perspective of animal health, animal performance, labor efficiency and management style.

Dr. Lee Michels is a 2015 University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. He started in private practice as a doing solely cattle work in Central Minnesota. In 2019 he joined Holsum Dairies in Hilbert, WI as their staff veterinarian and diary manager.

Tuesday, July 13-

Tuesday, August 10-Our Success with Calf Auto Feeders

Kristin Solum-Quist, Minglewood Inc.

Tuesday, September 14-Nutrition

Royal Canin

Tuesday, October 12-Oncology

Wedgewood Pharmacy

Tuesday, November 9-Always by My Side: The Role of Animals in World War II

KateAn Hunter, DVM, Trupanion
The partnership between humans and animals has enhanced our lives and advanced society. But this partnership can be used both for and against us. During World War II, the use of animals in warfare shifted from horses for transportation to more creative and sometimes troubling roles for animals. This presentation reviews a variety of interesting and sometimes surprising ways that animals were integral to forces on all sides of the history of WWII.

Dr. KateAn Hunter graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 after a career as a research chemist. In 1996, she opened Carver Lake Veterinary Center in Woodbury. This small animal practice is AAHA accredited and provide primary care for a wide variety of companion animals . Both at Carver Lake Veterinary Center and in her personal life, she has dedicated herself to sharing with others what can be accomplished when humans and animals work together. For over 35 years, she has trained and competed with her dogs in obedience, agility, nosework  rally, and musical freestyle.  She volunteered with her horse for the Dakota County Sheriffs Mounted Patrol for 12 years, working in search and rescue, security, and public relations.  She has served on numerous boards including as President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. She now works for Trupanion to educate veterinarians and clients on the benefits of medical insurance for pets.

Tuesday, December 14-Ophthalmology

Andrew Rogen, AERC