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, 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 medical 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. 

Tuesday, December 8-Wellness (specific topic TBD)

Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW, Crockford Consulting, LLC
Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW has spent over 15 years working in small and large nonprofits across the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Fusing big picture ideas with the day to day work is her specialty. Colleen thrives in building programs that can effectively reach their goals and motivate others to join in their cause. She specializes within the veterinary field in the areas of compassion fatigue and grief and loss through the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Program.


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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 Sheriff's 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.

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