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MARCH 2014

5-6, Mississippi Valley VMA Meeting, Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, East Peoria, IL. –More information coming soon.

12th-Dermatology CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL- Room 224. Dermatology is presented by Dana Lisk, DVM, DACVD.  Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit.  Topic:  This discussion will follow a directed path starting with the basic and common diseases, progressing to resistance and what is new in Derm literature.  Everything will be tied in with cases.  For more information:

27th-Eastern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association- College of Veterinary Medicine, Basic Science Building, Urbana Illinois.  The executive committee would like to invite you to our annual daylong spring clinic. Ophthalmology-Dr. Ralph Hamor.  For more info please contact:

APRIL 2014

9th - The Kankakee Valley VMA Spring Meeting will be held April 9, 2014 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Joliet Junior College Weitendorf Agriculture and Horticulture Center, 17840 West Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433. A copy of the program brochure can be downloaded from this website. Online registration is also available. The registration fee includes the meeting and lunch. Kelly Cairns, DVM, DACVIM will address the following feline topics: Upper Respiratory Disease; Bronchial Disease; Cholangiohepatitis; Hepatic Lipidosis; Chronic Kidney Disease; and Renal Secondary Hyperparathyroidism. This program qualifies for 3.0 CE Hours.

9th- Diagnostic Imaging-CVMA- Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224. Diagnostic Imaging is presented by Robert O’Brien, DVM, MS, DACVR.  Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit.  Topic:  Radiographic and Ultrasound Imaging can be used in every day practice.  Imaging can also be the  biggest challenge of each day.  In particular, thoracic radiographs can raise just as many questions as answers.  Ultrasound Imaging can be challenging to learn.  After this lecture you’ll get the answers quicker.  For more information:

11th - The ISVMA is pleased to offer a hands-on dentistry education opportunity for the veterinary team on April 11, 2014 at Southwestern Illinois College, Main Complex, Room 1103, 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221. A copy of the program brochure can be downloaded from this website. Online registration is also available. This program offers a morning lecture and afternoon lab for the doctor, the technician or the team! Designed to build core knowledge and strategies for the technician & practitioner looking to expand their dental practice. The speaker is Larry Baker, DVM, DAVDC. The lecture and lab qualify for 6.0 CE Hours and the lecture only qualifies for 3.0 CE Hours.

30th - The Northern Illinois VMA Spring Meeting will be held April 30, 2014 at the Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL. A copy of the program brochure can be downloaded from this website. Online registration is also available. The registration fee includes the meeting and lunch. Rebecca L. Stepien, DVM, MS DACVIM (Cardiology) will present a series of cardiology lectures focused on the diagnosis, staging and treatment of canine and feline heart disease. This program qualifies for 6.0 CE Hours.

MAY 2014

8-12th-CVC Conventions for Veterinary Care, Washington, D.C. 34-41 hours of CE Credit, for DVM’s, Practice Personnel and CVT’s.  For more information call 1-800-255-6864, ext. 6 and let us help you with any questions. 

14th- Feline Medicine-CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224.  Feline Medicine is presented by Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline).  Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit.  Topic: Handling cat patients in practice can be challenging. Dr. Scherk will discuss respectful cat handling vs. cat wrangling, and how to make your practice more cat-friendly. She will discuss numerous techniques of interacting with cats to make the hospital experience less stressful. In addition, feeding cats with different needs in the multi-cat household will be discussed. The lecture will give practitioners the tools to set about solving this challenge in a straight-forward fashion.  For more information:

JUNE 2014

4-7th-American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center-Nashville Tennessee.  Veterinarians and technicians and students may attend the Forum, which has sessions on all areas of internal medicine.  The veterinarians can earn up to 39 CE hours in 4 days.  Here is the website for further information:

 5th - Eastern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association - More information coming.

7-8 - Basic Fracture Continuing Education, Chicago, IL. This 2 Day combination lecture and wet lab will cover the management of simple fractures of the forelimb - radius, ulna, and hind limb - tibia and femur. IM pinning, hemicerclage, full cerclage wires, tension bands and plating will be covered. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with ethically obtained cadavers to properly understand patient preparation and draping, the approach to the bone, and tools and implants needed for basic fracture repair. The instructor, Dennis Ting, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has particular interests in orthopedics and traumatology. He is trained in minimally invasive surgeries such as fluoroscopic-assisted fracture repair. Dr. Ting has also published a number of original orthopedic articles in various veterinary surgery journals and has presented numerous lectures on international, national and local levels.

18th- Endocrinology-CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224.  Endocrinology is presented by Deborah Greco DVM, PhD, DACVIM.. Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit. Topic: The most commonly seen endocrine disorders of companion animals: a comprehensive review of current diagnostics and therapies. Topics to be presented:
1. Diet and feline diabetes mellitus;
2. Diet, Insulin and Oral Hypoglycemics: Good, Bad, & Ugly;
3. Beyond glucose curves;
4. Approach to the problem diabetic;
5. Canine hypothyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism and autoimmune polyglandular syndromes; and
6. It’s beginning to look a lot like Cushing’s.
 For more information:

19-22nd  Pacific Veterinary Conference-  San Francisco, California-  Plan your Vetcation©! Explore San Francisco, The City that has it all with world-famous attractions, fine dining, and exquisite shopping! Choose from more than 220 hours of California-approved CE including 28 hours of technician-specific CE. Enjoy a two-day Vet Expo with more than 120 exhibitors, great food, raffles, and giveaways!  Contact:  Beatriz Gómez or Lily Briggs at 800.655.2862 for more information. 

JULY 2014



3rd-Gastroenterology-CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224. Gastroenterology is presented by Todd Tams DVM, DACVIM. Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit. Topic: Dr. Tams’ discussion will provide updates on a number of topics in clinical gastroenterology that are relevant to small animal practitioners. Presentations will include: Diagnostic Overview for Vomiting, Pharmacologic Control of Vomiting, Updates on Management of Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs (Early Feeding is the Way to Go), Diagnosis and Management of Acute and Chronic Diarrhea, IBD in Dogs, IBD and Intestinal Lymphoma in Cats, and Management of Large Intestinal Disease in Dogs and Cats (including the latest recommendations on medical management of cats with obstipation/megacolon). Many case examples will be presented to highlight key clinical points and therapies. For more information:

4th -Eastern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association-More information coming.

10th-14th-   20th International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium, Indianapolis IN.  40 Hours CE available.  Please contact Kelli Albarado:, website:

13-16th - AHVMA Annual Conference-Portland Oregon - American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association conference.  2014 Lab Registration Space is limited.  Topics include; Joint Mobilizations, Advanced Tai Chi and Herbal Preparations.  For more information please contact the office by email:

20-21st- San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association-San Diego, California at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel. San Diego County VMA Veterinary Fall Conference.  “Veterinary Surgery for the General Practitioner”.  12 hours of Continuing Education.  Contact SDCVMA Conference Committee, 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Ste. 15, San Diego, CA 92120, or email:


15th-Cardiology-CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224. Cardiology is presented by Rebecca Stepien DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology). Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit. Topic: Update on Diagnosis and Therapy of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs/Cats- Recent advances in diagnosis and therapy of congestive heart failure in dogs and cats have significantly improved the quality of life and prognosis in affected animals. Dr. Stepien’s talks will cover diagnosis, staging and therapy of congestive heart failure in dogs and cats, including recent developments in pulmonary hypertension and use of biomarkers to diagnose and monitor heart disease. Case presentations of straightforward and complicated cases will be included.  For more information:


7-9th-ISVMA Annual Convention-Westin Hotel, Lombard IL.  More information coming soon. 


4th - Eastern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association-More information coming.  From 6-9 pm. 

17th-Clinical Nutrition-CVMA-Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL-Room 224. Clinical Nutrition is presented by Craig Datz DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine/Feline), DACVN. Attendees will earn 6 hours of CE credit. Topic: Your clients are asking you. What’s your knowledge about unconventional, raw and holistic diets? Why all the hype? Is there really hope associated with use of these diets? Dr. Datz will address these issues. What effect does food allergy have on itchy dogs and cats? Dr. Datz will give you the nutritional perspective on addressing food allergies. Finally, Dr. Datz will cover nutritional updates: new ideas for managing pancreatitis, urolithiasis and obesity and strategies for nutritional support of aging pets. This session will be sure to provide you with practical information you can put into practice tomorrow.  For more information:


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