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March 2015


SIVMA, Spring Meeting, March 18, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Effingham. The meeting will focus on Foal and Calf Neonatal Medicine. For a brochure that includes the registration form, click here.

EIVMA, Spring Meeting, March 26, 2015, from 8 am- 5 pm at College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Basic Sciences Building, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802. For a brochure that includes a registration form, click here.

March 2015

June 18-21st-  Pacific Veterinary Conference 2015-Long Beach, California-Join us under the sun in Long Beach for the 2015 Pacific Veterinary Conference.  This four day conference gives you the opportunity to earn CE with plenty of time to spend with family and friends.  Over 240 CE hours and 28.5 hours of technician specific CE.  More than 220 CE Sessions and labs.  Lunch Symposiums and a two day Vet Expo featuring more than 120 exhibitors.  Online registration available at PACVET.NET

April 2015

•NIVMA, 2015 Spring Meeting, April 29, 2015

Topic: Small Animal Endocrine Diseases; Speaker: Amy DeClue, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Internal Medicine). To register online, click here. To see the brochure, click here.

May 2015

May 6 ISVMA Anesthesia & Pain Management; Speaker: Stuart Clark-Price DVM, MS, DACVIM, Weitendorf Agiculture and Horticulture Center, Joliet Junior College, 17840 W Laraway Rd, Joliet, IL 60433. For more information dowload brochure here. To register online, click here. For a map, click here, as GPS is unreliable to this location.

June 2015

June 3 ISVMA Integrating Low-Stress Techniques to Improve Patient Compliance; Speaker: Colleen Koch, DVM, Drury Inn, 1118 Central Park Dr., O'Fallon, IL 62269. For more information, dowload a brochure here. To register online, click here.

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

June 1, 2014 at 5 pm EST - Attend LafeberVet’s free, interactive, R.A.C.E.-approved webinar “Avian Foraging and Enrichment” on to learn about the importance of enrichment and its proper implementation. is the online exotic animal resource posted by Lafeber Company. Enrichment is a common term used when describing the proper care of exotic animals kept in captivity. The popular and engaging speaker, board-certified avian veterinarian M. Scott Echols, highlights the basic principles of enrichment and discusses methods to enrich the lives of captive animals, particularly birds.  Visit LafeberVet’s Continuing Education page [link to] to learn more. Registration for this web-based seminar opens in mid-May 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.

June 6th, 2014   ISVMA Dental Wet Lab Program- Small Animal Dentistry-Central Illinois Location-Northgate Pet Clinic, Decatur Illinois.  Three to six total CE hours available.  A program offering morning lecture and afternoon lab for the doctor, the technician or the whole team.  Designed to build core knowledge and strategies for the technician and practitioner looking to expand their dental practice.  Please call ISVMA office for more information or assistance with registration 217-546-8381.

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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