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Jan-Feb 2020 linked pdf with inserts

Jan-Feb 2020 linked pdf with inserts


NEW UPDATED LOOK Leading Minnesota’s Veterinary Profession

for an online version with

Ann Bancroft


Don’t miss Ann Bancroft at the UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY PARTY
Annual meeting this year. Ann
Bancroft is a world-renowned Recap on MOVE and POTL End of the Year Party
polar explorer, adventurer,
and animal enthusiast. She On Wednesday, December 11, the MOVE team along with MVMA
is best known for being the Power of Ten Leadership Program (POTL) threw an end of the year ugly
first woman in history to cross sweater holiday party. The event had a great turnout and was held
the ice to both the North at Summit Brewing Company’s Ratskeller Taproom in St. Paul. Member
and South Poles and as the and nonmember DVMs along with vet students were encouraged to
founder of the Ann Bancroft attend.
Foundation. Her work to break
down barriers for women is Attendees had the opportunity to learn about and donate to local
inspirational. Listen to her tell veterinary nonprofits; Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation
stories of perseverance and (MVMF), Vet Partners Cares, Minnesota Association for Pets in Crisis
ingenuity and how adapting (MNAPC), Vet League Rescue, and Basic Animal Rescue Training
to change is instrumental when (BART). The holiday party was able to raise over $3,000 for the
exploring new horizons. nonprofits, thanks to generous patrons and a match/donation from
The event also offered an open mic for veterinarians to share their
Capitol Report p. 4 stories. The theme of the open mic was strangest gift from a client or

Lastest MOVE Event p. 1, 6 Continued on page 6

Ridgewater VT Program p. 8 - 9

What’s New at the U? p. 18 - 19

Classifieds p. 22 - 27


President’s Message If the committee doesn’t get rules/4732.0875/
to the veterinary rules on Feb.
by Dr. Joni Scheftel 5, then they will be considered Here is the link to the X-ray Rule
on March 25. There is one Revision website: https://
Hi Everyone, person on the committee
representing the veterinary communities/environment/
We just learned that the community, a veterinary radiation/xray/rules/xrayrulerev.
Minnesota X-Ray Rulemaking technician from Melrose. There html
Advisory Committee has will be an opportunity for input
been meeting to update during a comment period at My veterinary public health hero
Minnesota’s radiology rules. The the end of the meeting. I plan this time is Dr. Larissa Minicucci,
rules applying to veterinarians to attend, but it is important who died on November 16 from
will likely be discussed at the that practicing vets also be colon cancer at the age of 45.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 available to comment at this A public health professor at
meeting, which will be held meeting, including equine vets the College, she was known for
from 1-4 pm in 144/145B who use radiology equipment her passion for teaching and
Freeman Building, 625 N Robert in the field. Some of you may community service. One of the
Street in downtown Saint Paul. remember a close call many programs that Larissa helped
years ago involving radiology start and run was SIRVS: the
rules that would have been Student Initiative for Reservation
difficult for many veterinary Veterinary Services, a student-
facilities to implement. MVMA run program that provides
organized a response that veterinary care to underserved
prevented their adoption. people in diverse settings.
Students get valuable surgical
Please let Dan Tjornehoj at the and medical experience, gain
confidence, and experience
MVMA office know if you can the impact of our profession
help out with this. on people’s lives. Larissa
directed the College’s DVM/
Here is the link to the current MPH program and co-directed
rules: the Public Health Residency for
Chapter 4732, part 4732.0875 many years. Both are nationally


The MVMA Messenger, formerly known as MVMA News, is published bi-monthly by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical
Association, it is distributed free of charge to all its members. The deadline for all materials is the 7th of the month prior to
publication. Display advertising is available at the Executive Director’s discretion. Contact the MVMA for more details.


President – Joni Scheftel AVMA Delegate - Dr. Matthew Boyle Minnesota Veterinary
President-elect – Matthew Boyle AVMA Alt. Delegate - Dr. Teresa Hershey Medical Association
Vice president – Connie Sillerud AVMA Executive Board - Dr. John Howe 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100
Past President – David Fell MVMA Executive Director - Dan Tjornehoj South Saint Paul, MN 55075
Secretary/treasurer – Jim Winsor MN Board of Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Julia Wilson
Director – Ann Brownlee MN Board of Animal Health - Dr. Beth Thompson 651-645-7533
Director – Rob Memmen U of M CVM - Dr. Laura Molgaard
Director – David Lee SAVMA President - Erika Wehmhoff
Director – Jessica Koppien-Fox MVMA/MVMF Student Representative - Alexis [email protected]


Dan Tjornehoj Kelly Andrews Nicole Kast Megan Nadeau Maria Nellessen Mandy Richter
Executive Director Assistant Executive Continuting Marketing and Certification and Administrative
[email protected] Director Education Program Communications Systems Coordinator Assistant
[email protected] Manager Coordinator [email protected] [email protected]
[email protected] [email protected]


Calendar of Events

January 9, 2020 UPCOMING MVMA
MVMA Winter Seminar. Essentials for the Rural Ruminant Practitioner,
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria, MN. Go to mvma. FREE Online Lunch ‘N Learn
org/seminars for more information. Sessions -2nd Tuesdays of each
month from Noon – 1:00 pm.
January 9-12, 2020 Open to MVMA Members ONLY.
Register online at
AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference. Chicago Marriott Downtown lunch-n-learn. Attendees receive:
Magnificent Mile. VLC is the veterinary profession’s premier conference 1 interactive CE credit.
for leadership development. Unique mix of CE sessions, AVMA
governance meetings and networking will expand and hone leadership January 14 – Medical Insurance
skills. for Pets: What Vets Do and Don’t
Need to Know – Kate An Hunter,
January 23, 2020 DVM, Trupanion

MOVE at the Science Museum. Join MOVE at the Science Museum of January 23 – The Veterinarian’s
Minnesota as we discuss social media at the SM2 event. Free and open Role in Wildlife Rehabilitation
to all DVMs and their families. Learn more about how you can get your – Julia Ponder, DVM, MPH, The
FREE tickets at upcoming-move-events Raptor Center, CVM, UMN

January 28-29, 2020 January 28 – Triaging Wildlife
– Renee Schott, DVM, CWR,
MN Pork Congress. Swine specific tradeshow and education event. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of
Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit for more Minnesota
February 11 – Key Performance
February 12-13, 2020 Indicators – David Kelling,
CPA, MBT, Kelling, Boscovih &
Iowa VMA Winter Conference. Prairie Meadows Convention Center, Company LTD
Altoona, IA. For more information contact [email protected].
March 10 – How to Avoid and
February 16-19, 2020 Treat Extraction Complications in
Dogs and Cats – Gary Goldstein,
WVC 92nd Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Visit for more DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, Lakefield
information. Veterinary Group

February 20-22, 2020

MVMA 123rd Annual Meeting. Featuring keynote speaker Ann Bancroft-
author, teacher and adventurer! Minneapolis Hilton. For the most up-to-
date information go to:

recognized programs. She was look forward to hearing your for all you do for animals and
involved in MVMA and served thoughts on veterinary issues for people. And thank you for
as co-chair of the Public Health of the day, and what MVMA the opportunity to serve as
Committee. Anyone involved can do better. This is my last president. It has been an honor.
in public health in Minnesota newsletter column and my Sincerely,
knew, loved and respected last opportunity to encourage
Larissa Minicucci. She was very you to get involved in MVMA. Joni
funny and always positive. We Consider this a personal
will remember her that way. invitation to do so!

Ann Bancroft will be the Hope your holidays are full of
keynote speaker at the Annual joy. We have so much to be
Meeting (Feb 20-22) and the grateful for as veterinarians,
CE program is excellent. I hope and so much opportunity to
to visit with you there and do good in the world. Thanks

The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association by Dr. Thomas Hagerty

Capitol Report

At the November Government Affairs Committee In the 2020 Legislative Session, MVMA intends
(GAC) MVMA lobbyists, Cory Bennett, provided to push legislation that provides immunity from
a legislative report to members. The DFL controls civil or criminal liability for licensed veterinarians
the Minnesota House of Representatives in the (or their agents) who report known or suspected
2019-20 biennium, with Republicans retaining a animal neglect, cruelty, or abuse as long as
two seat majority in the Senate. In the fall of 2020 the veterinarian is providing services in the
the election of all 134 state representative and 67 normal course of business. Rep. John Lesch
state senate seats will determine the composition (DFL- St. Paul) visited with MVMA Government
of the legislature going into 2021. The Governor Affairs Committee members in November. It is
will not be up for re-election until the fall of 2022. his committee that will be debating this bill in
The upcoming redistricting process may result in the House Judiciary Committee in 2020 after it
Minnesota losing a representative in Washington passed out of the Agriculture Committees in the
but potentially greater impact statewide as House and Senate in 2019.
district lines are redrawn giving the party in
power the ability to seek stronger party control in Also this year, MVMA will be supporting
the future. legislation that creates a statewide dangerous
dog database with the Department of Public
While the governor, legislative leaders and Safety. Dr. Phil Nelson (GAC member) is the
legislators will be focusing on sizable items such MVMA member who brought this issue to the
as health care, transportation, education and forefront and to the GAC meeting in 2018. He
a bonding bill, MVMA will be actively engaged was instrumental in working with his legislator and
on several different fronts including supporting other legislators in crafting legislation. Dr. Nelson
ongoing funding requests for the College of is committed to this issue and getting legislation
Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostics reintroduced in 2019. MVMA believes that the
Lab, Board of Animal Health, and the Board Public Safety Office is best suited to oversee
of Veterinary Medicine. Other top tier issues this activity. The 2020 Legislative Session begins
for the MVMA will be to seek passage of the February 11th and will adjourn on May 18th.
veterinary immunity bill that provides immunity
to veterinarians when animal cruelty is reported. During the Fall Government Affairs Committee
We will also be monitoring legislative proposals meeting, MVMA lobbyists, Cullen Sheehan and
pertaining to the state’s prescription monitoring Cory Bennett, discussed the various bills that will
program (PMP), the veterinary prescription be carried over from the 2019 legislative session
monitoring program (VPMP). The MVMA will also while also looking ahead to the 2020 legislative
advocate for the creation of a statewide registry session. The committee also discussed the
of dangerous dogs. Companion Animal Board legislation that will be
revisited by legislators in 2020. Some committee
The Minnesota Legislature will have a projected members expressed concerns if certain disease
$1.3 billion surplus, according to the November and animal health responsibilities are removed
budget forecast to work with in this upcoming from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
legislative session as they look to use some The MVMA lobbying team will remain diligent
of these funds. Hopefully this positive funding in monitoring this legislation and educating
level will work favorably in our efforts to move legislators about potential impacts to the
forward the budget requests of the University veterinary industry.
of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine,
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Board of Dr. Margaret Gordon provided an update on
Animal Health, and other funding initiatives that the work of the MVMA Small Animal Welfare
benefit, the practice of veterinary medicine and Committee especially pertaining to a proposed
the patients we treat. Rescue Certification Program. The goal of the
voluntary program is to outline basic animal


Welcome New MVMA Members

care and organizational standards for rescue Active Affiliate
organizations to attain for certification. Dr. Mori Afraz Ms. Nicole Lindsley
Dr. Emmily Bergstedt Ms. Caitlin McMahon
Cullen also emphasized the importance of Dr. Jamie Dean
in-district clinic visits with legislators and the Dr. Laura Durant- Associate
importance of attending MVMA’s 2020 Day at Elliott Dr. Anthony Guerino
the Capitol on April 1st (see the registration form Dr. Rachael Garske Dr. Phillip Hanson
in this newsletter). Please contact the MVMA Dr. Madeline Hogg Dr. Amber Sombke
office if you need more information about this Dr. Jessica Horton
event, about hosting a legislator in your clinic, or Dr. Ariana Houge- Corporate Supporting
about attending the day at the Capitol. Also, Liebsch Mrs. Allison Boerum
contact the MVMA office if you are interested in Dr. Hana Kazunas
becoming a member of the GAC or if you would Dr. Danna Kedrowski Virtuwoof
like to make a contribution to VET-PAC which Dr. Susan Meier Mr. Jon Helle
helps our legislative advocacy team in working Dr. Bernadette Rivet
with legislators and advancing the MVMA’s Dr. Rose Rodriguez Carr Healthcare
legislative agenda. Dr. Mary Watson Realty
Dr. Linda Wolf Ms. Kelly Prchal
Save The Date Dr. Darrick Yamaguhi CareVet Health
Ms. Jean Scott
MVMA Day at the Capitol Scott Build, Inc.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Spend the day at the State Capitol telling lawmakers
what we do, how we provide the best care for
animals, and the important impact we have on
Minnesota Communities.

• Meet your state legislator and talk about issues
important to you, your business, and the veterinary
industry. No charge, but pre-registration is required
to schedule a legislative visit.

• Enjoy the comaraderie of your colleagues and
learn more about MVMA’s legislative agenda.

Local constituents like you have the highest amount
of influence with their legislators when issues of
significance arise at the state capitol. It is important
for veterinarians to meet their local leaders and
express their views and expertise on legislation that
affects the profession and the health of animals.

Register online at


strangest foreign body. The laughs were endless.
Congratulations to our open mic winner, Dr. Jim
Winsor, and to Dr. Brittany Borck, who wore the
ugliest sweater.

Don’t miss MOVE’s next event at the Science
Museum of Minnesota on January 23, 2020. For
more information and to get your free tickets visit

THE POWER OF TEN Are You Interested in MVMA’s Power of
Ten Leadership Program?
“The Power of Ten has been
a valuable investment of The Power of Ten Leadership class members on a number of
my time. The program has (POTL) Program is designed to related topics. The sessions will
provided me with a lot cultivate leadership capacity in be face-to-face meetings in the
of great information and recent graduates and provide Twin Cities (usually 6-9 pm).
learning experiences that
introduced me to a lot of the will enrich the individual and The next POTL class will
topics including veterinary benefit the individual’s practice, begin in March or April and
involvement in government community, and profession. conclude before the MVMA
affairs, starting or acquiring Annual Meeting in February
The POTL Program will 2021. A MVMA POTL graduate
a practice and practice provide ten recent graduates member will chair each session
management. I have (graduated from a college of and introduce the topic and
veterinary medicine with a DVM guest speaker. Please contact
enjoyed each meeting and degree within the last ten years) the MVMA (dant@mvma.
discussion.” with leadership development org) or call 651-645-7533 to find
sessions over an eight-month out more and to register for
-Dr.Holly Lillegaard Rudolf period. MVMA will provide 2020 sessions (limited openings).
topic experts that not only There is no charge for
convey the key learning points participation and dinner is
about leadership, but also provided at each session.
deepen the understanding of


Minnesota Opportunities
for Veterinarian Engagement

Social Media x Science Museum =SM2

January 23, 2020

Join MOVE as we explore the Science Museum of
Minnesota! Get FREE tickets for you and your family on
January 23, 2020. Have access to the museum all day, then
recharge with MOVE at 6:30 pm for food and refreshments.
Social Media experts will be available to show you how to build your
online presence, help you handle bad reviews, and to answer all your
This MOVE event is free and open to all DVMs - you do not need to be a
member of the MVMA to attend.
To learn more and register visit


Time for a Wellness Check?

We can help you with that. MVMA Wellness and Peer Assistance chair, Dr. Marceen Hammer and Assistant
Director, Kelly Andrews recently attended the AVMA Wellness Summit in Chicago. A lot of statistics and
concepts were taught. Our mental wellbeing requires work. Steps to keeping yourself healthy; to be mindful,
to have self-compassion, and to be aware of your own core values. If you have an interest in serving on the
Wellness and Peer Assistance Committee please let the MVMA know at [email protected].

The MVMA prioritizes veterinary wellness and have scheduled upcoming trainings and support groups at
our Annual Meeting in February. Supporting member, Colleen Crockford with Crockford Consulting, offers
compassion fatigue and moral resilience trainings and you will save money as an MVMA member.


Thursday, February 20, 2020 – WeGive Track Friday, February 21, 2020

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Building Moral Resilience to Combat Moral Stress MVMA Peer Support Group
Ms. Colleen Crockford The MVMA peer support group is for annual meeting
attendees and presenters to gather to share common
QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer experiences, challenges and strategies for dealing with
Mr. Wil Sampson-Bernstrom life. The group will be moderated by Colleen Crockford,
Sponsored by NAMI - MN veterinary Social Worker, who specializes in the needs of the
veterinary professional community. Come meet our therapy
Toxic Venting: Stopping the Cycle and Moving Forward dog! Everyone is welcome!
Ms. Athena Diesch-Chham
Some topics of conversation may include:
· Moral Stress / Compassion Fatigue / Burnout
· Mental Health / Emotional Support
· Chemical Use and Dependency
· Life Challenges

College Veterinary
Technology Program

By Maria Nellessen, BA, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

In the beautiful, small town of Willmar, Ridgewater (SCNAVTA) chapter, they work on a variety of
College houses a veterinary technology program service projects throughout the year consisting of
in the Agriculture and Veterinary Science offering low cost baths, nail trims and microchip
building. Collectively, Agriculture and Veterinary services.
Technology students represent 10% of the Willmar
campus student population with upwards of Right now, they cap their admission at 64 new
350 students in those programs. There is about students into the program each year. Since the
100 – 120 veterinary technology students. An largest attrition is between the first and second
enthusiastic and knowledgeable program chair, year, they developed a “coating ceremony”,
Dr. Allen Balay greeted me and was excited to at which all the second-year students are
boast about the Veterinary Technology program awarded a monogrammed lab coat. “This not
and students. The Veterinary Technology program only emphasizes professionalism but a level of
was brought to Willmar from the University of accomplishment for these students”, explains Dr.
Minnesota - Waseca when that campus closed Balay. In addition, all the veterinary technology
in the early 1990’s. Dr. Balay started teaching students have their picture taken and displayed
at Ridgewater in 1995 and has been with the within the hallways. This year, Ridgewater
program ever since. The program staff consists College also transferred 6 students from the now
of 2 faculty veterinarians, 3 faculty certified closed veterinary technology program at Argosy
veterinary technicians, and 3 certified veterinary University. These students have transitioned quite
technician lab assistants. smoothly into Ridgewater College.

Their staff is unique because their “newest” The program works with several rescue agencies
member has been there for over 10 years, and to provide cats and dogs for their program.
they are level 3 Fear-Free certified. This speaks About 10-14 cats and 10 dogs are housed on-site
of the dedication to these new graduates that for students to complete full work-ups on them,
behavior is such an important tool when dealing which involve thorough weekly examinations,
with the various temperaments of pets. In vaccines, bloodwork, treatment if necessary and
addition, first year students complete the level- a spay/neuter. The animals receive enrichment
one Fear-Free certified program and second while on campus; each student is expected to
year students complete the level-two Fear-Free complete a weekly enrichment interaction or
program. walk with one dog and cat. The campus has a
large fenced-in area where dogs can run and
Dedication to students is a core value of play and cats are let out of their kennels to play
this program. Their student to instructor ratio and run in an indoor-enclosed area. They have
is 8:1; while in many second-year courses a “talkative” cockatiel named Twitter Joe on site
including surgery, it is 6:1. Each year, “scholastic whose specialty is “wolf whistles” (he was a little
achievement in academics” and “excellence shy when I was there), and a very handsome
in leadership” awards are handed out to yellow-footed tortoise named Torti who was very
deserving students. Students are also given the friendly and social.
opportunity several times yearly to volunteer
with local shelters doing vaccine clinics where There is a clinic onsite in which 4th semester
they work on 60-70 animals per evening at the
surrounding counties’ fairgrounds. Since the
program has a Student Chapter of the National
Association of Veterinary Technicians in America


students answer phones, schedule and do When Selling or Buying
appointments for students, staff and the public. a Veterinary Practice
Since it is a well-care clinic, only vaccines, nail
trims and heartworm tests are offered and Call on the...
provided by the students. One of the faculty
veterinarians is in attendance during the clinic Kurt Liljeberg, DVM
hours. No diagnostic tests, surgeries or other
services are provided. The clinic has very limited Licensed Real Estate Broker
hours and sick animals are referred to local Experienced Practice Broker
This site visit to Ridgewater College was truly Practice Sales
inspirational and extraordinary. I believe Associate Buy-In/Out
students are receiving not only the best possible Corporate Buy-Out
education but also taught other valuable skills
for their career. For example, the Veterinary Office: 800-380-6872
Technology National Exam (VTNE) preparation Fax: 866-813-3639
class is required for all students and students are
taught the importance of credentialing in their Email: [email protected]
field. Even though Willmar is a jaunt from the
Twin Cities, it is definitely worth looking into when ~ Easy Transitions for Mutual Profit ~
pursuing a veterinary technology career.

Do you have a story to tell? Send us an email at
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123rd MVMA Annual Meeting is Almost Here - Register Soon!

The MVMA will host the 123rd MVMA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Minneapolis downtown on Thursday, February
20 - Saturday, February 22. We are thrilled about this year’s exceptional educational programming offered
in the areas of small animal, public health, comparative medicine, bovine, equine, small ruminant, swine,
practice management; and last year’s new track, WeGIVE (Wellness and Gender in Veterinary Environments) is
returning! On Wednesday, February 19 there will be two full-day pre-Annual Meeting trainings:

1. Animal Cruelty
2. Biological Incidents Awareness

Other educational highpoints include the general reception followed by trivia with Trivia Mafia. On your
session, Blockchain: What Is It and Why Should I Care way to trivia get your last bids in before the conclusion
presented by Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD, Associate of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation
Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, (MVMF) Silent Auction that ends at 6 pm.
a Department of Homeland Security Center of
Excellence at the University of Minnesota. Stay up to date at the Annual Meeting with the MVMA
App (MN VMA). The app contains the Annual Meeting
The Just in Time lunch discussion on Chronic Wasting schedule, handouts, maps, list of sponsors and
Disease: Where Are We Now? Intriguing breakfast exhibitors, parking information, and much more.
sessions include Friday’s, Anesthesia Protocols for
Difficult Patients featuring Jane Quandt, DVM, ACVAA A reminder that the Hilton Minneapolis room block
and on Saturday Jason Stull, VMD, MPVM, PhD, ends on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. In order to
DACVPM will address Human and Animal Health receive the best rate, you are encouraged to book
Hazards from Pet Food. early. Go to and click on
Hotel Information to make your reservations online
The Saturday Animal Hall of Fame Awards luncheon and get the reduced rate.
will feature world-renowned polar explorer, Ann
Bancroft. Additionally, over 100 exhibitors will be onsite Please go to to register online or call the
to share with you the latest and greatest in products MVMA office (651-645-7533) for any questions. Hope
and services that they have to offer. And because to see you there!
we know you like fun, Friday evening will consist of a

Biological Incidents Awareness

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Lunch in Exhibit Hall
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Animal Cruelty: Recognizing the Red Flags and How to Report
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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Liu, DVM, ASPCA New York Animal Hospital, Franklin McMillian, DVM, Director of Well-Being Studies,

Best Friends Animal Society

Just In Time Lunch Discussion

Chronic Wasting Disease: Where are We Now?

Thursday, February, 20|12:45 - 1:45 pm

Join the discussion and learn everything you ever wanted to know about chronic wasting disease (CWD)
from its first identification in Minnesota cervids to the most up-to-date information. As you well know, during
the 2019 Minnesota legislative session provisions related to the state’s response of CWD were intensely
negotiated. Revisit the fundamentals and explore the future of CWD with those who are on the front lines of
research and response to this fatal animal disease.

Cory Anderson, MPH Linda Glaser, DVM Michelle Carstensen, Peter Larsen, PhD Moderator: Matthew
MS, PhD Boyle, DVM

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11:00 am Practice “Dogagram”

Keynote Luncheon 10:45 a Dr. Richard Ford Dr. Clara Goh

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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work, where has it been used, and most importantly, why should poPtlenatsiealRaSdVvPetroseKerisffHecatysdinenbraatchycephalic dogs,

I care as a veterinarian? [email protected].

Breakfast Seminar8 Sponsored by Hill’ms PvetmNuatr.itoiorng

Human and Animal Health
Hazards from Pet Food

Dr. Jason Stull

Saturday, February, 22|7:30 - 8:45 am

Over recent years, commercial pet food contaminants and
chemical adulterants (e.g., bacteria, parasites, mycotoxins,
vitamin D3, melamine) have resulted in several disease
outbreaks in pets and people. Recent increases in clients
feeding raw meat-based diets further add to these human
and pet health risks, with concerns such as Salmonella and
multi-drug resistant bacteria. This talk will review human and
animal pet food-associated disease health risks, highlighting
key steps veterinary staff can take to help clients manage
these risks.

Calling all Minnesota Canine, Feline, and Equine practitioners!

Are you concerned about the growing incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections in veterinary patients?
We are too, and we need your help.

By understanding how antibiotics are selected and used for in dog, cat, and equine patients, we can
better understand the potential influence of antibiotic use on antibiotic resistance in Minnesota practices
and identify ways to support Minnesota veterinarians in their stewardship of antibiotics.

We are asking Minnesota companion animal (canine, feline, and/or equine) clinics to partner with the
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in a study to assess antibiotic use and resistance.
UMN research staff will visit your clinic on a date that is convenient for you and review medical records
with a staff member. Data from a single day of clinical practice will be collected quarterly (4 times in the
year). Data collected will include age, breed, sex, chief complaint and body system affected, diagnosis,
antibiotic treatment prescribed (if any), and diagnostic tests conducted. Total commitment for the year-
long participation is estimated to be around 8 hours, but will vary based on patient case load. See the
attachment for additional information and to learn how participation can benefit your clinic!

Please contact Emma Leof, Program Manager, for additional information or to express your interest:
email: [email protected], phone: 612-301-3274, website:


Corporate Supporting Members are in bold |Sponsors are in italic

AfterHours Veterinary Care Karkela Construction Positive Impressions
AKC Reunite Kelling, Bocovich & Company, Ridgewater College, Veterinary
Animal Emergency & Referral LTD Technology
Center of Minnesota KindredBio Royal Canin
Animal Health International Lake Superior X-Ray, Inc.
Antech Diagnostics & Imaging Lakefield Veterinary Group Scott Build
Aventix Larkin Hoffman Scrubin Uniforms
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch MAI Animal Health Simmons & Associates Midwest
Bank of the West Marshfield Labs LLC
Merck Animal Health Sjoberg & Tebelius, PA
Bayer Animal Health Midland Animal Health Care Sjoquist Architects, Inc
BerganKDV Products South Metro Animal Emergency
BluePearl Veterinary Partners Midwest Cremation Service of Care
MN Steve’s Real Food
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Midwest Veterinary Supply Summus Medical Laser
Minnesota Association of Vet The Blissful Dog Inc.
Health Techs - MAVT Trupanion
Butler Vet Insurance Minnesota Department of TWC Architecture and
CareCredit Health - Zoonotic Diseases Unit Construction
CareVet Health Minnesota Veterinary Historical
Carr Healthcare Realty Museum U of M Veterinary Medical
Companion Animal Health by Mission Veterinary Partners
Litecure MN Board of Animal Health Center
Covetrus MWI Animal Health U.S. Bank
Crockford Consulting, LLC Nestle Purina USDA - Animal Plant Health
Dechra Veterinary Products Nutramax Laboratories Inspection Service
Diagnostic Imaging Systems Veterinary Sciences, Inc. VCA
Dyste Williams Agency Pala-Tech Laboratories, Inc. Veterinary Books by Success
E.I. Medical Imaging Patterson Veterinary Supply Concepts
Elanco Pet Dermatology Clinics PLLC Veterinary Hospitals Association
Gateway Bank Pet Poison Helpline VetMatrix
Heritage Construction Pets Remembered/Companions Vetoquinol
Forever Cremation VetriScience Laboratories
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc PNC Healthcare Business Virbac Animal Health
Hope Science Banking Virtuwoof
IDEXX Laboratories WellHaven Pet Health
Invisible Fence Brand Wells Fargo Practice Finance
iVet Professional Formulas
Jorgensen Laboratories Zoetis

VT Certification Update

If your CVT has not received their certification webpage ( Or check out the
card and renewed their certification in 2019, they Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians
may be non-compliant. Please have them notify (MAVT) webpage for CE:
Maria ([email protected]) at the MVMA.
Are you looking for a “relief” certified technician?
Certification renewals for 2020 have already Please review our current “CVT Relief List” on our
begun! Renewing technicians have been website:
notified via mail and/or email. Renewals may be information
submitted online at
certification-renewal. CVT’s should also be on the lookout for emails
regarding future free CE events as well as a
Have a technician looking for CE? Check out quarterly e-newsletter starting in 2020!
our Vet Tech Resources or CE calendar on our


123rd MVMA Annual Meeting

February 20th – 22nd, 2020 ǀ Hilton - Minneapolis, MN

Registrant: First Last Credentials (DVM, CVT, etc.)

Email: Phone:

Company: Mailing Address: Street

City State Zip

Email confirmation will be sent when registration has been received and processed. Questions? Call 651-645-7533 or email [email protected]

2/3 Day Registration: (circle selection) Early Bird Registration Late

(before 12/24/19) (12/24/19–1/22/20) (After 1/22/20)

MVMA Member or Non-MN Resident DVM..…………..………………………… $325 $360 $395
$230 $265
MVMA Life or Inactive or Graduate Practicing Member ….…………………. $195 $560 $595
$310 $345
MN Non-Member DVM………………………………………………………………………. $525

Technician or Staff or Other (note: this is not MAVT registration) …..…………… $275

1 Day Registration: (circle selections) Thursday Friday Saturday Early Bird Registration Late

(before 12/24/19) (12/24/19–1/22/20) (After 1/22/20)

MVMA Member or Non-MN Resident DVM…..………….……………………. $215 $240 $280
$145 $185
MVMA Life or Inactive or Graduate Practicing Member ..…………………… $120 $300 $340
$165 $205
MN Non-Member DVM ….………………………………………………………….……. $275

Technician or Staff or Other (note: this is not MAVT registration) …..……..…….. $145

Exhibit Hall or Guest Pass – only available for Non-DVM guests or Non-DVM Spouse…….Access to exhibit hall and Friday night
entertainment……………… Guest Name: _______________________________________ _ ……………………………………………………..$75

□ I opt-out of being listed as an attendee in the convention app □ I opt-out of receiving mailed information from Exhibitors

Optional Trainings – Wednesday, February 19th Pre-registration REQUIRED and you MUST be registered for Annual Meeting.

Only one option can be chosen; please check your option. CE credits available.

□ Animal Cruelty: Recognizing the Red Flags and How to Report – 8:30am – 5:00pm (breakfast and lunch are not provided) ….…….$0.00
□ Biological Incidents Awareness – 8:00am – 4:00pm (Pre-test required; bring internet-capable device; lunch is not provided)………….. $0.00

FEMA SID#_____________________ (this number is required for registration). No FEMA SID#, obtain one from

Meals Options–Must pre-register by checking your choice(s) and circle dietary restriction Vegetarian &/or Gluten Free

Breakfasts □Thursday Blockchain: What Is It and Why Should I Care?..................................................................................$0.00

□Friday Christian Veterinary Mission Prayer Breakfast ……………………………………………………..……………………………$20.00

□Friday Breakfast Seminar – Anesthetic Protocols for Difficult Patients, Dr. Jane Quandt …………… 1.5 credits……… $45.00

□Saturday Breakfast Seminar – Human and Animal Health Hazards from Pet Food, Dr. Jason Stull……1.5 credits……..$45.00

Lunches □Thursday Box Lunch with Exhibitors – Just in Time: “Chronic Wasting Disease”………….………… 1 credit ………………. $0.00

□Friday Business Lunch ………………………………………………………………… MVMA Members only …………………..……. $0.00

□Friday Box Lunch ………………………………………………………………………. Non-Members only ……...………………..……. $0.00

□Saturday Lunch – Keynote, Ann Bancroft – “Exploring New Horizons” ………………………………………………….………………….…$0.00

Additional Options Check choice(s) Wellness Center Hours: 2/20 from 2:30pm-5:30pm and 2/21 from 8:00am-11:00am
Wellness Tests: □Rabies Titer ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. $60.00

□Total Cholesterol ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. $10.00
Friday Night Reception and Trivia (prizes for winning teams!) 5:00pm – 7:45pm………. □I’ll be there □Not sure yet □Can’t make it

Payment Discount Code: ________________ For questions, please contact us at 651-645-7533 TOTAL PAYMENT $ _________

Check #: ____________ Amount: ____________ Date: ____________ Credit Card: Visa □ MasterCard □ AmEx □ Discover □

Card #: __________________________________________ Exp: ____________ CVV: ___________ Billing Zip Code: _____________

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: Contact the MVMA office in writing at [email protected]
Registrations are non-transferrable. Refunds are subject to approval – a 10% non-refundable processing fee is assessed. No refunds will be made after February 5th, 2020

Session Checklist – Please indicate which sessions you are most likely to attend, check one box for morning

and afternoon on each day you are registered to help us better match room size with estimated attendance.

□ Thursday AM (7:30am – 8:45am) Welcome & General Session –

BlockChain: What Is It and Why Should I Care? – Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt

This session does not conflict with the times of the other Thursday morning sessions

Thursday . Veterinary Practice Plus – Dr. Franklin McMillan & Mrs. Anne Brown
. SA I – Cutting Edge – Ms. M. Bye & Drs. M Eisenschenk; J. Lee; & J. Quandt
AM . SA II – Feline – Dr. Michael Lappin
. SA III – Wildlife Rehab – Drs. J. Ponder, M. Willette, R. Schott, A. Ahlmann & Ms. G. Buhl
(Check one) . Small Ruminant – Drs. J. Larry Goetz
. WeGIVE – Ms. Collen Crockford & Mr. Wil Sampson-Bernstrom
. Swine – Drs. Laura Dalquist & Scott Dee
. USDA APHIS NVAP – Drs. Robyn Corcoran & Kent Hicks

Thursday . Veterinary Practice Plus – Drs. Katrina Howard, Cody Wiberg & Julie Wilson
. SA I – Cutting Edge – Drs. L. Powell; A. Beaudoin; J. Granick & M. Duxbury
PM . SA II – Feline – Dr. Michael Lappin
. SA III – Wildlife Rehab – Drs. J. Ponder, M. Willette, R. Schott, A. Ahlmann & Ms. G. Buhl
(Check one) . Small Ruminant – Drs. Cynthia Wolf & J. Larry Goetz
. WeGIVE – Ms. Heidi Brenegan; Ms. Colleen Crockford & Ms. Athena Diesch-Chham
. Comparative Medicine – Drs. Meier; Barka; Edmunson; LaVallee; Primitivo & Merley
. USDA APHIS NVAP – Drs. Mackenzie Reberg & Steve Just

Friday . SA I – Behavior – Dr. Christopher Pachel
. SA II – Dermatology – Dr. Sheila Torres
AM . SA III – Alternative Medicine – Dr. Ronald Koh
. Practice Management – Dr. Sally Ryan
(Check one) . Bovine – Dr. Paul Fricke
. Equine – Dr. Leslie Easterwood

Friday . SA I – Behavior – Dr. Christopher Pachel
. SA II – Dermatology – Dr. Sheila Torres
PM . SA III – Alternative Medicine – Dr. Ronald Koh
. Practice Management – Dr. Sally Ryan
(Check one) . Bovine – Dr. Joseph Dalton
. Equine – Dr. Leslie Easterwood

Saturday . SA I – Immunology – Dr. Richard Ford
. SA II – Neurology – Dr. Missy Carpenteir
AM . SA III – Surgery – Dr. Clara Goh
. Practice Management – Ms. Leslie Mamalis
(Check one) . Bovine – Drs. D. Gourley; J. van de Light; S. Schwabenlander & J. Armstrong
. Public Health – Dr. Jason Stull

Saturday . SA I – Immunology – Dr. Richard Ford
. SA II – Neurology – Dr. Missy Carpenteir
PM . SA III – Surgery – Dr. Clara Goh
. Practice Management – Ms. Leslie Mamalis
(Check one) . Bovine – Drs. Michael Hodgman; Ashley Lembke & Mr. Tyrel Lembke
. Public Health – Mr. Joshua Burman; Mfr. Emily Wilmes & Dr. Stacy Holzbauer


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from Google Play

The everyday MN VMA App will become your mobile tool
for the 123rd Annual Meeting. Complete with speakers,
exhibitors, maps, schedule updates, proceedings and
In the meantime, use the MN VMA app to look up old
and new collegues, access the bimonthly MVMA News
publication, and see upcoming MVMA events.
Use the directory tile to reach out to MVMA members and
see who is attending this year’s Annual Meeting.

Log in with your MVMA username and password.

AVMA Council and Committee Opportunities

We invite you to explore the in August 2020, the deadline Dr. Julia Tomlinson DACVSMR, CVSMT
Council and Committee to submit nominations for Dr. Amy Whaley CCRP, CVSMT
positions available this year Committee positions is March (952) 224-9354
and in 2020. Please visit the 31, 2020, and the deadline to
Volunteer Opportunities section submit nominations for Council
of the AVMA website to learn positions is April 1, 2020. Managing arthritis, injury,
more. The list of vacancies Please submit all nominations post-surgical, and fitness needs
includes the incumbents whose via email to OfficeEVP@
terms end in August 2020, and As a reminder, all Hydrotherapy, therapeutic & diagnostic
are identified by an asterisk (*) committee nominations must ultrasound, laser, spinal manipulation,
next to their names. Please include the nomination form acupuncture, PrP, orthotics, NMES,
note that those individuals and a 1-2 page resume. massage, sports-specific strengthening
eligible for reappointment
must still be nominated to be If you have a question or would
considered. like to learn more about a
specific entity, please contact
Nominations for currently [email protected] or
vacant positions are being 847-285-6605. We encourage
accepted on an ongoing you to please forward this
basis until those positions are information on to anyone else
filled. For positions expiring you know who may be

Join Us For a Visit to Northern England
and Scotland September 2020

Field Farm Tours has customized a trip through the beauty Over 330 locations in
of the charming hills and dales of northern England and the 31 states -
wilds of the Scottish borders and Highlands. Itinerary will be
completed soon but highlights include: and growing!
• Scottish Highland, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District farm

• International Sheep Dog Trials at Castle Howard
• James Herriot museum and village
• Morendun Animal Research Institute
• Holy Island on the Northumberland coast

September 19-29, 2020
Please contact Holly Neaton at
[email protected] for more information. Space is limited.
Info on Field Farm Tours:
Field Farm Tours Ltd are a UK specialist in the organization
of farming based tours worldwide, the preferred agent for
many cattle society congresses and providers of agricultural
event accommodation.


DEA Launches Suspicious Orders Reporting System

All U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrants, including veterinarians, are now required
to design and operate a system to identify suspicious orders they receive from another registrant –
such as another veterinarian – and to report those suspicious orders to the DEA.

In this context, an order includes a request from If a veterinarian believes a request to transfer
another veterinarian to transfer a controlled a controlled substance to another practitioner
substance from one practice/location to another is suspicious, the veterinarian should take the
– for example, the transfer of ketamine. following actions:
The good news is that the impact on • Do not supply the controlled substance.
veterinarians who are DEA registrants and • Report the order to the online database
veterinary practices should be negligible, and
compliance should be relatively straightforward. (SORS).
The AVMA has developed a template that • Document the circumstances of the request
can be used as a resource when developing a
system. that precipitated the report to SORS, and
retain that information with your system
Why is This Reporting Necessary? records.
The reporting requirements were established The DEA advises that the system to identify
in a law passed last year by Congress: the suspicious orders should be maintained in writing
Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes and could be requested during an inspection.
Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and A veterinarian only needs to register for the
Communities Act, also known as the SUPPORT database when they need to file a report of a
Act. suspicious order.

The DEA recently launched the Suspicious Orders AVMA Template Helps You Meet the
Report System (SORS), a centralized database Requirements
required by the law, where DEA registrants who The AVMA has developed a template that can
distribute controlled substances must report be used by AVMA members who are veterinary
suspicious orders from other registrants. DEA registrants when developing a system for
The reporting requirement applies anytime a reporting suspicious orders. It’s intended only as
registrant, including a veterinarian, is asked a resource. The template includes a fact sheet
to provide a controlled substance to another outlining the reporting requirements.
registrant under circumstances identified as The DEA also has developed an FAQ page to
suspicious. Suspicious orders include requests from help registrants understand the reporting system
another DEA registrant for controlled substances and its requirements:
of unusual size, those deviating substantially • DEA Suspicious Orders Report System (SORS)
from a normal pattern, and orders of unusual
frequency, as well as orders that seem suspicious Q&As
to the receiving registrant for any other reason. The DEA will develop rules that will be published
in the Federal Register, and AVMA will review the
How to Report Suspicious Requests rules and respond as appropriate. Because this is
The reporting requirement and SORS online a new program, it’s very likely DEA guidance will
database are solely for reporting requests for change over time. We’ll keep AVMA members
transfers of a controlled substance from one informed as this happens.
DEA registrant to another that seem suspicious.
If a request to transfer a controlled substance to
another registrant does not raise suspicion, there
is no need to report it.

The system also is not for reporting any activity
related to the administration, prescribing,
or dispensing of controlled substances in
the ordinary course of veterinary practice.
Veterinarians should not use it to report suspicious
or drug-seeking behavior by clients.



College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Highlights

College Mourns of colleagues throughout the international
Loss of Dr. veterinary community, as well as the enduring
Minicucci support of students who benefitted from the
hands-on training the community partnerships
Larissa Minicucci, made possible. She directed the veterinary
DVM, MPH, a professor public health degree and residency programs
of veterinary public that advance the careers of veterinarians
health since 2006 lost interested in public health careers.
her battle with cancer
on November 16. In Larissa and her husband, Lou, expressed that
her academic career, the most meaningful way to memorialize her
Minicucci made a lasting impact on numerous legacy is to give to a University of Minnesota
students as well as the health of Minnesota’s fund that supports community medicine
animals. Her legacy also includes the launch initiatives at the College, including the
and growth of a highly successful community Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary
medicine program that serves Native American Services (SIRVS) that she helped nurture into
communities on several Minnesota reservations. a robust program. Since her death, over 125
contributors have donated $14,000 to the
Minicucci’s unique ability to forge strong fund. You can donate by visiting
community partnerships won her the respect communitymedicine.

Graduate Student Wins Oram, both PhD candidates. purpose is to teach researchers
University Competition Gilbertson won the St. Paul a key skill: speaking about their
campus competition and work in a concise, meaningful
Representing the College at went on to win the University way to people outside of their
the annual Science in Seconds of Minnesota’s competition in field.
competition--where students November.
have 3 minutes and one Competencies Driving
presentation slide to describe Gilbertson’s research focuses Curriculum Review
their research--were Marie on the dynamics of feline
Gilbertson, DVM, and Marissa retroviruses in Florida panthers, With national adoption of the
and how we can better predict AAVMC CBVE competencies,
20 and prevent outbreaks of the a comprehensive review of
deadly feline leukemia virus, the College of Veterinary
in this threatened species. Medicine’s DVM curriculum
She previously earned a BS in is underway. The goal is to
zoology from Colorado State ensure the College is producing
University, and a DVM from the more confident, competent
University of Minnesota. veterinarians who will thrive in
the profession.
Over 600 institutions worldwide
host similar competitions. The

Antimicrobial Stewardship and Surveillance Increasing

A team of faculty at the their practices in prescribing UPCOMING
College of Veterinary Medicine antibiotics. It provides guidelines EVENTS
has launched the Antimicrobial for carefully prescribing
Resistance and Stewardship antibiotics for several common AAEP Alumni Reception
Initiative, aimed at providing bacterial infections in dogs and December 9, 6:00 to 8:00
high-quality and evidence- cats. p.m. - Oceanaire Seafood
based resources for antibiotic Room, Denver, CO
resistance and stewardship. The Jennifer Granick, DVM, PhD,
team also will conduct research says “Antibiotic stewardship VMX Alumni Reception
to advance knowledge of is the process of improving January 19, 7:00 to 9:00
companion animal diseases how we use antibiotics while p.m. - Davids Club (Hilton),
and treatment. The team is effectively treating infections. Orlando, FL
developing a system for robust Eliminating unnecessary
companion animal disease antibiotic use, along with taking UMN Equine Conferences
surveillance to learn more them as directed, and disposing February 7-8 - Leatherdale
about antibiotic-resistant of unused antibiotics properly, Equine Center
infections in the pet population, can help ensure that antibiotics
as well as how antibiotics are will work when they are really WVC Alumni Reception
used locally and nationally needed.” Granick’s areas of February 17, 7:00 to
by veterinarians treating expertise include antimicrobial 9:00 p.m. - Border Grill,
dogs, cats, horses and other stewardship, and infectious Mandalay Bay,
companion animals.” diseases that affect cats and Las Vegas, NV
dogs, particularly those that
The team developed a pocket also affect humans. MVMA Alumni Reception
guide for veterinarians to review February 20, 5:00 to 7:00
p.m. - Orchestra Hall,
National Award Goes to Willmar Poultry Minneapolis, MN
Lab Manager
Minnesota Dairy Health
outbreak of highly pathogenic Conference
avian influenza put the MPTL April 8-9 - UM Continuing
at the hub of the outbreak Education and
response. This was followed by Conference Center,
state funding to remodel and St. Paul, MN
expand the MPTL, which saw
The American Association Pollock leading the team in
of Veterinary Laboratory packing up the lab, moving it
Diagnosticians presented Stacy down the street and re-opening
Pollock, laboratory manager at for service, and then moving
the Minnesota Poultry Testing back to new laboratories and
Laboratory (MPTL) in Willmar
with the 2019 Outstanding offices a year later in 2016.
Performance Award for
Diagnostic Services--the first time
the award has been presented.

The 2015 to 2016 period was
tumultuous for Pollock. The

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