Winter MVMA Meeting

Friday, January 31, 2020
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine

Track 1: Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery

Howard B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

This meeting lecture will consist of a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques that most veterinarians can perform in their practice. Video segments of clinical case material, carefully edited to form a real-life experience, will be used as a means of delivering the surgical lectures. An advantage of this lecture style is that participants can see the case operated on during the lecture.

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series.

Lecture topics:

  • Intestinal anastomosis – tips to make it easier
  • Surgical management of GDV
  • 4-ligature splenectomy; Anal sacculectomy – a novel approach
  • Surgical management of canine cystic and urethral calculi; Feline perineal urethrostomy – a novel approach
  • Percutaneous chest drain placement in the awake patient
  • Surgical management of brachycephalic syndrome; Wound management secrets

 Thank you to JorVet for sponsoring Dr. Seim!

Track 2: Sheep and Goat Diseases

Nate Harvey, VMD, Diplomate ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners)

A brief overview of some of the common sheep and goat diseases and management issues encountered by mixed and large animal practitioners in the Northeastern US. Lecture topics will include nutritional and metabolic diseases, parasitic diseases, infectious diseases, and common surgical procedures in sheep and goats.

Nate is originally from New Hampshire where his family owns a small dairy farm in Epping. He graduated from Bates College in Maine in 1999, followed by veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. From 2003-2008 he completed an internship, residency, and staff position in Field Service at New Bolton Center (Penn Vet’s large animal campus). During that time he specialized in dairy, beef, and small ruminant practice. He also taught in several large animal courses for veterinary students at Penn and worked with the school’s Food Animal Club to educate students and the public about food safety and farm animal medicine. In 2009 he became board certified in food animal practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. After practicing in PA for 14 years, Nate recently moved “back home” to New Hampshire in 2017 and currently works in two separate roles. He is the Assistant State Veterinarian at the Department of Agriculture in Concord, NH, and he also does a small amount of large animal private practice from his home in Manchester, NH. Having recently returned home to NH, Nate would like to meet as many large animal veterinarians in the area as possible – so please come up and meet him after the presentation!

SCHEDULE - Friday, January 31, 2020
8:00-9:00 am: Registration and full buffet breakfast
Breakfast speaker: John Heller (American National) "Three ways to save for retirement"
9:00-12:15 pm: CE presentations (with mid-morning break)
12:15 – 1:15 pm:  Lunch
Lunch Speaker: Dr. Dan Baker (IDEXX) "Managing Itchy Pets in a Shelter Environment"
1:15  – 1:45 pm: MVMA Business Meeting
1:45-5:00 pm: Continuation of CE presentations (with afternoon break)

Pre-registration has closed for the Winter Meeting, but there is still space and walk ins are welcome!


Rabies Titers

Rabies titer blood draws will be offered at the meeting for $85. All testing will be done through the Kansas State University Rabies Lab. Titers should be performed every two years. We strongly encourage anyone who has participated in our rabies vaccine clinics to get their titer checked. After the blood draw, you should receive your results in 4-8 weeks. Blood draws will take place between 12pm and 2pm. 

Pre-registration has closed for rabies titers. If you did not pre-register please see Katherine the day of the meeting to ask about open slots.

Thank you to our generous meeting sponsors!