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Wednesday 11/Mar/2020 Nutrition as a Vital Assessment by Dr. Allison Wara

Dr. Allison Wara was born and raised near Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Zoology and later, the Atlantic Veterinary College with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Wara worked for several years at a small animal general practice hospital in Ottawa before pursuing a post-doctoral residency program in clinical nutrition at the University of Missouri. She worked for 3 years on faculty at the University’s Veterinary College where she taught senior level vet students in the clinical years of the curriculum. During this time, she also served as Director of the veterinary hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Nutrition Clinic.
Dr. Wara is currently a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and works as a Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist and Scientific Communications Specialist for Royal Canin Canada.

Thanks to the generosity of Royal Canin, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff. Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, March 6th, 2020. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

To register, fill out the form below or RSVP on our Facebook page

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Wednesday 12/Feb/2020 Dr. Jason Norris on Hyperadrenocorticism

Dr. Jason Norris discusses up-to-date information on the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnostic testing, treatment and monitoring of Cushing’s disease as well as some common questions and challenges faced by clinicians.

Dr. Norris is a 2010 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He spent a little over a year in clinical practice before moving into industry where he spent 5 years as a Technical Services Veterinarian in the field of veterinary pet nutrition. His main interests include internal medicine, clinical pathology and nutrition.

Dr. Norris started his role as Technical Services Veterinarian with Dechra Veterinary Products in September 2016. Dr. Norris also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick and enjoys applying his analytical skills to his veterinary cases. In his spare time Dr. Norris likes to maintain a healthy mind and body and enjoys weight training and reading.

Thanks to the generosity of Dechra, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff. Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, February 7th, 2020. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020: “An Update on Select Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract …… Things are Forever Changing!” by Dr. Doreen Houston

Doreen Houston, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate A.C.V.I.M. (Internal Medicine). Doreen graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1980, and after 4 years in private practice, returned to OVC to complete an Internship, Residency and DVSc in Internal Medicine. She became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 1991. Her career that followed included time in academia at both OVC and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, as well as time in industry with Medi-Cal and Royal Canin. Doreen officially retired from Royal Canin in 2011 and registered her own business, Doreen Houston Consulting. She continues to do be active in giving back to the profession she loves and currently Chairs OVC Pet Trust, is a member of the OVMA Small Animal Issues Committee, sits on a graduate student committee at OVC and peer reviews for a number of international journals. Throughout her career, Doreen has authored multiple published papers, several book chapters, and a textbook and held positions on numerous committees. She received of a number of academic teaching awards and was the proud recipient of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year award in 2011 and the OVC Alumni Association Volunteer Award in 2019.

“An Update on Select Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract …… Things are Forever Changing!”

6:00-6:15| Meet & Greet Reception

6:15 – 8:00 | Dinner and lecture: “An Update on Select Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract” by Dr. Doreen Houston

8:00- 8:30 | Ygia and the Microbiome with Heather Parsons

Thanks to the generosity of MicroSinntesis YGIA, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff. Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, January 10th, 2020. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

To register, fill out the form below or RSVP to Dr. Jinni Demine at jinnidemine@gmail.com or Whitney Johnstone at: wjohnstone@microsintesis.com.

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2019: “Transforming Senior Lives” by Dr. Tamara Brown DVM, BSc.

At the next QDVA dinner meeting of the 2019 fall/winter CE session, Dr. Tamara Brown DVM, BSc., will review nutritional management of common senior diseases including chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, cognitive dysfunction, hyperthyroidism, etc.

Dr. Tamara Brown graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014, after which she returned to her home town of Montreal to work as a companion animal veterinarian. In 2016, Dr. Brown was offered a teaching position at Vanier College in Animal Health Technology. She taught a variety of courses including Laboratory Animals, Pathology, Research Methods, and Nursing and Radiology. Vanier College provided Dr. Brown the opportunity to be a member of the Universal Design for Learning task force, focusing on accessibility and providing educational tools to the entire college community. Dr. Brown quickly developed a love for all things pedagogy and as such she took up a part-time position as a Pedagogical Counsellor at the college while still teaching in Animal Health. In her dual roles, she created two courses for the college, helped organize college wide pedagogical events, and helped the Animal Health department recreate their entire curriculum.
In the summer of 2018, Dr. Brown took the position of Professional Consulting Veterinarian with Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada, bringing her passion for education to the company. Dr. Brown is still based in Montreal but travels all over Eastern Canada in her role with Hill’s.

Thanks to the generosity of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada Inc., this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff. Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov 1st, 2019. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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Minimizing frustration when treating otitis externa – diagnostic and therapeutic tips – Dr. Anthony Yu: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2019 at 6 PM

Otitis externa is one of the most common presenting complaints in general practice. According to the ACVD, clients typically give general practitioners three (3) attempts at controlling/resolving skin issues before seeking another opinion from another general practitioner or a specialist.  We will review the top 10 diagnostic and therapeutic tips to keep the patient and client in your practice.
Dr. Anthony YuDr. Anthony Yu, BSc, DVM, MS ACVD completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ontario Veterinary College in 1990, and after finishing a residency and Masters degree at Auburn University, he started the first private dermatology referral practice in Oregon and southwestern Washington where he dealt with chronic ear, skin, and allergic conditions in dogs, cats, and horses for 11 years. He then returned to the Ontario Veterinary College as an Associate Professor in Veterinary Dermatology in 2004. As of 2013, Dr. Yu is back in private referral practice as the Yu of Guelph Veterinary Dermatology in Southwestern Ontario and  Manitoba.  He has lectured extensively in veterinary dermatology throughout North America, Europe, and China as well as authoring and guest editing several publications in canine, feline, and equine journals and veterinary textbooks.

Thanks to the generosity of Bayer, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all clinics can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday October 11th, 2019. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019, at 6.00 PM: “Feline Facts and Fiction” Dr. Liz O’Brien

Elizabeth O’Brien DVM, DABVP (feline practice)

 Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien graduated from OVC in 1985 and became a Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in feline practice in 1999. She is the owner of two feline only practices in Hamilton, Ontario, where she continues to be in the trenches as a practitioner and a passionate advocate for the welfare of cats. “Dr. Liz” is the visionary for Cat Healthy, whose mission is to increase the value of cats in communities across Canada.  She was recipient of the CVMA Small Animal Practitioner of the Year Award for 2014.

Please join us for a fun night where Dr. Liz O’Brien will be discussing the Myth of the Indoor Cat, ticks and your feline patients as well as the exciting launch of Revolution plus for cats

Thanks to the generosity of Zoetis, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members, non-members and staff.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, 29th March, 2019. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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“T.I.C.K certified” An interactive presentation and hands-on workshop, by Dr. Megan Wamback and Dr. Evelin Molnar. Wednesday, 13-Feb-2019, at 6.00 PM

What is TICK Certified?

An interactive presentation and hands-on workshop for veterinarians and RVT’s to develop the skills necessary to identify ticks seen from pets in their practice. After completion, participants are “TICK Certified” and receive a package including:

  • A colour copy of the presentation with notes pages
  • A journal with T.I.C.K. Certified logo embossed on the cover
  • A tick identification tool kit (petri dish, fine pointed tweezers and brush)
  • A full colour “Tick ID algorithm” flipbook visual aid
  • Certificate of achievement

 Our Speakers:

Dr. Megan Wamback

Dr. Megan Wamback graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998 with over 20 years of experience in private practice, Emergency Medicine and Industry. Since joining Pfizer/Zoetis in 2010, Dr. Wamback has held several roles including Senior Territory Manager and Product Support veterinarian. Currently she is a Technical Services Veterinarian for Central and Eastern Ontario, and serves as a National Technical Lead for the Parasiticide portfolio.

Dr. Evelin Molnar

Dr. Molnar graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1999 and worked in private practice for the following 17 years. She spent several years as a family veterinarian in companion animal hospitals, and over a decade as an emergency veterinarian in 24-hour referral centers located in Ottawa and Toronto. Dr. Molnar joined Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, in 2016 and is the Technical Services Veterinarian in Southwestern Ontario.

What are the benefits of becoming TICK Certified?

  • Tick identification is pricey and can take several days to see results from a lab
  • Veterinary hospitals with T.I.C.K. Certified staff can market ‘on the spot’ tick ID services to their pet owners
  • ‘On the spot’ tick ID allows for a reduced cost to the pet owner, thereby generating a new source of revenue into the practice
  • Knowing what species of ticks their patient population is exposed to and the potential diseases they can transmit means hospital staff can develop more accurate and tailored prevention protocols for their patients

Who is this program for?

  • This program is a ‘value added’ benefit!
  • Hospitals that have committed to use Simparica as part of their parasiticide solution for 2018
  • Opportunity to certify 1-2 staff members per clinic, limited to veterinarians and veterinary technicians

Thanks to the generosity of Zoetis, this dinner talk will be free to both, QDVA members and non-members . Attendance is limited to about 40 people, to be sure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions will apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring one staff. Please register by 5 PM Saturday,  February, 9th 2019. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 PM sharp.

Cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Triaditis/IBD/Lymphoma and “The Journal Club” – An update on all things new in feline medicine that have been published recently, and some that haven’t! – Margie Scherk DVM DipABVP on Tuesday, 24/Apr/2018 at 4.00 PM

Margie Scherk DVM DipABVP 

Dr. Scherk is a private practitioner who founded Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, in Vancouver, BC in 1986 working there fulltime until June 2008 when she “retired” from active practice. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College.  In 1995 she became board certified in the specialty of Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). After many years of serving on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners she was honoured to be its President in 2007. Since its inception in 1995, she has been a member of the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines Panel, most recently having the responsibilities of being its Chair for the 2013 version.

She founded the Feline Internal Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and through many opportunities on the online medium, has grown to love teaching veterinarians, vet students and veterinary care providers both online and around the world. She has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers and is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. One of the things she is most proud of is pioneering the use of the Transdermal Fentanyl Patch for the alleviation of pain in companion animals. She is an advocate of the Paw Project and hopes to end the practice of declawing cats in Canada. She loves to share her love of cats and feline medicine with others, with her focus being the patients’ point of view.  She shares her home with her husband Jim, misses her adult children, loves to cook, is a triathlete and is allowed to serve three cats: Nimitz, Jules, and Harvey.

Thanks to the generosity of Nestle Purina this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members and staff. The cost for non-member DVMs or staff is $65 per person.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Thursday, 19th April. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

Please Note: The session will be held at Banquet Centre, starting at 4 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 3:30. p.m.

 

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“Canada in the LYME-Light: An evening of tick talk & clinical management of vector-borne disease” – Michelle Evason, BSc, DVM, DACVIM on Wednesday, 28/Mar/2018 at 6.00PM

MICHELLE EVASON, BSc DVM DACVIM (SAIM) is associate professor in small animal internal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI and works as an independent medical and nutrition consultant through her business: Michelle Evason Veterinary Internal Medicine and Nutrition Consultations. She has worked in general practise, specialty clinical practice at large private referral centres, in academia and in the animal health and pet food industry. Her clinical and research interests focus on the role of ‘anything and everything’ that aids increased veterinary (and pet-owner) awareness and understanding of various medical disorders, with a slightly more specific emphasis on infectious disease (Lyme, tick-borne and leptospirosis), nutrition and pet-owner and veterinary perceptions regarding health and disease. Michelle received her DVM and DACVIM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Canada in the LYME-Light: An evening of tick talk & clinical management of vector-borne disease. A case-based approach will be utilized to address the following learning objectives:
1. Summarize current knowledge on Canadian clinically relevant tick-borne pathogens (canine focus)
2. Recall the ACVIM Canine Lyme disease Consensus Statement
3. Understand clinical signs, diagnosis and therapy in dogs (and a ‘lil bit cats) related to tick-borne exposure and infection in Canada (focus on Ontario)

A brief overview and update on the Canadian K9 Lifetime (Lyme) Study will be provided.Recent studies point to an increase in leptospirosis wildlife reservoirs within areas of high human population density, putting urban dogs at higher risk of infection for this zoonotic disease.

Thanks to the generosity of  Idexx Laboratories, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members and staff. The cost for non-member DVMs and staff is $65 per person.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Friday, 23rd March, 2018. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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Wednesday, 07/Feb/2018 at 6.00 PM: “Professional Banking Financial Wellness Dinner”- sponsored by Scotiabank

We would like to invite you to “Professional Banking Financial Wellness Dinner” about:
·       Starting your Succession Planning so that it benefits your plan
·       How we go forward in our new Tax World based on what we know now
·       Ways to improve your Cash Flow
·       Transition made easy
·       And any questions you may have

Thanks to the generosity of Scotiabank, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members and staff.
Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To ensure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two staff.

Please register by 5 p.m., Thursday, February 2nd. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.
The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m.

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Talk cancelled due to weather

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