January
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Veterinary Dermatology: Being Proactive: A Multimodal Approach for Success
Speaker:Michael D. LaRosh, D.V.M.
Bio:Dr. LaRosh graduated with a D.V.M. from Kansas State University in 1983. He worked in a mixed animal practice in central Kansas for 12 years. In 1995, Dr. LaRosh joined Fort Dodge Animal Health and was responsible for evaluating and trending adverse event data and communicating with regulatory groups such as FDA, EPA, and USDA. In October of 2009 Dr. LaRosh joined Bayer Animal Health as a Senior Technical Services Veterinarian and focused on preventive parasitology in pets and enhancing communications skills within the veterinary healthcare team. Dr. LaRosh joined Dechra in February 2015 as the director of Pharmacovigilance and Veterinary Technical Services and managed mandatory regulatory reporting and the filed based Technical Services team. In October 2017, he returned to a field based Technical Services position to help veterinarians and staff identify, diagnose, treat and manage challenging endocrine and cases and enhance client communication.
Sponsor:Dechra Animal Health
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:January 20
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
February
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Building a good team and work environment
Speaker:Rich Allen
Bio:Rich is on a mission – to help business owners create, build, grow and sustain a Legacy Business – one based on foundational principles, unique standards and a long-lasting culture.

Rich strongly believes that small business owners must focus on heritage and legacy in addition to profitability and wealth creation if we are to sustain our free-enterprise system. This will require leading with principles and standards, building Radically-Engaged TeamsTM and transforming our businesses into principle-based generational enterprises.

Rich has been a business coach and investor since 2007. Over the past 15 years, Rich has worked with hundreds of business owners helping them solve their most difficult business challenges – most of which center around Culture, Standards and Team Engagement.

Rich has authored two books, “Tour de Profit – a 52 Stage Race to Grow Your Business” (2011) and “The Ultimate Business Tune Up – a Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners” (2017).

Prior to his current career, Rich was a Division President with Pella Corporation, a VP of Human Resources for Pella Corporation, a VP HR with Texas Instruments, and a Captain in the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Sponsor:Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:February 17
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
March
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
Speaker:Wendy Blount, DVM
Bio:Dr. Blount is a companion animal (dogs and cats only) veterinarian, Texas A&M Residency trained in Small Animal Internal Medicine. In addition to her Internal Medicine referral practice, for each of the past 9 years Dr. Blount has presented several two-day long Continuing Education Seminars on Internal Medicine subjects for small animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians and one-day seminars for animal control officers. She also teaches classes on various Internal Medicine subjects for clinics all over the state, and is a sought-after speaker for various veterinary events. Dr. Blount also conducts an undergraduate college course on “Medicine and Behavior in the Animal Sheltering Environment” for Duquesne University. She has also served as Medical Director & Surgeon for SpayNeuterNac and O’Malley PET (Preventing Euthanasia Together).

Dr. Blount has received several prestigious awards in the past including the Texas Veterinary Medical Association “Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year” for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine, the “Bilderback Award” for support of the animal sheltering community and the “TAVP Clinical Referral and Consultation Award” which recognizes contributions that are made by outstanding veterinary practitioners.

Additionally, while in vet school and her early days of practice, Dr. Blount developed outstanding UltraSound skills. She further honed these skills during her Texas A&M Residency under the guidance of some of the best sonographers in the world. Over the years, she has now become well known for her UltraSound expertise and a veteran of literally thousands of successful UltraSound exams. She brings this extensive background in UltraSound to her popular day-long “Hands-On UltraSound Training” for clinics, as well as her UltraSound Seminars.

Sponsor:Midwest Veterinary Supply and Nutramax Laboratories
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:March 17
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
April
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:NOMV Mental Health Topic
Speaker:Tamara Miller, DVM
Bio:
Title:“Do More than Survive, Thrive!”
Synopsis:Survival mode is something we are supposed to activate in an acute crisis. In the veterinary profession we have all lived through one or more crises of varying degrees: a coworker (or two) calling out sick, the phone system going down, a full moon on Friday the 13th, personality clashes, or a personal crisis that makes showing up for work a struggle. These days however, it seems we are all in perpetual survival mode. Unfortunately, the reserves that we call on to manage intermittent crises become depleted then non-existent as time goes by. I discuss what survival mode means from a mental health perspective as well as a practical perspective then describe a methodical way to evaluate, repair, and reinvent self-care and wellbeing despite ongoing pressures and circumstances.
Title:“Anxious in America: Anxiety Management from a Neurobiological Perspective”
Synopsis:Anxiety in America is on the rise, which means either directly or indirectly everyone is affected. Anxiety impacts all areas of life, and can steal joy, confidence, and even the ability to think clearly and rationally. Understanding the neurobiology of anxiety can offer insight into how anxiety develops, worsens, how it impacts cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, and most importantly, what we can do to manage it. This presentation provides an overview of the ‘pathophysiology’ of anxiety, how anxiety shows up in our lives and impacts our wellbeing and our interpersonal interactions, and practical strategies to manage anxiety.
Sponsor:Nestle Purina PetCare
Co Sponsor:Alphaflo
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:April 21
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
May
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Lepto
Speaker:Camille Heersche, DVM
Bio:
Sponsor:Merck
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:May 19
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
June
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Communication Topic
Speaker:TBD
Bio:
Sponsor:MWI Animal Health
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:June 16
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
August
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:TBD
Speaker:Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Bio:
Sponsor:Zoetis
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:August 18
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
September
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:Ophthalmology
Speaker:Chris Nettune, DVM
Bio:
Sponsor:Pharmacy Solutions
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:September 15
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
October
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:TBD
Speaker:Richard Ford DVM DACVIM DACVPM(Hon.)
Bio:
Sponsor:Boehringer Ingelheim
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:October 20
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours
November
Event:CE Meeting
Topic:TBD
Speaker:Bill Saxon, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
Bio:
Sponsor:IDEXX Laboratories
Location:University of North Texas Health Science Center, Room 114 Beyer Hall
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107
Date:November 17
Time:Snack Supper at 6:30 Meeting 7:30.
CE Credit:2.5 hours