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:Courtney Carter- Director for Strategic accounts and Sales for AllyDVM
Bio:As the Director of Accounts for AllyDVM, COurtney Carter is passionate and committed to the veterinary profession. She joined AllyDvm in April 2019 after a rewarding 18-year career at MERIAL/Boehringer Ingelheim.

With over 20 years’ experience in Customer Services, Territory Sales, e-Commerce, Marketing and Sales Program/Product development, Courtney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategy, design, and implementation of some of the largest known Marketing programs in the industry. Courtney currently works with a wide variety of industry partners to develop programs within AllyDVM that help the veterinary practice embrace marketing solutions that are aimed at client/patient retention, brand/category compliance, as well as programs aimed to increase practice revenue.

Courtney currently resides outside of Atlanta, GA. She loves living with her husband, Mike, and their four kids.

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:Building a LIFELINE- Suffering in Silence: OA and Chronic Pain in Cats and an Introduction to Monoclonal Antibody Therapies- A New Therapeutic Approach in Companion Animal Medicine
Speaker:Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Bio:Dr. Tamara Grubb, a Texas A&M 1989 graduate, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia & continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals. Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and the President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.
Sponsor:
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:Ulcers, Vision loss, and Eye Pain – From the Inherited changes to the Infected ones-and how to treat them. How to decide what makes an eye an emergency
Speaker:Chris Nettune, DVM
Bio:Dr. Chris Nettune is a DFW native and a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. After graduating from Vanderbilt University and working in finance for a short time he decided to return to school to pursue his true interest. Graduating from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nettune then completed an internship at Ohio State University, and his ophthalmology residency in Dallas under Dr. Bob Munger.
In addition to private clinical practice, Dr. Nettune has spent time presenting nationwide on various common ocular diseases in small animal patients as well as how to set owner expectations for the best outcomes. Dr. Nettune’s father and brother are both MD eye surgeons in the DFW area which provides much opportunity for lively discussions and innovative treatment ideas between the professions.
Outside of work Dr. Nettune enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He tries to get his kids out fishing with him as much as possible, otherwise he is likely to be found playing dress up with his girls.
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:VACCINES & VACCINATION: PROTOCOLS, PRODUCTS, AND CONTROVERSIES
Description:This program will examine current recommendations for canine and feline vaccination, focusing on recent changes to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines. It will review intervals for the initial feline vaccination series and boosters in adults, the rationale behind updates to the initial canine vaccination series, and revised guidance on the administration of leptospirosis and Lyme disease vaccines. It will also explore the indications and interpretation of antibody testing, including patient management recommendations based on test results. You’ll leave with a thorough understanding of current vaccine and vaccination recommendations.
Speaker:Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM, DACVPM (Hon)
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
NC State University
Bio:Following graduation from The Ohio State University, Dr. Richard Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine for 3 years. Subsequently, he completed an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University, then joined the faculty at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine before becoming a professor of medicine at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he is an emeritus professor. He also recently retired from the Air Force Reserve as a brigadier general, where he was assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General at the Pentagon.

Dr. Ford is a coauthor of both the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Guidelines and the American Academy of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccine Guidelines. For almost 15 years, he has provided continuing education seminars to veterinarians on infectious diseases and immunization. He has published more than 200 papers and textbook chapters pertaining to infectious disease in companion animals.

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