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The 2017 Pacific Veterinary Conference in Long Beach, California incorporates fifteen learning tracks of CE and features some of the veterinary profession’s most captivating speakers. Speakers travel across the country to provide conference attendees with innovative and practical information that they can take with them and use in their daily work.

More than 250+ California-approved CE hours are available, with the opportunity for veterinarians to earn 31.5 approved CEUs and an RVT track with 28.5 units of technician-specific CE. All CE sessions will be located at the Long Beach Convention Center. *Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice. 

Animal Welfare 
Backyard Food Animal 
Disaster Response 


Practice Management
Shelter Medicine
Small Animal Medicine (2 Tracks)
Small Animal Surgery

USDA Veterinary Accreditation Renewal

Animal Welfare 

Jose Peralta, DVM, Ph.D., MSc, DACAW, DECAWBM 
Backyard Operations and Animal Welfare 


Angela Lennox, DVM, DABVP (Avian), Exotic Companion Mammal, DECZM (Small Mammals) 
Small Mammals 

Mark Mitchell, DVM, Ph.D., MS, DECZM (Herpetology) Sponsored by Abaxis 
Exotic Small Mammal, Reptile, Amphibian, and Fish Medicine 

Geoffrey Olsen, DVM, DABVP

Backyard Food Animal 

Spring Halland, DVM, CVA, DACVIM
Camelid and Pig Diseases 

Teresa Morishita, DVM, Ph.D., MPVM, MS, DACPV
Backyard Poultry 

Elina Niño, BS, MS, Ph.D. 
Apiculture and Bee Diseases  

Jose Peralta, DVM, Ph.D., MSc, DACAW, DECAWBM 
Backyard Operations and Animal Welfare 

Ronald Terra, DVM, MS, MBA 
Large and Small Ruminant Diseases and Disorders 

Dennis Wilson, DVM, Ph.D., MPVM, 
Veterinary Feed Directives 

Disaster Response 

Dorrie Black, DVM, MPVM, ACVECC Sponsored by CAVMRC
Common Medical Conditions Encountered in Disasters 

Curry Mayer, BA, M.A.Ed Sponsored by CAVMRC
CARES Overview and ICS 100 Certification 

Grant Miller, DVM Sponsored by CAVMRC
ICS 100 Certification 


Rodney Belgrave, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Internal Medicine 

Hilary Clayton, Ph.D., BVMS, DACVSMR, MRCVS
Factors that Influence Performance and Lameness

Natasha Werpy, DVM, DACVR
Equine Imaging 


Eric Johnson, DVM, DACVR Sponsored by Universal Imaging, Inc.
Universal Ultrasound Abdominal Lab (sold out)

Sonja Zabel, DVM, MS, DACVD Sponsored by Karl Storz 
Diagnosing and Treating Common Chronic Ear Disease in the General Practice 

Practice Management

Camala Bailey, CPA, CVA 
Budget, Financing, and Time Management 

Daniel Baxter, Esq. Sponsored by VISC 
New World Practice: How to be a Veterinarian in the Digital Age

Sheila Grosdidier, BS, RVT, PHR, MCP
Human Resource 

Stephen Marmaduke, Esq. Sponsored by VISC 
Pregnancy and the Workplace: Issues Confronting the Employee and the Employer 

Mark Opperman, CVPM Sponsored by CareCredit
HR Bootcamp and Showing Your Value to Your Clients

Thomas Redmon, Esq. Sponsored by VISC 
Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) Proceedings: An Insider's View 

Shelter Medicine

Maria Fahie, DVM, MS, DACVS
Fracture Repairs and Amputations

Christine Tindal Green, BVSc (Hons 1), Cert. V. Ophthal. (RCVS)
Common Eye Surgeries 

Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Spay and Neuter

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM
Hospital Design and Husbandry

Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB
Shelter Design 

Denae Wagner, DVM, MPVM 
Shelter Design 

Small Animal Medicine

Ken Abrams, DVM, DACVO

Mark Acierno, DVM, MBA, DACVIM 

Gwendolyn Levine, DVM, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Clinic Pathology/Cytology 

Jonathan Levine, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Adam Patterson, DVM, DACVD Sponsored by Merial 

Kenneth Simpson, BVM&S, Ph.D., DACVIM, DECVIM-CA

Jeffrey Toll, VMD, DACVIM, SAIM
Internal Medicine 

Small Animal Surgery

Steve Budsberg, BS, MS, DVM, DACVS 

James Flanders, DVM, DACVS 
Soft Tissue 

Michael Pavletic, DVM, DACVS
Skin Graft Soft Tissue 


Companion Animal Health Symposium  

John Godbold, DVM Sponsored by Companion Animal Health 
Lasers and Rehabilitation 

David Mason, BVetMed, MRCVS, DACVS, DACVSMR Sponsored by Companion Animal Health 
Rehabilitation, Regenerative Medicine, and Stem Cell Therapy 

Spy-Themed Mystery CE Dinner on the Queen Mary Symposium 

Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, DECVD, FAVD Sponsored by Merial 
Current Concepts in Managing Canine Oral Health 

Preferred Employers Insurance Sunrise Symposium 

Jan Beaver, VP, Risk Advisors Sponsored by Preferred Employers Insurance 
Strategies for Safety and Savings – Workers' Comp 101 


Alison Gottlieb, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Feline Medicine 

Linda Markland, RVT
Wellness For You! Technician Fair Presentation 

Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Louise O'Dwyer, MBA BSc (Hons), VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia & ECC), DipAVN (Medical & Surgical), RVN
Anesthesia/Surgery/Infection Control 

Andrea Steele, MSc, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Emergency Critical Care 


USDA Veterinary Accreditation Renewal 


Category I: Accredited veterinarians must complete any three APHIS Approved Supplemental Training (AAST) modules anytime within their three-year renewal period to renew their accreditation.

Category I Animals: All animals except food and fiber species, horses, birds, farm-raised aquatic animals, all other livestock species, and zoo animals that can transmit exotic animal diseases to livestock. Example species include: dog, cat, laboratory animal (rat, mouse, gerbil, guinea pig, and hamster), non-human primate, rabbit, ferret, mink, gopher, amphibian/reptile, native non-ruminant wildlife, and marine mammal.

Category II: Accredited veterinarians must complete any six AAST modules anytime within their three-year renewal period.

Category II Animals: All animals. Example species include food and fiber animal species (cow, pig, sheep, goat, all ruminant), horse (mule, ass, pony, zebra), all bird species and poultry, farm-raised aquatic animal species, livestock species (bison, captive cervid, llama, alpaca, antelope, other hoofed animal), zoo animals that can transmit exotic animal diseases to livestock, as well as Category I species, including companion animals, such as dogs and cats.

The renewal training can be completed anytime, but the renewal application cannot be submitted earlier than six months prior to the renewal date.  Veterinarians are advised to save the information about the renewal courses they have completed so that it can be easily found when the renewal application is to be completed.

Thursday, June 29

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8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Module 7: Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category 1 Animals 

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Module 9: Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category 1 Animals 

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
Orientation to the Pet Travel Website 

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases 

1:45 PM - 2:35 PM
Module 23: Use of Antibiotics in Animals 

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM
Module 5: Vesicular Diseases

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Module 6: Exotic Avian Diseases

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Module 12: Animal Disease Traceability (ADT)


Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP Sponsored by VISC 
Compassion Fatigue 

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