VMC Animal Health Education Series

A dog being examined

Launched in fall 2020, the VMC Animal Health Education Series (AHES) is a virtual event series that covers a range of topics from practical tips of things to look for in your pet to updates on leading clinical research.

Led by our expert clinicians and researchers, these presentations provide a deeper look at relevant topics in veterinary medicine. We hope you’ll join us to learn more and ask questions in those moments in between appointments.

Sign up below using the registration link for this free, virtual series held over zoom. Please note that all presentations are for a general audience and do not have CE credit associated with them.

Upcoming events

Dr. Allison Masters headshotMy dog has a new murmur, now what? Degenerative mitral valve disease and its latest treatment options

Led by Allison Masters, DVM, MPH, DACVIM

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6 to 7 PM central

Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is the most common cause of a new heart murmur in older dogs. During this presentation you will learn how this disease is diagnosed and what to expect if your dog is diagnosed with DMVD. Dr. Masters will also highlight current treatment recommendations and novel surgical techniques being explored at UMN.


Alexandra Bianco leaning against a white fence with a brown horse in the background Geriatric Horses—Management of Chronic Pain and End-of-Life Discussion

Led by Alex Bianco, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6 to 7 PM central

Join Dr. Alex Bianco, a clinician with the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center's Piper Equine Hospital, at 6 p.m. CDT on April 4 for a presentation on chronic pain in geriatric horses. In geriatric horses, chronic pain is commonly reported by owners as a contributing reason for euthanasia. Chronic pain is difficult to objectively assess in animals and relies on the perception of the owner and/or veterinarian. However, geriatric horses receive less veterinary care than younger horses and lameness may not be recognized as a manifestation of chronic pain.


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Primary Care, Urgent Care, or Emergency: Comparing First-Line Veterinary Services

Canine Cataracts: What can be Done?
Led by Jordan Roberts, DVM, DACVO

Canine Cataracts: What Can be Done?

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Presented by: Wanda Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Snotty noses and litter box problems: when are antibiotics likely to help and when might they harm?
Presented by
: Jennifer Granick, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)
Treating Temporohyoid Osteoarthropathy
Presented by: Alyson Booth, DVM
Presented by: Mike Henson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM & Scott Madill, BVSc, DVSc, DACT
Presented by: Tanja Philhower, MSW, LGSW

Breakthroughs in Urinary Stone Disease
Presented by: Eva Furrow, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM

Interventional Radiology: Helping Pets without Surgery
Presented by: Tracy Hill, DVM, DACVIM, PhD, DECVIM

Easing the Fear of Cancer Treatment for the Pet Owner: Radiation Therapy for the Veterinary Patient
Presented by: Jessica Lawrence, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR, DECVDI 

Should I Bring My Pet to the Veterinary ER?
Presented by: Kelly Tart, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC

Caring for your Mare During Pregnancy
Presented by: Scott Madill, BVSc, DVSc, DACT

Eat well, live long, prosper: food is the ultimate factor in prevention care
Presented by: Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN

Equine Dentistry and Its Impact on Performance
Presented by
Sara Wefel, DVM, DABVP (Equine Specialty)

Avoiding the scalpel: catheter based treatment options for heart disease
Presented by: Chris Stauthammer, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

The remarkable athletic capacity of the horse
Present byAnna Firshman, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

Common dermatological conditions in dogs
Presented by
Sandra Koch, DVM, MS Diplomate ACVD 

Oncology at the VMC: improving patient outcomes for dogs with soft tissue sarcomas
Presented by
Antonella Borgatti, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology), Dipl. ECVIM-CA

Acupuncture: beyond your imagination
Presented by: Dr. Keum Hwa Choi, DVM, MS, PhD, CVA, MSOMD, LAc, Diplomate NCCAOM

Spinal cord issues in dogs and cats
Presented by
Alistair McVey, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM and Susan Arnold, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Deciphering fact from fiction: what's the best food for my pet?
Presented byJulie Churchill, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN

Socializing your dog and understanding their body language
Presented byKristi Flynn, DVM