HSVMA 2020 Student Summer Lecture Series

Like the rest of the world, HSVMA was struggling to maintain a new normal as we adhered to ongoing shelter-in-place orders and got acquainted with distance learning.  In order to stay in touch with our student members and offer them additional options for summer learning, we introduced our Student Summer Lecture Series.  We scheduled Zoom webinars on topics from our Speakers Bureau in addition to some new, timely topics.  These webinars are approximately one hour in length with an additional 10-15 minutes of Q&A afterwards.  Registration for these lectures was FREE for all HSVMA student members!  Joining HSVMA is simple and will allow access to the summer lecture series archive.  And student membership is free through the first year after you graduate!  

The summer lecture series kicked-off with a newly added topic to our Speakers Bureau, Understanding Animal Hospice Within Welfare Work, presented by Dr. Kathleen Cooney.  Dr. Cooney is certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.  She presented her lecture via Zoom on Tuesday, May 26.  Our grand finale was on Tuesday, August 25, with Dr. Melissa Shapiro's lecture Special Needs Pets and Educational Outreach in Today’s Veterinary Profession.  Please send any questions about this series to Heather Schrader, Program Manager of Student Outreach, at [email protected]  

We hope you take advantage of this summer lecture series!

Once you become a student member, click here to access the archived lectures.

Summer Lecture Series Schedule:

Tuesday, May 26, at 5 pm PT/8 pm PT

Dr. Kathleen Cooney presents Understanding Animal Hospice Within Welfare Work

Animal hospice is a growing field and rightly so.  Animals deserve the best of care, emotionally and physically, as they reach the end of life.  Their welfare is at the heart of our support.  This presentation will reveal how animal hospice can be applied in medical directives and the approach we take with clients and team members.  Dr. Cooney is certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

Monday, June 1, at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Dr. Anne Fawcett presents Ethical Decision Making in Veterinary Practice

This presentation will be an introduction to the types of ethical challenges that may be encountered in veterinary practice, and some ethical frameworks that can be helpful in decision making.

Wednesday, June 10, at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Dr. Barry Kipperman presents Farm Animal Welfare: The Science and Ethics

More than three-fourths of veterinarians in the United States practice small animal medicine while there are sixty times more farmed animals killed for food in this country than dogs and cats.  This presentation summarizes the current conditions in which farm animals are raised and slaughtered in the United States, provides an ethical argument as to why small animal veterinarians should be concerned about farm animals, and provides a variety of ways small animal veterinarians can use their expertise to make a difference in improving the welfare of these animals.  Dr. Kipperman will also discuss the controversy surrounding processing plants during the current pandemic.

Thursday, June 18, at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET

Dr. Gary Block presents Doing the Most for Our Patients With the Least: Evidence-Based Veterinary Care on the Cheap

Dr. Block utilizes his 20+ years of experience as a co-owner of a 47-doctor emergency and referral hospital to highlight some of the challenges and successes that can come from common-sense medical care. He reviews common medical conditions seen in small animal veterinary practice, such as Parvo virus infection, feline urethral obstruction, gastroenteritis and rat poison ingestion, with a particular emphasis placed on ways to optimize care while minimizing costs. 

Thursday, June 25, at 10 am PT/1 pm ET

Dr. Renata Schneider presents Wildlife Care Basics

Deciding if a wild animal can be rehabilitated can be a daunting task for a veterinarian.  Whether you are planning to specialize in wildlife medicine or help triage until transfer to a local rehabber, this presentation will give you the fundamentals,  Intake, triage, handling, and species specific treatments are covered, as well as zoonotic diseases and what to take into consideration before release.  Legal issues are also discussed.

Wednesday, July 1, at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Dr. Jon Geller presents Street Medicine: Caring for Pets of the Indigent

The bond between the homeless and their pets is very strong due to the social isolation and dysfunction that exists on the streets. Providing care to pets of the homeless and near-homeless is one of the biggest challenges facing veterinary medicine. In this talk, Dr. Geller discusses the work of The Street Dog Coalition and other non-profits involved in this work, and also presents opportunities for student involvement.  He will also discuss the importance of a One Health approach to providing services.

Tuesday, July 14, at 10 am PT/1 pm ET

Anne Marie McPartlin, LVT and Ashley Gates, CVT present Anesthesia Case Review

The objective for this webinar is to use case examples to review common anesthetic and analgesic protocols. We will discuss drug classifications, expected side effects, and potential troubleshooting as we go through each case from the time of premed until the patient recovers post-operatively.

Monday, July 20, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET

Drs. Ahne Simonsen and Lauren Kloer present HQHVSN Tips and Preventive Techniques for Students

The goal of this webinar will be to introduce students to the concept of high-quality/high-volume spay neuter surgery while discussing the importance of incorporating preventive techniques into surgical practice.  Specific case example will be used to illustrate various preventive techniques available.

Thursday, July 30, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET

Dr. Eileen Jefferson presents New Developments in the Case Against Cosmetic and Convenience Surgeries in Companion Animals

Convenience surgeries, such as cat declawing, ear cropping and tail docking, have no medical benefit, but are still performed by many veterinarians. This presentation reviews these procedures and explains some of their negative side effects. It also includes information about alternatives and how to effectively explain them to clients.

Tuesday, August 11, at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Dr. Nellie Goetz presents How Would YOU Handle It? Non-clinical Situations in Shelter Medicine

These “Ripped from the Headlines” cases are designed to provoke thoughtful discussion among participants as to how to handle these non-clinical situations. From explaining what “no kill” means to deciding who pays for damages caused by a court-mandated pet held in your care, discussions will include difficult topics in shelter medicine in an environment that encourages audience participation. 

Tuesday, August 18, at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Dr. David Stansfield presents Introduction to the Human Animal Bond

This presentation is an exploration and explanation of the latest research showing the benefits to humans of life with a pet, and the vital role the veterinarian plays.

Tuesday, August 25, at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET -

Dr. Melissa Shapiro presents Special Needs Pets and Educational Outreach in Today’s Veterinary Profession

Dr. Melissa Shapiro will share the story of her dog, Piglet, who was rescued from a hoarding situation. Due to irresponsible breeding, Piglet was born deaf and blind. His positive attitude towards facing his challenges inspires children and adults around the world to face their own challenges with a Piglet Mindset! Their Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach program lesson plans and curriculum for teachers, parents, scout leaders, and others are free for download on Piglet’s website, PigletMindset.org. Dr. Shapiro uses Piglet’s social media platforms to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and encourage adoption of special needs rescued animals. She regularly posts PSAs about a variety of veterinary related topics. In addition to a discussion of disabled pet based educational programs, attendees will learn about the veterinarian’s role in working with profoundly disabled animals and their very devoted people.