Save the date for 2020

And join us in the mountains for the largest gathering
of veterinary professionals in the Rocky Mountain region.

2020 is a licensing year for Colorado veterinarians…how close are you to 32 hours?

Choose from 100+ hours of CE while enjoying a mountain getaway only Colorado can provide.


NEW! Opioid CE to fulfill Colorado licensing requirement

-Wet labs featuring small animal dental extraction and ultrasound

Equine ophthalmology, joint injections, and lameness

Agricultural animal internal medicine and surgery

Cannabis applications for small animals

-Small animal senior, geriatric, and hospice care

Exotic medicine including sedation, analgesia, and nutrition

-Technology and telemedicine in practice

…and more!


We know you may be disappointed that COVID-19 is keeping us from gathering in person this year for CVMA Convention–we are too! However, we are excited to innovate with new ways of meeting your CE needs. CVMA brings you the leading experts on a range of topics…right to your home.

This year’s CE is a little UN-conventional as all CE will be pre-recorded for your ease of access so that you have the flexibility to watch it whenever is convenient for YOU.

Wondering just how much CE you can get? UN-Convention offers 5 distinct courses that are 6 hours of CE each. Small animal practitioners can earn up to 18 hours of CE by combining small animal and general courses; bovine practitioners can earn up to 12 hours of CE by combining bovine and general courses; and equine practitioners can earn up to 12 hours of CE by combining equine and general courses. You can save your seat for these courses by pre-registering for them now before they are released — once the courses are available, we will email you access details! CE recordings will be released on a rolling basis throughout August 2020 — see Topics & Speakers below for exact release dates.

Missing the Exhibit Hall? We’ll have it available virtually for you, easily accessible from the comfort of your home! Visit our Supplier Showcase in August for changes to win prizes, score specials and deals, and more. Coming soon!

Topics & Speakers  


SMALL ANIMAL | Getting Through the Golden Years: Care for Geriatric Patients, Hospice Patients, and Their Caregivers


Mary Gardner, DVM
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

Dr. Mary Gardner has a special place in her heart for the skinny, wobbly, grey-muzzled pets. Passionate about geriatric care, she is co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a nationwide practice whose 120+ veterinarians provide in-home hospice, euthanasia, and end-of-life care. She is a published author and co-editor of the textbook Treatment and Care for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient. A 2008 University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, she has been awarded the Angel Award and the Alumni Achievement Award. She has spoken at NAVC, AVMA, WVC, and IAAHPC, and has been featured in numerous local and national news media including DVM News Magazine, Today’s Veterinary Practice, DVM 360Entrepreneur Magazine, and The New York Times.

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

Dr. Sheilah Robertson received her veterinary training at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After some time in mixed animal practice, she pursued a PhD and training in anesthesia at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and animal welfare by the respective American and European colleges and is trained in small animal acupuncture. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida. She has been on faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Canada), the University of Florida, Michigan State University, and served as an assistant director in the Animal Welfare Division of the AVMA. Dr. Robertson is the senior medical director for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice.

Course Content

This 6 hour track will cover the following topics:

  • Anesthesia for Senior and Geriatric Patients: Why Are They Different? (2 hours) With the aging process there are changes in body composition, the central nervous system, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, and thermoregulatory systems. These occur “below the surface” even in healthy geriatric patients but have a significant impact on the uptake, distribution, elimination, and requirement of drugs. Decreased vital capacity of organs leaves this population less able to respond to stressors. In this session you will learn how to create suitable anesthetic and analgesic protocols for older patients and how to solve issues during the perianesthetic period.
  • Creating and Marketing a Geriatric Friendly and Safe Practice (2 hours) The senior and geriatric pet population is the largest yet almost half of them are not seen by their veterinarian in the last 10% of their life. We have a great opportunity to enhancement the clinic environment, safety, and marketing to encourage the aging pet population and their families to see their veterinarian more during this fragile time period. Many are weak, wobbly, painful, and scared but in this lecture, we will suggest small enhancements to make your clinic safe and friendly to our senior and geriatric pets!
  • The 5 Ingredients of Hospice (1 hour) Veterinary hospice care is a unique case approach centered around education, preparation, and support for the pet nearing their end of life and the client dealing with saying goodbye. Understanding what this service includes and what it does not include will help veterinary professionals solidify their role as animal advocators, strengthen the human animal bond, and maintain the highest level of client care. Hospice is not about prolonging suffering but maintaining a good quality of life until the end!
  • Caregiver Burden: When Loving Hurts (1 hour) Until one has managed a terminally ill or geriatric pet, you cannot fully appreciate the toll it has on caregivers. The burden caregivers have can lead to more depression and anxiety than the passing of the pet. How can you and the whole staff identify the needs of the caregiver and support them properly throughout this time?


Pre-register for this course now to receive access when it becomes available on August 3!

Thank You, Sponsor!


SMALL ANIMAL | Pain Management in the Face of an Opioid Crisis


James Gaynor, DVM, DACVA, DACVPM
Peak Performance Veterinary Group

Dr. James Gaynor received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University and was in private small animal practice for one year prior to returning there for a three-year residency in anesthesiology. He is board certified in veterinary anesthesiology and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, certified in veterinary acupuncture, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Gaynor joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1992 and was section chief and association professor of anesthesiology and pain management when in left the university in 2004 to start Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Frisco, Colorado.

Course Content

This 6 hour track will cover the following topics:

  • Opioids: A Love/Hate Relationship (2 hours) This session will detail commonly used veterinary opioids. Participants will review the basic physiology, then detail similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages. The importance of opioids in veterinary medicine will also be discussed, along with ideas on how to manage during an opioid availability crisis.
  • NSAIDS and Beyond for Inflammation Control (2 hours) This session will detail commonly used veterinary NSAIDS and non NSAID approaches to inflammation. Participants will review the basic physiology, then detail similarities and differences, advantages, and disadvantages. The importance of anti0inflammatories in veterinary medicine will also be discussed, along with ideas on how to provide an effective anti-inflammatory effect without an NSAID.
  • Taking Part in the Resurgence of Local Anesthesia (1 hour) This session will describe the importance of local anesthetic block implementation into everyday practice, and its urgency during an opioid availability crisis. Comparison of commonly used local anesthetics including advantages and disadvantages will be detailed. The newer long acting bupivacaine will be presented. Some common local anesthetic myths will be discussed. Common local anesthetic blocks will be described.
  • Navigating the Medical Cannabis Quagmire (1 hour) Veterinarians are constantly bombarded by clients and producers concerning cannabis, especially hemp-based CBD. This session will provide an overview of importance concepts regarding CBD including history, legal aspects, terminology, basic physiology, uses, and current small animal data.


Pre-register for this course now to receive access when it becomes available on August 10!

Thank You, Sponsor!


BOVINE | Field-Based Approach to Practical, Effective Bovine Medicine


Andrea Lear, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Andrea Lear holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. While performing a large animal internal medicine residency with an emphasis in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she received her master’s degree. Dr. Lear joined the Farm Animal Field Service team at the University of Tennessee and concurrently attained her PhD in immunology and infectious disease. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical interests include livestock medicine and surgery, backyard milk quality, herd disease investigation, and neonatology. Her research interests focus around maternal-fetal interactions, including placental immunology and reproductive physiology.

Course Content

This 6 hour track will cover the following topics:

  • Cow-Side Diagnostics (1 hour) This presentation will discuss the use of cow-side diagnostics in ambulatory practice. Several affordable and handheld devices we will discussed including glucometer, ketometer, centrifuge, Brix refractometer, whisper stethoscope, and EPOC machine. The practicality of each device will be discussed in relation to clinical cases, demonstrating the use of this equipment aiding in treatment and prognosis decisions on farm. Learn quick, helpful techniques to perform abdominal and thoracic using a reproductive ultrasound machine and probe. Overall, this talk will encourage practitioners to utilize devices perhaps raising the standard of care they can offer in an ambulatory setting.
  • Approach to Acute Abdomen (1 hour) Managing colicky ruminants can be stressful for both practitioner and producer. While clinical decision making can be even more challenging with these cases. This presentation will describe a methodical diagnostic approach to assessing a ruminant with acute abdominal signs, including diagnostic abdominal ultrasonography using a reproductive ultrasound machine and probe. Utilizing a useful ultrasound technique along with clinical findings will aid the practitioner in therapeutic decisions, such as medical versus surgical therapies, in cases of acute abdominal disease.
  • Field-Based Fluid Therapy (1 hour) Large animal practitioners are faced with varying levels of dehydration in both mature and neonatal cattle. The goal of this talk will be to describe and formulate fluid therapy plans in varying circumstances in an ambulatory setting. Following this presentation, the practitioner will be able to identify the proper use of oral and intravenous fluid in clinical cases and appropriate volume to be administered. Homemade fluid recipes will be discussed including pros and cons compared to commercially available products. Fundamentals of determining need for blood transfusions will be reviewed, including tips and tricks of safety and efficiently performing this procedure in the field.
  • Field-Based Approach to Abortion Outbreak (1 hour) This lecture will define the many presentations of abortion and fetal wastage. As large animal practitioners, we are often presented with individual and herd cases associated with abortion. This talk will focus on the systematic approach to work through an infectious abortion outbreak in a livestock herd, including case examples. Common infectious reproductive pathogens will be reviewed with an emphasis on zoonosis and protective measures for the producer and veterinary staff.
  • Assessing Fetal Wellbeing (1 hour) Biomarker research is abundantly occurring in both human and veterinary medicine for states of health and disease. This talk will discuss translating biomarkers described in recent research to practical approaches to assess fetal wellbeing and placental health. Biomarkers including non-coding RNAs and pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs), will be defined. The practitioner will be exposed to cutting edge research in the area of placental health, yet walk away with a practical understanding where these progressive techniques can be used in practice.
  • Immunization for Reproductive Success (1 hour) Reproductive success is critical for cow-calf herds, including the prevention of reproductive pathogens. This presentation will review current literature regarding fetal production using different vaccine strategies. Pros and cons of multivalent and modified-live vaccines will be described. At the end of the discussion, practitioners will have a practical understanding of how to create a vaccine protocol to protect the developing fetus in cow-calf herds.


Pre-register for this course now to receive access when it becomes available on August 17!


EQUINE | Updates in Equine Medicine and Diagnostics


Nathan M. Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT (Certified Hyperbaric Technologist)
McGee Medicine Center, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Nathan Slovis is the director of the McGee Medicine Center at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree from Radford University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University, interned at Arizona Equine Center and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Slovis has published over 50 manuscripts in both national and international peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is a frequent speaker at many national and international veterinary conferences. He is the editor of both the Atlas of Equine Endoscopy and the Atlas of Diseases/Disorders of the Foal, and has authored numerous book chapters related to equine neonatology, equine neurology, hyperbaric medicine, and infectious diseases. He implemented the Infectious Disease Program and Equine Emergency Response Program at Hagyard and holds the position of infectious disease officer and equine emergency response co-director. He is also a member of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Society.

Course Content

This 6 hour track will cover the following topics:

  • Mucus and Couth: How Does Equine Asthma Affect Performance (1 hour)
  • Abdominal Pain in Foals: How to Use Your Ultrasound to Make a Diagnosis (1 hour)
  • Acute Abdomen in the Adult: Emphasis on Ultrasound Diagnostics (1 hour)
  • Challenging Medicine Cases (1 hour)
  • Gastric Ulcer Update (1 hour)
  • Equine Emergency Response (1 hour)

Session descriptions coming soon!


Pre-register for this course now to receive access when it becomes available on August 24!


GENERAL | Colorado Infectious Disease and Other Regulatory Updates to Help You Succeed in a Changing World

Course Content

This 6 hour track will cover the following topics:

  • Updates From the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office (2 hours) Get the latest updates on rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2), vesicular stomatitis (VSV), and other diseases impacting pets and livestock in Colorado.
  • Plague, Tularemia, Q-Fever, and Other Zoonotic Diseases (2 hours) Would you like to feel better prepared when you have a patient present with signs of plague, tularemia, or coxiellosis (coxiella burnetii)? Would you like to know how to better protect yourself, your staff, and clients from zoonotic diseases? Get the answers to these questions and more during this session. Understand zoonotic disease in Colorado and get prepared to manage zoonotic diseases in your patients while minimizing exposure and illness for those who care for them.
  • Rabies Law and Updates: Common Questions and Pitfalls (1 hour) Are you prepared to answer your client’s questions about rabies? Do you know what types of exposures are considered rabies exposures to your patients? Do you know the regulations for rabies vaccines and follow-up on exposures in your area? Do you know where to go and who to call for questions related to rabies in Colorado? While this is one of the oldest diseases in veterinary medicine, clinicians often have very specific jurisdictional questions. Join this session to learn the disease dynamics in Colorado and how to avoid common mistakes.
  • Asking for a Friend: What to Expect When Seeking Help from the Veterinarian Peer Health Assistance Program (1 hour) As veterinarians learn to recognize signs of substance use in their clients, questions may arise around addressing substance use concerns within yourself or among your colleagues. The good news is, there are programs available to assist veterinarians who may be struggling with substance use, mental health issues, or other conditions that may affect their practice. This session will help you recognize the signs of substance use or mental health conditions that could be affecting practice and learn how to refer yourself or a colleague for help.


Maggie Baldwin, DVM
State Veterinarian’s Office

Katherine Garcia, MA, LAC, MAC
Peer Assistance Services

Jennifer House, DVM, MPH
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Keith Roehr, DVM
State Veterinarian’s Office

Tracy Woodall, DVM, MPH
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


Pre-register for this course now to receive access when it becomes available on August 31!

Call for proposals

Now accepting speaker proposals for CVMA Convention 2020!

Proposals will be accepted through November 15.

Pricing & Registration

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Remember, CVMA members SAVE BIG on CE. Not a member?

Join now:

  • Premium Member

  • $90/course
  • Each course is worth 6 CE hours.
  • Core Member

  • $108/course
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  • Basic Member

  • $135/course
  • Each course is worth 6 CE hours.
  • Non-Member

  • $216/course
  • Each course is worth 6 CE hours.

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Ever dreamed of getting the CE hours you need without the travel costs associated with airlines, car travel, hotels, and food on the road? This is your year to earn your 2020 CE from the comfort of your own home!

Sit back, relax, and take in virtual CE from your home or office computer.

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Supplier Showcase

Our full Supplier Showcase is coming soon! Check back for deals and specials from CVMA exhibitors and suppliers.

In the meantime, please help us thank our industry supporters listed below!

American Animal Hospital Association
AVMA Life & Wealth Strategies Group
CARR Healthcare Realty
Cornerstone Computer Solutions
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Diagnostic Imaging Systems, Inc.
Elanco Animal Health
ElleVet Sciences
Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Services
MassMutual Colorado
Merck Animal Health
Monument Pharmacy
MWI Animal Health
Patterson Veterinary
Peak Therapeutics CBD
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Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets
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