Join CVMA for 7 hours of instruction and hands-on learning on bovine field necropsy, designed for the agricultural and mixed animal practitioner. This program offers you the opportunity to increase your
Join CVMA for 7 hours of instruction and hands-on learning on bovine field necropsy, designed for the agricultural and mixed animal practitioner. This program offers you the opportunity to increase your confidence, experience, and skill in conducting necropsies in the field. You will learn a realistic, practical, field-based approach to successfully conducting necropsy under a variety of challenging conditions while participating in hands-on learning from experienced experts.
(Monday) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join CVMA Chapter 7 for an interactive, case-based session on canine liver disease and wound management from the team at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty. FREE for Chapter 7 members! Speakers: Brianna Backlund,
Join CVMA Chapter 7 for an interactive, case-based session on canine liver disease and wound management from the team at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty.
FREE for Chapter 7 members!
Brianna Backlund, DVM, DACVIM (internal medicine)
Dr. Backlund is an internal medicine specialist originally from Seattle, Washington. She earned her DVM from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, going on to complete an internship in small-animal medicine and surgery from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and her residency in internal medicine at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM).
Dr. Backlund’s clinical interests include immune mediated disorders such as hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and polyarthritis, gastrointestinal disease management (IBD, gastrointestinal lymphoma), and renal (chronic renal failure) and hepatic diseases (chronic active hepatitis, other inflammatory or infectious hepatobiliary diseases).
In addition, she is a skilled endoscopist and provides bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy and endoscopy services.
Off duty, Dr. Backlund enjoys spending time with her family, running, and appreciating the natural beauty of Colorado.
Brandy Cichocki, DVM, MS, DACVS (soft tissue surgery)
Originally from Indiana, Dr. Brandy Cichocki obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship and then a small animal surgery residency at Oklahoma State University. Following residency, she obtained a position as an assistant professor at Purdue University and focused solely on small animal soft tissue surgery. She has a passion for soft tissue surgery and enjoys the diversity of the case load. Dr. Cichocki has experience with oncologic, thoracic, abdominal, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and minimally invasive surgery.
In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family and friends, and pampering her two cats (Finn and Avery). She is excited to be a part of the team at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty and get to know southern Colorado.
Edmund Leigh, DVM, DACVR (diagnostic imaging)
Dr. Leigh began his career as a geologist working on civil engineering projects in Vermont and Colorado, eventually making his way to Alaska exploring for gold. After several years, he returned to school to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, earning his DVM with honors from Colorado State University in 2001, then completing a one year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Leigh returned to Colorado and practiced small-animal medicine in the Denver area for two years before being accepted into the radiology residency program at North Carolina State University. After completing his residency training, he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2007.
Dr. Leigh worked as a veterinary radiologist in Raleigh, North Carolina, before moving back to Colorado in 2008. His professional interests include small-animal abdominal and musculoskeletal ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spine.
Dr. Leigh lives in Palmer Lake with his wife and son. He also shares his home with a Labrador retriever, a border collie mix, and a geriatric cat. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, mountain biking, skiing and hiking.
Rainier Ko, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (neurology)
Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Ko completed his biology undergraduate degree at McGill University, and his DVM in 2000 from the University of Montreal. Following an internship at the renowned Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ko returned to his veterinary college in Montreal as a laboratory instructor in small animal anatomy and applied surgical anatomy.
He then completed a residency in small-animal surgery and a master of science degree at Purdue University in 2005, earning board certification in 2007. Dr. Ko spent three years as a staff surgeon at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and starred on Animal Planet’s popular television series “E-Vet Interns.” He returned to Purdue in 2008 as an assistant professor in small-animal orthopedics and neurosurgery.
Dr. Ko completed a neurology residency at Colorado State University and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, achieving board-certification in neurology in 2014.
This formidable accomplishment distinguishes Dr. Ko as one of only seven individuals worldwide with double-boarded certification in veterinary surgery and neurology/neurosurgery. His expertise, thoroughness and strong bond with his patients and clients have earned him numerous teaching and clinical awards, including CVTA’s “Colorado Veterinarian of the Year” in 2012.
Dr. Ko’s clinical interests include neurosurgical oncology (brain and spinal cord tumors, vertebral replacement), vertebral implantology, congenital spinal deformities, and electrodiagnostics.
In his spare time, Dr. Ko enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and the company of his three dogs, Rowdy, Hope and Cricket.
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(Sunday) 10:00 am
Phantom Canyon Brewery
2 E. Pikes Peak Ave
CVMA Chapter 7
Join CVMA Chapter 2 for a FREE dinner and 1.0 CE credit hour roundtable discussion on dental myth busters with Dr. MJ Redman. About the presenter
Join CVMA Chapter 2 for a FREE dinner and 1.0 CE credit hour roundtable discussion on dental myth busters with Dr. MJ Redman.
About the presenter
MJ Redman, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Redman is a Connecticut native and graduate of Brown University and Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Before pursuing specialty dentistry she worked in general practice in Arizona and Washington. She completed her American Veterinary Dental College residency program at Animal Dental Center of Baltimore and became board certified in 2015. Dr. Redman currently serves as the veterinary dentist at our Loveland location. Prior to joining Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery, Dr. Redman worked at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency in San Antonio, Texas. She has extensive experience in oral medicine and surgery and is an accomplished lecturer and instructor in veterinary dentistry. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her two dogs and five cats. Her activities include long-distance running, mountain biking, and hiking.
FREE for Chapter 2 members!
(Wednesday) 6:00 pm
Larimer Humane Society
3501 E. 71st St.
Join CVMA for a full day of meaningful conversation with state leaders about Colorado’s legislative landscape. Get an inside look at how the legislative process works and how
Join CVMA for a full day of meaningful conversation with state leaders about Colorado’s legislative landscape. Get an inside look at how the legislative process works and how veterinarians play a key role in shaping public policy.
Meet the people from agencies that regulate veterinary medicine, including:
Get the “inside story” on the legislative process from a panel of experts, including:
Attendance is limited — email Ashley Larson at email@example.com to learn more and to register.
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman St.
Join CVMA Chapter 6 for a South Area roundtable presentation with dinner and CE with Dr. Lori Best and Dr. Steve Dugan from Eye Specialists for Animals. Schedule of events 6 p.m.:
Join CVMA Chapter 6 for a South Area roundtable presentation with dinner and CE with Dr. Lori Best and Dr. Steve Dugan from Eye Specialists for Animals.
Schedule of events
6 p.m.: Dinner
6:30 p.m.: 2.0 hours of CE lecture followed by Q&A
FREE for Chapter 6 members!
About the presenters
Steve Dugan, DVM, MS, DACVO
Born and raised in Illinois, Dr. Steve Dugan nurtured an affinity for animals from an early age. After receiving degrees in both chemistry and mathematics from Southern Illinois University, he went on to attend the University of Illinois where he earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine (1986). In 1987, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Cornell University. Always the avid learner, Dr. Dugan desired to continue his education through veterinary specialization and found his calling in ophthalmology, drawn to the dual aspect of medical and surgical management training which it encompasses.
Dr. Dugan completed a 3 year residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Colorado State University. In 1990, he became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). He briefly served as assistant professor of comparative ophthalmology at the University of Illinois, prior to his decision to enter private practice in 1992. Dr. Dugan routinely attends continuing education events and has completed an elective Maintenance of Certification (MOC) through the ACVO in order to provide the most progressive care for his patients.
Dr. Dugan is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Medical Society (CSAVMS). He currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of animal life by restoring and preserving vision through research and education.
Throughout his esteemed career, Dr. Dugan has provided invaluable contributions to furthering the research and knowledge on various ocular diseases (e.g. squamous cell carcinoma). His work has been published numerous times in peer reviewed literature, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). He has lectured on equine and companion animal ophthalmology regularly over the years in a variety of local, regional, and international forums (such as the annual ACVO conferences).
For the past 24 years, Dr. Dugan has worked in private practice, providing honest, expert, and compassionate care to thousands of animals. Amongst his extensive services, he has successfully performed over 2,200 cataract removal surgeries. Additionally, he provides pro bono services for animals at the Denver Zoo.
Lori Best, DVM, DACVO
Dr. Lori Best has had a passion for caring for animals since she was a young child. While growing up, she volunteered her time at local humane societies before securing a job as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital. Dr. Best completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine along with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona in 2007. She then went on to graduate with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012.
Dr. Best’s love for ophthalmology initially developed during veterinary school where she was drawn to both the medical and surgical aspects of managing animal eye disease in order to improve her patient’s vision and quality of life. To further pursue her career in ophthalmology, she completed a 1-year small animal surgical and medical rotating internship followed by a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee. During her time at the University of Tennessee, she performed research studies in tear film biochemistry and normal blinking behavior in horses that have been published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Veterinary Research. In 2017, she became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).
Dr. Lori Best entered private practice at Eye Specialists for Animals following completion of her residency. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society (CSAVS). She is the President of Chapter 7 (Colorado Springs Area) of the CVMA. She continues to enjoy teaching and has been asked to give several continuing education lectures to veterinarians within Colorado.
Dr. Best also loves to educate owners about eye disease so that they can provide informed and exceptional care for their pets. She particularly enjoys performing surgery and has completed hundreds of successful cataract removal surgeries. Outside of work, she prefers to spend her free time outdoors hiking or running. Her animal family members include a beloved dachshund mix (Savvy), a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Yeti), and a handsome young tabby (Sully).
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cabela's Lone Tree
10670 Cabela Dr.
CVMA Chapter 6