Durango, Colorado | 12 CE hours | Registration opens soon!

Welcome to your summer CE getaway.

CVMA West brings education to the western slope of Colorado with an expanded weekend of high-level CE. This unique 3-day education opportunity is designed for all types of practitioners, set in an accessible location for attendees from western Colorado and surrounding states. The program delivers 12 hours of CE including social activities and recreational opportunities in a stunningly beautiful destination.

A note on COVID-19 protocols

CVMA will be adhering to all local public health guidelines as well as the policies of each event venue.

To view Mesa County’s current COVID requirements, click here.

Thank you, sponsors!


Christina Jeffries, DVM, MS

Dr. Jeffries has been in the veterinary field for 14 years in various roles. Her veterinary journey began in Arizona as a Certified Veterinary Technician. In this role, her love for clinical pathology and teaching became apparent. She went back to school with the goal of eventually becoming a veterinary clinical pathologist. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona while working as an instructor for a Veterinary Technology program. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida. After graduation, she moved to Colorado for a combined residency and graduate degree program at Colorado State University. She just completed her program and earned a Master of Science degree and completed a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. She has accepted a position at Antech Diagnostics post-residency and hopes to continue sharing her excitement for clinical pathology with veterinary practitioners.

Terry Spraker, DVM, PhD, BS

Colorado State University CVMBS Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology Department

Dr. Spraker is Professor of Pathology. His research focuses on naturally occurring diseases in wild mammals and birds. Current projects include surveillance of chronic wasting disease of deer and elk, diseases of marine mammals and sea turtles. Dr. Spraker has conducted long-standing field studies evaluating population declines in artic fur seals and understanding the anthropogenic influences and disease processes impacting these marine mammals.

Raye Walck, DVM

Director of Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory – Western Slope

Since graduating from CSU in 1998, Dr. Walck has practiced veterinary medicine in a variety of settings, including mixed practice, public health at the USDA, and in her current capacity as the director of CSU Western Slope VDL.


CSU Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (education sessions)
3164 B 1/2 Rd.
Grand Junction, Colorado

The Western Slope Laboratory is a branch of the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), whose mission is to provide relevant, timely, and accurate animal disease diagnostic services to the Western Slope of Colorado and surrounding areas. The laboratory plays an integral role in ensuring the safety of food production, diagnosing zoonotic disease, and supporting the management, care and prevention of diseases in animals. CVMA has teamed up with the VDL as a host location for the education sessions during CVMA West 2022.

Wine Country Inn (lodging)
777 Grande River Drive
Palisade, Colorado

Enjoy an authentic vineyard experience after your CE sessions each day. Located just 15 minutes from CSU’s Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Wine Country Inn offers affordable luxury accommodations in Colorado’s wine country. Enjoy complimentary afternoon tastings of the inn’s private label wines 5-6 p.m. daily along with complimentary breakfast each day. Treat yourself — you deserve it.

CVMA group rate: Starting at $160 + tax

Reservation deadline: May 5, 2022

Call to reserve at 970-464-5777 and indicate you are with the CVMA room block (block is filling quickly — please book early!)

Spoke and Vine (lodging)
424 W. 8th Street
Palisade, Colorado

Spoke and Vine Motel is a freshly reinvented motel with old-yet-sturdy bones, thoughtful design, sustainable features, and clean, comfortable rooms. This is NOT your grandpa’s motel.

Perfectly located within walking distance of all the food, wine, beer, mead, and fruits your heart desires, we aim to be your favorite place to stay in Palisade and the entire Grand Valley.

CVMA group rate: Starting at $199 + tax

Reservation deadline: May 16, 2022

Call to reserve at 970-464-2211 and indicate you are with the CVMA room block (block is filling quickly — please book early!)

Schedule & Education

 Pathology in Practice

12 CE hours

Friday, June 17

12-1 p.m.

Check-in at Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

1-5 p.m.


Rabies From a Diagnostic Perspective (1 CE hour)

Differentials to Consider with Rabies (0.5 CE hour)

Rabies; Not Just In The Brain (0.5 CE hour)

Pathology and a Tale of Two Populations (0.5 CE hour)

State Veterinarian Updates (1 CE hour)

6-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Varaison Vineyard and Winery

Saturday, June 18

8 a.m.-Noon


What to FNA and Why: To Analyze In-house or to Send to Lab? (1 CE hour)

Organized Approach to In-House Cytology  (1 CE hour)

Making Sense of In-house CBCs, Differentials, and Platelet Counts (1.5 CE hours)

Urine For a Treat – Increasing Your Urinalysis Competency (1 CE hour)

Noon-1 p.m.


Enjoy an outdoor lunch in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s orchard with ColoradoQ Food Truck!

1-3 p.m.


Fluid Analyses (1 CE hour)

Case-based Session: Cytology, CBC, Urine data (1 CE hour)

3-5:00 p.m.

Enjoy Palisade, Grand Junction, and the surrounding areas! 

5-7:00 p.m.

Wine Pairing Dinner at 13 Brix Cider Bistro

Join us for a deliciously curated meal paired with delectable wines! Additional fee required to attend.

Sunday, June 19

9 a.m.-noon


Necropsy: When, Why, and Why Don’t We Do More? (1 CE hour)

Small & Large Animal Necropsy: How-to, Sample Collection, and Test Selection (1 CE hour)

Case Reports and Review (1 CE hour)

Noon-1 p.m.


Enjoy an outdoor lunch in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s orchard with Cafe Sol!

Pricing & Registration

Registration has closed. Contact CVMA with questions: [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: A full refund within 90 days of purchase will be allowed on registrations if received in writing to [email protected] by June 1, 2022. Any cancellations after June 1, 2022 will not be refunded.

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