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Program for Monday, June 25th

6 Hours of Continuing Education are available today via 3 different tracks.

Lectures begin at 12:30 following the Lunch & Learn at 11 am and run until 7pm with a 30 minute refreshment break.

Companion Animal

Practical Approach to the Neuro Exam (1 Hour)
Common Spinal Disorders in Companion Animals (2 Hours)

Peter Maquire, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Peter Maguire, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Master’s degree in Clinical Veterinary Science, diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and New Zealand Registered Specialist, is a 1995 graduate of the Colorado State University (CSU) School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Peter also did his Neurology residency training at CSU between 1996-1999, and received a Master’s degree from CSU in Clinical Veterinary Science in 1999.  He became ACVIM board certified in Neurology that same year, and Registered in New Zealand as a veterinary specialist in 2009.

Dr. Maguire has 18 years experience working in referral practice as a board certified neurologist and neurosurgeon, and recently finished an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  His special interests include spinal surgery and neuroimaging.  He has been doing spinal surgery and only spinal surgery in dogs and cats since 1997…20 years.

Update on Anesthesia & Pain Management (3 Hours)

Kurt Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD

Kurt A. Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD,  is a former assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  He owns Veterinary Specialist Services which provides anesthesia specialist support to private practices in the Denver Metro area.   Dr. Grimm earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1995 and later his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois.  He is double boarded in Veterinary Anesthesia-Analgesia and Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Grimm is co-editor of several texts including Pain Management Made Simple, Lumb and Jones’ Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, 4th Edition, Essentials of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia 2nd Edition, and is lead editor on the newly published Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, the 5th edition of Lumb and Jones.

Pet Rehab-Laser Therapy (3 Hours)

Ron Riegel, DVM
Companion Animal Health

Dr. Ron Riegel bought his first therapy laser in 1979.  He co-founded AIMLA in 2009 to provide education on all types of medical lasers in both veterinary medicine and the healthcare professions. He is a well-recognized champion for medical laser education. His background in laser technology encompasses human, companion animals as well as equine disciplines.

After selling his multi-doctor private veterinary practice, Dr. Riegel authored more than a dozen papers and books on companion animal and equine therapy including “Laser Therapy for the Equine Athlete”, “Laser Therapy in the Companion Animal Practice” and “Clinical Overview and Applications of Class IV Therapy Lasers”.

Dr. Ron Riegel earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois. In 2014 he completed a fellowship in the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery and the examination for Medical Laser Safety Officer.

Dentistry (3 Hours)

Jennifer Alterman, DVM
Blue Pearl

Dr. Alterman is a Connecticut native and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Maryland.  She attended the University of Florida for veterinary school and completed an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC.  Prior to starting her residency Dr. Alterman practiced general and emergency medicine in Atlanta.  She completed a Dental and Oral Surgery residency at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver.  She moved to Utah and joined the BluePearl team in 2016.

Dr. Alterman enjoys all aspects of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery but has special interests in surgical treatment of periodontal disease, restorations, and management of oral trauma.  Outside of work she enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and their cats and dogs.

Large Animal

Small Ruminants-Parasites, Nutrition, Reproduction (3 Hours)

Boehringer Ingelheim

David Gartrell Pugh earned both DVM and MS (Nutritional Physiology) degrees from the University of Georgia in 1981, and a MAG in Agricultural Entomology (external parasites- 2013). He received post-DVM training at Virginia Tech (Clinical Nutrition) and Texas A & M University (Theriogenology). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology (1986), the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (1992), and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (Parasitology 2012).

Pugh has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and Auburn University, owned a large animal practice in Georgia, has been a consulting veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health and Pfizer Animal Health, project veterinarian and Director of Farm Operations for the AU Equine Source Plasma Project ( a multi million dollar research grant), and is currently Director of the Al Vet Diagnostic Lab System.

During his academic career he taught veterinary nutrition for horses, cows, and small ruminants, and was a clinician in ambulatory medicine and theriogenology. He is the author of >600 publications, >100 book chapters, 2 textbooks (Sheep and Goat Medicine, Sheep and Goat Medicine, 2nd ed), and a co-author of a publication of the NRC (NRC for Sheep, Goats, Camelids and Cervids).

Pugh has received five university and five national awards for teaching, was the 2006 recipient of the UGA’s AM Mills Award for contributions to Veterinary Medicine, and Was the UGA’s College of Vet Med’s Alumni of the Year for 2017. He has served on various committees for the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, the College of Theriogenology, the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and the National Research Council, Nutrient Requirement Committee and the American Academy of Veterinary Parasitologists.

He and his wife of 43 years are sheep, goat, and donkey/mule owners, part-time motorcycle/trike builders and riders, and the father of two daughters, a son, 2 sons-in law, a daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.

Equine Cardiology (3 Hours)

Meg Sleeper VMD, DACVIM
University of Florida / Gainsville, FL

Meg Sleeper VMD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school cum laude and completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center. She then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in cardiology. After becoming board certified in cardiology, she worked in the section of cardiology at Penn until 2015 when she became a clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Florida veterinary school. She has published numerous papers including over 75 peer reviewed original papers, over 50 review papers or case reports, and 4 books. Primary research interests include inherited heart diseases, in particular inherited cardiomyopathies, comparative cardiology and therapeutic gene transfer. She is on the editorial or review board of 11 journals and has served on the research (2008-2011) and examination (2005-2008) committees for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). In early 2011, she was appointed to the Great Ape Heart Project. This project is focused on improving cardiac health in the 4 ape species (Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans). She has competed in endurance riding nationally since the 1980s and internationally since 2001, including 7 world endurance championships and 5 Pan American championships. She is a member of the International Discipline Council for the United States Equestrian Federation as well as the Endurance Sport and Veterinary committees.