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Management of Common Clinical Problems in General Practice; December 8-9, 2012

Continuing Education

The College of Veterinary Medicine Outpatient Medicine Section is pleased to offer a two-day conference designed with general practitioners in mind. This conference will focus on topics relevant to everyday cases our referring veterinarians and you—the practitioner—are seeing.

The goal of the conference is to offer ideas to complement your management of common clinical problems in general practice. Topics will include: cardiology, dermatology, urology, preventative care, shelter medicine, exotic animal medicine, parasites, and oncology. Based on your post-conference comments from last year, we added more feline topics to our 2013 program. At the end of each day, we will engage in a questions and discussions session.


Registration for this course is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Registration Fees:

Please note the updated CE hours provided by this course.

Two-day course: $325 (15 CE hours)
Saturday only: $180 (7.75 CE hours)
Sunday only: $180 (7.25 CE hours)

Course fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, & instructional materials.

Full attendance at your session is required to receive total CE credits.

Course Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, November 26, 2013 (please note: this date was updated on May 7, 2013, per our new cancellation policy). No refunds will be issued thereafter. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the College of Veterinary Medicine will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, December 7, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Breakfast Sonja Zabel
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Speaker Introductions Sonja Zabel
8:45 – 9:45 Ferrets are not long-nosed cats: Interpreting the chemistry profile in ferrets Joerg Mayer
9:45 – 10:45 Shelter CSI: What to do if you suspect abuse or neglect Janet Martin
10:45 – 11:00 Refreshment Break  
11:00 – 12:00 Updates from Community Practice Ira Roth
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch  
1:00 – 2:00 Feline stomatitis: What's new? Ira Roth
2:00 – 3:00 TBA Jennifer Pierro
3:00 – 3:15 Refreshment Break  
3:15 – 4:15 Updates in heartworm disease Mandy Erickson
4:15 – 5:15 Q&A session All Saturday Speakers

Sunday, December 8, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast & Registration  
8:30 – 9:30 Secondary skin infections in small animal practice Sonja Zabel
9:30 – 10:30 Update on MRS and where we are heading Sonja Zabel
10:30 – 10:45 Refreshment Break  
10:45 – 11:45 Dos and Don’ts of avian anesthesia: A survival guide for practitioners Steve Divers
11:45 – 12:45 Common pitfalls when working up food adverse reactions Sonja Zabel
12:45 – 1:30 Lunch  
1:30 – 2:30 Cancer screening tests in Veterinary Medicine Nicole Northrup
2:30 – 3:30 Common cat cancers Corey Saba
3:30 – 4:30 Q&A session All Sunday Speakers
4:30 Closing Sonja Zabel


Sonja Zabel, DVM, MS, DACVD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Stephen J. Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (herpetology), FRCVS
Professor of Zoological Medicine
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Mandy Erickson, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Clinical Instructor in Cardiology
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Janet C. Martin, DVM
Shelter Medicine
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Jörg Mayer, DVM, MSc, DABVP(ECM), DECZM (Small mammal)
Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Nicole Northrup, DVM, BS, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology)
Associate Professor of Oncology
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Jennifer Pierro, DVM
Oncology Resident, UGA

Ira Roth, DVM, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Community Practice
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Corey Saba, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery


All sessions are held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please use the ramp entrance to the main Vet Med building. Follow the directions here or contact Melissa Kilpatrick at

Additional Information

Please review our calendar page for travel and parking information, as well as details about our conference policies.


For further information about this and other continuing education opportunities, contact Melissa Kilpatrick, Continuing Education: 706.542.1451 or

This page was last updated on December 10, 2013.