Upcoming CE & Events

New Continuing Education Criteria

At its most recent Annual General Meeting on September 7, 2018, SVMA adopted a new set of Bylaws. As per the new Bylaws, CE will continue to be evaluated according to AAVSB-RACE criteria. Members must still log a total of 30 CE hours in a two-year period, but CE credit will no longer distinguish between scientific and non-scientific content. However, CE hours claimed must fit within each member's scope of practice. These changes are now in effect, and pertain to the entire 2017-18 CE recording period.  Please refer to the CE Policy Document below for details.

Supplementary Policy Document- Continuing Education


Current & Upcoming CE Offerings

Below is a list of a variety of CE topics. SVMA-approved CE hours are included. Online CE refers to offerings by other organizations.

Please visit our Online CE Portal to view videos of current veterinary concern and answer test questions for CE credit.

CE Events SVMA Online CE Webinars/Online (non-SVMA) CE on your schedule

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CE Events

Canine and Feline Probiotice Review

Thursday March 28, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 2.0
Dr. Helen Newton will cover the topic of "Probiotic Therapy in Dogs and Cats" and common FAQ's asked about Probiotics.
Dinner is provided at: Cut Casual Steak & Tap - 461 21 Street, Saskatoon (306-954-4222)
PLEASE RSVP TO: Jolene Lylick @jolene.lylick@purina.nestle.com by March 23rd.

Karen Overall Seminar

Apr 12 - Apr 13, 2019
Cochrane, AB
Behavioural problems are the most common class of veterinary concerns that pets will face. These are the problems that result in relinquishment and euthanasia of otherwise healthy, young animals, and yet they are the problems for which there is the least formal training. Building on a series of introductory talks given last year*, this 2 day series will focus on the special topics germane to shelters, trainers, veterinarians and veterinary nurses and support staff. This year, the formal lecture series includes a hands on lab

National Animal Welfare Conference

Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2019
Montreal, QU
The 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC) will be hosted in Montreal, QC on April 14th and 15th, 2019. NAWC2019 is an annual professional development and community-building event for Canada’s animal welfare sector, organized by Humane Canada. This two-day conference is the biggest Canadian conference of its kind and features presentations, workshops and panels on new animal welfare initiatives, emerging animal welfare science, best practices in animal sheltering, best practices for leadership and fundraising in an animal welfare context, advocacy techniques and animal welfare community engagement.

We’ve worked hard to develop a program that is aimed towards increasing content of interest for veterinarians and technicians. Our Shelter Medicine track on Tuesday has 5 hours of content focusing on intake, disease control and chronic illness in a shelter or rescue setting. Whether it be preventing URI in cats through stress management or treatment advice on heartworm dogs, the Shelter Medicine track is an in-depth look at the issues all shelters face on a day-to-day basis coming up with real solutions. Please see the attached schedule for our full program.

** SVMA members must submit details of the specific sessions they attend in order to get CE credit approval.

CAVD Dermatology Forum

Sunday April 28, 2019
Edmonton, AB
CE Hours: 4.5
Drs Becky Valentine and Steve Waisglass, Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, will discuss Pyoderma, Topical Therapy, New Therapies, Allergic Dermatitis, Feline Dermatology, plus a Dermatology Panel Discussion with our speakers and Dr Defalque.

Mental Health First Aid

Jun 1 - Jun 2, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 12.0
Presented by Erin Wasson, MSW RSW, WCVM Veterinary Social Worker and Paige Links, BSc BEd.

Animal Hoarding Workshop

Wednesday June 12, 2019
Regina, SK
Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place
CE Hours: 6.0
The Saskatchewan SPCA in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Community Safety and Well-Being are organizing a one-day workshop on animal hoarding. This workshop will explore the science behind hoarding and outline the inter-agency approaches to addressing animal hoarding in Saskatchewan. The Workshop will also include a case study on hoarding focusing on the roles and responsibilities of various animal welfare and human services organizations in dealing with animal hoarding.
Earlybird registration $150 to April 30. Regular registration $175 to May 31 deadline.

2019 SVMA Conference, AGM & Trade Expo

Sep 6 - Sep 8, 2019
Regina, SK
Delta Regina Hotel
Mark your calendar for Saskatchewan's biggest annual networking and CE event for veterinary professionals! More details will come as they are available.

NAVRMA Conference

Sep 8 - Sep 11, 2019
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association's annual conference. SVMA members can contact NAVRMA to receive a discount code at conference@navrma.org. />

CanWest Veterinary Conference

Oct 19 - Oct 22, 2019
Banff, AB
2019 CanWest Veterinary Conference
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, Alberta

SAVT 35th Anniversary Conference

Nov 1 - Nov 3, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
SAVT 35th Anniversary Conference, AGM and Tradeshow
Saskatoon Inn Hotel

Veterinary Wellbeing Summit

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2019
Chicago, IL, USA
This summit will bring together various individual and organizational wellbeing experts to provide education and resources for establishing healthy individuals AND healthy workplaces.

SVMA Online CE

Antimicrobial Resistance (2016)

CE Hours: 1
This is the first CE offered by SVMA in video form. It address the problem of antimicrobial resistance and how it relates to veterinary practice.

This one-hour video from the Just Like You series created by Dr Bob Bellamy (Moose Jaw, SK) can be viewed by logging in to the SVMA member's side. Answer a few short questions at the end for an hour of CE credit.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Practitioner's Perspective (2017)

CE Hours: 1
As a ‘sequel’ to 2016’s CE video on AMR, a followup one-hour video has been produced by Drs Bob and Cheryl Bellamy. Their video team has interviewed primary practitioners about their best practices with prudent antimicrobial use.

The video can be viewed by logging in to the SVMA member's side. Answer a few short questions at the end for an hour of CE credit.

A Conversation About Animal Welfare in Saskatchewan (2018)

CE Hours: 4
The groundbreaking CE sessions known as 'A Conversation About Animal Welfare in Saskatchewan' have been recorded and adapted into a 4-part CE video.

View answer questions after each of four (4) one-hour segments. Successful completion of all 4 segments earns registrant 4 CE hours.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Ethical and Legal Prescribing (2018)

CE Hours: 1
On December 1, 2018, Health Canada's recent changes to the Food and Drug Act went into into effect. Several medically important antimicrobials have been moved to the veterinary version of the Prescription Drug List (PDL). This means many antibiotics previously sold as over-the-counter (OTC) products now require a prescription.

This course addresses the legal and ethical obligations that veterinary practitioners are bound to follow when using, prescribing, dispensing and selling drugs and biologics. The video portion will be followed by questions to be answered for one hour of AMS CE credit.

Social Media in Veterinary Practice (2018)

CE Hours: 3
Topics include:
- SaskVets; parameters around SVMA production of social media materials
- Provincial associations vs veterinary practices
- How to write effective posts and use photos
- Control settings and dealing with negativity
- Analytics
- Bylaws around marketing
- Important Do's and Don'ts
- Messaging about regulatory matters (changes to regulations, etc)
... and much more!

This 3 hour course is free for all veterinarians and veterinary technologists across Canada. Special thanks goes to WDDC for hosting the event and recording the video.

Poultry Basics for Veterinary Professionals (2019)

CE Hours: 5.0
This course will help veterinary professionals in the following areas:
- Poultry Health
- Commercial Poultry Industry
- Poultry Diseases
- Poultry Post Mortems & Sampling
- Poultry Drugs, Prescribing & Dispensing for Poultry

Because of the addition of all medically important antimicrobials to the prescription drug list small poultry producers and backyard breeders will be turning to veterinary practices for assistance. These are not under this jurisdiction of the Poultry Extension Veterinarian and will require veterinary practices to diagnose and prescribe treatment.

Your practice may even be receiving prescriptions from the Poultry Extension veterinarian for the poultry barns under their oversight. This will give you insight on how to dispense those medications.

Webinars/Online (non-SVMA)

The Webinar Vet Virtual Congress

The Webinar Vet site is offering 8 free webinar hours for SVMA members. Virtual Congress is the world’s largest online veterinary congress. Our seventh annual congress took place in January this year, and featured a wealth of content over a three day stretch. With over 6000 people registered across 97 countries, this was a truly international event. Once again, our One4One initiative guaranteed that for every ticket we sold, another would be donated to a vet from an underprivileged country. This meant that we were joined by vets all over the world, from all walks of life, from every kind of background, brought together by a shared compassion for animals and a desire to further animal welfare around the world. Through this method, we are confident that we continue to spread education and knowledge to people who otherwise would not be able to access it.

Doc, does my pet really need all these medications to treat his liver disease?

CE Hours: 1.5
Presentation topics: Hepatic disease and the multitude of treatments that exist; Case studies. Speaker: Lisa Carioto, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVIM

How Stress Affects Health and Behaviour: Strategies for Prevention and Treatment

CE Hours: 1.5
Presentation topics: Diagnostic dilemma: «behaviour» or «medical»?; Normal vs. abnormal behaviour; Fear prevention & enrichment; Integrated approach to common stress-related behaviour problems; Behaviour modification program; Natural products and drugs; Case study. Speaker: Gary M. LandsbergDVM, DACVB, Dip. ECVBM-CA


CE Hours: 1.0
ZTalk is THE web series that helps veterinary clinics implement a preventive behavioural approach. The web series brings you PRACTICAL TOOLS to help you gradually incorporate this approach in your clinic through a series of 10 episodes, each approximately 5 minutes in length. This innovative project was undertaken in collaboration with behavioural veterinary specialist Dr. Martin Godbout, who also hosts the web series. Speaker: Dr. Martin Godbout DVM, MSc, DACVB.

Pain Management in Osteoarthritis

CE Hours: 1.0
Alternative methods of arthritis management: This webcast aims to provide a better understanding of osteoarthritis and review alternative treatment options for small animal patients.Speaker: Dr. Charles Bruce DVM, Dip ACVS, CCRP pending.

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Animal Health

CE Hours: 1.0
SK Agriculture's Antimicrobial Stewardship for Animal Health webinar was recorded and is now available anytime. (best viewed in Chrome or Firefox). Registrants will need to enter their name and email for internal tracking purposes. Registrants will receive an email from the system the following day with a link to the recorded webinar. Registrants needing confirmation of attendance for CE credit verification or who have any questions about the webinar will need to contact Alicia Sopatyk, Regional Services Branch, Ministry of Agriculture Cell: 306-852-7406

CE on your schedule

IMPROMED Tips for Electronic Ordering

Your clinic, SK
CE Hours: 1
Lunch & Learns:
Setting up order points, setting minimum and maximum numbers, vendor cards and showing clinics how to use both electronic ordering bridges into WDDC.

Contact Karen Laventure 306-221-7681 or klaventure@wddc.com

Mental Heath First Aid

Saskatoon, SK
WCVM - Feb 20/21 and April 28/29 2019.
CE Hours: 12.0
Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. The course discusses the following mental disorders; Substance related disorders, Mood related disorders, Anxiety and trauma related disorders, Psychotic disorders. Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned: Substance overdose, Suicidal behavior, Panic attack, Acute stress reaction, Psychotic episode. These skills, once taught to both social work and student services, will then be transferable to any and all faculty members, students, and staff interested in attending in-house training.

Cornerstone Tips for Electronic Ordering

Your clinic, SK
CE Hours: 1
Lunch & Learns:
Setting up order points, setting minimum and maximum numbers, vendor cards and showing clinics how to use both electronic ordering bridges into WDDC.

Contact Karen Laventure 306-221-7681 or klaventure@wddc.com

AVIMARK Tips for Electronic Ordering

Your clinic, SK
CE Hours: 1
Lunch & Learns:
Setting up order points, setting minimum and maximum numbers, vendor cards and showing clinics how to use both electronic ordering bridges into WDDC.

Contact Karen Laventure 306-221-7681 or klaventure@wddc.com

Cyber Security- Safeguarding Your Practice

Your clinic, SK
CE Hours: 1
Lunch & Learns on cyber security.

Contact Karen Laventure 306-221-7681 or klaventure@wddc.com