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

Identifying Kidney Disease Earlier for Optimal Patient-Side Care

Tuesday January 22, 2019
Delta, BC
CE Hours: 1.0
Dr Emma Turner will take a case-based approach to reviewing the medical benefits and practical applications of the kidney biomarker, symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA). Now available in-hospital, Catalyst SDMA enables us to diagnose acute and chronic kidney disease earlier and more reliably than before. We will interpret results, discuss how patient-side results impact case management, and describe how SDMA has been integrated into the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) recommendations for diagnosing, staging, and managing CKD. We will also explore making the most of other in-hospital diagnostic tests to help complete the clinical puzzle, optimizing patient care.

Western Canadian One Health AMS Conference: Inspiring Action

Jan 22 - Jan 24, 2019
Regina, SK
CE Hours: 13.0
How are antibiotics used in medicine and agriculture today, and what can we do to shape the future? In both plenary and discipline-specific concurrent sessions, speakers throughout this dynamic 2-day conference will share leading edge research and successful approaches. In addition to the presentations, opportunities for interaction will be provided through Q&A, moderated discussions, networking, and a facilitated breakout session based on implementation science.

The attached poster includes information about the event, and contains links to register for the conference and book your hotel room. The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 15, but I encourage you to register early as space is limited. The conference agenda is attached, and is also posted on the Eventbrite site.

Important Regulatory Updates for Yukon Veterinarians

Thursday January 24, 2019
Whitehorse, YK
CE Hours: 2.0
The intent with this session is to inform Yukon’s veterinarians of recent regulatory changes, both territorial and federal, that will affect how they serve the public going forward into the new year. The session will be co-presented by Dr. Michelle Thompson (Program Veterinarian with the AHU), Andrew MacNeil (Policy Analyst – Environment Yukon), and Dr. Marc Cattet (Acting Chief Veterinary Officer).

Let's Talk About Tapeworms

Tuesday January 29, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
A One Health approach to talking about the emerging and zoonotic Echinococcus parasite. An interactive discussion about communicating the animal and human health risks associated with Echinococcus to the public. 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 Louis' Loft, University of Saskatchewan FOOD: 5-5:30 p.m. | DISCUSSION: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Trauma and Stress Management for Veterinary Professionals

Wednesday February 6, 2019
Regina, SK
CE Hours: 1.5
The SVMA Wellness Committee brings you another wellness bistro with dinner and discussion for vets, techs and everyone in the clinic with Tom Robinson, SHA, who specializes in mental health for medical professionals. Tickets are $50/person for dinner and 1.5 hours of approved CE.

Mental Health First Aid

Feb 28 - Mar 17, 2019
Regina, SK
CE Hours: 12.0
MHFA is a nationally recognized two-day workshop involving twelve hours of instruction. To obtain certification through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, participants must attend all 12 hours. SALE PRICE: $199.00/person + 5% GST.

Weekend course date: March 16th & 17th, 2019 in Regina, SK. at Comfort Suites Hotel Weekday course date: February 28th & March 1st, 2019 in Regina, SK. at Comfort Suites Hotel. For a full list of course dates and locations, visit www.listromtrainingandconsulting.com

Western Canadian Dairy Seminar

Mar 5 - Mar 8, 2019
Red Deer, AB
CE Hours: 16
The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar (WCDS; March 5-8, 2019; Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer, AB) is a place to network and gather the latest information in dairy production and technology advances. This seminar is designed for people who want to improve their knowledge and decision-making abilities in dairy production and management.

We have speakers presenting on a wide range of topics, including animal health and welfare, reproduction, nutrition, and farm management. Our 75 booth industry trade show also showcases the latest dairy-related research with a research poster display area.

View the program here or see the attached pdf. Early registration rate is $295 (until Feb 5, 2019). A student rate ($85) and part registrations (i.e., one or two days) are also available. See our registration page (www.wcds.ca/registration) for more details.

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. NAWC is an annual professional development and community-building event organized by Humane Canada for anyone who works with, cares for or advocates for animals. We have many veterinarians, technicians and vet med professionals who attend seeking CE credits.

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

Animal Hoarding Workshop

Wednesday June 12, 2019
Regina, SK
Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place
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. Registration details coming Spring 2019.

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! Details coming in 2019.

CanWest Veterinary Conference

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

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)

AVC Winter Webinars

AVC Winter Webinars: Companion Animal Behaviour with Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB, presented by the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Atlantic Veterinary College. There will be 3 lectures in the series February/March 2019. All information is at upei.ca/awc

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

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