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. 

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

An Experiential Journey to (Re) Discover Your Purpose in Veterinary Medicine

Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019
Post Falls, Idaho, USA
VLI Trek 2019 is a five-day program from Monday to Friday, Sept. 23 to 27, 2019. It will be held at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center situated on the beautiful Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho.

SSPCA Conference: Making Connections- The Human-Animal Bond

Tuesday September 24, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 6.0
Making connections: The 2019 Human-Animal Bond Conference

Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound with Fetal Aging

Thursday October 3, 2019
Olds, AB
CE Hours: 6.0
This course will cover the basics of bovine ultrasound with a focus on the use of extension arm ultrasound equipment for fetal aging in beef herds. The course will be held at Olds College in indoor facilities. There will be a 2 hour lecture followed by 4 hours pregnancy testing beef cows.

Contact Elle Tahaar 877-890-2411 for further information or registration.

Ten and Under Conference

Oct 4 - Oct 5, 2019
Edmonton, AB
CE Hours: 10.0
Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) Inaugural "Ten and Under" Conference Friday-Saturday, October 4-5, 2019; Edmonton, AB. The Conference is designed specifically for western Canadian veterinarians who graduated in the past 10 years (2009 through 2019) and have a special interest in cattle practice.

Contact: Phyllis Mierau, 1-866-269-8387
e-mail: info@wcabp.com

The Animal-Human Relationship: Ways of Knowing and Understanding

Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 12.5
Save the date for this one-day seminar. Confirmed presentations include:
• Indigenous perspective on animal-human relations;
• Fur, Feathers and Medicines: How restoring our sacred relationships to animals can enhance our health;
• Social norms regarding intuitive communication with animals;
• Animal–human relationship for mental health;
• Protection of animals in medical research;
• The reality of how and why animals are used in research;
• Compassion fatigue and perspectives from animal care givers;
• Wellness and preventive medicine: veterinary clinics in northern SK;
• Evolution of human perception of animal welfare, today’s standards, and future implications for livestock production

CanWest Veterinary Conference

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

An Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Equine Lameness

Oct 21 - Oct 22, 2019
Delta, BC
CE Hours: 12.0
World renowned equine veterinarian Dr Sue Dyson will speak on various aspects of diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness including what we have learned in the last 20 years. Dr Dyson has an in-depth knowledge and understanding performance problems in horses from all disciplines. The 2-day seminar includes lunches, coffee breaks and a seafood buffet dinner on the Monday evening.

2019 AETA & CETA/ACTE Joint Scientific Convention

Oct 24 - Oct 26, 2019
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Annual Convention.

SAVT 35th Anniversary Conference

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

Stopping the Second Arrow: Compassionate Care For Yourself When a Medical Error Occurs

Tuesday November 12, 2019
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 2.0
Drs Trisha Dowling and Anita Charkravarti will co- present on the very important wellness concern of coping with having made medical errors. Dinner at the USask University Club and 2H approved CE. Registration coming soon.

Anesthesia and Pain Control

Nov 16 - Nov 17, 2019
Winnipeg, MB
One-day Wet Lab CE for Veterinarians & Technicians. Two dates to choose from. Understand how to deliver consistently safe and effective anesthesia. Identify the causes, prevention and correction of complications. Explore new drugs, equipment and techniques under the direct guidance of board certified anesthesia experts. Learn how to handle fractious/anxious patients, reduce drug side effects, interpret capnograms, place and manage supraglottic airway devices, administer incisional and testicular blocks, minimize surgical pain, follow fluid therapy guidelines and more! Small groups—hands on learning.

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.

2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference

Nov 20 - Nov 22, 2019
Toronto, ON
CE Hours: 12.0
Humane Canada's Canadian Violence Link Conference is an innovative, ground-breaking conference that examines the link between violence against human beings and animals. In 2017, we brought together more than 200 professionals from 10 key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of violence. This was the first time a national conference of this kind happened in Canada, and it has kick-started much-needed action on violence.

Mental Heath First Aid

Dec 31 - Dec 31, 2019
Various locations, SK
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.

Canalta Hotel in Martensville, Sk. (Saskatoon, Sk.)
• June 12th & 13th, 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel in Prince Albert, Sk.
• September 18th & 19th, 2019

WCABP Annual Conference

Jan 16 - Jan 18, 2020
Calgary, AB
Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) Annual Conference. Contact: Phyllis Mierau, 1-866-269-8387 or e-mail: info@wcabp.com />

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)

Urinary Issues in Cats

CE Hours: 1.0
In this webinar, feline specialist and Cat Healthy co-founder, Dr. Liz O’Brien will review the
clinical signs and diagnosis of non-obstructive feline lower urinary tract disease. She will also
review the role of stress in feline interstitial cystitis (FIC) and offer treatment recommendations
for struvite uroliths and FIC.

Understanding the Feline Client

CE Hours: 1.0
In this webinar, feline specialist and Cat Healthy co-founder, Dr Liz O’Brien will present
information on how veterinary teams need to adapt their approach to enhance cat parents’
experiences at the clinic. She will also provide insight and practical tips on how to make a clinic
more cat friendly, how to reduce stress related to a cat examination and what steps the
veterinary team needs to take to build trust with this particular customer base.

Fear Free SM: Creating Great Experiences

CE Hours: 1.0
Fear FreeSM is an organization whose mission is to reduce or eliminate Fear, Anxiety and Stress (FAS) in pets by inspiring and educating those who care for them. During this one‐hour presentation, Dr Jonathan Bloom will talk about what Fear FreeSM is, why it’s important, as well as the negative impact that FAS has on pets and their owners. He reviews the many signs of FAS and how to address them. He will also discuss the most important and impactful changes in veterinary medicine in terms of managing FAS, while elevating the level of healthcare provided by veterinary teams to ensure the well‐being of all parties involved.
Contact arobitaille@communivet.com.

Parasiticide Protocols - KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) "To Kill a Parasite"

CE Hours: 1.0
Dr Danny Joffe will provide an overview of the development of clinical parasiticide protocols. These protocols respond to the need expressed by clients who want consistent recommendations from their veterinary staff in terms of parasite prevention and elimination. In addition, these protocols help to determine what parasites need to be killed or prevented and why, and how this will be accomplished. Throughout the webinar, Dr Joffe will also touch on the clinical signs of the most common parasites, their diagnosis and their treatment, i.e. ticks, fleas, heartworms, etc. Finally, he will discuss team education and implementation, as well as how these protocols allow for proper in-clinic compliance. Contact arobitaille@communivet.com.

Feline Arthritis: Understanding the Silent Pain

CE Hours: 1.0
In this on-demand webinar, Dr Kelly St Denis will provide an overview of feline arthritis, including:
* The terminology associated with degenerative joint disease (DJD),
* What can cause the disease and which cats can be affected,
* Clinical signs of DJD and how to diagnose the disease,
* Advice to help clients recognize if their cat is suffering from arthritis, and
* Treatment options.

Contact Amelie Robitaille at arobitaille@communivet.com for further information.

Cannabis in Clinical Practice- Part 1 - Legislative and Regulatory Status of Cannabis in Canada

CE Hours: 1.0
An on-demand webinar with Sarah Silcox, DVM, CVA, CVSMT. A brief look back at the history of cannabis prohibition and legalization, followed by a more comprehensive look at our current legislation and how that impacts veterinary clients, patients, and veterinary professionals.

Contact arobitaille@communivet.com for more information or to register.

Cannabis in Clinical Practice - Part 2- Harm Reduction Education and Safety of Our Patients

CE Hours: 1.0
An on-demand webinar with Casara Andre, DVM, CVMA. The legalization and growing acceptance of both medical and adult-use cannabis has led many pet families to explore the use of cannabis-based therapies for their pets. It is important for them to understand however, that there are risks associated with the inappropriate use of
products. Harm reduction education focuses on information and strategies to help clients who choose to use cannabis products for their pets, administer it in the safest and most appropriate

Contact arobitaille@communivet.com for information or to register.

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

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