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Outpatient Medicine Conference

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

This event will be offered live via ZOOM and offer 11 hours of CE credit, which includes 1 hour of LEAP.

Recordings will not be made available post conference. 

Registration closed at noon on 12/9. Please contact Cheryl directly at cheryls@uga.edu with questions or concerns.



Event Information

Full Conference (11 hours - including LEAP) : $265
LEAP only : $49




Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-7182
Email: vetmedce@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
12:50 pm1:00 pm
1:00 pm1:50 pm
Immunotherapy Updates
Michaela Austel
2:00 pm2:50 pm
ECG Interpretation for the Small Animal Practitioner
Lauren Markovic
3:00 pm3:50 pm
Treating canine mast cell tumors
Richard Sheng
4:00 pm4:50 pm
Oral Chemotherapy
Nicole Northrup


Start Time
End Time
8:00 am8:50 am
Medical Errors – How Mistakes are Often the Most Valuable Experiences LEAP (GBVM-2560)
Steve Divers
9:00 am9:50 am
Avian Reproductive Disorders
Megan Partyka
10:00 am10:50 am
Using biosensors to monitor beehives
Joerg Mayer
11:00 am11:50 am
Feline chronic gingivostomatitis
Sara Gonzalez
12:00 pm12:30 pm
12:30 pm1:20 pm
Purr Some Sugar on Me: A Quick & Dirty Look at Managing Diabetic Cats
Autumn Vetter
1:30 pm2:20 pm
Autoimmune skin disease in dogs: What's new in 2021?
Frane Banovic
2:30 pm3:20 pm
Updates in feline and canine acquired heart disease
Carl Toborowsky


  • Michaela Austel, Dr. med. Vet., DACVD

    Dr. Austel has been a veterinarian for 28 years, 23 of those were dedicated to dermatology.
    She spent over 20 years in academia in Europe and the United States. She received her specialty training in dermatology (a very long time ago) at the University of Georgia und subsequently became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
    She explored ‘new territory in private practice in West Virginia, Massachusetts and Georgia for several years before re-uniting with the College of Veterinary Medicine of The University of Georgia in 2019 as an assistant clinical professor of veterinary dermatology.
    Dr. Austel has been a volunteer at the Athens Clarke County Animal Shelter since 2008. She is the proud parent of six adopted furry children. Five of them have allergies.

  • Lauren E. Markovic DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Dr. Markovic received her DVM from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Following her DVM, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in California, a residency in Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a two year veterinary Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Colorado State University.

    Dr. Markovic’s primary interests involve advancing the fields of cardiology, interventional cardiology, and enhancing translational medicine

  • Richard Sheng, DVM

    Dr. Richard Sheng is the current third-year medical oncology resident at UGA. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed his rotating internship and oncology specialty internship at The Ohio State University prior to coming to the University of Georgia.

  • Nicole Northrup, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

    Dr. Nicole Northrup received her DVM degree from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City the following year. She served as an associate veterinarian at the Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center at North Shore Animal League for the next 2 years.

    Dr. Northrup’s residency training in Small Animal Oncology in the Harrington Oncology Program of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine led to board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Oncology in 2000. That year she joined the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first veterinary oncologist to practice in the state of Georgia. Dr. Northrup received the Jules and Lucy Silver Animal Bedside Manner Award in 1999 and the Outstanding Hospital Service Award in 2002. She has authored or co-authored 27 abstracts, 23 journal articles and 5 book chapters.

  • Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM, FRCVS

    Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained his Certificate and Diploma in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and is a recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management).
    He is a past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, scientific editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine & Surgery and an associate editor for the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and herpetological medicine, and was involved with the establishment of the zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, as well as the European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology and zoo health management subspecialties.’

    Dr Divers has lectured at over 80 national or international conferences across the Americas, Europe and Australasia. He has twice received the Best Speaker Award at the North American Veterinary Conference and the International Conference on Exotics, and was voted “Exotic DVM of the Year” in 2006. Stephen heads the Zoological Medicine Service and supervises the zoological residency program (currently at 4 residents) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, USA. He has over 150 publications to his name including various editorships, book chapters, and scientific journal papers. He is co-editor of the recently published 3rd edition of Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery

  • Megan Partyka, DVM

    Dr. Megan Partyka is the current second year resident in the UGA/Zoo Atlanta/Georgia Aquarium Zoological Medicine Residency. She graduated with honors from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine with a concentration in avian, zoo and exotic animals. Following graduation, she completed a one-year Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Kansas State University. Dr. Partyka then moved to Florida for the two-year Eastern Florida Zoological Internship Program, through the Brevard Zoo and Sea Turtle Healing Center, Lion Country Safari, Sea World Orlando and the Florida Wildlife Hospital. She then worked for one year as a veterinarian at The Wilds in Ohio before accepting residency at UGA. Dr. Partyka is pursuing specialization through the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and plans to work at a zoological institute or conservation center in the future.

  • Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DECZM, DACZM

    Dr. Jorg Mayer studied veterinary medicine in Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. During his studies he was fortunate to be able to work with veterinarians in South Africa and Namibia for 6 months. After receiving his veterinary degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months. After this exciting experience, he went to the Royal veterinary College in London / England to study for his Masters of Science degree in wild animal health. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA. There he was hired to serve as a clinical associate professor and as the head of the clinical service for exotic animals. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA.

    He lectures regularly at large national and international conferences on all aspects of exotic animal medicine. Dr. Mayer qualified with the first batch of specialists in Exotic Companion Mammals as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, in addition he is also a Diplomate of the American and the European College of Zoological Medicine. He served as the president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians from 2010-2012. Since 2012 he is also an International Fulbright Specialist in Zoological Medicine.

    Dr. Mayer published many scientific articles, book chapters some of which have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. His latest book the “Veterinary Clinical advisor for birds and exotic pets” was published in early 2013 and contains over 750 pages. In 2013 he received the exotic speaker of the year award by the NAVC.

  • Sara Gonzalez, DVM, MS

    Dr. Sara Gonzalez received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2011) and Master of Science (2007) degrees from the University of Florida. After graduation, she spent several years in small animal private practice in Manhattan, Kansas. Following this experience, she joined the faculty at Kansas State University as Small Animal Emergency Clinician in the Veterinary Health Center and Clinical Veterinarian in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. In 2019, Dr. Gonzalez moved to Georgia, where she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Practice in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gonzalez coordinates the Small Animal Infectious Diseases elective at UGA and primarily works with senior veterinary students on the Community Practice rotation. Some of her other special interests include preventative care, internal medicine, dentistry, and clinical skills and communication training for students.

  • Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVD

    After graduating from veterinary school in Zagreb (Croatia) in 2008, Dr. Banovic continued with further education at the University of Zagreb by pursuing and finishing a PhD program in veterinary microbiology. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Banovic finished one-year rotational internship at the Veterinary School in Munich (Germany) and started his three-year dermatology residency program at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing residency, he enrolled in a postdoctoral fellowship in Investigative Dermatology with the primary research focus on itch in atopic dermatitis and staphylococcal pyoderma. Dr Banovic favors interdisciplinary approaches to biological questions and incorporates basic immunology as well as cell biological and biochemical approaches in his research. He is board-certified by European College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Banovic is presently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Banovic’s main research interests lie in the field of canine atopic dermatitis, related staphylococcal skin infections and autoimmune skin diseases.

  • Carl Toborowsky, DVM

    Dr. Carl Toborowsky is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and is a third year resident in Cardiology at UGA. He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, an MA in Primatology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC, followed by a specialty internship in small animal cardiology at BluePearl in Southfield, Michigan.

  • Autumn Vetter, DVM

    “Autumn Vetter, a self proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” currently serves as an Assistant Professor for the Community Practice Clinic at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, a role she began in May of 2021. She has lived all over the United States but considers Athens, Georgia, home.

    Dr. Vetter is a “double dawg,” receiving both her undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Georgia. Following graduation from vet school, she completed a rotating internship with Bluepearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida, followed by a year working in feline practice at The Cat Doctors of South Tampa. She is currently pursuing ABVP specialization in Canine and Feline Practice.

    Her veterinary interests remain feline focused with special emphasis on helping kitties feel at home in a veterinary hospital with Fear Free handling and behavior techniques. Other research and teaching interests include kidney disorders, endocrinology, oral diseases, and helping students to develop excellent communication skills.

    Dr. Vetter spends her free time hiking, crocheting (mostly cat sweaters), running, and cheering on the dawgs during college football season. She shares her home with her husband, Chris, along with 7 cats and a Great Pyrenees mix (who thinks he’s a cat).”


Additional Information

Per Rule 700-7-.03. Continuing Veterinary Education, this conference is considered an interactive computer generated course. Per the state of Georgia, you are allowed 15 hours of interactive computer generated courses.