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Outpatient Medicine

Outpatient Medicine - THIS COURSE IS FULL

Sat, December 08, 2018 - Sun, December 09, 2018

This 2-day meeting is being presented by members of the Outpatient Medicine Section from the UGA Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  The diversity of our section provides you the opportunity to attend one continuing education meeting and gain knowledge from a wide variety of specialties.  Areas covered include cardiology, dermatology, oncology, behavior, zoonotic diseases, and the diagnosis and treatment of exotic animals. This event will offer 2 hours of LEAP on Saturday.

Event Agenda

Saturday, December 8th

8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30-10:10 Telemedicine  (LEAP)
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Selected Auto-Immune and Immune-Mediated Skin Diseases
11:20-12:10 Behavioral Nutrition for Cognitive Dysfunction and Anxiety
12:10-1:10 Lunch and VMC tours
1:10-2:00 Updates in Feline Cardiology
2:00-2:50 Riding into the Danger Zone: How to Help Clients Who Have Aggressive Pets
2:50-3:00 Refreshment Break
3:00-3:50 Exotic Pet Radiography: How to Interpret In-House
3:50-4:40 Treating Myxomatous Valve Disease in Dogs: When do I Start and What do I Start With?


Sunday, December 9th

8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30-9:20 Making Soft Tissue Sarcomas Not So Hard to Treat
9:20-10:10 Mast Cell Tumors- A Simplified Approach to Complex Cancer
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Common Arrhythmias and Their Treatment
11:20-12:10 5 Steps Toward a Green Veterinary Practice
12:10-1:30 Lunch and VMC Tours (optional)
1:30-2:20 Communications Issues in Veterinary Medicine
2:20-3:10 Anatomy and Surgery of the Rabbit Ear
3:10-4:00 Medical Management of Egg Binding

Event Fees

TWO DAY-Registration
(15 CE hours includes 2 hours LEAP)
Saturday Only-Registration
(8 CE hours includes 2 hour of LEAP)
Sunday Only-Registration
(7 CE hours)


*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, DECVD


Dr. Banovvc is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He received his DVM and graduated with his PhD from the University of Zagren, Croatia,

Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (herpetology), FRCVS


Professor of Zoological Medicine Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Born in England, Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained the Diploma in zoological medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is an RCVS recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine, a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (zoo health management), and an International Fullbright Specialist in zoological medicine. He obtained his RCVS fellowship (PhD) for his work on exotic animal endoscopy and endosurgery. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and reptile/amphibian specialties helped create the new zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, and the new European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology and zoo health management subspecialties.

Leticia Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB


Dr. Dantas earned her DVM at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. She obtained a M.S. on feline medicine and welfare in 2008 and a Ph.D. on domestic cat social behavior and environmental enrichment for shelter and communally housed cats in 2010. She is the co-founder and director of ZooPsych, Inc., a consulting business in behavioral medicine and animal mental health, is a member of the advisory panel for the Fear Free initiative and is currently the director and attending faculty of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Service.

Shirin Modaresi, DVM


Shirin Modaresi, is the Hill’s Professional Consulting Veterinarian for the Carolinas. She received her BS in Biology from USC Honor’s College in 2003, with a minor in Spanish. Shirin attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated cum laude in 2010 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, she practiced small animal medicine in private practice for four years in Georgia before moving to Charlotte, NC for her position with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. She still practices part-time in Rock Hill, SC as a relief veterinarian. She is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Professional Memberships include American Veterinary Medical Association, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

Gregg Rapoport, DVM, DACVIM(Cadiology)


Dr. Rapoport is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He received his DVM in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin

Amanda Erickson Coleman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)


Mandy Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, and completed both her rotating internship and residency in cardiology at North Carolina State University. She joined UGA in 2011 after completion of her residency.

Don Riddick


Don Riddick is an attorney, practice owner, and former LVT. He has published numerous articles on Veterinary Lav, is a current member of the Telemedicine and Wellness Committee for the GVMA, and a former board member of the Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar. He uses his practical and business focused approach to answering questions on compliance with legal requirements of the Veterinary profession, client, disputes, technology, and business law.

Kimberly Alexander, DVM, BS


Dr. Alexander is the third year, medical oncology resident at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Alexander eared her DVM from the University of Florida. During veterinary school she developed and patented the K. J. Alexander Spay Model. She then went on to complete a rotating internship at North Carolina State University, followed by a specialty internship in internal medicine and critical care at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston Texas.

Travis Laver, VMD, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Laver is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the University of Georgia. He earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then went on to earn his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. Following a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, he recently completed a residency in medical oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.

Trevor Gerlach, DVM


Dr. Gerlach is the third year cardiology resident at UGA with a research interest in non-domestic species. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2010 and completed a rotating internship the following year at the University of Pennsylvania. Following his internship, he returned to the University of Florida to complete an aquatic animal fellowship in conjunction with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission & the Florida Aquarium before becoming the associate veterinarian for Zoo Tampa. He began his cardiology residency in 2016 with plans to apply his training to the fields of zoo and aquatic animal medicine upon completion.

Nicole Northrup, DVM, BS, Dip. ACVIM(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.

Alison G. Meindl, DVM


Alison Meindl graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a year-long rotating internship in general medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. After completing her internship, she entered private general practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Alison joined the University of Georgia Community Practice Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor in January 2015.



Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to 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. He always had a strong interest in exotic animal medicine. After he received his doctoral 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.

Daniel Cutler, DVM

Dr. Cutler is in the final year of his zoological medicine residency. Dr. Cutler earned his DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 2014 and did a small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University. He then accepted a one year specialty internship in zoological medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Cutler remained at UGA as a zoological medicine resident, spending a year each at Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. His previous research includes macaws, giant pandas, bearded dragons, domestic rabbits, and crevalle jacks.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

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Event Parking


Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens.  Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens.  For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433
Block Code: VOM
Holiday Inn Express 513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Block Code: VET
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381
Block Code: 89868
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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