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Outpatient Medicine

Outpatient Medicine

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. 

Event Agenda

Saturday, December 8

8:00-8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:20 Selected Auto-Immune and Immune-Mediated Skin Diseases: All you need to know
9:20-10:10 Exotic Pet Radiography: How to Interpret in-house
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Riding into the Danger Zone: How to Help Clients Who Have Aggressive Pets
11:20-12:10 Behavioral Nutrition for Cognitive Dysfunction and Anxiety
12:10-1:10 Lunch
1:10-2:00 Treating Myxomatous Valve Disease in Dogs: When Do I Start and What Do I Start With?
2:00-2:50 Updates in Feline Cardiology
2:50-3:00 Refreshment Break
3:00-3:50 Telemedicine
3:20-4:40 Telemedicine


Sunday, December 9

8:00-8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:20 Oncology
9:20-10:10 Mast Cell Tumors- A Simplified Approach to Complex Cancer
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Cardiology
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 Exotics

Event Fees

TWO DAY-Registration
(15 CE hours includes 2 hours LEAP)
Saturday Only-Registration
(8 CE hours includes 1 hour of LEAP)
Sunday Only-Registration
(7 CE hours includes 1hour of LEAP )


*Program schedule is subject to change*



NOTE: All Registrations will be closed from June 18th through July 2nd for Software Maintainance. 

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


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


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.


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
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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