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Sign up for our upcoming webinars or view recordings of past webinars on demand. All live and recorded webinars are free for HSVMA members and $49 each for non-members. A select number of archived webinars are also free to non-members (see listing below for Free Webinars).

All HSVMA webinars are RACE-approved for veterinary CE credits, except where noted.

A one-year HSVMA membership at $49 for veterinarians and $20 for veterinary technicians includes the opportunity to participate in six live webinars per year, as well as unlimited access to recorded versions. JOIN NOW»

Upcoming Webinars


June 7, 2017
Household Modifications for the Geriatric Patient
Presented by Kathleen Cooney, DVM (Founder, Home to Heaven, and Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting)

September 13, 2017
Climbing Mt. Debt: Understanding Your Student Loans and Navigating Your Repayment Options
Presented by Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA (Veterinary Information Network)
(Details coming soon.)


October 5, 2017
Bioethics and Advanced Care of Companion Animals: Reflections from a Palliative Care Veterinarian 
Presented by Lisa Moses, VMD, DACVIM, CVMA
(Details coming soon.)

December 13, 2017
How Obesity Impacts Animal Welfare
Presented by Ernie Ward, DVM (Pet Obesity Foundation)
(Details coming soon.)

Archived Webinars

These recordings are available to current HSVMA members free of charge and to non-members for a $49 fee. JOIN NOW»

Doing the Most for Our Patients with the Least: Evidence-Based Veterinary Care on the Cheap
Presented by Gary Block, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Block utilizes his 20+ years of experience as a co-owner of a 47-doctor emergency and referral hospital to highlight some of the challenges and successes that can come from common-sense medical care. He reviews common medical conditions seen in small animal veterinary practice, such as Parvo virus infection, feline urethral obstruction, gastroenteritis and rat poison ingestion, with a particular emphasis placed on ways to optimize care while minimizing costs. Sign in to view»

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Spinning, Sucking and Snapping: The Many Faces of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Presented by Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, DACVAA

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the world's most renowned veterinary behaviorists, shares his knowledge on how to diagnosis OCDs in veterinary patients and the options available for treating these anxiety-disorders in cats and dogs.  Sign in to view»

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Calling All Veterinarians Who Perform Spay-Neuter: A Review of the 2016 Updated ASV Spay-Neuter Guidelines
Presented by Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS, and Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA 
Jointly hosted by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians
Learn the latest and greatest techniques for performing spay/neuter. ASV presenters, Dr. Phil Bushby and Dr. Emily McCobb review the recently released updated guidelines from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians with a focus on understanding the preoperative, anesthetic, surgical and postoperative systems and techniques that lead to high-quality and high-volume in the spay/neuter  setting.  Sign in to view»

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 Pet Insurance Primer for Veterinary Professionals
 Doug Kenney, DVM

In surveys when pet owners are asked how much they would spend to save their ill or injured pet a large percentage replied that they would be willing to spend “anything” to save their pet. As practicing veterinarians we know that for many clients, that is simply not possible. During this Pet Insurance Primer webinar,  Doug Kenney, DVM explores how pet health insurance can help bridge the gap between the quality of healthcare that clients want to provide for their companion and what they can afford. Sign in to view»

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Cost of Care
   Cost of Care: Impact on Animal Welfare and Veterinary Well-Being
    Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM

As veterinary professionals, we are often conflicted by the desire to treat patients to the best of our ability and a client's willingness/ability to meet the rising costs of today's medical capabilities. The costs of care for small animal companions are frequently a limiting factor in the quality of medicine an animal receives. The consequences of these economic limitations are broad in scope. Learn more about the results of a soon to be published survey-based study on the impact of this economic conflict on veterinary professionals. Sign in to view»

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Nuisance Barking in Dogs: Welfare Implications of Different Treatment Modalities

Sara Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB

Do clients ask you for advice on how to deal with dogs who "have too much to say?" Are they in need of some guidance on how to distinguish between real science and the pseudoscience so widely marketed? Learn the different normal and abnormal motivations for barking in dogs, the welfare impact different types of learning can have on behavior, how a variety of commercially-available tools to reduce barking work, and more. Sign in to view»

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Old Cat Souls: Aging, Pain, and Assuring Comfort

Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS, DABVP Feline

Because cats manifest pain differently than dogs, it has gone largely unrecognized and untreated until the last decade. The pathways of pain must be understood in order to be successfully addressed. Chronic pain, in particular, has been neglected in large part because its manifestation is unique in the feline species. This webinar will help you better recognize and treat pain in cats, and help your clients recognize the subtle signs of pain that may go unrecognized at home. Sign in to view»

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Introduction to Small Animal Rehabilitation with Relevant Evidence


This webinar will cover the goals of physical rehabilitation for small animal patients, evidence showing rehabilitation is worthwhile in small animal patients, simple rehabilitation techniques for orthopedic and neurologic problems in dogs and cats, and which drugs and modalities can be used for pain management in rehab patients. Sign in to view»

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Win-Win: The Value of Shelter/Private Veterinary Practitioner Collaboration

Katie Luke Broaddus, DVM and John Faught, DVM

Shelters and veterinarians working as collaborative partners can save more animals and promote better animal health community wide. This webinar will help attendees better understand and address the perspectives of shelters and private practice veterinarians, the benefits of forming partnerships, and effective strategies to build and maintain strong relationships that ultimately result in happier and healthier animals that remain in lifelong homes. Sign in to view»

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Reporting Suspected Abuse: A Roadmap for the Veterinary Community

Special three-part series with Melinda Merck, DVM

Veterinary professionals are often the first to detect animal abuse as you interact with your clients and patients. Therefore, it is critically important that you have the skills and tools needed to recognize and report abuse. This special three-part webinar series covers all aspects of veterinary involvement in an abuse case, from recognition and documentation, hospital procedures, and the veterinarian's role in the legal case. Sign in to view»

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They are Feeding What? Evaluating the Evidence for Popular Small Animal Diets

Cailin R. Heinze MS, VMD, DACVN

Alternative feeding strategies have become very popular in the past ten years, and many of these strategies can be emotionally appealing. However, it is very important for veterinarians to be able to appropriately evaluate their patients' feeding strategies and separate out the marketing and myth from the science, especially with regards to safety concerns and nutritional adequacy. Sign in to view»

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Veterinary Stressors: Keep the Compassion and Kick the Fatigue

Presented by Elizabeth B. Strand, PhD, LCSW

Veterinary professionals experience death at a rate five times higher than our human physician colleagues. The bond between our patients and their humans can run the gamut from pathological attachment to disposable companions, and anywhere in between. Our workdays are hectic and the pressure from other aspects of our lives can pile on. Learn the triggers for and effects of compassion fatigue, and healthy ways to manage stress. Sign in to view»

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Rethinking Common Small Animal Chronic Pain Issues and Therapies

Presented by Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVAA, CCRP, DACVSMR

There is an increasing focus in veterinary medicine on measuring and resolving pain and suffering, which is supported by an increased understanding of pain neurophysiology, a greater offering of innovative treatments, and consumer demand for more advanced care for their pets. This webinar focuses on chronic medical pain conditions, such as those resulting from trauma, surgical intervention, degenerative disease (osteoarthritis), and neurologic impairments in cats and dogs. Sign in to view»

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End of Life Care: Quality of Life Assessment and Hospice Care

Presented by Page Yaxley, DVM, DACVECC

As veterinary professionals, we face end-of-life decisions with our clients almost daily and it’s important to help guide the experience, and support both client and patient. This webinar will review the human-animal bond, as well as human and veterinary end of life care practices revolving around the core principles of palliative and goal-centered care. Basic information regarding current veterinary euthanasia guidelines and practices will also be covered. Sign in to view»

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The Veterinary Professional's Role in Dog Bite Prevention

Presented by Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB and Janis Bradley, MS

As veterinary professionals, we see dogs in what is often their most challenging setting. They often respond to restraint (with or without pain) by growling, snapping, snarling, and biting. Learn how you can help prevent these reactions by teaching them to accept frightening – and even unpleasant procedures – calmly and without restraint. Sign in to view»

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Surgery Not Required: Current and Future Options in Fertility Control of Dogs and Cats

Presented by G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH and Amy Fischer, PhD

Review recent advancements in non-surgical sterilization and its potential applications, the concerns regarding the health and behavioral aspects of non-surgical sterilization, and learn about Zeuterin™, the only FDA-approved sterilant for use in male dogs. Sign in to view»

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Separation Anxiety: Unsticking the Velcro™ Dog

Presented by Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, DACVAA

Learn about the typical presentation of separation anxiety in dogs. In addition to the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, etiology, and clinical features of this hard-to-treat condition, treatment of separation anxiety—including pharmacotherapy—as well as realistic expectations of what can be achieved will be described in order that owners can be provided with an accurate prognosis.
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Staying Current with Farm Animal Welfare Issues: A Review of
the Science and Ethics

Presented by Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM and Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH

Explore conventional and modern definitions of animal welfare and societal changes that are driving legislation affecting farm animals. Research on the rationales, merits, and drawbacks of specific farming methods (including intensive confinement and antibiotic use) will also be reviewed.
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Creating a Cat-Friendly Practice

Presented by Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS, DABVP Feline

Learn how the unique nature of cats affects their experience in the veterinary setting, and get an overview of alterations that can be made in the small animal practice to better accommodate the needs of your feline patients. Sign in to view»

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Purebred Paradox: Disease Risks in Purebred Dogs and the Welfare Implications of Dog Breeding

Presented by Paula Kislak, DVM and Lorna Grande, DVM

A scientific analysis of breed specific problems and conditions that are of greatest concern to veterinary professionals are discussed in this webinar. Ideas for educating clients who breed dogs or are considering acquiring a purebred puppy are also introduced. Sign in to view»

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Dog Training: The Good, the Bad, and the Inhumane

Presented by Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS

Learn about reinforcement and punishment in dog training and how different tools are used in training so you can then identify trainers you would feel comfortable recommending to your clients. Sign in to view»

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Veterinary Needs of the Growing Population of Backyard Chickens:
Are You Prepared?

Presented by Lynne Luna DVM, MAM, DACPV

This webinar educates veterinarians on basic concepts of backyard poultry medicine that they may encounter in practice with the recent upswing in backyard urban poultry owners. Sign in to view»

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Sorting Through the Confusion: An Analysis of Spay/Neuter Research

Presented by Philip A. Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

Research reports on the effects of ovariohysterectomy and castration document many health benefits and certain specific health risks associated with these surgeries. This program is designed to make sense of the research. Sign in to view»

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The Tipping Point: The Fine Line Between Hoarders and Rescuers

Presented by Jyothi V. Roberston, DVM

This webinar presents basic instructions on how to recognize the most common signs of animal hoarding in a client situation. Sign in to view»

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Managing Your Digital Footprint: Maximizing Social Media for Veterinary Professionals

Presented by Brenda Tassava, CVPM, CVJ

Learn about the websites and social media platforms that can help you connect with pet owners, pet rescue organizations, and your veterinary colleagues while also getting the word out about your practice and showcasing your humane efforts and successes. View now»

*CE is not available for this webinar.

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Just In Case: Essentials of Disaster Preparedness for Your Veterinary Clinic

Presented by Barry Kellogg, VMD

This webinar presents a basic overview of the nature and types of disasters based on real cases and a detailed look at how to prepare a veterinary clinic for a disaster. View now»

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What to Expect if You Report Suspected Animal Abuse or Neglect: Demystifying the Legal Process

Presented by Sherry Ramsey, Esq. and Lorna Grande, DVM

This webinar imparts basic knowledge of the legal process they can expect if they report suspected non-accidental injury or neglect of a patient. The veterinarian’s role in how that legal decision is made is also discussed. View now»

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Before the Rehabilitator Arrives: How to Provide Emergency Care to Wildlife Brought to Your Clinic or Shelter

Presented by Roberto Aguilar, DVM

This webinar provides basic instruction on how to provide emergency care for the most common injured and orphaned wildlife brought in to clinics or shelters. View now»

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Looking for Your First Job: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Presented by Gary Block, DVM, MS, DACVIM

This webinar provides veterinary students a helpful perspective about finding their first job after graduation. Questions that are addressed include: Should I consider an internship? What are the pros and cons of doing this? What factors should I consider when deciding which practice is the best fit for me? Where does animal welfare play a role in all of this? How about compensation and contracts? View now»

*CE is not available for this webinar.

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Curing the Litter Box Blues: Feline Elimination Disorders

Presented by Susan Krebsbach, DVM

This webinar addresses elimination disorders in felines including different types of disorders (inappropriate elimination versus marking), the causes, and the diagnosis and treatments in both the clinic and shelter settings. View now»

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Fundamentals and Standards of Small Animal Field Surgery

Presented by Susan Monger, DVM and Richard Bachman, DVM

This webinar addresses the logistics and protocols for setting up a field surgery clinic and covers standards of care pertaining to a variety of protocols, including pre-operative care, analgesia, anesthesia, asepsis, recovery and patient aftercare. View now»

*CE is not available for this webinar.

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Making International Veterinary Aid Sustainable

Panelists: Drs. Susan Monger, Dave Turoff, Richard Bachman, and Bonnie Markoff

A seminar hosted by the International Animal Welfare Training Institute at UC Davis, featuring two HSVMA-RAVS veterinarians and a former HSVMA Leadership Council member. View now»

*CE is not available for this webinar.