Upcoming CE & Events

Current CE reporting period: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020.

Please note: the one-hour required CE hour on the subject or antimicrobial resistance has been removed by Council, effective September 2019.  There are now no specific CE requirements over and above the standard requirement of 30 CE hour in each two-year reporting period.

Current & Upcoming CE Offerings

Below is a list of a variety of CE topics. SVMA-approved CE hours are included. 

CE Events SVMA Online CE Webinars/Online (non-SVMA) CE on your schedule

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CE Events - Upcoming Events


Mental Health First Aid

Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2019
Martensville, SK
CE Hours: 12.0
MHFA is a nationally recognized two-day workshop developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The course aims to develop the skills of participants in providing help to a person experiencing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.

Registration information:
• Location is Canalta Hotel in Martensville, SK. (Saskatoon, SK)
• Cost to attend is $250.00/person plus 5% GST and the course capacity is 25 participants.
• To secure a seat, please complete the attached registration form and return it to us by email.
• We will confirm your seat by email after we receive your completed registration form. This confirmation email will contain an invoice for registration fees.
• Receipts will be issued by email after payment has been received.

Times: The course runs from 8:15am to 4:15pm both days. Participants must attend both days in full to obtain MHFA Certification.

The Working Mind (TWM)

Friday January 24, 2020
Regina, SK
CE Hours: 4.0
A four-hour education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting.

Canadian Association Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Annual Conference

Jun 2 - Jun 3, 2020
Saskatoon, SK
Canadian Association Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Annual Conference

2020 SVMA Conference, AGM and Trade Expo

Sep 10 - Sep 13, 2020
Saskatoon, SK
CE Hours: 29.0

Mental Heath First Aid

Dec 31 - Dec 31, 2020
Any location, 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.


WCABP Annual Conference

Jan 16 - Jan 18, 2020
Calgary, AB
CE Hours: 16.0
January 16–18, 2020 Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Calgary, AB

Western Canadian Dairy Seminar 2020

Mar 10 - Mar 13, 2020
Red Deer, AB
CE Hours: 18.0
Please join us at the 38th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar in Red Deer, Alberta. The seminar is a place to gather the latest information in dairy production and technology advances. This seminar is designed for people who want to improve their knowledge and decision-making abilities in dairy production and management. Dairy producers, technology transfer specialists, researchers and dairy service and supply representatives will find this seminar extremely valuable. Each year a wide variety of topics are presented ranging from nutrition and reproduction to dairy policy and challenges facing the dairy industry.

One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference

May 20 - May 21, 2020
Edmonton, AB
Furthering knowledge and communication in Western Canada about the One Health opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship in animals, humans and the environment. Program and registration available January 2020.

SVMA Online CE - Upcoming Events

Antimicrobial Resistance (2016)

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 1.0
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)

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 1.0
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)

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 4.0
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)

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 1.0
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)

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 3.0
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)

Online Classroom
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.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention in the Canadian Veterinary Profession

Online Classroom
CE Hours: 1.0
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), in partnership with Merck Animal Health, held its inaugural Mental Health Awareness Week from September 9 to 15, 2019. The week included a live Suicide Awareness and Prevention Webinar created and presented by Dr Kathy Keil. The webinar was recorded and SVMA has been given permission to include it in the SVMA Online Classroom.

Course contents:
 Learn and practice the four evidence based coping strategies that have been specifically researched in veterinarians and technologists to help reduce burnout and stress;
 Learn and practice simple steps on how to help a co-worker who is in distress;
 Leave the webinar with practical guidelines on how to start conversations about mental health in work environments;
 Have access to a list of provincial and community mental health resources.

SVMA is offering one CE hour for this presentation at no charge. The course must be completed (ie, questions at the end answered) to receive CE credit.

Webinars/Online (non-SVMA) - Upcoming Events

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

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

The Importance of Feeding Critically Ill Cats and Dogs

CE Hours: 1.0
LIVE October 9, on demand after.
Malnutrition is much more common in veterinary patients than you may realize. Drs. Bersenas and Parr will discuss why early enteral nutrition, using feeding tubes, should be a priority for critically ill cats and dogs. They will also talk about key nutrients for recovery and provide dietary examples. Lastly, they will utilize common case examples to demonstrate appropriate feeding strategies when using feeding tubes.

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.

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.

CE on your schedule - Upcoming Events


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