+ LEAP CE with Betsy Choder, ESQ.!

Provides 5 General CE Credits + 2 LEAP CE Credits
Vaccines & Vaccination CE
Sunday, September 13, 2020
7:30 am – 3:30 pm


Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District
520 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401

912-790-1000 (Hotel Reservations)
Registrants receive our special rate of $129.00!
Call 912-790-1000 and request your discounted rate through the GVMA or book online with code “GVM”.
All hotel reservations must be made on or before August 12, 2020.


Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVPM

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine prior to completing the internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. He taught internal medicine at Purdue University and North Carolina State University. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.


7:00am – 7:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • This is an interactive presentation designed to challenge participating veterinarians on appropriate actions when dealing with legal and regulatory issues pertaining to rabies-related issues (immunization, exposure, bites to humans, etc.) in the State of Georgia. Utilizing case scenarios, the audience will be challenged to provide the correct responses/actions required under a variety of circumstances encountered in practice: eg, what does “currently vaccinated” really mean…legally?; implications related to being overdue for rabies vaccination?; consequences following rabies exposure (in vaccinates vs. non-vaccinates)?; who has rabies vaccination exemption authority?; vaccination of hybrid species?; what’s Prospective Serological Monitoring….and more.

9:10am – 9:30am: Break
9:30am – 11:10am: VACCINES & VACCINATION: Protocols, Products, and Controversies

  • This vaccine presentation addresses the most current information available on companion animal vaccine use and selection. The focus of discussion centers on the issues and controversies behind protocols (published Guidelines) and products, including why vaccine compliance is declining in the US while pet ownership is increasing. Topics addressed include annual v. triennial (“or longer” booster intervals, legalities of “off-label” vaccination, protocols for overdue patients, new vaccines (oral v. intranasal v. SQ Bordetella, 4-serovar Leptospira vaccines, canine Lyme disease vaccines), emerging, as well as the recognition and management of vaccine adverse events (reactions).

11:10am – 12:20pm: Lunch (Provided)
12:20pm – 1:10pm: ANTIBODY TESTING for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Applications in Practice

  • The utilization of “Vaccine Titers” (Antibody testing for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases) continues to emerge in companion animal practice in the US as clients seek alternatives to “routine” vaccination. The introduction of valid, Point-of-Care Tests kits provides clinicians the opportunity to objectively assess the need for, and response to, core vaccines…and do so within minutes. This presentation addresses the 3 most fundamental issues facing veterinarians regarding application of antibody testing in practice: 1) are test results a valid indication of protective immunity? 2) if so, what are the indications for testing individual patients? and… 2) how do test results (+ vs -) impact patient management decisions?

1:10pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm – 3:30pm: LEAP CE

  • Legal & Ethical Considerations of CBD Oil in Veterinary Medicine with Betsy Choder, Esq.


(On or Before 8-12/After 8-12)

Hospital MemberIndividual Member Non-Member
Full Session$150$275/$325$325/$375
LEAP CE Only$0$0$250


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