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2015 PVMA CE Symposium- Cat Whispering for Professionals
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When: 4/19/2015
Where: The Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon  97221
United States
Presenter: Drs. Marty Becker, Tony Buffington and Heidi Shafford
Contact: Cristina Keef

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We are so very excited about our 2015 PVMA CE symposium,

a full day focused on felines with three amazing speakers!

 Registration is Now Closed.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 am the morning of the event., lectures will begin at 9:00 am.

Proceedings, 7 CE credits and all meals (light breakfast, full lunch, afternoon snacks) and beverages throughout the day, will be included!

Cat Whispering for Professionals:Keys to Feline Health and Wellbeing



Fear-Free Veterinary Visits: Taking the "Pet" Out of "Petrified"

The Secrets of Exam-Room Superstars


Dr. Marty Becker

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.  Dr. Becker was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel. He has written 22 books that have sold more than 7 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers — one of which is the fastest-selling pet book of all time, “Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lovers Soul.” He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader’s Digest and Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.


Dr. Becker is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and also at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at both Colorado State University and the University of Missouri. Additionally, he has is on the advisory board of World Vets, an international veterinary and disaster relief programs to help animals.


A passionate advocate for the human-animal bond, Dr. Becker serves as an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Becker also serves as the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, with a strong focus on supporting their efforts to end the use of gas chambers in animal shelters, a cause for which he has successfully advocated since his earliest days as a veterinarian. His special fondness for older pets has led him to a spot on the Advisory Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is dedicated to helping homeless senior dogs. He practices, when his schedule allows, at Lakewood Animal Hospital and North Idaho Animal Hospital in north Idaho because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them.


From provocative to protective, the role of environments in feline health and disease

Lower Urinary Tract Diseases in Cats


Dr. Tony Buffington

C.A. Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVN, is a Professor of Clinical Sciences and an Adjunct Professor of Urology at The Ohio State University. One of his primary areas of interest is the role of stress and disease in companion animals and humans. His interests have also led him to study clinical nutrition issues in small animal patients as well as lower urinary tract disorders in cats.


He obtained his veterinary degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in nutrition from the University of California, Davis. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He is a frequent lecturer and has authored numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters. Dr. Buffington resides in Ohio with his wife of 40 years, Terre.



Serenity Now: Sedation Options for Cats

Comfort Care at Home: Chronic Pain Management for Cats


Dr. Heidi Shafford

Originally from Alaska, Dr. Heidi Shafford obtained her DVM from Colorado State University in 2000.  Following residency and graduate training in veterinary anesthesiology and physiology at the University of Missouri, she attained board-certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists in 2005. 

Dr. Shafford is passionate about improving anesthesia safety and patient comfort. Inspired to take her anesthesia and pain management expertise into private practice, she started an anesthesia consulting practice in 2007.  Dr. Shafford works with private practices to enhance the comfort of all creatures through education, consultation and patient care.  Dr. Shafford anesthetizes patients in the Portland area, leads in-clinic workshops for teams, and lectures extensively to veterinary professionals nationwide. A devoted cat owner, she is passionate about minimizing stress and maximizing comfort for feline patients.


No refunds will be honored for this event. 


Thank you to Elanco, Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin,  Patterson, Veterinary Cancer and Surgery Specialists and Vetoquinol for your support of this event!


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