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Save the Date for 2019!

June 7-9, 2019

Earn CE Credit while experiencing Colorado’s Wine Country

CVMA CE West brings education to the Western Slope of Colorado! This unique education opportunity is designed for small and large animal veterinarians in Colorado and surrounding states, delivering 12 hours of continuing education plus time for social activities and recreational opportunities in a highly appealing destination. We welcome you to attend CVMA CE West and see for yourself how the program is a perfect combination of professional education and outdoor fun in Colorado’s premier wine region!


This year’s CE West topic is:


Large and Small Animal Disaster Response

Treatment and Management of Burn Injuries

When the elements strike, be prepared.

Midway through the 2018 summer, 1,585+ wildfires torched more than 431,000 acres in Colorado, making 2018 one of the most destructive fire seasons in Colorado’s history. Nearly every veterinary professional will face a disaster scenario in his or her career. To equip practitioners with the tools they need to respond in disaster scenarios, CE West 2019 offers the opportunity to be better prepared for stabilizing and treating animals suffering respiratory distress and burn injuries, as well as triage in disaster scenarios. Seasoned animal emergency responders will cover both flood and fire response. CVMA will also welcome Dr. Dan Love, Colorado Department of Agriculture; Char Gonsenica, CEO, Eagle Valley Humane Society, Bureau of Animal Protection Agent, CO Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps-West; and Josh Cary, Director of Disaster Services for the American Humane Association’s Disaster Response Team.


Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Dean Hendrickson joined the equine surgery faculty at Colorado State University as an assistant professor in December 1994. He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1988, and then completed an equine medicine and surgery internship at The University of Sydney in Australia in 1989. Following the internship, he completed a combined residency/master’s program in large animal surgery in 1992 at Cornell University. His research has focused on articular cartilage resurfacing in the horse using free chondrocyte grafts embedded in a fibrin matrix, the development of laparoscopic surgical techniques, and more recently, advanced wound care. Dr. Hendrickson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Catriona MacPhail, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Dr. MacPhail is a Professor of Small Animal Surgery and the Small Animal Chief Medical Officer at Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  After receiving her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University, Dr. MacPhail completed a rotating internship, surgical residency, soft tissue/surgical oncology fellowship, and PhD all at CSU.  Dr. MacPhail has been on faculty at CSU since 2002.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology.  Dr. MacPhail is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings, has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is also a major contributing author for the 4th and 5th editions of Fossum’s textbook, Small Animal Surgery.  Dr. MacPhail’s primary clinical and research interests include wound care and reconstruction, upper and lower respiratory surgery, gastrointestinal and urinary surgery, minimally-invasive surgery, and surgical training of the veterinary student.

Josh Cary

Josh Cary is the National Director of Operations for American Humane Rescue.  He responds to a variety of disasters both natural and man-made as the Team Lead for Rescue and has filled many positions throughout, from in the field to emergency shelters, with over 50 incidents in the past 9 years including Hurricanes Florence and the California Camp Wildfire.

Char Gonsenica, CPDT-KA

Char Gonsenica has been the Executive Director of the Eagle Valley Humane Society for 20 years. She became the unit coordinator for the COVMRC West in 2012, and has deployed and participated in many disasters and criminal cases in Colorado. Char has also been an agent for the Bureau of Animal Protection for the State of Colorado since 2005.

Dan Love, DVM

Dr. Dan Love grew up on a farm near Caliente, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada at Reno. He completed his DVM degree at Colorado State University in 1981. He has practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years in California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado in mixed practices.  In 2008 he joined the Colorado Department of Agriculture as a Field Veterinarian for the Western Slope.


Friday, June 7

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 8

7:00 – 8:00 AM
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1:00 – 5:00 PM
5:15 – 6:15 PM
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Sunday, June 9

7:00 – 8:00 AM
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration and Welcome Reception
Registration and Breakfast
Education | Disaster response and large animal/equine care
Education | Small animal wound management
Wine Pairing Dinner (Optional)
Education | Large and small animal respiratory issues

Session descriptions and speaker information coming soon!


To earn CE credits, attendees must participate in each of the presentations throughout the program. A Record of Participation will be given at registration, which you should retain for your files.


For more information on continuing education policy and requirements, please visit the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine: Continuing Education Information by clicking here.


Wine Country Inn
777 Grande River Drive
Palisade, CO 81526

The Wine Country Inn is a Victorian-style boutique hotel, sitting on 21 acres of working vineyards, and is adjacent to two wineries and nearly over a dozen more. The Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel, offers a hearty breakfast and afternoon wine reception, as well as cocktails and light fare in Tapestry Lounge or farm to table cuisine in the elegant Caroline’s. For more information on Wine Country Inn, please visit their website at

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Online registration for CE West is now CLOSED.

On-site registration will be available beginning Friday, June 7 at 5:00pm

Save time by completing a registration form and bring it to the Registration Desk or complete a form upon your arrival at the Wine Country Inn.

Registration for CE West has SOLD OUT!

Please direct any questions about registration to Sara Eberhardt at

Registration is still open!

Pricing is based on CVMA membership level.

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Registration for CE West 2019
will close on June 6.

Questions? Contact
Gail Marshall, Director of Sponsorships and Learning at 303.539.7264 or email

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