Maine Cattle Health Assurance Program’s Veterinary CE Series

First of Two Installments: Focused on Small Ruminants

Sponsored by Maine Cattle Health Assurance Program, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Doors Open at 8:30 a.m. for check-in)
Deering Building, Room 101, 90 Blossom Lane, Augusta, Maine

Directions to the Deering Building (Google Maps) — Public entrance is at the north end of the building and the room is located immediately on the left. Parking is best in the upper parking lot on Blossom Lane on the right.

Join us for this in-person only first of two installments of the Maine Cattle Health Assurance Program -sponsored Veterinary CE Series. This presentation takes place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m. for check-in) which will focus on small ruminants, specifically dairy goat udder and dermatology health, small ruminant reproductive preventative health with useful diagnostics, and milk quality regulations and testing, Scrapie, and FADs.

Agenda: February 28

This series is for veterinarians, not the general public.
This is an in-person event only, no virtual access or recordings will be available.

Registration Fee: $50.

Please register by February 21, 2023. Pre-registration is required to receive your continuing education credits (6 CEUs).

Register Online

Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle.

  • Questions on registration: Contact Melissa Babcock, at email or call 207.581.2788.
  • Questions on the content, agenda, and CE credits: Contact Kaela Frith at email or call 207.287.7301.


8:30 a.m. — Check-in starts

9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon:

State of the State — Maine Assistant State Veterinarians Drs. Carolyn Hurwitz and Rachael Fiske.

First Keynote Presentation: “Udder Health and Mastitis, Dermatology in Goats; Diagnosis and Treatments” Dr. Cara Shepard, DVM, host of the podcast “Goat Talk with the Goat Doc”, Co-owner and operator of Flying Goat Farm, Clinician for own mobile service and relief veterinarian for other practices in rural Maine.

12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.Lunch (included with registration fee)

12:30-3:30 p.m.:

Milk Quality Lab — Sampling, Testing and Animal Health Requirements for Licensing Dairy Operations including Small Ruminants” Linda Stahlnecker, Maine DACF Dairy Program Manager.

Milk Inspector Discussions at Small Ruminant Dairy Farms — Renee Blais, Maine DACF Dairy Consumer Protection Inspector.

Second Keynote Presentation: “Optimizing Small Ruminant Reproductive Success through Management, Diagnostics, and Early Interventions” Dr. Rachael Gately, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Population Health and Tufts Veterinary Field Service, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Scrapie Status in US, Diagnoses and Sampling, Reporting, On-Farm Mortalities — Dr. Nicole Giguere, USDA Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) and Scrapie Designated Epidemiologist and local Point of Contact (POC) for New England states and Rhode Island.

Small Ruminant FADs on the Horizon; Transmission and Symptoms — Dr. Grace Normann, USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services, Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO).

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Melissa Babcock, at email or call 207.581.2788.

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