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Fargo, nd


19 CE Hours


August 4 - 6, 2024


You are invited to participate in NDVMA's 119th annual meeting of professionals in veterinary medicine. The NDVMA has a long and rich history of providing excellent continuing education in an inviting atmosphere of collegiality. Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians will have the opportunity to earn up to 19 CE hours (seeking approval from the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners).

Featured Speakers

Renee Schmid

Sponsored by: Red River Animal Emergency Hospital and Referral Center

August 4


Toxicology Tool Box

Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT, is the Director, Veterinary Medicine, Pet Poison Helpline and Senior Veterinary Toxicologist for Pet Poison Helpline/SafetyCall International. She has been with the organization since 2013. Dr. Schmid graduated from Kansas State University and is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Toxicology and American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. While at Pet Poison Helpline, Dr. Schmid has had the opportunity to manage thousands of cases involving animal poisonings. In addition, she has presented on various toxins and leadership at both state, regional and national conferences as well as national webinars. Dr. Schmid has published scientific book chapters on a variety of toxins and general poisoning therapies. Dr. Schmid has also published peer-reviewed scientific articles on intermediate syndrome after suspected organophosphate poisoning in a dog, xylitol, and mirabegron poisoning in dogs (Schmid et al. Suspected intermediate syndrome in a dog after organophosphate poisoning, JVECC. Schmid et al. Acute Hepatic Failure in a Dog after Xylitol Ingestion and Schmid et al. Mirabegron Toxicosis in Dogs: A Retrospective Study, both in Journal of Medical Toxicology. Schmid et al.). Dr. Schmid also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for dvm360, is a peer reviewer for Merck Veterinary Manual, and represents Pet Poison Helpline in AAHA’s Veterinary Visionaries initiative.

Victor S. Cortese

Sponsored by: ZOETIS

August 5


Large Animal Track

Vic graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelors and doctorate.  He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1980.  He then entered a mixed animal/ dairy practice in Wisconsin where he also held a non-tenured adjunct professor position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 1989 he joined Diamond Scientific in their technical services department where he was promoted to director of veterinary operations.  In June of 1990 he moved to SmithKline Beecham Animal Health (now Zoetis) as a senior technical services veterinarian, with his main emphasis on dairy and its allied sectors. Until November of 2020, He held the title of Director Technical Services—Cattle Immunology which included both North American and international cattle and veterinary segments. He currently is the owner of Cortese Veterinary Consulting LLC where he works with veterinarians and cattle producers around the world. He has many publications on viral infections, immunology, neonatal immunology and young dairy calf management, several textbook chapters and guest lectures at many veterinary and university meetings including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners/World Buiatrics Congress, American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the AVMA.  He received his diplomat status to American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Dairy Practice Specialty) in 1995.   In September 1997, at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference in Montreal, he received the AABP’s Award for Excellence.  In 1999, he successfully completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  In 2013, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine selected Dr. Cortese as one of the twenty most influential cattle veterinarians in the United States.

Betsy Charles

Sponsored by:

August 6


Influence in Veterinary Medicine

In short, I’m an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? I hold a doctorate of veterinary medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership. I served as the executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute from 2011 until 2021 at which point I accepted the role of VP of Leadership Development at Mission Veterinary Partners. I use all my experience and expertise to help veterinary professionals understand how servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. I have worked in general practice, specialty practice and was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 8 years. I currently have a part-time appointment at the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine where I teach diagnostic imaging. I’ve been privileged to present at over 85% of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners National Convention for several years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Conference for multiple years. I have been a keynote speaker for both veterinary audiences as well as non-veterinary audiences and I have been a commencement speaker. I believe we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders and boundary setters. When I am not trying to change the world through veterinary medicine, I enjoy reading, having meaningful conversations with everyone I meet and cheering on my cutting horses, Lucy #2 and Overdue Sue, in the show pen. I am always game for an adventure and want to live a life that would make my beloved late husband proud which means I am constantly saying, “Buckle up. It’s about to get fun and crazy.”

Session Highlights

Location & Hotels

Fargo Holiday Inn

$116/night plus taxes - early bird rate - book by July 10

3803 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND
(701) - 282-2700
Ask for 2024 NDVMA Annual Meeting Rate

Connect with Colleagues
Industry Exhibitors
Continuing Education Hours

Pricing & Discounts

Discounted pricing until July 10. Fees include Sunday p.m. refreshment break and evening welcome social; Monday breakfast, lunch, dinner and two refreshment breaks; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and two refreshment breaks. Complimentary guest ticket to family dinner on Monday evening. Guest meal tickets are available to purchase. Prices increase after July 10. Pricing will be listed by June 1.
NDVMA Member
DVM (non-NDVMA member)
NDVMA Life Member
Veterinary Technician/Office Staff
NDVMA Student Vet Med Member


Ultrasound Wet Lab - register by 7/10

Our Amazing 2023 Sponsors.

Patterson Animal Health

Simmons Midwest

Kansas State University – CVM

Hills Pet Nutrition

Red River Emergency Animal Hospital

SamSung Ultrasound

Merck Animal Health

Iowa State University – CVM

Dakota Pharmacy/ RX Precision Laboratories