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Continuing Education for Veterinarians: Therapeutic Lasers


(June 13, 2013 Knoxville, TN) -- Registration is now open for "The Use of Therapeutic Laser in Your Practice," a continuing education seminar for veterinarians. The seminar, sponsored by Respond Systems, Inc.,  is designed for new practitioners and those who currently use cold laser in the practice but want to learn more techniques and protocols.

The seminar will be held at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center (UTVMC) Sunday, June 28 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The UTVMC is located at 2407 River Drive on the UT agricultural campus in Knoxville.  The cost of the program is $250, and discounts for multiple participants from the same practice are available. Five hours of continuing education credits are available. Call 1-800-722-1228 or email to register.

Cheryl Cross, DVM, DACVP, CVA, Donna Raditic, DVM, CVA, and Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN will lead the program. Topics covered include basic laser science, safety precautions, indications for use and general handling and operation. Several case studies will be presented, and the program includes a wet lab to demonstrate the use of laser equipment to treat common conditions and provide hands-on experience.

About the presenters:

Cheryl Cross, DVM, DACVP, CVA: Dr. Cheryl Cross has a bachelors degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College. She finished her veterinary degree and pathology residency at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, after which she spent four years working with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on issues of marine mammal disease and stranding events. With a longstanding interest in acupuncture and holistic wellness, she completed the veterinary acupuncture certification course with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the small animal massage and myofascial release course at Colorado State University and is completing a masters in veterinary Chinese herbal medicine with the College of Integrative Veterinary Technology. She is also trained in a variety of human medical acupuncture and oriental medicine styles, including the National Acupuncture and Detoxification Association, classical Chinese medicine, and Japanese acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto style) and blends these modalities into her veterinary practice. She has completed the Harvard Medical School Structural Acupuncture course and collaborates with The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, a partnership between Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her primary clinical interests are acupuncture and laser therapy in companion animals and integrative palliative/hospice care for veterinary patients. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists.


Donna Raditic, DVM, CVA: Dr. Donna Raditic received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University with Honors and Distinction in 1982. She was accepted into Cornells College of Veterinary Medicine and finished her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in 1986. She was in small animal practice for nine years then built her own practice in 1997 in the Berkshires of western MA. The practice offered integrative medicine as she obtained specialties in acupuncture, chiropractic, and botanical therapies. She is now completing her board certification with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. In 2009 she was asked to build an Integrative Veterinary Medicine Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, where she works as a Clinical Assistant Professor and sees patients for chiropractic, acupuncture, cold laser and massage. She also provides preventative health programs and nutritional recommendations including the use of supplements, nutraceuticals and botanicals for patients. The Integrative Medicine Service is a source of information for veterinarians and clients investigating alternative therapies. Veterinary students join the service to expand their training to include complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. Dr. Raditic lectures and publishes for professionals and pet owners about holistic pet care, proper nutrition, pet supplements, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine.


Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DAVCN: Dr. Joe Bartges is a Professor

of Medicine and Nutrition, and holds the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research at the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr. Bartges has spoken at more than 175 meetings, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, scientific abstracts, and textbook chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of five veterinary journals.




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Sandra Harbison
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