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President's Corner

Hello and welcome back to the seventeenth year of the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine. I am Mark Cofone, a 1985 graduate of UPENN and a proud member of the DVAVM since day one. After what can be described as a difficult and challenging year, we are slowly but surely working our way back to a more normal way of life.

COVID 19 created a lot of pain in both the physical sense to those who contracted the disease and psychological pain as we worried about our family, friends, employees, and our very livelihoods. I developed COVID on New Year’s Eve 2020, so it was quite a way to ring out the old and ring in the new. The disease really knocked me out for about two weeks. But with my trusty pulse ox by my side, I watch my O2 get down to the very low 90s and gradually work its way back to a more normal range.

What I have seen over the past twenty months is that veterinarians are a very resilient and creative group of professionals who, when challenged by not only the virus but also by ever changing governmental mandates, managed to continue to treat patients while caring for each other and their hospital staff.

The board of the DVAVM has been working to provide the local veterinary community with the best possible continuing education while allowing our members to have access to that CE in a safe and convenient manner. To that end all the lectures in the Fall of 2021 will continue to be completely virtual. Starting with the Spring session of 2022 we are planning a hybrid option. Members will have the option to attend the seminars in-person or if they wish can continue to participate on-line.

This is the plan at this time, but like so many other plans made over the past twenty months it too may need to be modified as we get closer to the Spring. Fortunately, we have some wiggle room should we need to stay completely virtual in the spring.

According to the latest information published by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, veterinarians will be permitted to obtain 100% of their Continuing Education online through January 1, 2021. Veterinary licenses would revert to the statutory restriction of no more than 25% done online for the 2024 renewal. The board of the DVAVM hopes you will enjoy the seminars this year and hopefully we will all be able to get back together in the not-so-distant future.

Regards,
Mark A. Cofone, VMD DACVS

DELAWARE ACADEMY OF VETERINARY
MEDICINE NEWSLETTER

Immune Mediated Diseases
September 22, 2021

Andrew Mackin, DVS, MVS, DACVIM
Mississippi State University

  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Fever of Unknown Origin
  • Immunosuppressive Therapy: Better Use of Established Drugs
  • Immunosuppressive Therapy: What's New
  • Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis

Program Co-Chairs: Paula Colletti and Ted Robinson

According to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs: Pennsylvania Veterinary Licenses renewed for the period of November 2020 through November 2022 will be permitted to obtain up to 100% of their Continuing Education online.  This means that you will be able to participate in DV Academy seminars online through November 2022 and receive full credit toward relicensure.

The veterinarian seminar on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 will be available only online - live. The Lulu Shriner Center will be closed for this seminar. Our October 13 and November 10 seminars will also be exclusively available on-line - live.

You will receive a login email with instructions on how to access the webcast (see below for full instructions). You do not need to pre-register to participate online - only login on the day of the seminar.

Note: please make sure your colleagues are aware that this seminar is available only online – we don’t want people traveling to the Lulu Shriner center on the day of the seminar.


How to Join Our Webcast Remote Meeting via WebEx using either the Email Invitation or DC Academy URL
What should you do first? Certainly, don’t panic. WebEx is a user-friendly platform designed to facilitate collaboration while eliminating geographical restrictions. It’s supports Voice Over IP—meaning you don’t need to call into the meeting, your computer does that for you. And with the latest version of WebEx you don’t even need to install anything on your computer. You can view the meeting right through your web browser. Also, WebEx has a great mobile support for iOS and Android devices. You can view any meeting on your phone or tablet.

The minimum to get started:

  • A stable internet connection. You don’t need screaming fast internet to view a web meeting. 2.5 mbps or higher is recommended
  • Speakers or headphones (that you can plug into your computer)
  • Update-to-date web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE).
• You will receive a special Login Invitation Email before the seminar. You can test your setup’s readiness and get a feel for WebEx by visiting: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

• If you are having technical difficulties logging in or during the webinar please email Phil Rossi with CE WebEx in the subject line.

• To ask questions during the webinar, please text your question to 703-733-0556.

Joining the Meeting via the Email Invitation (The simpler way to join.)
Joining a WebEx meeting is as simple as clicking on the big JOIN MEETING button in the invitation email sent you. You will then be taken to the meeting landing page and asked to enter some basic information –– Name (please enter your full name) and Email (please enter the email you use for DV Academy). You’ll then be presented with a large green button that says join to join the meeting. See steps 1-3 below:

  1. On this join button you’ll notice a white arrow and if you click on this arrow, WebEx will give you the option to join the meeting with your web browser or from the Desktop app (additional installation required).
  2. Upon clicking join, a window will pop-up (the preview window) to allow you to configure your audio and video settings before you enter the meeting. You should see “join using computer audio” already set for you (next to the headset icon). You should see your default audio device (speaker output) next to the speaker icon. You will want to make sure your video is off, which can be done by clicking on the video camera icon, it will turn red.
  3. Once you’re configured, click join and the WebEx meeting will launch. Note: On the day of the seminar, you will not hear audio or see the presenter’s slides until the meeting has begun. You may text questions to 703-733-0556 and they will be forwarded to the speaker.
Joining the Meeting via the DC Academy WebEx URL
  1. To join the meeting visit http://dcavm.webex.com where you will be asked to enter your meeting number (in the field marked “Enter Meeting Information”).
  2. After entering your name and email information, you’ll click next, and then you’ll be given the ability to join the meeting via the large green button labeled join.

  3. Reminder—you can now join WebEx directly from your supported Browser – see above process.

  4. On this join button you’ll notice a white arrow and if you click on this arrow, WebEx will give you the option to join the meeting with your web browser or from the Desktop app (additional installation required).
  5. Upon clicking join, a window will pop-up (the preview window) to allow you to configure your audio and video settings before you enter the meeting. You should see “join using computer audio” already set for you (next to the headset icon). You should see your default audio device (speaker output) next to the speaker icon. You will want to make sure your video is off, which can be done by clicking on the video camera icon, it will turn red.
  6. Once you’re configured, click the join and the WebEx meeting will launch. Note: When you login on the day of the seminar, you will not hear audio or see the presenter’s slides until the meeting has begun. You may text questions to 703-733-0556 and they will be forwarded to the speaker.
 

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