Continuing education offerings available in animal health fields |

Continuing education offerings available in animal health fields

Animal Health International, a leading animal health products, technologies and services solutions provider today announces it’s 2014 Continuing Education offerings, each designed to provide veterinarians and veterinarian technicians with training and education in the latest techniques in Dentistry, Orthopedics, and Anesthesia in a Lecture and Lab setting, while providing C.E. credits.

“Animal Health International is committed to the professional development of veterinarians and their staff”, says Tom Knutson, Director of Customer Solutions for Animal Health International. “We have a full schedule of events, have chosen topics which are most current and relevant to today’s veterinary practitioner, and are very proud to be working with the ‘best of the best’ in their fields of study and practice to present these programs.”

Attendees come from all over the U.S. and receive as much as 16 continuing education credits for two-day dental lecture and wet lab training, and 8 credits for the typically one-day orthopedic training events. These events are RACE- approved by the American Association of State Veterinary Boards.

The Anesthesia Lecture and Lab series will be conducted by Dr. Victoria Lukasik. Dr. Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Compassion Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (DACVAA) in 1997. She has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and actively participates on a committee at the National Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Lukasik is involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion.

Animal Health International will be hosting Dr. Lukasik at nine different locations across the U.S. for this two-day lecture and lab series. For more information, and to register for this and other Animal Health International sponsored events, interested parties should visit

The Equine Dentistry Lecture and Lab Series will be conducted by Dr. Jack Easley, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Certified). Dr. Easley received a DVM degree from Tuskegee University in 1976. After completing a Large Animal Internship at Oklahoma State University, he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1980 where he had completed an Equine Surgical Residency and received a Master¹s Degree in Surgery. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 1980-1982. In 1982, he was certified as a Diplomate for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine) with recertification in 1992, 2002 and 2012. Additionally, he is a Diplomate in the International College of Equine Veterinary Odontologists. For the past 30 years, Dr. Easley has owned and operated a private practice emphasizing equine dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, medicine and reproduction. Easley is an active member of The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and presently is a board member for the AAEP Foundation and Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.

Animal Health International will be hosting Dr. Easley at a minimum of four locations throughout the United States in 2014 for this two-day lecture and lab series.

Animal Health International is sponsoring and hosting 15 different Small Animal Dentistry Lectures and Labs in 2014, which will be conducted by Dr. Brook Niemiec or Dr. Tony Woodward, depending on location and topic. Topics for these Lectures and Labs include Extraction Techniques, Periodontal Disease, Periodontal Surgery, and Marketing Veterinary Dentistry.

Animal Health is also providing a series of ‘chairside’ lectures by Dr. Niemiec, free-of-charge, during the 2014 North American Veterinarian Community Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 19th, January 20th and January 21st at the Animal Health International Booth, number #529 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center. Topics include Polishing/Scaling, Nerve Blocks, X-Ray Positioning and X-Ray Interpretation. Dr. Niemiec will also be conducting these lectures at the Western Veterinary Conference on February 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Continuing its very popular series, Animal Health International will hold 14 Lecture and Lab events focused on Orthopedics. These sessions will be conducted by Dr. Brian Beale or Dr. Don Hulse, depending on location and topic. Topics will include Basic Orthopedics, Simple and Advanced Fracture Repair, Limb Deformities, and Comprehensive Stifle, and others.

Dr. Brian Beale is a board-certified surgeon and co-owner with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He joined them in 1992 after completing his residency and serving on the faculty of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Beale has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive fracture management, medical management of osteoarthritis, and perioperative pain management. He has authored many book chapters and scientific articles on these topics and is a coauthor of the Small Animal Arthroscopy textbook. Dr. Beale is a frequent invited speaker to local, national, and international meetings. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Education Foundation, and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Don Hulse graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. Starting in 1970 and continuing until his appointment as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984, Dr. Hulse served as a clinician in general practice and as Staff Surgeon at Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is well published in the veterinary literature. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.

For more information regarding all of Animal Health International’s schedule Education Events, please visit Or contact Animal Health International’s Director of Customer Solutions, Tom Knutson, at

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