A Smarter Approach To Continuing Education

The IVMA is pleased to offer two terrific continuing education options this fall – SMARTER CE! You can attend in person or via Zoom.

Dr. Matthew Lemmons is a 2003 graduate of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  He worked in general practice before starting his residency.  He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin in 2007 and achieved board certification with the American Veterinary Dental College in 2008.  He practices dentistry and oral surgery at MedVet and has been a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network since 2006. He has authored chapters in Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion:  Small Animal Dentistry, the Veterinary Clinics of North America and Wigg’s Veterinary Dentistry. His areas of interest are maxillofacial trauma repair and oral oncologic surgery.

Veterinary Dental Imaging – Friday, October 21st – 1-4 pm

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lemmons, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Earn 3 hours of continuing education – attend the session at the IVMA office or participate via Zoom.

  • The presentation will focus on normal radiographic anatomy of the oral cavity of dogs and cats and the radiographic appearance of common pathology.
  • Case based presentation will follow, giving the participants the opportunity to assess radiographs of real life cases while formulating a treatment plan.

This course is available to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.


Dr. Johnny Cross received his Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech in 2002, majoring in Biology, with Minors in both Chemistry and Entomology. He then attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation, he continued his training as a rotating intern at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. Knowing for a long time he had a love for neurology/neurosurgery, he then completed his residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He has several publications and has presented at the national level as well. Although interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology/neurosurgery, Dr. Cross is particularly interested in epilepsy, intervertebral disc disease, tumors of the nervous system, and infectious/inflammatory central nervous system diseases. Although not a Midwest native, Dr. Cross is so happy to have chosen to build his career and live in Indiana. As the first neurologist in Indianapolis, he loves the unique and meaningful relationships he has built with general practitioners in the area. Dr. Cross lives in Indy with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, one cat, and four horses.

Neurology – Wednesday, November 2 – 1-5 pm

Speaker: Dr. Johnny “Randy” Cross, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Earn 4 hours of continuing education – attend the session at the IVMA office or participate via Zoom.

  • Phenobarbital = An in depth look at the most commonly prescribed anticonvulsant in veterinary medicine.  Specific interest will be given to knowledge that helps with every day practice of side effects, interactions with other drugs, and monitoring.
  • Epileptic Cats = Most practitioners feel comfortable with epileptic dogs.  However, cats, like many things about them, are more complicated and ambiguous. We will go over the common causes of epilepsy in cats, useful diagnostic tests, and the common anticonvulsants used for them.
  • 5 Diseases = There are many neurological diseases that every veterinarian should know.  We will explore 5 extremely common diseases that will help in everyday small animal general practice.
  • Pathognomonic = There are no neurological clinical signs that are truly pathognomonic, but these diseases come pretty close.  We will explore some diseases that have very unique clinical signs that often times require no diagnostics to make a diagnosis.

This course is available to veterinarians & veterinary technicians.