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2024 March Academy    

 Join us on March 24th for 6 hours of CE at the Hilton Garden Inn, 
1200 Picken St, Columbia SC 
SCAV or SCAVT members register for free by March 18th
After March 18th, registration for SCAV or SCAVT members is $50 
DVM non-members fee $225 (includes yearly membership) 

                                                                                               DVM Track                                                                  LVT Track 

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM 

 Sign In / Registration / Drink some coffee, Chat with colleagues 

9:00 – 10:00 AM 

VCPR & Telehealth

Successful Implementation

Of Telehealth, Part 1, Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ

SCAVT Annual Member Meeting 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

VCPR & Telehealth

Successful Implementation Of Telehealth, Part 2, Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ

Anxiolytics & Sedation, 

Marissa Allinder, Pharmacy, FSVHP, DICVP

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM 



11:15 AM – 12:05 PM 

From Boomers to Zoomers: Blending Diverse Communication Across Generations, Shirin Modaresi, DMV, MS

Enhancing your Anesthetic Protocols: Expert Tips, Rebecca Giacomini, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)

12:10 PM – 1:15 AM 

Lunch – Sponsored by SCAV

Lunch – Sponsored by SCAVT 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM 

Rabies, Terri McCollister & Matthew Shockey, DVM

Pancreatitis: Causes and Treatments, Kristen Schoen, LVT

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM 

Veterinary Issues – Far & Near, Madeline Ann Brezin, Esq.

20 Yrs of Technician Tips & Tricks, Kendall Bak, LVT, VTS (ECC) 

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM 

       Advocating for the Veterinary Profession,  Jeff Thordahl, Esq.

Veterinarian Track – Academy Speakers


Madeline Ann Brezin, Esq., is a State Policy Analyst with the AVMA Government Relations Office in Washington, DC. She monitors state legislation and alerts veterinary leaders, so they are aware. Madeline graduated from Florida State University College of Law.

Terri McCollister is Rabies Prevention Program Director at the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control. She holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s in environmental policy and management. She has worked within DHEC’s Rabies Prevention Program since 2017.

Shirin Modaresi, DVM, a native of Rock Hill, SC, is the Hill’s Emerging Professional Strategic Initiatives Manager for the US. She received her BS in Biology from University South Carolina Honor’s College, with a minor in Spanish, before getting a MS in Biology from Winthrop University. Shirin attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated in 2010. 

Matthew Shockley, DVM, is the South Carolina State Public Health Veterinarian at the Department of Health & Environmental Control. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine.

Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ, joined the faculty at TAMU CVM, where she is now a clinical professor of telehealth. Dr. Teller has a special interest in internal medicine cases, particularly those regarding GI diseases and autoimmune problems. She also greatly enjoys cytology as a diagnostic tool for lumps and bumps and working with senior animals to alleviate pain as they age. Dr. Teller has been involved in organized veterinary medicine at the local, state, and national levels, and she served as AVMA president in 2022-2023. She is also past chair of the Board of Certification for the American Society of Veterinary Journalists and was a founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.

Jeff Thordahl, Esq., is well-known in South Carolina government circles for his extensive experience with state and local government affairs. With experience in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Thordahl spent several years working in state government, held in-house positions with two Fortune 500 companies and most recently led a private consulting group based in Columbia, S.C., for seven years. His lobbying practice concentrates on representing clients before the S.C. General Assembly, the Executive Branch including the cabinet agencies, other state agencies and local government bodies. He has worked with the SCAV since January of 2006.