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Upcoming In-Person CE Meeting — Summer 2024

Thursday, June 20, 2024
6:15pm – 8:30pm

“Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks:
A Multimodal Approach to Lumbosacral Disease”

Presented by:

Remedy Veterinary Specialists


Lumbosacral disease is a common cause of weakness and lower back pain in large breed dogs. Traditionally, our options for dealing with this were limited to oral steroids and surgery. Thankfully our options have expanded. Join the team at Remedy Vets to discuss a multimodal approach to treating this condition including CBD, PT, and epidural steroids.

Carrie Jurney

Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Jurney is originally from Atlanta, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After vet school she completed an internship at the VCA Specialty Center of Seattle and her neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded her neurology diplomate in 2009 and her Advanced Neurosurgery Certificate in 2011.

While at the University of Pennsylvania she found her love of teaching, and excelled making the often unloved doctrine of neurology both understandable and practical for her students. This skill has served her well across numerous speaking engagements, in teaching residents and while educating her clients about their pet’s condition.

Dr. Jurney is an enthusiastic clinician. While she enjoys all of neurology, neurosurgical procedures have a special place in her heart. She is one of the top neurosurgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She currently lives with her husband and their pets in beautiful San Francisco. In her spare time Dr. Jurney is a founding board member, and current president of Not One More Vet, the largest wellness focused charity for veterinarians in the world in addition to being a sculptor, amateur blacksmith and adventurous cook.

Stephen Cital

Stephen Nino Cital, RVT, SRA,CVPP, VTS-LAM (Res, Anesthesia)

Stephen is a California native born and raised in the city of Woodland. He originally aspired to be a human nurse but found he preferred working with animals during his nursing education at American River College and South University. He became a Registered Veterinary Technician instead in 2009 while at UC Davis where he worked for five years where he discovered his passion for anesthesia and pain management. Stephen went on to pursue his specialty credential as a Veterinary Technician Specialist with a focus on research anesthesia/analgesia in 2016. In 2019 he joined a small number of veterinary professionals as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management where he also served on the board of directors.

Stephen is world renowned educator on veterinary anesthesia, pain management and cannabinoid medicine where he promotes practical and integrative techniques. In fact, he is the co-founder of two successful education platforms for veterinary professionals, one being the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, and the other the Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy which boasts over 75k members worldwide. He has won multiple awards as an educator and practitioner, published original research, and has several other publications, including the first veterinary textbook on cannabinoid medicine. Stephen adores all animals but has a soft spot for older animals and sassy cats. He lives with his husband in San Jose and maintains a lab manager position at Stanford University in the department of neurobiology.

Sandy Gregory

Sandy Gregory, RVT, VTS, CCRA Physical Rehabilitation

Sandy joins Remedy with several interesting and relevant education and experiences under her bet. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, dance, a master’s in education with the emphasis in exercise science and an associate degree in science, veterinary technology. She worked in a human sports medicine prior to moving out to California where she received her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician and started working in a vet clinic in 2001.

Shortly after joining the veterinary community, she found her passion in veterinary physical rehabilitation and education. Animal physical rehabilitation was a relatively new field in 2004, with very few hospitals offering it. Over the years, she watched the field grow and change by leaps and bounds while also acquiring advanced training in the field becoming a specialist in the art. She is also a renowned veterinary technician education at Foothill College in Los Altos, winning multiple awards in her efforts to educate the next generation of veterinary professionals.

Sandy is the President for the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, chair for the APRVT Exam committee and the Liaison for the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties.

Her veterinary credentials include a Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in Physical Rehabilitation, where she is one of only two in the state of Calfornia, and one of 16 in North America. Sandy is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant with training from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.


  • 6:15pm – 7:00pm  Check-in and Hors d’oeuvres
  • 7:00pm – 7:30pm  SFVMA Announcements / Updates / Dinner Starts
  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm  CE Lecture

Dinner Menu

Hor d’Oeuvres

  • Roasted Beet Spoons (Vegan) — lemon oil
  • Caprese Skewers — heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella
  • Char Siu Pork Belly — bánh mì style slider

First  —  (choose one)

  • Lobster Bisque — sherry cream
  • Baby Blue Gem Salad — gorgonzola, heirloom tomatoes, pickled onion, creamy blue cheese dressing

Main Course  —  (choose one)

  • Herb Roasted Cauliflower Steak (Plant Based) — caponata, roasted fingerling potatoes, chimichurri sauce
  • Free Range Roasted Chicken Breast — smoked onion mashed potato, blistered Brussels sprouts, sherry jus
  • Sugar Spiced Salmon — cedar plank roasted, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, citrus beurre blanc

Dessert  —  (choose one)

  • Flourless Chocolate Lava Cake — raspberry cabernet sauce, fresh berries (GF)
  • Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée — fresh berries, French cookie wafers
  • Vegan Fruit Cup

Coffee and Tea available
Cash bar will be available

Meeting Sponsor

All meetings are open to all DVMs

This meeting will be open to Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Staff at the non-member fee ($125 per guest) — which is subject to change due to capacity limitations at the restaurant.

Non-members pay $125

2024 In-Person Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, MARCH 21, 2024
  • Thursday, JUNE 20, 2024
  • Thursday, SEPTEMBER 12, 2024
  • Thursday, NOVEMBER 21, 2024
  • More details…

McCormick & Kuleto’s

Meeting at McCormick & Kuleto’s in GHIRADELLI SQUARE

900 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 929-1730

In-Person CE Meetings Schedule for 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2024 schedule for SFVMA’s upcoming In-Person CE Meetings — which will be held at McCormick & Kulettos in the beautiful Ghiradelli Square — on the following dates (always on a Thursday):

March 21, 2024

Dr. Ken Gorczyca, Dr. Ari Rozycki, and Brandon Conley  —
Sponsored by A Gentle Rest and Gateway Services

June 20, 2024

Dr. Carrie Jurney, Stephen Nino Cital, and Sandy Gregory  —
Sponsored by Remedy Veterinary Specialists

September 12, 2024

Dr. Saelinger  —  Sponsored by Cardiac Vet, Inc

November 21, 2024

[ topic T.B.D. ]  —  Sponsored by Blue Pearl

SFVMA News — Summer 2024

Latest Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S Statement  —  June 2024

Summertime is coming and I hope everyone is planning on taking advantage of how nice it is to be in the Bay Area while the rest of the state is usually on fire and the air too hot to breathe. We are lucky to be in a place where laryngeal paralysis labradors overheating and animals accidentally locked in hot cars are not a daily problem. However, we do have our own local issues that are somewhat dynamic nowadays. For my current quarterly letter I want to bring up the issue of San Francisco’s coyote population. Let me explain why this is a topic we should pay attention to. Right now new pups are weaning and venturing out making interactions with people and pets more frequent…

For those that don’t know, we went almost a century without coyotes in San Francisco. Then around 2002 an ambitious pair were the first known to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take up residence in the Presidio. Fast forward a couple decades and we have over a hundred, and maybe two hundred, if you include the overflowing population that moves to the south of the city. Parents put up with their offspring for a year or two then they are told to grow up and find their own territory. Since SF is landlocked everywhere but to the South, that is where they are going.

I’ll start by stating that we do not have a lot of data on how this particular population of unvaccinated, free-roaming apex predators might impact the domestic and wild animals they share habitats with. But, let us consider a few topics of concern: …

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