‘Animal Doctors’ Live Virtual Event for Grades 3 to 8 Students for a Fun New Children’s Book Series by Sigmund Brouwer


The Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association (CVMA) is co-hosting a live virtual field trip for schools all across Canada and the United States on Friday, February 26, 2021. Veterinarians Dr. Louis Kwantes and Dr. Trevor Lawson will join celebrated children’s author Sigmund Brouwer for a one-hour presentation. This event is based on Sigmund’s new book for elementary school readers — Pasture Bedtime — about two children who assist a veterinarian and learn some great life lessons.

This event is accessible for all students in classrooms or at home. Along with great real-life animal stories (with accompanying video footage) and sharing advice on how to reach their dreams through the importance of reading and writing skills, Dr. Kwantes and Dr. Lawson will respond directly to student questions about pets and wild animals. Students will learn how to help their family pets during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as prepare pets for life after the lockdown.

Sigmund Brouwer, author of more than 100 titles for children, (storyninjawritingclasses.com) will talk about the inspiring true stories that led to the book, and also share fun story ninja advice to encourage great reading and writing habits.
Homeschool students can join with a family pass for $5, a classroom can join for $75, and an entire school, including all students and teachers, can join for $175.

Please note: Drs. Kwantes and Lawson are offering their time free of charge and half the proceeds will be donated to Veterinarians without Borders – Canada.

We’ve included information below about how easy it is to host this safe and secure virtual event, either in classrooms or at home, through Zoom, Meet, or Teams. You can chose either or both registration times for the same fee:
11:00 a.m. EST or 1:00 p.m EST, on Friday, February 26.

Please direct any questions about the event to: sigmund@storyninjawritingclasses.com

While the event is geared towards children in grades 3 to 8, all are welcome. Dr. Kwantes and Dr. Lawson welcome your participation and would be grateful if you shared this news with anyone you think might be interested.
Registration Information

Friday, February 26, 2021
11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Friday, February 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar after registering.
About the Speakers
Dr. Louis Kwantes, CVMA President-Elect

Dr. Louis Kwantes hails from Sherwood Park, Alberta, where he has lived for the past 24 years. His educational background includes grade school in Japan, college in the United States, veterinary school in Canada (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 1987) and post-DVM studies in the United Kingdom (Master of Science 1989). His professional background includes mixed animal practice in Ontario, shorter and longer overseas veterinary postings in Haiti, Uzbekistan, and the Middle East (mostly in Sultanate of Oman as senior staff veterinarian for University of Durham’s Centre for Overseas Research and Development). Dr. Kwantes is presently employed by National Veterinary Associates as a veterinarian at Park Veterinary Centre in Sherwood Park (a companion animal veterinary clinic he founded with his business partner in 1997). He is a past board member of the Edmonton Veterinary Emergency Clinic, and past president of the Edmonton Area Small Animal Veterinarians group. He has also served the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association for more than 12 years in a variety of capacities including a term as president in 2015. He was presented with the CVMA award for scholarship and leadership in 1987 and shared the CVMA Hill's Public Relations Award in 2006. Dr. Kwantes is a passionate promoter of veterinary medicine and has been a regular media contributor in print, radio, and television.
Dr. Trevor Lawson, CVMA Executive Member

Dr. Lawson grew up on a small farm in rural New Brunswick and was heavily influenced by his grandfather Lawson, a life-long small farmer. Dr. Lawson pursued his studies at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (Dal AC), the University of Manitoba, and the Atlantic Veterinary College where he earned his DVM in 2004. Since joining Fundy Veterinarians Ltd. in 2004, he has followed his passion and devoted his time to equine and bovine clients in constant pursuit of developing strong client relationships and improving animal welfare. Dr. Lawson is a proud member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Atlantic Bovine Practitioners Association. He is a committed volunteer and has served with the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association (NSVMA), becoming President in 2010, and serving with the CVMA on the Animal Welfare Committee from 2010-2018. Dr. Lawson has served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Animal Cruelty Appeal Board and with the Dairy Farmers of Canada Animal Welfare Group. He was recognized by his peers in 2014 with the NSVMA “Young Veterinarian Award”. Dr. Lawson was chosen to become a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015 – a formative and mind-growing experience.
Additional Event Information

The event is broadcast from the Zoom webinar platform with participant audio and video blocked for safety and security. However, the sessions are very engaging via the closely moderated chat-box and Q&A feature.

The Zoom link allows teachers who prefer Google Meet or Microsoft Teams to rebroadcast to their students via either platform.

A private Facebook link can be provided where students DO NOT need to sign in or register with Facebook to get a private live stream of the event. This allows them to jump in with comments and questions. Many teachers and schools use this option for students who are unable to use zoom.

Teachers have also used the Facebook link to broadcast to students from the classroom via Teams or Meet as an alternative to broadcasting a Zoom link. 

In short, all teachers and students would have access, at home or in school.
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