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RLRI WESTERN CANADA 2019

Speaker Notes and Presentations

AGENTS OF COMPASSION

Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Ed Neufeld, DVM

We will be looking at the life of Paul in Corinthians and seeing how he faced real tensions in his work. These lessons will look at stress, opposition, and encouragement in our lives and in our workplaces.

COMING TO TERMS WITH MYSTERY

Speaker Notes • February 23, 2019 • Drs. Aaron and Nancy Vigil, DVM

As veterinarians, we are trained in the scientific method and encouraged to think analytically. We are indoctrinated to use our intellect to reason through problems and come up with rational answers. We use rule-out lists, flow charts, lab data and hard evidence to make determinations about what is true, and then draw conclusions about how to effectively treat a patient. Even so, there is an element of faith in medicine. We have faith that a body has the ability to heal itself. We must have faith that the medications we prescribe are working to fight infection or kill cancer cells, even if we cannot see them doing it. And we must have faith in our own ability to make accurate diagnoses. In our Christian life, we are also called to have faith. God as the Creator of the universe; the unseen world of angels/demons and miracles are examples. Faith in the unseen and unknowable can be hard for data-driven, fact-minded individuals to grapple with. This discussion will center on how to grow in faith and come to terms with mystery.

FINDING HOPE AS A NEW GRAD

Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Tracy Ho, DVM

Well known atheist Richard Dawkins famously said “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”. Canada’s new Governor General, Julie Payette, recently affirmed this belief, that no intelligent, educated person could possibly entertain the idea of a divine hand in the origin of the universe or life on earth. In fact, a great many scientists who have been willing to follow the evidence and interpret it objectively have concluded that it actually takes a great deal of faith to be an atheist. This brief introduction to apologetics is intended to encourage you and strengthen the intellectual foundation of your Christian faith.

HOPE THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LIFE

Speaker Notes • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Craig Wilkinson

Dr. Wilkinson says that his life hasn't been very exceptional, but he can say that he and his family have weathered their fair share of challenges, disappointments, and crises, and that God has faithfully brought them through each of them as they have trusted in Him. God has given them a few wonderful blessings along the way.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR PROFESSION

Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Ed Neufeld, DVM

We will explore real-life situations around the world and specifically in India and Mongolia where veterinarians or technicians have made a difference in people’s lives. We will explore ways in which we can fulfill our mission of Sharing Christ’s Love Through Veterinary Medicine.

RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY

Powerpoint Presentation • February 24, 2019 • Dr. Ed Neufeld, DVM

We will be looking at the life of Paul in Corinthians and seeing how he faced real tensions in his work. These lessons will look at stress, opposition, and encouragement in our lives and in our workplaces.

SHARING MY ANCHOR WITH THOSE WHO ARE ADRIFT

Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Tamara Quaschnick, DVM

Candid sharing about how Christ’s love has kept her anchored through various seasons and the joy, peace, and contentment that result from the hope of an eternity spent with him.

SHOWING GOD'S LOVE THROUGH FLEA CONTROL, NAIL TRIMS, AND EAR CLEANS

Powerpoint Presentation • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Jane Vermeulen, DVM

Showing God's Love through flea control, nail trims and ear cleans. Sometimes, it's just not that exciting and that is fine.

STEADFAST AND SURE

Speaker Notes • February 23, 2019 • Dr. Neil Connery, DVM

One of the main aims in orthopaedics is secure fixation. At the surgeon’ vet conference, I observe all sorts of companies suggesting they can give this - securos, orthofix, veterinary bone anchors- all touted to provide the necessary stability to allow the fracture to heal or the traumatized ligament to repair! But we all need stability in life and too often we miss out on this. We will look at the Hope that anchors us allowing us to heal, to thrive and flourish! This hope is what we are crave and were created for!