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Learn more about the 2021 Fall Conference lectures and labs! This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.

Saturday, October 16

8:30-10:10am


Peggy Perry, LVT 


"Pheromones & Behavior" - Description Coming Soon!

 

Beckie Mossor, BIS, RVT

 

"A Proactive Approach to Canine Osteoarthritis" -As a veterinary technician, you play an important role in helping to recognize the early signs of osteoarthritis (OA) in your canine patients as well as educating dog owners about this common joint disease. By proactively observing your patients and engaging with clients, you can help dog owners understand why routine OA exams are essential and help more dogs get the treatment they need. This session will pair technical information on the disease state with communication tools and techniques so that veterinary technicians will leave this presentation feeling empowered in their observations and conversations with the veterinarian and pet owners.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the stages of Osteoarthritis (OA), the cycle of untreated OA, and goals and considerations regarding the multimodal management of OA.
  2. Understand the importance of an early assessment and address the common misconceptions about OA (e.g., age, breed, clinical signs).
  3. Recognize best practice for being proactive in OA assessment - what to look for, what is commonly missed, and tips to excel
  4. Learn communication techniques to project a consistent message and appropriately deliver the relevant information about OA to dog owners.

"Discussing Diabetes Mellitus: Empowering Technicians" - Becoming the diabetes Tech Champion of your clinic. From the first interaction you have with a pet owner to the diabetes conversation after diagnosis and throughout the long-term care of a diabetic pet, this presentation will empower you to support pet owners as they embark on the diabetes journey. 
Learning Objectives:

  1. Establish a productive dialogue with owners of pets with diabetes
  2. Gain the tools and technical knowledge needed to support pet owners and their pets through the diabetes journey
  3. Explore the importance of each step along this journey, from pre-diagnosis through long-term management.


Dr. Carol Barton


"Fecal Antigen Tests: Hookworm, Roundworm & Whipworm" - You will learn about the features and benefits of the fecal antigen test and highlight the importance and usefulness of this new tool for technicians. 
Discussion Topics:
  1. Why fecal antigen tests are important
  2. Advances in technology and improvements in results
  3. Clinical applications


Danielle Martin, LVT, VTS-Dentistry


"Dentistry Radiology Lab" - Dental radiographs are the standard of care for every dentistry procedure, every time. Learn techniques to obtain diagnostic dental radiographs in an efficient, stress free manner. Dental radiographs are not only essential to your patient, but also increases revenue to your practice and makes you more marketable as a LVT!


Dr. Cathleen Lombardi

"Food Animal Drug Laws for Backyard & Pet Livestock" -Description Coming Soon!

10:30-12:10Pm

 
Dr. Linda Grace


"Lyme Disease 2021: Why Blue Dots Happen to Good Dogs" - This session will contain an overview of Lyme disease, including a brief history, the tick vector, and natural host(s) of the organism. It will also cover why some dogs test positive for Lyme even when vaccinated, vaccine schedules, and how Lyme vaccines work.

"Leptospirosis 2021" - This session will provide information regarding leptospirosis in the dog. It will focus on transmission pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease.


Dr. Christopher Wakem

"Cardiology" - Description Coming Soon!


Taylor Short, LVT, CVBL

"Effective Leadership Principles" - Transitioning through different roles as a LVT and enjoying it! We will dive into the reality of navigating through times when the trail can become, well, a little rough and rocky, and of course how to rise up and lead like the rockstar leader we all have inside of us!

Brandy Sinclair, LVT

"Bandaging & Wound Management Lab" - Description Coming Soon!


Dr. Cathleen Lombardi

"Zoonotic Diseases in Backyard & Pet Livestock" - Description Coming Soon!

1:45-3:35Pm


Dr. Katharine Holder

"Canine & Feline GI" - This seminar discusses gastrointestinal disease management beyond simple acute vomiting and diarrhea in canine and feline patients. We will look at many different nutritional therapy options and when to use them for cases including GI disorders, fat sensitivity issues, dysbiosis, ingredient intolerance, and stress-induced GI disorders. During the second half of the seminar, we will dive deeper into the microbiome to learn about what it is and its role in gut health. We will learn about the role of prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics and how we can utilize them to influence microbiome health.

Dr. Christopher Wakem

"Dermatology" - Description Coming Soon!


Danielle Martin, LVT, VTS-Dentistry


"Dentistry Radiology Lab" - Dental radiographs are the standard of care for every dentistry procedure, every time. Learn techniques to obtain diagnostic dental radiographs in an efficient, stress free manner. Dental radiographs are not only essential to your patient, but also increases revenue to your practice and makes you more marketable as a LVT!


Amanda Compton, BS, EDT, LVT, RVT

"Equine Dentistry" - Description Coming Soon!

4:00-5:40Pm


Dr. Tyler Carmack

"Hospice Overview & Palliative Pain Management Strategies" - Description Coming Soon!



Andrea DeLoy, LVT, RVT, CVPM

"Starting an OSHA Safety Program" - Description Coming Soon!


Dr. Marianne Alcan

"Heartworm? Not On My Watch! " - Discussion of the "why" for heartworm disease by understanding lifecycle, pathology, changing prevalence and the role of resistant strains. Utilizing this information to inform our recommendations and protocols for choosing and using heartworm preventatives in ways to maximize compliance and efficacy.


Taylor Short, LVT, CVBL

"NG Tube Placement Lab" - Learning the proper placement of a nasogastric tube, as well as the when, why and why not behind it.


Amanda Compton, BS, EDT, LVT, RVT

"Equine Colic" - Description Coming Soon!


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